BA (Hons) Accounting with Finance - University of Portsmouth
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BA (Hons)

Accounting with Finance

UCAS codeN4N3

full time3yrs

placement option1yr

An inter-disciplinary blend of professional accountancy training and strategic financial expertise

Course Overview

Why take this course?

The twin forces of globalisation and business complexity have meant that the demand for the financial professional has never been higher. This course provides a structured pathway to help you develop the technical, analytical and transferable skills so valued in today’s business environment, whilst gaining accreditation from some of the world’s main accounting bodies. 

You will:

  • Achieve professional status faster by completing a degree which is recognised by leading accountancy bodies such as ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW
  • Be taught by a mixture of professionally qualified staff with real-world experience and expert academic researchers
  • Develop the skills and knowledge required for roles in both finance and industry

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Take a paid placement year in organisations such as IBM, Boeing and Estee Lauder
  • Use the University’s Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and trade
  • Apply your skills to real-life practical problems and add something back to the local community by working on our charities audit programme

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course is ideal if you are planning to obtain a professional qualification after graduation and become an accountant, or if you wish to pursue a career within finance. You can also use your analytical and problem solving skills to forge a career in general management, operations management, strategy or consultancy.


Aidan Elliot, Corporate Finance Advisory Associate, Grant Thornton

I have really enjoyed my time at Portsmouth and if I could turn back time I would come back and do it all again! What really stood out to me was the breadth of commercial and academic experience of the lecturers and their ability to bring the course to life using real world examples.

Aidan Elliot, Corporate Finance Advisory Associate, Grant Thornton


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

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:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Economics
  • Organisational Management Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Quantitative Methods

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 Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Operational Management Accounting
  • Corporate Governance, Financial Crime, Ethics and Control

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

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

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:

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

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Independent Study for Accountants
  • Dissertation
  • International Accounting
  • International Financial Management
  • Auditing
  • Work-based project

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

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.


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

The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year one students: 24% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 76% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year two students: 24% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 76% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year three students: 18% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 82% studying independently and 0% on work placement


On this course, you will encounter a blend of assessment methods including:

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

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year one students: 58% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year two students: 58% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year three students: 47% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 48% by coursework

Tutor's view


Louise Burton
Second Year Tutor

This degree brings together the twin disciplines of accounting and finance and is a key step in your journey to train as a professional accountant, or if you are thinking of pursuing a career within the finance and financial services sector. Do you have a question? Please contact me

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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.

Work Experience

Final year students are offered the opportunity to undertake relevant work experience by carrying out accounting, auditing and finance projects for local charities.

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.

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?

Finance is the UK's competitive advantage and because of this, there is a variety of national and international roles available to our numerate and commercially astute graduates.

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
  • forensic accountant

Work experience

Work experience
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.

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.

Thubaharan Yogeswaran, BA (Hons) Accounting with Finance student

This course offers a work placement year which adds value to your studies.

Thubaharan Yogeswaran, BA (Hons) Accounting with Finance student

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