Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years, 4 years (with a foundation year), 4 years (MSci) full-time
UCAS code: NN43, N400 (with a foundation year), NN40 (MSci)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

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.

* The MSci Accounting and Finance course is subject to validation.

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.

We offer an integrated Masters route for this course for those who wish to complete an advanced course of study in this field, or alternatively a Foundation Year is available for applicants that do not meet the entry requirements.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance, MSci Accounting and Finance

Professional body accreditation

The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance 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

Our MSci Accounting and Finance course is awaiting accreditation.

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.

For MSci students, your fourth year is an advanced course of study within a rapidly changing financial environment. The masters award will explore contemporary approaches and theories in the areas of accounting and finance, both academically and professionally. The award aims to develop your capacity and capability to apply your knowledge and skills within a contemporary accounting and finance context.

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.

Modules

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.

Foundation Year

Semester 1
Module title
Business Simulation Project Compulsory
Maths for Managers Compulsory
Management in Practice Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Preparing to Manage Compulsory
Communication Skills for Managers Compulsory
Management in Practice Compulsory

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

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Financial Reporting Compulsory
Business Creation and Innovation Compulsory
Advanced Management Accounting Compulsory
Advanced Professional Toolkit Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Financial Reporting Compulsory
Advanced Management Accounting Compulsory
Computerised Accounting Compulsory
Work Placement Project Compulsory

Year 3

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

Year 4

Semester 1
Module title
International Financial Analysis Compulsory
Advanced Corporate Finance Compulsory
Economic Analysis of the Firm Compulsory
Consultancy Project Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Management Control and Internal Audit Compulsory
Accounting Theory Compulsory
Consultancy Project 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.