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.
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.
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:
- Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
- Association of International Accountants (AIA)
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
- CPA Australia
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.
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.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/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.
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - MPP
- Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.
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.
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%.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
† Additional information about your studies
5 years with an optional placement year
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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
- Opportunities to enter ICAEW Business Challenge, CIMA Global Business Challenge
- Part funded trip to Copenhagen for 2nd and 3rd year students. Optional with limited places available.
Optional costs not included in your fees
- One off Joining fee for Proesssional Accounting Body
- Visit to local organisation
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.