Our BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree 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.
During the first stage 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 year 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 BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance 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).
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
Learn from the experts
Our accounting and finance 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 optional work placement - we’ll help prepare you for the professional world in a way that’s both relevant and inspiring.
To complete the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance, you’ll 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
- 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.
- Financial Strategy
- Management Accounting - Performance Evaluation
- Issues in Global Business and Corporate Accountability
- Independent Study
- 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 & Financial Market Behaviour
- Financial Reporting (exam route)
During the first and second stage you will learn mainly by formal lectures, tutorials and workshops where you will receive direction and feedback on your work.
In the second stage, you'll be expected to work more independently progressing to being more in charge of your own learning, whilst receiving guidance and direction from the academic staff in the final stage.
How you're assessed
There are a range of assessment methods used throughout the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance 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.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DDM
- Access to HE Diploma - 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
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.
Setting sights on your accounting and finance future
There is always a demand for accounting and finance 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 BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree so you are eligible to apply for maximum exemptions from ACCA and a range of exemptions from CIMA, ICAEW, IFA, CIPFA and AIA professional qualifications, subject to the module pathway you select. This shortens the time required for you to become a fully qualified member of your chosen professional body.
On graduation you can choose to continue your studies with an MSc Accounting and Finance here at Derby. Once you’ve completed your degree you may be eligible for an alumni discount 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
4 years with 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.