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Accounting and Finance (with Foundation Year) BSc (Hons)

Accounting and finance are key functions that lie at the heart of business organisations. This accounting and finance degree course offers excellent graduate prospects, giving you the opportunity to work in some of the most prestigious accountancy firms around the world.


N424 BSc/AcFFY

Course routes:


Clearing 2024

Apply now for 2024 entry. Call us on 01642 738400

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2023 logo awarded as Overall, Student Experience and Student Outcomes gold rating

Course overview

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Study accounting and finance

Hear from course leader Douglas Adu and principal lecturer Jonathan Munby about studying accounting and finance. Laura May also tells us about landing a graduate role at Big Four accounting firm, PwC.

Develop a detailed knowledge of accounting and finance, and a global outlook with strong leadership capability. Alongside core areas of accounting, you focus on emerging technology, digital skills, governance, ethics, sustainability, employability and finance. Graduate with the skills and expertise to move into roles such as accountant, data analyst, tax adviser or purchasing manager, and the confidence to progress to more senior and strategic roles. 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.

Our recent graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as Ernst and Young and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Others have embraced their inner entrepreneurial spirit, taking advantage of our support and setting up their own successful businesses.

This course includes a foundation year - ideal if you need additional preparation or if you don't have sufficient grades to join Year 1 of a degree.

Top 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 £9,000 Professor Jane Turner Scholarship.
  2. London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) Workspace: use fast, lightweight and user-friendly web technology to enhance your learning experience. Stay ahead of your peers with access to high-quality data, news and content.
  3. Industry input: work with brands including Abacus Bean Accountancy Services, Coca-Cola, Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, KPMG, Ernst & Young, and Johnson & Johnson to give you experience of working with global organisations.
  4. 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.
  5. Skills for the future: 90% of BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance students agreed that the course has developed the knowledge and skills they need for the future (National Student Survey 2023,

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.

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.

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Course details

Course structure

Foundation year core modules

Digital Skills for Business

Digital transformation is a development that businesses have been aware of for many years. The speed, interactivity, accessibility, convenience and versatility of digital technology has the power to transform organisations. Learn about the variety of digital sources and how to use them in organisations to drive forward operational development.

This is a 30-credit module.

Enterprise and Creativity

Combining creativity with an enterprising outlook allows helps businesses solve challenges innovatively, by implementing new ideas and practices. In this module, you develop your creative mindset by learning from experienced entrepreneurs and gaining an understanding of enterprise in business organisations.

This is a 30-credit module.

Professional Skills for Business

You consider the skills required to operate successfully in business and develop your abilities and knowledge ready to begin your career.

This is a 30-credit module.

Research in Business

Explore the fundamentals of data collection and analysis, using academic research and practical examples to develop your understanding of the importance of ethical research.

This is a 30-credit module.


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.

Future Ready Enterprises

Immerse yourself in business and enterprise, employability, economic factors affecting business, emerging technology and marketing. You explore the everchanging and challenging environment that businesses operate in, from the global marketplace to changing technologies to customer behaviour. Work as part of a team to understand cutting edge issues in business.

This is a 30-credit module.

Governance and Sustainability

Develop your knowledge of the English legal and regulatory environment that accountants operate within. You explore current law and regulations governing UK companies and the role of corporate governance, including contract, tort, employment and company law. You also consider professional ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability reporting, developing a foundation for skills required in business.

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.


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.

Strategic Leadership

Examine responsible leadership and management, considering professional value and behaviours, ethical and cultural considerations and team working. You dive into theoretical business models, covering strategic environment, competition, value analysis and choices and enabling and managing change.

This is a 30-credit module.


You are introduced to tax policy and practice, examining its impact on both businesses and individuals. You understand the objectives of tax systems and skills, learning how to compute tax calculations for individuals and companies – completing a SA100 form and associated pages for an individual, and CT600 form for companies.

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.

Strategic Finance

Explore the role of corporate finance and the market it operates in, considering domestic and international settings. You study the ways businesses use these markets to create and maintain shareholder value by taking investments and financing decisions. Also, you learn about the use of financial instruments to reduce risk.

This is a 30-credit module.


Optional modules (choose one of the following):

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.

Final Project

Create original ideas and concepts for your individual project, creating an artefact, report, campaign, comic, product or other form related to the arts, design and media industries. You explore the context and history of the creative arts and use this to inform your project. Learning to research and analyse ideas about art, design and media, you develop your understanding of creative working and the relationship between creativity, society and the environment.

This is a 40-credit module.


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

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For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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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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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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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)

Accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants means that you can fast track onto a higher level of this internationally-recognised accounting qualification.

With dual accreditation at Teesside University, as well as the degree you 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 Regulated Qualifications 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 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: 4 years (or 5 with a work placement)
  • UCAS code: N424 BSc/AcFFY
  • Start date: September
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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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