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BA (Honours) Accounting and Finance

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

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS N4N3 Course code

Course description

What you study

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. There is a strong focus on employability throughout the course to prepare you for your future career.

As well as developing technical accounting and finance skills, you enhance vital numerical, decision-making and communication skills to understand and explain financial information. You learn using case studies that enable you to apply your learning to real-world situations.

In your first year you learn the main principles of accounting and finance. We familiarise you with the business environment that companies work in through the use of business games, including those developed by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). We also provide you with opportunities to develop vital IT and numerical skills.

The second year deepens your understanding of the role and scope of accounting and finance, while allowing you to study other related areas. You have the opportunity to specialise in areas including law and operations to reflect your career aims and objectives, and to maximise your professional accountancy body exemptions.

In your final year you broaden your accounting and finance knowledge, but also develop the skills to interpret and communicate financial information.

Work placements in the UK and overseas

In year three, you have the opportunity to apply the skills you've gained by taking a one-year paid work placement. This is a great way to improve your industry knowledge with real insight and experience. It also enables you to build an eye-catching CV to impress future employers, and many students find jobs with their placement companies after graduating.

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. There are no tuition fees for the placement year and salaries of up to £22,000 are possible.

Previous students 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.

If you are doing your work placement in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.

Exemptions and additional qualifications

Following successful completion of first year, you are awarded the CIMA Business Certificate. This forms the basis of the CIMA Professional Qualification and is valuable when seeking placements or graduate jobs regardless of the qualification you may go on to study after university.

In second year, you have the opportunity to gain industry-recognised qualifications from Sage and Excel.

In final year, you are entitled to free registration with ACCA as part of their Accelerate initiative. Other benefits include free initial annual membership fees and reduced exemption fees.

On successful graduation, you can apply to the professional accountancy bodies to claim exemptions from their examinations. Depending on choice of elective modules, the course allows you to claim the maximum possible exemptions allowable by the professional bodies. This includes • up to 9 exemptions from ACCA • up to 11 exemptions from CIMA • up to 8 exemptions from ICAEW • up to 7 exemptions from the IFA.

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.

In addition, you may have the chance to study abroad in countries such as Malaysia and Botswana. You can also apply to study a non-credit-bearing language module through the University Language Scheme.

Plus you can access information from the Financial Times for free at FT.com to ensure you're up-to-date with the latest information about finance, economics, politics, business and management.


Many of our teaching staff have worked in industry, giving them unique experience and insights they can feed into their teaching. They have worked in financial accounting, banking, stockbroking, management accounting and general management for organisations including • KPMG • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) • Yorkshire Bank • National Health Service • Whitbread plc • Audit Commission • Associated British Foods • Cadbury Schweppes.

Our teaching staff also include two professors of accounting education and experienced professional body examiners.

In addition, we organise guest speakers from accountancy practices, recruitment firms and professional bodies such as ACCA, CIMA, and ICAEW.

Professional recognition

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.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

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

Normally, five GCSEs at grade C grade 4 or above including English language and mathematics, plus one of the following

• 120 UCAS Points, including at least 64 points from two A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications We accept AS levels and General Studies .


• 104 UCAS Points from three A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications . We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website 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.

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

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• management accounting • financial accounting • financial analysis for business • business economics • law, corporate governance and ethics • the professional accountant

Year two modules

• management accounting applications • financial accounting and reporting • financial management • financial risk management • corporate law, audit and regulation or enterprise operations • employability module

Year three

• optional work placement

Final year core modules

• strategic management accounting • corporate reporting • corporate finance • employability module

Final year options

Choose two from • audit and assurance • principles of taxation • enterprise management • forensic investigation • mergers and acquisitions • advanced financial accounting and reporting

  • individual reports and essays
  • phase tests
  • group reports
  • individual presentations
  • examinations


Typical jobs include • management accountant • financial accountant • financial manager • financial risk manager • business manager • audit manager • tax specialist.

Past graduates have found employment with a wide range of organisations including • Asda • BAE Systems • Barber Harrison Platt • BOC • DLA Piper • KPMG • Mazars • National Health Service • Network Rail • Phillips 66 • PwC • Siemens • Virgin Media • Vodafone • Warner Music Group.

We have a team of specialist recruitment advisers and run a range of accounting and finance specific careers and recruitment events.

Our graduates are well-equipped for a range of careers. We have an excellent employment record with 88% of accounting graduates securing jobs or going onto further study within six months of graduation (unistats.directgov.co.uk).

You graduate with exemptions from key professional accountancy bodies. This enables you to progress to the higher level of these professional qualifications and gain professional recognition more quickly.


Home / EU student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

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

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

Additional course costs

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

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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