BA (Hons)

Accounting and Finance

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  • UCAS code(s): NN43 / NN4H
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich / Full-time
  • Location: City site
  • Starting: September 2017
  • Course duration: 4 / 3 year(s)

Over recent years the demand for qualified accounting and finance professionals has grown and at Nottingham Business School we recognise that demand, creating graduates with not only a degree but also accreditation towards three accountancy bodies ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW.

Accounting and Finance is an integral function within the global business environment. The course will provide you with a firm financial grounding for a career in accountancy, finance or general management. It looks at the theories and practices of accounting and finance, as well as their context in a business setting and significance within contemporary society.

As an Accounting and Finance student you’ll have access to our unique Trading Room facility. With 12 double-screen workstations the room gives you a simulated experience of working in the fast-moving world of shares trading. You can access sophisticated analysis tools and data on worldwide financial markets.

The course enables you to make sense of a range of important real-world issues affecting our everyday lives and improve your decision making skills in ways that are distinctive to the disciplines of economics.

During your second year you have a variety of unique opportunities to get involved in such as studying abroad, enterprise project, community project, internship or simply continue with your studies. The course can be studied over three years full-time or four years with a placement.

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What you'll study

The course begins in September. Take a look at the academic calendar for term dates. The academic calendar will apply throughout your course, aside your placement year (if you have chosen to undertake one).

  • Year One

    Economics for Business and Management

    This module will introduce you to a range of skills, methods and knowledge, which are applied by professional Economists. It will enable you to offer a distinctive contribution to business and management decisions involving the deployment of globally scarce resources. The module will enable you to demonstrate a range of applications of economic ideas, principles and techniques and to identify resource consequences of business and managerial decisions in a national and international context.

    Financial Accounting

    This module will provide you with a foundation in financial accounting. You will develop skills, knowledge and understanding of double entry book keeping and the preparation of financial statements. You will also study the contexts in which corporations operate and the regulatory frameworks and requirements which impact upon their accounting processes. You will be introduced to the interpretation of financial reporting information and learn how to examine the way in which this information is used for decision making by different stakeholder groups.

    Management Accounting

    This module introduces the main concepts and techniques employed by management accountants, and how management accounting fits within the context of the accounting field and in the work place. You will cover theory and practice in the key areas of costing, budgeting and accounting for decision making.

    Areas covered will include:

    • Costing: including accounting for overheads and absorption and marginal costing.
    • Budgeting: including functional budgets, cash budgets, flexible budgets and variance analysis.
    • Accounting for decision making: including cost volume profit analysis and relevant costs.

    Foundations of Law

    Businesses make their profits by making contracts to sell goods or services. Accountants need to understand of how legal rules can impact upon the workings of a business organisation. Many problems faced by businesses have more than one solution, and an objective approach must be taken to recognise these different solutions and evaluate their effectiveness.

    This module aims to provide you with this understanding and will support you to develop the skills needed to discover and evaluate solutions to problems.

    Subject areas will include:

    • Distinction between Civil and Criminal Law
    • Contents of a Contract
    • Professional Negligence
    • Legal status of Businesses, company formation, administration and regulation, implications of companies in difficulty or crisis
    • Types of capital and the financing of business
    • Employment Contracts
    • An understanding of governance and ethical issues relating to business

    Data Research and Analysis

    During this module you will explore, interpret and summarise data, including the use of a statistical computer and mainstream IT software packages. It will introduce you to the theory and applications of probability, as well as sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing and correlation/regression analysis.

    You will also learn to apply mathematical concepts to relevant accounting and financial problems.

    Applied Accounting and Business Skills

    During this module you will develop and apply practical IT skills in the processing of management and financial accounting information. You will use real-world scenarios and begin the process of preparing for the world of work. The module includes a team-based business simulation game, which is designed to imitate the experience of running a business and covers business decision making, familiarisation with basic business terminology and interrelationships between different functional and theoretical areas.

    You will also have practical assessed use of Excel spread sheet modelling to produce budgets, costing models and to support decision-making for management accounting, as well as an introduction to the Sage Line 50 accounting package, to process double entry book keeping data and produce accounts for financial accounting.

  • Year Two

    First half of Year Two - Core Modules

    Financial Management

    This module assesses the value creation activity of organisations through their investment and financing strategies, focusing on finance theories and their application in practice. You will be equipped with the ability to analyse scenarios, case studies and actual companies with respect to financial management. You will also learn to evaluate alternative proposals and to communicate information to a business audience in an effective manner.

