Undergraduate study
Business with Accountancy

BA (Hons) Business with Accountancy

UCAS code: N2N4 BA/BwAc

This broad-based degree gives you a comprehensive understanding of business concepts and models with specialist knowledge of accountancy and finance.

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Full-time

  • Length: 3 years (or 4 including a work placement year)

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Part-time

  • Not available part-time

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You study business organisation, management, leadership and enterprise combined with specialist modules in financial management and accounting.

This programme will be particularly of interest to those seeking to pursue careers in the financial services sector including economics, accounting and management in both the commercial and public sectors.

Year 1 is mainly tutor led and focuses on providing you with the necessary underpinning in terms of broad business knowledge and skills. You explore key business and management concepts and are introduced to your specialist area of accountancy.

Year 2 takes a more student-led approach with an emphasis on exploring your own interests and deepening your insights as well as having more responsibility for your own learning. During this year you develop a broader international perspective to the study of business. As well as studying four core business modules, including a module where you gain practical work experience via a self-identified project, you also study two modules in the area of accountancy.

The final year explores more advanced topics within business and management and you develop your awareness of your own responsibility as a future leader of business. You consider the strategic and applied aspects of accountancy and have the opportunity to put your knowledge into action by undertaking a self-managed independent project via the Dissertation module.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Business Finance

Introduction to Financial Accounting

This module provides an introduction into the basic concepts of financial accounting and develops knowledge of book-keeping, accounting adjustments, and final accounts preparation, for a range of organisations.

Organisational Theory and Research

You are introduced to the competing perspectives that underpin organisational theory. You consider the theoretical aspects of organisational theory, research skills and broader academic skill development.

Personal Development and Self Awareness

The Market Environment

Understanding Organisations

You study some of the general principles of business management, particularly in the context of structure, culture, leadership, organisational behaviour, the business environment and the impact of these areas operationally. You are also introduced to the concept of strategic management with an emphasis on organisational resource and competency. And you consider the impact of organisational behaviour on overall business effectiveness, examining the role of the individual within the organisation and exploring motivation, perception and personal impact.

 

Year 2 core modules

Accounting for Management Performance

You build on the knowledge gained in the introductory management accounting module by examining more fully the use of accounting information by managers to control and assess their organisation’s performance.

Agile Management

Enterprise and Practice

This applied module allows you to demonstrate your practical skills and knowledge within a work environment. You explore the theoretical and practical world of business and will explore entrepreneurial and wider managerial approaches to the development of business within enterprise. Through your work within an enterprise, you will develop valuable professional skills and first-hand knowledge of an enterprise. If you already work you will be guided to recognise and reflect on this practice and use your own organisation as a case study. You are supported by academic staff and business contacts from across and outside the University.

Financial Accounting

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of financial reporting. It examines the regulatory framework of accounting in the UK and how this has developed. You will learn about the users of financial information, the type of information they require and how this can be evaluated. You will also study current accounting standards.

International Business and Management

You develop an understanding of the main issues affecting international business in the global economy and explore topics including globalisation, trade, economic growth and development. You focus specifically on examining these topics across different cultures. As the module progresses you become able to differentiate cultural variations and the impact of cultural difference on individuals and key organisations. You also have the opportunity to study a culture of your choice in-depth.

Research Methods

Building on prior learning within various stage 1 modules, this module develops your understanding and awareness of the principles and practicalities underpinning ethical and rigorous research. Through interactive seminar sessions with research-active academic staff, the module develops the practical skills you require for conducting a rigorous and ethical research study. The skills developed and knowledge gained will link to the stage 3 Dissertation module.

 

Final-year core modules

Accounting for Management Decisions

Advanced Financial Accounting

This module illustrates methods for recording and reporting complex financial transactions, and develops your knowledge and understanding through analysing and interpreting financial information in the form of accounting statements.

It covers the use of techniques to analyse financial risk and performance. The development of accounting standards and external reporting is also discussed.

Contemporary Issues in Business Management

You develop an understanding of the challenges faced by organisations and explores the controversies and dilemmas of contemporary management thinking and practice. You study three key interrelated contemporary issues facing businesses - internationalisation; technological innovation and sustainability.

Dissertation

Your final year dissertation is an opportunity to do an independent piece of research, demonstrating that you know how to take a systematic approach to research, analysis and evaluation within a structured business-orientated framework. It also encourages you to reflect and critically evaluate your personal development.

Strategic Management and Responsible Leadership

You are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively lead change in business and enterprise. You will consider macro environment and contemporary issues, specifically relating to leading change, leading and implementing strategy and leading commercial development. You identify personal leadership qualities and skills and improvement strategies which will promote change and organisational development.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

Modules are taught by lectures, seminars, practical workshops, work-based activities and group work. Teaching staff adopt a range of web-based technologies to deliver module content, assess, provide feedback and communicate with students.

How you are assessed

The programme is assessed via a variety of methods including assignments, examinations, group work, presentations and live practical projects.


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Work placement year

Between Year 2 and your final year, you have the opportunity to spend a year in industry on placement, or study abroad at one of our partner institutions. Alternatively you could proceed on to the final year.

Career opportunities

We provide an environment that allows you to develop the extra practical employability characteristics that will make you more attractive to employers in the job market.

Our staff utilise their extensive business connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects and site visits. In addition we offer a series of workshops and events in the first, second and third year that ensure all students are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge PLUS the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits. We also offer extensive support for students to find and secure industry year placements which have been shown to make have significant positive impact on a student’s career prospects on graduation.

Our award-winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 80-96 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent) and GCSE grade A-C (or equivalent) in English and maths.

We welcome applications from mature students without conventional entry requirements. We will take into account any alternative qualifications or other experience you may have.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years (or 4 including a work placement year)

More full-time details

Part-time

  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information