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UCAS Code
N4N3
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2021, September 2022
Accredited
Yes

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Overview

Want to turn your interest in finance into a long-lasting career? This BA (Hons) Accounting with Finance degree combines accountancy and financial skills to give you the economic expertise, analytical techniques and strategic insight businesses are looking for.

This course is accredited by four global accountancy bodies. Studying an accredited course means you can gain exemptions from professional examinations and get on the fast-track to becoming a Chartered Accountant.

You’ll get a grounding in accounting and business finance before exploring advanced topics such as taxation or accounting analytics. As you build your knowledge of business law, finance and the economy, you’ll finish with a dissertation on a topic that excites you. 

You’ll be supported to obtain the ACCA certificate in Data Analytics and the Bloomberg certificate. You could also gain valuable work experience on a placement. Some of our previous students have done placements at companies such as Deloitte, PwC, and Ernst & Young. And you’ll have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, the US or Asia.

Accounting and finance are at the heart of business. Whether you see your future with a global corporation, a dynamic start-up, or in investment and fund management, a degree in Accounting with Finance prepares you for a wide range of careers that navigate the complex world of finance. 

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

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:

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 (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)

88% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2020)

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

Entry requirements​

BA (Hons) Accounting with Finance degree entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – ABB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 29–30

See full entry requirements and 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.

Typical offers
  • A levels ‐ ABB–BBB
  • UCAS points – 120–128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM
  • International Baccalaureate – 29–30

See full entry requirements and 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 you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Learn from professionally qualified expert staff, whose practical experience and research interests ensure your learning is up-to-date with industry developments and regulations
  • Use the same accounting and financial software as professionals, including Sage and SAP business resource planning software
  • Get access to mentoring from 2nd and 3rd year students, who can help you settle into study and university life in year 1
  • Apply your skills in simulated business management exercises
  • Learn to make fast-paced investment decisions using our Bloomberg Suite, the trading platform used by professionals
  • Get the Bloomberg Certificate as part of your studies, demonstrating to future employers that you know your way around the Bloomberg Suite
  • Develop skills you can use in all areas of your life and career, including analytical, decision making, research and personal finance skills

You can also:

  • Get valuable work experience and give back to the local community if you work on our charities audit programme
  • Apply your knowledge in the workplace on a year-long work placement, boosting your employability prospects after the course
  • Study abroad through our links with overseas universities
  • Learn a language while you earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's IWLP 

Careers and opportunities

Accountants are in demand in all sectors, including the public sector and charities. Many companies employ in-house accountants, or you could work in an accountancy practice. Research by the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB) shows companies spent around £17.7 billion on accountancy services in the UK in 2017.

You can also use your degree to get into banking, insurance, investment and fund management, but you're not limited to the financial sector. The analytical, financial and problem-solving skills you'll learn are highly valued in general management, operations, strategy, consultancy, project management, purchasing and business analytics.

Previous graduates of this course have secured jobs such as:

  • Trainee accountant
  • Trainee chartered accountant
  • Associate auditor
  • Assurance associate
  • ACA trainee
  • Due diligence analyst
  • Trainee investment broker
  • Control analyst
  • Financial reporting analyst
  • Finance officer
  • Graduate tax analyst
  • Audit & advisory associate
  • IT account development
  • FP&A reporting analyst
  • Digital marketer
  • Marketing manager
  • Account Manager
  • HR adviser

Previous graduates of this course have worked for organisations such as:

  • Deloitte
  • UkCloud (cloud service provider)
  • PWC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
  • MHA Monahans
  • Menzies LLP
  • HWB Accountants
  • EY Global (Ernst & Young)
  • JPP Financial
  • Fulcrum Diligence
  • Southampton City Council
  • Markel International (insurance)
  • Carnival UK (cruise ships)
  • Lockheed Martin UK
  • Lloyds Register
  • J P Morgan
  • Grant Thornton
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Accountancy Action (recruitment)
  • HQ Theatres
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • BNP Paribas

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.

Optional paid placement year

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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

After your second year, you can do a paid placement year. Previous students have had roles in organisations such as:

  • Deloitte
  • PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
  • NBC Universal
  • Siemens
  • Decathlon
  • Metropolitan Police Service
  • Global Tax Network
  • PKF Littlejohn (accountants and auditors)
  • EY Global (Ernst & Young)

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.

Many of our students are offered a graduate role by their placements employer. 

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.

Entrepreneurs in Residence

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.

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
  • 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 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)

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 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

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
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures (to cover core learning theories and concepts)
  • 12 x 1-hour workshops (you'll analyse real world data using specific software and packages, such as Excel)
  • 12 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.

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 Power BI 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
  • 12 x 1-hour online lectures
  • 12 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)

Optional year abroad

What you'll learn

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

  • Demonstrate a broader knowledge and understanding of the subject specialism(s)
  • Reflect on your learning, strengths, weaknesses and performance in another country, in a different academic system
  • Use a wider range of transferable skills, based on what you learn from different culture and inter-cultural competencies
Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a coursework portfolio (100% 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
  • 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 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)

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.

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 Power BI 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
  • 12 x 1-hour online lectures
  • 12 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
  • 12 x 2-hour workshops/practical classes
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 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 (15% of final mark)
  • a 4,000-word assignment (85% 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

Optional work placement year

What you'll do

Your placement year will be assessed after a period of no less than 30 weeks, on a pass/fail basis.

What you'll learn

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

  • Critically reflect on the skills needed in a placement environment
  • Identify and evaluate your learning experience and the relevance of this to future careers and professional development
  • Identify areas for improvement or further training in your professional development
  • Evaluate your success in meeting the objectives identified in your learning agreement
Teaching activities
  • 10 x 1-hour seminars
  • 1,125 hours on placement
Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word coursework portfolio (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)

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 finance course

If you're not sure whether to focus on accounting or business management, take a look at our BA Hons Financial Management course, which combines elements of both.

Study year abroad

Between your first and second year you can study abroad at one of our partner universities. This allows you to experience a different culture, enhance your CV so you stand out in the job market, grow your confidence, and open up personal and professional opportunities.

We have partnerships with Universities in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. Classes are delivered in English.

You'll get support from the faculty's Global Support Office and UoP Global with identifying and applying to suitable destinations, and ongoing contact and support during your year abroad.

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

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.

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

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.

In 2021/22, 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 your degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops for about 12 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. 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 times

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

It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • Teaching block 1 – early October to January
  • Assessment period 1 – late January to early February
  • Teaching block 2 – February to May
  • Assessment period 2 – May to June

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 support via video, phone and face-to-face 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 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 – face-to-face, by phone and 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 returning to study, specialist support is available.  

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.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (September 2021 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 – £16,300 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 2021, apply through Clearing by completing this short application form, calling our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or going to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

You can also find out how Clearing works, sign up for Clearing updates and book a call back on results day.

International and EU students

Clearing is open to all applicants. But if you'd prefer to apply without going through Clearing, use our online application form.

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.

Skills and qualities needed for an accounting with finance degree

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.

Preparing for an accounting with finance degree

To prepare for this degree, 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.

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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