2 students laughing at a desk with computers. BA (Hons) Accounting with Finance.
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 2022
Accredited
Yes

Overview

Modern accountancy isn't all about number crunching and spreadsheets. As an accountant you need to be able to understand, visualise and present financial data to ensure businesses make the right decisions. You'll be at the heart of the business, analysing performance and informing strategy.

This degree focuses on modern accountancy skills. You'll learn to inform and persuade using numbers. You'll work in small groups that replicate the workplace, with a focus on teamwork, real world case studies and developing strategy from financial data.

"All professional accountants will be expected to look beyond the numbers. They will need to collaborate with people...interpret and explain the numbers, provide insight...think and behave more strategically and become more involved in decision-making than before."

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From your second year you'll be able to tailor your learning to your area of specialist interest, choosing your modules to focus on:

  • professional modules: take the fastest route to becoming an ACCA chartered accountant
  • finance modules: your best preparation route for working in banking or investment management
  • analytics modules: combine accounting with data analysis, including data cleaning, visualisation and modelling

The course is accredited by 3 key accounting bodies (ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW), so whichever route you take you'll have lots of exemptions from professional exams.

Course highlights

  • Be taught by professionally qualified accountants who have industry experience with companies such as KPMG, Deloitte and HSBC
  • Get on the fast track to becoming a chartered accountant through our accredited exemptions from professional exams with 3 global accounting bodies
  • Be employment-ready by using industry-standard software and databases such as Oracle, SAP, Sage and S&P Capital IQ
  • Choose options in business analytics to develop the skills that modern accounting needs
  • Benefit from the opportunity to gain additional certifications, for example the ACCA Data Analytics Certificate
  • Gain a Bloomberg Certificate (a trading platform that's used by 250,000 financial service professionals) in our dedicated Bloomberg Suite
  • Apply your learning by helping student entrepreneurs and local charities such as Age Concern and The Rowans Hospice with their finances
  • Feel supported throughout your studies through our peer mentoring, maths support and our team of friendly staff who'll get to know you well

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

Accredited and recognised by

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

This means that in addition to achieving a degree, you receive exemptions from ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW professional examinations. This course offers the maximum number of exemptions for ACCA and CIMA.

Why is this important?

To progress your career as an accountant you'll need to do further study after graduation whilst you're working. Combining study and work can be difficult, so it's good to complete as many required units as possible whilst you're still at university. This also benefits your future employers, as they'll have fewer professional examination fees to pay.

90% graduates in work or further study 15 months after this course (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19)

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

No.3 Influential business school in the world (Financial Times Teaching Power Rankings 2021)

Entry requirements​

BA (Hons) Accounting with Finance degree entry requirements

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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.

Ideal skills and qualities for this course

As well as meeting the entry requirements for this degree and being comfortable working with numbers, we're looking for people who are team players and who embrace a challenge.

Having a curious mind is important, because employers value graduates who can adapt to new situations and find solutions to complex problems.

Facilities and clinics

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Accounting Clinic

Volunteer to help solve financial issues for fellow students who are setting up their own businesses.

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Professional Accounting Practice

Help local charities with their financial and accounting issues through this practical module.

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Business analytics software

Use industry standard business analytics software such as Microsoft BI, Python, and Tableau.

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Bloomberg Suite

Access data from the world's global financial markets and gain experience using industry standard software.

Discover our Bloomberg Suite

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Next Generation Lab

Gain practical skills with cloud-based software, such as SAP and S&P Capital IQ, in our dedicated lab.

Explore the lab

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Maths Café

No problem is too small or too tough for our Maths Café tutors, who are on hand every day during term-time to help you if you get stuck or need something explained.

Learn more about the Maths Café

Careers and opportunities

Accountants are needed in good times and bad and they're needed in every type of business. This means that you can apply your skills in any sector you're passionate about, from sports and entertainment, to manufacturing, charities, or the arts. You'll also be able to work in other parts of the world as your accredited qualification is recognised internationally.

Our graduates go on to work in accounting practice, the finance departments of large corporations, and the finance sector.

"As with the aftermath of the 2008 recession, accountants will be in demand to help companies restructure, identify unnecessary expenditures and navigate complex tax laws.... Accountancy looks set to ride out the Covid-19 recession relatively unscathed."

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Previous graduates of this course have got jobs at companies such as:

  • Deloitte
  • PWC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
  • Menzies LLP
  • HWB Accountants
  • EY Global (Ernst & Young)
  • JPP Financial
  • Barclays
  • Lockheed Martin UK
  • Lloyds Register
  • J P Morgan
  • Grant Thornton
  • Royal Bank of Scotland

Graduates of this course have secured jobs as:

  • accountant
  • auditor
  • finance analyst
  • financial consultant
  • investment broker
  • control analyst
  • financial reporting analyst
  • tax analyst

(Data taken from HESA Graduate Outcome surveys)

If you decide at the end of your studies that you don't want to qualify as an accountant there are many other options open to you. The data analysis skills and problem-solving skills you'll develop on this course will open many other doors.

You could also choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level, or set up your own business with help and support from the University.

Work placement year

You can boost your employability by taking an optional paid placement year between years 2 and 3 of your degree.

Previous students have had placements in organisations such as:

  • Deloitte
  • PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
  • NBC Universal
  • Siemens
  • Decathlon
  • Metropolitan Police Service

Many of our students are offered graduate jobs by their placement employers.

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My role as a Finance Intern at ISS UK Head Office involved providing support in key areas. What I enjoyed most about this was being a part of high level finance team. I would recommend doing a placement as it gives you a good idea of what it is like to work in a professional function and what skills you will need to acquire in order to develop and succeed in the future.

Blake McQuilken, BA (Hons) Accounting with Finance

The average salary for a 12-month paid placement is £16,500. It could be more or less than this amount depending on your placement. You'll only pay a very small percentage of your tuition fee for this year.

You could also set up your own business, or take a voluntary placement.

Ways to enrich your study

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Study abroad year

In your second year you can choose to study abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, Asia, Australia or North America. All classes are delivered in English and you'll still be able to get both your tuition fee and maintenance loans. You may also qualify for a government travel grant.

"Students that go abroad are more likely to obtain first-class honours [and] more likely to be in graduate employment than their non-mobile peers."

Universities UK International: 'Gone International, Rising Aspirations', 2019

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.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules

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
  • 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)

This module is accredited by professional accounting bodies and contributes towards exemptions from professional accounting exams (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:

  • 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 (25% of final mark)
  • a portfolio (15% 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
  • 22 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 learn

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

  • Describe the main financial markets and institutions, and their role in modern society
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the main financial theories
  • Explain the interaction between the accounting profession and financial markets and institutions
Teaching activities
  • 46 hours of practical classes and workshops
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 portfolio (40% of final mark)
  • a 2 hour 15 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)

This module is accredited by professional accounting bodies and contributes towards exemptions from professional accounting exams (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:

  • 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:

  • a portfolio (30% of final mark)
  • a 135-minute 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:

  • Show an understanding of the contemporary issues in Accounting and Financial Management
  • Show understanding of environmental sustainability and social responsibility issues within business, and how these may affect professional practice
  • Understand the role of theory and its limits in explaining corporate and financial practice
  • Evaluate competing theories and perspectives using appropriate empirical evidence
  • Plan your own personal development
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 3-hour seminars
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 portfolio (50% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word piece of coursework (50% of final mark)

Optional modules

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

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
  • 22 x 2-hour workshop/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:

  • a portfolio (30% of final mark)
  • a 3 hour 15 minute written exam (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll get to grips with general reporing skills and a specific accounting package in a series of workshops, while learning more about information systems in lectures and seminars. You'll also investigate how systems evolve in an organisation, and how to manage that process. 

What you'll learn

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

  • Process information with an accounting package
  • Develop reporting skills using accounting software and related applications
  • Explain the stages and activities involved in system implementation
  • Evaluate information systems in a financial & management context
Teaching activities
  • 22 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops

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 portfolio of artefacts from your practical exercises (10% of final mark)
  • a financial reporting pack and dashboard (40% of final mark)
  • a 3,500-word group project case study (50% of final mark)

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 do

You'll enter at the appropriate level for your existing language knowledge. If you combine this module with language study in your first or third year, you can turn this module into a certificated course that is aligned with the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFRL).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module:

  • You'll have improved your linguistic skills in Arabic, British Sign Language, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, French, German or Spanish
  • You'll be prepared for Erasmus study abroad
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 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: 

  • coursework (100% of final mark) 

What you’ll do

You'll explore current theoretical literature as well as empirical evidence. As part of your assessment, you'll be given market data of different asset classes, such as stock prices and ETFs, for a particular time frame and asked to analyse and discuss key concepts introduced throughout the teaching block. This will asses your technical critical evaluation competencies. You'll also be asked to discuss and evaluate competing approaches to portfolio management whilst making use of theoretical, empirical, as well as anecdotal evidence to support their arguments.

This module assumes a basic knowledge of financial assets. You'll have ideally attended one of the following modules, or any other finance-related module:

  • Introduction to Finance for Accountants [Accounting with Finance BA]
  • Issues in Finance and Banking [Economics, Finance and Banking BSc]
What you’ll learn

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

  • Understand and evaluate competing approaches to portfolio management
  • Understand appropriate techniques for measuring risk for different assets
  • Understand portfolio performance evaluation
  • Understand competing approaches to stock selection
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures (to cover core learning theories and concepts)
  • 11 x 2-hour seminars (you'll analyse real world data using specific software and packages, such as Excel)
  • 11 x 1-hour drop-in sessions (to enhance your understanding of concepts and tasks covered in lectures and seminars, and for any queries you have)
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 4,000-word portfolio (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll maximise your chance of securing a professional graduate level job and enhance your future success and wellbeing once employed.

On completion, you'll receive the Bloomberg Market Concepts Certificate.

What you'll learn

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

  • Use appropriate financial software
  • Demonstrate your understanding of the finance profession
  • Show increased knowledge and experience of finance
Teaching activities
  • 6x 2-hour workshops
Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a practical skills assessment (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll combine prior experience of accounting and finance with guidance from your tutor to develop new skills and expertise while completing a project for a client. You'll work in pairs when responding to queries and be supervised by a clinic tutor.

What you'll learn

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

  • Apply your learning and specialist training to responding independently, as part of a team, to a client problem
  • Respond in a professional manner to the challenges of working in a client-defined context, demonstrating the appropriate adaptability, responsiveness, ethical awareness and ability to communicate with clients of varying levels of financial sophistication
  • Reflect constructively on client work carried out to identify shortcomings and develop improved technique and attitudes
  • Present a portfolio of evidence in a clear and concise format
Teaching activities
  • 48 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 5 hours of fieldwork
Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a portfolio or small group project report

What you'll do

You'll be introduced to the fundamental concepts of business analytics and important data analytical skills (including data visualisation, data cleaning, statistical modelling, and natural language process) to enhance your employability in the future job market. You'll learn advanced spreadsheet functions for modelling, relevant software for data visualisation and suitable programming language (entry level) for natural language process.

What you'll learn

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

  • Describe and explain technology trends that affect and shape modern business
  • Demonstrate an understanding of data visualisation and apply relevant software to visualise data for information analysis and communication
  • Clean data and build statistical forecasting models and evaluate model performance
  • Demonstrate basic skill in a suitable programming language to process natural language data
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour online lectures
  • 11 x 3-hour workshops in computer labs
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 2,000-word set coursework exercise (70% of final mark)
  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark)

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
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 3-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:

  • a portfolio (20% of final mark)
  • a 2 hour 45 minute written exam (80% 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
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 3-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:

  • a portfolio (10% of final mark)
  • 1,500-word report (20% of final mark)
  • 2 hour 15 minute 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 portfolio (10% of final mark)
  • a 5-minute oral assessment and presentation (10% of final mark)
  • a 3,700-word piece of coursework (80% 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 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
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 3-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)

What you'll do

You'll maximise your chance of securing a professional graduate level job and enhance your future success and wellbeing once employed.

On completion, you'll receive the Bloomberg Market Concepts Certificate.

What you'll learn

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

  • Use appropriate financial software
  • Demonstrate understanding of a finance professional
  • Show increased knowledge and experience of finance
Teaching activities
  • 6x 2-hour workshops
Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a practical skills assessment (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll combine prior experience of accounting and finance with guidance from your tutor to develop new skills and expertise while completing a project for a client. You'll work in pairs when responding to queries and be supervised by a clinic tutor.

What you'll learn

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

  • Apply your learning and specialist training to responding independently, as part of a team, to a client problem
  • Respond in a professional manner to the challenges of working in a client-defined context, demonstrating the appropriate adaptability, responsiveness, ethical awareness and ability to communicate with clients of varying levels of financial sophistication
  • Reflect constructively on client work carried out to identify shortcomings and develop improved technique and attitudes
  • Present a portfolio of evidence in a clear and concise format
  • Supervise and mentor level 5 students to complete projects
Teaching activities
  • 48 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 5 hours of fieldwork
Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a portfolio or small group project report

What you'll do

You'll be introduced to the fundamental concepts of business analytics and important data analytical skills (including data visualisation, data cleaning, statistical modelling, and natural language process) to enhance your employability in the future job market. You'll learn advanced spreadsheet modelling functions, data visualation software and suitable programming language (entry level) for natural language process.

To take this module, you'll need to have studied the Quantitative Methods module or equivalent.

What you'll learn

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

  • Describe and explain technology trends that affect and shape modern business
  • Demonstrate an understanding of data visualisation and apply relevant software to visualise data for information analysis and communication
  • Clean data and build statistical forecasting models and evaluate model performance
  • Demonstrate the basic programming skill to process natural language data – Python language
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour online lectures
  • 11 x 3-hour workshops in computer labs
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:

  • 1x 2,000-word coursework portfolio (70% of final mark)
  • 1x 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn to invest in stock independently based on an individual share trading assignment, with the help of a workshop tutor. You'll cover topics such as basic investment concepts and financial analysis and apply your knowledge to different investment strategies. You'll get hands on with financial databases and analyse the financial performance and position of different companies.

