Your Course Handbook is where you can find vital information about submitting assignments, mitigation and a range of other important issues.
Course Handbooks for the 2020/21 academic year will be published on this page in due course. If your Course Handbook is not published yet, please check back soon. All Course Handbooks will be published prior to the course induction.
Bachelor of Arts with Honours Accounting and Finance, Level 4, 2020/21 - Course Handbook
Welcome to the Course
Hello – I’m Paul Hampson and I am the Course Director of your studies in the Business School here at Leeds Beckett University. This handbook provides you with information that you will need on your course. You should find it helpful when you first start, when you are preparing for assessment and at any time that you need help or advice in connection with your studies here. You will also receive a Module Handbook for each module you study on your course.
The level of your enjoyment and success will be determined by your commitment to this wonderful life changing experience. We expect you to engage in all classes and be participatory and active. In return, we will create interesting opportunities for learning and development, laying the foundations for your future chosen path.
This is a fantastic course with consistently very high NSS overall satisfaction scores (currently 93.5%) and you are fortunate to be studying within Leeds Business School. We provide excellent support to enable you to achieve your goals and aspirations. We expect you to enjoy your work! However, remember this is a reciprocal partnership and what you put in is what you get out.On behalf of our University and the whole course team, I would like to wish you well in your studies
Welcome to Leeds Business School, a diverse, inclusive and vibrant community dedicated to student experience, to education, to impactful research and to developing all of its members to their utmost potential.
On behalf of all our staff I would like to say how proud we are to have you with us, and how excited we are to engage with you throughout every stage of your learning journey.
Leeds Business School is an active choice, a choice to participate, to experience, to grow and to contribute - in a state-of-the-art, inspiring and digitally connected environment.
Our mission is to bring you closer to business, to industry and to the professions - through the way we teach, the flexibility of our offer, the courses we champion and the business leaders we showcase. It's about being work-ready and life-ready, with the enthusiasm, the competitive edge and the practical tools to thrive.
Welcome to business co-creation, not just business education. Welcome to Leeds Business School.
Professor George Lodorfos, Dean of School
Welcome to Leeds Beckett Students’ Union!
Here in the SU we’re here to support, connect and represent you! Whether it’s gathering feedback on how you’re finding Uni, running in an election to become a full-time officer or joining a society, the SU’s got your back! Below you can find information on a few of our services including the advice service, student voice and how to be a course rep. If you’ve any questions on what the SU is, how it can support you or want to share feedback and have a rant, please feel free to message us. You can follow us on social media by searching LeedsBeckettSU on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the most up to date information.
My role as your Education officer is to support and represent you. If you have feedback you’d like to pass on, want to chat about a campaign idea or about the many things on Disney+, then you’ve found your one stop shop gal! I’m a student just like you and study Speech and Language Therapy, for a fun fact, drop me a message, you can find me on Facebook by searching ‘Sherry Iqbal’
I’m really looking forward to meeting you (virtually!) and wish you the best! See you around.
Sherry Iqbal, Education Officer, LBSU
This Handbook contains important information about Leeds Beckett University’s planned approach to course delivery and assessment in 2020/21. You should read this web page carefully so that you are aware of any changes that affect your course.
The University is informed by Government and Public Health England (PHE) Covid-19 advice and guidance for maintaining a Covid-secure learning and working environment. We have made arrangements to continue to provide a high-quality educational experience in a way that protects the safety and wellbeing of both students and staff. We are engaging closely with Leeds Beckett Students’ Union to inform the arrangements and will also be informed by feedback provided by our individual students.
Government and Public Health England advice and guidance continues to evolve, so the arrangements for delivery of your course and use of the campus may need to change during the academic year to continue to protect students and staff.
The taught content advertised at each level of study, or its equivalent, will be delivered across the academic year 2020/21. We have identified an appropriate mix of blended learning – a mix of face-to-face, on-campus, online and digital content and teaching and learning for each subject, reflecting what will maximise learning as well as supporting more vulnerable learners and enabling the university as a whole to minimise transmission risk.
Covid-19 social distancing measures will be implemented during 2020/21 for teaching, learning, assessment and student support.
In the event of further government lockdowns, either local or national, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies.
If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice. We may revert to different proportions of on-campus learning and online learning delivery later in the academic calendar year or a later teaching block. Learning will remain accessible for students who are unable to attend on campus sessions.
How we will communicate with you
We have sent information to new and continuing students on the plans for delivery of your course in 2020/21, the academic calendar (teaching block delivery or alternative) applicable for your course and the options available to you, to enable you to make informed choices.
As the situation evolves, further information on local course delivery arrangements will be provided to you in emails and on the University’s Covid-19 microsite.
In addition to the course specific information set out in this Handbook and the above communications, the University’s Covid-19 microsite contains information for students and applicants, including information relating to University accommodation and University facilities and services. The Covid-19 microsite is regularly reviewed and updated as the situation, advice and planning evolve.
Key terms and conditions
Further important information for applicants and students is available on our Information for Applicants and Students website. This includes information about the student contract, fees and funding, your rights of cancellation, the student protection plan and the University complaints process. It is essential that you read the information on this webpage carefully as it sets out the rights and obligations that form the contract between you and the University and information about how to make a complaint.
Location of delivery
In academic year 2020/21, it is planned that your course will be delivered via a blend of online and digital learning and on-campus teaching and learning, with the necessary Covid-19 social distancing and other measures in place on campus informed by the Government and Public Health England advice and guidance.
Information on how blended teaching and learning will be delivered and the location of any on-campus delivery is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘Location(s) of Delivery’ and ‘Teaching and Learning Activities’.
