Full-time: 3 years †
£9,250 per year* (2020/21)
£14,045 per year (2020/21)
120* (September 2020 entry)
What is Joint Honours?
A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.
You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.
- Accounting and Finance at Derby ranked Top 10 in The Guardian University Guide 2020
- If you don’t want to specialise in just one area, want to impress employers with a mix of skills, and enjoy two of your A level subjects equally, a joint honours degree could be just for you
- You can combine Accounting with another subject and study it as a joint pathway, which means that you can choose the type of accounting you want to study in your degree
- If you’re keen on a career in general management or aim to become a qualified accountant, this course will give you the perfect start
- Your first year modules will give you the basic knowledge, background and skills in accounting
- In your second year you’ll learn more advanced techniques and be introduced to more advanced specialisms in accounting
- In your final year you’ll be tackling and discussing complicated accounting and ethical issues as you focus on strategy, management and leadership
- View our Derby Business School brochure
Top10Accounting and Finance at Derby ranked Top 10*
Top10Accounting and Finance at Derby ranked 9th for Teaching Quality*
This Joint Honours gives you the chance to add a complementary subject to your study of Accounting, showing employers a broad scope of knowledge. It adds variety and interest to your studies, and marks you out as an adaptable business all-rounder.
Relevant, respected, rewarding
Combine Accounting with another subject to create a varied and interesting joint honours degree.
With the encouragement of enthusiastic staff - most of whom are qualified accountants - you develop your understanding of the world of accountancy and its relevance to the modern business environment.
If successful, depending on the modules studied, you’ll be eligible to apply for exemptions from the relevant paper of a range of professional accounting body qualifications.
In the final year, a dissertation of your choice lets you focus on a specific issue of interest to your career.
An optional third year placement not only gives you hands-on experience, it can also count towards work experience requirements for professional body entry
What you will study
You can study Accounting as a joint subject. This will determine how many modules you’ll study at each stage. Please check your other subject to ensure it is possible to create your chosen combination.
- Introduction to Financial Accounting
- Introduction to Management Accounting
- Market Economics and Key Mathematical Concepts
- Law for Accounting
- Management Accounting – Exam Route
- Financial Accounting – Exam Route
- Business Taxation
- Financial Management – Exam Route
- Audit and Assurance – Exam Route
You can choose to take an optional placement year between stages two and three
- Contemporary Reporting Issues
- Financial Strategy – Exam or Non-Exam route *
- Management Accounting Performance Evaluation – Exam or Non-Exam route *
- Personal Taxation – Exam route*
- Financial Reporting – Exam route*
* Exam route modules are those which offer the opportunity to apply for exemptions from the Professional Accounting Bodies, whose requirements make it necessary to use formal time-constrained examinations throughout the Programme.
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.
From group working and time management through to report writing and presentation skills, we’ll equip you not only with the subject knowledge, but also with the personal, transferable skills that are vital to your career and which you need to be successful in the graduate job market. You'll take part in simulated case studies, guest lectures and consultancy projects with employers.
Our teaching staff are all professionally qualified and have industry as well as academic experience. As well as teaching on degree programmes, they are also teaching 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.
There are a range of assessment methods used throughout the degree. In the first stage these 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 2020 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|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
For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.
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.
£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
There is always a demand for graduates with accounting skills. 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.
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
You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.
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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, 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.
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
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.
Accounting can be combined with: