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Year of Entry 2020/21
BA (Honours)

Forensic Accounting

Study a specialist branch of accounting characterised by an investigative and analytical approach.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year) ††
International: £13,650 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 120 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? N490
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Build a strong basis to begin a career in forensic accounting.
  • A springboard to start a career in accounting in general.
  • Allows you to demonstrate competence in many graduate-level transferable skills.

Join the fight against fraud and set yourself apart from other accounting graduates. Deepen your understanding of financial accounting, along with the related laws, risks, and ethics. The course is suitable for students who want to become forensic accountants, but also for students who are interested in accounting with an investigative and legal perspective.

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Watch student Abigail Chadburn talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Celeste Thatcher talk about this course.

All modules make a significant contribution to employability by providing you with a real life context to the topics covered, and by requiring you to use skills such as independent research, teamwork and presentations. This is done by using case studies, real life examples and scenarios, engaging you in the study and evaluation of industry sectors while developing key graduate skills such as literacy, critical thinking, personal organisation and time management.

There are specific employability modules at each level, which allow you to gain a good understanding of the roles available to you. They help you understand how to go about searching and applying for such roles, culminating in the final year consultancy project that enables you to demonstrate your critical and problem solving capabilities and the opportunity to be creative and innovative.

During year three, we help and encourage you to complete an optional one year paid work placement. This enables you to apply and develop your knowledge and skills in a real business environment. Forensic accounting students have benefitted hugely from obtaining placements with employers such as PwC, Audit Partnership, Interserve and GE.

Course leaders and tutors

Joanne Winfield
Joanne Winfield
Senior Lecturer

Lecturer in the Financial Accounting and Management Accounting subject group at Sheffield Business School

Applied learning

The course is organised in to six modules each academic year, with modules taught in large and small groups . It adopts an activity-based and student-centred approach, taking place both within formal teaching sessions and during guided and independent study undertaken by you, including collaborative group work. To support guided and independent study, you are provided with tasks, exercises, resources, and references to additional useful learning materials, to access, utilise and respond to as part of your study programme.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • group work
  • independent study
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Future careers

Our graduates are well equipped for a range of careers. We have a team of specialist recruitment advisers and run a range of careers and recruitment events. This course equips you for a career as

  • a forensic accountant
  • a professionally qualified accountant
  • a graduate level job that does not have a specific degree requirement

One of our aims is prepare you for roles in organisations from the Big 4 accounting firms to small and medium-sized enterprises. Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • PwC
  • Deloitte
  • Price Bailey
  • Smith Cooper
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Cranswick Country Foods

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA), CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW). For further information relating to professional bodies and exemptions, please see the course description section of this page.

We are also a member of the Anti-Fraud Education Partnership with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

The course gives second year students the opportunity to obtain industry-recognised qualifications in SAGE (accounting software) and Microsoft Excel.

Your student membership fees for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners for your second and final years of study are paid by the University, giving you full access to their resources.


Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 120

This must include at least 64 points from 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:

  • BBB at A Level
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies

We also expect you to demonstrate through your personal statement an interest in and awareness of accounting or some level of practical experience.

GCSE

  • English language or literature at grade C
  • Maths at grade D or 3

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

If you do not have any of the qualifications above but have relevant experience you are welcome to discuss potential opportunities with the admissions tutor.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Business Economics (Finance) Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Developing Professional And Academic Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Financial Accounting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Financial Analysis For Business Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Law, Corporate Governance And Ethics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Management Accounting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Financial Accounting And Reporting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Financial Risk Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Fraud, Evidence, Expert Witness Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Progressing Professional Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Audit And Assurance Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Corporate Reporting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Forensic Accounting Techniques Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Principles Of Taxation Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. ††

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Accounting, banking and finance courses (PDF)

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