Information on the delivery of placements and other off-campus learning opportunities is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (if applicable to your course), ‘Sandwich Placement Information’.
Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. Other additional costs remain as published on our original Online Prospectus information in addition to the areas of costs outlined below and in the updated 2020/21 Course Specification for your course.
The course will be delivered via a blended approach that includes online teaching and learning, digital learning and on campus sessions. If a further lockdown is necessary then delivery will be continued and supported via online and digital learning. Students are advised that they will need a personal digital device for this purpose. The University’s wide range of student support services available for students also includes a laptop loans scheme. Students may wish to bring an existing personal device or purchase or lease a laptop or similar device for their personal use which would be an additional cost. The costs of this would vary depending on your individual requirements but can be in the region of £400-800 depending on the device.
The University has developed a means-tested Covid-19 Financial Assistance Package to support students to acquire a laptop should this be needed. Students may also apply for a living expenses fund for unexpected personal hardship as a result of the Covid-19 Crisis.
Students will need to follow the Public Health England advice and any specific national requirements for maintaining personal safety and hygiene to protect themselves and others from the Covid-19 risks. These personal safety measures such as the wearing of face coverings will be an additional cost that students need to consider.
Where PPE is an essential requirement for the nature of the course you are undertaking this will be detailed below.
Policies, Standards and Regulations
Covid-19 social distancing measures will be in place for teaching, learning, assessment and student support in 2020/21. This means that there will be operational requirements and protocols in place for the way in which your course is delivered and the way in which University activities, facilities, and spaces operate which students and staff will need to follow.
In the event of further government lockdowns either local or national in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. We may need to implement approved emergency Covid-19 pandemic academic regulations to take account of the impact of Covid-19 general extenuating circumstances.
Details of the policies and regulations which are relevant to you are available in the ‘Policies, Standards and Regulations’ section of this Handbook.
Sandwich Placements, Other Placements and Other Off-Campus Learning Opportunities
Covid-19 response measures are likely to impact on the arrangements for placements, field trips, volunteering and other off-campus activities. If available, these are likely to operate with appropriate social distancing arrangements. Employers may reduce the availability of placement or volunteering opportunities due to the impact of Covid-19 on their operations.
The availability or type of placements with employers, study abroad or volunteering opportunities, may be restricted. The University follows the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice and is also informed by any specific in-country international travel restrictions or requirements.
The University’s current position is that we will not facilitate outward (from UK) international/overseas placements, study abroad or volunteering activity in 2020/21. This is to protect students and minimise the risk of you being stranded abroad in the event of a lockdown and the introduction of national/local travel restrictions. We will only consider international placements for students whose domicile address is in the country of their placement.
Inward Erasmus study (from other EU countries to the UK under this scheme) will be supported where these align with the teaching blocks academic calendar delivery dates. There may be other national or international travel restrictions or quarantine measures or specific work-place Covid-19 measures that impact on these opportunities.
Should the Covid-19 response and alert level be amended any activity may also be subject to Covid-19 employer, local or in-country requirements applicable at the time of the placement/activity. We will keep the position under review for teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2, informed by Public Health England and the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice.
Students will have access to advice and support from the University careers and employability team during their studies via the online resources and support.
Further information on placements or other off-campus learning opportunities applicable to your course is provided in the ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (where relevant) ‘Sandwich Placement Information’ sections below.
Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course
We will prioritise face-to-face teaching and practical teaching to meet any requirements of relevant professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRB) if your course includes these elements. This will ensure that your course retains its full professional status.
Where applicable, specific information on applicable professional statutory or regulatory body recognition or requirements for your course is summarised in the ‘Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course’ section below.
Teaching and Learning Activities
The way we will deliver this course and teaching, learning and assessment activities in 2020/21 will be informed by Public Health England advice and guidance on Covid-19 secure requirements and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff.
You will experience a blended approach to learning for 2020/21; this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus online, and digital content, teaching and learning.
We are working within the government 2 metre social distancing measures for Teaching Block 1 so we are not planning to deliver large-group teaching on campus throughout 2020/2021. This will ensure that maximum space will be available for small-group teaching.
In most cases, the taught content will also be available online so you can still access it if you are not able to attend campus due to the pandemic (for example, due to self-isolation, shielding or travel restrictions). There will be digital content and recorded lectures available online to support students who may be unable to travel to campus. In some circumstances, other formal taught sessions may also be recorded.
In the event of a further government lockdown in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies and study towards achieving any specified professional statutory and regulatory body accreditation requirements where this applies.
If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice (see Introduction section above).
Further information on local course delivery arrangements will continue to be available from your School.
Our approach to delivering student support in 2020/21
Given the planned social distancing measures in place on campus for 2020/21 to ensure safe delivery of services for students and staff, some of the arrangements for student support will be accessible online.
We are committed to ensuring you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the forthcoming year. General learning spaces, including access to libraries, will be available to be booked online; and where specialist space is needed, this will either be provided: as normal; created in newly adapted spaces; or replicated as part of an enhanced suite of online resources.
We want to provide a safe environment for students and staff, so on-campus delivery of student support services will be limited. This may mean that campus-based school offices will operate within defined core office hours. However, full access to advice, learning support and specialist services will be delivered via telephone, email, video calls and online live chat. The Students' Union will also be implementing social distancing arrangements for student advice services.
Access to Library support in 2020/21
The Library offers access to thousands of resources via MyBeckett or theLibrary website which also provides full details of all our services.
In response to Covid-19, and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff, the libraries will be available via a booking system in 2020/21 for students to study, access PCs and laptops, printer/ copiers, and other equipment, and to use the books and journals.
Further information on Library support is available in the ‘Library and IT Support’ section of this Handbook.
