BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Working in finance is fast-paced, rewarding and competitive. We’ll give you the head start you need to become a qualified accountant or respected financial professional.

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Overview

Whether you’re an aspiring chief financial officer or want to start your own accountancy firm you need a good understanding of accountancy, financial practice and commercial business. This course covers all these areas as well as developing your management skills. It’s the ideal start to a career in accountancy or finance.

We designed the course to cover the same content as many of the chartered accountancy exams. That means you’ll be exempt from a lot of professional bodies’ exams. After graduation, you could be well on your way to being a qualified professional in a shorter space of time.

Kick-starting your career

Building your financial knowledge is just part of the picture. You’ll also develop the management skills you need to have a successful career. When you graduate you’ll have a range of transferable skills that employers around the world are looking for.

With its strong and growing economy, Manchester is the perfect place to learn. Our Business School is well-connected with local, national and international companies. The optional placement year, or study abroad year, is an excellent opportunity to add to your CV. In your final year you can choose from specialist modules and tailor your studies to suit your interests.

Features and Benefits

  • Accountancy experts – we’re the largest provider of accountancy training in the North West of England. Learn from qualified accountants who are active in the field. 
  • Professional exam exemptions – qualify for exemptions with professional bodies including the ACCA, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
  • Location –study in the engine room of the Northern Powerhouse. The Business School is in the heart of Manchester, one of Europe’s largest financial sectors.
  • Free access to Bloomberg Terminal – a leading global platform used by the world’s banks, corporations and government agencies for news, data, analytics and research.
  • Experience the world – discover what it’s like to work in accountancy and finance through our excellent industry connections, or study abroad at one of our international partner institutions.
  • Regular industry events – attend guest talks and masterclasses, network with businesses, or take part in events in the Accounting, Finance and Banking Society’s programme.
  • Employability – completing this course shows employers in the UK and beyond that you understand accounting practices. In the future, you could use your experience to set up your own accountancy firm.
  • Choose a placement or study abroad – the course offers real flexibility as you will enrol on the three year course and then decide if a placement or overseas study is right for you once you have started your studies, so you don’t have to decide now.  
“The support I received was amazing. The lecturers are fantastic and I was able to ask for advice on any aspect of the course – their open-door policy means we always get a swift answer” Jack Crombleholme, BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“I have been able to act as a treasurer in the Chinese society and this has allowed me to put my accounting skills to practice and meet people with similar interests."

Vanessa Pui-Ying Liu – BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Career Prospects

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

You may prefer to set up your own accountancy business. Or you could find a job away from the finance sector. Organisations in every industry need people with strong management skills and a good head for figures.

Your skills will serve you well 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.

Learn more about graduate careers

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of graduates go straight into employment or further study within six months of graduating.

DLHE survey 2017, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

104-112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BCC-BBC) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM).

Specific GCSE requirements

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

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points.

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

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

MEET THE EXPERTS

“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…”
 
Listen to what Anna Hardy-Watmough, Principal Lecturer, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

Accounting is essential for the day-to-day running of any business. But the course is also designed to help you understand how an organisation works. We want to develop your management skills to help you contribute to a viable, successful business.

You’ll start by learning about the context you’ll be working in, while building your accounting skills. We look at financial markets, and cover essential topics like decision making and ethics.

As the course progresses, we delve into more detail – subjects include law and reporting. In your final year you can choose option units to customise the course to your own interests.

You will enrol on the three year course which will give you the flexibility when you start your studies to choose a year on placement or to study abroad in year two, so you would complete your degree over four years if you chose this option.

You will study areas including financial accounting, decision making, sector responsibilities, ethics, economics and personal and professional development.

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Core Units

Financial Sector Responsibilities and Ethics

This unit will provide you with an introduction to the financial environment, the role of financial sector providers and the products offered. You will explore how the providers are regulated and the impact of regulation on the wider financial environment. The ethical behaviour and responsibility of those involved in the provision of financial services and the wider economy will be examined including a reflection on recent ethical scandals, their source and aftermath. These reflections will be built upon the Principles for Responsible Management Education, stakeholder engagement, team based learning and sustainability.


 

Financial Decision Making

Identifying, applying and evaluating information for management techniques to assist management with planning, control and decision making within a business environment. This will cover management accounting fundamentals: cost classification and behaviour; inventory valuation and controls; traditional full cost methods; marginal costing and short and long-term decision making techniques with appropriate software packages.

Financial Accounting

This unit provides you with an introduction to the concepts of financial accounting including recording fundamental transactions and preparing simple financial statements. Your studies will cover topics such as the fundamentals of financial accounting, the application of various concepts, and the preparation of an income statement and statement of financial position. This unit will also introduce the basic concepts of direct and indirect taxation involving simple transactions and basic calculations. 

