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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

72 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

N401

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Derby Campus

Course description

Top10Accounting and Finance at Derby ranked Top 10**The Guardian University Guide 2020
96%overall satisfaction - BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance and MAccFin**National Student Survey 2019
Top10Accounting and Finance ranked 9th for Teaching Quality**Times/Sunday Times 2019 University Guide

Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more

Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.

Why you should study Accounting and Finance at the University of Derby

Studying Accounting and Finance with a Foundation Year will provide 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 prepares you for the professional world in a way that is relevant, inspiring and practical. It gives you a sound understanding of all the key accounting and financial principles so that you’re ready to take up a management position in industry and commerce or to become a professional accountant.

Preparing you for a career in accountancy

As you start your degree, you’re introduced to the most important concepts of accounting within a business framework. As your studies progress, you learn advanced techniques and cover various accounting specialisms. The final stage sees you tackling more complex projects, considering ethical questions, evaluating strategic business issues, and using your skills in research and critical analysis to devise solutions to real management problems.

Choice and flexibility are cornerstones of this course. After stage two, you can opt to take a work placement or move straight to the final stage. In the final year, you can select two options to specialise in an area that particularly interests you or which matches your career aspirations. You’ll also complete an independent study on a relevant theme of your choice.

Throughout, you’ll also develop your teamwork, leadership and project management skills to enhance your employability. 

Graduate Andy Glanville

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

Hands on learning

Between stages two and three of your degree, you could broaden your experience with an optional placement year. Our students have undertaken placements with organisations such as Boots, the NHS, Faurecia and local accounting practices including Smith Cooper and Duncan & Toplis. Students on placement have the opportunity to study for a ‘Diploma on Professional Practice’ to gain an extra qualification while on placement.

Fieldtrips will help you to translate theory into practice. We have visited companies such as PKF Cooper Parry as well as a council finance department. A recent fieldtrip to Chatsworth House featured an informative talk by the Chief Executive of the Devonshire Trust and the Head of Visitor Experience for the Chatsworth Group. Such opportunities deepen your understanding of the wider business world and underpin your live coursework projects. 

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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, CPA Australia 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.

You could choose to pursue other professional accounting qualifications too. Our course gives you the chance to apply for a range of exemptions offered by:

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.

Global thinking

We’re committed to helping you develop an international outlook and you could take part in optional overseas fieldtrips. On a trip to Copenhagen, our students visited the Louisiana Modern Art Museum to learn more about the problem of art fraud, bringing to life themes such as business ethics, forensic accounting, audit and assurance.

Expert teaching

Our accounting and finance teaching team are all professionally qualified, with industry as well as academic experience. Because they have also taught on courses for ACCA and CIMA, they can keep you up to date with the latest professional standards.

Our staff have recently edited an influential book entitled Contemporary Issues in Accounting – the Current Developments in Accounting Beyond the Numbers, exploring the challenges and opportunities which are likely to impact accounting professionals in the near future.

Our extensive professional networks bring an extra dimension to the teaching on this course. We have introduced employer mentors who provide students with one-to-one support and guidance. A team from HMRC also visits the University to run a mock assessment centre, especially useful for students taking taxation modules.

Further networking opportunities are arranged through our dynamic Accounting Society, established and run by students. They organise activities such as mentoring sessions, social and fundraising events.

Facilities and resources

You can make the most of our exciting Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab, a high-specification facility used in various modules and assessments on the course. You could even work towards the Bloomberg Market Concepts Certificate to enhance your CV.

In addition, you’ll learn how to use Microsoft Excel for accounting applications and there is the opportunity to become familiar with SAGE, the accounting bookkeeping package.

What you will study

FoundationFoundationYear 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 3IM501

Contemporary Issues in Business

This module provides an overview of business and management and how recent developments have helped shape current perspectives.. Students will gain an understanding of the broad range of subject disciplines attributed to the world of business and begin to develop an appreciation of the theoretical knowledge and skills required to undertake future study and develop a career path in this area
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3IM502

Study Skills for Business

This module aims to develop the study skills essential for study at university and within Derby Business School as well as to facilitate the transition into Higher Education. The module will help student understand university systems and processes, the study skills they require to succeed and the role they have in their own learning.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3IM503

Business Communication and Decision Making

Any future business professional needs to understand the importance of good communication skills and decision making skills from a personal and an organisational perspective. The aim of the module is to provide students with an understanding of business communication and how, through the process of effective decisions making, this impacts on the success of an organisation.

