BA (Hons)

Accounting and Finance

Student making notes in trading room
In the UK for Accounting and finance
in The Guardian University Guide 2020
  • UCAS code(s): NN43 / NN4H
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich / Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 4 / 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information


Over recent years the demand for qualified accounting and finance professionals has grown. At Nottingham Business School we recognise that demand; creating graduates with not only a degree but also accreditation towards three major accountancy bodies: the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Accounting and Finance is an integral function within the global business environment. This 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. Taught by experienced staff from the profession, this degree not only looks at the theories and practices of accounting and finance, but also their context in a business setting and significance within contemporary society.

You will develop the expertise you need to make an effective contribution to decision-making and problem solving, as well as the self-confidence and interpersonal skills needed to operate comfortably and effectively in the workplace.

A distinctive part of this course is the way you’ll develop as a team player. You will engage in team-based exercises that help you to understand the real issues facing organisations and how financial and accounting ideas can play a part in problem solving.

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.

This course can be studied over three years full-time or four years with a placement, and offers all students the opportunity to gain some industry experience or travel overseas to study abroad in one of our partner universities with our unique opportunities scheme.

Nottingham Business School have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.

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What you'll study

We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to our students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

The course begins in September 2019. 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

    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.

    Governance, Ethics and Law

    Focuses on the role and importance of corporate governance and the relationship between shareholders and management; the importance of ethics to society, business and the professional accountant; and introduces the topics of contract law, tort law, agency law, employment law and company and insolvency law.

    The Accounting Environment

    You will consider themes such as business objectives, strategy and culture together with a focus on key economic concepts such as microeconomics and macroeconomics. The understanding of the wider business context and relevant economic concepts is crucial for accounting and finance students.

    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.

    Personal and Academic Development

    Helps you recognise the personal skills, behaviours and attributes you currently have, and supports you in formulating a continuous personal and professional development plan to develop the skills and knowledge you need to achieve your future ambitions and realise your full potential.

  • 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

    You can either select one of our Unique Opportunities Initiatives or continue with your taught modules listed below:

    Employment and Enterprise

    Following on from the Personal Development module in Year One, you will build and further reflect on your personal and professional skills, attributes and behaviours. You will have the opportunity to participate in part-time work, volunteering, consultancy work, business competitions and challenges, and develop a range of skills to enhance your employability.

    Optional modules (choose one from each pair)

    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.



    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

    This module draws on conceptual material in the area of Survey Methods widely used in business and the application of analytic methods to the data generated. One of the primary focuses of this module is to help you understand how to plan and conduct surveys but also interpret the results within the appropriate business context. With the aid of appropriate professional statistical software you will be encouraged to apply statistical methods of analysis to data. The module is designed to allow you the opportunity to analyse and interpret “real data” from various areas of the business world. In studying this module you will develop your knowledge and skills in conducting survey research within business.

    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.

  • Year Three

    Placement year

    A vital component of our degree courses is the placement year. This time spent working in business provides our students with crucial work experience, which is highly prized and much sought after by employers upon graduation. We have 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 during your third year.

    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.


    Taught modules

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

  • Final year

    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.

    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.

    Leadership and Employability (Accounting and Finance)

    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.

    Plus one optional module from:

    Managing Information and Knowledge Strategically

    This module aims to explore the changing impact of information on the management and strategic direction of organisations and distinguish between the different nature and impact of data, information and knowledge.

    International Tourism

    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.

    Further Taxation

    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

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

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, and project work.

The modules on the course are assessed in a variety of ways including written examinations, reports, essays, group work, IT-based assessments, presentations, and research projects.

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.

Assessment methods

Full time version of the course (3 years)

  • Year 1 coursework (35%) and written (65%).
  • Year 2 coursework (22%) and written (78%).
  • Year 3 coursework (38%) and written (62%).

Sandwich version of the course (4 Years)

  • Year 1 coursework (35%) and written (65%).
  • Year 2 coursework (22%) and written (78%).
  • Year 3 placement (100%).
  • Year 4 coursework (38%) and written (62%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Full time version of the course (3 years)

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (24%) and independent study (76%).
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%) and independent study (78%).

Sandwich version of the course (4 Years)

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (24%) and independent study (76%).
  • Year 3 placement (100%).
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%) and independent study (78%).

97% of students would recommend studying at Nottingham Trent University to others (National Student Survey 2019)

Careers and employability

100% of our undergraduates were in employment, or further study, just six months after graduating from NTU (DLHE 2016/17)

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
  • PKS Cooper Perry

Sandwich year students on this course tend to earn the average salary of £23,000 six months after graduation (DLHE 2016/17)


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.

Notable alumni

We like to keep in touch with all our past students to see what they have been up to over the years. Notable alumni for our Accounting and Finance course include:

  • Nick Beighton, CEO of ASOS PLC
  • Alex Leech, Associate Director, FI Asia at Lloyds Bank
  • Kiran-Jai Sharma, Audit Associate at KPMG LLP, Los Angeles.

Seventh in the UK for the number of students on year-long placements studying Accounting (HESA 2016/17)

100% of BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance sandwich year students were satisfied with their course (National Student Survey 2019)

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 / 4 and Maths grade B / 5.

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

The UCAS Tariff

We’ve created this calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

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 qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-Masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-Masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you are already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-Masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English Language tests.

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.

University preparation courses

If you do not meet the entry requirements you may be interested in our pre-Masters / Foundation courses at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC) which leads onto this postgraduate / undergraduate degree if successfully completed. NTIC students are based on the City Campus and have access to all the University facilities.

Find out more about the university preparation courses at NTIC.

Ranked 4th in the UK for Accounting (The Guardian League Table 2020)

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

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.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

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

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.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

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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.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

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.

International fees and scholarships

For international and EU fees for all courses together with advice on how to pay, please visit our international fees information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to our international students holding offers to study here. For details and an application form please visit our international scholarships information.

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’re ranked 22nd / 103 for Accounting and Finance in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

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