Accounting with Finance BA (Hons)

BAME student
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
Start Date
September 2020
Accredited
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 gain a significant number of exemptions from professional examinations. This can save you both time and money in your journey to become a qualified chartered accountant.

Accredited and recognised by:

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and recognised by Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) Australia.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and Institute of Chartered Accountants accreditation exempts graduates from specific professional examinations.

93% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

What you'll experience

On this Accountancy and Financial Management Top Up 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 if you work on our charities audit programme

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.

What can you do with an Accounting with Finance degree?

You can use your accounting and finance degree to get into banking, insurance and investment, and fund management roles in accounting practices and larger organisations.

You're not limited to the financial sector. The analytical and problem solving skills you'll learn are highly valued in areas such as general management, operations, strategy, consultancy, project management, purchasing and business analytics.

What jobs can you do with an Accounting with Finance degree?

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.

If you're interested in setting up your own business while you study, you can get support on this course from the Entrepreneurs in Residence programme. Our Entrepreneurs in Residence are experienced business professionals who work with us to deliver group workshops and 1-to-1 drop-in clinics to help you plan and market your business idea.

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, BA (Hons) Accounting with Finance

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Accounting with Finance degree

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

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

Year 1

Core modules

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Outline the sources and classifications of law
  • Recognise and apply case law and legislation to real scenarios
  • Explain and apply basic principles of contract law and the tort of negligence to everyday business scenarios
  • Identify the different business organisations and explain the formation and running of a private limited company.
Teaching activities
  • 23 x 1-hour lectures
  • 23 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 4.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

At the end of this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,250-word set exercise (40% of final mark)
  • a 2-hour written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Examine the key concepts of economics
  • Explain topical economic issues and Government policy decisions
  • Define and explain basic financial principles
Teaching activities
  • 23 x 1-hour lectures
  • 23 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 4.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • 8 online tests (30% of final mark)
  • a 2-hour written exam (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also get the foundational accounting knowledge and skill you need for further study and more advanced financial modules.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe the role of accounting in the modern business environment
  • Apply accounting concepts and conventions in business transactions
  • Use double-booking skills to record business transactions and prepare financial statements for different types of business
  • Interpret and analyse financial statements for basic business analytics
Teaching activities
  • 23 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • an 1,000 word coursework assignment (20% of final mark)
  • a 10-minute practical skills assessment (10% of final mark)
  • 2-hour written exam (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll use a business simulation tool (Simventure) to give an insight to how a business organisation operates and is managed.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Explain the purpose and types of businesses and how they interact with stakeholders and the external environment
  • Explain business organisation structure, functions, strategy and management process
  • Describe the accounting functions and the role of management accountant within organisations
  • Explain and discuss the importance of personal effectiveness as the basis for effective team and communication in organisations
  • Explain and discuss the principles of authority and leadership and how teams and individuals are managed, motivated and developed
  • Use management accounting techniques for decision making, planning and controlling in organisations
Teaching activities
  • 23 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 4.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a portfolio (10% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word group report (30% of final mark)
  • a 2-hour written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll use Sage accounting software and Microsoft Office.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Apply the IT skills you'll need to work as an accountant
  • Explain, apply and evaluate business theory
  • Demonstrate team working skills in a group project and communicate outcomes to an external audience using a presentation
  • Recognise key employability qualities, such as written and oral communication, team-working and problem-solving skills
Teaching activities
  • 23 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 4.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word academic report (25% of final mark)
  • a 20 minute oral assessment and group project presentation (40% of final mark)
  • a portfolio (35% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll get an introduction to the application of the mathematical tools and statistical ideas commonly used in business. You'll get the knowledge and skill necessary to undertake the further study of management science and economics.