What you'll learn

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

  • Appraise the use of financial information in evaluating a company's financial position and performance
  • Apply and evaluate different investment strategies
  • Critically evaluate theories and appropriate quantitative techniques that have been applied to equity investment
  • Critically evaluate the impact of real world events on financial investment
  • Deliver an effective presentation
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 2-hour workshops/practical classes
  • 3 x 1-hour lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 175 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 3,500-word share trading assignment (70% of final mark)
  • an ndividual presentation (15% of final mark)
  • a portfolio (15% of final mark)
 

What you'll do

You'll develop new skills and expertise while completing a project for a client.

What you'll learn

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

  • Apply what you've learned and the specialist training you've received to solve a client problem
  • Work as part of a team to solve a client problem
  • Develop the skills relevant to an accounting or finance professional
  • Respond to the challenges of working in a client-defined context, demonstrating the appropriate adaptability, responsiveness, ethical awareness and ability to communicate with clients of varying levels of financial sophistication.
  • Reflect constructively on client work carried out to identify shortcomings and develop improved technique and attitudes.
  • Present a portfolio of evidence in a clear and concise format.
Teaching activities
  • 25 hours of fieldwork
  • 6 hours of project supervision sessions
  • 9 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 160 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 4,000-word portfolio (100% of final mark) - small group project report and individual reflection

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.

Alternative accounting courses

Not quite sure this course is right for you? Take a look at our other accounting courses to compare your options.

If you'd like to combine your studies of finance with a broader understanding of business, looking at how finance works with other business sectors such as operations and people management, this BA Financial Management degree may be for you.

If you're an international student, or you're in the UK but English isn't your first language, and you've done some of a degree at another institution you may be able to transfer to this BA Accountancy and Financial Management top-up degree either in your second or third year to gain a full bachelors degree.

What sticks out about my course is that there are so many elements incorporated to help us learn from different perspectives. You will learn economical, psychological, business, mathematical and technical abilities that will give you more confidence to enter any industry as it all links to one another.

Lola Akinpeloye, BA (Hons) Accounting with Finance

Teaching​

Our teaching has been developed to maximise skills that employers are looking for. In our classes you'll engage in activities that both enhance your learning and develop your communication, presentation and team working skills. Where appropriate, you'll use computer packages that are valued within the accounting and finance professions.

We've listened to our students and they've told us that they want to keep some of the positive changes we've made to teaching and learning, so we're keeping a blended model which will include some online learning.

The majority of your timetabled teaching will be face-to-face and will include:

  • seminars
  • practical workshops
  • computer workshops
  • group work
  • 1-to-1 tutorials
  • guest speakers from the profession and industry

To learn more about how our teaching and learning have evolved visit our Covid information pages.

We pride ourselves on the academic support we offer our students. In addition to our dedicated teaching team, you'll have a personal tutor, student engagement officers and study support staff to help you throughout your studies.

Assessment

We use a diverse range of assessments and we focus on the types of work you'll be expected to complete in the workplace.

As with all accounting courses, accreditation requirements mean that you will be assessed by a number of exams, but your assessment will depend on which modules you take.

Assessment methods are likely to include:

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

Teaching staff profiles

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

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Christina Philippou

I qualified as a chartered accountant with PKF (now BDO), where I specialised in auditing across a variety of business sectors. I then spent 8 years working as a forensic accountant for Deloitte in London. I joined the University in 2015.

I'm particularly interested in forensic accounting and fraud in sport and I've done a lot of research on the finances of football. I created a football finance course for the Premier League's Elite Academy Managers programme (EAM) and I'm Director of Policy at 'Fair Game'.

Read my full profile

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Vivienne Prudden

I'm a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. I received my professional training at KPMG and I was a senior financial analyst at HSBC for several years.

I joined the University in 2019 after being ACCA course leader and senior lecturer in taxation at Solent University. My areas of expertise are management accounting, pensions and taxation.

Read my full profile

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.

We're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for this degree.

Your total study time will depend on the modules that you take, but in your first year this is what your week may look like:

  • timetabled teaching activities (lectures, seminars, tutorials, classes and workshops) = about 15 hours a week
  • independent study (research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group) = about 20 hours a week

You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

Supporting your learning

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 support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Types of support

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.

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you'll also have access to our 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.

The Maths Cafe offers free advice and help with maths skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop, or use our online resources.

You'll have help from a team of study support tutors. Based within the Faculty of Business and Law, these tutors are familiar with the specific requirements your assignments and work closely with faculty academics. This means they can give you focused support with the specific study skills you need to be successful on your course. They're available face-to-face, by phone, email, and by video call.

They can help with:

  • academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations, projects and literature reviews)
  • reflective writing skills
  • critical thinking skills
  • delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

If you're a mature student, specialist support to help you return to learning is available.

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

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.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to:

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (September 2022 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU residents – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £16,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

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 2022, 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

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. 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 abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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