Plymouth Business School

BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Make your mark in the world of business. Throughout this course you’ll explore the latest developments in the field, and master the complex set of skills needed to embark on a career in accounting and finance. You’ll experience accountancy in the real world while working inside businesses, and graduate with credits towards your professional qualification with the ICAEW, ACCA or CIMA.

In the 2015 National Student Survey, 97 per cent of students agreed staff were good at explaining things; 91 per cent agreed staff made the subject interesting; 88 per cent agreed they got sufficient advice and support; 91 per cent were satisfied overall and 90 per cent were in work/study six months after finishing.

Entry requirements may differ during Clearing, so please contact us on 0333 241 6929 to discuss an application.


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Confirmation and Clearing with Plymouth University

Check if this course has places through Clearing, from 18 August 2016.

Call our friendly Clearing hotline on 0333 241 6929

We will help you find available course places and let you know if you are eligible to apply.

The Hotline will be open at the following times: 

Thursday, 18 August 07.00 – 21.00
Friday, 19 August 08.00 – 19.00
Saturday, 20 August 10.00 – 16.00
Sunday, 21 August 10.00 – 16.00
Monday, 22 August 08.30 – 17.00
Tuesday, 23 August 09.00 – 17.00
Wednesday, 24 August 09.00 – 17.00
Thursday, 25 August 09.00 – 17.00
Friday, 26 August 09.00 – 16.00

Careers with this subject

Advice from graduate Patrick Briffa: 

"Just do it. Starting a business doesn't have to cost a fortune and can usually be done part-time. Don't be afraid to ‘fail’ because so many of the great businessmen and women have been failures. And even if you decide that it's no longer for you, it will distinguish you from the crowd."

Read more from Patrick in his case study.

Key features

  • Get a head start by gaining credits during your studies that count towards your professional qualification. On graduation you’ll be 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).
  • Develop your skills in the real world of business with a module focused on work-based learning that incorporates weekly work experience in a local organisation.
  • Meet potential future employers at accountancy-specific careers events and explore where your career might take you.
  • Start your career from day one of your degree – all students are automatically enrolled as student members of the ICAEW.
  • Join the Plymouth Junior Chamber and receive training and professional mentoring, as well as invites to top networking events.
  • Map out your own successful career, following past graduates into jobs such as trainee chartered accountant, auditor or financial analyst.

Find out more about the course from Programme Leader Kevin Finnegan by downloading this PowerPoint presentation

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you’ll be introduced to accountancy and the business world in general. You will 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. Our second year peer assisted learning scheme (PALS) students will help you to manage the transition to University and provide tips and advice on how to make the most of your time with us.
    Core modules
    • ACF104 The Accounting Professional

      An introduction to management accounting through a practical case study. Students will consider the different accounting disciplines and some of the main opportunities and challenges facing accounting professionals today. The module will also introduce a range of key employability skills.

    • ACF105 Fundamentals of Accounting

      This module provides an introduction to accounting for students, who mainly intend to specialise in this area. The module largely deals with the double entry bookkeeping system and the means by which transactions are recorded in businesses. In addition the module explains the basic accounting framework and emphasises the professional skills needed by those in the accounting and finance profession.

    • ACF102 Introduction to Financial Accounting and Reporting

      This module provides a continuation of accounting understanding into the reporting requirements of limited companies and the more complex aspects of the double entry system. It further develops the regulatory needs and the need for good quality information. Students will refresh studies of the double entry system, but will become more familiar with journal entries and amending information that may be incorrect. In addition the module deals with the developments in the frameworks of an accountant or finance professional by illustrating essential professional skills.

    • ECN1009A Economics for Business

      This module provides an introduction to economics in a business context. It explores some basic concepts and techniques involved in economic analysis at an introductory level, and considers the relevance of economics and the economic environment, to business decision-making.

    • LAW1211 Business Law

      An introduction to the legal framework and key areas of law which affect business, including basic principles of contract and tort as it affects business; business organisations, including company law; employment law; and property and environmental Law as it affects business.

