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Accounting (BA)

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Are you planning a career or employment in the finance, banking or accountancy sector? Our accounting degree is designed and structured to meet your needs. The philosophy of the programme is to provide a broad-based understanding of business organisations and, at the same time, ensure you meet the rigorous requirements of the discipline and the sector's professional bodies.

This Accountancy programme aims to provide a systematic understanding and detailed knowledge of accounting and finance skills in a variety of organisational contexts. This involves financial reporting, management accounting, taxation and international financial management.

It is also designed to increase your understanding of organisations, their management, the economy and the business environment and prepare you for a potential management career in accounting through acquiring a range of specific knowledge and skills, together with improved self-awareness and personal development.

BA (Hons) Accountancy has a strong employability theme that is seen in the approach to delivery using live projects and consultancy. The programme includes content that meets the requirements of the professional accounting professions, thereby allowing exemptions from ACCA modules. Exemptions are granted for eight ACCA papers.

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Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. Seven exemptions from the ACCA professional examinations
  2. The involvement of industry experienced and research-informed staff in teaching.
  3. The opportunity to study abroad. 
  4. The opportunity to undertake at least two internships during the three-year programme.
  5. Employability skills embedded across all modules.
  6. The variety of modules and authentic assessments.

What you will learn

Course Overview

BA Accounting specialises in the functional area focusing on accounting and finance skills in a variety of organisational contexts. It is a programme which suits those who prefer to specialise in accounting skills, rather than focusing on a broad range of business skills. Students on this programme are typically numerate and logically-minded, and it is likely, but not mandatory, that they will have previously studied accounting, maths or business. Those with work experience, but few formal qualifications, may also join the programme. A-Levels and Edexcel awards are respected, as well as a range of other certificates at this level from UK, EU and International bodies.

Module Topics

Year One – Level 4 (Cert HE, Dip HE & BA)

  • The Changing Business Environment (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Entrepreneurial Innovation (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Finance for Business (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Marketing Fundamentals (20 credits; compulsory)
  • People and Organisations (20 credits; compulsory)

Year Two – Level 5 (Dip HE & BA)

  • Changemakers: Building your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment* (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Contract Law (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Financial Performance Management (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Financial Reporting (20 credits; compulsory)
  • International Independent Study Abroad* (60 credits; optional)
  • Taxation (20 credits; compulsory)

Year Three – Level 6 (BA)

  • Auditing and Corporate Governance (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Corporate Reporting and Social Responsibility (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Financial Management (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Global Ethics (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)

40 credits are available in Welsh at Levels 4 and 6, 20 credits at Level 5.


This programme offers an academically challenging, vocational experience which incorporates innovative teaching and assessment methods. Students will be expected to be active in managing their learning experience, to be creative and to take initiatives to develop themselves.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

88 UCAS Points.

Other equivalent qualifications are accepted and the admissions panel will consider each application on an individual basis. Please note also that our offers are not based solely on your academic achievements; we take into account your full range of skills, experience and attainments when considering your application.

The degree welcomes applicants who have previously studied business for a natural progression. Those who have studied other subject areas will transfer well. Those with work experience, but few formal qualifications, may also join the programme. A-Level and Edexcel awards, as well as a range of other certificates at this level from UK, EU and International bodies are respected.

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Career Opportunities

The programme boasts a high employability rate for graduating students who are in work within six months of completing the degree. A significant number of graduates also progress to postgraduate studies at this and other universities.

The faculty offers an MSc Financial Management for those who wish to undertake further study. The flexibility of study on the programme empowers students to gear their studies to their career ambitions and personal circumstances. The integration of UK, EU and international students and a strong alumni association allows networking and the establishment of long-standing friendships.

Additional Costs

Extra costs to be borne by the student

As an institution, we seek to continually enhance the student experience and as a result, additional costs may be incurred by the student on activities that will add value to their education. Where possible these costs will be kept to a minimum with additional activities being optional.


There will be an additional fee of £1800 for students who choose to study the programme with the optional year in industry placement. Students undertaking placements abroad will incur travel, living and possibly accommodation costs. The amount will depend upon location and current state of the UK pound. For students undertaking placements in the USA, additional visa costs will apply.

Field trips and placement costs

Field trips will be available for students, which are optional. Costs for UK and International trips will be provided at the beginning of the academic year. 

Students will be expected to pay four weeks prior to field trips taking place. Travel and visa costs for overseas placements, three months before departure.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Final year International Direct Entry Mode

Students who choose this mode will study the International Business Communications module in block delivery format, at the beginning of their study time. They will benefit from personal counselling and support to establish a foundation for their continuing studies. They will study the remaining five modules (all at twenty credits, level six) and always benefit from full integration into the wider activities of the Faculty e.g. Enterprise and Industry Weeks, guest presentations, opportunities to enter industry/management competitions or develop business plans to start their own enterprises.


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