Accounting involves the recording, reporting and communication of financial information about a business to help managers, investors and other stakeholders make appropriate decisions. Finance is the process where investment, financing and dividend decisions are made to achieve the key strategic objective of maximising the wealth of a company's shareholders. On this course, you explore both accounting and finance and the links between them together with other relevant business modules. There is a strong focus on employability throughout the course to prepare you for your future career. As well as developing technical accounting and finance skills, you enhance vital numerical, decision-making and communication skills to understand and explain financial information. You learn using case studies that enable you to apply your learning to real-world situations. **Work placements in the UK and overseas** In year three, you have the opportunity to apply the skills you've gained by taking a one-year paid work placement. We help you secure a great placement opportunity and support you while you are there, with the possibility of salaries up to £22,000. This is a great way to improve your industry knowledge with real insight and experience. It also enables you to build an eye-catching CV to impress future employers, and many students find jobs with their placement companies after graduating. Previous students have gained placements ranging from small to medium-sized local companies and accountancy practices through to larger organisations such as • Astra Zeneca • GE Capital • IBM • Jaguar Land Rover • Metropolitan Police • Morrisons • Nestle• Royal Mail • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. **Exemptions and additional qualifications** Following successful completion of first year, you are awarded the CIMA Business Certificate. This forms the basis of the CIMA Professional Qualification and is valuable when seeking placements or graduate jobs regardless of the qualification you may go on to study after university. In second year, you have the opportunity to gain industry-recognised qualifications from Sage and Excel. In final year, you are entitled to free registration with ACCA as part of their Accelerate initiative. Other benefits include free initial annual membership fees and reduced exemption fees. On successful graduation, you can apply to the professional accountancy bodies to claim exemptions from their examinations. Depending on choice of elective modules, the course allows you to claim the maximum possible exemptions allowable by the professional bodies. This includes • up to 9 exemptions from ACCA • up to 11 exemptions from CIMA • up to 8 exemptions from ICAEW • up to 7 exemptions from the IFA. **Additional opportunities** We are one of only a few universities to invest in Bloomberg Terminals housed in a dedicated Bloomberg Suite. The terminals deliver data, news and analytics to global financial professionals and you have the opportunity to gain practical experience of using this industry-standard technology. Plus you can access information from the Financial Times for free at FT.com to ensure you're up-to-date with the latest information about finance, economics, politics, business and management.