    Optional modules
    • MANX100 Mandarin 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • FREX01 French 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • FREX02 French 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • SPNX400 Spanish Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from Spanish 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • ACF1002PP Understanding Financial Markets

      This module explores the role of financial markets in a capitalist economy. The module provides an introduction to the nature and operation of financial markets and the risks and opportunities that investors face when using financial markets including banks and insurance companies. The module will also cover, at a basic level some key financial concepts, including risk and return and market efficiency.

    • MATH1607PP The Quantum Universe

      This course is for non-science specialists who have an interest in understanding our Universe. We will investigate our evolving view of the Universe from ancient times to the recent exciting discoveries such as dark matter and energy. The module will also highlight the phenomena of the Quantum World and will develop a basic understanding of quantum effects and their applications.

    • GERX02 German 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • SPNX01 Spanish 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • SPNX02 Spanish 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • SPNX03 Spanish 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • ELC1001PP Professional Communication Skills

      Students will explore a range of different genres of the English language, develop their understanding of the appropriate use of English in a variety of academic, work and social situations and improve their written and spoken communication skills.

    • MATH1608PP Understanding Big Data from Social Networks

      The amount of data from questionnaires and social networks has grown enormously. Computer tools are needed to understand what these data are telling us. Students will gain valuable experience in questionnaire analysis, and in the use of software for understanding and reporting the underlying messages from data sources such as social networks. They will also meet appropriate high performance computing techniques.

    • SOFT156PP Developing E-commerce Applications

      This module introduces students to the range of issues surrounding the rapid development of an e-commerce application through the use of appropriate frameworks.

    • FREX03 French 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • FREX400 French Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from French 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • GERX01 German 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you will learn how to create and manage budgets, as well as how to decide on whether a business should undertake a major investment project. You will have the opportunity to examine stock markets in our state-of-the-art Bloomberg lab and will learn how to manage a company’s finances in order to maximise its performance. You will develop your financial accounting skills, while having the opportunity to learn about tax and how to manage a business responsibly and ethically.
    Core modules
    • ACF204 Corporate Finance

      This module provides an introduction to the management of finance within an organisation. Topics covered include efficient markets theory, the management of working capital, managing currency risk, the concept of a cost of capital and the appraisal of capital investment decisions.

    • ACF205 Management Accounting

      Students will study management accounting, including areas such as budgeting, costing and variance analysis.

    • MATH258 Quantitative Financial Modelling

      This module provides an introduction to statistical and mathematical techniques applied to financial data.

    • ACF200 Financial Accounting and Reporting

      The module will explore the presentation and interpretation of an organisation's financial statements. This will include the study of corporate governance along with consideration of the UK financial reporting regulatory framework, assurance and current reporting issues.

    Optional modules
    • MANX100 Mandarin 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • FREX01 French 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • FREX02 French 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • SPNX400 Spanish Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from Spanish 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • ACF201 Financial Institutions and Markets

      This module deals with financial markets, instruments, and institutions. The coverage includes the bond market, the stock market and the foreign exchange market. The module will also introduce investment banking and mutual funds.

    • ELC202 English for Academic Purposes

      This module develops students¿ level of English in order to operate effectively in an academic context at stage two.

    • SPNX600 Spanish Advanced 3

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 2, and is normally aimed at final year advanced students of the foreign language who have not had an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It enables them to build on the advanced language skills that they have already acquired and apply these to more specialised and complex situations (such as presentation and translation).

    • SPNX700 Spanish Advanced 4

      This module is normally taken by final year students of the foreign language who have completed an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It builds on their increased fluency and confidence, and their personal experience of the foreign culture, and enables them to develop the application of their skills in more sophisticated and demanding situations.

