BA (Hons) Accountancy and Financial Management (Top-up) - University of Portsmouth
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BA (Hons)

Accountancy and Financial Management (Top-up)

UCAS codeNN34

full time2yrs

Gain professional accountancy accreditation and focus on the management perspective of finance

Course Overview

Why take this course?

This degree is aimed at international and EU students who already have a diploma in accounting or who are qualified to enter the programme at second or final-year level.

  • Accelerate straight to the second year and build on your previous studies.
  • Successful completion of the programme will provide you with exemptions from professional body accounting examinations, for example ACCA.
  • This course will provide you with a blend of the analytical, technical & commercial knowledge & skills required in today’s business environment.
  • By working with an international cohort of students you will improve your English language skills.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Gain the maximum exceptions from the examinations of the ACCA (depending option choice).
  • Use the University’s Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and trade.
  • Apply the concepts and skills you learn in real world situationsl.

You will be taught by a mixture of professionally qualified staff with real world experience and expert academic researchers.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Our graduates often choose to join an accounting firm or larger company to complete their accountancy training, while others use their expertise within the financial series sector or branch out into more general management positions.

The roles our graduates have gone on to include:

  • management accountant
  • financial analyst
  • management consultant
  • stockbroker
  • finance manager


Dipesh Shah, Accounting and Financial Management student

I chose to study this course as it would give me the right skills and knowledge to take-over my families accounting practice.

Dipesh Shah, Accounting and Financial Management student


Accounting, Economics and Finance

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • How they apply theory to real-world issues by looking at current affairs 
  • The ability to gain relevant work experience in the local community as well as through a placement year
  • The friendly and challenging environment that will enable you to gain the skills and knowledge employers need

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Structure & Teaching

Year one

This year builds on your previous studies. Alongside the core elements of your degree, you will now have the chance to tailor your studies to your individual interests and your preferred career path.

Core units in this year include:

  • Financial Reporting
  • Operational Management Accounting
  • Finanial Management
  • Financial Markets and Institutions 
  • Corporate Governance, Financial Crime, Ethics and Controls

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Accounting Packages and Information Systems
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Personal Finance
  • Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
  • Principles of Operations and Marketing Management
  • Taxation

Year two

This year represents the culmination of your studies. You’ll also be able to further mould your studies so that you study the topics that interest you most.

Core units in this year include:

  • Accounting for Strategic Management and Control
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • International Financial Management or auditing
  • Advanced Financial Management

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Dissertation
  • Work-Based Financial Project
  • International Accounting
  • Independent Study for Accountants Unit

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Teaching and Assessment

We go to great lengths to ensure you will have an excellent learning experience with a high level of support. Teaching is usually undertaken in lectures supported by smaller group seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical sessions. Extensive use is also made of information technology and other teaching innovations.

In addition, if English is not your first language, there are free courses available to help familiarise you with the use of English for academic purposes.

How are you assessed?

On this course you will encounter a balance of formal examinations and varied methods of coursework assessment including:

  • analysis of topical case studies
  • written reports
  • essays
  • presentations
  • self-led project or dissertation
  • group work

Tutor's view


Ian Piper

Our degree will enable you to use your financial expertise to forge a career within business and will equip you with the skills that would be needed by a finance manager responsible for the finance function of a business.

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Facilities & Features

Bloomberg Suite

You can use this essential business research tool and gain real-life financial experience. Created by the Mayor of New York, Mike Bloomberg, the system is used by over a quarter of million finance professionals globally. You too can virtually access the same data, analytics and software used by city traders via one of our Bloomberg terminals.

International Office

We are a very cosmopolitan community with more than 4,000 international and EU students from over 100 different countries. The role of the International Office is to provide you with extensive support to make your time here as stress-free and enjoyable as possible, enabling you to focus on your studies.


We have invested heavily in open access computer suites across campus. Great working spaces with high-spec PCs (multimedia and CAD), Macs and printing facilities. There is also more specialised software and equipment available such as large format printing, audio-visual equipment and language laboratories. Should you need any assistance, there are specialist technicians on hand to support you in using the facilities.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
Where next?

The strong reputation of accounting in the UK has always made it an attractive place to study this subject. The current trend towards internationalisation of accounting and auditing standards can only enhance the employability of UK-trained accounting and finance graduates throughout the world.

On completing the course, our graduates often choose to join an accounting firm or larger company to complete their accounting training, while others use their expertise within financial services or branch out into more general management roles. If you wish to widen your focus to industry and commerce in areas such as banking, insurance and investment, fund management, consultancy and law, this highly numerate and practical degree will put you ahead of the game.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • management accountant
  • financial analyst
  • internal auditor
  • stockbroker
  • account manager

Work experience

Work experience
Employment boosting opportunities

If you wish to get some work experience under your belt during your time at the University, get in touch with the Faculty’s Placements Office. Our Placements Office is the one-stop shop for all things work experience related. Advertising a great variety of work placement opportunities and providing you with a huge portfolio of employers, the experienced team is always on hand to offer advice and support through the recruitment process and beyond.


Career planning

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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Apply now or visit us

Apply for 2018 entry

To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.

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