Range of Support Services Available
There is a range of support for disabled or vulnerable students. Any student with a disability, who may or may not have declared this to the University and wishes to discuss their learning support for the year ahead or their status as a Covid-19 extremely vulnerable person, should contact their Disability Adviser for their School who is based in Student Services to discuss their support needs in the first instance. The service contact details are email@example.com or telephone 0113 812 5831. Students who are classed at Covid-19 Extremely Vulnerable (i.e. you have received a Shielding Letter from the NHS) but who do not regard themselves as disabled, and have not registered with the Disability Team, should discuss any support arrangements they may need, directly with their Course Director and if resident in halls, their Residential Life Team.
Further information is available in the ‘Support for Disabled Students’ section of this Handbook.
Information on the support available from your School and other Services is available in the ‘Key Contacts’ and ‘Learning Support’ sections of this Handbook.
In order to provide you with information on student services support in 2020/21 in response to the changing Covid-19 position, updated information will be provided on our University Covid-19 microsite.
We have a new form of academic calendar structure so that instead of 2 semesters, we are running 3 blocks of 10 weeks. In each block you will study 2 modules which will be assessed at the end of the block. The forms and timings of your assessments will be discussed with you by your individual module teams.
The University induction starts during w/c 21 September and all of our course induction sessions will be during the w/c 28 September so watch out for those announcements as they come out this week. These sessions will be online this and it is vital that you attend these as there will be really important information and it will be a fantastic opportunity to ask questions and have those things that you want to know, or are worrying about, resolved.
All our lectures will be all online (and recorded) and the seminars and workshops will be online (and recorded) too, as before with groups of 20-25 students in each group. These will be interactive so you will have lots of opportunity to engage and learn and have plenty of access to tutors .
There will also be some on-campus, face to face sessions, called consolidation sessions (3 or 4 a block). These will deal with overall wider course and skills areas and have no module content. They will be held under the very strict guidelines for on campus sessions and will be very safe. However, these sessions are voluntary and if you don’t want (or can’t) come they will be recorded so no-one misses out.
Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch
Students are introduced to their academic adviser in Induction week of Level 4
The course administrator is Amy Berry (firstname.lastname@example.org); tel 0113 812 3322.
Course reps are elected at the beginning of each academic year.
The University's Library team can be contacted on email@example.com
You will be introduced to your Level Leaders at induction
The contact details of other key services, such as the Student Advice Hub, Disability Support, Library, Money, Careers, Students' Union Advice Service and Students' Union Student Voice Team can be found on the Students web page.
Academic and administrative staff at our University use your student email address to contact you. It is important that you check this account regularly. You can forward emails from your student email address to a preferred personal email address, however, quarantine and spam filters needed by our University mean that emails sent from external email addresses may be delayed, blocked or deleted. It is therefore important that your student email address is the only email address that you use to contact University staff. Information on how to access your student email address can be found on the Library Student IT Support page (http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/it_support/office365/outlook)
Please make sure that you inform your Course Administration team whenever you change your address and contact details. It is important that you also update your records yourself. You can do this via the My Account/Update my Data tab on MyBeckett. This will ensure we can always contact you in an emergency, and that you receive any important University communications that we may need to send you.
We will inform you of class activities and course notifications, including any cancellations. This will be done for example, via text to the mobile phone number on our contact records, email to student email address, noticeboards or via MyBeckett/CAGD announcements. For each module, the Module Handbook will include the preferred method of communicating general information about that module to you.
Skype for Business is a communication tool for staff and students:
- Make calls using audio, video and instant messages across the University community.
- Create and participate in group online meetings to support project assignments.
- Available across University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.
- Fully integrated with the Office 365 suite already used by staff and students.
Further information is available on the Library's Skype for Business web page for students.
MS Teams is part of the Office 365 suite used by staff and students for communication and collaboration:
- Access via MyBeckett on University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.
- Participate in online meetings and video conferencing in groups or one-to-one.
- Work on shared content, ideas, projects and online learning.
Further information is available on the Library's MS Teams FAQ web page.
Your course team will advise how Skype for Business will be used on your course and make guidance available as required.
This course will be scheduled using a teaching block or semester-based delivery. The 2020/21 academic calendar and term dates are available on our Academic Calendars web page.
Taught sessions will normally be scheduled and included in your timetable. This will include on-campus sessions that you should attend. In 2020/21, depending on your course, this may also include scheduled online teaching and learning sessions where student engagement is required at a specified time and tutor pre-recorded lectures and scheduled discussion sessions. Module information will be made available online by the school for enrolled students.
Timetables will be made available to students during induction week via:
1. The Student Portal (MyBeckett)
2. The Leeds Beckett app
You should discuss any difficulties relating to your engagement with timetabled sessions with your Course Administrator.
The School Forums, where students raise feedback on their academic experience, are scheduled into all students’ timetables. Any student can attend but only Course Reps are expected to be in attendance.
The B.A. (Hons) Accounting and Finance course is in the Accounting and Finance subject group within the Leeds Business School. The overall aim of the course is derived from the QAA Accounting subject benchmarks and is:
To enable graduates to make an effective contribution to the financial management and administration of organisations through developing those key skills and abilities considered to be necessary for the financial management of organisations in the future.
This overall aim rests upon the development of the graduate attributes and the award’s PSRB accreditations. It is a business-based honours degree delivered in a Higher Education environment that also carries the accreditations of three of the world’s most eminent professional accounting bodies.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Construct and analyse financial statements and financial information using a range of techniques and appropriate e-tools in order to critically appraise their value in decision making
2. Critically appraise current developments in accounting and finance including evaluating contemporary theories and empirical evidence
3. Recognise the contribution of accounting and finance to a diverse range of enterprises and society as a whole and be capable of describing and commenting on accounting and finance research using appropriate data and methodologies
4. Engage in the workplace as an ethical professional with essential graduate attributes of enterprise, digital literacy and global outlook.
