Accounting with Finance BA (Hons)

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UCAS Code
N4N3
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Location
Main site
Recognised
Yes

Overview

This BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree course fuses the twin disciplines of finance and accounting into a versatile degree that will set you up for success in the financial sector or in business.

You’ll develop valuable analytical techniques, economic expertise and strategic insight. With this broad arsenal of skills and knowledge, you’ll be prepared for wherever your ambition takes you.

The course is accredited by 4 global accountancy bodies, which means you can become a chartered accountant or get another professional qualification more quickly once you complete the course.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Learn from professionally qualified staff who bring their expert knowledge to the classroom
  • Use our Bloomberg terminals to monitor real-time financial data and trade and market movements
  • Achieve the industry-recognised Bloomberg Certificate
  • Apply your skills and experience in simulated business management exercises
  • Get valuable work experience and give back to the local community by working on our charities audit programme

Work experience and career planning

Our Careers and Employability service will help you find relevant work experience during your course to give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do a paid placement year in organisations such as IBM, Boeing and Estee Lauder.

We’ll help you secure a placement that fits your career goals. You'll get support from our Placements Office with applications, interviews and assessment days. You’ll also get mentoring and support to make the most out of your placement year.

Careers and opportunities

Whether you plan on becoming a chartered accountant or pursuing a career in finance, this finance and accounting degree will help you get there. You can use your expertise to branch out into banking, insurance and investment or fund management.

You’re not limited to the financial sector. The analytical and problem solving skills you’ll learn are highly valued in general management, operations, strategy and consultancy.

Roles our previous students have taken on include:

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

Whatever comes next after your studies, our Careers and Employability service will give you support and advice for up to 5 years after you graduate.

Professional accreditations

This accounting and finance degree course is accredited by these professional accountancy bodies:

  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

Having a degree in an accredited course can give you an edge over other candidates when you’re applying for jobs.

Accreditation also helps you fast track your career because you can achieve professional accreditation sooner after the course. For instance, if you want to become a chartered accountant.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.
Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

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

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.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

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

There are no optional units in this year.

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
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Language
  • Accounting Packages and Systems

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

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.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching​

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • one-on-one tutorials

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday.

Your workload

The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 24% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 76% studying independently
  • Year 2 students: 24% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 76% studying independently
  • Year 3 students: 18% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 82% studying independently

How you're assessed​

You'll be assessed through:

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

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

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 1 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 47% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 48% by coursework
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    How to apply

    Want to start this course this year?

    There are still a few places available. To discuss your options and secure your place, give us a call on (+44) 23-9284-8090 or ask us to call you back.

    Want to start this course in 2019?

    To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

    • the UCAS course code – N4N3
    • our institution code – P80

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    If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

    How to apply from outside the UK

    If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

    To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

    Contact information
    • Student Recruitment Centre
    • +44 (0) 23 9284 2991

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    Subject Area
    Accounting, economics and finance
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