Accounting and Finance, BA (Hons)

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This specialist degree gives you accreditation towards accounting exams from professional bodies ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW. But it also gives you a good grounding for many other careers. The course develops analytical strength and the ability to learn and communicate ideas as well as financial information. Why choose this course?

93% of graduates who studied the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance sandwich course are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (latest DLHE Survey Undergraduate results 2011/2012).

88% of our students said that they were satisfied with the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance Full Time course (National Student Survey, 2013)

This course provides a firm…

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This specialist degree gives you accreditation towards accounting exams from professional bodies ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW. But it also gives you a good grounding for many other careers. The course develops analytical strength and the ability to learn and communicate ideas as well as financial information. Why choose this course?

93% of graduates who studied the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance sandwich course are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (latest DLHE Survey Undergraduate results 2011/2012).

88% of our students said that they were satisfied with the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance Full Time course (National Student Survey, 2013)

This course provides a firm financial grounding for a career in accountancy, finance or general management. It will give you accreditation towards accounting examinations from professional bodies ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW.

A distinctive part of the course is the way in which you will develop as a team player. In both the second and final years you will engage in team-based exercises that help you to understand:

  • the real issues facing organisations
  • how financial and accounting ideas can play a part in problem-solving.

There are three core subject areas:

  • management accounting
  • financial accounting
  • financial management.

You will be encouraged to place these areas in the wider context of business decision-making.

All students on this course gain a range of advanced IT skills, particularly through use of Microsoft Excel and SAGE (the professional accounting package). Our Trading Room gives you the simulated experience of working in the fast-moving world of shares trading.

There are a number of opportunities to boost your employability, including a year-long placement in industry. Employers are clear that this is the single most useful thing that will boost your future career in addition to good academic grades.

If you choose not to take a placement year, you can benefit from the opportunities available exclusively to full-time students, which include:

  • studying abroad
  • a short internship
  • running an enterprise or community project.

88% of our students said they were satisfied with the Accounting and Finance full-time course (National Student Survey, 2013).

Want to know more?

Find out more information about BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance by requesting a course brochure. We also recommend you attend an open day to find out more about our courses and experience NTU for yourself. Can't make the open day? Take a virtual tour instead.

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Please note that the statistics below may include 2012 and 2013 National Student Survey results.

UCAS codes

  • NN4H BA/AF (three years)
  • NN43 BA/AF4 (four years with placement)
When does the course start?

The course begins in September. Take a look at the academic calendar for term dates. The academic calendar will apply throughout your course, aside your placement year (if you have chosen to undertake one). You will be required to work a minimum of 48 weeks of the placement year.

What will I study?

Year One
The following are indicative of the areas of study:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Foundations of Law
  • Economics for Business and Management
  • Data Research and Analysis
  • Applied Accounting and Business Skills.

Year Two

First half of year
Core modules include:

  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Management Accounting Information.

Second half of year
Opportunities for full-time students (three years) include undertaking:

  • study abroad
  • an enterprise project
  • a community project
  • an internship
  • taught modules (see below).

Taught modules for sandwich students (four years) or students choosing to continue with taught modules in the second half of Year Two include:

  • Accountability of Corporations or Forensic Accounting and Assurance
  • Finance in Public Services or Taxation One.

Plus one optional module from:

  • International Business and Communication
  • Survey Research and Analysis.

Year Three
You will undertake a placement year if you are on a four-year course.

Final year
Core modules include:

  • Research Project
  • Leadership and Employability (Accounting & Finance)
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Reporting.

Plus one optional module from:

  • International Tourism: Development and Impact
  • Data Mining and Financial Data Analysis
  • Taxation Two.
How will I learn?

We use a mixture of teaching methods including:

  • traditional lectures and seminars
  • IT workshops
  • guest lectures
  • problem-based learning
  • group discussions.

In addition to this you will also be involved in a variety of practical work such as individual and group presentations, student-led seminars, role play, industry-sponsored competitions and project work.

You may also be taught in the Trading Room: a unique facility with 12 double screen workstations equipped with an industry leading software system which gives access to worldwide financial markets data and sophisticated analysis tools.

Contact time

On average you will receive 12 - 15 hours of teaching per week from a combination of lectures and seminars. You'll then be expected to increase your understanding of the subject area through independent study for each module.

Additional to this, you will also have further timetabled contact time for your induction, at the beginning of the year and sessions on employability and opportunities that you can get involved with whilst at University.

Personal tutor sessions

You will also have a number of one on one tutor sessions during each year, which will allow you to:

  • Discuss and gain feedback about your work.
  • Ask questions about the projects you're working on.
  • Raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your University experience.

During your first year, these sessions will be scheduled approximately once a fortnight. During your second and final year, this will be approximately once a month.

Virtual learning environment

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students, and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

Learning from industry experts

Our tutors have industry experience in their specialist field, which means you will gain practical insight into these fields and how real business decisions are made.

96% of students on the BA Accounting and Finance Sandwich degree agreed that staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2013)

Accreditation

This course provides you with accreditation towards professional examinations with a number of major UK accounting bodies.
The majority of these exemptions are based upon core modules but, dependent on options taken.

For further details please see the Careers Tab.

How will I be assessed?

You will carry out the following in addition to attending lectures, seminars and workshops:

  • hands-on computing
  • personal research and essay / report writing
  • case studies
  • group work
  • individual projects
  • role-play
  • case studies
  • presentations.

Students are typically assessed through a combination of:

  • coursework
  • projects
  • examinations.

None of your modules will be assessed through practical work. However, the course has been designed to help you develop a range of practical skills, for which further details can be found in the 'How will I learn?' section above.

In response to student feedback the University has introduced a policy that will ensure that you are given feedback on your assessment within three weeks of submission.

Welcoming students from across the world

Nottingham Trent University has a diverse student community, with a significant number of international students choosing to study here from across the world. We provide specialist staff, services and facilities to help you through all stages of being a student. Find out more about our International support services.

We are continually investing in our facilities, and transforming our learning and teaching environment to create an inspiring and innovative atmosphere.

The School is based in the impressive Newton Building on NTU's City site. In 2009 the building was involved in a £90 million regeneration project on the site. Whilst maintaining its historic beauty, the Grade II* listed building was transformed into an ultra-modern complex.

Fantastic facilities
  • You can take advantage of the NBS Link Lounge, a new space dedicated to Business School students, located on floor seven of the Newton building.
  • Explore your career prospects with the help of the University's Career and Placements Centre (new for September 2012).
  • You will benefit from spacious teaching rooms and lecture theatres.
  • We provide students with a variety of social spaces.
  • Your studies will benefit from the £13 million pound Boots Library.
  • Students take advantage of our 24-hour IT facilities.
  • Our Student Services Centre will also be on-hand should you need support.

The location of the City site also means that you have easy access to:

  • sports facilities
  • shops
  • student accommodation
  • music venues
  • cafés.

Our Trading Room, a unique facility with 12 double screen workstations allows access to worldwide financial markets data and sophisticated analysis tools. As an integral part of your learning experience you can use industry technology, create stock portfolios, monitor their performance and use near-live reporting to make quick-fire, informed decisions.

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