BA (Hons)

Business Management and Accounting and Finance

In the UK for Business, management and marketing
in The Guardian University Guide 2020
  • UCAS code(s): NNF3 / NN24
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Course duration: 3 / 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information


Our Business Management and Accounting and Finance course is designed to meet the needs of an ever-changing business world. It will provide you with a broad based understanding of business, while teaching you the importance of accounting and finance functions within an organisation.

You will develop your analytical skills and ability to communicate ideas and financial information. By studying the role of accounting information and practices in corporate scandals that occur through time and continue to challenge modern society, you will develop core disciplines that are valued highly by employers.

All students will take part in a business simulation task, imitating the experience of running a business with a group of fellow students.

This degree also gives you accreditation towards accounting examinations from professional bodies ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW.

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

Today’s businesses are more competitive than ever and are constantly looking for new ideas to keep them ahead of their rivals. Our Business Management Joint Honours degrees are perfect to hone your business skills and having the flexibility to specialise in areas of interest.

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 2020. 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

    Accounting and Finance for Managers

    Through this module you will develop the skills and competencies needed to make effective use of accounting information, especially for control and decision making purposes. You will explore how business organisations are financed and the constraints and limitations that financing imposes on them. You will also learn about the calculation of accounting profit and its importance to an organisation. You will develop skills that will allow you to identify relevant cash inflows and outflows of a proposed business project and learn about utilising the techniques of break-even analysis in project decision making.

    The importance and use of budgeting for forward-planning, communication, coordination and control within an organisation will be covered, as well as the importance of cash and liquidity within an organisation and the construction of cash and working capital budgets. You will learn how to use cash and working capital management models and techniques and how to construct financial statements.

    Other areas covered in this vast module include financial appraisal of long term capital investment proposals and valuation of company shares.

    Economics and Data Analysis for Managers

    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.

    Foundations of Managing and Organising

    Both work and management are carried out by people, the human resources of an organisation. The focus of this module is on the management of work within an organisation, providing you with a holistic understanding from the viewpoint of both the workers and the management. You will be introduced to key applications, policies and practices that are involved in the management of human resources. You will examine and analyse their underlying theoretical basis and the effects on the organisation and society in general.

    Principles of Marketing

    This module aims to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the basic tools and concepts of marketing. More specifically, you will be introduced to the core marketing functions and develop an understanding of the key concepts, frameworks and models encountered in marketing. You will also gain the knowledge and skills required to identify differing marketing orientations, in particular how organisations identify, understand and satisfy customers and develop the skills required to produce a blended marketing mix that will satisfy the needs of the target customer.

    Essentials of Business Development

    This module combines business, enterprise with operations management theory in the context of organisations developing. Consideration is given to the ways in which enterprise skills are used to design, deliver and improve the services and products during business growth. The module is at the centre of many changes taking place in the business world today, these include changes in the preferences of customers for customised product, changes in global supply chains, use of Internet-based technologies and challenges of sustainability.

    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

    Corporate Financial Analysis

    The aim of this module is to introduce students to a critical analysis of company annual reports and accounts, looking at both the accounting statements and the narrative report. You will investigate how financial performance and health is reported by businesses. In studying this module you will examine the contents of company annual financial reports, identify a range of users of the reports, and develop the skills required to assess the contents of company annual financial reports. Furthermore, you will carry out a critical evaluation of a company’s financial performance and health using company annual reports and other sources of financial information (such as; share valuation models, investment philosophy, regulatory reporting requirements, economic and industry analysis, and corporate governance principles).

    Financial Management

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

    Accounting in its Organisational Context

    The manager and entrepreneur of the future must have sound financial skills to enable them to take advantage of their environment. Understanding the environment in which you operate and the financial structure of your organisation is critical to this process. You will also need to understand the information required to successfully manage your organisation and how to correctly interpret it.