Economics (15 credits)

The aim of this unit is to develop your understanding of the economic context of business and the fluctuations in financial markets, government policy and competition and how they influence the performance of an organisation. The key areas this unit cover may include: the macroeconomic context of organisations (demand and supply analysis; circular flow of income; trade cycle; unemployment, inflation and growth; public finance; impact of changing exchange rates); the goals and decisions of organisations (forms of ownership; share price fluctuations; stakeholders; changing efficiency; monopolistic markets); the market system and the competitive process (determinants of supply and demand; price elasticities of demand; impact of the minimum wage). 

Personal and Professional Development

This 15-credit unit has been developed to assist you with the transition from further to higher education and aims to address your personal, professional and academic needs as a new undergraduate student. The unit aims to provide a holistic approach to developing your employability skills and attributes by supporting you at the first stage of your transition from university entry to professional entry level. During this unit, you will explore your own personal development via the emergent Life Skills or Soft Skills perspective. The unit seeks to develop your personal attitudes and behaviours towards the concept of Professional Development via the Faculty of Business and Laws Early Career Professional skills framework, which includes thinking critically, communicating effectively, professional and commercial awareness, and being able to demonstrate values. The unit has been designed to offer a potential parallel route for students to register for and gain the University's Futures Skills Award within the period of study.

You will study areas including corporate finance and tax, financial reporting, law, management accounting and internal systems.

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Core Units

Management Accounting and Internal Systems

Building upon the Financial Decision Making unit, you will develop a broader insight into management accounting. Core unit themes include using management accounting techniques to produce, analyse and interpret management accounting information for planning, control and decision-making in a modern business context. You will also study the wider business context within which information systems operate and analyse how information systems can be implemented in support of the organisations strategy.  The unit will introduce the concept and tools and techniques of operations management. Studies will cover topics such as: Cost predication, cost accumulation using modern costing techniques, producing management accounting information for short-term decision making, product pricing, further aspects of budgeting and advanced variance analysis. In addition, you will look at the role of information systems in organisations, including enterprise-wide and other emerging systems and discuss ways of implementing, organising and managing information system activities as well as an introduction to the concept of supply chains, supply chain management and process mapping.

Financial Reporting

This unit develops your skills in preparing financial statements for corporate entities using IFRS. Your studies will cover the ethical application of a range of accounting standards for single companies and basic groups. It will help you apply these standards to common business transactions. You will analyse financial statements in a range of contexts and understand the governance implications of financial reporting.

Law

The unit aims to develop your knowledge with regard to the legal areas relating to the types of organisation, governance, control and financing of business and other aspects of contract and tort law relevant to financial professionals and the world in which they operate.

Corporate Finance and Tax 1

This unit allows you to explore the issues involved in corporate financial management.  You'll examines the basic principles of financial management and apply them to the main decisions faced by financial managers.  The unit covers the following topic areas - The objectives of financial management, Time Value of Money, Valuation – Bonds / Company, Cost of Capital, Portfolio Theory, CAPM, Efficient Markets Hypothesis, Dividend Theory, Capital Structure, Investment Appraisal Techniques, Real Options. The tax aspect of the unit will cover an introduction to both personal, business and corporate taxation to give you a core understanding of taxation.

You will study areas including corporate finance and tax and corporate reporting, with options available covering risk management, business acquisitions, financial planning and international financial management.

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    Core Units

    Corporate Reporting

    This unit will develop the understanding of conceptual frameworks and accounting theories and their application in the current business environment. It will develop your knowledge of accounting standards, group reporting and corporate analysis in complex environments. You will develop and appreciation of the common ethical, professional judgement and governance scenarios in which a professional accountant operates.

    Corporate Finance and Tax 2

    This unit builds upon the introductory financial management concepts in "Corporate Finance & Tax 1". The course covers advanced Investment Appraisal, cost of capital and business valuations using commercial examples. New topics introduced include risk management, focusing on the use of financial instruments to manage exchange rate index; commodity and interest rate risk and option pricing using the BSM model and the use of real options. The tax aspect of this unit develops previous knowledge gained to look at the tax consequences of real-world scenarios for both individuals, businesses and corporations and the mitigation of tax liabilities through tax planning.

    Option Units

    Business Acquisitions and Transnational Auditing

    This unit aims to developing your understanding of globalisation on multinational businesses and theories in corporate reporting. The unit will also address key accounting issues and how to recommend resolutions. Core themes covered in this unit will include conceptual framework and other regulatory requirements relating to acquisitions, ethical reporting practices, international financial reporting standards, harmonisation of reporting practices, emerging reporting issues, report writing and current developments in transnational auditing.