    Financial Reporting

    This module will develop your technical accounting knowledge whilst contextualising it within a broader regulatory framework. You will study the role of financial reporting and its use to stakeholders and the application of accounting standards in the preparation of financial statements. The module will also focus on the preparation and purpose of group accounts and emerging problem areas in financial reporting. It will enable you to calculate, present and interpret accounting reports with regard to current regulatory requirements and apply current and relevant accounting standards in the preparation of financial statements.

    Management Accounting Information

    This module extends the concepts and techniques that were studied in Management Accounting during Year One, covering cost ascertainment, decision-making and budgetary planning and control. In addition to this, the module will consider business performance measurement and behavioural and environmental issues in management accounting. You will also learn how to choose and apply management accounting tools and techniques in various business contexts in order to support planning, control and decision-making within organisations.

    Second half of Year Two - Unique Opportunities

    To make sure that all students are provided with hands-on experience and opportunities that could really boost your CV, we offer a unique course structure on our full-time (non-placement) courses. You can choose to do one of the following opportunities for half of your second year:

    Option One: Study Abroad

    Experience life in another country by studying at one of our partner universities in Europe, the USA, South America, Australia, or South East Asia.

    Option Two: Enterprise Project

    You’ll work alongside other young entrepreneurs and have access to a dynamic network of mentors and business advisors. Please visit to find out more.

    Option Three: Internship

    Complete an internship at a public, private or third sector organisation for 16 - 18 weeks, providing you with great industry insight.

    Option Four: Taught modules

    You can continue with your taught modules as listed above.

    Taught Modules:

    You will be choosing to study two modules from the following groups:

    Accountability of Corporations

    This module will provide you with theoretical and practical knowledge of the role of corporate accountability and raise your awareness of the accountability of corporations to their stakeholders. It will also enable you to use ethical frameworks in decision making. The areas you will study will include international approaches to corporate governance and the corporate citizen and its stakeholders.


    Forensic Accounting and Assurance

    During this module you will learn about the role of the auditor and develop an understanding of modern audit from both an internal and external perspective. You will be introduced to forensic accounting as a discipline, studying the role and procedures of forensic accounting and the impact of auditing standards on those who undertake assurance engagements.

    Finance in the Public Services

    This module provides an introduction to the public services specifically focusing on:

    • The objectives and purpose of public service organisations.
    • Financing and financial reporting in the public services.
    • Service provision, including service delivery, expenditure and budgetary control.
    • Performance reporting and decision-making within public service organisation.
    • The current challenges and contemporary issues facing the public services.

    You will learn to evaluate the effectiveness of strategic and operational, financial and non-financial, decision-making within public service organisations.


    Taxation I

    The module will provide you with an understanding of the operation of the UK tax system. You will develop technical skills to produce income and corporation tax computations. Specific areas covered during this module will include: corporation tax computations, personal income tax, and computations including employment income, business tax computations including adjusted profit computations, capital allowances, self-assessment, losses and partnerships.

    Survey Research and Analysis

    The aim of this module is to develop your understanding and skills in conducting survey research. You will be given the opportunity to plan and execute a survey; design and implement a survey instrument; analyse survey results using applications software; and interpret and communicate analytical findings.


    International Business and Communication

    This introductory module will give you an overview of how international business is conducted, with an emphasis on what makes international business different from domestic business and key issues in regional business environments such as the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.

    You will study and apply techniques of environmental analysis and auditing in an international context, and will be introduced to key theories of globalization, ethics, international trade, foreign direct investment, regional economic integration, and international finance. You will also examine the international institutions and regulatory structures that characterise the global economy and assess their impacts on markets and industries.

  • Year Three

    Placement Year

    In today's competitive job market a work placement is a valuable addition to your education.

    Nottingham Business School has links with a wide range of sectors, firms and organisations that offer student placements.

    If you have decided to undertake a placement year then this will last for a minimum of 48 weeks.

    Our Employability Team is here to inspire and enhance every stage of your career planning and as a student of NTU, you will be able to access their services for three years after your course has finished.

    Services they provide include:

    • Finding placements, internships and part-time work
    • Pursuing self-employment
    • Taking gap years and time out
    • Getting into volunteering
    • Providing advice on further study.

    Visit the Employability Team website for further information.

    Taught Modules

    If you have decided to continue with your studies please view the 'Final Year' tab for your list of modules.

  • Final year

    Core Modules

    Research Project

    For this module you will undertake a purposeful, individual, in depth study of a relevant topic, developing your independent learning, critical thinking and knowledge of research techniques relevant to your subject area. The project will develop your ability to manage a major piece of work, for which you will be completely responsible and will be completed over a period of several months. You will learn to utilise and improve your time management and communication skills, as well as test your initiative and resourcefulness. To support your development during this module you will study essential skills such as critical thinking, conducting a literature review, understanding the appropriate research framework, practical research methods and skills, report and academic writing skills.