This module is accredited by the professional accounting bodies and contributes towards exemptions from professional accounting examinations (subject to meeting any additional threshold requirements of the professional accounting bodies).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Utilise statistical techniques to analyse data and interpret results
  • Identify and apply the principles of key business statistical methods
  • Recognise and apply the mathematical procedures used in finance
  • Formulate and solve scarce resource problems
Teaching activities
  • 23 hours of lectures
  • 23 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a coursework portfolio (40% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

Year 2

Core modules

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe and illustrate the business finance environment and deal with integrated business finance problems
  • Evaluate and use financial statements to assess performance and valuing firms
  • Apply the principles and theories underpinning investment decisions, and apply capital budgeting techniques to decision making
  • Understand, discuss and analyse dividend policy in corporate financial management
  • Appraise and understand different sources of finance, including Islamic financial instruments
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of risk and return and portfolio theory, calculate risk and return on stocks and portfolios, and critically discuss factors affecting risk and return
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures (to introduce you to the principles of core theory)
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars (held weekly so you can do formative problem-solving activities)
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • set exercise (10% of final mark) – individual continuous assessment
  • a 2,000 word group report (20% of final mark)
  • a 150-minute exam (70% of final mark)

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Explain the need to regulate corporate reporting and other aspects of the UK regulatory framework
  • Analyse specific aspects of UK regulatory framework in the context of accounting concepts and apply them in practical situations
  • Evaluate and illustrate the features of the taxation systems that impact UK companies
  • Prepare limited company financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards, from a trial balance
  • Construct consolidated financial statements, including adjustments for goodwill, non-controlling interests and intra group transactions
  • Compare and interpret information contained in financial accounts, highlighting its limitations
  • Recognise and summarise the importance of internal controls
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 2-hour lectures
  • 11 x 2-hour seminars
  • 2 x 1-hour workshops to give you additional support with coursework, exam preparation and exam techniques
Independent study time

We recommend that you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

In this module you'll be assessed through: 

  • preparation and participation in weekly seminars (10% of final mark)
  • a 10-minute oral assessment and presentation (20% of final mark)
  • a 2-hour written exam (70% of final mark)

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Understand and evaluate the concepts and techniques of management accounting, and their contributions to operational planning, control and decision making
  • Illustrate and discuss the concepts and techniques of costing in contributing to profit determination
  • Compute the cost of products and services for the purpose of stock valuation, planning and decision making in the business world
  • Use management accounting principles and techniques to resolve business problems
  • Describe and evaluate the context in which costing and management accounting techniques have evolved to deal with operational decisions
Teaching activities
  • 22 x 2–hour, tutor-led practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module you'll be assessed through:

  • Set exercises (15% of final mark) – continuous assessment through solving weekly exercises
  • a 1,000-word report (15% of final mark)
  • a 2-hour written exam (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn about theories behind the practice of accounting and finance that affect the modern financial professional.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Outline and appraise the current theoretical basis for practice within the context of accounting and finance
  • Identify and analyse ethical issues relevant to business within the context of accounting and finance
  • Compare and contrast the application of corporate governance and business ethics in a global context
  • Understand the main theories that affect the modern financial professional
  • Critically appraise sources and relevant academic literature
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a personal development planning portfolio, assessed on a pass/fail basis
  • a set exercise (10% of final mark) – a continuous weekly assessment
  • a 2,500-word piece of coursework (90% of final mark)

Optional modules

What you'll do

You'll attend workshops where you'll do formative problem-solving activities, using practical examples to apply what you've learnt.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe the background and operation of the structure of the UK income tax system and perform necessary calculations of taxable income
  • Calculate income tax payable to an individual or sole trader
  • Appreciate the principles involved in Capital Gains Tax, Corporation Tax, Inheritance Tax and Value Added Tax, and perform necessary calculations of tax payable by applying statute and case law
  • Outline the factors involved in tax planning
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 2-hour workshop/seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module you'll be assessed through:

  • a practical set exercise (10% of final mark)
  • an oral assessment and presentation (20% of final mark)
  • a 3-hour written exam (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll look at areas of personal finance provision and how to use it to make informed choices in these areas.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Explain the theoretical contexts of personal financial planning
  • Identify and explain the purpose of the main types of personal financial products and services
  • Identify and apply the key criteria for selection in each personal finance product area
Teaching activities
  • 24 hours of lectures
  • 24 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3,000-word portfolio (100% of final mark)