At Level 4 students will be able to:
Use double entry bookkeeping and be able to prepare basic sets of financial statements in accordance with accounting regulations
Explain in detail and make sense of the regulatory and business environment.
Gather and organise data using appropriate tools and quantitative and statistical techniques.
Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of management accounting including costing and budgeting.
Assessment & Feedback
The modules are assessed with a balance of examinations, coursework and other appropriate methods in order to best ensure that the module’s outcomes have been achieved. These are done in accordance with the requirements of the professional bodies which give our course and certain modules exemptions. The precise breakdown of the balance can be found in the Course Specification.
Please note the exam/assessment periods in the academic calendar and make sure that you are available during those periods. Further details of your schedule of examinations can be found on your timetable once the examination schedule is released. Coursework submission deadlines can normally be found on MyBeckett, on course noticeboards or in individual Module Handbooks/other module guides.
Disabled students requiring adjustments to assessments and/or examinations should contact Disability Advice at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their support requirements. In order for adjustments to be identified and implemented in a timely fashion we urge all students to register with us as soon as possible, as we cannot provide adjustments at short notice.
For further information visit Disability Advice or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0113 812 5831. Please also see Disability Advice on the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett for further information.
It is important for your progression and achievement that you submit all work for all assignments in a timely manner. It is also important that you keep copies of all work submitted until after you have graduated. You should also keep any receipts confirming the submission of assignments. In the event of your submitted work being lost you may be required to produce a copy of the work and submission receipt. If you are unable to do so, your work will not be marked.
It is important to note that submitting all assignments is a requirement of your course. Should you experience extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting on time please make yourself aware of the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances process. Without any form of extenuating circumstances, standard penalties apply for late submission of assessed work. Full details of the penalties for late submission of course work are available in section 3 of the Academic Regulations at www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/public-information/academic-regulations. Please check the penalties that apply to this course as some Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirements may mean that different penalties apply.
If you have been recommended ‘flexibility around deadlines’ as a reasonable adjustment in a Reasonable Adjustment Plan, your Course Administrator will be able to advise you of the process.
You may be required to submit your written work via Turnitin; further information on Turnitin is available here: http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/mybeckett/turnitin
Assessed work will normally be returned with appropriate feedback within four weeks of your submission. Each Module Handbook will provide you with specific guidelines on how and when you will receive feedback on your assessments.
Results from module assessments and decisions on progression to the next level of study (e.g., from Level 4 to Level 5 of an undergraduate degree) or awards (if you are in the final level) are available on the Results Online system: www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/results-online.htm.
Results will appear within Results Online five working days after the date of the Progression and Award Board meeting (the meeting where your end of level outcome will be decided) or the Module Board meeting (the meeting where modular outcomes are decided).
If you are unsure about when you might receive your results or have queries relating to your results, you should contact your Course Administrator.
The University recognises that, from time to time, students may encounter issues which may prevent them from being able to submit or take assessment. Where this is the case, students may be able to submit their 'extenuating circumstances' for consideration. Please see the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances web page for further information.
If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you will be eligible for re-assessment. See your Module Handbook for details of the relevant re-assessment process (e.g., whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment/when it will take place/what the deadline is). You will be advised via Results Online of your options for re-assessment. You are advised to contact your Course Director, Course Administrator or Academic Advisor for any necessary clarification.
Details about our Appeals process can be found on the Appeals web page.
Academic integrity means intellectual honesty and is part of good academic practice. Further information can be found on our Academic Integrity web page.
Teaching & Learning
The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance course adopts the School’s and University’s Education Strategy published in July 2016. This philosophy promotes The Learning Pathway under which;
“students will follow a coherent course of study, underpinned by relevant research, which engages them, academically and professionally, builds their self-confidence and develops their expertise in their subject. They will be supported throughout each level of their course (and between undergraduate and postgraduate study) and encouraged to reflect upon their learning experience alongside their academic, professional and personal development. Development of this approach is as much about the way in which we work with our students as about the content of their modules, strengthening a narrative of learning within a coherent course structure.”
Level 4: Engagement
“Our emphasis at level 4 is upon transition, enabling all students to understand, and meet, the challenges of learning within a University and supporting their success at the next levels of their course. By the end of level 4, students will be oriented and integrated into their learning environment. They will also be fully prepared for the remainder of their courses, with a sound understanding of the key concepts and knowledge required for successful completion. Students will have begun to develop the full range of skills needed to complete their courses and will be engaging confidently both with their course teams and with each other.”
Key subject concepts and knowledge are covered in Level 4. The contextual framework of the subject is studied in block A modules on the legal and business environment, and the core techniques of both financial and management accounting are introduced in Introduction to Accounting. in blocks B & C Accounting is then developed and more technical aspects introduced. Data Analysis for Finance provides the quantitative methods knowledge required to support the techniques and calculations of other modules.
To support the students’ transition to learning within a university and to begin their development towards independent learning, the coursework in block A Introduction to Accounting requires students to reflect upon their own skills and competencies at that point and to generate a plan for their development. Business Context has a presentation assessment that helps to develop the skills needed to engage confidently with others. There is support through the personal tutoring scheme, an early assessment and feedback opportunity in block A, and the extended induction initiative.
Level 5: Contextualisation
“Our emphasis at level 5 is upon consolidation and deeper contextualisation. At this intermediate stage, students will become more immersed in their subject, and able to reflect critically, both upon its nature and place within their future professional and/or academic lives. Students will begin to deepen and extend their awareness of the academic, professional and personal opportunities available upon graduation and will be supported and encouraged to put their knowledge and skills into practice in an employment-related context”.