    Advanced Management Accounting

    This module will give you a deeper and more integrated understanding of how management accounting theory and practice can help management teams make decisions of strategic importance. You will critique the role of traditional management accounting techniques and evaluate the use of strategic management accounting models. You will also develop critical analysis skills and learn how management accounting information can contribute to the development and implementation of effective strategic decisions. The areas of study within this module include, the corporate environment, costing techniques for competitive advantage, strategic management accounting and performance measurement, control and behavioural issues.

    Corporate Finance

    This module is designed to give you a deeper knowledge of theory and practice in the key aspects of corporate finance, and allows you to explore how various aspects of corporate finance are interrelated. You will assess the impact of financial decisions with respect to investments, financing and the management of risk and develop skills in critical analysis and evaluation. The areas you will study include financial strategy, investment appraisal and decisions, valuation of the firm, equity and debt valuation, merger and acquisitions and risk assessment and management including risk theory, interest rate and foreign exchange risk.

    Corporate Reporting

    Develops your critical understanding of the issues surrounding external reporting, whilst also considering different forms of accountability. You will explore issues relating to both the quantitative and qualitative reporting of performance; and study the theoretical framework surrounding financial reporting. The subjects you will study include, accountability and its relationship to corporate reporting, contemporary issues in corporate reporting, corporate citizenship and its broader responsibilities, aspects of relevant accounting theory and accounting and accountability aspects of social and environmental accounting.

    Leadership and Employability

    This module will help prepare you for future employment, by further developing your career-related and transferrable skills. During the module you will critically reflect on your time at University and develop your knowledge and understanding of leadership, as well as your consultancy and project management skills. You will also develop an understanding of how effective strategic leadership can influence organisational behaviour, strategic management and financial decision-making.

    Your lectures and seminars will be delivered by specialist tutors and guests, focusing on themes such as international accounting and finance, professional practice, public service finance, strategic leadership, entrepreneurship, sustainability and ethical issues, and career management skills, including effective job search strategies, realising your full potential via ‘personal branding’ and management of your online presence and requirements and qualifications for the various accounting and finance professional bodies.

    In addition to attending traditional lectures and seminars, you will also select career related and transferable skills workshops and events that match your needs and guest lectures from business and industry.

    Optional Modules

    Data Mining and Financial Data Analysis

    Over the course of this module, you will develop a greater understanding and learn to use computer software, in order to; identify useful sources of financial and business data; understand what data mining is and how it can be employed to solve real problems; conduct exploratory analyses of financial and other large datasets; and develop an awareness of advanced modelling and data mining techniques.

    International Tourism: Sustainability, Development and Impact

    This module aims to provide you with an insight into the global patterns of tourism development and the impacts (economic, environmental and social) that can result, particularly within heritage tourism. You will explore the fundamental principles of international tourism management and review the demand for, and supply of, international tourism. You will also study the economic, social and environmental impacts of tourism at both the destination and global level and develop the ability to look critically at contemporary issues within international tourism.

    Taxation II

    This module will further enhance your understanding of tax planning, enabling you to give tax advice to others. The module will also help you to develop the technical skills needed to produce tax computations for companies and individuals. During the module, you will study systems for self assessment, payment of tax and penalties and overseas aspects such as operating abroad, taxation of foreign income, transfer pricing provisions and double tax relief.

Course specification

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94% of students studying BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance felt satisfied with the course (National Student Survey 2016).

How you’re taught

On average you will receive minimum 12 - 15 hours of teaching per week from a combination of lectures and seminars. You'll then be expected to increase your understanding of the subject area through independent study for each module.

We use a mixture of teaching methods including traditional lectures and seminars, IT workshops, guest lectures, problem-based learning and group discussions. In addition to this you will also be involved in a variety of practical work such as individual and group presentations, student-led seminars, role play, industry-sponsored competitions and project work.

These are included to help you develop a range of practical skills such as time management, effective presentation, communication, customer focus, analytical, entrepreneurial and team working. All students will attend lectures and seminars at NTU’s City site, in the impressive Newton Building, home to Nottingham Business School.

You will also have a number of one-on-one tutor sessions during each year, which will allow you to:

  • Discuss your personal and professional development.
  • Discuss and gain feedback about your work.
  • Ask questions about the projects you're working on.
  • Raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your University experience.

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that gives you 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.


