Accounting & Business Management BA (Hons)

This programme offers a specialist award focusing on accounting. You will have the opportunity to study accounting within its social and economic context as it applies to the world of business and organisational life. We emphasise the importance of effective accounting within business, providing you with the necessary skills to embark on a career in which you apply your academic learning to the workplace.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
3 years full-time
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2018
Accredited by
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Chartered Management Institute
Study options
Available with integrated Foundation Year

Course overview

Studying Accounting & Business Management 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 a large corporation or in the public sector, you will need to possess an understanding of how businesses operate and how skilled managers can contribute to their success.

Management is also about people, and we will enable you to develop your interpersonal skills as a team player, a group member and ultimately as a manager of other people. This degree focuses on the importance of effective accounting within business, providing you with the necessary skills to embark on a career where you apply your academic learning in practice.

The University has connections with other institutions in the USA, Australia and various European countries, so there are opportunities for you to study abroad for part of your degree.

By completing this degree you will gain a number of exemptions from professional Accounting Bodies including CIMA and ACCA.

Course structure

Level 1 will provide you with a broad understanding of the subject, which will be developed further at Levels 2 and 3. You will learn how to record, summarise and present financial transactions which will then move on to more complex problems in a wider context.

A key aspect of the programme is the development of employability skills as well as your analysis skills. You will undertake Continuing Professional Development to help develop your practical skills and your links with the business community. Past students have engaged in business competitions, both in the UK and Europe as well as undertaking roles as student researchers in various organisations.

Students will be accredited with a Level 5 Award in Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) upon completion of the following modules:

  • Responsible Business
  • Management and Leadership
  • Dissertation
  • Business Research Project
  • Organisation Based Project

Level 1

Preparing for Business

This module will give a broad awareness of the fundamentals of business from a financial, economic, marketing and organisational perspective. The skills learned can be applied to any business organisation.

Introduction to Financial Accounting

This module introduces you to the fundamentals of accounts preparation and the characteristics of useful information. Students will gain an understanding of how transactions are recorded and how to produce financial statements for sole traders.

Financial Accounting

This module builds on the Introduction to Financial Accounting. You will learn how to produce financial statements for a variety of business entities and will also consider how to interpret the information presented.

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.

Accounting and Organisations

This module introduces you to some of the contexts in which accounting operates. It provides an introduction to the accountancy profession and the organisations and environments in which accountants operate (capital markets, financial institutions, government and non-profit as well as business organisations).

Ventures in Entrepreneurship

This module will show you the exciting, challenging and increasingly complex work of entrepreneurship and business ‘start-ups’. You will gain hands-on experience of planning, implementing and running your own business through a business simulation.

Level 2

Management & Leadership

This module provides you with a broad understanding of the key concepts and principles of management and leadership. It considers the differences between management and leadership through the development of theories and models and the impact on organisations of different approaches.

Research Methods and Project Management

Organisations frequently require an understanding of how and why data is acquired, and an ability to collect, analyse and interpret it. These skills are also important if you wish to progress to postgraduate study or careers in consultancy services.

Financial Reporting

This module covers the reporting of financial information for single companies in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and relevant accounting standards. You will then learn how to analyse and interpret information from financial reports.

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 you are developing your understanding of management accounting techniques within a broader context of the organisation as a whole and the wider environment.

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.

There will also be the opportunity to select one optional module in Semester 2.

Level 3

Strategic Management Accounting

This 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 in cost management, the integration of cost accounting with modern manufacturing techniques and the links between management accounting and strategic management.

Advanced Financial Reporting

The advanced financial reporting syllabus assumes knowledge of financial reporting and continues the exploration of accounting standards. You will cover the reporting of financial information for group companies in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and relevant accounting standards. This module will look at the current issues in financial reporting.

Insurance and Risk Management

This module will introduce you to the economic principles underlying the insurance industry and critically evaluate the industry’s development. The notion that risk and uncertainty are very different ideas from an economic and financial point of view will be explored in depth, particularly in relation to the management of business risks.

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

Teaching & Assessment

All modules are delivered utilising a range of teaching, learning and assessment strategies including lectures, seminars, guest speakers, tutorials, workshops and a range of events and learning activities.

You are supported initially in the use of guided learning strategies in Level 1 developing towards autonomous, well-judged use of collaborative and independent learning strategies in Levels 2 and 3.

Throughout the programme you will be introduced to a range of different teaching and learning strategies. For example in Level 1 you will be introduced to the foundations of core accountingconcepts through Introduction to Financial Accounting and interrelationships of business function (Ventures in Entrepreneurship). At Level 2 (for example) there will be evidence of practice based learning (Financial Planning and Control) in which you will be expected to engage in practical based activities. Finally at Level 3 (for example) you will demonstrate your skills through practice and enquiry based learning giving you the opportunity to develop creative and innovative solutions to problems through Advanced Financial Reporting and Corporate Governance.

You will undertake a variety of assessments which include the use of written assignments (often in the form of reports), individual and group presentations, exams and tests, and practical activities. An essential part of the assessment is to encourage both learning and the development of skills as well as preparing you for the requirements of the workplace.

You will have opportunities for formative assessment and feedback to inform your work prior to submission and you will receive detailed feedback on assessments to help you develop and continuously improve your performance whilst on the programme. Advice will be provided in relation to development, further areas for research and guidance on how to enhance your knowledge of business and practice.

You will have the opportunity for study support including academic writing and research skills to enhance employability and career development in the field accounting and business management.

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
F5: Performance Management Must pass modules 2BMA05, 2BMA03 and 3BMA01
F7: Financial Reporting Must pass modules 2BMA02 and 3BMA03 

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 - 112 UCAS Tariff points

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

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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 studying a business related A Level, or through relevant work experience or placements.

Valued criteria

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

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.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 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.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

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.

Accommodation and living costs

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

Study abroad

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

Financial help and support

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

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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