    With this in mind, this module will explore a range of management accounting techniques that are used in business decision making and develop your understanding of the value and limitations of accounting information for managerial decision making, planning and control purposes within organisations. You will develop an understanding of problem solving techniques and how these techniques can be used within the accounting and finance framework. You will also explore how accounting and finance information could evolve to meet the needs of organisations operating in competitive markets.

    Second half of Year Two

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

    Core modules:

    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.

    Managing and Organising

    Managing and Organising aims to develop an understanding of the human aspects of managing and organising work. It draws upon ideas from disciplines such as work psychology, organisational sociology and human resource management to provide insights into possibilities for managing and organising work. The module considers the nature of the changing context of managing and organising and examines the central issues and contemporary concerns that this presents for HR. Throughout the module you will be encouraged to develop a critical perspective which encompasses views from both those managing and those managed, as well as a consideration of the wider impact of choices taken in regards to managing and organising work activities. Whilst exploring classic studies in managing and organising, these ideas will also be examined in the context of the contemporary changing international workplace. The module is relevant to a broad range of careers given that HR issues are a concern for all.

    Plus one optional module from:

    Marketing Management

    This module explores the role of marketing management and its interaction with other business functions. You will study marketing management concepts that are used during the development of sound marketing strategies and will develop effective group and personal skills that are valued highly by organisational employers. You will learn about the application of marketing tools to different contexts, as well as segmentation, targeting and positioning. Other subjects covered include integrated marketing communications, social and ethical implications of marketing and marketing in context (including services, business, and international).

    International Business and Communication

    This module will provide you with a deeper understanding on how international business is conducted, with a particular emphasis on what makes international business different from domestic business.

    You will study and explore:

    • the major theories that explain international business transactions
    • the financial exchange systems and institutions that measure and facilitate international transactions
    • the techniques of environmental analysis and auditing in an international context
    • the dynamic processes of change in the international business environment, including globalisation, the rapid liberalisation of trade and capital movements and the consolidation of regional trading blocs.

    In addition to all this, you will also be introduced you to key theories of ethics, international trade, foreign direct investment, regional economic integration, and international finance, focusing on regional business environments such as the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.

    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

    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

    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.

    Strategic Management Accounting

    Designed to give a more integrated view of theory and practice in this area, this module looks at the role of traditional management accounting techniques and evaluates the use of strategic management accounting in global organisations. You will explore the behavioural and strategic contexts in which the management accountant has to operate; and examine the management accountant’s role in analysing and advising on performance, particularly in the context of competitor analysis and to provide insights into the management of change.

    Corporate Governance and Risk Management

    The following module consists of:

    • Corporate Governance

    There has long been a separation of interests between those who own the company (shareholders) and those who control the daily operations (management). In today’s economy there has been an increased focus on this separation and whether shareholders can ‘trust’ the directors who run the company on their behalf. For example were the shareholders of RBS happy with how former CEO, Sir Fred Goodwin, ran the company and his total remuneration package (including his handsome pension)? Corporate Governance relates to a key number of recommendations which seek to address these conflicts to protect the interests of shareholders.

    This module will focus on the area of Corporate Governance from a number of perspectives beginning with an analysis of the theories that are seen to underpin the system of Corporate Governance in the United Kingdom. These will then be related to a number high profile business collapses since the 1980s to the present day. We will then seek to consider current recommendations and whether these are adequate in today’s climate. A broader view will also be taken so as to consider the legitimacy of corporations and whether Corporate Governance should seek to bring corporate responsibility into its remit and what other developing issues exist.

    • Risk Management

    This section of the module will examine the exposure to risks faced by corporations and how risk may be managed. It will provide you with the necessary theoretical/practical frameworks to help you develop risk management approaches and consider their effectiveness. Using this knowledge we will explore and evaluate the benefits of having risk management policies in place within an organisation, including an evaluation of the components of such policies and how they can be implemented successfully.

    Corporate Finance

    This module considers how various aspects of corporate finance are inter-related and assesses the impact of financial decisions with respect to investments, financing and the management of risk. It will also develop your critical analysis and evaluation skills. During the module you will study a number of theories and issues, relating to areas such as financial strategy, valuation of the firm, equity and debt valuation, impact of changes in capital structure, merger and acquisitions as a value enhancing strategy, corporate and financial re-structuring, risk assessment and management including risk theory, interest rate and foreign exchange risk and using derivative products to manage risk.

