BA (Hons) Accounting (top-up)

Fast-track your accounting career with our one-year top-up degree.

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Our one-year top-up degree offers the chance to build on an accountancy-related HND, foundation degree or equivalent, and achieve an honours degree in just one year. You’ll develop skills in industry-standard accounting practices, giving you the understanding to assess business performance through corporate financial measures. Over the course of your studies, you’ll cover elements including key operational management, leadership and project management – all vital skills that employers value.

Building on your foundations

The programme covers more than accountancy practices though. Employers in all industries need critical thinkers who focus on solutions.

You’ll develop a range of sought-after skills. These include leadership, operational and project management skills. You’ll also learn how to assess business performance through corporate financial measures.

This means you’ll graduate with greater knowledge of accountancy practices, as well as a variety of management skills. It’s a combination many employers are looking for.

This course will also prepare you to continue onto your professional accountancy examinations with professional bodies such as the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA),Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), or Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Features and Benefits

  • Fast-track – gain an honours degree in just one year.
  • Triple crown - study in a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • Location – the Business School is in the heart of Manchester, one of Europe’s largest financial sectors. You’ll be surrounded by innovative start-ups and global organisations. 
  • Accountancy experts – learn from qualified accountants who are active in the field. We’re the largest provider of accountancy training in the North West of England.
  • 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.
  • Regular industry events – attend guest talks and masterclasses delivered by leading industry professionals and network with businesses at key events.
  • Employability – we understand exactly what skills employers in this sector look for. Everything we teach is designed to make you stand out at interviews and boost your CV.
"The University has a great facility called the Employability Hub, where you can develop your existing experience and skills and find out which jobs are suitable for you." Mehedi Kraishy, BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

"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."

Anna Hardy-Watmough, Principal Lecturer.

Career Prospects

Accounting offers a wealth of career prospects. You’re not limited to accountancy, finance and banking organisations either. Every business needs people with accounting and management skills.
KPMG, Experian, Deloitte and EY are just some of the places our graduates have started their careers.
By completing this course you’ll show employers that you understand accounting practices. You’ll also develop valuable management skills that will allow you to progress to higher profile roles.
You’ll graduate with the knowledge you need to continue onto professional accounting examinations with organisations such as ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW. This means you’re on the path to becoming a qualified accountant.
We’re well placed to help you take the next step in your career. We have close connections with local, national and international organisations within accounting, finance and banking. Every year we host networking events, giving you the opportunity to meet employers in finance and professional services who are looking for people like you.

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Entry requirements

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English


GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics

IELTS score required for international students

6.5 overall with no individual element below 5.5

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

Further information

BA (Hons) Accounting (top-up) is a Degree programme for applicants who have previously studied and successfully completed one of the following:

a relevant HND with a grade of merit or above


a relevant Foundation Degree with a score of 50% or above 


Level 5 of a relevant undergraduate degree with a score of 50% or above.


“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

You will study four core units.

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Core Units

Corporate Financial Management - 30 Credits

The 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.

Corporate Reporting - 30 Credits

Developing the understanding of conceptual frameworks and theories in corporate reporting together with a demonstration of preparation and analysis skills for complex financial transactions and the related financial statements

Business Environment and Operations - 30 Credits

This unit provides you with a holistic integrated view of strategic management across the organisation identifying key types of competitive environment. The unit incorporate skills of a project manager and the management of relationships and teams.

Performance Management for Business - 30 Credits

Adopting a topical real-world perspective, this unit critically considers the relevance and impact of a range of key performance management systems and techniques within a variety of organisational contexts. This unit comprises four main sections: [1] Designing Effective Performance Management Systems, [2] Performance Controls, [3] Strategic Controls, and [4] Topical Issues and Concerns.

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:

65% coursework; 35% examination

Teaching and learning
25% scheduled; 75% independent

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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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: £14,500 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


Students would be required to have a calculator and access to a PC. Calculators would cost a maximum of £10.


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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UCAS code(s)


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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