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Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 1-2 years

UK fee

£5,040 (2020/21)

International fee

£5,040 (2020/21)

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start dates

January, September, May

Location

Online

Online course description

If applying for the May 2021 intake:
Application deadline is 9 May and term starts 24 May, so apply now.

We have partnered with the CISI (Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment) for this course. It is also directly mapped against the teaching of their foundation qualification, Introduction to Investment, with the option to take its exam upon completion of our course. Gaining the full bachelors degree can improve your career prospects, strengthen your CV and allow you to move on to a masters degree at a later date, should you wish to.

It’s a popular choice for busy professionals or those returning to work who want to get all the benefits a full degree brings but need a flexible study pattern. We accept a range of qualifications for entry onto the course. 

Apply for module exemptions and module credits from prior learning and experience

If you have already completed ACCA or CIMA papers, you may be eligible for exemptions from specific modules. This will allow you to save money from the total cost of your course and also allows you to complete your degree quicker. Further details can be found in our Exemptions section.

Have you already studied at another institution, completed a training course, or does your work experience appear equivalent to one or more modules of your chosen course? If so, you may able to translate this prior learning into credits towards your course modules so you don’t have to study them again.

For undergraduate courses you can apply for credits up to 50% of each stage. Depending on your former learning this could mean you only need to complete one module and an independent study project to complete the course. Further information about applying for credits for prior learning can be found in our recognition of prior learning section.

Further details can be found in our Exemptions section.

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Ideal for aspiring accountants and others

This online Accounting and Finance top-up degree will give you a thorough understanding of Accounting and Business concepts. It is ideal if you want to go on to be a professional accountant or work within the financial services sector. However, having a good understanding of Accounting and Finance is an advantage in any profession today. So, even if you don’t want to work in financial services, you will find this online top-up degree valuable.

Tutors that work to the latest professional standards

Our teaching staff are all professionally qualified and have industry as well as academic experience. They also teach on the professional body courses, such as ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), which means they understand the most current professional standards. That’s important because you need to be sure that what you’ll learn is up to date and relevant to today’s business world.

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We have the first online university degree programme in the UK to be partnered with the CISI, the largest and most widely respected professional body for the securities and investment profession in the UK, with a growing number of global financial centres. Our Accounting and Finance (Top-Up) BA (Hons) has been closely mapped against the CISI’s Introduction to Investment foundation qualification, helping you to prepare you for its exam, which can be taken at the University of Derby campus or at one of the CISI’s global test centres.

Furthermore, students wishing to pursue the Introduction to Investment qualification will benefit from a 50% saving on the exam fee and the work book. A one-off registration fee will be payable to become a CISI student member, giving you access to a number of membership benefits designed to support your studies and broaden your career development. We are offering a limited number of scholarships to cover the cost of the CISI registration fee, exam fee and workbook – a select few will be chosen upon enrolment.

The Introduction to Investment qualification is the first step on the CISI qualification pathway, and is also recognised by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). It will be of special interest to you if you are interested in a career in wealth management, operational investments, financial planning, compliance and risk, and stockbroking. Upon completion of this foundation qualification, there is then an option to join the CISI as an affiliate member (subject to annual membership fee).

What you will study

We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.

If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered. In addition, where demand is high, some modules may be subject to a cap.

For this top-up degree, you will need to complete a total of 120 credits. This will be made up from the core modules (adding up to 80 credits) and two of the optional 20-credit modules in your preferred area of Accounting and Finance.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Study Accounting and Finance Online at Derby Webinar: April

Monday, 26 April 2021 16.00 - 17.00

Join this webinar to discover more about studying our Accounting and Finance courses. The webinar includes a 30-minute presentation from Dr Anthony Stevenson, Academic Lead for Accounting and Finance and Aidan Wallis from the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).

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How you will learn

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Who will teach you

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Dr Tony Stevenson
Programme leader

Academic Lead Accounting Finance and Economics, Dr Tony Stevenson entered the Higher education sector as an international tutor teaching, Finance, and Mergers and Acquisitions from a practitioner’s perspective.

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How you will learn online

Our Accounting and Finance (Top-Up) BA (Hons) course taster will give you an idea of how online learning works. It includes a selection of content from a course module so you can see what some of our learning material looks like.

You will need to complete a short form to access the course taster.

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Entry requirements

You need to have one of the following qualifications:

If you do not hold one of the above Accounting or Finance qualifications, but have a HND or foundation degree in Business or equivalent overseas qualification, you may be eligible to apply for our online BSc (Hons) Management Accounting (top up) degree as an alternative.

Exemptions

If you have already completed CIMA’s F3 module or hold more than six ACCA F papers, you will be eligible for exemptions on this BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance (top up) degree.

 ACCA qualification exemptions

You will be able to gain exemptions on this course, if you hold specific ACCA F papers. Depending on the papers you hold you will be exempt from either one or two modules.

ACCA PapersModule Exemptions

If you hold all of the following papers:

F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F6 and F7

You will be exempt from the Financial Reporting (6AG521)

If you hold all of the following papers:

F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F6, F8 and F9
You will be exempt from the Financial Reporting (6AG521)

If you hold all of the following papers:

F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F6, F7 and F8

You will be exempt from the Financial Reporting module, plus, one of the following modules depending on your course start date:

Financial Statement Analysis (6AG512) - For students starting the course in September 

Contemporary Reporting Issues (6AG536) - For students staring the course in January

Financial Statement Analysis (6AG512) - For students starting the course in May

 CIMA qualification exemptions

CIMA members who have completed the F3 module, will receive one module exemption on this course.

CIMA ModuleModule exemption
F3 Financial Reporting (6AG521)

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

* If you don't have GCSE Maths, you can study our Certificate of Credit in Introduction to Maths in Preparation for Higher Education, which is a 20-credit module designed to help you develop your mathematical skills in preparation for higher education. 

**If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5, you can study our Certificate of Credit in English for Academic Purposes, which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.

If you are unable to take an English Language Test locally, you may wish to consider our Derby English Language Test (DELT), which is an online test in two parts: reading and writing, and listening and speaking. Take a look at our Derby English Language test (DELT) page for full course details, online exam dates and how to book.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £840 6 £5,040

2021/22 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £840 6 £5,040

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three payment plan options:

Undergraduate funding options

Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for an undergraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to meet the cost of tuition fees.

If you already hold an honours degree, and you are looking to re-skill or up-skill, you may still be eligible for a loan to study this course.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.

Careers

Become a qualified accountant, quicker than most

We have designed the degree to help you get maximum exemptions from a range of professional qualifications*. This shortens the time required for you to become a fully qualified member of your chosen professional body.

There is always a demand for accounting graduates

Our past students have gone on to work for local public practices, multinational accounting firms and taken up accounting careers in merchant banks and other large businesses. As an accountant you will have the opportunity to work in many diverse fields, anywhere in the world.

*Please check with your regional professional body to find out more about the exemptions available to you

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