To consolidate and deepen the contextualisation for accounting and finance, Level 5 develops the three main strands of the award: 1. financial reporting (with more complex and additional challenges in Accounting Adjustments and Group Financial Statements than are in the Level 4 modules); 2. management accounting (progressing to more complex and additional costing and budgeting techniques); and 3. Level 5 introduces and develops financial management. Until Level 4 (or its equivalent) knowledge is attained, Financial Management would be too technically challenging for proper study, so it is introduced at Level 5. The Skills for Accountants module include developing and reflecting on upon employment-related skills and opportunities. Financial Management incorporates presentations in groups. The Placement option is promoted and supported as well and is a further chance for students to gain valuable work based skills.
Level 6: Independence
“Our emphasis at level 6 is upon the strengthening and development of independence and the further growth of students as critical thinkers, increasingly knowledgeable and reflective, both about their own academic development and about the research environment of their subject. All students will be offered the opportunity to demonstrate this development, through a sustained piece of work (with a potential for interdisciplinary working) which shows them to be academically and professionally capable. They will be able to demonstrate the application of their knowledge and skills within real-world contexts, as well as exemplifying our University’s graduate attributes.”
The Level 6 modules develop the students’ independence, criticality, and reflection. For example, Strategic Planning & Control uses a business simulation that requires students to apply their subject knowledge and techniques in a business scenario and then to reflect on that experience. Students have to apply accounting within a wider commercial context including areas such as marketing, HR and international trade. Accounting Issues challenges students to critique the core concepts and techniques of accounting and to consider how the subject might develop in the future. A sustained piece of work carries over from Strategic Planning and Control into Accounting Issues. As a supplement and extension to this, students may choose the dissertation elective. The overwhelming majority of students, however, avoid the dissertation. and do this through the core modules: Strategic Planning and Control and Accounting Issues. Strategic Planning and Control requires application of both analytical and reflective skills and Accounting Issues provides the opportunity to demonstrate critical analysis skills at a greater depth.
Introduction to Accounting
Corporate and Business Law
Introduction to Financial Statement Preparation
Data Analysis for Finance
Dealing with Accounting Adjustments
Skills for Accountants
Intermediate Management Accounting
Producing and Interpreting Group Financial Statements
Advanced Financial Management
Strategic Planning and Control
Corporate Taxation, Theory and Practice
Indicative Elective Modules
Finance in Practice
Managerial Decision Making
Corruption in Business
Applied Finance for Enterprise
Cross Cultural Management and Diversity
Governance, Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
Audit and Assurance
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Details of School academic staff can be found on the Leeds Business School Website.
Attendance & Absence
The University expects you to attend and fully contribute to all mandatory sessions on your timetable as set out in your student contract. Engagement in your lectures, seminars and practicals is an important part of your learning - contributing both to the University community and the learning experience of your fellow students on the course.
We monitor your engagement at the University as regular attendance and academic achievement are closely linked. Moreover, by monitoring your engagement and attendance we can identify students who may need our guidance or support at an early stage to help them progress in their studies. This is part of our commitment to ensuring an excellent education and experience and supporting your success at Leeds Beckett.
The University does understand that from time to time there is good reason why you cannot attend a class, and in this instance you must contact your School office to let them know.
Please note that any attendance reports can be shared with you and your Course team. You might be asked to contact your School office so that appropriate academic or pastoral support can be offered, should your attendance record give cause for concern.
Our most important aim is to support your studies, but we are also required to report attendance to various external bodies such as the Student Loan Company and the Home Office. There are measures in place for students who seek to falsely register either their own or fellow students’ attendance.
Our Attendance Policy is available under ‘Student Contract’ on the Student Regulations web page.
Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific attendance requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.
You must notify your Course Administrator if you are absent for more than one day (for example for an interview, emergency unforeseen circumstances, or for compassionate leave). If you are going to apply for mitigation you will need to provide written evidence of the reason for your absence.
Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.
If you are unable to study due to Covid-19 (coronavirus) symptoms, please see the guidance available on our Covid-19 web page.
If you are unable to study because of another illness for more than 14 consecutive days (including weekends), you must provide us with a Fit Note.
You can send a digital copy of your Fit Note to your Course Administrator, and then send the original by post.
If you are absent through illness on the day of an examination or assignment deadline and you intend to apply for mitigation, you must also provide us with details as possible. Your submission for mitigation may be made online and the circumstances surrounding it may be self-certified unless your period of absence is prolonged. Generally, all absences of 2 weeks or more will require the submission of verifiable documentary evidence. For more information on ‘fit to sit’ and mitigation please visit our Mitigation web page.
Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.
Campus-based students who suspect they may have, or have been diagnosed as having a serious infectious disease such as Mumps, TB, measles, meningitis or chicken pox should not attend campus and notify their Course Director or Course Administrator as soon as possible giving information regarding which groups of students (and/or colleagues and clients on placements) you have been in contact with and when. For diseases such as Mumps, TB or meningitis, your doctor will notify the West Yorkshire Public Health Protection Team who may also wish to speak to you (or your family) to determine if others require screening or medication. You should follow advice given by the hospital or your GP about when it is safe to return to University. Further information is available on the Student Wellbeing web page.
For guidance on what to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus), please visit our Covid-19 web page.
If you are thinking about changing course or withdrawing from your course, further information can be found on our Student web pages
Please be aware that our university fully complies with University Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) policy at all times. There are legal reporting requirements for all students in the UK on a Student visa, and full attendance is mandatory for all students on a Student Visa. Failure to meet UKVI attendance requirements could lead to your academic sponsorship being withdrawn and your visa being revoked. Students on a Student Visa need to be aware of their responsibilities whilst in the UK, please see www.ukcisa.org.uk or our Student Immigration Advice and Compliance web page for full information.