    • FREX500 French Advanced 2

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 1, or for other students who have pursued their study of the foreign language beyond A level or its equivalent. It will further extend their ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

    • STO204 Business Ethics

      An introduction to ethical issues relating to corporate strategy, social responsibility, organisational structure, finance and human resource management, capitalism, markets, international business, the environment, advertising, and trends such as ethical consuming, ethical investments

    • STO205 An Introduction to International Business

      This module explores the changes in the world economy because of globalization and the strategic choices that a multinational corporation must make in such a globalized world. It examines the role of international trade and foreign direct investment in creating a more integrated world economy. Further it addresses the risks associated with foreign exchange transactions as also the advantages of regional economic integration such as European Union. Finally it deals with the firm level issues such as supply chain management, human resource management and financial management in the global context.

    • STO206 Shaping the Future: creating sustainable organisations

      This interdisciplinary module develops students¿ ability to assess how organisations can adapt, innovate and thrive in response to the macro social, economic and environmental forces impacting society and organisations. The module develops an awareness of the key physical, structural, social and moral challenges faced and encourages students to develop innovative systems thinking approaches to how organisations can adapt to, mitigate against and capitalise on this unprecedented period of intense and unpredictable change.

    • GERX02 German 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • SPNX01 Spanish 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • SPNX02 Spanish 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • SPNX03 Spanish 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • MKT214 Marketing Fundamentals

      Aimed at Business students this module examines the philosophy and functional activities that comprise the business area known as Marketing. It considers the application of this concept across a range of organisations and markets, focusing on achieving competitive advantage through the development of a marketing mix based around customer centrality.

    • FREX600 French Advanced 3

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 2, and is normally aimed at final year advanced students of the foreign language who have not had an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It enables them to build on the advanced language skills that they have already acquired and apply these to more specialised and complex situations (such as presentation and translation).

    • FREX700 French Advanced 4

      This module is normally taken by final year students of the foreign language who have completed an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It builds on their increased fluency and confidence, and their personal experience of the foreign culture, and enables them to develop the application of their skills in more sophisticated and demanding situations.

    • SPNX500 Spanish Advanced 2

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 1, or for other students who have pursued their study of the foreign language beyond A level or its equivalent. It will further extend their ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

    • EPIE200 Placement Preparation

      This module is aimed at students who will be undertaking an industrial placement in the third year of their degree. It is designed to build on skills learned in Stage 1 and helps students in their search for a placement, and in their preparation for the placement itself.

    • ACF202 Taxation

      The taxation module introduces students to the UK tax system and provides them with the necessary technical skills and underpinning knowledge to be able to prepare tax computations for UK companies and individuals. Whilst the module has a technical bias the students are encouraged to gain understanding of the principles and rationale behind the functions of the tax system and be able to discuss current issues in taxation.

    • STO200 Introduction to Operations Management

      Operations, the activity of producing, delivering and supporting goods and services, lies at the heart of businesses. This module introduces the major themes of how this can be done in practice, describing the challenges faced across the goods-services range of industries. It further develops an appreciation of organisational responses to operational issues and the decisions, techniques and technologies which are used to meet them.

    • ACF203B Corporate Governance

      An understanding of the role of the company board and its function within international systems of corporate governance is of key importance to businesses. This module aims to give students a chance to explore and examine the major issues affecting global business today. It will cover the key areas of governance and also corporate social responsibility and ethics. It will bring together theory and practice and will involve in depth case study and practical use of the theory. The module will be set in the context of the principles of accounting and the ACCA framework for corporate governance and risk.

    • FREX03 French 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • FREX400 French Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from French 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • GERX01 German 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

  • Optional placement year
  • In your third year, you can choose to do a placement year, taking the opportunity to earn a salary while getting hands-on work experience. You’ll develop your financial flair and build confidence to help you in your future career. We’ll support you to find the best placement to help you learn and thrive.
    Core modules
    • EPIE300 Placement Year

      The placement year consists of an extended period of appropriate professional experience in a business or organisation. It allows the student to gain relevant experience to consolidate their studies and prepare for final stage study and employment after graduation. Students on BA International Business may also undertake a study placement at an approved partner institution.

