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Business and Accounting BA (Hons)

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


N242 BA/BwAcc

Course routes:


Clearing 2024

Apply now for 2024 entry. Call us on 01642 738400

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Course overview

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Study at Teesside University International Business School

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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. Through our connections with industry, we ensure that you are familiar with the latest trends and impact of digital and AI on business and society.

Study this course and you may be eligible for £2,000 off your accommodation in the first year, or a £9,000 Professor Jane Turner scholarship.

Gain access to the London Stock Exchange Group Workspace, where you can use fast, lightweight and user-friendly technology to enhance your learning experience. Stay ahead of your peers with high-quality data, news and content.

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Partner in LearningRecognised as an Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Partner in Learning, working with ICAEW in the professional development of students.

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Course details

Year 1 focuses on providing you with the necessary underpinning in terms of broad business and accountancy knowledge and skills. It introduces key business and management concepts.

Year 2 lets you explore your own interests and deepening your insights as well as having more responsibility for your own learning.

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

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Accounting Principles and Systems

You are introduced to the basic concepts of financial accounting, developing knowledge of bookkeeping, accounting adjustments, and final accounts preparation for sole traders and companies. You learn how to record transactions, enter journals in the ledger, and produce accounting reports using an accounting information system. By the end of the module, you are able to prepare a simple set of financial statements, incorporating statement of profit and loss, and statement of financial position for sole traders and companies.

This is a 30-credit module.

Organisational Performance and Strategy

Gain basic knowledge of business operations and strategy management principles, focusing on the external environment and identifying factors which may impact on internal capability and resources. You explore the importance of the business environment and the impact of organisational behaviour. As well as organisational resources, capability and competency, risk factors and management, leadership and management, organisational culture, structure and function.

This is a 30-credit module.

Quantitative Data and Decision-Making

Enhance your understanding of quantitative techniques, spreadsheet analysis tools, cost and management accounting, data presentation and digital literacy. You build critical digital skills and explore data analytics tools, learning how to apply these to practice scenarios.

This is a 30-credit module.

The Future of Work

Technology in the workplace is changing at a fast pace, with organisations striving to utilise technology to develop efficient business models. You are introduced to emerging technologies and shifting attitudes in the workplace, examining how these new technologies are impacting business and identifying opportunities for the future.

This is a 30-credit module.


Year 2 core modules

Financial Reporting

You are introduced to basic financial accounting, and develop your knowledge of the theoretical and regulatory frameworks for financial reporting. Explore the content and application of reporting standards in the preparation of key financial statements. Learn how to apply the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to transactions, and prepare a set of financial statements including statement of profit and loss, statement of financial position, statement of changes in equity and other comprehensive income.

This is a 30-credit module.

Management Accounting

Consider the financial techniques and analysis used by managers to control and assess organisational performance and enhance decision-making. You gain contemporary knowledge of management accounting techniques. And you study their application to qualitative and quantitative data for planning, decision-making, performance evaluation and control. Develop your digital skills to assess organisational performance from a financial and non-financial perspective.

This is a 30-credit module.

Operating Globally

You develop your cultural awareness through a business lens, focusing on common humanity and equal worth. Explore a culture of your choice and consider the development of a new business or the expansion of an existing business into that culture.

This is a 30-credit module.

The Future of You

Examine the importance of lifelong learning and self-development, exploring your interests and potential careers through online short courses. You develop yourself in preparation for your future career including your personal branding and online presence.

This is a 30-credit module.


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 Reporting

You build on your financial accounting knowledge, developing your understanding of theoretical frameworks for financial reporting. Explore the content and application of complex reporting standards, and the preparation and intrepretation of key financial statements. On completion of you module, you are able to apply the International Financial Reporting Standards to transactions, and prepare consolidated financial statements incorporating statement of profit and loss, and statement of financial position.

This is a 30-credit module.

Audit and Assurance

Apply best practice in internal and external auditing within the International Standards on Auditing framework. And complete audits by apply auditing theory using a risk-based approach, along with professional scepticism and professional judgement.

This is a 30-credit module.

Reimagining the Future of Business and Society

Unpack the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and explore the utopian and dystopian possibilities of the goals being met or unmet. You develop your understanding of the global impact of these goals while considering global challenges and possible solutions.

This is a 30-credit module.


and one optional module

Consultancy Project

You get the opportunity to work on live projects with external clients. This practical learning encourages you to become an active learner and decision maker. You improve your communication and problem-solving abilities, drawing on the knowledge you gained in previous modules. This includes management science, organisational behaviour, emerging technology and information systems, data analysis, and accounting and finance.

This is a 30-credit module.

Independent Project

Conduct a business project related to your subject area, allowing you to demonstrate your capability in undertaking an individual piece of research. This may be an investigation of a practical business issue, a relevant issue of academic interest, or a live problem-solving project.

This is a 30-credit module.


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.

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

Call us on 01642 738400 about our entry requirements

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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Work placement 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.

Through collaborative projects with our international partners, you gain the skills and confidence to succeed in the world of work on a global scale. You work with SMEs and large corporate organisations, developing practical business skills by formulating solutions to real-world challenges. We ensure that you acquire a unique mix of ability, knowledge and experience to secure the perfect role.


Information for international applicants


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Professional accreditation

Chartered Management Institute

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.

Other course routes

Foundation year

Study this course with a foundation year if you need additional preparation or if you don't have sufficient grades to join Year 1.

BA (Hons) Business and Accounting (with Foundation Year)

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 2024/25 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£17,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years (or 4 with a work placement)
  • UCAS code: N242 BA/BwAcc
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: Call us on 01642 738400 about our entry requirements

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UK applicants

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International applicants

Our undergraduate courses are available through Clearing to international applicants. Please only complete this application form if you have already obtained your qualifications and achieved your grades. You must upload all requested documents including a copy of your passport, academic qualifications and English language qualification, and copies of any sponsor letters or maintenance documents to meet the requirements. If you have previously applied through UCAS for 2024-25 entry, please include your UCAS personal ID number in the course details box.

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2025 entry

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