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Undergraduate study

Course overview

Accounting and finance are key functions that lie at the heart of business organisations. This exciting, fast-moving discipline attracts the brightest and best students, both nationally and internationally, and is full of opportunity. If you have an analytical mind and a methodical approach to work, a career in accounting and finance will serve you well.

On this course you develop practical skills that are highly valued by employers - such as analytical thinking, problem solving, teamworking and communication. With a focus on real-world business, the course helps you understand the broader context in which accounting is practised, and provides significant exemptions from the professional examinations of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Association of International Accountants (AIA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).Please note that we are typically unable to accept direct entry into years 2 and 3 of this course due to the specific conditions of the exemption agreements with professional accounting bodies.

Professional accreditation

The course is designed to give you important exemptions from exams of two major accounting institutes, CIMA and ACCA, the institutes with which the majority of our graduates train. Exemptions may also be available from other chartered bodies. The programme has recently been awarded maximum exemptions by ACCA and AIA, and also has accreditation with international bodies such as CPA Australia.

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 will gain access to exclusive CMI networking events
• You will 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 students you will become a CMI Affiliate member, giving you a host of additional benefits to support your development and employability.


Course details

Year 1 introduces you to the key concepts associated with business and accounting, and provides you with a strong foundation to continue your studies into Years 2 and 3.

In Year 2 you concentrate more closely on the study of accounting and broaden your area of knowledge in the field.

Between Year 2 and your final year, you have the option of undertaking a placement in industry or studying abroad at one of our American or European partner universities.

The final year of the course explores more advanced topics within the area of accounting and finance, and there is a greater emphasis upon critical thinking and your ability to plan and manage your own learning as an individual and as part of a group. You also undertake a self-directed project in the form of your dissertation.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Business Enterprise

This module will inspire you to think about entering the workplace once you have completed your studies. The module is delivered as an interactive learning experience which will enable you to develop an enterprising mind-set and help to identify some of the skills and attributes you already possess. The module content will encourage you to begin to think about your personal career aspirations, whilst addressing potential gaps linked to your knowledge, skills and experience. You will be encouraged to think in an enterprising fashion; learn new approaches to adapt and enhance your individual style. You will have the opportunity to work independently and as a member of a group by participating in personal challenges and group projects, and will learn to understand the importance of networking. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to hear from and to question experienced external practitioners.

Economic Principles

You will acquire a 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 will help you appreciate important economic relationships and factors determining them. You will also learn to evaluate critically the effects of micro and macro economics, including policy, developments in the economy and on social and business affairs.

Interpreting and Communicating Business Information

In this module, you will gain an understanding of quantitative techniques, spreadsheet analysis tools, and forms of data presentation, to support the interpretation and communication of management information.

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.

Introduction to Management Accounting

This module provides you with an introduction to the essential elements of cost identification, classification, and recording within an accounting environment. It establishes the importance of controlling costs from the perspective of business profitability.

Management and the Organisation

This module acts as an introduction to business structure and purpose. You will be introduced to formal and informal organisation structures, organisational culture and stakeholder theories. The role of audit, accounting and other relevant business functions is explored together with business ethics and corporate governance. The module also deals with key aspects in human resource management including recruitment, learning, communication and resource management.


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.

Company Law and Audit

Develops your knowledge and understanding of the legal and regulatory environment in which accountants operate. It explores current regulations governing UK companies and the role of audit within this context.

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.

Management in a Competitive Environment

This module develops an understanding of tools and techniques for identifying the key types of competitive environment in which an organisation may be located, and examines the range of approaches that the organisation may choose to adopt to address the issues encountered.

Project and Operations Management

This module enables you to understand the contribution of the operations function to an organisation and evaluate the range of tools used in operations management. It also enables you to understand the key importance of projects in an organisation and apply key tools and techniques in project management.

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.


This module introduces you to UK tax policy and practice. It will develop your understanding of tax systems objectives, and constraints in developing and implementing tax policy and practice. You will also examine the impact of taxes on businesses and individuals, and develop technical and computer skills in taxation.


Final-year core modules

Accounting for Management Decisions

This module builds on the management accounting modules in years 1 and 2 by more fully examining 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.

Advanced Auditing

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

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.

Corporate Finance

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


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.


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 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 (grade C) or above (or equivalent) in English and maths.

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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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Work placement

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

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.


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Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£11,825 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
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 80-104 tariff points

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  • Not available part-time

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