    • EPIE301 The Placement Project

      This module requires students to produce a project relating to their placement experience.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you will develop your core knowledge of financial accounting, management accounting and corporate finance. You will have the opportunity to explore a range of other key areas such as accounting for sustainability, auditing and financial modelling. Our highly regarded work-based learning module will help you to develop your knowledge and skills in a weekly work placement with a local organisation. Our dedicated careers team will help you to find your dream graduate role, following previous graduates into jobs such as trainee chartered accountant, auditor or financial analyst.
    Core modules
    • ACF300 Advanced Corporate Finance

      This module is a study of corporate financial management that builds on the material covered at level 5. Topics include: investment appraisal, financing decisions, capital structure, mergers and acquisitions and multinational financial management.

    • ACF305 Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting

      This module will consider advanced financial reporting topics such as accounting for foreign currency transactions and accounting for business combinations (i.e. simple and complex groups, associates and foreign subsidiaries). Additionally students will explore current developments in financial and non-financial reporting and will practice financial analysis techniques allowing them to analyse company financial statements.

    • ACF301 Advanced Management Accounting

      This module deals with strategic management accounting, financial planning and control in modern organisations.

    Optional modules
    • ACF304 Advanced Taxation

      This module builds on the Level 5 module 'Taxation' but its emphasis is on tax planning. It introduces the choice of business medium and the tax planning opportunities for companies, particularly groups of companies. It also introduces capital taxes planning opportunities for individuals and the current and emerging tax issues which affect tax policies and strategies.

    • ELC311 English for Accounting and Finance

      This module develops students¿ English language skills in order to achieve full and effective communication within their course of study (BA Accounting and Finance).

    • ACF307 Work Based Learning

      Work based learning provides a chance, which enables students to develop skills, learn more about the world of work and refine their career aspirations and ambitions through undertaking a work placement and various enterprising social work projects activities.

    • ACF309 Auditing

      The auditing module is a balanced mix of theory and practice in auditing. Students will consider and discuss the need for audit in society as well as the views of those critical of today's audit function. An opportunity to study auditing scandals will help students to understand and appreciate not only the challenges faced by the auditing profession but also how current auditing standards and regulation has been developed. Students will also learn how to audit through studying the theory behind the audit process and then how to apply the theory through the use of practical examples and a computerised case study.

    • STO309 Corporate Strategy

      The nature and purpose of strategy; the evolution of strategic thought; basic strategic concepts; environmental analysis ¿ the market, industry and macro-economic environment; competitive advantage; co-operation and competition; economics of transaction costs, contracts and the boundaries of the firm; resources and capabilities; topical debates in strategy.

    • MANX100 Mandarin 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • FREX01 French 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • FREX02 French 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • SPNX400 Spanish Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from Spanish 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • SPNX600 Spanish Advanced 3

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 2, and is normally aimed at final year advanced students of the foreign language who have not had an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It enables them to build on the advanced language skills that they have already acquired and apply these to more specialised and complex situations (such as presentation and translation).

    • SPNX700 Spanish Advanced 4

      This module is normally taken by final year students of the foreign language who have completed an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It builds on their increased fluency and confidence, and their personal experience of the foreign culture, and enables them to develop the application of their skills in more sophisticated and demanding situations.

    • ENT301 Enterprise Portfolio

      The `Enterprise Portfolio¿ is an individual project- based assignment which aims to integrate a critical evaluation of the enterprise concept with active learning centred on an enterprising activity or initiative and a forward looking personal evaluation.

    • FREX500 French Advanced 2

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 1, or for other students who have pursued their study of the foreign language beyond A level or its equivalent. It will further extend their ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

    • STO306 Current Issues in Management

      This module exposes students to current debates within the field of business and management. The content will be fluid as it will draw on contemporary case studies, technological innovation, government legislation and philosophical, ethical or environmental debates.

    • ACF311 Credit Management: Theory and Practice

      This module provides in-depth knowledge of how to manage trade, consumer and export credit. It explores the economic importance of credit and the contribution it can make as a competitive device to add value to organisations.