For up to date information about visas, immigration issues and other matters relating to international students, please visit the International Students’ web pages on the Students website (www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/) or contact the International Student Advice Centre on email@example.com
Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW)
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
The maximum exemptions from professional body examinations (subject to satisfactory completion of the course and certain optional module selection) are ACCA 9, ICAEW 7 and CIMA 9.
Sandwich Placement Information
Leeds Beckett is dedicated to improving the employability of our students and one of the ways in which we do this is to support our students to gain valuable work experience through work based placements. Our placement teams have developed strong links with companies, many of whom repeatedly recruit our students into excellent placement roles. Our teams are dedicated to supporting students through every stage of the placement process. For further information, contact our placement teams via our Placement Information web page.
48 weeks after Level 5
Students are responsible for obtaining their own placement, with assistance from the University. The locations will vary, dependant on the opportunity.
Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities
During the course of your studies you will not only develop an understanding of the essentials of Accounting and Finance in the modern business world but also be able to critically analyse the material provided and have an increased awareness of the resources available to the modern student and how such resources can be utilised to widen your vision. Working with students and staff will develop practical team-work skills and you will be able to place your learnings in the broader context of doing business.
You will have opportunities to gain recognition during your time at Leeds Beckett University for the extra activities you do in addition to your studies, including volunteering, student societies, playing in our University sports teams and being a Course Representative.
The Graduate Attributes of Enterprise, Digital Literacy and Global Outlook have been identified by the University as the three overarching features that will distinguish Leeds Beckett graduates and make them attractive potential employees of leading businesses.
In Business Context at Level 4 students consider the environment in which businesses operate and how an ethical culture can be promoted within organisations. Enterprise is also assessed in this module as students have to present (30%) on a real business. In Corporate and Business Law students investigate and are assessed on the legal requirements involved in setting up different types of business organisation. In Management Accounting students develop enterprise skills by calculating and appraising different approaches to both short and long term Managerial Decision Making. These skills are also assessed through examination in this module.
In the Accounting Adjustments module students develop the ability to come up with innovative solutions to real business problems. This is assessed by the inclusion of mini case studies within the exam. The Skills for Accountants module includes application of ongoing reflective theory and thinking to a range of situations and evaluate possible solutions and outcomes. The lecture programme offered by the Placement Office which is included in students’ timetables encourages them to consider different opportunities.
In Strategic planning and Control students are required to run a business within a simulation which includes the preparation of a long term business plan and strategic decision making. It is assessed via coursework. This module also provides students with the opportunity to use and develop their group working and communication skills.
Digital literacy is enhanced from induction onwards through introduction to and use of university e-services e.g. VLE, portal, library and email. Throughout the course students are expected to use appropriate e-tools to locate, access and utilise information that facilitate learning e.g. library e-catalogue and search engines. In particular Level 4 students use Excel spreadsheets to create, manipulate and analyse data in the Data Analysis for Finance module. In Management Accounting students classroom based learning is supported by podcasts and multiple choice formative feedback tests on MyBeckett. Feedback is provided online for both students and staff to determine progress and areas for further development.
Digital literacy is further developed in Level 5. The Skills for Accountants module extends students’ Excel spreadsheet skills and exposes them to accounting software that also improves their employability. Sector practitioners strongly support the principles behind the Skills for Accountants module. Feedback from the employers involved in the Placement module supports this. Students also have to extract and manipulate information from financial statement databases, such as FAME, in order to prepare for the coursework in Group Financial Statements.
Students continue to demonstrate digital literacy at Level 6 e.g. In the Strategic Planning and Control module students are required to prepare a set of final accounts using Excel and to run ’what if’ scenarios using IT. In Accounting Issues students use a variety of online research resources to develop their thoughts.
In Level 4 students are introduced to the International Accounting Standards as well as UK regulations in the Introduction to Financial Statements.
In Group Financial Statements students will be more aware of the global perspective as they evaluate the impact of diverse global contexts upon business risk and also consider practical accounting issues associated with international business operations. In Intermediate Management Accounting will evaluate performance within divisionalised organisations including multi-national.
Global outlook is further developed at level 6 e.g. in Corporate Taxation, Theory and Practice students will critically evaluate the international tax environment; in Advanced Financial Management students will evaluate financial decision making within a multi-national context; and in Strategic Planning and Control module students will run a business simulation within a global market. The highly discursive nature of seminars at Level 6 means students will be encouraged to share perspectives e.g. discussion of development of tax regulation in different countries and corporate governance, financial reporting and audit arrangements within a global context. In Accounting Issues students consider many international aspects of MNCs and global business activities.
The Course Specification outlines what work-related activities are associated with this course. The course aims to develop to aid your development of work-related techniques and practical tools, described to us by potential employers as ‘soft skills’, to place you in apposition to be able to quickly and actively contribute to employment once you graduate. These skills included team work, communication skills, presentation techniques etc.
Graduates from this course will find opportunities to pursue a career in the financial sector, with an entitlement to accreditations and exemptions. Students may wish to further study in the post graduate areas of study.
If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your Course Administrator is there to help you. Course Administrators work closely with academic staff and can make referrals to teaching staff or to specialist professional services as appropriate. They can give you a confirmation of attendance letter, and a transcript. You may also like to contact your Course Rep or the Students’ Union Advice team for additional support with course-related questions.
Your Academic Advisor will be an academic member of staff who teaches you on your course. Your Course Director will make sure that you are given the contact details of your Academic Advisor at the beginning of each year, usually in your course induction. Further details on the role of your Academic Advisor are available on the Academic Advisor web page.
