BA (Honours) Accounting and Finance

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BA (Honours)

Accounting and Finance

Combine accounting and finance knowledge with crucial analytical skills and state-of-the-art technology, preparing for your career in accounting, finance or business.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £16,655 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? 112-120 UCAS points
What is the UCAS code? N4N3
When do I start? September 2024
Placement year available? Yes

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93% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

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Course summary

  • Experience practical accounting in our renowned Sheffield Business School.
  • Explore topics from legal and ethical to economic and capital market environments.
  • Learn from the professionally qualified experts who are active in research.
  • Gain work-ready experience with real-life projects and placements.

On our BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance course you’ll gain a thorough understanding of financial and management accounting, auditing, tax, corporate reporting, governance, financial management and professional ethics. You'll learn the creation, analysis and critical evaluation of financial information – enabling you to make sound decisions and communicate complex data effectively.

Accredited by
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

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.



Sheffield Business School accreditation

Sheffield Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), placing us in the top 5% of business schools globally.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You’ll study in our Sheffield Business School, rated in the top 5% globally for excellence in teaching and research. Here, you’ll join a global community where business leaders, researchers and 7,000 business students all come together to solve problems and make things better. 

Our academics are highly skilled professionals, bringing their cutting-edge knowledge and diverse experience into the classroom. Not only are they academically qualified – they’ve worked in various industries, with some actively engaged in current research. 

You learn through:

  • Lectures  
  • Tutorials  
  • IT sessions 
  • Regular formative feedback  
  • Teamwork and group-based learning  
  • Practice-based applied learning 
  • Authentic learning experiences  
  • Engagement with guest lectures 
  • Discussions  
  • Self-managed study 
  • Problem-solving
  • Self-development activities

Key Themes

You’ll start by gaining a solid foundation in accounting and finance, along with practical skills for collecting and using accounting data to communicate with stakeholders. You’ll simultaneously enhance your understanding of the processes, tools, technologies and project management practices you’ll need to be successful.

As you progress, you’ll further refine these fundamentals through real-world projects – collaborating in teams to create reports, presentations and recommendations inspired by real industry challenges. This hands-on approach prepares you for careers in professional accountancy, business and finance, within a supportive learning environment.

In your final year, you'll undertake a consultancy project for a real organisation, guided by a dedicated project supervisor. In this capstone project, you'll conduct research and apply the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired throughout your studies.

We promote flexibility, aiming to empower you to customise your course to align with your interests and aspirations. Previous students have chosen elective pathways including forensic accounting, sustainable accounting/environmental accounting, sports finance and other traditional routes.

Course Support

You’ll be supported in your learning journey towards highly-skilled, graduate-level employment. This includes:  

  • Access to our student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development  
  • Access to our Skills Centre for support with one-to-ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments and assessment preparation  
  • Industry-specific employability activities, including work placements, live projects and networking opportunities

Course leaders and tutors

Simon Brook
Simon Brook
Senior Lecturer

I am course leader for BA Accounting and Finance, a role with responsibility for ensuring our students have a good course experience.

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Dr Bridget Ogharanduku
Senior Lecturer

I teach on the financial and management accounting modules and support students in achieving their educational and career ambitions.

Applied learning

Live Projects

In the first and second years of your course, you’ll have opportunities to work for real client-based projects. Students have often found placements with their host company as a result of the excellent work they’ve done on these live projects. 

You’ll carry out research and analysis to generate findings and recommendations that address clients’ business problems – which in the past have included product development for Marks and Spencer and Costa Coffee. You’ll present your findings to your clients, gaining valuable experience in professional practice.

Throughout all modules you study, we incorporate work-relevant content – including simulations, case studies, guest speakers and experiential activities. These not only help you seek potential career opportunities, but also feel confident in pursuing them.

Work Placements  

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in an extended work placement between the second and third years of the course. This gives you hands-on work experience to prepare you for your future career – as well as an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. 

Previous students have worked at organisations such as AstraZeneca, BHP, GE Capital, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover, Mitchell’s Chartered Accountants, Morrisons, Nestlé, the Metropolitan Police, the NHS and the Royal Mail.

Networking Opportunities  

Throughout the course, there are numerous opportunities for you to engage with career planning and development, career fairs and workshops, employer presentations and professional career advisors.  

These are great chances to enhance your confidence, skills development and future employability.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:  

  • Professional accountancy
  • Finance or business management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Tax consultancy/specialisms
  • Academia
  • Further education or graduate employment

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for:  

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

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

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

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Howard Street
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Equipment and facilities

Construction of the new Sheffield Business School is underway – providing state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities and social space to students. 

On this course, you’ll have access to: 

  • Our virtual learning environment – Blackboard sites 
  • Accounting software  
  • Bloomberg terminals 
  • Our financial trading floor  
  • A physical and online library with databases and digital books, journals, newspapers, and magazines

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112-120

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

  • BBC-BBB at A Level
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • Merit overall from a T level qualification.
  • 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

GCSE equivalents

  • Level 2 Literacy or Functional Skills Level 2 English
  • Level 2 Numeracy or Functional Skills Level 2 Maths

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.

 

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.

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 will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Business Economics Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Financial Accounting Credits: 40 Assessment: Exam
Practical
Module: Law, Corporate Governance And Ethics Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Management Accounting And Financial Management Credits: 40 Assessment: Exam
Practical

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Audit And Assurance Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Financial Accounting And Reporting Credits: 40 Assessment: Exam
Practical
Module: Management Accounting Applications Credits: 40 Assessment: Exam
Practical
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Cyber Crime Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Fraud Analytics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Global Climate Emergency Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Principles Of Tax Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: The Sport Business Industry Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Consultancy Project (Accounting) Credits: 40 Assessment: Exam
Practical
Module: Corporate Reporting And Governance Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Accounting For Sustainable Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Advanced Financial Accounting And Reporting Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Corporate Finance Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Forensic Accounting Techniques Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Forensic And Fraud Examination Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Team Sport Finance  Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Social And Environmental Accounting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sport Governance, Ownership Structure & Regulation  Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. 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/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 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

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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, 244.5KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

 

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