Business communication is the sharing of information between people both inside and outside the organisation. However, effective communication is not always easy or straightforward, methods and processes of communication will be reviewed.

Good communication also provides knowledge and this provides the basis for successful business decisions. Good decision making is vital for any organisation and a range of decision making processes and situations will be explored.

These two elements will be brought together to provide a holistic perspective of personal and business perspectives of communication and decision making and how one informs the other.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3IM504

Data Analysis for Business

For any business student a working knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative data handling skills through the use of Excel and other appropriate software is a necessary requirement. This skill is used extensively within Business based programmes and is transferable to the workplace and any future career.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 2MO500

English

This is a level 2 module. The module is oriented towards providing students with sufficient English skills to enable them to engage confidently with level 4 modules.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 2MO501

Mathematics

The course is equivalent to GCSE Maths and covers statistics and probability, number work, geometry, and algebra and graphs.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 3LA501

Law

This module equips you with an understanding of the English legal system. Looking at sources of law and considering the impact of European Community Law, and the European Convention on Human Rights, you will then examine the relationship between law, morality and justice. Finally moving on to explore the fundamental differences between civil and criminal law and process and liability.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 3PO501

Political Studies

This module will introduce you to a range of key issues and approaches taken in the study of Politics at undergraduate level. Understanding Politics as the study of competing interests within society, the module addresses questions such as the differences between - and the different forms taken by - democratic, totalitarian and theocratic political systems; the relationships between foreign and domestic policy; and the influence of economics on political debate and decision-making. As well as introducing you to key debates and approaches, the module will also encourage you to develop the critical thinking, writing and analytical skills you will need to study Politics at degree-level.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 3PS500

Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

This module will introduce students to psychology as an integrated and multi-faceted discipline. Students will explore both classic and contemporary aspects of psychology from a position of little or no knowledge. They will gain an understanding of the breadth of psychology and the ways in which the topic areas included can be approached from a number of different theoretical perspectives using a variety of methodological approaches.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 3SL501

Sociology

This module provides you with an introduction to the study of sociology. It is intended to encourage an understanding of core sociological theories, and to foster an awareness of sociological issues and phenomena. It is designed to develop your appreciation of how we evaluate the social world.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4AG501

Introduction To Financial Accounting

The aim of this module is to develop basic knowledge and skills of financial accounting in the context of International GAAP to enable students to learn advanced areas of accounting later in their studies. The module will introduce students to the accounting function in business and various techniques used including double-entry bookkeeping. Students will learn basic techniques of financial accounts preparation for different types of business entities. Students will be introduced to accounting standards relevant to their syllabus.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4AG502

Introduction to Management Accounting

This module will introduce students to the concepts of cost and management accounting. Management Accountants require a good understanding in management accounting concepts and techniques in order to provide managers with useful information. This information requires a clear presentation and to be communicated in an appropriate manner.

The primary areas of study will be cost accounting systems, budgeting and standard costing systems. Awareness should be shown of the specific requirements of different industries. This module is over one semester and consists of lectures, seminars, Computer-Based Assessments and a portfolio of formative and summative assessments and a final written assessment.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4AG506

Academic Skills for Accounting Finance and Business Economics

This module will equip you with the key written communication skills necessary for both your future academic and future professional career. It will enable you to develop your skills of writing both clearly, coherently and succinctly, in such a way that you effectively address the information needs of the user of the document.

It will develop your appreciation of the importance of basing your analysis and evaluation on information that comes from sources that are academically rigorous, contemporary and relevant; this will involve use of relevant referencing systems. You will also learn how to identify the appropriate research strategy and methodology for research in the accounting and finance disciplines.

The module will enable you to understand the relevant principles of research ethics, again, particularly for the accounting and finance disciplines.

Together all this will then provide you with the relevant foundation to support the rest of your academic studies as well as develop the relevant professional skills that accountants are expected to possess including reporting writing.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4EC500

Market Economics and Key Mathematical Concepts

Knowledge of economics provides students with an essential insight into how markets work and how firms and consumers make decisions in market economies. This module aims to highlight the goals of organisations and how these affect the decisions made by managers.

