BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Throughout this course students explore the latest developments in the field, and master the complex set of skills needed to embark on a career in accounting and finance. Students will experience accountancy in the real world while working inside businesses, and graduate with credits towards a professional qualification with the ICAEW, ACCA or CIMA.

Key features

  • Get a head start by gaining credits throughout the course that count towards a future professional qualification. Upon graduation students are eligible for exam exemptions from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
  • All students are automatically enrolled as student members of the ICAEW or ACCA.
  • Many lectures are recorded and available to view online. 
  • Previous graduates have been employed as a trainee chartered accountant, auditor or financial analyst.
  • Career advice is embedded throughout the course. Meet potential future employers at accountancy-specific careers events.
  • The course has a range of elective topics in the second and third year.

Course details

Year 1

In the first year, students are introduced to accountancy and the business world in general. Students learn how to control company finances and report company performance while understanding the important role that macro and micro economics play in the success of every business.

Core modules

  • ACF102 Introduction to Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • ACF104 The Accounting Professional
  • ACF105 Fundamentals of Accounting
  • ACF108 Understanding Financial Markets
  • ECN1009 Economics for Business
  • LAW1211 Business Law


Year 2

In the second year, students learn how to create and manage budgets, as well as how to decide on whether a business should undertake a major investment project. Students have the opportunity to examine stock markets and learn how to manage a company’s finances in order to maximise its performance. Students develop core accounting skills, while having the opportunity to learn about tax and how to manage a business responsibly and ethically.

Students can graduate with an Accounting Specialism by selecting Taxation in year 2 and Auditing in the final year, or a Finance Specialism by selecting Financial Institutions and Markets in year 2 and Financial Modelling in the final year. Alternatively, a non-specialist route can be followed by selecting an Accounting specialism module in one year and a Finance specialism module in the other year.

Core modules

  • ACF205 Management Accounting
  • ACF206 Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • ACF210 Corporate Financial Management
  • EPIE200 Placement Preparation
  • MATH258 Quantitative Financial Modelling

Optional modules

  • ACF201 Financial Institutions and Markets
  • ACF209 Taxation
  • DEAS200 Academic Skills for International Direct Entry Second Year Students
  • ELC203 English for Academic Purposes
  • FREX01 French 1
  • FREX02 French 2
  • MKT215 Marketing Fundamentals
  • SPNX01 Spanish 1
  • SPNX02 Spanish 2
  • STO200 Introduction to Operations Management
  • STO204 Business Ethics
  • STO205 An Introduction to International Business
  • STO206 Shaping the Future: creating sustainable organisations


Optional placement year

In the third year there is an option to engage in a placement year, taking the opportunity to earn a salary while getting hands-on work experience. Students who take this opportunity build confidence and develop further financial experience.

Core modules

  • EPIE300 Placement Year
  • EPIE301The Placement Project


Final year

In the final year, students develop knowledge of financial accounting, management accounting and financial management. There is opportunity to explore a range of key areas such as investment management, risk management or auditing. Our dedicated careers team offer students advice on securing graduate roles such as trainee chartered accountant, auditor or financial analyst.

Core modules

  • ACF305 Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • ACF314 Advanced Management Accounting
  • ACF316 Strategic Financial Management

Optional modules

  • ACF302 Investment Management
  • ACF306 Business Research
  • ACF309 Auditing
  • ACF310 Financial Modelling
  • ACF311 Credit Management: Theory and Practice
  • DEAS300 Academic Skills for International Direct Entry Final Year Students
  • ECN3013 International Trade and International Finance
  • ENT300 Enterprise Creation
  • FREX01 French 1
  • FREX02 French 2
  • SPNX01 Spanish 1
  • SPNX02 Spanish 2
  • STO313 Strategic Management: Theory and Practice

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

Programme Specification

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

104 - 120

A level: 104-120 points from a minimum of 2 A levels. This course considers general studies.

BTEC: 18 Unit BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM in any subject.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Access: Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction.

IB: 26 - 30 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level.
English and Maths accepted within: Higher Level = 4   Standard Level = 5

All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English at grade 4/C or above.

Short of the entry requirements for this course? Don’t worry you may be eligible for a foundation year to prepare you for possible entry onto this course for the following year.

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.


How to apply

Applications should be made through our partner institution:

Peninsula College Malaysia