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe and demonstrate knowledge of the main financial markets and institutions, and the theory of financial intermediation
  • Describe and demonstrate how financial instruments such as money market instruments, bonds and stocks are priced
  • Demonstrate competence in calculating the yields of money market instruments, bonds and stocks
  • Apply specific techniques to the analysis of the term structure of interest rates, options, futures and foreign currency
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how economic news impacts on asset prices, and how financial institutions may respond to price expectations
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of dividend valuation models
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2–hour lectures
  • 12 x 2–hour seminars, which engage you in problem solving activities
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3,000 word coursework portfolio (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll get to grips with a specific accounting package in a series of workshops, while learning more about information systems in lectures and seminars.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Process information with an accounting package
  • Operate internal control in a computerised accounting environment
  • Explain the activities involved in system implementation and management
  • Evaluate information systems in a financial and management context
  • Appreciate security and governance issues as they relate to information systems
Teaching activities
  • 22 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 1-hour seminars

You'll also have continuous online access to supporting material and get regular feedback from teaching staff on practical work and coursework.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word portfolio (50% of final mark) demonstrating your ability to process information with, and operate internal control in, a computerised accounting package
  • a 2,500-word report (50% of final mark) demonstrating your understanding of the activities involved in implementing information systems, their use in a financial and management context, and the security governance issues their use creates

You'll learn how to use Microsoft Excel and one, or both of 'SAP S/4HANA' ERP effectively, in a professional context. You'll also develop your knowledge of a broader range of systems used by SMEs, mid-sized and larger companies; including 'SAP Business One', 'Business ByDesign', 'SAP S/4HANA', and more.

You'll also have the option to apply for SAP certification, by studying extra-curricula material available through 'SAP Learning Hub', and then sitting a course from a select range of courses (& associated SAP exams). You'll be able to register for these courses and exams until the last day before graduation, at the standard student rate.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse how to develop and use a series of advanced spreadsheet models created in Microsoft Excel
  • Explore opportunities for the enhancement/acceleration of high quality business decision-making via IT
  • Analyse why and when a growing company may outgrow spreadsheet accounting methods and need to adopt either a discrete accounting package, or one of a range of ERP systems on the market
  • Appraise the power of ERP systems through interaction with production planning and financial/cost accounting business processes in a live instance of the market-leading package SAP S/4HANA ERP system
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour supervised time in studio/workshop
  • 12 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • 2 x 2,000-word coursework exercise (50% of final mark, each)

Year 3

Core modules

What you'll do

The lectures introduce you to the core theory and principles, while seminars engage you in practical learning, including problem solving activities.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Evaluate the principles and theories of global financial management and markets
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of risk and return, as well as portfolio theory, including a critical awareness of the factors affecting risk and return
  • Apply and synthesise shareholder value analysis techniques
  • Critically appraise the application of theory and appropriate quantitative techniques to risk management, including the ability to illustrate and discuss how firms use derivatives to manage risk
  • Critically evaluate how multinational firms manage financing and investment decisions, including cross-border mergers and acquisition
  • Work as a member of a group to research, prepare and deliver a report on career opportunities
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module you'll be assessed through:

  • 20-minute oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark)
  • 2-hour written exam (70% of final mark)

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically appraise alternative conceptual and regulatory frameworks for financial reporting
  • Apply current accounting standards to a wide range of practical issues in financial accounting
  • Critique the current state of financial reporting and the potential future developments
  • Show understanding of corporate social responsibility issues and how they may affect professional practice
  • Recognise and propose resolutions to ethical issues that affect professionals in the field
Teaching activities
  • 22 x 1-hour lectures
  • 22 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • continuous assessment (10% of final mark)
  • 1,000-word report (20% of final mark)
  • 2-hour written exam (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll focus on how management accounting fits into the strategic management and management control processes.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Appreciate how management accounting is evolving and how it fits into the overall strategic management and management control process within organisations
  • Utilise management accounting tools and techniques to solve strategic problems, formulated within an organisational context
  • Utilise management accounting tools and techniques to solve management control/performance measurement problems within an organisational context
  • Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of these alternative management accounting tools and techniques in differing organisational, behavioural and political settings
Teaching activities
  • 22 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • 2 x coursework exercise (15% of final mark, each)
  • a 2-hour written exam (70% of final mark)