The market system and the role of government involvement in the market will be examined. Subsequently, fundamental macroeconomic issues (such as growth, inflation, unemployment, demand management, and supply-side policies) and how they affect organisations will also be looked at. The ability to understand and use quantitative information as part of business analysis is a key skill. 

This module allows students to develop key quantitative skills in the context of problem-solving. Basic mathematics, probabilities, and various techniques for analysing data will then be introduced to the students. The final coursework component of this module enables the students to combine the economic and quantitative skills they’ve acquired to produce a written report by the end of the module.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4LA508

Law for Accounting

The module provides the essential foundations of the legal system and the opportunity to study key substantive legal areas that will be directly applicable to those entering into a career in accountancy or even those wishing to pursue employment within the general business environment. Although a knowledge of the rules is required, the focus of the module delivery will be on practical applications and solutions for business.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4LO504

Intro to Operations Management and Information

The modern business environment is highly volatile and intensely competitive, and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. The role of the operations function; how the organisation actually sources, produces and delivers goods and services to demanding customers, becomes a key contributor to superior performance and customer satisfaction. This is equally important to and is supported by Information Technology systems and design which enable the organisation to operate efficiently.

The module provides a framework, to understand the crucial role of operations and IT to business success. This module will provide an understanding of the systems and processes whereby, people, capital, materials, equipment, knowledge, technology, information and time are combined to produce goods and services.

It provides an overview of the key areas of operations management, particularly in maintaining and improving the quality of goods and services and making sure that this is also reflected in the organisations performance.

The modern organisation cannot stand still, business operations need to be constantly evaluated and improved, against the standards expected in a changing marketplace.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5AG500

Audit and Assurance (Exam Route)

This module will introduce you to the current role of audit and assurance in society by considering its historical roots and how these have developed over time to the application in business today. The module aims to develop a deeper understanding of the principles, concepts and contemporary issues in modern audit, within the dynamics of the rapidly changing accounting and business environment, under legal and professional rules. Issues such as independence, responsibility for financial crime detection and reporting and auditor liability are explored in some depth. The role of internal audit and its relationship with external audit is also considered.

The audit process from the initial engagement to planning, risk assessments, completion, review and reporting are reviewed from a practical perspective. Within the module, emphasis is placed upon your application of audit techniques, and the use of decision-making techniques to current situations. It therefore offers a practical, as well as a theoretical perspective, on audit and assurance.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5AG502

Financial Accounting (Exam Route)

The aim of this module is to further develop your knowledge and skills of financial accounting and reporting. It will provide a natural transition from your first year module, developing many of the themes introduced at that level.

The module will commence with an exploration of the role and requirements of corporate financial reporting in the UK, including the increasingly important subject of risk. You will be provided with a solid foundation in the techniques of financial accounts preparation and a critical understanding of the key areas of financial accounting. Single level group structures are introduced, which will help lay the foundation for more advanced study in your final year.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5AG503

Financial Management (Exam Route)

The Financial Manager of any organisation needs to ensure that sufficient finance / funding is available at the right time to meet the needs of the organisation. The Financial Management module therefore focuses on making decisions about how the organisation is financed / funded and then focuses on managing these finances to generate profit / wealth and to add value. Such financing and investment decisions are being made in an increasingly uncertain, dynamic and complex business environment. For this reason it is vital that you have a comprehensive understanding of how the financial management function fits into the overall objectives of the organisation.

The module proceeds to look at how finance is allocated to invest in fixed (non-current) and current assets for the company, enabling an appreciation of long term investment appraisal techniques and the internal aspects of short term financing, cash flow management and the management of working capital. Whatever the organisation size, when it comes to cash flow, organisations continue to suffer from a “liquidity gap”. This module will help you explore some of the best approaches being employed to help manage cash flow and meet working capital needs. You will also address how to analyse and evaluate the implications of financial management decisions through the application of key financial ratios.

