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Accounting & Finance

Accounting and Finance Accelerated
BA (Hons)

BUSINESS

Make tracks towards a successful career in accounting and finance, with our 2-year BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance accelerated degree. You’ll get multiple professional exemptions and gain unique industry experiences to set you on course to go far.
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STUDY LEVELS

BA (Hons) Accelerated

UCAS CODE

N221

DURATION

2 Years

START DATE(S)

Sep / Jan / Apr

ENTRY YEAR

2024/25 | 2025/26

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

104

Course Introduction

What you will learn

Our BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance accelerated degree is a quick route to a successful career in the financial services sector. The 2-year course will prepare you for a career in accountancy, auditing, tax advisory, wealth management, banking, business development and organisational leadership.

Just like our standard degree, you’ll study accountancy and finance modules to equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to give business and financial advice to organisations from government departments and global brands to digital start-ups.

You’ll get multiple exemptions on future professional qualifications, and with fast-tracked chartered status after graduation, you’ll have a head-start on success.

If you’re looking for an accounting and finance course in Manchester, our 2-year BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance accelerated degree is the perfect choice for you.

How You Will Study

Course
breakdown

36 weeks of
study per year

 

6 x 6-week blocks

1 subject module per block

4 CPD focus days per block

Subject Module
Breakdown

250 hours of
study per module

 

80 hrs face-to-face (32%)

20 hrs Digital Wednesdays (8%)

150 hrs independent study (60%)

Assessment
Breakdown

No traditional
end-of-year exams*

 

*Accounting and finance students will be required to sit some exams in order to achieve the required exemptions.

Accreditations & Exemptions

Your course modules

Module 1 - Business and Technology

You’ll get to grips with the basic concepts required for effective business management, understand the critical role accounting and finance professionals play in achieving ethical and efficient practices and develop knowledge in key areas such as law and regulations, governance and data protection.

Module 2 - Economics for Business

You will study the basic principles of the Macro and Micro-environment, the effects of government intervention on the market, supply and demand and market outcomes.

Module 3 - Introduction to Financial Accounting

You will gain an understanding of the basic principles and concepts of financial accounting, the elements that make up financial statements and how they are prepared.

Module 4 - Introduction to Management Accounting

In this module you will gain an understanding of the financial and managerial concepts required to enable managers to make better decisions, the purpose of applying costing techniques, as well as, the role of budgets in decision-making and how this can impact organisational behaviour and performance.

Module 1 - Financial Reporting

You’ll study the conceptual framework used when preparing financial statements and how to apply it. You’ll also develop the skills and techniques used to analyse and interpret financial statements such as ratio analysis.

Module 2 - Advanced Management Accounting

You’ll gain an understanding of the concepts and techniques used to develop a business strategy, approaches to management accounting such as strategic pricing, risk analysis and project appraisal techniques, and the techniques and theories surrounding management accounting.

Module 3 - Corporate and Business Law

In this module you’ll develop knowledge and skills in specific legal areas relating to accounting and finance and recognise the need to seek specialist legal advice when necessary.

Module 4 - Financial Management

You’ll develop your knowledge and learn how to exercise professional judgment in relation to the financial management function. By understanding working capital management and the need for investment appraisal and business valuations, you’ll be able to make justified recommendations relating to the financial management of an organisation in private and public sectors.

Module 1 - Advanced Financial Reporting

You will learn to compare and contrast sources of funding for various projects, analyse and provide recommendations on findings from the interpretation of financial statements and identify the limitations of the tools available for interpreting financial statements.

Module 2 - Taxation

You’ll get to grips with the tax systems relating to individuals and groups of companies, as well as the various areas of tax including corporation tax, VAT and income tax; understand the importance of accuracy and the implications surrounding incorrect calculations.

Module 3 - Audit and Assurance

You’ll gain an understanding of the importance and process of audit and assurance within an organisation and the regulatory framework governing accounting and finance practitioners.

Module 4 - Final Project

In this module, you will complete a project, on an area of interest in accounting and finance, that demonstrates your research, problem-solving and use practical skills by performing an evaluation and communicating the results.

What is the 92 Programme?

Alongside your subject modules, you will complete the 92 Programme.

Engaging with the 92 Programme is a requirement for all students and will count towards your overall grade.

In each block, you will take part in a number of Character and Personal Development focus days. During these focus days, you will complete activities designed to boost your mindset, develop your skillset and get you set for future career success.

Throughout the 92 Programme, you will develop skills in self-reflection and awareness, wellness and resilience and professionalism and employability, as well as upskill in different areas.

Find out more about how we prepare students for future career success.

Why the 92 Programme is part of your course?

In a recent study*, 78% of employers believe graduates do not drive in the workplace fully equipped with the skills they need to be work-ready.