The Student Advice Hub Team can support with a number of practical elements of University life. When you first arrive at University, they produce your first Student ID card and any replacements you require during your studies. When you commence your studies, they can provide you with bank letters, so that you are able to open and maintain student bank accounts, and Confirmation of Enrolment letters that you might need for a range of purposes. Current students and graduates can also request transcripts from the Student Advice Hub.
As you progress with university life, the Student Advice Hub Team are able to provide information in relation to any element you might need help with. If you have a question and you’re not sure who to ask, please get in touch. If the team aren’t able to answer your query directly, they will ensure you can access the most appropriate team to offer help.
If you need help with more complex queries or concerns, their trained advisers also support students with 1-1 appointments, providing a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to talk about your circumstances and identifying support that you can access within and outside of the University. You can book an appointment with an Adviser on MyHub.
Ordinarily, members of the Student Advice Hub in the Student Hubs on the ground floor of the Rose Bowl and Leslie Silver at City Campus and in Campus Central at Headingley. However, due to Covid-19, and in the interests of the health and safety of our students and staff, for a period of time this service will support you digitally via live chat, email, video calls and online resources. Their telephone number is 0113 812 3000 and you can contact them via e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments can be booked via the Student Advice Hub Team web page, all of which will be delivered virtually.
Within MyBeckett you will see two tabs (Support and Opportunities) where you can find online information and resources for yourselves. The ‘Support’ tab gives you access to details of services available to give you academic and personal support. These include Library Services, the Students’ Union, Money advice, Disability advice and support, Wellbeing, International Student Services and Accommodation. There is also an A-Z of Support Services, and access to online appointments/registration.
The ‘Opportunities’ tab is the place to explore the options you have for jobs, work placements, volunteering, and a wide range of other opportunities. For example, you can find out here how to get help with your CV, prepare for an interview, get a part-time job or voluntary role, take part in an international project, or join societies closer to home.
Support for disabled students is available from our Disability Advice team. Support is available for students with a range of disabilities including:
• epilepsy, diabetes and IBS
• depression, anxiety and eating disorders
• dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D
• Autism Spectrum Conditions
• Mobility difficulties
• Sensory impairments
Support is individually tailored depending on the nature of your disability and the demands of your course. We would encourage you to contact us as early as possible to enable us to implement any adjustments you may need. If you have a disability and have not previously declared it, please fill in the registration form (which is also available via the Disability Advice web page) or contact the Disability Advice team on 0113 8125831 or email email@example.com
More information on disability advice is available under the Academic and Personal Support sections of the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett, and on the Disability Advice web page.
Disabled students can also access the Disability Resource Areas in each library and the support provided by the Library Learning Support Officer. More information is available on the Library website.
The Library offers 24/7 support for your studies. You can access thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services.
Library Academic Support
The Library Academic Support Team can help you develop your academic skills such as critical thinking, academic writing and analysing data, and research skills such as how to find, use and evaluate information for your studies. The team liaises with your lecturers to provide the information resources you need for your subject and to arrange academic skills sessions to support you in your studies.
The team maintains a number of websites to support your learning:
- In your Subject guide, you'll find a variety of information resources which have been selected as a good starting point for research in that area. These are available on the Skills and Subject Support web page or via the Course or Support tabs in My Beckett.
- On the Skills for Learning website, you’ll find online resources covering topics such as essay writing, research and time management, plus information to help you reference and avoid plagiarism, alongside details of online workshops that are designed to help you succeed in your assessments. The Skills for Learning website can be found on the Library website or via the Library or Support tabs in My Beckett.
Library and Student IT Advice Service
The Library and Student IT Advice Service team can answer your queries on borrowing, finding information, passwords, Office 365, online meetings, saving your work, MyBeckett and more:
- online (including 24/7 chat) via the Contact Us web page
- by phone - 0113 812 1000 (24/7 IT support)
They also have a wide range of short tutorials available on the Library’s YouTube channel.
Wi-Fi on the University campus is provided by eduroam, a secure wireless network, which also allows you Wi-Fi access if you visit other universities. To connect:
1. Select eduroam from available Wi-Fi
2. Your login details are:
Username: e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org
Password: your normal university password
*Android Users: Select under Phase 2 Authentication – MS-CHAPv2
Help is available on the Library’s Wi-Fi web page.
Microsoft Office 365
You are provided with free access to Office 365 and the latest version of Office can be downloaded from the IT tab in MyBeckett or from office.com. All students who are registered for a qualification at Leeds Beckett University are eligible and you can use the subscription for the duration of your course. For instructions and more information, please see the Office 365 support page.
OneDrive Leeds Beckett is your individual file storage with 1TB of storage space. With OneDrive you can access and share your files across your devices. This is accessible on University PCs and off-campus through Office 365 portal. See the Saving your Work pages on the Library website for more information.
Leeds Beckett RemoteApp
The Leeds Beckett RemoteApp gives you access to a range of specialist software for your course on your personal devices. See the RemoteApp page on the Library website for more information.
Media Equipment – free loans
You can borrow high-end Media Equipment for free. Browse, reserve and collect equipment ranging from GoPros to Remote Presenters from the ground floor of the Shelia Silver and Headingley Libraries. Further information is available on the Media Equipment web page.
The Students’ Union Advice Service offers free, independent, non-judgemental advice and guidance to all Leeds Beckett Students. This can include advice on any problems you might have whilst on your course including all the Academic Regulations (Mitigation, Extensions, Complaints, Appeals, Disciplinary procedures and Academic Integrity). We can also give advice on any issues you may have with your housing including disrepair, contract checking and issues with deposits. We can also advise on student funding and debt.
