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BA (Honours) Accounting and Finance for International Business Top Up Two Years

This course is ideal for students wishing to advance their knowledge, skills and career prospects in accounting and finance. It enables you to convert your accounting and finance related HND or degree credits into an honours degree.

Course length 2-3 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS NN44 Course code

Course description

Accounting involves the recording, reporting and communication of financial information about a business to help managers, investors and other stakeholders make appropriate decisions. Finance is the process where investment, financing and dividend decisions are made to achieve the key strategic objective of maximising the wealth of a company's shareholders.

On this course, you explore both accounting and finance and the links between them together with other relevant business modules. It aims to give you a broad understanding of both accounting and finance within the business environment suitable for a wide range of careers and will allow you to build on previous related studies and experience. There is a strong focus on employability throughout the course, through practical application of the theoretical concepts, to prepare you for your future career.

The course has been developed with the curriculum recommended by main professional accountancy bodies (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) in mind and as such is ideal if you want a career in the broad field of accountancy. It will also allow you to develop many other transferable skills, which enable you to be successful in a wide variety of graduate level roles, not just limited to accounting and finance.

We equip you with the numerical, decision making and communication skills you need to succeed in this field. We introduce the main principles of accounting and we will also familiarise you with the business environment companies work in. We then aim to deepen understanding of the role and scope of accounting and allow students to question theory and place what they have learnt into a strategic context.

We use a balanced approach between theory and practice to understand both accounting and finance from different perspectives using teaching staff who have worked in industry and practice. We embed a wide range of extras into your course to enhance your study experience and to give you greater employability and technical skills after graduating.

• Develop practical skills and business understanding alongside academic knowledge, allowing you to progress to masters study
• Use case studies and real world economic data to illustrate, and apply to the real world, taught concepts and ideas
• Develop skills and abilities in • problem solving • decision making • numerical calculations and analysis • research • project management
• Develop the core skills employers look for in graduates

Additional 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.

Professional recognition

The course has been developed with the curriculum recommended by main professional accountancy bodies (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) in mind and as such it enables you to progress to the higher level of these professional qualifications and gain professional recognition more quickly.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

2018 entry requirements

Contact Admissions directly

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

Typically you need

• 120 year one credits with at least an overall merit from a finance or accounting related HND, foundation degree or equivalent


• 120 year one credits with a minimum overall mark of 55 per cent from a finance or accounting degree

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

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0, we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We welcome applications from people of any age. There may be some flexibility in entry requirements provided you have other relevant learning or experience. This must show that you will benefit from and successfully finish the course.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Full-time – Three years (sandwich course including one-year work placement) or two years (no placement)

January 2018 and September 2018 entry

Typical modules may include

The core modules develop the academic skills required by accountants and finance professionals and focus on the more specific fields of financial accounting, management accounting, and financial management. We aim to deepen understanding of the role and scope of accounting and allow you to question theory and place what you have learnt into a strategic context.

Year one core modules*

Management Accounting for Business Decisions, Financial Reporting, Financial Management for Business, Risk Management, English for Business and Academic Purposes, Academic and Professional Development

* If your offer to join the course requires you to obtain IELTS and you achieve lower than 6.5 overall and 6.0 in all four skills, you must study Academic and Professional Development and English for Academic and Business Purposes.

Year two core modules

Performance Management and Analysis, Corporate Reporting and Analysis, Financial Strategy, Financial Markets, Implementing Strategy and Change, Consultancy Project

Assessment Modules are assessed through
  • coursework
  • computer-based assignments
  • group assessments
  • presentations
  • time constrained exercises
  • multiple choice tests
  • case study assessments


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

The course is focused on maximising your ability to gain employment in accounting and finance roles, although the skills and knowledge you acquire do not limit you to working in these areas. With our degree, you can pursue a career in roles such as business/data analyst, management accountant, financial accountant, business manager etc.

All modules make a significant contribution to the employability of graduates by providing you with a real-life context to the topics they cover and by requiring you to use such skills as independent research, teamwork and presentations. This is done by using case studies, real life examples and scenarios which form the backbone of the employability policy. This also engages you in the study and evaluation of industry sectors and at the same time develops key graduate skills such as literacy, critical thinking, personal organisation, and time management.

Joining us for the two years top up course means that you can take a year (optional) of paid work placement. We recommend this as it gives an insight into the workings of a business or service organisation. It allows you to apply what you have learnt in a work environment and employers value this experience.

Previous students on related courses have gained placements ranging from small to medium-sized local companies and accountancy practices through to larger organisations such as • Astra Zeneca • GE Capital • IBM • Jaguar Land Rover • Metropolitan Police • Morrisons • Nestle • Royal Mail • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Many of our students will wish to go on to further study by using your acquired knowledge at undergraduate level to pursue studies at Master's level. This course has been designed to allow you to do just that.

We have an excellent employment record with over 90% of our graduates on related accounting courses securing jobs or going on to further study within six months of graduation.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

2018/19 academic year

£12,750 a year

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

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