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Foundation Year in Accounting

Take this entry route to a full accounting or finance degree and open up a range of exciting career opportunities
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September 2024
1 year full-time
Plus 3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK) *
£16,600 (INT) *

Why choose Foundation Year in Accounting and Finance at Middlesex?

This course is taught by the same expert staff who teach on our degree courses. You'll be able to develop transferable skills in accounting, communication and problem-solving.

What you will gain

This course will help build your confidence so that you'll be able to transfer to a full three-year degree. Our expert staff will give you the foundation skills you need if you're not quite ready for a degree or you're just returning to study.

What you will learn

The Foundation Year in Accounting and Finance is offered as an entry route to an accounting or finance degree for those who don't yet meet the entry requirements for degree-level study.

You'll enrol on a four-year course, which includes the one-year foundation course. If you complete this year successfully you progress directly onto one of our three-year degree courses in this subject area.

The Foundation Year is for you if:

  • You do not have the right qualifications for a full degree
  • You feel you are not yet ready for degree-level study
  • You are returning to study and feel you need some help to get up to speed with the demands of learning before embarking on a degree.

We offer the following courses:

By joining us on this specialist foundation year, you'll enjoy benefits such as:

  • An entry route to an accounting or finance degree
  • A high reputation – we are in the top five in London and in the top 300 worldwide in the Accounting and Finance University Rankings
  • Opportunities to build your hands-practical accounting skills through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars and class-based discussions.

3 great reasons to pick this course

  • Industry-standard tech
    Enhance your employability prospects through practical learning with software commonly utilised in the workplace, including Xero, Sage, OneSource and our state-of-the-art Financial Markets Lab
  • Campus culture champions
    Our Accounting & Finance Department has been awarded a CIMA Campus Culture Excellence Award 2022 (Global Champion).
  • Global employability focus
    We received the CIMA Employability Global Silver Excellence 2021 award from our professional body as recognition of our commitment to employability-enhancing education and workshops for our students

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What will you study on the Foundation Year in Accounting and Finance?

You will study four modules over the year. Each module is one year long which means you have the chance to examine topics in-depth. Get free access to the resources, learning materials and software.


  • Modules

    • Accounting Foundation Project (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide you with the experience of a range of accounting projects that reinforce understanding of materials taught. You'll also have opportunities to apply the knowledge gained in further modules.

    • Introduction to Business (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces you to the notion of business, its environment, and its domains through literature. You'll develop your ability to source, read, understand and utilise business knowledge effectively. You'll also gain an introduction to business and develop your communication, study and team work skills.

    • Fundamentals of Business Mathematics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces fundamental mathematical topics and concepts that are required in a range of business subjects studied at degree level. You'll begin to develop an appreciation of the importance of mathematics as an aid to understanding and describing abstract ideas. You'll cover introductory areas of mathematics including numbers, algebra, financial mathematics and index numbers in a structured and supportive environment. Software will be used to demonstrate and elucidate material and to motivate its use in real world situations.

    • Academic Writing and Research Skills for Business (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will give you the fundamental written and oral communication skills required for studying at degree level. You'll develop analytical skills through problem solving, build your confidence working individually and as a member of a team, and gain appreciation of research techniques by using a range of library and e-learning resources.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

To find out more about this course, please download the Foundation Year in Accounting and Finance specification (PDF).

We review our courses regularly to improve your experience and graduate prospects so modules may be subject to change.

  1. Teaching and learning
  2. Coursework and Assessment
  1. UK entry
  2. International entry
  3. How to apply


These fees are for 2024/25:

UK students1

Full-time: £9,250

Part-time: £77 per taught credit

International students2

Full-time students: £16,600

Part-time students: £138 per taught credit

Additional costs

The following study tools are included in your fees:

  • Free access to the resources, learning materials and software you need to succeed on your course
  • Free laptop loans for up to 24 hours
  • Free printing for academic paperwork
  • Free online training with LinkedIn Learning.

Scholarships and bursaries

To help make uni affordable, we do everything we can to support you including our:

  • MDX Excellence Scholarship offers grants of up to £2,000 per year for UK students
  • Regional or International Merit Awards which reward International students with up to £2,000 towards course fees
  • Student Starter Kit. Get help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad. Find out about our MDX Student Starter Kit.

Find out more about undergraduate funding and all of our scholarships and bursaries.

Fees disclaimers

1. UK fees: The university reserves the right to increase undergraduate tuition fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions. The tuition fees for part-time UK study are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

2. International fees: Tuition fees are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

Any annual increase in tuition fees as provided for above will be notified to students at the earliest opportunity in advance of the academic year to which any applicable inflationary rise may apply.


Our careers and employability service, MDXworks will launch you into the world of work from the beginning of your course, with placements, projects and networking opportunities through our 1000+ links with industry and big-name employers in London and globally.

Our dedicated lifetime career support, like our business start-up support programme and funding for entrepreneurs, has put us in the top 10 UK universities for students who want to be CEOs and entrepreneurs (Hitachi, 2021).

Global network

You’ll study with students from 122 countries who’ll hopefully become part of your global network. And after you graduate, we'll still support you through our alumni network to help you progress in your chosen career.

The Sheppard Library

Our library is open 24 hours a day during the term and includes:

  • Over 1,000 study areas with rooms for group study and over 600 computer spaces
  • 350,000 books and e-books and more than 24,000 online journals
  • Free laptop loans, Wi-Fi and printing.

We offer lots of support to help you while you're studying including financial advice, wellbeing, mental health, and disability support.


Additional needs

We'll support you if you have additional needs such as sensory impairment or dyslexia. And if you want to find out whether Middlesex is the right place for you before you apply, get in touch with our Disability and Dyslexia team.


Our specialist teams will support your mental health. We have free individual counselling sessions, workshops, support groups and useful guides.

Work while you study

Our Middlesex Unitemps branch will help you find work that fits around uni and your other commitments. We have hundreds of student jobs on campus that pay the London Living Wage and above.

Financial support

You can apply for scholarships and bursaries and our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.

We have also reduced the costs of studying with free laptop loans, free learning resources and discounts to save money on everyday things. Check out our guide to student life on a budget.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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