This Accounting and Finance course has long been a popular choice because of its excellent career prospects. This course is so closely tied into real-world professional requirements that, when you’ve successfully completed it, you’ll be exempt from exam papers from three professional accounting bodies. These include papers from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
- We are a University Partner with CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) – the largest professional body of management accountants in the world
- BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance provides a number of professional exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
- Available as a sandwich year course where you can engage in a one year industrial placement
- Our Business courses were ranked 3rd overall in the UK in the 2018 UK Engagement Survey
- The course is also available part-time, delivered one day a week over 9 semesters, plus independent study.
- 100% of BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance and BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance with Sandwich Year graduates are in employment, further study or training within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on full-time, first degree, home leavers)
- The key accounting and finance themes are supported by specialist areas such as taxation, law and auditing
- Our Business courses were ranked 4th in the UK for Assessment and, 2nd in the UK for Retention and Progression, and 3rd in the UK for Employability in the 2018 UK Engagement Survey
A typical week for you will include lectures, seminars, self-directed study, workshops and case studies. As part of your active learning, you will work on problems and issues with the tutor and other students. Through analysing data and drawing your own conclusions, you’ll explore approaches to different business situations.
You will be assessed via written examinations, coursework and practical assessments.
If you choose to study part-time, then the course will be delivered over 9 semesters, one day a week plus independent study.
Many students on this course will be considering a career as a professional accountant, whether as a financial accountant or a management accountant. A financial accountant will typically work for many different clients, while a management accountant is employed by just one organisation and has a say in the running of that organisation.
To further enhance employability we encourage you to undertake a 48-week placement between your second and final year. It effectively becomes a third year of a four-year course. You’ll earn an average salary of £14,000-£18,000 a year depending on your location.
Placements are an excellent opportunity to put your learning into practice and understand the context for your new knowledge. The contacts made during placements can also be valuable for future job offers. Recent placement employers include: IBM, Procter & Gamble, BT, Nissan, Marriott Hotels, PricewaterCoopers and Adidas.
Our invitations to guest speakers allow you to listen to people who are already in the type of management position that you may one day hold. Recent speakers include Maurice Duffy, CEO of Global Blackswan, Mike Johnson, CEO of Castrol and Executive Vice President of BP, Uday K Dholakia, Senior Partner of Global Consulting, Neil Stephenson, CEO of ONYX, James Ramsbotham, CEO of the North East Chamber of Commerce, as well as other representatives from a number of our region’s largest employers.
Student Business Society
The University supports student-led initiatives that help you gain practical experience of management. The Business Student Society organises events and guest speakers, as well as attending tours of various companies. With its professional approach, it’s a great way to put into practice the lessons about how to make organisations function effectively. There is something for every student who is studying a subject related to business.