    Financial Planning for Individuals

    This unit aims to develop your personal financial planning skills such as tax planning, pension planning and protection issues and your understanding of the impact of these on individuals at both a theoretical and practical level. Core themes include the six stage planning process, tax planning, estate planning, protection and retirement planning, saving and investments.

    Risk Management in Banking and Insurance

    This unit has been designed to specifically to consider the risk management challenges faced in the banking and insurance sectors. We will survey the regulatory environment and consider recent developments. Consideration will be given to techniques and specifics that can be utilised to identify, assess, report on, manage and monitor risk. The unit covers the following topic areas; the financial crisis, risk measurement (VaR), EWRM, banking regulation (Basel III & Vickers Report), securitisation, types of risk (credit, operational, liquidity, interest rate), derivative products, insurance company risks, investment of insurance funds, underwriting and pricing, and insurance regulation (Solvency II).

    Banking, Financial Markets and Institutions

    This unit will provide you with an examination and critical evaluation of the institutions, markets and mechanisms in place for the transfer of money in an economy. The financial system is examined in detail and the banking and economic crisis is explored in terms of causation and lessons for the future. As well as traditional theory, you will gain an appreciation of behavioural economics and an advanced understanding of the contemporary financial system, located nationally, globally and on the web.

    Business Environment and Operations

    This unit provides you with a holistic view of management across the organisation in particular the role of the management accountant. The unit builds on important concepts from management account studies and ethics, and includes strategic options, skills and issues the accountant would be exposed to in an organisational environment. Your studies will cover topics such as identifying types of competitive environment, developing strategies, CSR and ethics, the marketing environment, developments in strategic management; you will be learning the tools and techniques of project management including the role of a project manager. In addition to the competitive environment and project management you will also learn the concepts associated with the effective operation of an organisation and the various approaches of management and leadership, including the activities associated with managing people.

    International Financial Management

    This unit will provide you with an understanding of the forms of international finance and the workings of international capital markets. It will introduce and build on the theory of foreign exchange and provide detailed knowledge of the management of international financial risks.

    Current Issues in Management Accounting

    Building upon the Management Accounting and Internal Systems unit at Level 5, you will develop a strategic insight into management accounting and performance management.  Your studies will cover topics such as: The elements of Management Accounting, competitive strategies and how they influence management accounting practices, traditional and modern performance management techniques, transfer pricing, reward systems and behavioural aspects of management accounting, ethical issues in management accounting, quality management (including practices of continuous improvement) and how they impact management accounting and contemporary issues in management accounting.

    Assurance and Corporate Governance

    This unit aims to develop your understanding of the concepts, principles and theories relating to corporate audit, assurance and corporate governance. Core themes the unit will cover include legal, ethical and other regulatory requirements relating to audit, assurance and corporate governance. The nature, process and management of audit and assurance services and current developments affecting audit, assurance and corporate governance.

    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:

    Study
    Assessment throughout your degree will be both informal and formal.
    Optional foundation year

    Placement options

    A placement year can be an excellent opportunity to acquire high quality work experience and structured on –the-job training whilst earning a salary. There are also opportunities for you to undertake a placement based project where you research a business issue for your employer. This project can count towards one of your final year units and reduces your workload in your final year. The placement must be a minimum of 36 weeks, but it will usually last for 12 months and takes place after your second year of study.

    We have an award-winning placement team, who advertise vacancies and can help you find the right placement for you. The team has over 25 years experience of matching students to employers. They advertise over 1,000 vacancies each year, organise an annual placement fair where you can meet employers who are actively recruiting placement students, deliver CV workshops, provide one-to-one advice, and will conduct a mock interview with you so you can practice your interview technique.

    The placement jobs market is competitive and it is your responsibility to be pro-active and apply for vacancies. We recommend that you start researching companies and opportunities during your first year and apply for positions at the start of your second year. Finding the right opportunity and the right position is important, because if you are a good match to your placement, your employer could offer you a full-time position when you have graduated.

    For more information about placements, please visit our placements page

    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

    Foundation Year students

    UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed 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.

    Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,000 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

    UK, EU and Channel Island students

    UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed 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.

    Non-EU international students

    Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

    Additional Information

    A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

    Additional costs

    Specialist Costs

    £10

    Scientific calculator £10. 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 and up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600

    Placement Costs

    We have a dedicated Placement Team to support you in securing a placement with a professional employer. Fees for the Placement Year are substantially reduced. Additionally, you will incur costs including travel/living costs in securing and undertaking a placement. For the Overseas Study route, students should be aware that costs vary hugely between countries, areas and even between universities within the same country so it is very important to research costs well ahead of time.

    Professional Costs

    Potential professional fees dependent on study/ placement choices

    Funding

    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 through UCAS.

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