Undergraduate course

Accounting & Finance BA (Hons)

Studying Accounting & Finance gives you an understanding of concepts needed to be a professional accountant, set up your own business, work in professional practice or in the public/private sectors.

Studying Accounting & Finance is a great opportunity to gain a degree that is clearly focused on your long-term career prospects in a wide variety of contexts. Whether you are thinking of setting up your own business, working in professional practice in a large corporation or the public sector you will need to possess the right set of skills. This course will give you a thorough understanding of accounting concepts which is ideal if you want to go on to be a professional accountant.

  • Available in Clearing
  • UCAS Code – N1N2
  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 3 years full-time
  • Start date – September 2019
  • School – York Business School

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS points

    3 GCSEs Graded C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £9,250 per year

    International 2019-20 £12,750 per year

York Business School

Course overview

This course will introduce you to and develop your knowledge of the principles and practice of Accounting and Finance. This degree will give you a thorough understanding of accounting concepts which is ideal if you want to go on to be a professional accountant. However, having a good understanding of accounting and finance is an advantage in any profession today. So even if you don’t want to become a professional accountant, you will find this degree invaluable.

On the Accounting and Finance BA (Hons) programme you will experience and take part in lectures, seminars, workshops, task focused activities, field-trips and excursions and informative engagement with industry practitioners. Crucially, this distinctive programme is backed up by four distinct features. These are:

  • A focus on employability and work-readiness, your studies will help you to gain career awareness and clarify your career goals and how to achieve them
  • Research informed teaching where experts in their subjects will work with you and develop your knowledge, critical thinking and analytical awareness in the world of accounting and finance
  • Dedicated one on one support from your personal tutor to enable you to reach your potential and capped seminar sizes of 20-25 students
  • A digitally aware programme from experts that will help you to learn how to use digital media and data analytics to inform your accounting and finance skills

Course structure

Level 1

Modules

Compulsory Modules:

Introduction to Economics: This module is designed to provide an introduction to economics. The module aims to provide knowledge and comprehension of the basic economic principles and techniques related to microeconomics and macroeconomics. The emphasis is on developing an understanding of economic principles and allowing students to make a use of standard economic techniques. The module considers the different issues related to microeconomics theories that can be applied to business decisions. It also considers the different issues related to macroeconomics theories and provides an insight into the impact of macroeconomic environment on business decisions.

Accounting and Organisations: This module introduces students to some of the contexts in which accounting operates. It provides an introduction to the accountancy profession and the organisations and environments in which they operate (capital markets, financial institutions, government, non-profit, as well as business organisations). The module will contextualise the accountant’s role in organisations, working and communicating with other organisational functions to provide useful information. The module will begin the process of skills identification and development for employment purposes, helping students to identify and evaluate their current employability competencies and to plan action to achieve intended skills and employability outcomes.

Introduction to Financial Accounting: The syllabus for Introduction to Financial Accounting introduces the candidate to the fundamentals of the regulatory framework relating to accounts preparation and to the qualitative characteristics of useful information. The syllabus then focuses in depth on recording, processing, reporting business transactions and events, the use of the trial balance and how to identify and correct errors. Finally, the production of financial statements for unincorporated entities will also be introduced.

Quantitative Analysis: Students will be introduced to the essential quantitative methods of modelling and analysis for financial data. In addition, statistics and probability concepts will be discussed and applied to various events. These theories will then be used to analyse practical situations and contribute to obtain necessary information for problem solving.

Financial Accounting: This syllabus builds on double entry, the trial balance and extends it to the preparation of financial statements for unincorporated and incorporated entities such as partnership and limited company accounts and their basic interpretation.  

Introduction to Management Accounting: This module will introduce basic cost concepts and methods of cost accumulation, allocation and apportionment in a variety of business settings. The principles of financial control will be explored including standard costing and budgeting. Analytical techniques involved in the provision of accounting information for short-term decision making will be utilised.

All modules are worth 20 credits, except Dissertation which is worth 40 credits

Level 2

Modules

Compulsory Modules:

Business and Commercial Law: The aim of this module is to develop students’ knowledge and skills in the understanding of the general legal framework, and of specific legal areas relating to business, recognising the need to seek further specialist legal advice where necessary. The module will also cover a range of specific legal areas relating of most concern to business professionals.

Financial Reporting: The financial reporting syllabus assumes a sound knowledge of financial accounting, develops and applies this further and in greater depth. It then moves into a detailed examination of the regulatory framework of accounting and how this informs the standard setting process. The main areas of the syllabus cover the reporting of financial information for single companies in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and relevant accounting standards. The analysis and interpretation of information from financial reports will also be covered.

Financial Planning and Control: This module develops the planning and control principles from management accounting and introduces elements of strategic analysis and long term decision making through capital investment appraisal. The impact of budgeting on human behaviour is also introduced. This ensures that students are developing their understanding of the management accounting techniques existing within a broader context of the organisation as a whole and the wider environment.

