BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance (Accelerated Degree)

Fast track your career with our two-year degree and accelerate your path to becoming a qualified accountant or finance professional.

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This two-year accelerated degree shares the same curriculum as our three-year Accounting and Finance degree. It is ideal if you are an ambitious learner, able to study in a fast-paced environment, and want to quicken your route into becoming an accounting and finance professional.

If you are motivated, driven and committed to succeed an accelerated degree may work for you. We have designed this course to achieve exemptions from ACCA, CIMA, CIPFA and ICAEW, enabling graduates to become qualified in a much shorter time.

This degree assumes no prior knowledge of accountancy and finance. Alongside the development of accounting practice techniques and commercial business knowledge, there is a strong focus on developing your managerial skills.

Features and Benefits

  • Fast track qualification - complete your degree and a professional qualification (ACCA) in just three years.
  • Accredited degree – gain exemptions from all the major professional accountancy bodies in just two years.
  • Outstanding support from tutors – taught by a team of professional accountants with extensive industry experience.
  • Demonstrate commitment to potential employers – balance other commitments with condensed study periods.
“With our accelerated degree, you will benefit from the all the features of the three-year programme but you will graduate in just two years. Therefore, you can enter the workplace one year earlier. You will have the same opportunities to develop employability skills and kick start your career sooner.” Dr Clare Guthrie, Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance Accelerated Degree

Career Prospects

This intensive programme of study could help you to take the next steps in your professional or academic career more quickly and will demonstrate your commitment, drive and motivation to future employers.

You may wish to use the University’s career service to secure internships or paid employment during your summer breaks, where you can build your practical experience.

After graduating, you may wish to continue with further training in professional accountancy to become a fully qualified accountant or embark on further postgraduate studies.

The accounting and finance industry offers huge potential for jobs with high pay and high profile. Leading employers including KPMG, Deloitte, EY and Experian have hired our graduates.

Organisations in every industry need people with strong management skills and a good head for figures. Your skills will serve you well in whatever path you choose. UK accountancy qualifications are recognised around the world. That means there are opportunities to travel or even live and work abroad.

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Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2019 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2020 academic year. Please check back for further details.

We will interview you as part of your application.

UCAS tariff points/grades required


120-128 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BBB-ABB) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DDM) in a relevant subject.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language in Mathematics. Level 2 Functional Skills English or Maths also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 122 UCAS Tariff Points.

International Baccalaureate points


IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each element

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Additional Requirements

Potential students will be invited to an interview.


“The landscape of accounting, finance, and banking is constantly evolving. We equip students with the necessary skills in order to compete in the global job market…”
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Course details

This accelerated degree aims to build your financial knowledge and core accountancy capabilities so that you have a solid foundation on which you can build a successful career in the financial sector. We have designed the course to cover the same content as many of the chartered accountancy exams so that you can gain exemptions from professional accountancy bodies once you complete the degree.

During this year you will study a variety of units, which may include the following:

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Core Units

Governance, Ethics and Law

This unit will provide an introduction to the legal and ethical backdrop in which finance professionals operate. It will consider the formation of companies and legal entities, and the rules governing this. It will also demonstrate the importance of ethical behaviour, linking to ethical scandals and poor corporate behaviour.

Business Law

This module will cover all aspects of business law that are relevant to a professional accountant, such as corporate law, negligence and insolvency. The basic principles of employment law will also be considered.

Continuing Professional Development

Building on the Personal and Professional Development module at Level 4, this unit will continue to develop the ‘soft skills’ required by employers. Students will have the option to engage in mock employability tasks and develop their own professional skills. Engagement in departmental employability events will be an integral component of this unit.

Financial Reporting and Assurance

This unit builds on the Fundamentals of Financial Accounting at Level 4. It introduces new and more complex accounting standards, and the full preparation of full financial statements. The unit also considers how financial information can be analysed, and the relevance of this. In addition, this unit will consider the concept of assurance, and how this operates in practice. Students will study the fundamentals of an audit, and the significance of this for companies.

