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This Course at a Glance

  • Globally recognised online alternative to Year 1 of university
  • Get on the pathway to obtaining a bachelor’s degree in accounting
  • In partnership with the international awarding organisation ATHE
  • Unlocks Year 2 of your degree with learndirect
  • Complete Year 3 with the University of Bolton or Bloomsbury Institute
  • Flexible online study rather than on-campus lectures
  • Get on the fast track to your university qualification
  • Avoid rising loan repayment fees
  • Save on expensive living costs associated with on-campus study
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Accounting Online Degree Pathway - Year 1

This Course at a Glance

  • Globally recognised online alternative to Year 1 of university
  • Get on the pathway to obtaining a bachelor’s degree in accounting
  • In partnership with the international awarding organisation ATHE
  • Unlocks Year 2 of your degree with learndirect
  • Complete Year 3 with the University of Bolton or Bloomsbury Institute
  • Flexible online study rather than on-campus lectures
  • Get on the fast track to your university qualification
  • Avoid rising loan repayment fees
  • Save on expensive living costs associated with on-campus study

Achieving a degree in accounting or a relevant subject can propel you towards a range of careers in finance, such as forensic accounting or stockbroking. With our online degree pathway, which consists of the first year of an Honours degree, removing in-person lectures and restrictive timetables, you have the option to complete Year 1 of your degree when it suits your schedule.

About Your Online Degree Pathway

This undergraduate online degree pathway in accounting (Year 1) is made up of 120 credits and is designed as an online alternative to completing Year 1 at university. Studying with us will fast-track you to the final year of an associated bachelor’s degree, which can be completed with one of our partnered universities.

This has been made possible through our partnership with ATHE, an Ofqual-regulated global awarding organisation that spans more than 55 countries worldwide. ATHE partners with 25 UK and international universities, providing top-up degrees to learners seeking an alternative to traditional university learning.

The course is delivered online, through an engaging array of online learning materials. So, you will find your education both interesting and rewarding. As a self-paced online course, you can also work towards your qualification without pressure, around your existing commitments.

What Will You Learn?

The course covers a wide range of topics related to accounting and finance, ensuring that you develop a strong understanding of key concepts and principles in these areas. It is suitable for individuals who are looking to start a career in accounting and finance or for those who wish to enhance their existing knowledge and skills in this field.

Throughout the Year 1 element of this online degree pathway, you’ll have the opportunity to explore various aspects, including financial accounting, budgetary control, personal taxation, business environment, and economics for business. The curriculum is designed to provide you with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, enabling you to apply what you’ve learned in real-world scenarios.

Unlock Year 2 of Your Degree

Upon successful completion of Year 1 of this Accounting Online Degree Pathway, you will be able to study Year 2 with us as well. If you’d like to save even more on the cost of your education with us, purchase both Year 1 and Year 2 together.

University Progression

Upon successful completion of Year 1 and Year 2 with us, you will be guaranteed admission to complete Year 3 of your undergraduate degree with the University of Bolton or the Bloomsbury Institute.

For example, you could study:

University of Bolton - BA (Hons) Accountancy

Bloomsbury Institute - BSc Accounting and Finance Accelerated Degree

Study for a Degree Without Expensive Fees

If you want to get ahead of degree-level learning without racking up student loan debt, then we have the ideal alternative to traditional university study. The Accounting Online Degree Pathway – Year 1 provides the first step in the route to earning your degree online, replacing the first year of university study. This programme allows you to complete one-third of your accounting degree remotely before completing Year 2 in the same way, at this point, you are guaranteed a place at university to complete your final year. With efficient access to learning materials, you can progress through the course and reach your third year in a shorter time.

An Affordable Alternative

Recent changes in student finance rules mean that university graduates will end up doubling their student loan repayments if they go down the traditional route. Plus, repayments will begin when the graduate starts earning an annual salary of £25,000, down from the previous £27,660 threshold.

With inflation and interest rates rising in the UK due to the ongoing cost of living crisis, university graduates are affected. For the 2022/23 academic year, there was a risk of student loan interest rates reaching 12%, further hitting the pockets of students.

Due to the current economic uncertainty, a university graduate could end up with an average of £42,900 of student loan debt, with tuition fees costing an average of £9,250 per year.

According to YouGov, 37% of people feel that current tuition fees are unfair, so it’s no surprise that many are looking for alternative options. Here at learndirect, we can offer you an affordable alternative that covers the first year of a degree for a fraction of the cost of the traditional route.

