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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS points

72 (September 2019 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date



Derby Campus

Course description

Top10Accounting and Finance at Derby has been ranked Top 10**The Guardian University Guide 2020
100%overall satisfaction - BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance **National Student Survey 2018
Top10Accounting and Finance ranked 9th for Teaching Quality**Times/Sunday Times 2019 University Guide
Why you should study Accounting and Finance at the University of Derby

Studying Accounting and Finance with a Foundation Year is for you if you have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly on to the Honours degree programme. It provides you with a firm grounding in the skills and knowledge you need and introduces you to the subject of accounting, enabling you to achieve your full honours degree in four years.

Our BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance gives you a sound knowledge of accounting and business, which will enable you to take up a management position in industry and commerce, or become a professional accountant. As you start your degree you will be introduced to the key concepts of accounting, and your knowledge and skills will be developed within a business framework. The second stage will see you learning more advanced techniques and specialisms in accounting, broadening your analysis and application of techniques in different sectors. You’ll also be developing your teamwork, leadership and project management skills through the work and assessments you undertake.

You can choose to take a work placement, applying what you’ve learnt to the work place and getting valuable work experience, or you can move straight on to the final stage.

The final stage will see you tackling complicated accounting and ethical issues. You’ll be studying leading edge and contemporary business and accounting issues, you’ll understand general accounting and business concepts and will develop the skills and techniques required, through research, critical analysis and evaluation to suggest solutions to real management problems.

You’ll be able to critically evaluate strategic business issues, and you’ll complete your independent study. You can select two options in the final stage which gives you the flexibility to specialise in an area that interests you, or where you see your career developing.


I recently went to Copenhagen with the university. We were fortunate enough to attend lectures on money laundering and fraud at Copenhagen University. It was a brilliant experience and I would recommend it to anyone!

Andy Glanville
BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance

It's not just about the numbers

Throughout the degree we will also be developing your personal, transferable skills. These are the skills that complement your academic knowledge and which improve your employability.

You’ll develop your communication, report writing and presentation skills and be able to manage your time and work to deadlines. You’ll be able to work independently and be self-motivated, and also work effectively and constructively as part of a team. These skills are vital to your success, wherever you see your career developing.

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Ready to join your professional body

We’ve designed the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance course to ensure that, if you select the relevant module pathway, you’ll be eligible to apply for all 9 of the maximum exemptions offered by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and apply for a range of exemptions offered by CIMA, ICAEW, CIPFA and AIA – which means you can achieve membership of your professional body quicker and accelerate your career progression.

We are partners with ACCA and part of their ACCA Accelerate programme. ACCA Accelerate offers many benefits to our students, which they can take advantage of whilst studying their undergraduate degree.

The programme is designed to enable you the choice to pursue other professional accounting qualifications such as:

The flexibility and choice offered by the Accounting & Finance programmes means you can achieve membership of your professional body quicker and accelerate your career progression.

Learn from the experts

Our teaching staff are all professionally qualified and have industry as well as academic experience. As well as teaching on degree programmes, they have taught on the professional body courses - ACCA and CIMA. This means that they are aware of and work to the latest and most current professional standards, so you’ll benefit from their expertise and understanding of the modern business world.

By focusing squarely on the practical application of key accounting and financial principles - as well as offering an optionalwork placement - we’ll help prepare you for the professional world in a way that’s both relevant and inspiring.

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What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Business Communication and Decision Making
  • Contemporary Issues in Business
  • Data Analysis for Busines
  • Study skills for Business

And you will choose two options from:

  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Political Studies
  • Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

If you don’t have either English or Maths GCSE, you will need to substitute one or two of the above for a module in English and/or Maths.

You will study modules such as:

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Market Economics and Key Mathematical Concepts
  • Academic Skills for Accounting, Finance and Business Economics
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Law for Accounting
  • Introduction to Operations management and IT

You will study modules such as:

  • Financial Accounting (Exam Route)
  • Professional Development for Accounting and Finance Graduates
  • Financial Management (Exam Route)
  • Management Accounting (Exam Route)
  • Business Taxation 
  • Audit and Assurance (Exam Route)

You can choose to take an optional placement year between stages two and three.

You will study modules such as:

  • Financial Strategy
  • Management Accounting - Performance Evaluation
  • Issues in Global Business and Corporate Accountability
  • Independent Study 
  • Business & Personal Taxation
  • Contemporary Reporting Issues*
  • Developing Employability from the Placement Experience (If you’ve been on work placement you have to take this module)
  • Investing and Financial Market Behaviour
  • Financial Reporting (exam route)
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Find out more about Accounting and Finance

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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How you will learn

During your foundation year you will be assessed mainly by coursework, and with some in-class tests. For the rest of your degree there are a range of assessment methods used throughout the degree.

In the first stage the range of assessments include computer-based assessments, examinations, essays, business reports and portfolios. All of these are designed to help you gauge your own level of learning, by giving you feedback on how you do so that it helps your learning in a constructive way.

At the second and third stages you will be assessed mainly by examinations, but also by essays, business reports, portfolios and presentations. Again, all of these are designed to help you gauge your own level of learning, by giving you feedback on how you do so that it helps your learning in a constructive way.

Who you will meet

Darren Byrne -  accounting education and ethics, and the charitable sector

Elaine Conway - financial accounting, sustainability and the health sector

Hilary Coyle - management accounting and public sector

Liz Crookes - predominantly management accounting, and It skills

Denise Glanville - management accounting and the aero industry

Juliet Hogsden - taxation and the charitable sector

Parminder Johal - financial management and emerging economies

David Thompson - auditing and governance.

Entry requirements

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

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.

Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees


£9,250 per year





Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Guidance for EU students post-Brexit


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.

We’ve designed the degree so you are eligible to apply for maximum exemptions from ACCA and for a range of exemptions offered by CIMA, ICAEW, IFA, CIPFA and AIA – which means you can achieve membership of your professional body quicker and accelerate your career progression.

On graduation you can choose to continue your studies with a masters degree here at Derby. Once you’ve completed your degree you may be eligible for an alumni discuount of up to 25%. 

David Thompson
Programme leader

Lecturer in Accounting

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† Additional information about your studies

5 years with an optional placement year

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.


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