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Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance BA (Hons)

Accounting and finance are key functions that lie at the heart of business organisations. This rewarding and fast-moving discipline offers excellent graduate prospects and opportunities to work in some of the most prestigious companies and accountancy firms around the world.


Course overview

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You develop a detailed knowledge of accounting and finance, and a global outlook with strong leadership capability. You focus on emerging technology and digital skills, ethics and finance alongside the core areas of accounting. You graduate with the skills and expertise to move into a wide range of roles such as accountant, data analyst, tax advisor and purchasing manager, and the confidence to progress to more senior and strategic roles.

Our dynamic recent graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as Ernst and Young and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, with others releasing their inner entrepreneurial spirit by taking advantage of our enterprise support to set up their own successful businesses.

Top five reasons to study accounting and finance at Teesside

  1. Financial awards: study this course and you may be eligible for £2,000 off your accommodation in the first year, a £2,000 excellence scholarship or a £6,000 Hill scholarship.
  2. Work experience: we have a range of work experience opportunities including placements and internships with regional, national and global businesses.
  3. International travel: get a global outlook through international study with our partners in Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, China, India, Singapore and UAE.
  4. Industry input: we work with brands including Coca-Cola, Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, KPMG, Ernst & Young, and Johnson & Johnson to give you experience of working with global organisations.
  5. Entrepreneurial opportunities: our students have created 500 new business start-ups through Launchpad and Microbiz – a start-up community who provide support and advice for students looking to start a new business venture.

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Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Digital Skills and Data

You gain an understanding of key digital skills and quantitative techniques, spreadsheet analysis tools, and forms of data presentation, to support the interpretation and communication of management information.

Emerging Technology in Business

You explore the impact of changing technology on the business environment, looking at the importance of technology in business and the potential impact of Industry 4.0 on the accounting profession, including employment trends, networks and cloud technology, data analytics, artificial intelligence and automation, and blockchain.

Introductory 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.

Management Accounting 1

You gain an introduction to the essential elements of cost identification, classification, and recording within an accounting environment. You understand the importance of controlling costs from the perspective of business profitability.

Management and Leadership

You gain an introduction to business structure and purpose, exploring formal and informal organisation structures, organisational culture and stakeholder theories. You also look at management and leadership theories and key aspects in human resource management including recruitment, learning, communication and resource management.

Principles of Economics

You gain knowledge and understanding of basic microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts and theories to apply to real economic problems in mixed economies such as the UK. This helps you appreciate important economic relationships and factors determining them. You also learn to evaluate critically the effects of micro and macroeconomics including policy, developments in the economy and on social and business affairs.

The Sustainable Global Professional

You explore the concepts of professional skills, governance, ethics and sustainability, in the context of your studies and future career.


Year 2 core modules

Accounting Information Systems

You explore the importance of accounting information systems in the categorising and reporting of financial information for organisations. You look at a variety of different solutions with reference to user need. Through active learning within a live system you learn how to record transactions, enter journals in the ledger and produce accounting reports using the accounting information system.

Corporate Governance and Law

You develop your knowledge and understanding of the legal and regulatory environment in which accountants operate, exploring current regulations governing UK companies and the role of corporate governance in providing checks and balances for a company.

Financial Accounting and Reporting

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

Financial Planning

This module builds on basic financial accounting and develops knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and regulatory frameworks within which financial reporting takes place. The content and application of reporting standards are explored in the context of the preparation of key financial statements.

By the end of the module students will apply key International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to transactions and prepare a set of financial statements incorporating Statement of Profit and Loss, Statement of Financial Position, Statement of changes in Equity and Other Comprehensive Income.

Investigations and Data Analysis

You develop your understanding and awareness of the principles and practicalities underpinning ethical and rigorous research. Through interactive seminar sessions with research-active academic staff, you develop practical skills including data analysis, in order to conduct a rigorous and ethical investigation.

Management Accounting 2

Building on Management Accounting 1, you examine the accounting information used by managers to make short- and long-term decisions. Today’s management accountants play a strategic role in organisations, advising on strategy and driving sustainable business success.

Principles of Taxation

You develop your understanding of tax systems objectives and constraints in developing and implementing tax policy and practice. You examine the impact of taxes on businesses and individuals, and develop technical skills in taxation.


Optional work placement year

Work placement

You have the option to spend one year in industry learning and developing your skills. We encourage and support you with applying for a placement, job hunting and networking.

You gain experience favoured by graduate recruiters and develop your technical skillset. You also obtain the transferable skills required in any professional environment, including communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, organisation, confidence, self-reliance, problem-solving, being able to work under pressure, and commercial awareness.

