Program 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.


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

PortsmouthUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

36 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 16,200




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

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


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



Year 1


Core modules

Economics – 20 credits
This module gives you an overview of the principles of economics and looks at how to use economic and financial theory to evaluate relevant and contemporary issues.


Essentials of Financial Accounting – 20 credits
An introduction to the principles of financial accounting, including how to use the double-entry booking system to record business information and prepare financial statements.


Organisations and Accounting – 20 credits
An accredited introduction to the nature and form of organisations, the influence that external environment and human behaviour can have on the the management of organisations, and the role of accounting in organisational management and development.


Toolbox for Accounting Professionals – 20 credits
Develop the IT, communication and presentation skills you need in the academic study of accounting, as well as in accountancy as a profession.


Introduction to Finance for Accountants - 20 credits
Develop your overview of the ideas and theories that accountants use to understand financial markets and institutions.


Introduction to Quantitative Methods and Business Analytics 20 credits
Full module details to be confirmed. 


Year 2


Core modules

Financial Management – 20 credits
Learn the essentials of financial management, including corporate finance, investment, capital structure, cost of capital, working capital management and dividend policy, with an emphasis on discounted cash flow and risk.


Financial Reporting – 20 credits
Learn about all aspects of financial reporting and how to apply it in practical situations.


Management Accounting – 20 credits
Learn how to resolve business problems while developing a range of accounting skills and techniques.


Critical Issues in Accounting and Finance – 20 credits
This module will teach you theories and help you identify ethical issues in accounting and finance through weekly lectures and supporting seminars.


Optional modules

Taxation – 20 credits
Gain an understanding of the tax system in the United Kingdom while developing important skills.


Accounting Packages and Systems – 20 credits
Develop your ability to use computer systems related to accounting and finance as well as being able to talk to security and governance issues.


Business Law – 20 credits
Study the basics of business law and learn about different types of business organisations.


Modern Foreign Language (IWLP) – 20 credits
Study 1 of 8 modern languages on the University's free Institution-Wide Language Programme.


Investment Analysis - 20 credits
Consider different approaches to portfolio management and stock selection, and the management of risk through portfolio management and the use of derivatives.


Bloomberg (Level 5) – 0 credits
Develop the skills and knowledge required to secure the most appropriate job, occupation or training course after graduation


Accounting in the Community (Level 5) - 0 credits
Take part in an accounting clinic and consult with local charities about their accounting queries.


Introduction to Business Analytics - 20 credits
Discover business theories, practices and analytical skills to harvest insights from real-life datasets and make data-driven decisions to gain competitive advantages in a fast-moving society.


Year abroad (year 2)


Optional year abroad

Study Abroad (Year Long) – 120 credits
Spend a year abroad, developing your inter-cultural, personal, linguistic and academic skills, as well as subject knowledge, at an overseas partner university.


Year 3


Core modules

Advanced Global Financial Management – 20 credits
Gain a greater understanding of global financial mechanisms and learn how to evaluate, synthesise and illustrate concepts of risk and return.


Advanced Financial Reporting – 20 credits
Expand on your basic understanding of corporate financial reporting and gain additional insight into theories that underpin practice.


Strategic Management Accounting – 20 credits
Develop your knowledge of management accounting.


Optional modules

Independent Study Project – 20 credits
You'll develop a research project in a coherent and structured way, drawing conclusions and providing recommendations for future research.


Dissertation – 40 credits
Bring together your academic skills and your knowledge of accounting and business into an 8,000-word dissertation project.


International Financial Management – 20 credits
An introduction to the main theories and models of valuation, as applied to the main financial markets.


Auditing – 20 credits
You'll be taken through the theory of auditing, in a global and national context, through a series of 2-hour workshops that apply the theory to practice.


Bloomberg (Level 6) - 0 credits
Develop the skills and knowledge required to secure the most appropriate job, occupation or training course after graduation.


Accounting in the Community (Level 6) - 0 credits
Take part in an accounting clinic and consult with local charities about their accounting queries.


Business Analytics - 20 credits
Discover business theories, practices and analytical skills to harvest insights from real-life datasets and make data-driven decisions to gain competitive advantages in a fast-moving society.


Strategic Management - 20 credits
Understand and apply strategic management concepts and frameworks.


Financial Investment Project – 20 credits
Develop your understanding of the stock market.


Professional Accounting Practice – 20 credits
Combine your prior experience of accounting and finance with guidance from your tutor.


Work placement (year 3)


Optional work placement year

Work Placement Year – 120 credits
With support, you'll identify and arrange a placement opportunity with an appropriate company or organisation.

Typical offers

  • A levels ‐ ABB–BBB
  • UCAS points – 120–128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (Entry requirements for undergraduate courses)
  • T levels – Merit
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM
  • International Baccalaureate – 29–30

English language requirements

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

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)

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.


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)


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