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Undergraduate course

Accounting & Finance BA (Hons) Top Up

The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance Top Up provides opportunity for students with prior related qualifications to engage in a challenging programme leading to an Honours level award.

The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance Top Up provides opportunity for students with prior related qualifications to engage in a challenging programme leading to an Honours level award.

York campus

  • UCAS Code – N3N4
  • Duration – 1 year full-time
  • Start date – September 2019
  • School – York Business School

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

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Course overview

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. This course will build on your prior studies in accounting and give you a thorough understanding of accounting concepts which is ideal if you want to go on to be a professional accountant.

This course will extend 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 online top up degree invaluable.

It is expected that this degree will give you exemption from various professional exams (ACCA or CIMA).

Sarah Fitzgerald - Course Leader

The programme is committed to the provision of skills that will enhance your employability in an accounting and finance environment. 

The course aims to ensure that students are thinking strategically, making reference to current professional practice (for example, accounting for employee benefits), considering alternative theoretical perspectives and applying their knowledge and skills to current and important events (e.g. the continuing economic and financial crisis originating in the financial markets).

The award will develop specialist accounting skills and knowledge alongside wider graduate attributes. Students will develop research skills by undertaking a Research Preparation module and an independent Business Research Case Study. There are a total of six taught modules and the Business Research Study (two 10 credit modules plus five 20 credit modules) accumulating to 120 credits. Students will undertake an introduction to case study research module (10 credits) in their first semester of study. The aim of this module is to prepare students for the independent research they will undertake in their second Semester.

Students undertake an independent study which is the 20 credit Business Research Case Study in Semester 2. The focus of the research will be related to the subject area of Accounting and Finance. Students are allocated a subject specialist supervisor and are allocated 3 hours of tutorial support. Additional support will be provided through the appointment of academic tutors to offer support on an individual basis and the provision of regular (monthly) group tutorials. Students may enter the programme in September or January. All modules operate independently of each other with the exception of the Introduction to Case Study Research and Advanced Communication Skills modules which must be undertaken prior to the Business Research Case Study Module.

Course structure

Level 1


Core Modules

  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Strategic Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Independent research project

You will also undertake an Independent Research activity which may take one of the following forms:

  • Dissertation
  • Business Research Project
  • Organisation-Based Project

Entry requirements


Equivalence to two years study at a UK HEI equating to 240 credits (e.g. HND, Foundation Degree) in an Accounting and Finance related qualification.

All applicants will be expected to have a minimum level qualification comparable to students at York St John University who have completed level 2.

Entrants to the programme will therefore have the equivalent of 240 credits with a minimum of 120 at level 2. Accepted example qualifications are:

  • HND Business (Finance) - (2003 specification version)
  • HND Business (Accounting) - (2010 specification version)
  • HND Business (but must have achieved units 2, 9 & 10)
  • ACCA Advanced Diploma in Accounting
  • AIA Level 5 Certificate in Accounting
  • FdA in Accounting or equivalent from a UK HEI
  • International qualifications (equivalent UK Diploma in HE) approved via the NARIC database and in line with common competitor practice, for example:

          - Diploma in Accounting at Central University of Finance and Economics, China

          - Diploma In Business Administration at Nilai University College, China

Non UK applicants whose home language is not English must be able to demonstrate a proficiency in English equivalent to IELTS band score of 6 overall, with not less than 5.5 in any section in line with 

Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, either from an academic viewpoint, for example prior study, or through relevant experience.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Career plans
  • Attending workshops or seminars related to the chosen subject area
  • Showing leadership and teamwork skills through project work or awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh
  • Candidates may also look to undertake professional qualifications such as accounting qualifications or CIPD

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