    Plus one optional module from:

    Managing Information and Knowledge Strategically

    During this module you will explore the nature of strategy and knowledge, looking at areas such as the neglect of data and the role of information and communication technology (ICT) today. You will study organisational responses to the changing needs in this area, as well as information literacy and policies. You will explore the changing impact of information on the management and strategic direction of organisations, and learn to distinguish between the different nature and impact of data, information and knowledge. You will also learn to relate aspects of these distinctions to the changing roles of management and to the strategic opportunities available for organisations.

    International Marketing and Communications

    This module explores activity and developments from across the area of international and global marketing, including developments in world trade; ethical, environmental and sustainability issues; buyer behaviour and segmentation; developing an international strategy; and issues surrounding international marketing communications. The module will also provide you with an advanced level of knowledge on the concepts of marketing at the various levels of export, international and global marketing; and a detailed understanding of the sources of international marketing information and the factors governing marketing research decisions at an international level. You will focus on how international marketing communication strategies are developed across a wide range of industries, sectors and organisations, whilst improving your research, analytical, communication, time management and team working skills.

    International Development Economics

    During this module you will examine the common problems confronting the developing world and explore the suggested solutions. By examining examples and case studies from around the world you will cover vital subjects such as theories of economic growth, economic inequality, poverty and malnutrition, population growth, trade policy, and the markets for factors (land, labour, and credit) and output. There is no single cause for economic progress, so you will be guided to view economic development as an outcome of a combination of factors – among them the improvement of physical and human capital, the reduction of inequality, and institutions that enable the background flow of information essential to market performance.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Ranked 11th in the UK for Business, Management and Marketing (The Guardian League Table 2020)

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 Campus, 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.

Assessment methods

Full time version of the course (3 years)

  • Year 1 coursework (50%), written (35%) and practical (15%).
  • Year 2 coursework (17%), written (71%) and practical (12%).
  • Year 3 coursework (72%) and written (28%).

Sandwich version of the course (4 Years)

  • Year 1 coursework (50%), written (35%) and practical (15%).
  • Year 2 coursework (17%), written (71%) and practical (12%).
  • Year 3 placement (100%).
  • Year 4 coursework (72%) and written (28%).

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%).

96% of BA (Hons) Business Management, Accounting and Finance students would recommend studying at Nottingham Trent University (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:

  • trainee chartered accountant
  • audit trainee
  • account manager
  • account executive
  • claims handler

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

  • Unilever
  • GP Management
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • The Delta Group
  • Four Communications


Our BA (Hons) Business Management Joint Honour courses and BA (Hons) Business course have a Dual Award status with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Additionally, the BA (Hons) Business Management and Accounting and Finance course will give you accreditation towards examinations with professional bodies such as ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW and CIPFA.

  • Currently exemptions have been specifically negotiated with CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) and ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales).
  • Exemptions with CIMA are 6 of 11 papers; exemptions with ICAEW are 4 of 8 papers.
  • Other accounting bodies such as ACCA may grant exemptions from lower level papers; further details can be found by contacting the organisations directly.

The CFA Society of the UK recognises the significant alignment between the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and the BA (Hons) Business Management and 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, a few notable alumni for our Business Management and Accounting and Finance course are:

  • Andrew Hardy – EMEA IT Development Manager at Dow Jones

Seventh in the UK for number of students studying Business (HESA 2016/17)

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 and Maths grade C / 4.

We will consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS Course Search for details.

The UCAS Tariff

We have 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.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

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.

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.

Apply now (UCAS)

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

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our modern library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. However, our City Campus library is home to four floors of books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think!

Whilst on placement students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs.

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.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our modern library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. However, our City Campus library is home to four floors of books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think!

Whilst on placement students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs.

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.

Still need help?

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