International Year One in Accounting and Finance

Study finance in the UK

Our Accounting and Finance International Year One will prepare you to join the second year of the BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance with Business Experience degree at Kingston University, London. You will gain a useful base of knowledge in subjects such as finance, law and business practice. As well as an attentive teaching style and small class sizes, you will be given English language support that will sharpen your speaking, writing and academic skills to a level appropriate for undergraduate study in the UK.

Additionally, the degree you are able to progress to from this programme incorporates Business Experience during its standard three years. This will expose you to the finance industry, and allow you to get an insight into the skills and confidence needed to easily transition into your chosen career.

Key facts

Course length

Three terms

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Entry points

  • January
  • September

Entry requirements and fees

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English language tuition

If you need to improve your level of English language to enter the International Year One, additional English language training is available at the International Study Centre. To join the English Language Preparation for the International Year One, you will need to meet the requirements below.

  • One term course: Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall (min 4.0 in all skills).
  • 8 week course: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 overall (min of 4.0 in all skills).

What you'll study

During your Accounting and Finance International Year One, you will study the following modules:

This module is an introduction to the mutually dependent business topics of mathematics and information technology. The course will help you to develop an understanding of how information technology and mathematics are essential tools in business problem solving and to appreciate, understand and use the mutual dependency of mathematics and information technology in solving business problems. The course will also enable you to become familiar with with the language of mathematics and to help you to appreciate how an understanding of various interrelated mathematical topics is essential in business.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to: understand and communicate using computing terminology and fundamental mathematical abstractions; manage your own computing environment; describe how business organisations use IT and mathematics in order to function more effectively and sustainably; model and analyse data and information using appropriately chosen technology, such as web pages, spreadsheets or databases and discuss emerging trends or concerns in technology, such as Web 2.0, cloud computing and accessibility.

This module is designed to provide you with an introduction to financial accounting. The course aims to develop your understanding of the purpose of financial accounting and the resulting financial statements; provide an understanding of the concepts and principles that govern the practices of financial accounting and enable you to prepare financial statements from transaction data. The module will also explain the subjective nature of financial accounting with its need for professional judgement. You will also gain practical experience of inputting data into Sage and/or Xero accounting software and using spreadsheets to prepare financial information.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to: explain the context and purpose of financial accounting and reporting; explain and apply accounting concepts and principles; record financial information using double-entry bookkeeping principles; identify and correct errors; construct financial statements appropriate for a variety of business types and discuss the role and use of computer systems within accounting.

The International Year One Academic English Skills module aims to provide thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at Kingston University London and ensures that you are able to meet the requirements of the UKVI through demonstrating an English language level of CEFR B2 in the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

You will develop awareness and competency in a range of language-related skills required for successful study at Higher Education level. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

This module introduces you to management accounting and will develop your knowledge and understanding of management accounting techniques to support management in planning, controlling and monitoring performance in a variety of business contexts. The course will introduce elements of management accounting which are used to make and support decisions, as well as the nature, the source and purpose of cost accounting and the costing techniques used in business which are essential for any management accountant.

You will also learn to prepare and use budgeting, standard costing and variance analysis as essential tools for planning and controlling business costs.
On successful completion of the module, you will be able to: explain the nature, source and purpose of management information; explain and apply cost accounting techniques; understand decision making techniques and evaluate investment alternatives; prepare and analyse budgets for planning and control and reflect on your own strengths and skills.

This module will introduce you to theories and practices of business organisations. The internal structures and relations of businesses are covered as along with their interactions with the external economic, legal, social and technological environments. Explanations are offered of how the organisation of businesses is shaped by the behaviour of individuals, groups and organisations, and by the external influences of markets, industries and the macroeconomic environment. Special attention is given to considerations of businesses ethics and values.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to: discuss the different types of business and their role in the economy, with a particular focus on entrepreneurs; discuss various leadership and people management theories; demonstrate self-awareness of personal contributions to teams and business; explain organisation structure and functions, and the role of corporate governance; describe the market mechanisms and the role of government in market economies and discuss the importance of conducting business and themselves in a socially responsible manner.

Progression degrees

Once you have successfully completed your International Year One and achieved the required progression grades, you can join the second year of the intended undergraduate degree.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade Additional Grade
Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons) 40% 60% with no skill less than 50% -

John testimonial

Teacher John Cotis at the Kingston University International Study Centre in the UK

"One of the beautiful things about Kingston is that you have all the advantages of a small English town, but you are 20 minutes by train from central London."

John Cotis

Academic Lead at Kingston University International Study Centre

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