Accounting & Business Management BA (Hons)

This programme offers a specialist focus on accounting as it applies to the world of business. We emphasise the importance of effective accounting, placing your study within a social and economic context and providing you with the skills needed to transfer your academic learning to the workplace.

UCAS course code
N1N4 | With placement year N4N1
York St John University
Course fees
2019 - 2020: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,750 per annum
3 years full-time | 4 years with Placement Year | 4 years with Foundation Year
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2019
Accredited by
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Chartered Management Institute
Study options
Available with integrated Foundation Year
 York Business School

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.

Not sure which Business course to take? You can decide at the end of your second year.

York Business School run a wide range of fantastic courses, but don’t worry if you are not sure which area to study. We can offer you a flexible option and give you time to decide.

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

Compulsory modules:

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

All modules are worth 20 credits, except Dissertation which is worth 40 credits and Study abroad which is worth 60 credits.


Level 2

Compulsory modules:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Optional Modules:

Study Abroad: This module is intended to accommodate flexibly the varying needs of exchange or study abroad students. For instance, this may be required when the modules offered by the host institution are sufficiently close to the modules that the student would be taking at YSJU. The module’s aim is to support students’ development in their subject knowledge while exposing them to the language and culture of the host country, whilst enhancing their foreign language skills.

International Trade: This module seeks to understand the patterns of international trade, past, present and future by understanding the underlying forces that drive international trade. International trade draws upon ideas from economic theory, business strategy and political economy.

People Management: The module explores the changing nature of work and contemporary issues in people management. This module will seek to encourage students to consider the various aspects of people management as part of the wider culture and managerial contexts in which they have been developed.  The module will consider the psychological and sociological issues related to the management of people and the issues around people management. To consider the development of people management strategies in the context of the Principles for Responsible Education (PRME).

Language Module

Introduction to Auditing and Taxation: 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.

All modules are worth 20 credits, except Dissertation which is worth 40 credits and Study abroad which is worth 60 credits.

Level 3

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.

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.

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.

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.

Optional Modules

Operations and Project Management: This module seeks to develop an appreciation of the theoretical and practical issues relating to project management and operations management from a strategic and operations perspective. Students will develop a broad and critically understanding of the different aspects of organisations operations and the relationships between the various operational areas.

Organisational Strategy and Decision Making: The requirement for effective strategic management is increasing due to the highly complex and turbulent environments in which most private and public sector organisations currently exist. The study of organisational strategy encompasses theory and practice from a broad range of business sectors.  As such, this module draws on concepts introduced in earlier modules and furthers the critical understanding of these topics and their inter-relationships.  The module examines theories and models used in strategic management and decision making and reviews existing practice.

Business Ethics and CSR: It is important to integrate questions of business ethics & CSR with broader concerns around corporate citizenship, globalisation and sustainability. Therefore, there is value in bringing together diverse perspectives in order to offer a comprehensive and holistic account of contemporary business ethics & CSR. Furthermore, this module aligns well with the mission of the PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) initiative to inspire and champion responsible management education. This module will provide students with a critical understanding of business ethics & CSR and enable them to apply these concepts to the corporations’ major stakeholders. It seeks to encourage students to draw upon concepts and principles so that they can critically explore issues associated with the ethical challenges facing organisations that cross different functions in a fast-changing global business environment.

Insurance and Risk Management: This module will introduce students 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. Students will examine the various types of risk faced by individuals and businesses in order to develop risk management techniques appropriate to the situations. The students will be able to examine issues that reduce the insurability of risk and discuss how insurers can counteract these using contractual and financial tools. Students will develop the skills to price financial derivatives and demonstrate ability to judge between different the hedging strategies that are possible using these products.

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.

Managing Organisational Development: The purpose of organisational development is to produce planned and systematic approaches to enable sustained organisational performance through the improvement of its people. Organisational development then focuses on interventions designed to drive improvement and facilitate ways in which employees can be motivated to perform and be rewarded for performance. This also includes developing business decision making processes, improving knowledge transfer and communication, designing flexible and creative working across changing organisational environments and applying change management approaches to drive enhanced business performance and productivity. This module critically examines the concept, processes and practices of organisational development and its potential to enhance business performance.

Contemporary Issues in the Technological Era: Advances in IT have transformed the way in which people live, work, learn, communicate and conduct business. This module examines the issues arising from advances in IT, and the responsibility that business managers and technical developers have with regards to computer use. The module will serve to increase the understanding of issues related to ethics, professional conduct and social responsibility as they arise in the field of IT. The module provides students with an opportunity to develop skills of analysis and problem solving, enabling students to develop a critical awareness of responsible IT use. This enables them to deal with the problems, choices and constraints involved in the development of effective and sustainable strategies.

All modules are worth 20 credits, except Dissertation which is worth 40 credits and Study abroad which is worth 60 credits.

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.

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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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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:

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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

UK & EU 2019 / 20

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.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2019 / 20

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.

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

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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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