The relevance of the Financial Management module as part of an undergraduate Accounting and Finance programme is further supported by the fact that it aligns to the syllabus requirements of professional accounting bodies such as CIMA, CPA Australia, IFA and ACCA. It will also equip you to enter the work environment with knowledge and competencies that will enable you to comprehend, improve and influence operational efficiency; enhance decision making and analysis in a way that adds value to the organisation.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5AG504

Management Accounting (Exam Route)

As an accountant you will require a good understanding of management accounting concepts and techniques. If you are aiming for a more general business career, a detailed understanding of internal business reports and financial information will greatly enhance your effectiveness and possible career progression. You will require a good understanding in management accounting concepts and techniques in order to provide management with useful information. This information requires clear presentation and to be communicated in an appropriate manner. This module expands on the knowledge and understanding gained at year one. Awareness should be shown of the appropriate level and specific requirements of different industries. This module is over one semester and consists of seminars and workshops, including computer based activities. Learning outcomes will be demonstrated through computer based assessments and a range of formative and summative assessments and a final written examination.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5AG518

Business Taxation

Taxes have been a fundamental part of society for thousands of years enabling governments to raise vital revenue to support national expenditure. There have been many types over the centuries, including the window tax, the bachelor tax and the clock tax. Today taxes are levied on both income, capital gains and consumption. They are payable by a range of entities; this module, however, focuses on businesses, but is set within a global context, especially with respect to companies.

During the course of this module, you will be introduced to a range of direct and indirect taxes that apply to businesses. You will learn the underlying key principles and how to apply the regulations in order to compute the sums taxable and the associated tax liability. This will involve learning to analyse a range of simulated real-life cases so that you can identify the relevant information necessary to perform the computation and develop an understanding of the impact of taxation on business decisions. This will enable you to begin to develop your ability to intelligently support the decision-making process, thereby adding value. You will also explore a range of simple tax planning ideas so that you start to develop your skills of managing the tax affairs of businesses effectively, but ethically. Together these areas provide you with the opportunity to start to develop your problem-solving skill set.

 An essential part of taxation is ensuring the taxpayer fully complies with the rules in order to prevent penalties and fines being imposed by the tax authorities. For the man on the street, the tax rules and regulations can be very complex and so difficult to understand and comply with. The ordinary person often needs a specialist to ensure they can understand their tax affairs and comply fully with the relevant rules. Therefore it is important that the tax specialist can communicate the relevant information in layman terms. This module will provide you with the opportunity for you to develop this type of expertise.

 The specialist technical knowledge and the range of vital employability skills that you will acquire through this module will enable you to add value to the businesses you work with.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5HR501

Professional Development for Accounting and Finance Graduates

This module aims to prepare you for your future career as an accounting and finance graduate, helping you to recognise the types of skills and behaviours organisations require of accounting and finance graduate level employees, and to understand how organisations are able to support the development of individual talent once you are within the workplace.

The knowledge and understanding of professional practice and professional bodies developed within the module also is a key part for accounting and finance graduates, whether they are operating in the accounting and finance function of an organisation or are part of an accounting professional practice.

To be attractive to potential employers, you now need more than a good degree. You need to understand the aspects of professional practice employers are looking for and how you and your talents will be viewed in the workplace. It is important that within the first 100 days of your employment that you can prove how you can add value to the area in which you work. For those students who are already in the process of developing their careers, the module will assist them in concentrating on the areas of personal development they need for future career enhancement. Using academic underpinning and current research you will utilise a range of exercises and activities to help you develop your own graduate identity, employability and leadership, and examine and develop your self-awareness and professional practice.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6AG503

Financial Strategy (Exam Route)

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results” (Winston Churchill). - The Financial Strategy module will focus on the advanced aspects of the investment decision (capital budgeting) and the way in which the organisations capital structure can be strategically adjusted to ensure the maximisation of shareholder wealth / added value.

It will build on prior knowledge from the Financial Management module and explore how the financing decision and the investment decision interrelate with each other and with the dividend / reallocation of funds decision. The module will explore the interrelationship between these three areas that help formulate the financial strategy of an organisation.

Although the emphasis will be on enabling you to be able to make decisions at a strategic level, the module also recognises the need for you to be able to analyse the implications of those decisions in light of the organisations objectives, it is further recognised that in arriving at such decisions you need to take account of broader strategic issues as well the financial analysis.

The module will introduce relevant theory and models, practical financial tools and techniques, with appropriate references to real-life organisations. A strategic approach to critically analysing and evaluating financial information is encouraged, with a view to advancing your knowledge and understanding of capital budgeting, capital structure and dividend policy.