Corporate Finance: The aim of this module is to create an understanding of the financial decisions that are made by corporations. Students will evaluate stakeholder theory and its relationship to a business’s objectives. Company valuation will be examined through various investment tools and their relative merits will be discussed. The sources of finance for a business will be studied and the implications these have for the company’s cost of capital. The interrelationship between capital structure, dividend policy and a company’s cost of capital will also be addressed.

Introduction to Auditing and Taxation (2 modules worth 10 credits each): The aim of this module is to develop a knowledge and understanding of auditing and taxation. Students will gain an understanding of auditing procedure together with the necessary skills relating to the tax system as applicable to individuals. Whether the student aspires to a career as a professional accountant in professional practice, or in industry or commerce or to a more general role in management a sound understanding of the principles underlying both taxation and auditing are essential. This knowledge will underpin their wider awareness of issues such as ethical conduct, quality assurance and practice development.

Performance Management: This module will further develop managerial accounting techniques, in particular those relating to planning, control and decision making at an operational and tactical level. Consideration will be given to both the Ethical and financial consequences of such decisions, both within and without the organisation.

All modules are worth 20 credits, except Dissertation which is worth 40 credits

Level 3

Modules

Compulsory Modules:

Dissertation: The aim of this module is to facilitate and express independent enquiry in a substantial piece of individual self-directed research work.  This module provides students with the opportunity to plan and conduct a piece of research through individual and independent activity and to present their findings in using visual aids and in written academic format that meets professional standards.  Students will develop research objectives, formulate appropriate methodologies, and apply problem solving and analytical skills in a business context of their choice.

Developing a Business Research Project: The aim of this module is to prepare students to undertake an independent enquiry through individual self-directed project work.  This module provides students with the skills and knowledge to design and plan a research project.   Students will develop research objectives, formulate appropriate methodologies, and critique literature.  Students will develop a project plan which they can undertake through their final semester.

Developing an Organisation Based Project: The aim of this module is to develop the student’s skills in conducting a research project in response to a brief from an organisation. This module acts as a bridge into the industry they research. Students develop their research skills and their ability to structure an influential document.

Strategic Management Accounting: The module examines advanced issues in management accounting, focusing on the accountant’s role in providing information for strategic planning and decision-making, control and performance management. The module will consider recent developments on cost management, the integration of cost accounting with modern manufacturing techniques and the links between management accounting and strategic management.

Strategic Corporate Finance: This module extends the knowledge of financial management Finance and Corporate Finance modules through critical examination of the theory of business finance and its contribution to strategic corporate finance decision making.  The module introduces the complex environment of financial decision-making, involving corporate objectives and the role and importance of the capital markets in meeting the needs of finance managers in terms of raising finance and rewarding providers of finance.

Business Research Project: The aim of this module is to facilitate and express independent enquiry in a small scale substantial piece of individual self-directed research work.  This module provides students with the opportunity to conduct a piece of research through individual and independent activity and to present their findings in using visual aids and in written academic format that meets professional standards.  Students will develop research objectives, formulate appropriate methodologies, and apply problem solving and analytical skills in a business context of their choice.

Organisation Based Project: The aim of the Organisation Based Project is to give students the opportunity to combine investigation into an authentic challenging business project with an in-depth research-based report. This offers links with potential employers and demonstrates understanding of the application of business principles in a real-world situation. Students will develop their research skills alongside techniques of reporting back on findings.

Corporate Governance: This module introduces corporate governance and explores its role in the regulation and direction of corporations. The role of Directors is considered alongside the role of other key stakeholders. Corporate governance in an integral part of everyday business so students will acquire an understanding of the development of corporate governance and also consider ways to improve the behaviour of those involved in corporate governance in the future.

Advanced Financial Reporting: The advanced financial reporting syllabus assumes knowledge of financial reporting and continues the exploration of accounting standards. The main area of the syllabus will cover the reporting of financial information for group companies in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and relevant accounting standards. There will also be an examination of the major debates in financial reporting.

Business Creation Project: This module allows the entrepreneurial student who wishes to start their own business to undertake research into a business creation opportunity that they may wish to continue following graduation. Students will undertake independent enquiry in a substantial piece of individual self-directed research work aimed at business start-up.  This module provides students with the opportunity to plan and conduct a piece of research through individual and independent activity into a business opportunity and to present their findings in using visual aids and in written format that meets professional standards. Students will make decisions on the business prospect and the viability of undertaking the venture.

Optional Modules:

Advanced Taxation: The aim of this module is to develop a knowledge and understanding of taxation. Students will gain an understanding of taxation policies and principles together with a detailed knowledge of corporate tax, vat, capital gains tax and inheritance tax computations. Whether the student aspires to a career as a professional accountant in professional practice, or in industry or commerce or to a more general role in management a sound understanding of the principles underlying personal and business taxation is essential.

