This BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree course fuses the twin disciplines of finance and accounting into a versatile degree that will set you up for success in the financial sector or in business.
You’ll develop valuable analytical techniques, economic expertise and strategic insight. With this broad arsenal of skills and knowledge, you’ll be prepared for wherever your ambition takes you.
The course is accredited by 4 global accountancy bodies, which means you can gain a significant number of exemptions from professional examinations. This can save you both time and money in your journey to become a qualified chartered accountant.
What you'll experience
On this degree course, you'll:
- Learn from professionally qualified staff who bring their expert knowledge to the classroom
- Use our Bloomberg terminals to monitor real-time financial data and trade and market movements
- Achieve the industry-recognised Bloomberg Certificate
- Apply your skills and experience in simulated business management exercises
- Get valuable work experience and give back to the local community if you work on our charities audit programme
Work experience and career planning
Our Careers and Employability service will help you find relevant work experience during your course to give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
- Business Law – 20 credits - This module introduces you to the basics of business law including examining different types of business organisations.
- Economics – 20 credits -This module gives you an overview of the principles of economics and looks at how to use economic and financial theory to evaluate relevant and contemporary issues.
- Essentials of Financial Accounting – 20 credits - This module introduces you to the principles of financial accounting, including how to use the double-entry booking system to record business information and prepare financial statements.
- Organisations and Accounting – 20 credits - This module introduces you to the nature and form of organisations, the influence that external environment and human behaviour can have on the the management of organisations, and the role of accounting in organisational management and development.
- Toolbox for Accounting Professionals – 20 credits - This module develops the skills that you need succeed in the academic study of accounting, as well as in accountancy as a profession.
- Quantitative Methods – 20 credits - In this module, you'll engage in problem-solving activities and group discussions around related topics.
- Financial Management – 20 credits - On this module, you'll learn the essentials of financial management, including corporate finance, investment, capital structure, cost of capital, working capital management and dividend policy, with an emphasis on discounted cash flow and risk.
- Financial Reporting – 20 credits - In this module, you'll learn about all aspects of financial reporting and how to apply it in practical situations.
- Management Accounting – 20 credits - On this module, you'll develop your knowledge of management accounting skills and theory.
- Critical Issues in Accounting and Finance – 20 credits - This module will give you an outline of the critical issues in the areas of accounting and finance through weekly lectures and supporting seminars.
- Taxation – 20 credits - This module will introduce you to fundamental taxation principles.
- Personal Finance – 20 credits - This module gives you an introduction to the theoretical aspects of personal finance including financial risk and planning, and behavioural finance.
- Financial Markets and Institutions – 20 credits - This module takes you through the main theories and models of valuation as applied to the main financial markets.
- Accounting Packages and Systems – 20 credits - This module develops your ability to use computer based accounting packages.
- Enterprise Resource Planning Systems – 20 credits - In this module you'll extend your knowledge of management decision making and analysis, as well as how companies choose the systems used to unify and make use of their data.
- Advanced Global Financial Management – 20 credits - This module introduces you to the principles and theories of advanced global financial management and markets.
- Advanced Financial Reporting – 20 credits - This module expands on a basic understanding of corporate financial reporting and provides additional insight into theories that underpin practice.
- Strategic Management Accounting – 20 credits - On this module you'll develop your knowledge of management accounting.
- Independent Study Project – 20 credits - In this module, you'll develop a research project in a coherent and structured way, drawing conclusions and providing recommendations for future research.
- Dissertation – 40 credits - On this module, you'll bring together your academic skills and your knowledge of accounting and business into an 8,000-word dissertation project.
- International Accounting Project – 20 credits - This module will give you an understanding of the key practical and cultural differences in financial statements in different countries and regions.
- International Financial Management – 20 credits - On this module you'll be introduced to the main theories and models of valuation, as applied to the main financial markets.
- Auditing – 20 credits - This module will take you through the theory of auditing, in a global and national context, through a series of 2-hour workshops that apply the theory to practice.
*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)
Teaching on this course includes:
- practical workshops
- one-on-one tutorials
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- analysis of topical case studies
- written reports
- self-led project or dissertation
- group work
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 47% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 48% by coursework
Careers and opportunities
Whether you plan on becoming a chartered accountant or pursuing a career in finance, this finance and accounting degree will help you get there.
You can use your accounting and finance degree to get into banking, insurance and investment, and fund management roles in accounting practices and larger organisations.
You're not limited to the financial sector. The analytical and problem solving skills you'll learn are highly valued in areas such as general management, operations, strategy, consultancy, project management, purchasing and business analytics.
Roles our previous students have taken on include:
- management accountant
- financial analyst
- internal auditor
- account manager
- forensic accountant
Whatever comes next after your studies, our Careers and Employability service will give you support and advice for up to 5 years after you graduate.