Please note, once you complete our online degree pathway (Year 1 and Year 2), you will need to pay your select university to study the third year of your course.

Avoid Rise in Daily Living Costs

You won't have to bear the expenses associated with full-term university attendance. By studying Year 1 and Year 2 from the comfort of your home, you can eliminate student housing costs and travel expenses. Moreover, you have the flexibility to integrate studying into your lifestyle without the need to rearrange other commitments to fit a university timetable. So, if you’re currently working, you won’t have to give that up for university life.

Modules

Year 1 consists of eight units

Unit 1: Financial Accounting 1

Upon completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the regulatory framework for financial reporting
  • Be able to prepare and interpret a statement of cash flows
  • Be able to prepare a credit control policy

Unit 2: Financial Accounting 2

Upon completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the relationship between organisational ownership and the nature of financial reporting statements
  • Understand the role of accounting and accounting records within an organisation
  • Be able to prepare financial reporting statements for different types of organisation
  • Be able to use techniques to measure performance and assess the financial position of organisations

Unit 3: Budgetary Control

Upon completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand financing options for different organisations
  • Understand how organisations manage cash flow and working capital
  • Be able to prepare budgets and report on variances

Unit 4: Cost and Management Accounting

Upon completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand cost accounting techniques and pricing strategies
  • Be able to use cost accounting techniques and pricing strategies
  • Understand employee management techniques used to improve quality

Unit 5: Personal Taxation

Upon completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand theories and principles of taxation systems
  • Be able to calculate income tax and National Insurance contributions for a taxpayer
  • Be able to account for capital gains tax

Unit 6: Business Environment

Upon completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand different forms of legal business ownership
  • Understand how external factors impact different organisations
  • Understand how the economic environment impacts organisations

Unit 7: Economics for Business

Upon completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand microeconomic factors affecting organisations
  • Understand macroeconomic factors affecting organisations
  • Understand the implications for organisations operating in an international economic environment

Unit 8: Law for Accounting

Upon completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the elements of law affecting commercial practice
  • Understand company and insolvency law
  • Understand the impact of criminal law on business and professional organisations
  • Understand areas of law affecting business and professional operations

Entry Requirements

You’ll need to possess an appropriate level of English and have prior qualifications, which can include:

  • A GCE Advanced level profile with achievement in 2 or more subjects supported by 5 or more GCSEs at grades 4/C and above
  • Other related level 3 subjects such as ATHE level 3 Diplomas
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate delivered by an approved further education institute and validated by an Access Validating Agency
  • Other equivalent international qualifications

Learners must also have an appropriate standard of Mathematics to enable them to achieve the Learning Outcomes at the standards set by the Assessment Criteria in each unit.

For individuals whose first language is not English, we recommend the following English language proficiency standards or an approved equivalent for this qualification:

IELTS: A score of 5.5 or higher

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR): Achieving at least B2 level
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): Scoring 162 or above
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Achieving a score between 42-49

Minimum Age Restriction

These qualifications are designed for learners aged 18 and older.

Average Completion Timeframe

ATHE qualifications typically take learners an average of 18 months to complete.

Assessment Requirements

There are no exams included in this study programme, instead, you will complete several written assignments.

Course Fees

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before certification can be ordered.

*You will have access to the course for 24 months.

You will complete a series of assignments to demonstrate that you have successfully achieved the learning outcomes of each unit.

ATHE

ATHE logo

Upon successful completion of this online course, you will achieve a globally recognised ATHE qualification:

  • ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Accounting – Qualification Number (603/4851/3)

Awards for Training and Higher Education (ATHE) is a global awarding organisation regulated by Ofqual and other United Kingdom and international regulators.

ATHE is a global awarding organisation regulated by Ofqual and other UK and international regulators since 2011. They work with more than 280 recognised centres in over 55 countries to complement our strong brand presence in the UK.

This qualification provides a solid foundation for further study, allowing students to progress onto Year 2, before completing a top-up year to achieve a degree in a relevant subject.

