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Accounting and Finance

BA (Hons)

Industry recognised

Accredited by the CIMA, CIPFA and ACCA professional bodies

4th for teaching quality

The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

2nd for Satisfaction with Teaching

Guardian League Tables 2018

UCAS code:
NN43
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 years
Academic year:
17 September 2018 - 21 June 2019
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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If you enjoy working with numbers and are passionate about problem-solving, our Accounting and Finance degree could equip you for a successful career in financial services. Our Accounting courses have been ranked 1st for Students Satisfied with Teaching in the Guardian League Tables 2018.

Whether you want to work in accountancy, financial services, banking, taxation or insurance, this course will help you develop practical accounting skills for business-related and management positions.

With the BA (Hons) 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), this course is highly regarded.

A Foundation Year is available for applicants that do not meet the entry requirements.

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

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

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

Course content

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.

We encourage students to undertake a work placement year to develop employability skills, gain invaluable practical experience and position you favourably for graduate roles. Our close links with many high-profile businesses mean we can help you secure your work placement.

In your final year, 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.

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.

We encourage students to undertake a work placement year to develop employability skills, gain invaluable practical experience and position you favourably for graduate roles. Our close links with many high-profile businesses mean we can help you secure your work placement.

In your final year, 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.

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.

We encourage students to undertake a work placement year to develop employability skills, gain invaluable practical experience and position you favourably for graduate roles. Our close links with many high-profile businesses mean we can help you secure your work placement.

In your final year, 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.

Foundation Year students will be eased into degree-level learning. The year allows you to enter directly onto the full degree course even if you don’t have the relevant entry qualifications. We’ll help you develop practical accounting and business skills so that you will be well prepared for work in a range of sectors including accountancy, financial services, banking, taxation, insurance and the public sector.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.

ACCA logo CIMA logo CIPFA logo
ACCA logo CIMA logo CIPFA logo ACCA logo CIMA logo CIPFA logo

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

he 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

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

he 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

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

he 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

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2018/2019 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2018-2019 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Foundation year compulsory modules
Business Simulation Project
Preparing to Manage
Maths for Managers
Communication Skills for Managers
Management in Practice
Year 1 compulsory modules
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Economics for Managers
Investment and Banking
Management Accounting
Law for Managers
The Professional Toolkit
Year 2 compulsory modules
Financial Reporting
Business Creation and Innovation
Advanced Management Accounting
Computerised Accounting
Advanced Professional Toolkit
Work Placement Project
Year 3 compulsory modules
Financial Strategy and Decision Making
Personal and Business Taxation
Auditing Fraud and Risk Management
Strategic Management Accounting
Ethics and Governance

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 120 points
  • A levels: BBB
  • BTEC: DMM

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 120 points
  • A levels: BBB
  • BTEC: DMM

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 120 points
  • A levels: BBB
  • BTEC: DMM

Facilities

Careers

Accounting and Finance professionals are essential to the running of any business, regardless of industry, giving you a wide range of options upon graduation. Recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as KPMG, Royal Bank of Scotland and the NHS. This degree also sets a solid grounding for individuals wishing to start their own business or explore further study.

Teaching

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.

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.

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.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

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).

Additional support

Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

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.

Karl McCormack
Karl McCormackCourse Leader

Karl joined Staffordshire University in 2010, and is an accounting and business lecturer in the Business School. He is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and has expertise in forensic accounting and fraud risk management.

Research interests include: the expectations of students and the impact of changing fee regimes, innovation and technology within education, consumerism in society, and financial regulation and its impact on fraud, corruption and white collar crime opportunities.

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For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£5,500 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time

If your course includes a placement year there will be no cost for this year of study in 2018/19.* However, you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, as well as accommodation and any other associated costs.

*Placement fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed. Further information will be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time
17 September 2018

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