BA (Hons)

Accounting and Finance

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Whether you’re following in family footsteps, or a complete beginner, this course is an ideal start to a career in accountancy or finance. Develop the knowledge you’ll need to become a success in the industry. And learn the management skills needed to work your way up.

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.

As well as building your financial knowledge, we want to develop you into a strong manager. Our aim is to give you a whole range of transferable skills to set you up for a successful career.

You can choose to complete the course in three years (full time). The optional placement year, or study abroad year is another great opportunity to add to your CV. If you choose this route, you’ll spend your third year away and come back to Manchester Met for your final year.

Features and Benefits

  • Study with a Platinum Approved Learning Partner (the highest level) for the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA)

  • Completing the course means you’ll be exempt from some professional exams before qualifying with ACCA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), or the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)

  • Access to Bloomberg is included – an essential tool in leading banks and corporations

  • Learn from qualified accountants, active in the field, using a range of methods from traditional lectures to podcasts

  • Take part in valuable events, like guest talks, masterclasses, networking, recruitment fairs, or the Accounting, Finance and Banking Society’s programme

  • Come along to a Professional Development Week for support with your CV and employability skills, and the chance to network with employers

“The Business School is a very impressive building and demonstrates the University’s continuous growth, development and commitment to providing students with the best learning environment.” Jack Crombleholme – BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

"Manchester Met is a wonderful university as there are many opportunities to get involved and make friends. 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

Dream of being the CEO of a large firm? Accounting and Finance offers huge potential for jobs with high pay and a high profile.

UK Accountancy qualifications are recognised across the world. Many graduates work at firms based here, with offices around the world – so there are great opportunities to travel in this business.

Or maybe you’d prefer to be self-employed and set up your own accountancy or consultancy. Your skills could be a real benefit whatever you set your mind to.

You won’t be restricted to the finance sector either – organisations in every industry need people with strong management skills and a good head for the figures.

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Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2018 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2019 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS tariff points/grades required


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

106-112 UCAS Tariff Points from a relevant Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at Level 3.

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.

Additional Requirements

If you do not meet the entry requirements of this course you may be eligible for our foundation year.

Further information

Applications are considered individually and you are advised to contact our Course Enquires team via the web form

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 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 at Level 4, students will develop a broader insight into management accounting. Apply management accounting principles and techniques to produce, analyse and interpret management accounting information for planning, control and decision-making in a modern business context. 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.


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 provides a framework to allow students to appreciate the issues involved in corporate financial management.  It examines the basic principles of financial management and applies 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 students a core understanding and appreciation of the subject before moving on the level six unit.

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 level six 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 at this level include risk management focusing on the use of financial instruments to  manage exchange rate index, commodity and interest rate risk and then option pricing using BSM model and the use of real options. The tax aspect of this unit develops the core knowledge gained at level 5 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

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

    Placements 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 placement's 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.

    Meet our expert staff


    Tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are still being finalised for all courses. Please see our general guide to our standard undergraduate tuition fees.

    Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

    Additional costs

    Specialist Costs


    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


    For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

    Bursaries and scholarships

    Money Matters

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    How to apply

    You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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    UCAS code(s)

    3 years full-time: N420

    4 years with placement: NN34

    4 years with overseas study: 2R14

    Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

    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.


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