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International: £13,650 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
- 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.
How you learn
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
Lecturer in the Financial Accounting and Management Accounting subject group at Sheffield Business School
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
- group work
- independent study
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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
- Price Bailey
- Smith Cooper
- Lloyds Banking Group
- Cranswick Country Foods
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 is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.City Campus map
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
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.
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.
- English language or literature at grade C
- Maths at grade D or 3
• 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'.
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.
|Module: Business Economics (Finance)||Credits: 20||
|Module: Developing Professional And Academic Skills||Credits: 20||
|Module: Financial Accounting||Credits: 20||
|Module: Financial Analysis For Business||Credits: 20||
|Module: Law, Corporate Governance And Ethics||Credits: 20||
|Module: Management Accounting||Credits: 20||
|Module: Financial Accounting And Reporting||Credits: 20||
|Module: Financial Risk Management||Credits: 20||
|Module: Fraud, Evidence, Expert Witness||Credits: 20||
|Module: Progressing Professional Development||Credits: 20||
|Module: Placement Year||Credits: -|
|Module: Audit And Assurance||Credits: 20||
|Module: Corporate Reporting||Credits: 20||
|Module: Forensic Accounting Techniques||Credits: 20||
|Module: Principles Of Taxation||Credits: 20||
Fees and funding
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.
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.
Financial support for home/EU students
How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.
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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