Through our personalised approach to learning we will provide you with a uniquely individualised experience to help you be the best you can be. We will help you to understand and reflect on your own experiences, to explore your aspirations and to create your own development plan. It’s about supporting you to understand your needs through the use of diagnostic tools and to design and implement an approach to learning that is personalised to you. You’ll also be able to take advantage of all of the fantastic opportunities associated with studying at our University. This includes volunteering, studying abroad, internships, placements, international summer schools and many more.

Realise your true potential at Nottingham Business School.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • Enhance your communication skills
  • Enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • Boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Welcoming students from across the world

Nottingham Trent University has a diverse student community, with a significant number of international students choosing to study here from across the world. We provide specialist staff, services and facilities to help you through all stages of being a student. Find out more about our International support services.

NTU is joint first for overall satisfaction in Finance. (National Student Survey 2016).

Careers and employability

Graduates from this course have gone onto working in both public and private sector, undertaking positions such as:

  • ACA Audit Trainee
  • Accountant
  • Credit Controller
  • Finance Graduate
  • Personal Banker

In the last few years, graduates from this course have gone onto securing roles with well know employers such as:

  • Amazon
  • Barclays Group
  • Boots
  • Deloitte LLP
  • PKF Cooper Perry

Students on this course tend to earn the average salary of £20,200 after graduation.
(Latest DLHE Survey Undergraduate results 2014/15)

Employability Team

In today's competitive job market a work placement is a valuable addition to your education. You'll gain vital real-life work experience that will make you stand out from the crowd and enhance your employability. Our Employability Team is here to inspire and enhance every stage of your career planning and as a graduate of NTU, you will be able to access their services for three years after your course has finished.

Services they provide include:

  • Finding placements, internships and part-time work
  • Pursuing self-employment
  • Taking gap years and time out
  • Getting into volunteering
  • Providing advice on further study.

Visit the Employability Team website for further information.


This degree provides you with a superior level of accreditation towards professional examinations with the major UK accounting bodies.

The majority of exemptions are based upon core modules but, dependent on options taken, students graduating from BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance may be able to achieve the following:

  • 9 out of 9 possible papers from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • 7 out of 8 possible papers from the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW)
  • 9 out of 11 possible papers from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

The course is also able to offer exemptions towards both The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Association of International Accountants (AIA).

Many have also used their degree as the basis for very successful postgraduate study. Past graduates from this course have progressed to our Masters degrees in Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Economics and Finance.

The CFA Society of the UK (CFA UK)

The CFA Society of the UK recognises the significant alignment between the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance course at Nottingham Trent University. The IMC is the benchmark qualification for the investment profession.

94% of our undergraduates were in employment or further study six months after graduating from NTU. (DLHE 2014/15).

100% of students on the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance course felt staff were good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2016)

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following:

  • A-levels – BBB, excluding General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, excluding General Studies; and
  • GCSEs – English grade C and Maths grade B.

We will consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see our website or UCAS course search for details.

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff has changed for 2017 entry. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don’t worry. We’ve created this calculator to help you work it out.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

International and EU students also need to meet the English language requirements.

Also see the full list of alternative qualifications for EU and international students.

Are you an international student who does not meet the direct entry requirements for this course? You can prepare for it at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). Their Foundation Certificate in Business, Law and Social Sciences offers students a guaranteed progression route to this degree on successful completion to the required level.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

93% of students on the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance felt staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching (National Student Survey 2016)

How to apply

How to apply

You can apply directly through UCAS online and we have written step-by-step instructions to help you. Also ensure that you check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder, when you have applied. We may need to contact you during this time. Good luck with your application.Mature or international students can find out more about applying by calling +44 (0)115 848 4460. All applicants and potential applicants are encouraged to attend one of our open days.

Writing a personal statement

When assessing your application we will take into account not only your academic ability but the information provided within your personal statement and reference, which should demonstrate your motivation to do the course and any other relevant information such as work or voluntary experience.

Take a look at our guide to writing an effective personal statement . Use it when you start writing your UCAS application.

Fees and funding

We have a strong commitment to maintaining access for all to higher education. We recognise the need to invest financially in the future of our students, so we have introduced a system of bursaries aimed at enabling home students from lower income families to undertake a degree course. For information about Nottingham Trent University bursaries please visit Fees and Funding.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.  If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

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Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

93% of students felt they received sufficient advice and support with their studies (National Student Survey 2016).

Fees and funding

For details on course fees and any funding available please visit our fees and funding page for further information and additional any support.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Nottingham is ranked as one of the top 20 most cost effective cities in which to study in the UK Natwest Student Living Index 2014

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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