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Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    N420

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4-6 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £12,900

  • Location:

    Waterside

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 894503

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Overview


Accounting is more than just a computational skill and this Accounting and Finance course will develop your ability to analyse and evaluate real-life situations and effectively communicate your views and opinions.

The course will begin by considering the practical techniques involved in accounting and finance and then continue to build on skills to critically analyse the theory behind these techniques. It will also develop the interdisciplinary nature of business and integrate accounting with broader subject areas such as economics, law and human resources.There is also the option to complete a year’s accounting and finance work placement to prepare you for your future career.

 

Updated 14/10/2020

Highlights


The Accounting and Finance degree course at University of Northampton provides a specialised pathway, a proven student support system and has progression courses available. It also offers significant exemptions from the main professional body exams including:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

Alongside this, our Accounting and Finance undergraduate programme includes an optional work placement. If you meet the entry criteria, and choose to take an accounting and finance placement year, you will find it an invaluable experience that helps you to apply your learning in your final year and prepares you for your career in finance. We offer support in helping you to find a placement, which can be in the UK or overseas.

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Course Content


  • The course will begin by considering the practical techniques involved in accounting and finance and then continue to develop skills to critically analyse the theory behind these techniques. It will also develop the interdisciplinary nature of business and integrate accounting with broader subject areas such as economics, law and human resources.

    There is also the option to complete a year’s work placement to prepare you for your future career.

    Nationwide, MacIntyre Hudson and Mazars are examples of recent visits and are also some of the sponsors who provide prizes at our annual awards ceremony. Local sponsors include Grant Thorntons, Hawsons and Elsby. Elsby are a growing company who will be developing a ‘Young Professionals Networking Platform’ in conjunction with the university in the very near future.

    At the Accounting, Finance and Banking Awards, which were incorporated into our Graduation celebrations, £1,000 was given out in prize money to our students. Grant Thorntons, Hawsons Chartered Accountants, McIntyre Hudson and Mazars were amongst the companies sponsoring these awards. Further information about the Accounting, Finance and Banking Awards can be found on our News section of the website.

      • Module code: ACC1001
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop skills in financial accounting. The subject covers terminology concepts principles procedures and techniques of accounting. It provides an essential introduction to the preparation and presentation of financial statements and their relevance to stakeholders and other users.
      • Module code: ACC1002
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide the opportunity for an introductory consideration of accounting as an internal Management Information System (MIS). It considers the importance of the provision of accounting information and its role in control planning and decision making. This is a core element of accounting in general and provides a contrast to the traditional accounting role of financial reporting.
      • Module code: ACC1009
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce the role of the accountant within a commercial environment applying relevant professional standards. In particular the module emphasises the role of the accountant in contributing to the efficient effective and ethical management and development of an organisation.
      • Module code: ACC1012
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop decision making skills which rely on the proper collection effective presentation and correct analysis and interpretation of numerical data. It introduces the basic concepts of business mathematics and statistical methods and lays the foundation of quantitative techniques.
      • Module code: ECN1006
        Status: Compulsory
        This module will enable students to understand the operation of markets and the economy and apply economic principles to material in their other courses. It considers both microeconomics - the analysis of choices made by individual decision-making units and macroeconomics - the analysis of the economy as a whole.
      • Module code: LAW1015
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to acquire a sound understanding of certain fundamental aspects of Business and Company Law. This will include the basic principles of contract law which underpins agency employment and company law contracts. Students will understand how the legal rules operate to maintain harmonious relationships between a range of business and companies. .
      • Module code: ACC2001
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop an understanding of how organisations can achieve their financial goals. Central to the achievement of the above is a sound knowledge of sources of finance (including capital markets) and a clear understanding and application of the techniques that lead to the correct investment decisions. The module will offer a thorough grounding in corporate finance.
      • Module code: ACC2002
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop knowledge and skills in understanding and applying accounting standards and the theoretical framework in the preparation and presentation of financial statements of companies and groups.
      • Module code: ACC2003
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is critically evaluate management accounting techniques in the context of a rapidly changing business environment. It enhances the ability to apply management accounting principles and techniques to a range of business situations.
      • Module code: ACC2005
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to provide practical and hands on exposure to the use of Excel and accounting packages likely to be used by accountants and other managers. It builds awareness of and proficiency in the use of Information Technology (IT) software within the financial environment.
      • Module code: ACC2008
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to develop an effective understanding of the financial services sector through research and analysis of key organisations issues and regulations. It provides a platform for the discussion of contemporary events in the financial markets and institutions.
      • Module code: ACC2009
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to examine how taxation affects the financial strategy of organisations commercial and non-commercial national and international. It develops an appreciation of the effect of taxation on financial decision-making.
      • Module code: ACC2018
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to analyse the core functional areas of enterprise to explore the economic social and political context of modern business. The module considers information systems operations management marketing and managing human capital. Major developments such as the role of internal governance information technology and marketing planning in the development of corporate strategy within a global economy are covered.
      • Module code: BSO2016
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to address underlying principles for planning, scheduling and control of projects that may consist of numerous separate tasks or jobs performed.
      • Module code: ACC3002
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop potential accountants to a level where they are knowledgeable skilled preparers analysts and interpreters of published accounts and company performance. Contemporary developments in accounting regulation and changes in financial reporting standards are covered.
      • Module code: ACC3004
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is examine how taxation affects the financial strategy of an organisation commercial and non-commercial national and international. It will provide a means of developing a deeper appreciation of taxation its effects and interconnectedness to financial decision-making at individual business corporate and national levels.
      • Module code: ACC3005
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore the role of the auditor and critically appraise the audit monitoring process and evaluate the professional and ethical requirements of the audit process.
      • Module code: ACC3009
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to equip students with theoretical and practical skills in contemporary corporate finance. Apart from developing a greater understanding of the complexities of corporate financial management and risk students will be exposed to risk management practices and methods to manage such risks.
      • Module code: ACC3014
        Status: Designate
        This module builds on the insights about costs and their drivers to provide the competences needed to analyse plan and manage costs to support the implementation of the organisation?s strategy. It covers how to manage and control the performance of various units of the organisation in line with both short-term budgets and long-term strategy. This module includes investment decision making the risks associated with such decisions and the basis for developing deeper understanding of various types of risks affecting the strategy and operations of organisations.
      • Module code: ACC3023
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to provide a holistic and integrated approach to managing organisations from external and internal perspectives. It is centred on the concept of financial strategy and how it can be implemented through people projects processes and relationships.
      • Module code: ACC4001
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to apply knowledge gained on the programme by carrying out independent research on a relevant topic of their choice and develop an ability to present analyse and evaluate information in a reflective and critical manner.
      • Module code: ACC4003
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to support the conceptualisation and development of a piece of independent research and an ability to present analyse and evaluate financial and non-financial information from an industry case study in a critical manner.
      • Module code: BSO3014
        Status: Designate
        This module aims to provide the learners with the managerial perspective in project management. Moreover, the module offers the opportunity to discuss some of the key concepts in modern project management. Learners will gain an understanding of the key issues surrounding project managers within a managerial context.
  • The Division has accreditations from ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) and AIA (Association of International Accountants). Representatives from these bodies and visiting speakers from a variety of businesses attend the university regularly. You will be invited and encouraged to attend these useful finance events and engage in the debates.