In addition, it is vital you can confidently and effectively communicate the rationale behind your decisions. With this in mind, the Financial Strategy module will utilise every opportunity to expose you to situations where you will be required to lead a seminar, facilitate a workshop, chair a meeting and or present a report.

The relevance of the Financial Management module as part of an undergraduate Accounting and Finance programme is further supported by the fact that it aligns to the syllabus requirements of professional accounting bodies such as CIMA, CPA Australia, IFA and ACCA. It will also equip you to enter the work environment with knowledge and competencies that will enable you to critically analyse, evaluate and communicate the financial decisions that will help transform the organisation to address its key priorities.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6AG507

Management Accounting Performance Evaluation (Exam Route)

This module expands on the knowledge and understanding you have gained on previous management accounting modules. Management Accountants require a good understanding in management accounting concepts and techniques in order to provide managers with useful information. You will need to be able to clearly present this information to employees and managers at all levels in a business especially those without any financial knowledge.

You will learn how to critically evaluate tools and techniques and then apply them to scenarios. The main areas of study will be control, performance measurement and strategic management accounting.

This module runs over one semester and consists of lectures, including guest lecturers from industry and seminars. Be prepared to join in with group work during the seminars as we discuss many of the current issues in management accounting. At this level the focus of your work will be on the communication of the information and not the creation of the numbers.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6AG518

Financial Strategy (Non-Exam Route)

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results” (Winston Churchill). The Financial Strategy module will focus on the advanced aspects of the investment decision (capital budgeting) and the way in which the organisations capital structure can be strategically adjusted to ensure the maximisation of shareholder wealth / added value. It will build on prior knowledge from the Financial Management module and explore how the financing decision and the investment decision interrelate with each other and with the dividend / reallocation of funds decision. The module will explore the interrelationship between these three areas that help formulate the financial strategy of an organisation.

Although the emphasis will be on enabling you to be able to make decisions at a strategic level, the module also recognises the need for you to be able to analyse the implications of those decisions in light of the organisations objectives, it is further recognised that in arriving at such decisions you need to take account of broader strategic issues as well the financial analysis.

The module will introduce relevant theory and models, practical financial tools and techniques, with appropriate references to real life organisations. A strategic approach to critically analysing and evaluating financial information is encouraged, with a view to advancing your knowledge and understanding of capital budgeting, capital structure and dividend policy.

In addition it is vital you can confidently and effectively communicate the rationale behind your decisions. With this in mind the Financial Strategy module will utilise every opportunity to expose you to situations where you will be required to lead a seminar, facilitate a workshop, chair a meeting and or present a report.

The relevance of the Financial Management module as part of an undergraduate Accounting and Finance programme is further supported by the fact that it aligns to the syllabus requirements of professional accounting bodies such as CIMA, CPA Australia, IFA and ACCA. It will also equip you to enter the work environment with knowledge and competencies that will enable you to critically analyse, evaluate and communicate the financial decisions that will help transform the organisation to address its key priorities.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6AG519

Management Accounting Performance Evaluation (Non Exam)

This module expands on the knowledge and understanding you have gained on previous management accounting modules. Management Accountants require a good understanding in management accounting concepts and techniques in order to provide managers with useful information. You will need to be able to clearly present this information to employees and managers at all levels in a business especially those without any financial knowledge.

You will learn how to critically evaluate tools and techniques and then apply them to scenarios. The main areas of study will be control, performance measurement and strategic management accounting.

This module runs over one semester and consists of lectures, including guest lecturers from industry and seminars. Be prepared to join in with group work during the seminars as we discuss many of the current issues in management accounting. At this level the focus of your work will be on the communication of the information and not the creation of the numbers.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6AG501

Financial Reporting (Exam Route)

Financial Reporting provides financial information for external users and the wider stakeholders of financial statements enabling them to assess the risks and returns of investment opportunities, so that they can make useful economic decisions.

