BA (Hons)

Accounting and Business

A commercially relevant education within the context of accountancy and business

NN41UCAS code 3yrsfull time 1yrplacement option

Star Course Overview

Why take this course?

Accounting is the language of business. This course comprises a powerful combination of accounting with more general business and management subjects.

If you are contemplating either a career in general management or an accounting role in a commercial organisation, this is the ideal course.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Use the University’s Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and trade
  • Opt to do a year in industry to gain meaningful work experience and build up your employability skills
  • Apply your skills to real-life practical problems as part of the department’s partnership scheme with local charities

What opportunities might it lead to?

This combined course will open up a wide range of interesting and rewarding career opportunities in accountancy and business. What’s more, this course will exempt you from some of the professional examinations required by the major accounting bodies, including the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • audit and assurance
  • taxation
  • forensic accounting
  • management accounting
  • financial analysis
  • treasury
Laura Bird, BA (Hons) Accounting and Business student

I really enjoyed the course and met people from everywhere. In year three I did a year's placement at IBM, which was good fun and gave me something to base my dissertation on.

Laura Bird, BA (Hons) Accounting and Business student

Apply for September 2016

Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing, so please contact us on 023 9284 8000 to discuss your options.

Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
300 points from 3 A levels or equivalent. See full entry requirements
We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications
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120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent. 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
2016/17 entry: full time: £9,000 p/a*
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250 p/a*

International students
2016/17 entry: full time: £12,000 p/a**
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, 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 common first year across all our accountancy courses provides you with a broad understanding of key concepts and techniques. What you learn in the first year will form an essential base for your development in the following years.

Core units in this year include:

  • Essentials of Financial Accounting
  • Economics for Accountancy
  • Toolbox for Accounting Professionals
  • Organisational Management Accounting
  • Business Law for Accountants
  • Quantitative Methods for Accountants

Year two

The second year has a slightly different approach. Alongside the core elements of your degree, you will 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
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Crime
  • Corporate Governance, Financial Crime, Ethics and Control
  • Principles of Operations and Marketing Management

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Personal Finance
  • Accounting Packages and Systems
  • Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
  • Language

Year three*

After the optional placement year you will be well prepared to tackle your final year. You will also undertake a project or dissertation, which allows you to carry out an in-depth investigation on a subject of your choosing.

Core units in this year include:

  • Accounting for Strategic Management and Control
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Strategic Management
  • Integrated Management

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • International Accounting
  • Independent Study for Accountants
  • Social Financial Practitioner
  • Dissertation
  • Work-based Financial Project

*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)

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. 

How are you assessed?

You will encounter a balance of formal examinations and varied methods of coursework assessment throughout the course including:

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

Tutor's view

Amy Davidson
Admissions Tutor

Our BA (Hons) Accounting and Business degree delivers accounting knowledge together with analytical and strategic business insight. This degree is ideally suited for those wishing to become an accountant within business or work in an operational or strategic management role. Do you have a question? Please contact me

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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.

Volunteering at the Citizens Advice Bureau

We are proud to be able to offer some students the opportunity to train as financial counsellors, and use their new skills to help others. Each year a small number of students train as a Citizens Advice Bureau counsellor in order to specialise in offering debt advice to the population of Portsmouth.

Placements Office

Take advantage of our Faculty’s Placements Office. Advertising a great variety of work placements, the experienced team is always on hand to offer advice on everything from producing high-quality applications through to preparation for a company assessment day.

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.

Hannah Brookes, BA (Hons) Accounting and Business student

The School is modern and accommodating with excellent working space such as the open access area, and comfortable and inviting lecture theatres.

Hannah Brookes, BA (Hons) Accounting and Business student

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?

On graduating from this course, you may plan to obtain a professional qualification to become an accountant in business, or perhaps you wish to use your analytical skills, financial expertise and strategic insight to become an operational or strategic manager. Either way, you’ll be equipped with the fundamental accountancy skills and the business element of the course will give you an appreciation of major business disciplines such as human resource management and strategy. 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

Boost your degree with the opportunity to undertake a one-year placement working in a paid full-time role which offers a suitable level of responsibility and the prospect of progression. You will benefit from the contemporary business experience that employers demand, making you highly employable upon graduation.

You’ll also have the chance to volunteer locally as a Citizens Advice Bureau counsellor, dealing with clients face to face in real-life scenarios – a great way to give your CV the edge to impress future employers.

Career planning

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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