- Access our new Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab and gain hands-on experience using the same information and technology relied on by financial professionals all over the world
- Join a dynamic new generation of business and finance all-rounders, equipped for a wide range of business accounting and finance careers
- Combine skills in accounting and finance with knowledge of leadership, strategy and governance
- Build your problem-solving skills with projects for real organisations
- Work with experts who are shaping contemporary business and finance thinking
- Our accounting department was shortlisted for the PQ Magazine Awards 2018 for ‘Accountancy College of the Year’ and ‘Innovation in Accountancy
- After successful completion of this course, you’ll be eligible to apply for all 10 of the maximum exemptions offered by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
A high-performing business professional has to meet high expectations. Our new BA (Hons) Business Accounting and Finance gives you the versatility, flexibility and broad knowledge base to meet those expectations.
You’ll mix a strong grounding in financial and management accounting with business strategy and the capacity to lead an organisation. It’s a powerful combination marking you out for rapid advancement in any branch of contemporary business - anywhere in the world.
A professional perspective
You’ll be working towards professional accountancy qualifications with industry bodies like the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), one of the world’s largest accounting bodies, and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), as part of your BA (Hons) Business Accounting and Finance course.
After successful completion of this course, you’ll be eligible to apply for all 10 of the maximum exemptions offered by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). You will also gain many other exemptions from professional bodies ACCA and ICAEW.
During your undergraduate studies, you can register with CIMA, giving you access to a range of benefits whilst on your degree. This added support combined with your CIMA syllabus exemptions will all help fast track your career once you graduate.
You’ll also gain hands-on experience with the latest professional data and information services, including Bloomberg and specialist accounting software.
Keeping it real
Experience counts; With a year-long industry placement or summer internship on offer, there’s every opportunity for you to build your skills, networks and professional profile.
We’ll ensure you can adapt and achieve in the face of business change. You’ll practise your skills by solving real problems for real organisations. You’ll undertake consultancy projects for local employers so you grasp exactly what business life involves.
Understanding the challenges
A recent example included a visit by our final year Business, Accounting and Finance Students to Bolsover District Council to learn about the association and importance of their work. Students spent the day exploring the departments forming the government-based organisation and the stakeholder challenges faced whilst decision-making. The trip provided insight on the leadership style and organisations environment, duties and challenges; it was a great opportunity for the students to experience the work that Bolsover District Council do for the community.
Following the trip, students explained how interesting it was to explore the government sector and other public services in detail. One student stated that the trip has inspired them to work in the public sector to help the community.
Professionally qualified and industry experienced, our teaching team will keep you up-to-date with the latest developments shaping the modern business world.
They’re passionate about their subjects and influential in their research. You’ll learn from academics who are leading the way in fields like strategic management accounting, financial control, small business management and accounting ethics.
To complete the BA (Hons) Business Accounting and Finance, you'll study modules such as:
- Introduction to Financial Accounting
- Introduction to Management Accounting
- Market Economics and Key Mathematical Concepts
- Law for Accounting
- Academic Skills for Accounting, Finance and Business Economics
- Introduction to Operations Management and IT
- Financial Accounting
- Management Accounting
- Financial Management
- Management Focus for Accountants
- Decision Making and International Tax
- Project Strategy
- Management Accounting - Performance Evaluation
- Sustainability, Governance & Audit
- The Environment of the Strategic Business Leader
You also choose one of the following modules:
- Professional Consultancy Projec
- Financial Reporting (exam route)
- Independent Studies
- Investing and Financial Market Behaviour
Besides the optional placement opportunities, whereby students work in real organisations for up to a year to develop their practical skills and experience, students also complete a professional consultancy project with a real employer within their third year, having gained the skills to do this in their second year. The skills mastered within these business accounting and finance modules help prove your capabilities to employers, and have been used by students to demonstrate their competences even at interviews for roles. We have a range of guests from the business community who work with us to provide great opportunities for students at the University of Derby.
How you're assessed
There are a range of assessment methods used throughout the BA (Hons) Business Accounting and Finance degree. In the first stage we use a variety of computer-based assessments to help you gauge your own level of learning. These assessments give you feedback on how you do so that it helps your learning in a constructive way. In other modules there are essays and reports to submit. At the second and third stages you will be assessed mainly by examinations, but also by essays, business reports, projects and presentations.
How you’re supported
We’re proud of our personal touch which means that each year has a year leader and all students have a personal tutor whose aim is to ensure that by the end of the programme, each student has achieved what they need to achieve to take their next step whether that be into employment or further study.
Who you'll meet
Darren Byrne - is the Programme Leader, his areas of focus include management theory, professional consultancy projects, corporate governance and strategic business leadership. His research interests are in business and accounting ethics and developments in accounting curriculum.
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|
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|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.
This business accounting and finance degree is the ideal foundation whether you’re seeking a senior position in industry and commerce, applying for a coveted graduate training programme or setting your sights on postgraduate studies.
Your employability is central to everything we do. Throughout, you’ll work with a personal tutor on maximising your professional development and career prospects.
By the end of your studies, you’ll be well on your way to full professional accountancy qualifications. But you’ll be able to offer an employer much more in terms of leadership, strategy and problem-solving skills.
Typical roles graduates will be aiming at are: accountant, compliance manager, credit controller, finance analyst, finance manager, management accountant.
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.