This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the financial accounting principles that support the international accounting standards on which financial statements are prepared. It will enable you to evaluate the significance of the fundamental principles that underpin the drafting and revision of appropriate international accounting standards. It will provide you with the ability to select, interpret and apply the relevant international accounting standards to a range of financial reporting issues and transactions that entities experience within the contemporary business environment. This is a key skill to ensure that the published financial information the entities provide is useful for external users and stakeholders.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6AG502

Financial Statement Analysis

The analysis of financial statements can tell us a great deal about the health of a company and its ability to deal with future challenges, which is a key skill in any business environment, whether or not profit is the primary motivation. This module concentrates on using the financial, economic and non-quantitative information available to assess the relative strengths of entities and their ability to react to the impact of outside forces on their performance.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6AG509

Issues in Global Business and Corporate Accountability

As a result of the global shift in the world’s economies, cross border activities and economies are much more inter-dependent on each other. This has resulted in increasing internationalisation of accounting and finance, resulting in ever changing ethical, governance and corporate accountability issues

This module promises to be interesting to students of accounting and finance on many levels. It will encompass learning and mastering many of the skills required of accountants in various differing international environments and consider areas of ethics, both business, professional and personal. It will uncover just how important it is in the modern workplace to maintain clear and transparent work practices, through a comprehensive analysis of corporate governance and Corporate Social Responsibility. 

More interestingly it will allow students to comprehend the central working relationship that accountants and finance professionals have in the workplace, both in differing industrial or sector environments, between departments/divisions within organisations or even between organisations in differing countries.

Using a consultative approach, students will be challenged to make decisions based on their own research into contexts, ultimately providing practical advice and solutions to real-life scenarios. It will reward enterprising accountants or finance professionals as they can adopt, challenge, create, research their own pathways for decisions made in their own professional career.

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40 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6AG517

Financial Reporting Theory (Non-Exam Route)

Financial Reporting provides financial information for external users and the wider stakeholders of financial statements enabling them to assess the risks and returns of investment opportunities, so that they can make useful economic decisions.

This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the financial accounting principles that support the international accounting standards on which financial statements are prepared. It will enable you to evaluate the significance of the fundamental principles that underpin the drafting and revision of appropriate international accounting standards. It will provide you with the ability to select, interpret and apply the relevant international accounting standards to a range of financial reporting issues and transactions that entities experience within the contemporary business environment. This is a key skill to ensure that the published financial information the entities provide is useful for external users and stakeholders.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6AG533

Contemporary Reporting Issues

There are many developments and debates around corporate and integrated reporting. Organisations are required to report on more than just the financial results. This module will investigate various contemporary issues relating to this area of performance management and integrated reporting. Delivery will include lectures, seminars and interactive sessions using Bloomberg, projects and case studies.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6AG534

Personal Taxation (Exam route)

If there are two things that are certain in this world then they are taxation and death - (Benjamin Franklin). Taxation affects the lives of individuals on a daily basis. The complexity of the tax regulations and rules is making it increasingly difficult for most people to manage their tax affairs in an efficient and effective manner, without reference to a tax specialist. This module allows you to address this growing need by developing your knowledge and understanding of the main types of taxes impacting individuals.

During the course of this module you will deepen your understanding of each of the taxes studied and gain insight into how they interact. It will equip you with the skills to evaluate the impact of taxation on individuals, so that you can intelligently support them in managing their tax affairs efficiently, effectively and ethically. Part of the process will involve developing your problem solving skills. 

The module also explores the socio-economic and political pressures that shape government tax policies, so that you can evaluate the interaction between tax payer behaviour and formulation of tax policies, giving you the opportunity to develop your independent thinking.

Underlying these themes are the ethical issues tax practitioners encounter in their role as tax advisors and tax agents. These ethical issues will be explored in order to help you understand the issues, giving you a framework in which to evaluate them should they arise. Together these themes will provide you with the opportunity to acquire specialist technical knowledge and a range of vital employability skills.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6EC501

Investing and Financial Market Behaviour

This module brings together major themes from economics, finance and psychology in order to develop your awareness of financial markets issues and to expand your understanding of investment decision making, investor behaviour, regulation and financial markets in crisis.

All along, you will develop critical practical skills like using Excel, analytical reasoning, interpreting data, following financial media and interacting with external financial market experts and potential employers. You will learn about the main investment classes, you will build your own portfolio of investments and analyse its effectiveness and performance. We will introduce you to behavioural aspects of investor activity. You will examine the underlying issues in financial markets that lead to crisis and failure using economic theory both traditional and behavioural. You will be analysing issues like asset bubbles, bank failures and the problems of regulating financial activity in domestic and global markets.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6HR501

Developing Employability from the Placement Experience

During your work placement you will have been exposed to a wide variety of experiences associated with working in a dynamic environment. Whilst undertaking a specific role within the department you will have acquired a vast amount of knowledge and you will also have developed new skills and approaches that will be of benefit to you throughout your career.