Optional modules

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Select a suitable topic for investigation and appreciate its relationship with current developments in the subject area you've chosen
  • Define clear research aims
  • Select and critically evaluate relevant secondary sources in a structured and organised manner
  • Draw meaningful conclusions and recommendations from the sources you've reviewed
  • Improve the employability skills you'll need in today's commercial environment, and better understand the graduate employment market
Teaching activities
  • 6 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study

We recommend you spend at least 188 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 5-minute oral assessment and presentation (10% of final mark)
  • a 4,000-word piece of coursework (90% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll be assigned a supervisor based on the topic area that you choose. You'll be supported through the research and writing of the dissertation with training on research methods and contact with your supervisor.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Select and carry out a piece of original research
  • Employ appropriate research methods
  • Critically analyse and review a chosen topic
  • Write a dissertation in a format that corresponds to the guidelines provided by the University and the department
  • Systematically organise and interpret data obtained in the course of the project
  • Develop Personal Development Plans, focusing on your individual needs
  • Develop the employability skills you need in today's commercial environment
  • Understand the graduate employment market
Teaching activities
  • 4 x 2-hour lectures
  • One-to-one project supervision sessions
  • 5 x 2-hour workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 378 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 5-minute oral assessment and presentation (10% of final mark)
  • an 8,000-word dissertation (90% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll examine and evaluate the complexities of the financial and accounting environment internationally. This module is a manageable alternative to a dissertation, and your finished project can be used to demonstrate independent and international skills in future interviews for jobs or further education.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Examine and evaluate the complexities of the financial and accounting environment internationally
  • Understand, appraise and reflect on the practical and cultural differences in financial statements, in key countries/areas
  • Appreciate, examine and reflect on the issues relating to the harmonisation of accounting
  • Understand, discuss and analyse topical issues in international accounting
  • Independently cope with the problems/benefits of research and scholarship
  • Manage a project of your choice successfully to its conclusion
  • Deliver an effective presentation
  • Communicate effectively in a piece of written work that addresses the brief
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
  • 6 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 170 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 5-minute oral assessment and presentation (15% of final mark)
  • a 4,000-word coursework project (85% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll examine the internal and external strategies adopted by multinational firms to maximise shareholder wealth, and other related topics.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the strategies used by multinational firms to maximise shareholder wealth, and how these affect the investment choices of multinational firms
  • Apply and critically compare multinational company (MNC) theories, including exchange rate determination
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of how economic news impacts on asset prices, and how financial institutions may respond to price expectations
  • Undertake foreign exchange risk management, the financing of foreign operations and foreign investment analysis
  • Examine and apply techniques to determine the cost of capital for foreign investments
  • Learn how to manage a multinational firm's financing and investment decisions, including cross-border mergers and acquisition
  • Learn techniques for the measurement and management of a multinational firms exposure to exchange rate and interest rate risks
  • Examine and demonstrate why multinational firms list their stocks on international stock exchanges
  • Examine how and why multinational firms use bank markets, such as the Eurobond market, currency options and futures markets, and interest rate and currency swaps
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word report (30% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (70% of final mark)

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically appraise the role and responsibility of auditors, both statutory and non-statutory, in a national and global context
  • Apply and appraise an audit to real business problems with reference to auditing principles, procedures and techniques
  • Evaluate the ethical requirements of an auditor and conceptualise them in different scenarios
  • Evaluate further developments in auditing practices
  • Work as a member of a group to research, prepare and deliver an oral presentation on an area of auditing
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 20-minute oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a 3-hour written exam (70% of final mark)

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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

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
  • 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.

    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.

    Teaching

    Teaching on this course includes:

    • lectures
    • seminars
    • practical workshops
    • one-on-one tutorials

    You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

    Teaching staff profiles

    These are some of the expert staff who'll teach you on this course.

    Louisa Burton, Teaching Fellow

    Louisa is a University of Portsmouth graduate and ACCA qualification holder, whose extensive professional experience includes accounts, taxation, charity audits, and corporate auditing at Ernst & Young.

