BA (Hons) Business, Accounting and Finance
Why choose this course?
- Join a dynamic new generation of business and finance all-rounders, equipped for a wide range of careers
- Combine skills in accounting and finance with knowledge of leadership, strategy and governance
- Build your problem-solving skills with projects for real organisations
- Work with experts who are shaping contemporary business and finance thinking.
UCAS code: N473
Start date: September
Course length: Full-time: three years, or four years with optional placement year
Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus
College: College of Business
This course is available to international students
About this course
A high-performing business professional has to meet high expectations. Our new BA (Hons) Business, Accounting and Finance gives you the versatility, flexibility and broad knowledge base to meet those expectations.
You’ll mix a strong grounding in financial and management accounting with business strategy and the capacity to lead an organisation. It’s a powerful combination marking you out for rapid advancement in any branch of contemporary business - anywhere in the world.
A professional perspective
You’ll be working towards professional accountancy qualifications with industry bodies like the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), one of the world’s largest accounting bodies, and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), as part of your course.
You’ll also gain hands-on experience with the latest professional data and information services, including Bloomberg and specialist accounting software.
Keeping it real
Experience counts. With a year-long industry placement or summer internship on offer, there’s every opportunity for you to build your skills, networks and professional profile.
We’ll ensure you can adapt and achieve in the face of business change. You’ll practise your skills by solving real problems for real organisations. You’ll undertake consultancy projects for local employers so you grasp exactly what business life involves.
Professionally qualified and industry experienced, our teaching team will keep you up-to-date with the latest developments shaping the modern business world.
They’re passionate about their subjects and influential in their research. You’ll learn from academics who are leading the way in fields like strategic management accounting, financial control, small business management and accounting ethics.
What you will cover
You will study modules such as:
- Introduction to Financial Accounting
- Introduction to Management Accounting
- Market Economics and Key Mathematical Concepts
- Law for Accounting
- Academic Writing for Accounting and Economics
- Introduction to Operations Management and IT
You will study modules such as:
- Financial Accounting
- Management Accounting
- Financial Management
- Management Focus for Accountants
- Decision Making and International Tax
- Project Strategy
You will study modules such as:
- Management Accounting - Performance Evaluation
- Financial Reporting
- Sustainability, Governance & Audit
- The Environment of the Strategic Business Leader
- Professional Consultancy Project
- Independent Studies
September 2016 typical entry requirements UCAS points 280 (up to 40 from AS-levels) Specific requirements at A-level N/A Specific requirements at GCSE Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English Interview / Audition N/A Portfolio N/A
The way UCAS Tariffs are calculated is changing in 2017. The entry requirement below reflects this change. Read more about these changes.
September 2017 typical entry requirements UCAS points 104 (up to 16 from AS-levels) Specific requirements at A-level N/A Specific requirements at GCSE Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English Interview / Audition N/A Portfolio N/A
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Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
- How to apply
Fees and finance
Full-time Part-time UK/EU
£9,000 per year
£11,500 per year
Fees for the academic year 2017/18 have not yet been confirmed for this course.
How you will learn
How you'll learn
Besides the optional placement opportunities, whereby students work in real organisations for up to a year to develop their practical skills and experience, students also complete a professional consultancy project with a real employer within their third year, having gained the skills to do this in their second year. The skills mastered within these modules help prove your capabilities to employers, and have been used by students to demonstrate their competences even at interviews for roles. We have a range of guests from the business community who work with us to provide great opportunities for students at the University of Derby.
How you're assessed
There are a range of assessment methods used throughout the degree. In the first stage we use a range of computer-based assessments to help you gauge your own level of learning. These assessments give you feedback on how you do so that it helps your learning in a constructive way. In other modules there are essays and reports to submit. At the second and third stages you will be assessed mainly by examinations, but also by essays, business reports, projects and presentations.
How you’re supported
We’re proud of our personal touch which means that each year has a year leader and all students have a personal tutor whose aim is to ensure that by the end of the programme each student has achieved what they need to achieve to take their next step whether that be into employment or further study.
Who you'll meet
Darren Byrne - is the Programme Leader, His areas of focus include management theory, professional consultancy projects, corporate governance and strategic business leadership. His research interests are in business and accounting ethics and developments in accounting curriculum
Juliet Hogsden - specialises in decision making and international tax, personal tax and business taxation. Her research interests are in sustainability and viability of funding models.
Elaine Conway - focuses on sustainability and governance as well as financial reporting. Her research interests lie in business development and improvement, sustainability, corporate social responsibility and corporate financial performance.
Denise Glanville - specialises in management accounting, business studies, decision making and supporting students with their independent studies. Her research interests are in project management and financial control, business decision making and the use of incentive schemes.
Hilary Coyle - focuses on management accounting performance evaluation, business analysis and international business. Her research interests are in strategic management accounting and supporting techniques and application in the public sector.
Careers and employability
This degree is the ideal foundation whether you’re seeking a senior position in industry and commerce, applying for a coveted graduate training programme or setting your sights on postgraduate studies.
Your employability is central to everything we do. Throughout, you’ll work with a personal tutor on maximising your professional development and career prospects.
By the end of your studies, you’ll be well on your way to full professional accountancy qualifications. But you’ll be able to offer an employer much more in terms of leadership, strategy and problem-solving skills.
Typical roles graduates will be aiming at are: accountant, compliance manager, credit controller, finance analyst, finance manager, management accountant.
What our students say
Luke Rowarth is studying BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance. He says:
“My degree is equipping me with the right tools for work when I graduate, not just theoretically but also practically as there are lots of opportunities to practise what you have learnt.”
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