You will also have experienced the discipline of working in a professional environment, where standards of behaviour and attitude are vital to the smooth running of the department/section. You will have observed the behaviour of managers and other members of staff as they carried out the day to day activities of the department, and at the same time considered your contribution to the department.

This module will give you the opportunity to rigorously and critically review your placement experience and the learning you have undertaken, and relate this to theories, models and approaches not only previously studied within your degree programme but also more current and relevant literature and practice you will be required to research and explore as part of the study of this module.. You will also be required to reflect on your development through the use of (a) theoretical framework/s of your choice and provide a plan of your strategy for your future career.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6IM998

Independent Study

This module gives you the opportunity to make a personal choice regarding the topic and format of your study. You may wish to extend aspects of your final and previous year subjects to more depth along with refining your research skills by means of a traditional research project.

Alternatively you may choose to examine a business situation in depth, develop a creative advertising campaign or develop a marketing plan with ideas for creative execution. You could analyse and test the theories, principles and concepts addressed in the classroom environment in the reality of a private, public or community sector organisation by means of a pathway related report. The independent study is an individual piece of work completed under the guidance of an academic supervisor. The subject of study will normally be in your particular area of specialism, and this is an important opportunity to build your expertise and knowledge in that area.

In the course of your studies, you may discover an area that is of particular interest to you, or which has specific relevance to your intended professional orientation. This module gives you the opportunity to extend aspects of your coursework or professional interests in more depth, including topics that have not otherwise been available as formal modules. You will also refine and develop your skills in research, critical evaluation, analysis and production of professional documents.

This module differs from other modules because it relies on independent study rather than formal classes, and the initiatives to choose a topic and organise the study come from you. The skills you develop during this module will prepare you not only for future employment but for higher-level study. If you choose to work with a particular organisation then the opportunity for engaging with that organisation will provide insights into professional practice. If you choose to work in a more academic or creative setting your work will align with the recommendations of professional bodies in your field.

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40 Credits
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Coursework

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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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.
 
During the first and second stages, you will learn mainly through: 
  • formal lectures
  • tutorials
  • workshops

From the second stage, you are expected to work more independently and take greater charge of your own learning, while receiving guidance and direction from the academic staff.

Examples of projects

The Independent Study module is an important element of the final year, enabling you to pursue in-depth research into a theme of your choice. Recent examples include investigating issues such as the impact of sugar tax on businesses in Derby, financial fair play rules in football and the movement towards narrative or integrated reporting.

Some of these projects involve live briefs for employers: one student completed a study on internal control systems on behalf of Derby Museums.

How you are assessed

In the first stage of the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance, assessments are designed to help you gauge your own level of learning through constructive feedback. The range of assessments includes:

  • computer-based assessments
  • examinations
  • essays
  • business reports
  • portfolios

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

David Thompson

David Thompson
Programme leader

Lecturer in Accounting

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
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
PortfolioN/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.

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

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 Level 2 as part of your course of study.

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

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

N/A

N/A

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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Careers

Accounting and finance graduates are in demand the world over, so you will have the opportunity to work in many diverse fields. Our former students have gone on to excel in a range of local practices, multinational accounting firms, merchant banks and other major businesses.

On graduation – and depending on the module pathway you have selected – you can apply for exemptions from ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, CPA Australia and AIA professional qualifications. This will shorten the time you need to become a fully qualified member of your chosen professional body. Representatives from the various professional bodies visit the University to explain more about their institutions, the exemptions available and the potential career paths you can consider.

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate – industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from our Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions. In addition, your programme will support you in your preparation for the work place. Your second year module, Professional Development Skills for Accounting Graduates, is tailored to the needs of the accounting profession. The module is designed to ensure that you are ready to apply for internships, placements and or graduate roles.

The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University. 

Further study

You can choose to continue your studies at Derby with the MSc Accounting and Finance. You may be entitled to an alumni discount on your fees if you decide to extend your time with us by progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study.

 

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5 years with an optional placement year

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, excellent 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.

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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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