    Her teaching specialisms are audit and taxation. She also works on projects to improve student employability and professional skills, by linking students with local charities to complete practical work experience while they study. Louisa is currently carrying out research into fraud risk in charities.
    Tat-Thanh Nguyen (Frank), Lecturer

    The first ever ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) Chartered Accountant qualified in Vietnam, Frank has international experience in various industries, including: accountancy (KPMG & PwC), trading & services (Marubeni) and banking (Techcombank and Maritime). His research interests are in the intersection of Accounting, Finance & Big Data, Machine Learning and Blockchain.

    Alan Graham, Lecturer

    Alan qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in London, working in the areas of audit, tax and management consulting. He spent 15 years working in Financial Controller and Chief Accountant positions in the electronics and heavy manufacturing sectors in Hampshire and the Thames Valley.

    His research interests focus on pedagogical issues surrounding the teaching of writing skills and also ethics teaching for accountants. He's also interested in the role of the financial controller in business organisations and in the area of football finance.

    Professor Andrew Wood, Head of Accounting and Financial Management

    Andrew has worked in universities for more than 20 years, and arrived in Portsmouth from the University of Essex, where he led on learning and teaching for Essex Business School.

    Before working in academia, he worked as assistant to the Treasury Committee at the House of Commons, where the inquiries he worked on included the role of the Bank of England and the conduct of economic policy around the time of the exchange rate mechanism crisis (“Black Wednesday”).

    His research interests are in the area of behavioural finance - especially asset pricing and trading anomalies, and corporate finance practices.

    Michael O'Connor, Lecturer

    Michael trained in tax with Arthur Andersen and KPMG in Ireland, and has held senior roles at both private companies, public entities and international consultancies in Russia, Central Asia, Africa and China. He has also worked as a trainee and provided training services at the European Commission.

    A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland, Michael was a co-organiser of the 5th European Research Conference in Microfinance that took place at Portsmouth Business School in 2017. He has had a lifelong fascination for technology which he also tries to instil in classes.

    Christina Philippou, Lecturer

    Christina qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PKF (now BDO), undertaking audits across a variety of business sectors, preparing financial statements, performing due diligence work and providing business services to SMEs.

     
    She then spent 8 years working as a forensic accountant for Deloitte in London, including disputes and expert witness work; fraud, insider trading, bribery and corruption investigations; regulatory and US sanctions compliance work; as well as anti-money laundering, compliance, and fraud risk reviews.
     
    Christina’s research is in the areas of forensic accounting and sport governance.

    How you'll spend your time

    One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

    At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it. 

    Term times

    The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

    • September to December – teaching block 1
    • January – assessment period 1
    • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
    • May to June – assessment period 2

    Extra learning support

    The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

    Personal tutor

    Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

    You’ll have regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor. They’re also available by appointment if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

    Student engagement officers

    In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you’ll also have support from student engagement officers. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing, and refer you to specialist support services if you need extra help or support.

    Study support tutors

    You'll have help from a team of faculty study support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

    They can help with:

    • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
    • delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
    • understanding and using assignment feedback
    • managing your time and workload
    • revision and exam techniques

    Academic skills support

    As well as support from faculty 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 disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

    Library support

    Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from librarians who specialise in business and law.

    The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

    Entry requirements​

    BA (Hons) Accounting with Finance degree entry requirements

    Qualifications or experience
    • 112-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

    See the other qualifications we accept

    English language requirements
    • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

    See alternative English language qualifications

    We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

    If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

    What skills and qualities do I need for this accounting with finance degree course?

    In addition to meeting the entry requirements, you need to be numerate and enjoy solving problems.

    Most importantly, you need to be inquisitive – inquisitive about markets, inquisitive about the numbers businesses produce, and inquisitive about organisations and people.

    How can I prepare for an accounting with finance degree?

    To prepare for a degree in accounting with finance, keep up-to-date with the news and read about the economy and businesses.

    Accounting doesn’t exist independently and isn’t just 'numbers'. Accountants need to understand the forces that shape organisations for make the topics make sense.

    ​Course costs

    Tuition fees (2020 start)

    • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
    • International students – £14,300 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 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

    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.

    Apply

    How to apply

    To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

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

    If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

    You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
    • tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
    • speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
    • get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

    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 for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also 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. 

    If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

    Admissions terms and conditions

    When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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