Accounting & Finance BA (Hons)

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.

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
Start date
September 2018
Accredited by
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Chartered Management Institute
Study options
Available with integrated Foundation Year

Course overview

ACCA Accredited ProgrammeThis 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.

Course structure

At level 1 we will provide you with a broad understanding of the subject, which will be further developed at Levels 2 and 3. You will learn to record, summarise and present financial transactions.

A key aspect of the programme is the development of employability skills alongside those of economic and financial analysis. Alongside your classes you will undertake a Continuing Professional Development framework which will develop your practical skills and develop your links with the business community. Recently students have engaged in business competitions both in the UK and Europe, undertaken roles as student researchers and visited several organisations in and around the UK.

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

3BM*10, 3BM*12 or 3BM*14

Level 1

Introduction to Financial Accounting

This module introduces students 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.

Introduction to Economics

Knowledge of economics is an essential background for the study of business management and related subjects. Economics covers areas that are extremely relevant to the decision-making process that forms part of the life of professional managers and professionals in a variety of fields. These include decisions about using resources, purchasing supplies, determining prices and producing goods and services. Managers at all levels need to be able to use knowledge of micro and macro economics to assist them in making decisions and responding to government and national economic challenges.

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 accountants operate (capital markets, financial institutions, government and non-profit as well as business organisations).

Financial Accounting

This module builds on what you will have learnt in Introduction to Financial Accounting. Students 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.

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 obtain necessary information for problem solving.

Level 2

Financial Reporting

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

Financial Planning & 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 management accounting techniques existing within the broader context of an organisation as a whole and the wider environment.

Business & Commercial Law

The aim of this module is to develop students’ knowledge 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 of most concern to business professionals.

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.

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.

Introduction to Auditing & Taxation

The aim of this module is to develop a knowledge and understanding of auditing and taxation. Students will gain an understanding of auditing procedures 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.

Level 3

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.

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. . This module will look at the current issues in financial reporting

Independent Research

You will also undertake an Independent Research activity which may take the form of one of the following methods

  • 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 accounting
and finance concepts through Introduction to Financial Accounting. 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. (Please note that there will be a higher proportion of formal examinations in
comparison to other awards which is due to ACCA requirements which stipulate 2 hour exams
in order to attract the relevant exemption). 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

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 of accounting and finance.

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 

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 equiavalent) including English Language and Maths

For 2017 entry UCAS has altered how its tariff points are calculated. Calculate your tariff points.

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:

  • 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

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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