Accounting and Finance (two-year accelerated)

BA (Hons)

Key facts


Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 2 years full-time
UCAS code: NN34
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019


This triple accredited course is also number 1 in the UK for student satisfaction (Guardian League Tables 2018).

With our Accounting and Finance two-year accelerated degree, you’ll cover the same number of modules as your three-year counterparts, but you’ll gain the qualities and skills valued by the accounting, finance and business sectors more quickly. Imagine completing a degree in just two years or even a Master’s in three years. Our Accounting courses have been ranked 1st for Students Satisfied with Teaching in the Guardian League Tables 2018. 

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Professional body accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Successful completion of the degree programme will achieve the following exemptions:

 Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

  • Paper BA1 - Fundamentals of Business Economics
  • Paper BA2 - Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • Paper BA3 - Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • Paper BA4 - Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law
  • Paper P1 - Management Accounting
  • Paper F1 - Financial Reporting & Taxation

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

  • Paper F1 - The Accountant in Business
  • Paper F2 - Management Accounting
  • Paper F3 - Financial Accounting
  • Paper F4 - Corporate and Business Law
  • Paper F6 - Taxation
  • Paper F7 - Financial Reporting

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA)

Professional Certificate Papers (all papers at this stage):

  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Company Financial Reporting
  • Audit and Assurance

Professional Diploma Papers (3/6 papers at this stage):

  • Financial Management
  • Corporate Governance and Law
  • Taxation

Course content

You’ll follow the same programme of study as students on the three-year degree however during the summer you’ll study through blended learning, which is a mixture of e-learning (10 weeks) and face-to-face tuition (2 weeks) – backed up with tutor support throughout.

Led by knowledgeable academics with a wealth of experience in this field, we’ll teach you about the economic environment and explain the fundamentals of financial services. As well as becoming familiar with accounting software, you’ll learn how to communicate with specialist and non-specialist audiences effectively.

You’ll study management accounting, gaining experience in producing financial reports and interpreting data. You’ll learn about personal and business taxation, and get to grips with modern accounting software.

You’ll cover problem solving and analysis in complex business contexts. You’ll also acquire research and data analysis skills in preparation for a financial research project, possessing the confidence to demonstrate your newly acquired skills in the workplace and make important business decisions.


This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Introduction to Financial Accounting Compulsory
Economics for Managers Compulsory
Management Accounting Compulsory
The Professional Toolkit Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Introduction to Financial Accounting Compulsory
Investment and Banking Compulsory
Law for Managers Compulsory
The Professional Toolkit Compulsory
Semester 3
Module title
Financial Reporting Compulsory
Advanced Professional Toolkit Compulsory
Work Placement Project Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Financial Strategy and Decision Making Compulsory
Advanced Management Accounting Compulsory
Auditing Fraud and Risk Management Compulsory
Business Creation and Innovation Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Financial Strategy and Decision Making Compulsory
Advanced Management Accounting Compulsory
Auditing Fraud and Risk Management Compulsory
Computerised Accounting Compulsory
Semester 3
Module title
Personal and Business Taxation Compulsory
Strategic Management Accounting Compulsory
Ethics and Governance Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.