Kent Business School has expert accounting staff from the business
world and our links with global business ensure that our teaching is
always internationally relevant.
Our Accounting & Finance degree responds to the needs of the
profession and is accredited by the UK’s accountancy bodies. We also
offer a qualifying taxation module, which is not available at many other universities.
Kent Business School (KBS) provides a friendly, student-focused environment, which
helps you to make the most of your studies. Based in our brand-new
building, you also benefit from up-to-date teaching facilities.
Our degree programme
The programme begins with an introduction to accounting, including
computer-aided systems, economics and, if you choose, business law. You
then go on to focus in greater depth on subjects such as strategic
management, investments and the role of the accountant in international
You can choose from a wide range of accounting and finance options in your final year of study, allowing you to develop specialist knowledge.
You spend a year between Stages 2 and 3 at one of our worldwide approved partner universities. For a full list, please see Go Abroad. Places are subject to availability, language and degree programme.
For may students, their year abroad is a life-changing and rewarding experience. Having risen to the challenge of living in another country, they have a renewed belief in their ability to succeed.
You have the option to take this programme as a three-year degree, without the year abroad. For details, see Accounting and Finance.
Kent Business and Kent Enterprise are two of our student-run
societies. Their activities have included events with guest speakers
from industry and support for budding entrepreneurs.
Kent Business School also puts on special events and schemes. These may include:
workshops and seminars business challenges enterprise initiatives, including the Business Start-Up Journey networking events.
At Kent Business School, we pride ourselves on the strength of our global connections. These include links with:
BBC Barclays Cummins IBM KPMG The Bank of England Kent County Council.
Kent Business School also has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Finland and Italy.
Usually you spend eight hours in lectures and four hours in seminars each week. Some modules have a number of workshops or sessions in computer laboratories. Most of your modules involve individual study using Library resources.
Most modules have an end-of-year examination that contributes 70% to the final module mark; your coursework provides the remaining marks. Both Stage 2 and 3 marks count towards your final degree class (together with your marks from your year in industry, if applicable).
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- Some of the contexts in which accounting can be seen as operating
- The main current technical language and practices of accounting in the UK
- Some of the alternative technical languages and practices of accounting
- Contemporary theories and empirical evidence concerning accounting and the ability to critically evaluate such theories and evidence
- Theories and empirical evidence concerning financial management, risk and the operation of capital markets
- Some of the areas specified for the compulsory modules or options from the perspective of a second European country or other country
You gain the following intellectual abilities:
- The capacity for the critical evaluation of arguments and evidence
- The ability to analyse and draw reasoned conclusions concerning structured and, to a more limited extent, unstructured problems
- Numeracy skills, including the ability to manipulate financial and other numerical data and to appreciate statistical concepts at an appropriate level
- Apply some of the intellectual skills specified in the programme from the perspective of a second European country or other country.
You gain subject-specific skills in the following:
- Skills in recording and summarising transactions and other economic events
- Preparation of financial statements
- Analysis of the operations of business
- Financial analysis and projections
- Apply some of the subject-specific skills specified for the required compulsory modules from the perspective of a second European country or another country.
You gain transferable skills to:
- The ability to locate, extract and analyse data from multiple sources, including the acknowledgement and referencing of sources
- Capacities for independent and self-managed learning
- Skills in the use of communications and information technology in acquiring, analysing and communicating information
- Communication skills including the ability to present quantitative and qualitative information, together with analysis, argument and commentary, in a form appropriate to the intended audience
- An ability to work in groups, and other interpersonal skills, utilising a variety of presentation skills
- Apply transferable skills specified for the required core from the perspective of a second European country or another country
The programme aims to:
- Provide students with knowledge and skills relevant to the practice of accounting and finance within the economic, legal and social environment;
- Develop competence in applying the concepts, principles and regulations in the main areas of accountancy, finance and related disciplines to practical problems;
- Promote students’ ability to research and critically evaluate issues of contention and debate within the main areas of accountancy, finance and related disciplines;
- Cultivate the ability to organise and plan work both autonomously and as part of a team;
- Cultivate the ability to communicate both quantitative and qualitative information effectively;
- Provide teaching informed by research and scholarship;
- Meet the lifelong needs of a diversity of students;
- Support national and regional economic success;
- Produce graduates of value to the region and nationally, in possession of key knowledge and skills, with the capacity to learn;
- Prepare students for employment or further study;
- Provide learning opportunities that are enjoyable experiences, involve realistic workloads, based within a practice-based framework and offer appropriate support for students from a diverse range of backgrounds;
- Provide high quality teaching in supportive environments with appropriately qualified and trained staff; Meet the requirements for accreditation by ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, CPA Australia and CIPFA on successful completion of the programme.