Once you have successfully completed Year 1 and Year 2, eligible universities in the UK that offer this top-up package that you could study with include:

University of Bolton - BA (Hons) Accountancy

Bloomsbury Institute - BSc Accounting and Finance Accelerated Degree

After completing your final year and obtaining your degree, you’ll receive a qualification that is recognised and valued by employers within the accounting and finance industry. Graduates can pursue various career routes, including roles in:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Taxation
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Analysis

For more insight on what your degree could lead to, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s the start of your accounting degree. Our Accounting Online Degree Pathway – Year 1 is a direct equivalent of Year 1 of a 3-year accounting degree. Once you finish this section, you’ll move on to study Year 2 with us as well before completing the final year at our nominated university. After that, you will have a full bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Yes! By choosing to start your degree courses online with us, you won’t be restricted by classes or timetables. This means it’s possible the complete the first two years of your online bachelor’s degree within one year and shave a whole 12 months off your route to graduating.
Yes! By choosing this option you will begin studying your accounting degree online. Most of our nominated universities offer the third year online as well, so you may be able to have a fully online study experience. The benefit of an online accounting degree is you get to decide when and where you study, as there are no set classes or rigid timetables. This makes it far easier to complete a degree around your job, childcare, and any other commitments.
Yes, accounting is a good career in the UK for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is a highly employable profession, with the employment rate for accountants currently sitting at 99% (ICAEW). Secondly, it’s well paid, the average salary for a qualified accountant in the UK is currently at £53,688 (Prospects.ac.uk). Thirdly, accounting is a profession with good career progression opportunities -92% of accountants are promoted within 5 years of qualifying (ICAEW). Finally, accounting is a profession with high levels of job satisfaction. According to a recent survey by the ICAEW, 92% of accountants are satisfied with their jobs.
Yes, a degree in accounting will make you a highly attractive candidate for accounting jobs and many other roles that find your skillset valuable. According to the UK government's Graduate Outcomes survey, 95% of accounting graduates are in employment within six months of graduating. This is significantly higher than the national average of 84%. In addition, accounting is a transferable skill that can be used in a variety of different roles and industries. This makes a degree in accounting a good choice for graduates who are not sure what they want to do with their careers.
With the accounting qualifications you’ll gain by completing Year 1 and Year 2 of your learndirect online degree, and the 1-year top-up degree online or on-campus with our nominated university, you’ll be qualified for a host of graduate accounting jobs. These include becoming an accountant, auditor, tax advisor, financial analyst, management accountant, and forensic accountant. However, it’s not just accounting and finance degree jobs you’ll be eligible for. Accounting graduates are also in high demand in other sectors, such as law, medicine, engineering, IT, education, and government.
  • SALE Savings End Midnight Thursday 29th February
  • SALE Savings End Midnight Thursday 29th February

Accounting Online Degree Pathway - Year 1

This Course at a Glance

  • Globally recognised online alternative to Year 1 of university
  • Get on the pathway to obtaining a bachelor’s degree in accounting
  • In partnership with the international awarding organisation ATHE
  • Unlocks Year 2 of your degree with learndirect
  • Complete Year 3 with the University of Bolton or Bloomsbury Institute
  • Flexible online study rather than on-campus lectures
  • Get on the fast track to your university qualification
  • Avoid rising loan repayment fees
  • Save on expensive living costs associated with on-campus study

Achieving a degree in accounting or a relevant subject can propel you towards a range of careers in finance, such as forensic accounting or stockbroking. With our online degree pathway, which consists of the first year of an Honours degree, removing in-person lectures and restrictive timetables, you have the option to complete Year 1 of your degree when it suits your schedule.

About Your Online Degree Pathway

This undergraduate online degree pathway in accounting (Year 1) is made up of 120 credits and is designed as an online alternative to completing Year 1 at university. Studying with us will fast-track you to the final year of an associated bachelor’s degree, which can be completed with one of our partnered universities.

This has been made possible through our partnership with ATHE, an Ofqual-regulated global awarding organisation that spans more than 55 countries worldwide. ATHE partners with 25 UK and international universities, providing top-up degrees to learners seeking an alternative to traditional university learning.

The course is delivered online, through an engaging array of online learning materials. So, you will find your education both interesting and rewarding. As a self-paced online course, you can also work towards your qualification without pressure, around your existing commitments.

What Will You Learn?

The course covers a wide range of topics related to accounting and finance, ensuring that you develop a strong understanding of key concepts and principles in these areas. It is suitable for individuals who are looking to start a career in accounting and finance or for those who wish to enhance their existing knowledge and skills in this field.