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Advanced Auditing: The aim of this module is to further develop knowledge and understanding of auditing. Students will gain an understanding of the main technical language and practices of auditing. Students will learn to review and test transactions and other financial events to arrive at an audit opinion. Whether you aspire to a career as a professional accountant in professional practice, or in industry or commerce or to a more general role in management a sound understanding of the principles underlying auditing are essential. This knowledge will underpin your wider awareness of issues such as ethical conduct, quality assurance and practice development.

All modules are worth 20 credits, except Business Creation Project and Dissertation which are each worth 40 credits and Study Abroad which is worth 60 credits.

ACCA Exemptions

Students on this course may receive up to 7 exemptions from the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants (ACCA).

ACCA Exam Papers Exemption Criteria
F1: Accountant in Business Completion of course
F2: Management Accounting Completion of course
F3: Financial Accounting Completion of course
F4: Corporate and Business Law Completion of course
F5: Performance Management Must pass modules 2BMA05, 2BMA03 and 3BMA01
F7: Financial Reporting Must pass modules 2BMA02 and 3BMA03 
F9: Financial Management Must pass modules 2BMF02 and 3BMF02 

CIMA Exemptions

The following exemptions are available to graduates of Accounting and Finance BA (Hons).

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting

Exemption Criteria

BA1 Fundamentals of Business Economics

Completion of course

BA2 Fundamentals of Management Accounting

Completion of course

BA3 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting

Completion of course

BA4 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law

Completion of course

CIMA Operational level

 

P1 Management Accounting

Must pass modules 2BMA05, 2BMA03

F1 Financial Reporting and Taxation

Must pass modules 2BMA02, 2BMA03, 2BMF02

CIMA Management level

 

P2 Advanced Management Accounting

Must pass modules 3BMA01, 2BMA03, 3BMF02

F2 Advanced Financial Reporting

Must pass modules 2BMA03, 3BMF02, 2BMA02, 3BMA03

 

 

Teaching & assessment

Introduction to Economics: This module is designed to provide an introduction to economics. The module aims to provide knowledge and comprehension of the basic economic principles and techniques related to microeconomics and macroeconomics. The emphasis is on developing an understanding of economic principles and allowing students to make a use of standard economic techniques. The module considers the different issues related to microeconomics theories that can be applied to business decisions. It also considers the different issues related to macroeconomics theories and provides an insight into the impact of macroeconomic environment on business decisions.

Accounting and Organisations: This module introduces students to some of the contexts in which accounting operates. It provides an introduction to the accountancy profession and the organisations and environments in which they operate (capital markets, financial institutions, government, non-profit, as well as business organisations). The module will contextualise the accountant’s role in organisations, working and communicating with other organisational functions to provide useful information. The module will begin the process of skills identification and development for employment purposes, helping students to identify and evaluate their current employability competencies and to plan action to achieve intended skills and employability outcomes.

Introduction to Financial Accounting: The syllabus for Introduction to Financial Accounting introduces the candidate to the fundamentals of the regulatory framework relating to accounts preparation and to the qualitative characteristics of useful information. The syllabus then focuses in depth on recording, processing, reporting business transactions and events, the use of the trial balance and how to identify and correct errors. Finally, the production of financial statements for unincorporated entities will also be introduced.

Quantitative Analysis: Students will be introduced to the essential quantitative methods of modelling and analysis for financial data. In addition, statistics and probability concepts will be discussed and applied to various events. These theories will then be used to analyse practical situations and contribute to obtain necessary information for problem solving.

Financial Accounting: This syllabus builds on double entry, the trial balance and extends it to the preparation of financial statements for unincorporated and incorporated entities such as partnership and limited company accounts and their basic interpretation.  

Introduction to Management Accounting: This module will introduce basic cost concepts and methods of cost accumulation, allocation and apportionment in a variety of business settings. The principles of financial control will be explored including standard costing and budgeting. Analytical techniques involved in the provision of accounting information for short-term decision making will be utilised.

All modules are worth 20 credits, except Dissertation which is worth 40 credits

Entry requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths

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Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, the ability to demonstrate knowledge and interest in the subject is essential. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, visits to design exhibitions, museums or collections. Applicants will also show an ability to 'think outside the box' and have relevant experience of group work.

Valued criteria

We also value the ability to demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include involvement in projects or entering competitions, and being aware of any current issues relating to design, such as sustainability. Candidates will also be able to discuss influences including favourite designers, design product or style of design.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website. York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships. There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation

Tuition fees

Home / EU students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

Additional costs and financial support

COURSE-RELATED COSTS

Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

STUDY ABROAD

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.

 

ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING COSTS

View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

FINANCIAL HELP AND SUPPORT

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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