We will listen to your problem and outline what options are available to you, so you can make an informed decision on what to do.
Hopefully you will never need us but just remember we are here for you if you do.
Tel: 0113 812 8400
The Students’ Union Student Voice & Insight Team works together with the Education Officer to effectively represent students’ academic interests.
We provide support, training and ongoing development to c.1000 Course Representatives, who are elected by you to represent you whilst you study at Leeds Beckett, and facilitate the School Forums where any student can raise feedback about their academic experience at Leeds Beckett and discuss changes that have occurred as a result of student feedback with University staff.
Unsure who your Course Rep is? Maybe you’re interested in becoming a Course Rep or have feedback about your academic experience? Drop us a message on the details below:
Tel: 0113 812 8400
MyBeckett, the portal and virtual learning environment provides:
• access to your modules and timetables;
• your reading lists and email account;
• your personal storage area on our University IT servers;
• information on where to look for academic or personal support (Support tab);
• information on opportunities such as jobs, careers, part-time work, placements and volunteering (Opportunities tab)
• access to Library and student IT advice
Further information and support for using MyBeckett can be found on the MyBeckett Support Pages.
The physical and online resources available for this course are detailed in the module handbooks for each element of the course.
We are committed to working in partnership with you and the Students’ Union to provide you with an inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment which is conducive to study for all our students and our staff. An important element of your time studying with us is your engagement in developing your learning. Your engagement and attendance on your course enables you to further your learning and supports your achievement, course completion and aspirations for the future. There is an expectation that students will attend, engage in their learning and submit for assessment. We provide support for you to maximise your time studying with us and to develop your learning, skills and abilities to support you in your chosen career path.
We seek active participation by all our students in the continuous enhancement of our courses and through our monitoring, annual review and enhancement processes. These are formal processes used by our University for assuring the academic standards and quality of your course and its continuous improvement. These processes utilise your feedback, External Examiners’ reports, feedback from staff and others, data relating to student outcomes on the course and student surveys to reflect on areas of good practice and areas for further enhancement. We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey. We utilise the outcomes of these surveys to benchmark our courses nationally and to inform annual course enhancements.
Informal feedback is also welcome at any time either via your Academic Advisor or module tutor or via your Course Representative. Our partnership with you enables us together to make the most of your learning experience with us and to enhance the quality and reputation of your course. You can find out what actions have been taken in response to your feedback through your Course Representative, the Students’ Union, your tutors or through the Library.
Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course level, in formal and informal meetings with academic and support staff online and follow up on actions that have occurred as a result of student feedback at School Forums. Details about being a Course Representative are available on the Students web pages. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available on the Students’ Union website.
You have the opportunity to become an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives. The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.
As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:
• acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
• gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
• enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
• working with the Course Director, members of the course team and the Students’ Union to enhance your course;
• facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
• being an ambassador for your course.
Further details about Course Representatives are available on the web pages above and in our University’s Academic Regulations.
We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey.
We are committed to providing a high quality experience for all our students. We welcome comments and compliments from students, and find them valuable for on-going improvements to our provision. Comments and compliments about your course can be raised with your Course Representative or directly with your Course Director or Academic Advisor.
If you have a specific complaint about an act or omission of our University, you may be able to make a complaint under the Student Complaints Procedure. In the first instance, you should raise the matter as soon as possible with the member of staff most directly concerned, or with the person who can best resolve it. If this does not resolve the matter, or if the complaint is too serious to be addressed in this way, then you should make a formal complaint in writing. Information about how to make a complaint, including the student complaints procedure and a complaints form, is available on the Students web pages
BA Accounting and Finance
DIPHE Accounting and Finance
CERTHE Accounting and Finance
Leeds Beckett University
Level 6 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, with 120 credit points at each of Levels 4, 5, and 6 of the Higher Education Credit Framework for England (360 credits in total)
PT delivery is usually at half the intensity of the FT equivalent course, although there may be flexibility to increase your pace of study to shorten the overall course duration. Some modules may be delivered in a different sequence to that defined within this information set, but the modules offered within each level are consistent. Please note that the work placement option is generally not available to PT students.
City Campus, Leeds (plus location of work placement, if applicable)
Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. If you have any queries about your tuition fees, please visit our Course/Tuition Fees Payment web page or contact Fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Ongoing queries relating to additional course costs may be discussed with your Course Administrator.
Policies, Standards & Regulations
Key University regulations and policies can be accessed on the following web pages:
• Academic Regulations (including assessment regulations) are available on our Academic Regulations web page
• The Student Contract is available on our Student Regulations web page
• The Student Charter is available on our Academic Regulations web page (Section 20)
Other Student regulations and University policies, including Safety, Health and Wellbeing policies, are available on our Student Regulations web page
You should also familiarise yourself with our Zero Tolerance Report and Support web page regarding sexual harassment and assault, and also the Report & Support web page regarding racial harassment.
There are no additional or non-standard regulations which relate to your course
The External Examiner assures that you are assessed fairly in relation to other students on the same course and also that the standard of your own award is comparable to similar courses taken by students in other higher education institutions within the UK. The External Examiner(s) provide an annual report for your course. External Examiner reports are available on our External Examiner Reports web page, which is accessible via the Course Information link on the Students home page.
The details of the External Examiner for this course are as follows:
- Mr Thomas Spencer
- Principal Lecturer
- Nottingham Trent University
The Course Administrator can provide you with the module information for your course, or tell you where to locate the details. This includes a description of module content, how the module will be taught and how you will be assessed.. In most cases, you will be provided with a module handbook at the start of the module or one will be made available to you In My Beckett