Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

120 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date



Derby Campus

This course is available as a Joint Honours degree.

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If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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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 at Derby ranked 9th for Teaching Quality**Times/Sunday Times 2019 University Guide
Why you should study Accounting and Finance at the University of Derby

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.

Mazars Accelerate Progamme (MAP) – guaranteed, paid placement

This course is offered in partnership with international accountancy firm Mazars and includes a number of guaranteed, paid placements at one of the Mazars offices. Depending on your performance in your placement year and your final degree award, Mazars may offer you a place on their audit graduate trainee programme. You’ll also benefit from mentoring and insight visits to their offices in your first and second year.  

If you know that you want to do a degree with a guaranteed placement year, then apply for the MAP programme; if you are successful in your application you will join the Accounting and Finance degree with the security of a placement with Mazars in your third year (subject to performance in years one and two).

If you are not successful in your application to the MAP programme, you will be offered a place on the three year BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance. You will still be able to apply for other placements if you wish to do so.

Preparing you for a career in accountancy

During the first stage of the course, 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.

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, 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. 

How Derby helped Michael Hackley achieve his career goals

Our Accounting and Finance degree gave Michael Hackley all the knowledge and skills he needed for his career

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The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance provides the ideal pathway for you to join a professional body. If you select the relevant modules, you’ll be eligible to apply for all nine of the maximum exemptions offered by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). We also run the ACCA Accelerate programme which offers you exclusive benefits, including industry-specific careers advice.

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:


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.

In the PQ Magazine Awards, for the last two successive years, our department was nominated for ‘Accountancy College of the Year’ and ‘Innovation in Accountancy’ accolades. 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

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
  • Professional Development for Accounting and Finance Graduates
  • Financial Management 
  • Management Accounting 
  • Business Taxation 
  • Audit and Assurance

You can choose to take an optional placement year between stages two and three. If you are on the Mazars Accelerated Pathway (MAP) you will take your placement year at stage three, then complete your final year.  

  • Financial Strategy
  • Management Accounting - Performance Evaluation
  • Developing Employability from the Placement Experience (if you've been on work placement you have to take this module)

You will choose one of the following modules:

  • Issues in Global Business and Corporate Accountability
  • Independent Study 

You will choose one of the following modules:

  • Personal Taxation
  • Contemporary Reporting Issues

You will choose one of the following modules:

  • Investing & Financial Market Behaviour
  • Financial Reporting 

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 the first and second stages, you will learn mainly through: 

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: 

In the second and third stages, you’ll be assessed mainly by examinations, but also by essays, business reports, portfolios and presentations. Again, there is substantial feedback to guide your progress.


Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
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

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*



£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

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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International 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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Setting sights on your accounting and finance future

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 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.


David Thompson

David Thompson
Programme leader

Lecturer in Accounting

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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, 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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