Business Environment

This unit will consider the wider environment in which businesses operate, and the strategies adopted to promote success. Basic strategic tools will be considered, and the importance of this to corporate success will be evaluated.


This unit covers the goals and decision of organisations, the market system and competitive process, the financial system and the macroeconomic context of business. This is contextualised to consider the relevance of this for those operating in the financial sphere.

Digital Skills

This unit will begin to embed the key digital skills required in the rapidly evolving digital world. The unit will utilise a variety of software and consider both how technology can be used to generate, and present, relevant information.

Fundamentals of Management Accounting

This unit will cover the fundamentals of management accounting such as cost classification and behaviour, costing methods and decision-making techniques. The unit will introduce the fundamental principles used by management to plan, control and make decisions.

Personal and Professional Development

This unit provides students with the ‘soft skills’ required to begin their career planning and consider future career choices. The unit will look at both personal development e.g. resilience, personal learning styles, and professional development e.g. CVs, presentation skills.

Financial Analytics

This unit will provide students with the mathematical and analytical skills required for future finance professionals. The application of analytics to business mathematics will be considered, alongside the development of IT skills in the key area of excel.

Fundamentals of Financial Accounting

This unit provides an introduction to the concepts of financial accounting including recording fundamental transactions and preparing simple financial transactions. The fundamental principles underpinning financial accounting will be covered, along with recording transactions for several key areas. The unit will also cover the preparation of extracts of key financial statements.

During this year you will study a variety of units, which may include the following:

* You will have the choice to select a non-exemption pathway (with fewer exams and wider choice of units), or an exemption pathway which is mapped to Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRB's).

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Core Units

Management Accounting and Business Operations

Building on both the Fundamentals of Management Accounting and Business Environment units at Level 4, the unit will teach students how to produce, analyse, interpret and discuss management accounting information for planning, control and decision-making. In addition, this unit will further examine the role of strategy within an organisation, and how think links to the management accounting information produced.

Digital skills for business professionals

This unit builds on the digital skills unit at Level 4 and will further develop the digital skills required for the business professionals of the future. The unit will again consider a variety of software and will equip students with the confidence to utilise well-known IT systems with ease.

Fundamentals of Corporate Finance

Corporate finance provides an introduction to the fundamentals of financial management. This unit includes topics such as working capital management, investment appraisal and business valuation.

Research Project (Non-exemption pathway)

A substantial piece of research work, drawing upon academic theory to produce a critically reflective work, which adds to an area relevant to the degree and employability.

Continuing Professional Development 2 (Both pathways)

Building on the Continuing Professional Development module at Level 5, this unit will further embed the employability skills required to ensure  5 students are ‘job ready’ on graduation. Students will have the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of employability-based events, which will simulate a real-life job application.

Corporate Reporting and Governance (Exemption pathway)

This unit builds on Financial Reporting and Assurance at Level 5. The application of complex accounting standards will be considered, alongside the preparation of group financial statements, and advanced analysis measures. The conceptual backdrop will be linked to business governance, which considers the requirements for businesses in terms of legal requirements for governance and recent developments.

Management Accounting and Strategy (Exemption pathway)

This unit builds on Management Accounting and Business Operations at Level 5. This unit will focus on understanding and using the concepts of contemporary management accounting for strategic business decisions. It will also link into advanced strategy and consider how strategic tools are used by businesses to evaluate and monitor performance.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:



Department of Accounting, Finance and Banking

Our Accounting, Finance and Banking Department is the largest provider of accountancy training in the North West of England.

The department offers extensive industry experience through active experts in their profession, with excellent relations across industry bodies and a collaborative approach to promoting critical thinking, employability, flexibility and professionalism.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees for this course have yet to be confirmed and will be updated as soon as more information is available.

UK and Channel Island students

The standard tuition fee for home and Channel Island students is set by the University subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students. For reference, the home fee for the full 120-credit 2019/20 academic year is £9,250.

EU and international students

The fees for EU and international students have not been confirmed for 2020, please check back for more details.

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600


Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course for 2020 entry once applications open in UCAS.

Visit UCAS for further details, including deadlines.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

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