Throughout the Year 1 element of this online degree pathway, you’ll have the opportunity to explore various aspects, including financial accounting, budgetary control, personal taxation, business environment, and economics for business. The curriculum is designed to provide you with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, enabling you to apply what you’ve learned in real-world scenarios.

Unlock Year 2 of Your Degree

Upon successful completion of Year 1 of this Accounting Online Degree Pathway, you will be able to study Year 2 with us as well. If you’d like to save even more on the cost of your education with us, purchase both Year 1 and Year 2 together.

University Progression

Upon successful completion of Year 1 and Year 2 with us, you will be guaranteed admission to complete Year 3 of your undergraduate degree with the University of Bolton or the Bloomsbury Institute.

For example, you could study:

University of Bolton - BA (Hons) Accountancy

Bloomsbury Institute - BSc Accounting and Finance Accelerated Degree

Study for a Degree Without Expensive Fees

If you want to get ahead of degree-level learning without racking up student loan debt, then we have the ideal alternative to traditional university study. The Accounting Online Degree Pathway – Year 1 provides the first step in the route to earning your degree online, replacing the first year of university study. This programme allows you to complete one-third of your accounting degree remotely before completing Year 2 in the same way, at this point, you are guaranteed a place at university to complete your final year. With efficient access to learning materials, you can progress through the course and reach your third year in a shorter time.

An Affordable Alternative

Recent changes in student finance rules mean that university graduates will end up doubling their student loan repayments if they go down the traditional route. Plus, repayments will begin when the graduate starts earning an annual salary of £25,000, down from the previous £27,660 threshold.

With inflation and interest rates rising in the UK due to the ongoing cost of living crisis, university graduates are affected. For the 2022/23 academic year, there was a risk of student loan interest rates reaching 12%, further hitting the pockets of students.

Due to the current economic uncertainty, a university graduate could end up with an average of £42,900 of student loan debt, with tuition fees costing an average of £9,250 per year.

According to YouGov, 37% of people feel that current tuition fees are unfair, so it’s no surprise that many are looking for alternative options. Here at learndirect, we can offer you an affordable alternative that covers the first year of a degree for a fraction of the cost of the traditional route.

Please note, once you complete our online degree pathway (Year 1 and Year 2), you will need to pay your select university to study the third year of your course.

Avoid Rise in Daily Living Costs

You won't have to bear the expenses associated with full-term university attendance. By studying Year 1 and Year 2 from the comfort of your home, you can eliminate student housing costs and travel expenses. Moreover, you have the flexibility to integrate studying into your lifestyle without the need to rearrange other commitments to fit a university timetable. So, if you’re currently working, you won’t have to give that up for university life.

Modules

Year 1 consists of eight units

Unit 1: Financial Accounting 1

Upon completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the regulatory framework for financial reporting
  • Be able to prepare and interpret a statement of cash flows
  • Be able to prepare a credit control policy

Unit 2: Financial Accounting 2

Upon completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the relationship between organisational ownership and the nature of financial reporting statements
  • Understand the role of accounting and accounting records within an organisation
  • Be able to prepare financial reporting statements for different types of organisation
  • Be able to use techniques to measure performance and assess the financial position of organisations

Unit 3: Budgetary Control

Upon completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand financing options for different organisations
  • Understand how organisations manage cash flow and working capital
  • Be able to prepare budgets and report on variances

Unit 4: Cost and Management Accounting

Upon completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand cost accounting techniques and pricing strategies
  • Be able to use cost accounting techniques and pricing strategies
  • Understand employee management techniques used to improve quality

Unit 5: Personal Taxation

Upon completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand theories and principles of taxation systems
  • Be able to calculate income tax and National Insurance contributions for a taxpayer
  • Be able to account for capital gains tax

Unit 6: Business Environment

Upon completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand different forms of legal business ownership
  • Understand how external factors impact different organisations
  • Understand how the economic environment impacts organisations

Unit 7: Economics for Business

Upon completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand microeconomic factors affecting organisations
  • Understand macroeconomic factors affecting organisations
  • Understand the implications for organisations operating in an international economic environment

Unit 8: Law for Accounting

Upon completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the elements of law affecting commercial practice
  • Understand company and insolvency law
  • Understand the impact of criminal law on business and professional organisations
  • Understand areas of law affecting business and professional operations

Entry Requirements

You’ll need to possess an appropriate level of English and have prior qualifications, which can include:

  • A GCE Advanced level profile with achievement in 2 or more subjects supported by 5 or more GCSEs at grades 4/C and above
  • Other related level 3 subjects such as ATHE level 3 Diplomas
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate delivered by an approved further education institute and validated by an Access Validating Agency
  • Other equivalent international qualifications

Learners must also have an appropriate standard of Mathematics to enable them to achieve the Learning Outcomes at the standards set by the Assessment Criteria in each unit.

