I had to make a similar decision when I went through clearing, but ultimately I ended up choosing SOAS. The first thing I looked at was what differed between the course structures. Accounting and Finance is quite rigid with its modules, so naturally there is not much differentiation when you compare how each university teaches it. That said, for me, SOAS stood out as it offered the greatest diversity when it came to the modules, whilst also providing me with the opportunity to specialise in different areas and regions. For example, there is the option of studying finance in East Asia or finance in North Africa and the Middle East etc. As well as this, I found the lecturers and tutors to be genuinely passionate about their respective fields. This not only means that both lectures and tutorials are engaging and interesting, but also each department member assigns a certain number of hours a week for you to drop in, ask them questions, get help or just talk.
After that, I compared the opportunities available with each university. The Accounting and Finance degree at SOAS is CIMA and ACCA accredited, which means that you qualify for certain exemptions if you choose to pursue either of those qualifications. In addition, we have a great careers team, who are happy to help you find internships and jobs, help create and tailor your CV/cover letters and give you mock interviews.
Another great thing about SOAS is that all students starting this year will now have the opportunity to study abroad for a year, regardless of which programme they are from. This is an incredible experience and SOAS have curated a very diverse list of partner school options. Some of the country options include the US, Canada, Jordan, Hong Kong, India, Norway, Singapore, Taiwan and so many more!
Finally, the last aspects I looked at were student life and location. SOAS’s campus is in Bloomsbury, in central London, and is next door to UCL and Birkbeck. This is great because students from University of London institutions have the opportunity to use the other universities facilities. For example, as a SOAS student you can use KCL or LSE’s library, sign up for a student membership at UCL’s gym or buy food from Birkbeck’s SU shop etc. In addition, SOAS’s location in London is optimal, as King’s Cross is a 10-15 minute walk in one direction and Tottenham Court Road/Oxford street is a 10-15 minute walk the other way. This means that you are surrounded by amazing places to eat, markets to visit and can always find something to do!
I know how daunting it can be, but remember to take your time when choosing between your offers. If you need help or have any questions, you can drop any of us a message on here or if you would like to talk to a student who completed that foundation year, you can send a message on Unibuddy. If you have questions about your application or want any clarifications, you can always call our clearing hotline number: 0203 912 6580
I hope that this helps and please let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck!
- K (BSc Accounting and Finance)