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Accounting and Finance

BA (Hons)

Industry recognised

Accredited by the ACCA professional body

95% student satisfaction

National Student Survey 2019

Work placements

Get practical career experience in relevant business sectors

UCAS code:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, with a foundation year
4 Years
Start date:
20 September 2021
Staffordshire Business School
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Course changes for 2020/21

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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 3rd for Student Experience (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019), 1st for Teaching on My Course in the National Student Survey 2019 and 1st for Organisation and Course Management.

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.

At Staffordshire University, we are well known for our business connections, and as a student, we will use our extensive industry links to offer you a guaranteed work placement.

The accounting and finance academic team is made up of active and professionally-linked staff that provide extensive real-world experience. You will have more than great quality teaching to inspire your career too, as we also host inspirational guest speakers and organise industry visits to bring the subject to life. It's for reasons like this that we received 95% Student Satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2019.

The BA (Hons) is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and has the maximum 9 exemptions from ACCA’s professional qualifications. We are also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), receiving 6 exceptions. These professional accreditations make this course particularly highly regarded. On completion of the course you may also be able to claim exemptions from the Institute of Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Charter Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)

There is an accounting course for everyone. We operate standard 3-year degree courses, accelerated 2-year courses, foundation level degrees and masters awards.

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.

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.

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.

Professional body accreditation

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

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

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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
  • Paper F5 – Performance Management
  • Paper F8 – Audit and Assurance
  • Paper F9 – Financial Management


The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Communication Skills For Professionals 15 credits
Management In Practice 30 credits
Maths For Managers 15 credits
Preparing To Manage 30 credits
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Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Economics For Managers 15 credits
Ethics And Governance 15 credits
Introduction To Financial Accounting 30 credits
Law For Managers 15 credits
Management Accounting 15 credits
The Professional Toolkit 30 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Advanced Management Accounting 30 credits
Advanced Professional Toolkit 15 credits
Business Creation And Innovation 15 credits
Computerised Accounting 15 credits
Financial Reporting 30 credits
Work Placement 15 credits
Year 4 compulsory modules
Year 4 compulsory modules
There are no compulsory modules for this year.
Show 5 optional modules
  • Typical UCAS Offer: 120 points
  • A levels: BBB



Accounting and Finance professionals are essential to the running of any business, regardless of industry. Recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as PwC, KPMG, Mazars, 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 and assessment


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.


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 AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


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.


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.

Karl Mccormack
Karl MccormackLecturer

Undergraduate Accounting and Finance Course 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 …

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Mayowa Akinbote
Mayowa AkinboteLecturer

Mayowa is a Certified Chartered Accountant and started his career as a Senior Finance Officer and Audit/Tax consultant in public and private sectors respectively. He has expertise in cash flow, financial reporting, auditing, financial markets, t…

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Dr Olushola Fashola
Dr Olushola FasholaLecturer

Olushola joined Staffordshire University in 2019 and has experience of working in banking, professional accountancy service, retail management and higher education. His expertise include merger & acquisition, banking, business advisory, mana…

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Syed Zaidi
Syed ZaidiLecturer

Syed joined Staffordshire University as a lecturer in Accounting and Finance in 2017. His area of research includes topics in corporate governance, corporate finance, financial accounting, and behavioural finance. Syed is a member of British Acc…

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For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BA (Hons)-Full-time, with a foundation year
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate £14,000 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

UK 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 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).

Our students

Mikey Brown
Accounting and Finance

One of the best things about being at staffs is that the lecturers are so friendly and always make time to help you if you need it. The course is continually looking to include things to help enhance your CV too, such as extra certifications in Microsoft Office programs.

The course also boasted the most exemptions from CIMA and ACCA, both being qualifications which I aim to complete after graduating.


Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time, with a foundation year
20 September 2021

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