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Why choose this course?. This programme is the ultimate qualification in the payroll, pensions and reward profession in the UK, run by the. Read more

Why choose this course?

This programme is the ultimate qualification in the payroll, pensions and reward profession in the UK, run by the CIPP in conjunction with the University of Derby Corporate Learning

  • By attaining this MSc, you will enhance your career, and increase your general business acumen and strategic thinking ability, and at the same time achieving a significant personal goal
  • It is delivered through distance learning and weekend tutorials, giving you the flexibility to fit studying around your career
  • Tutorials take place throughout each study year, helping you settle in to the course material. They begin on Friday mornings and finish on Saturday evening.
  • This MSc doesn’t just scratch the surface; with the recognition and respect of its professional body, it digs deep, asks searching questions and ultimately alerts employers to your strategic understanding and ability to apply payroll, pensions and reward management practice.
  • Run in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP), the programme is ideal for individuals who already hold a CIPP qualification or degree or equivalent, or have relevant payroll, pensions and/or reward experience who are looking to further their career. You will gain the skills to operate at a strategic business level within your organisation.
  • It is delivered through blended learning which is a mix of access to online core materials and tools and face to face tutorials. Tutorials enable you to get together with your fellow students to exchange ideas and experience and this module interaction encourages discussion, debate and application of real work based issues. 
  • Tutorials are held at the start of each module and help you to settle in to the course material. They commence on Friday mornings and finish on Saturday afternoon.

Benefits to employers

  • By completing the programme, not only will you benefit as an individual, but your employer will benefit too, gaining a highly skilled individual who can underpin existing industry knowledge and who will be transformed in to a strategic business leader.
  • As part of the programme you will be required to submit evidence for continual professional development (CPD), which shows your employer you are up to date with current legislation and policy.
  • Visit the CIPP website for help on presenting a business case to gain approval for CIPP qualification from your employer. See Key Information section.
  • What you will coverThe MSc Business and Reward Management is a part-time programme that runs over three years.
  • You will study these modules:

Postgraduate Certificate

  • Appreciating Skills for Career Development and Leadership (20 credits)
  • Strategic Management of Remuneration (20 credits)
  • Leading a Dynamic Organisation and its Workforce (20 credits)

Postgraduate Diploma

  • Developing a Strategic Approach to Reward Management (20 credits)
  • Strategic Business Finance for Non-accountancy Professionals (20 credits)
  • Research Methodologies (20 credits)


  • Managing International or Global Remuneration Practice (20 credits)
  • Independent Study (40 credits).
  • Entry requirements
  • You should hold either:
  • the CIPP Diploma in Payroll Management or the CIPP Diploma in Local Government Pensions Management
  • the CIPP Foundation Degree in Payroll Management or the CIPP Foundation Degree in Pensions Administration and Management, or
  • an equivalent qualification attained at level six, for example a BA in another subject
  • If you do not hold any of the above qualifications, but have knowledge and experience in a strategic role you may be awarded direct access onto the course if you can demonstrate experience via Accredited Prior Learning (APL). APL can be:
  • Certified (APCL) – to give recognition of learning which has been formally assessed and for which a certificate has been awarded
  • Experiential (APEL) – to recognise that knowledge and skills can be developed through many types of experience, such as work and voluntary activities
  • You must hold at least three years’ experience within a business, payroll or pensions environment. In addition your experience should include strategic aspects such as project management, managing change and team leadership. This is subject to final assessment by the University of Derby. To enquire further, please contact CIPP.

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LSBU has been successfully producing Accountants for over 40 years. Our tutors are knowledgeable and experienced and our approach to ACCA is simple. Read more
LSBU has been successfully producing Accountants for over 40 years. Our tutors are knowledgeable and experienced and our approach to ACCA is simple: we focus on exam preparation to give you the confidence you need to achieve a pass.

[[Our exam focused delivery ]]
We offer exam focused teaching using exam style questions to deliver the syllabus and constantly improve your exam technique. This method not only embeds theory it also means you get used to tackling exam questions, once you understand what the examiner is really asking it is easier to maximise marks.

Our four week exam preparation programme

We deliver a four week Exam Preparation Programme as standard. This is designed to highlight your weaker areas and give you plenty of time to address them before the exam. It includes: a mock exam a mock exam feedback week two revision weeks in the run up to the exam, with tutor support throughout. Being properly prepared allows you to approach your exam in a calm and focused way; using time effectively and maximising marks.

Excellent travel connections

We are centrally located and well served by the London Underground making it practicable to juggle work and study.