Many employers view a placement as a year-long interview, therefore placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process. Benefits include:

· improved job prospects
· enhanced employment skills and improved career progression opportunities
· a higher starting salary than your full-time counterparts
· a better degree classification
· a richer CV
· a year's salary before completing your degree
· experience of workplace culture
· the opportunity to design and base your final-year project within a working environment.

If you are unable to secure a work placement with an employer, then you simply continue on a course without the work placement.


Final-year core modules

Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting

You explore methods for recording and reporting complex financial transactions, developing your knowledge and understanding through analysing and interpreting financial information in the form of accounting statements. You look at the requirements of consolidated group accounts according to the International Financial Reporting Standards. The development of accounting standards and external reporting is also discussed.

Audit and Assurance

You apply best practice in internal and external audit work and evaluate audit theory and practice, developing your skills in the qualitative and quantitative aspects of risk-based auditing.

Global Enterprise and Strategy

You explore strategic decision making in the context of international enterprise, looking at theories and concepts relating to strategic leadership and capabilities alongside external competitive market analysis. You are expected to use your learning to develop a strategic proposal for an international business enterprise.

Strategic Finance

You examine the role of corporate finance and the market context in which it is carried out. The financial markets and their operation are explored in both a domestic and international setting. The ways in which businesses use these markets to create and maintain shareholder value is analysed in looking at capital structure, dividend policy and valuation. The use of financial instruments available to reduce risk is also examined.


and one optional module

Consultancy Project

You work on live projects with external clients, encouraging you to be an active learner and decision-maker, improving your communication and problem-solving abilities.??

Undergraduate Business Project

The module comprises a learner-managed business project, the topic area of which will be associated with the your programme area of study. The project will provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your capability to undertake an individual piece of research within a business context.

The project may be an investigation of a relevant issue of academic interest, an investigation of a practical business issue, or a live problem-solving project.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

Teaching includes lectures, seminars and computer workshops. You are taught by a dedicated team of staff who have a wide range of expertise across the field. They develop and maintain strong links with professional accounting bodies, such as CIMA and ACCA, and employers.

How you are assessed

Assessment methods are varied and include formal examinations, in-course work, digital assets and presentations.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 80-104 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent) and GCSE grade 4 (C) or above (or equivalent) in maths.

We consider AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting for Year 1 entry and AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting for Year 2 entry.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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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Career opportunities

The course is aimed primarily at students wishing to enter a finance-related career and many graduates have obtained trainee accountant positions in a variety of organisations locally, nationally and internationally. However, holding an accounting qualification also provides an excellent basis for entry into general management with excellent prospects to develop into strategic roles.

We provide an environment that allows you to develop the ‘extra’ practical employability characteristics that will make you more interesting to employers in the job market in the years to come.

All programmes are designed to incorporate employability skills development alongside your degree. Our staff utilise their extensive business connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lectures, live projects and site visits. In addition we offer a series of workshops and events in all years that ensure you are equipped with both degree-level subject knowledge and the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits.

We offer extensive support for you to find and secure sandwich year placements which have been shown to make have a significant positive impact on your career prospects when you graduate.

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.


Information for international applicants


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Professional accreditation

The course is accredited by the following professional bodies:

> Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
> Association of International Accountants (AIA)
> Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
> Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
> CPA Australia

You gain significant exam exemptions following graduation giving you a fast-track towards becoming a fully qualified professional accountant.

With dual accreditation at Teesside University, as well as the degree you will receive a Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which is the only chartered professional body for management and leadership. Dual accreditation means you will automatically receive a second professional qualification upon successful completion of your programme. By adding this CMI qualification to your University qualification, you’re really on the road to success.

  • You instantly become more employable when you receive a CMI professional qualification that is industry-recognised
  • You gain access to exclusive CMI networking events
  • You have the opportunity to attend lecturers from top level CMI industry-expert members
  • CMI’s qualifications sit on the RQF framework and are recognised by the European Credit Framework
  • CMI qualifications fast-track students into the next stage of training to become Chartered Managers
  • During your studies you become a CMI Affiliate member, giving you a host of additional benefits to support your development and employability.

Other course routes

Work placement

Study this course with an optional work placement year, at no extra cost. Alongside this, you can gain valuable experience and engagement with the sector through our shorter work placements, internships and work experience opportunities.

Work placements


Entry to 2022/23 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£14,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years (or 4 with a work placement)
  • UCAS code: N420 BA/AcF
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 80-104 tariff points

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