This specialist degree gives you accreditation towards professional exams from the UK's three largest Accountancy bodies ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW. The degree also gives you a good grounding for many other careers, developing your analytical strength and ability to learn and communicate ideas as well as financial information.
Why choose this course?
This course provides a firm financial grounding for a career in accountancy, finance or general management.
It will give you accreditation towards accounting examinations from professional bodies ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW.
A distinctive part of the course is the way in which you will develop as a team player. In both the second and final years you will engage in team-based exercises that help you to understand the real issues facing organisations and how financial and accounting ideas can play a part in problem-solving.
You will gain a range of advanced IT skills, particularly through the use of Microsoft Excel and SAGE (the professional accounting package).
You will also have access to our Trading Room, which gives students the simulated experience of working in the fast-moving world of shares trading.
The course can be studied over three years full-time or four years with a placement.
Opportunities to study abroad are available.
Full-time students can choose to complete a short internship, study abroad, set up their own enterprise, or run a community project, during the second half of Year Two.
Creating successful graduates
93% of graduates who studied BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance (four years with a placement) are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (latest DLHE Survey Undergraduate results 2011/2012).
Recent graduates have gained jobs in professional practice and also in general management; insolvency practitioners and banking and finance - working for organisations including Cooper Parry, Deutsche Bank, Deloitte , Ernst & Young, JP Morgan, KPMG and Mars.
The course begins in September. Take a look at the academic calendar for term dates. The academic calendar will apply throughout your course, aside your placement year (if you have chosen to undertake one). You will be required to work a minimum of 48 weeks of the placement year.
What will I study?
Core modules include:
Foundations of Law
Economics for Business and Management
Data Research and Analysis
Applied Accounting and Business Skills.
First six months
All students will study core modules.
Management Accounting Information
Second six months
Full-time students choose one from:
Taught modules (see below)
Placement students and full-time students that have selected taught modules above will study:
Accountability of Corporations or Forensic Accounting and Assurance
Finance in the Public Services or Taxation One.
Plus one optional module from:
International Business and Communication
Survey Research and Analysis
Placement year if you are on a four-year course. Students can also study abroad with a partner institution for the year, or combine both studying abroad and working.
Core modules include:
Leadership and Employability (Accounting & Finance)
Advanced Management Accounting
Plus one optional module from:
International Tourism: Sustainability Development and Impact
Data Mining and Financial Data Analysis
Download module descriptions
How will I learn?
We use a mixture of teaching methods including traditional lectures and seminars, IT workshops, guest lectures, problem-based learning and group discussions.
In addition to this you will also be involved in a variety of practical work such as individual and group presentations, student-led seminars, role play, industry-sponsored competitions and project work.
These are included to help you develop a range of practical skills such as time management, effective presentation, communication, customer focus, analytical, entrepreneurial and team working.
You may also be taught in the Trading Room: a unique facility with 12 double screen workstations equipped with an industry leading software system which gives access to worldwide financial markets data and sophisticated analysis tools.
On average you will receive 12 - 15 hours of teaching per week from a combination of lectures and seminars. You'll then be expected to increase your understanding of the subject area through independent study for each module.
Throughout your course the scheduled contact hours you receive will gradually decrease to undertake independent study and the research project in your final year. This will still remain at approximately 12 hours a week though and you will still have regular contact with your tutors.
You will also have time-tabled sessions for your induction at the beginning of the year, and sessions on employability and opportunities that you can get involved with whilst at University.
Personal tutor sessions
You will also have a number of one on one tutor sessions during each year, which will allow you to:
Discuss and gain feedback about your work.
Ask questions about the projects you're working on.
Raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your University experience.
Where will I study?
All students will attend lectures and seminars at NTUs City site, in the impressive Newton Building, home to Nottingham Business School.
Virtual learning environment
You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that gives you 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.
Learning from industry experts
Our tutors have industry experience in their specialist field, which means you will gain practical insight into these fields and how real business decisions are made.
96% of students on BA Accounting and Finance (four years with a placement) agreed that staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2013)
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
You will need one of the following options:
You will also need:
No work experience is required.
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Nottingham Trent University.
The University will be awarding an NTU Bursary of £1000 per year to eligible full-time UK home undergraduate students who start their studies at Nottingham Trent University in 2015.
This £1000 cash award to supplement living costs will be paid to eligible students who are all of the following:
This bursary will be available for each year of study, up to a maximum of three years for a three-year full-time degree course (including sandwich courses and courses with a work placement), two years for a foundation degree course, and four years for a four-year taught degree course. The bursary will be paid in those years where the students are charged the maximum home undergraduate fee for 2015 entrants.
There is no separate application process to apply for an NTU bursary. Your eligibility will be automatically assessed as long as you have applied and been financially assessed for maintenance funding from your National Student Finance Service.
Once your eligibility for the maintenance grant has been established, NTU should automatically receive confirmation of this if you have advised your National Student Finance Service that you will be studying at Nottingham Trent University and provided you (and your sponsors if applicable) have not actively withdrawn consent to share financial information with the University for the purposes of assessing bursary entitlement. If you are awarded a bursary, you will receive written confirmation from the University.
This degree provides you with a superior level of accreditation towards professional examinations with the major UK accounting bodies.
The majority of exemptions are based upon core modules but, dependent on options taken, students graduating from BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance may be able to achieve the following:
The course is also able to offer exemptions towards both The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Association of International Accountants (AIA).
Many have also used their degree as the basis for very successful postgraduate study. Past graduates from this course have progressed to our master's degrees in Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Economics and Finance.