For individuals whose first language is not English, we recommend the following English language proficiency standards or an approved equivalent for this qualification:

IELTS: A score of 5.5 or higher

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR): Achieving at least B2 level
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): Scoring 162 or above
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Achieving a score between 42-49

Minimum Age Restriction

These qualifications are designed for learners aged 18 and older.

Average Completion Timeframe

ATHE qualifications typically take learners an average of 18 months to complete.

Assessment Requirements

There are no exams included in this study programme, instead, you will complete several written assignments.

Course Fees

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before certification can be ordered.

*You will have access to the course for 24 months.

Excellent Marking

Assessment

You will complete a series of assignments to demonstrate that you have successfully achieved the learning outcomes of each unit.

Qualifications

ATHE

ATHE logo

Upon successful completion of this online course, you will achieve a globally recognised ATHE qualification:

  • ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Accounting – Qualification Number (603/4851/3)

Awards for Training and Higher Education (ATHE) is a global awarding organisation regulated by Ofqual and other United Kingdom and international regulators.

ATHE is a global awarding organisation regulated by Ofqual and other UK and international regulators since 2011. They work with more than 280 recognised centres in over 55 countries to complement our strong brand presence in the UK.

This qualification provides a solid foundation for further study, allowing students to progress onto Year 2, before completing a top-up year to achieve a degree in a relevant subject.

Once you have successfully completed Year 1 and Year 2, eligible universities in the UK that offer this top-up package that you could study with include:

University of Bolton - BA (Hons) Accountancy

Bloomsbury Institute - BSc Accounting and Finance Accelerated Degree

After completing your final year and obtaining your degree, you’ll receive a qualification that is recognised and valued by employers within the accounting and finance industry. Graduates can pursue various career routes, including roles in:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Taxation
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Analysis

For more insight on what your degree could lead to, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s the start of your accounting degree. Our Accounting Online Degree Pathway – Year 1 is a direct equivalent of Year 1 of a 3-year accounting degree. Once you finish this section, you’ll move on to study Year 2 with us as well before completing the final year at our nominated university. After that, you will have a full bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Yes! By choosing to start your degree courses online with us, you won’t be restricted by classes or timetables. This means it’s possible the complete the first two years of your online bachelor’s degree within one year and shave a whole 12 months off your route to graduating.
Yes! By choosing this option you will begin studying your accounting degree online. Most of our nominated universities offer the third year online as well, so you may be able to have a fully online study experience. The benefit of an online accounting degree is you get to decide when and where you study, as there are no set classes or rigid timetables. This makes it far easier to complete a degree around your job, childcare, and any other commitments.
Yes, accounting is a good career in the UK for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is a highly employable profession, with the employment rate for accountants currently sitting at 99% (ICAEW). Secondly, it’s well paid, the average salary for a qualified accountant in the UK is currently at £53,688 (Prospects.ac.uk). Thirdly, accounting is a profession with good career progression opportunities -92% of accountants are promoted within 5 years of qualifying (ICAEW). Finally, accounting is a profession with high levels of job satisfaction. According to a recent survey by the ICAEW, 92% of accountants are satisfied with their jobs.
Yes, a degree in accounting will make you a highly attractive candidate for accounting jobs and many other roles that find your skillset valuable. According to the UK government's Graduate Outcomes survey, 95% of accounting graduates are in employment within six months of graduating. This is significantly higher than the national average of 84%. In addition, accounting is a transferable skill that can be used in a variety of different roles and industries. This makes a degree in accounting a good choice for graduates who are not sure what they want to do with their careers.
With the accounting qualifications you’ll gain by completing Year 1 and Year 2 of your learndirect online degree, and the 1-year top-up degree online or on-campus with our nominated university, you’ll be qualified for a host of graduate accounting jobs. These include becoming an accountant, auditor, tax advisor, financial analyst, management accountant, and forensic accountant. However, it’s not just accounting and finance degree jobs you’ll be eligible for. Accounting graduates are also in high demand in other sectors, such as law, medicine, engineering, IT, education, and government.
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