Introduction

The Undergraduate Level 4 (Accounting and Finance) and Level 5 (Extended Diploma in Management) are a 240 credit course designed to fast track students to the final year of an associated Undergraduate degree in Finance and Accounting, which can either be completed at a UK university on campus or via distance learning.

Course Overview
Eligibility

To enroll onto the level 4 course, you must be at least 18 and have a full secondary education. Before enrolling onto the level 5 course, you must have attained a level 4 or equivalent.

Course Fees

The fee for enrolling onto the level 4 and level 5 courses together is £1800. Alternatively students can enroll onto a single level (level 4 or 5) for £1500 each.

Students can make payment using one of the following methods:

  • Credit or Debit Card
  • Bank Transfer
  • Interest Free Monthly installments
  • Paypal
  • Western Union

The Course Fee includes

  • All Course Material, including online modules and written assignments.
  • Personal tutor support with 1-2-1 Skype sessions
  • Dedicated student support
  • Access to an online Social Learning forum
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Free CV Writing help on completion of the course
Level: 4 Module Listing

The business environment

Explore issues outside of the business that may affect the business and its operations. Looking into economics, international dimensions, nature, and competition.

Managing and using finance

This module covers key areas of accounting, as seen from a business perspective. It explains how accountancy can inform and guide management decisions.

Maximizing resources to achieve business success

An organization that fails to dedicate sufficient attention to its use of resources will prove to be unprofitable over time. By being observant and prudent, any organization can achieve significant gains from the management of its resources.

Quantitative skills

On successful completion of this module, learners will have knowledge of numeric exercises and will understand their use within the context of the business.

Basic accounting

On completion of this module, learners will understand accounts and how they can be used to give insight into the health of the organization.

Budgetary control

This module aims to explain the methods of financial control using budgets. This includes the development and implementation of departmental budgets, which are combined to form a master budget.

Financial performance

This module aims to demonstrate how financial performance can be assessed in organizations. This includes the use of financial statements and accounting standards. It also examines ways of raising finance over different periods of time.

Financial ratios

This module aims to demonstrate the application and meaning of the commonly used financial ratio. This includes examining liquidity, solvency, gearing, and profitability.

Financial statements

This module aims to describe the preparation and presentation of the three financial statements. This includes the accounting concepts used.

Further ratios

This module aims to demonstrate how to determine financial efficiency. This includes understanding debt repayment capacity and investment appraisal. Using this knowledge, learners will be able to assess the likelihood of future financial success.

Level: 5 Module Listing

The entrepreneurial manager

What is an Entrepreneur? Examine the skills and qualities of entrepreneurship.

Organization structures

Why are organizations structured in the way they are? What determines the optimum structure and how does it differ between organizations? In this module, learners will look at the numerous models and theories that make up the organizational structure.

Practical accounting analysis

Learners will complete exercises in accounts throughout this module to understand what they are telling us and the actions that analysis can precipitate.

Business planning and goal setting

What is the business trying to achieve? What will it do? How will it do it? This module focuses on the creation of clear goals and clear plans to achieve a clear objective.

Politics and business

Impact of politics on business and how it may help or hinder the business. This module will educate learners on economic impact, exports and government support.

Business law

Explore the statutory responsibilities of managers as learners look into the legalities of business and business executives.

Managing in today’s world

Business in the modern world. This module focuses on governance and equality as a means to do right in business.

Performance management

Understanding how your people and your business can continually improve together, learners will review reward structures, CPD, training, and development to ensure high performance in business.

Marketing and sales planning

Learners will analyze how markets, customers, competitors, and products can come together in a cohesive plan.

Quantitative skills

On successful completion of this module, learners will have knowledge of numeric exercises and will understand their use within the context of the business.

Assignments

Assessment at College of Birmingham is a very straightforward process:

  • After you have completed an online module, you will have an online assessment to complete. This assessment contains 30 multiple-choice questions. You will have one hour to complete these questions which are answered in sets of five so you will have plenty of time to review and edit your answers. After an hour the test will automatically time out.
  • After you have completed the test, your results will be displayed immediately. If you have passed, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. If you didn’t pass, you will receive a notification of a “refer’’ where you will be told how to retake a module assessment. You can complete these modules at your own pace, as there is no deadline to complete the course.
  • When the online modules have been completed, you will then be able to take the final written assignments, provided by College of Birmingham, that test your knowledge and understanding of the modules. After the successful completion of these eight assignments, you will receive your Diploma (from the Awarding Organization).
  • You will then be eligible to apply for progression onto a Top-up course through a recognized UK university on-campus or by distance learning
University Top-Up

If you decide to top up to a full undergraduate degree through an accredited UK university, the costs are listed below. Please note, the below costs are for distance learning/online only. You have the option of finishing on campus, costs will vary depending on which university you chose to complete the final year at.

Northampton University

  • BA (Hons) in Business and Management Top up – £3800
  • BSc (Hons) in International Accounting Top up -£3800

University of Derby

  • Undergraduate Top up to BA – £4400

Edinburgh Napier University

  • BA in Business Management (Top-Up) – £4600
  • BA in Business and Enterprise (Top-Up) – £4600
  • BA in Sales Management (Top-Up) – £4600

University of Worcester

  • BA (Hons) Business Administration Final Year Top up – £4000

University of Sunderland – On Campus

  • BA (Hons) Business and Management (Year 3 ) – £9250

University of Lincoln

  • BA (Hons) Business Studies Top-Up

University of Bolton

  • BA (Hons) Top-up, fee £10,250, duration 2 semesters

University of Portsmouth

  • BA (Hons) Business
  • BA (Hons) Business and Computer Studies
  • BA (Hons) Professional Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Professional Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Engineering and Management Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Engineering Project Management

University of Lincoln

  • BA Top-up – £3000

Buckinghamshire New University

  • BA (Hons) Top-up, fee £3,000

Anglia Ruskin University

  • BSc (Hons) Business Management (Final Year) – £4500
  • BA (Hons) Management (Top-Up) – £4500

University of West Scotland

  • BA (Hons) International Business & Finance – £3000

Coventry University

  • BA (Hons) Top-up – progression from ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management, fee £9,560

Southern Cross University

  • Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Business in Convention and Event Management
  • Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management
  • Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management
Please enquire for top up prices for Southern Cross University

University of Nicosia, Cyprus

  • Undergraduate Top up to BA – €6000

NOTE: UK/EU students may be eligible for student loans for the top-up portion of their studies. Visit www.slc.co.uk for more information.

Career Path

Successful completion of the undergraduate level 4 (Accounting and Finance) and level 5 (Extended Diploma in Management) and final year of an accredited undergraduate degree program will give students the right credentials to go on and apply for a job in marketing, accounting, human resources, the management or business consultancy.