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Year of Entry 2020/21
BA (Honours)

Accounting and Finance

Stand out to employers by gaining professional accounting qualifications alongside your degree.


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What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year) ††
International: £13,650 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 120 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? N4N3
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Student satisfaction

This course scored 95% for overall satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Learn the numerical, decision making and communication skills needed to succeed.
  • Improve employability through an optional one-year paid work placement.
  • Work on case studies and apply your learning to real-world situations.
  • Complete a final year consultancy project — finding practical solutions to real-world client issues.
  • Choose to study a language as part of your second year.

On this course, you'll gain an understanding of accounting and finance within the business environment, and develop the skills you need for a dynamic career. The course is designed in consultation with the main professional accounting bodies, and successful completion will gain you exemption from a significant number of the ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW accounting examinations.


Student view

Watch student Faye Stringer talk about what it’s like to study this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Judy Randle talk about this course.

Many of our teaching staff have worked in practice, industry, and commerce; in accounting, banking, stockbroking and general management. This gives them unique experience and insights they can feed into their teaching.

Throughout the course you are provided with real-life context to the topics you cover and by requiring you to use skills such as independent research, teamwork and presentations. This is done through case studies, real-life examples and scenarios which engage you in the study and evaluation of industry sectors and develop key skills such as literacy, critical thinking, personal organisation, and time management.

Course leaders and tutors

Celeste Thatcher
Celeste Thatcher
Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer in the Financial Accounting and Management Accounting subject group at Sheffield Business School

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and final years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career and enables you to build an eye catching CV. We have strong relationships with regional, national and international employers and a team of specialist staff to support and encourage you in the placement application process. We help you secure a great placement opportunity and support you while you are there.

Previous students have benefitted hugely from placements with organisations such as Astra Zeneca, GE Capital, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover, Metropolitan Police, Morrisons, Nestle, Royal Mail and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

You could also go on a funded work placement abroad, and apply to study a non-credit-bearing language module through the University Language Scheme.

Networking opportunities

We are one of only a few universities to invest in Bloomberg Terminals housed in a dedicated Bloomberg Suite. The terminals deliver data, news and analytics to global financial professionals and you have the opportunity to gain practical experience of using this industry-standard technology.

Plus you can access information from the Financial Times for free at FT.com to ensure you're up-to-date with the latest developments in finance, economics, politics, business and management. We also organise guest speakers from accountancy practices, recruitment firms and professional bodies such as ACCA, CIMA, and ICAEW.

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Future careers

Our graduates are well equipped for a range of careers as the course develops skills that are need by many industries in both the private and public sectors. We have a team of specialist recruitment advisors and run a range of careers and recruitment events.

This course prepares you for a career as a

  • professionally qualified accountant
  • financial or business manager
  • tax specialist
  • graduate level job that does not have specific degree subject requirement

Previous graduates have gone on to work for

  • Asda
  • Barber Harrison Platt
  • BOC
  • DLA Piper
  • KPMG
  • NHS
  • PwC
  • Virgin Media
  • Vodafone
  • Warner Music Group

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA), CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW). For further information relating to professional bodies and exemptions, please see the course description section of this page.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
Sheffield
S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

To boost your CVs, the course gives the opportunity for

  • first year students to gain the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting
  • second year students to obtain industry recognised qualifications in SAGE (accounting software) and Microsoft Excel

On successful graduation, you can apply for exemptions from several professional accountancy body examinations.

We are one of only a few universities to invest in Bloomberg Terminals in a dedicated Bloomberg Suite. The terminals deliver data, news and analytics to financial professionals and you have the opportunity to gain practical experience of using this industry-standard technology.


Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 120

This must include at least 64 points from 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:

  • BBB at A Level
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies

We also expect you to demonstrate through your personal statement an interest in and awareness of accounting or some level of practical experience.

GCSE

  • English language or literature at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade D or 3

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 Level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

You can apply for advanced entry on to this course, depending on the number of professional accountancy examinations you have passed.

If you do not have any of the qualifications above but have relevant experience you are welcome to discuss potential opportunities with the admissions tutor.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Business Economics (Finance) Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Developing Professional And Academic Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Financial Accounting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Financial Analysis For Business Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Law, Corporate Governance And Ethics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Management Accounting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Financial Accounting And Reporting Credits: 20
Module: Financial Management Credits: 20
Module: Financial Risk Management Credits: 20
Module: Management Accounting Applications Credits: 20

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Corporate Finance Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Corporate Reporting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Strategic Management Accounting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Financial Accounting And Reporting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Audit And Assurance Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Enterprise Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Mergers And Acquisitions Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Principles Of Taxation Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. ††

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Financial support for home/EU students

How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Accounting, banking and finance courses (PDF)

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