Start dates

The ACCA part-time Professional Accountancy Programme will be available in September 2016 for the December sitting of the ACCA Professional papers. Please email us with your details and we can make sure that you are informed of the dates of the classes, fees and all other relevant information. In the meantime if you require any further information, please contact Ivor Pingue, Director of Studies, ACCA Professional Accountancy Course.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/acca-professional-papers-programme


There are three compulsory papers:
- P1 Governance, risk and ethics
- P2 Corporate reporting
- P3 Business analysis

And four optional papers of which two must be selected:
- P4 Advanced financial management
- P5 Advanced performance management
- P6 advanced taxation
- P7 Advanced audit and assurance


The ACCA Qualification will provide you with skills and knowledge relevant to any business, which means you are free to choose which type of accountancy role and organisation you want to work for. It is expected that these papers will be taken to either establish or enhance a career in accounting in public practice, industry or commerce.

Career in accounting

One of the most popular jobs on graduating is to go on to train as a chartered accountant. There are many different directions to pursue, specialising in financial reporting, taxation, auditing or forensic accounting. They provide professional advice, aiming to maximise profitability on behalf of their client or employer. Strong analytical skills, a developed understanding of business and good mathematical instincts are all necessary key skills.

Although accountancy has four large firms: Deloitte LLP, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PwC, there are many small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which provide plenty of opportunities on graduation, such as professional training and development.

Recent graduates from this course have gone onto jobs such as: Accountant Assistant, Personal Banker, Financial Analyst, Payroll Assistant and Graduate/Trainee Accountant.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Professional links

This course carries ACCA accreditation and offers you the opportunity to simultaneously gain maximum exemptions from the Knowledge and Skills modules of ACCA Fundamentals level. This is the maximum number of exemptions permitted by the ACCA and currently there are only a limited number of educational institutions offering degree courses that are accredited with this status.


Specialist industry software prepares our students with the digital skills that employers' value Students on our programmes have access to Bloomberg, Thomson One Banker, SAGE, Blueprint, FAME, NVivo, and SPSS.

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This unique 12 month part-time diploma course delivered in partnership with the Production Guild will equip students with the skills required to foster a successful future career as a Film or Television Production Accountant. Read more
This unique 12 month part-time diploma course delivered in partnership with the Production Guild will equip students with the skills required to foster a successful future career as a Film or Television Production Accountant.

-A unique course in partnership with Production Guild.
-Equips participants with specialist skills required to work as a Film and Television Production Accountant.
-Gain the expertise to succeed in this demanding role.
-Establish key contacts to move to a career in the film and television sector.
-Work experience placement.
-Access to NFTS's Masterclasses led by major creative figures from film, television and games.

We welcome EU/EEA Students. Course fees charged at UK rate.


The National Film and Television School Production Accounting Diploma is ideally suited for those already working in a finance / accountancy role and who are keen to move into the film and television sector.

This course begins in January each year.

Production Accountants calculate finances, work out the cost of a production, communicate with financiers (companies or individuals who provide the funding) and control the cash flow, or spending. This is a demanding role that requires a level head, self-confidence and strong communication skills.

In pre-production, Production Accountants help the Producers and Production Managers to prepare budgets and Estimated Final Cost Reports.

During production, they oversee all payments, manage payroll, petty cash and foreign currency and keep accurate financial records. They help monitor budgets, analyse spending and provide daily or weekly cost reports. They also produce cost forecasts to evaluate the impact of any production changes.


The diploma course is 12 months part-time and is delivered in London.

Specifically students will learn about:
-Production set up and implementation of systems
-Sources of Finance and treatment of funds
-Completion Guarantors
-Cash flow, Forecasting and Cost reporting
-Working with inherited budgets
-Working with multi currency
-Running the project
-Contract and employment law
-Copyright and Licences
-Taxation and insurance.
-Pre production, Production and Post Production
-Production Audits
-Management Skills


To graduate each student will complete a minimum of 10 days work experience / production shadowing before the completion of the course.


Production Accounting course participants will have full access to our creative masterclasses and clubs, including: Cinema Club, Screen Arts and NFTS Masterclasses - these strands see major creative figures from film, television and games screening their work and discussing with students in the campus cinema. Recent speakers include David Fincher (Director, Seven, Gone Girl), Graham Linehan (The IT Crowd, Father Ted), Abi Morgan (Suffragette, The Hour), Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight) and Hamish Hamilton (Director, Super Bowl XLVIII).

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