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Tips for Studying Professional Accounting in Business

Katie Fiddaman

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Our Professional Accounting in Business degree is strongly aligned to professional body qualifications, covering and providing exemptions for the first nine papers of the ACCA qualification, along with the opportunity to obtain exemptions from elements of both the CIMA and ICAEW ACA qualifications. Our degree has a strong focus on the application of technical skills learned to real commercial contexts.

1. Ask Questions

A main element of our Professional Accounting course is that you will be taught by Accountants. All of our tutors have real and relevant industry experience and are on hand to answer difficult theory and industry related questions to aid your knowledge.
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Asking questions, big or small, is a fantastic way to improve your understanding, no matter what the subject area is. Some people believe that asking questions is silly and makes you seem unintelligent. Others believe that they might ask something stupid... No question is a silly question and there is no worst case scenario - you will always learn something new!

2. Practice Practice Practice!

Even though the Pearson College London degree exempts you from a lot of the professional examinations, there are still a fair few exams that you need to complete as part of the degree course. Therefore, practicing exam questions and exam technique will really help you.

"My top tip for studying Accounting is to do as much question practice as possible. It's a subject that is easier to learn from having a go at questions and learning from mistakes - so when you get a question wrong, make sure you read the answer and ensure you understand how/why you have answered this incorrectly before moving on. Also, make use of your tutors - They will be asking you lots of questions, so make sure you are asking them back when you need too!" - Laura Marshall, Programme Leader, Accounting Degrees

Here is the assessment breakdown for the core modules:

First year (level 4)
20% coursework
70% written exams
10% oral assessment

Second year (level 5)
10% coursework
75% written exams
15% oral assessment

Third year (level 6)
70% coursework
15% written exams
15% oral assessment

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3. Focus on Independent Learning

Independent learning plays an important role in your academic development. When not attending lectures or seminars you are expected to learn by self-study. Typically, this will involve reading books and journal articles, working on individual and group projects, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

You also have an opportunity to tailor your degree by choosing elective modules with a higher level of independent learning, including our Self Managed Learning modules which are available at every level.

You will have access to a variety of materials to aid you in your learning. At the start of your programme, you will attend a workshop on Good Academic Practice. Moreover, our OLE platform offers an online module focused on improving your study and research skills and academic writing. Finally, the Online library also offers an extensive range of literature on both study skills and academic writing.
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4. Seek Opportunities

  1. Internships - opportunities such as internships could turn you from a student into an employee so actively seeking one or multiple internships throughout your higher education experience as a Business Management student is a great way to increase the chances of securing highly skilled employment at the end of the course.
  2. Work experience - work experience in family or friend's firms is another way to gain that practically applied knowledge to the workplace.
  3. Industry talks - attend industry talks from influential figures in the accountancy space and hear their views and findings on certain topics. This will help you to grasp the industry further and also deepen your understanding to bring back into the classroom.

It is important to remember that not all Accountants work for an accounting firm and not all people with an Accounting degree become an Accountant. Research the types of roles you could do and try to get the experience in that area.

"Any experience is good experience"

If your work experience isn't 100% accurate to the job role you want to go into in the future, don't worry. Learning how to behave and perform in any job role is a skill in itself so do not worry about jumping in too quickly. Also, remember that work experience can help you to rule out areas that you realise you might not like, so try out as much as you possibly can!

5. Network

You will hear this over and over and over again as a student. Networking is so important in the modern business world due to the sheer number of people working within it. It all goes back to the famous saying:

"It's not what you know, it's who you know."

Now, it's not true for everything but it can certainly help! Attending networking events to build your contacts and connecting with people online via Linkedin are proactive methods to build mutually beneficial and meaningful connections. You can also follow and like relevant content on Linkedin to show your interests.
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So, there's some tips for studying Accounting... and remember to have fun!

For more information about Pearson College London or our courses, visit the website.

Tips for Studying Professional Accounting in Business
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