    Nationwide, MacIntyre Hudson and Mazars are examples of recent visits and are also some of the sponsors who provide prizes at our annual awards ceremony. Local sponsors include Grant Thorntons, Hawsons and Elsby. Elsby is a growing company which will be developing a ‘Young Professionals Networking Platform’ in conjunction with the university in the very near future.

    At the Accounting, Finance and Banking Awards, which were incorporated into our graduation celebrations, £1,000 was given out in prize money to our students. Grant Thorntons, Hawsons Chartered Accountants, McIntyre Hudson and Mazars were amongst the companies sponsoring these awards. Further information about the Accounting, Finance and Banking Awards can be found on our News section of the website.

  • If you meet the entry criteria, and choose to take a placement year you will find it an invaluable experience that helps you to apply your learning in your final year and prepares you for your career. We offer support in helping you to find a placement, which can be in the UK or overseas.

  • Why study Accounting and Finance?

    There are many benefits of studying Accounting and Finance, including a wide scope of options to work across multiple sectors, from economics to business law and management. You’ll learn through a highly practical approach and will be able to get first-hand accounting and finance work experience through optional placements and opportunities. You’ll also have the added advantage of excellent prospects and graduate schemes to help propel you into your career, with joint honours and postgraduate degrees allowing for further specialisation and knowledge advancement.

    What do you learn in an Accounting and Finance degree?

    University courses on finance and accounting are highly vocational, putting a huge emphasis on career prospects within financial industries. This means you will learn through a practical approach, giving you valuable experience of accounting and finance through simulated situations, real-life scenarios and placements.

    Alongside these practical techniques, you will also develop a critical understanding of the theories behind them. You will learn the concepts of business, management and money, and will be able to apply your accountancy skills across a broad range of business subjects, including law, economics and human resources.

    How will I learn?

    For this course, you can expect taught study to be a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops which usually consist of 14 contact hours per week. We recommend that you spend 20 hours per week in self-directed study time, as a full-time student, or usually seven contact hours and ten hours per week in self-directed study time if you are studying part-time.

    How will I be assessed?

    A wide variety of assessment strategies are used, including examinations, simulations, spreadsheet activities, presentations and group activities.

    Are there any special features on this course?

    • Optional work-based learning placement year
    • Proven student support system
    • Specialised pathway
    • Significant exemptions from professional body exams
  • A typical offer would be BBC at A Level or DDM at BTEC. Standard university Accounting and Finance entry requirements apply. In addition, you should hold Mathematics GCSE at grade C/4 or above or equivalent. We welcome international applicants.

    If you have professional qualifications such as AAT (Level 4), IFA, AIA or CAT, you can be considered for direct entry into stage two of the degree.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

    For information on how to apply to study with us as an International student, please see our How to apply for International Study page.

     

  • UK & EU

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    Optional Work Placement Year: £1,000

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    However, we do ask that students pay a £10 deposit to hold their place on the Manchester United trip which is refunded to you after the event.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Optional Work Placement Year: £950

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2019. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    However, we do ask that students pay a £10 deposit to hold their place on the Manchester United trip which is refunded to you after the event.

    International

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,900
    Optional Work Placement Year: £1,000

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020 Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    However, we do ask that students pay a £10 deposit to hold their place on the Manchester United trip which is refunded to you after the event.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500
    Optional Work Placement Year: £950

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2019. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    However, we do ask that students pay a £10 deposit to hold their place on the Manchester United trip which is refunded to you after the event.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

    Accounting and Finance MSc

    Corporate Governance and Leadership MSc

    Financial and Investment Analysis MSc

    International Banking and Finance MSc

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Careers and Employability


Excellent career opportunities are available for graduates holding an Accounting and Finance degree, especially those that will be part professionally qualified. This course will prepare you for work in any of the key accounting fields of auditing, financial accounting, management accounting, budgeting and taxation. A career in accounting offers you the flexibility to work in industry, commerce, the public sector or even private practice.