BA (Hons)

Accountancy and Financial Management (Top-up)

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

NN34UCAS code 2yrsfull time

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Why take this course?

Learn about the key role accounting and management has within an organisation and how it affects everything from budgeting to human resource issues. 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.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Get the opportunity to gain exemption from some of the examinations of the major professional accounting bodies which you will need to become an accountant
  • Accelerate straight to the second year and build on your previous studies
  • Use the University’s Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and trade
  • Improve your English language skills

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, internal auditor, stockbroker and finance manager.

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) accredits our BA (Hons) Accountancy and Financial Management (top-up) course.

Abdullah Alnafeisi, BSc (Hons) Economics, Finance and Banking student 2013

I like my course because I enjoy the excellent teaching. I also find the applied exams and the module lecture hand-outs very helpful.

Abdullah Alnafeisi, finance student

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Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
2 years full time (top up)
The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score ENTRY
Only those who have previously studied at higher education level should apply. 120 first year HE credits. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications
Only those who have previously studied at higher education level should apply. 120 first year HE credits. See full entry requirements
We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250 p/a*

International students
2017/18 entry: full time: £12,600 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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Accounting and Financial Management
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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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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 include:

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

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 include:

  • Dissertation (Accounting)
  • Work-Based Financial Project
  • International Accounting
  • Independent Study for Accountants
  • Social Financial Practitioner 

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
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Margaret Yarr

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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Monitor 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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Career prospects

Where next?
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

Employment boosting opportunities
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

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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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