Duration of Study Programme
1-2 Academic Years (part-time)
University of Derby
January, September & May
The BA (Honours) Accounting and Finance degree aims to provide a programme of study to equip you with an accounting and general business education which will better enable you to take up management positions within industry and commerce. In particular it seeks to equip you with the knowledge and skill to pursue a career in accounting with the ability to become qualified accountants. The degree has been designed to allow greater opportunity for employability to be reflected in graduates as an outcome of their commitment to their studies. In order to achieve this aim we seek to offer an accounting curriculum that is up to date, vocationally relevant, challenging and reflects the complex and challenging nature of the accounting and business environment. At the completion of the Accounting and Finance programme you will gain significant exemptions from the professional accounting bodies. This has helped employability of Derby graduates and will be a strong part of their offering.
In addition, this Degree aims to:
- Provide a programme of study that equips students with an accounting and general business education with the ability to subsequently become qualified accountants
- Offer students an accounting curriculum that is up to date, vocationally relevant, challenging and reflects the complex and challenging nature of the accounting and business environment.
- Help to prepare a student for a career in a rapidly changing business and social environment.
- Provide a challenging, integrated programme of study that equips students with a sound general knowledge of accounting.
- Develop progressively cognitive, intellectual and practical skills within a relevant business context.
- Develop progressively transferable graduate skills as a foundation for lifelong learning.
- Develop personal, self-learning and team-working skills necessary for successful employment in accounting or business and management.
- Develop increasingly employable graduates in the discipline of accounting and related professions.
What you will study
We will advise you of your study plan – the running order and availability of the modules – when you are invited to enrol.
If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered. In addition, where demand is high, some modules may be subject to a cap.
For this top-up degree, you will need to complete a total of 120 credits. This will be made up from the core modules (adding up to 80 credits) and two of the optional 20-credit modules in your preferred area of Accounting and Finance.
You will study modules such as:
- Financial Strategy
The Financial Strategy module will focus on the advanced aspects of the investment decision (capital budgeting) and the way in which the organisation’s capital structure can be strategically adjusted to ensure the maximisation of shareholder wealth/added value.
The module will introduce relevant theory and models, practical financial tools and techniques, with appropriate references to real-life organisations. A strategic approach to critically analysing and evaluating financial information is encouraged, with a view to advancing your knowledge and understanding of capital budgeting, capital structure and dividend policy. In addition, it is vital you can confidently and effectively communicate the rationale behind your decisions.
With this in mind, the Financial Strategy module will utilise every opportunity to expose you to situations where you will be required to lead a seminar, facilitate a workshop, chair a meeting and/or present a report. The relevance of the Financial Strategy module as part of an undergraduate Accounting and Finance programme is further supported by the fact that it aligns to the syllabus requirements of professional accounting bodies such as CIMA, CPA (Certified Practicing Accountants) Australia, IFA (Institute of Financial Accountants) and ACCA. It will also equip you to enter the work environment with knowledge and competencies that will enable you to critically analyse, evaluate and communicate the financial decisions that will help transform the organisation to address its key priorities.
- Independent Study
This module is intended to allow you the opportunity to extend aspects of your final and previous year modules to more depth, along with refining your research skills by means of an Independent Study dissertation.
Your Independent Study dissertation allows you to analyse and test the theories, principles and concepts addressed in the classroom environment in the reality of a private, public or community sector organisation by means of a pathway-related report. The independent study represents an individual piece of research completed under the guidance of an academic supervisor. It may be a research study which makes a contribution to the body of knowledge in your discipline area or professional background, or a study in which you critically analyse and evaluate existing knowledge and produces observations and conclusions of relevance to the particular field of study.
- Management Accounting – Performance Evaluation
This module expands on the knowledge and understanding you have gained on previous management accounting modules. Management accountants require a good understanding in management accounting concepts and techniques in order to provide managers with useful information.
You will need to be able to present this information clearly to employees and managers at all levels in a business, especially those without any financial knowledge. You will learn how to critically evaluate tools and techniques and then apply them to scenarios. The main areas of study will be control, performance measurement and strategic management accounting.
This module runs over one semester and consists of lectures, including guest lecturers from industry and seminars. Be prepared to join in with group work during the seminars as we discuss many of the current issues in management accounting. At this level, the focus of your work will be on the communication of the information and not the creation of the numbers.
- Contemporary Reporting Issues
There are many developments and debates around corporate and integrated reporting. Organisations are required to report on more than just the financial results.
This module will investigate various contemporary issues relating to this area of performance management and integrated reporting. Delivery will include lectures, seminars and interactive sessions using Bloomberg financial software, projects and case studies.
- Financial Reporting (non-exam route)
Financial Reporting provides financial information for external users and the wider stakeholders of financial statements. This enables them to assess the risks and returns of investment opportunities so that they can make useful economic decisions.
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the financial accounting principles that support the international accounting standards on which financial statements are prepared. It will enable you to evaluate the significance of the fundamental principles that underpin the drafting and revision of appropriate international accounting standards.
It will provide you with the ability to select, interpret and apply the relevant international accounting standards to a range of financial reporting issues and transactions that entities experience within the contemporary business environment. This is a key skill to ensure that the published financial information the entities provide is useful for external users and stakeholders.
- Financial Statement Analysis
The analysis of financial statements can tell us a great deal about the health of a company and its ability to deal with future challenges.
This module concentrates on using the financial information available to assess the relative strengths of companies and to assess the impact of outside forces on their viability. Analytical and forecasting skills will be used to aid decision making.
- Investing and Financial Market Behaviour
The module brings together major themes from economics, finance and psychology but also touches on many other business and social sciences disciplines to develop deep understanding of personal investment behaviour and financial markets in crisis. The module also develops critical practice skills through the learning process.
Students examine the theory and practice of pensions, investments, saving and debt decisions using concepts like inter-temporal decision-making, time preference, investment risk, capital accrual, fund management, investor behaviour bias in an international context. Students also examine the underlying issues in financial markets that lead to crisis and failure in order to examine the relationship between individual investment, organisational practice and regulation in financial markets.
How you will learn
We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.
Method of Assessment
This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.
- HND or Foundation Degree in Accounting or Finance or international equivalent
- ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) F1-F6 or ACCA F1-F5 and F7
- CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) Advanced Diploma
- ABE (Association of Business Executives) Advanced Diploma in Business Administration
- IBAM (Institute of Business Administration and Management) Advanced Diploma in Business Administration
If you do not hold one of the above Accounting or Finance qualifications, but have a HND or foundation degree in Business or equivalent overseas qualification, you may be eligible to apply for our BSc (Hons) Management Accounting (top up) degree as an alternative.
If you have already completed CIMA’s F3 module or hold more than six ACCA F papers, you will be eligible for exemptions on this BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance (top up) degree.
ACCA qualification exemptions
You will be able to gain exemptions on this course, if you hold specific ACCA F papers. Depending on the papers you hold you will be exempt from either one or two modules.
English language qualifications
If English is not your first language you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least the following:
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6.0
Fees & funding