Accounting and Finance (two-year accelerated)

BA (Hons)

Key facts

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Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 2 years full-time
UCAS code: NN34
Academic year: 10 September 2018 – 7 June 2019


This Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) accredited course is ideal if you have the drive to study at an accelerated pace. You'll complete an honours degree in just two years.

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) 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 C1 - Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • Paper C2 - Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • Paper C3 - Fundamentals of Business Mathematics
  • Paper C4 - Fundamentals of Business Economics
  • Paper C5 - Fundamentals of Ethnics, Corporate Governance and Business Law
  • Paper P1 - Performance Operations
  • Paper F1 - Financial Operations

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

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.

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and performance and studio spaces.

Study time

Your overall workload will consist of class contact hours, independent learning, assessment activity and study visits where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. However, you can normally expect that time spent in scheduled teaching and learning activity will be highest in Level 4, decreasing in Levels 5 and 6 as independent learning becomes more significant.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management). Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


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 take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts 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. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Introduction to Financial Accounting Compulsory
Economic Environment Compulsory
Fundamentals of Management Accounting Compulsory
Employability and Study Skills Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Introduction to Financial Accounting Compulsory
Financial Services Environment Compulsory
Business Law Compulsory
Employability and Study Skills Compulsory
Semester 3
Module title
Personal and Business Taxation Compulsory
Professional Development Compulsory
Project Management Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Financial Reporting Compulsory
Advanced Management Accounting Compulsory
Auditing and Corporate Governance Compulsory
Computerised Accounting Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Financial Reporting Compulsory
Advanced Management Accounting Compulsory
Auditing and Corporate Governance Compulsory
Contemporary Issues in Accounting Compulsory
Semester 3
Module title
Financial Strategy Compulsory
Financial Research Compulsory

Progression routes to masters

  • MSc Accounting and Finance
  • Master of Business Administration

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.