    • ACF306 Business Research

      This module provides students with an understanding of issues involved in the design and conduct of empirical research in finance (including the application of statistical techniques) and business analysis research (which seeks to understand the structure, policies, and operations of an organisation and to proffer rational recommendations that deliver value to stakeholders).

    • GERX02 German 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • SPNX01 Spanish 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • SPNX02 Spanish 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • SPNX03 Spanish 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • ACF302 Investment Management

      This module is designed to provide a broad understanding of equities and bonds as investments. It considers their pricing and use in investment management along with that of derivatives. In addition core concepts in finance are covered including market efficiency, diversification, risk, portfolio building and evaluation.

    • FREX600 French Advanced 3

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 2, and is normally aimed at final year advanced students of the foreign language who have not had an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It enables them to build on the advanced language skills that they have already acquired and apply these to more specialised and complex situations (such as presentation and translation).

    • FREX700 French Advanced 4

      This module is normally taken by final year students of the foreign language who have completed an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It builds on their increased fluency and confidence, and their personal experience of the foreign culture, and enables them to develop the application of their skills in more sophisticated and demanding situations.

    • SPNX500 Spanish Advanced 2

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 1, or for other students who have pursued their study of the foreign language beyond A level or its equivalent. It will further extend their ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

    • ECN3013A International Trade and International Finance

      This module explores the economic implications of globalisation by investigating current trends in international trade and international financial markets.

    • ENT300 Enterprise Creation

      The module offers the opportunity to develop the skills and understanding necessary to write a professional business plan and bid for venture capital funding.

    • ACF308 Risk Management in International Banking, Insurance and Finance

      Financial institutions face a wide range of risks, many of which threaten not only their profitability, but also the stability of the financial services sector as a whole. The purpose of this module is to explore these risks and consider how they should be managed. A range of risk management tools and techniques will be explored, as will the prudential regulation of financial institutions. In addition, we will discuss how best to draw together these risks, tools and regulations to arrive at an enterprise-wide view of risk.

    • FREX03 French 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • FREX400 French Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from French 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • GERX01 German 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

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:

BA Hons Accounting and Finance 0414

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

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

A level/AS level: 300 points including a minimum of two A levels, excluding general studies. 14-19 Diplomas: accepted – please enquire. Other combinations and non-A level qualifications also considered. 

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.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.


Fees, costs and funding

New students 2016-17

Full time Home/EU* International**   Islands***
Undergraduate (Classroom based) £9,000 £12,250 £9,000
Undergraduate (Laboratory based) £9,000 £12,500 £9,000
Science and Engineering - Year Zero £9,000 £12,500 £9,000
Management, Government and Law  - Year Zero £7,500 £10,300 £9,000
2 year fast-track (Business only) £9,000 £12,250 £9,000
Integrated Masters (Classroom based) £9,000 £12,250 £9,000
Integrated Masters (Laboratory based) £9,000 £12,500 £9,000
Master of Architecture (MArch) £9,000 £12,250 £9,000
PGCE £9,000 £12,250 £9,000
Management Practice (Online) (First year - part time) tbc £3,996 tbc

Part time (per 10 credits) Home/EU* International**   Islands***
Undergraduate (Classroom based) £750 £1,025 £750
Undergraduate (Laboratory based) £750 £1,045 £750
Science and Engineering - Year Zero £750 £1,045 £750
Management, Government and Law  - Year Zero £625 £860 £625
Integrated Masters (Classroom based) £750 £1,025 £750
Integrated Masters (Laboratory based) £750 £1,045 £750
PGCE £750 £1,025 £750


*The tuition fee for UK students transferring to Plymouth University from a partner institution is £9,000.
**Please refer to the policy for capping of international student tuition fees.

***‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Continuing students

Please note some fees for continuing students may differ slightly.

For a full listing please visit our fees for continuing students 2016-17 page.

Further information

Download our fees brochure

Read our Student Fee Policy for the Ordinary Degree route


How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



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