Another study conducted by the World Economic Forum** identified ‘10 Skills You Need for the Future of Work’. These skills include:

  • Emotional intelligence (EQ)
  • Analytical (critical) thinking
  • Active learning with a growth mindset
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Technology skills

At UA92, we prepare you for life after graduation and equip you with the skills employers value most. You may not realise it, but developing  these skills now, will get you set for career success and could land you that dream job in the future.

*CMI Report: Work Ready Graduates

**World Economic Forum: The Future of Jobs Report 2023

How is the 92 Programme assessed?

You will produce a learning journal that will document your experiences. This will be submitted at the end of each academic year (or level of study) to assess whether you have met the required standard to pass the module.

Why study at UA92

UA92 offer a deliberately different experience to traditional universities; with fixed morning or afternoon timetables and no end of year exams. Our industry-inspired courses, place character and personal development firmly at the core of the learning experience. This is more than a degree. It’s preparation for life.

  • Degrees awarded by the prestigious Lancaster University
  • No traditional end of year exams**
  • Study one module at a time
  • Courses co-designed with industry
  • Fixed morning or afternoon timetable***
  • Multiple start dates throughout the year
  • Focus on Character and Personal Development

90%

said they felt supported with their learning.

NSS Results 2023

UA92 scored higher than all Greater Manchester Universities for Teaching, Academic Support, Mental Health Support Services and Assessment and Feedback in the National Student Survey 2023.*

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT AT

UA92 Business School

Our game-changing UA92 Business School in the city-centre of Manchester opened in September 2023. As our central hub for enterprise, it will transform the way we deliver our Business and Accounting courses. The campus is in the heart of Manchester's thriving business district, less than one minute from Salford Central train station, and well connected to the rest of Manchester and beyond.  
FIND US
UA92 Business School Baskerville House Browncross Street Manchester UK M3 5FS

Careers In Accounting and Finance

What’s next for an Accounting and Finance graduate?

The financial services sector offers many exciting career paths, and graduates with an accounting and finance background are in high demand. With a strong foundation in financial principles, analytical skills, and problem-solving abilities, in just two years, you’ll be prepared to navigate the financial landscape, wherever you work.

The average salary for a graduate trainee accountant in the UK is £27,990 per year (Glassdoor). This can vary depending on experience, location, and your specific role. With this degree, you’ll have the flexibility to apply your skills across a number of industries including, public accounting, corporate finance, management consulting, government agencies and non-for-profit organisations.

Industry Partnerships

We have over 60 industry partners who support our mission to develop career-ready graduates. These partnerships provide you with access to industry-leading expertise, mentorship opportunities and work-place experiences.

Our industry partners play a vital role in shaping both the curriculum you study and your student experience. From delivering guest lectures and masterclasses to providing internships and graduate roles. Here are just some of our partners:

Meet the Business Team

Firoz Bhaiyat
Head of Business

Emma Gaskill
Course Leader

Donna Walsh
Lecturer

ASK OUR BUSINESS STUDENTS

Our friendly ambassadors are ready to answer your questions. Click on the ‘Ask me a question’ button to start a conversation.

*The NSS results referred to above compares UA92’s results against the 4 Universities in Greater Manchester (University of Bolton, Manchester Metropolitan University, Salford University and The University of Manchester). Teaching, Assessment and Feedback and Academic support refers to the average score across all questions in these themes. Mental health support services refers to question: How well communicated was information about your university/college’s mental wellbeing support services?

** There may be exams in some subject areas where external accreditations are available.

*** If you start in February, April or June or as an accelerated student, we can’t guarantee your timetable will be fixed am/pm throughout your studies.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The standard entry requirements for the accelerated BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance course is 104 UCAS points. However, each application is assessed on an individual basis, taking into consideration a wide range of factors. Depending on your personal circumstances, and in line with our  Contextual Admissions Policy, your application may still be considered if you have less than 104 UCAS Points. Alternatively, we have other courses that we can offer. If you would like to know more about applying to UA92 or have any questions about our entry requirements, please contact our Student Futures Team.

LEVEL 2

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English Language and Maths
  • Accepted Alternatives: Functional Skills Level 2 (English and Maths)

LEVEL 3

  • UCAS Points: 104
  • A Levels: BCC (104 equivalent)
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma: DMM
  • BTEC Diploma: D*D
  • T Levels: M
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AB
  • IB: 28 points with 14 from Higher Level Subjects

NON-TRADITONAL

Some qualifications do not carry UCAS Tariff points but may still be considered. We take into account a range of qualifications and work/life experience that can demonstrate your ability to succeed on the course. Each application is assessed on an individual basis, taking into consideration a wide range of factors.

INTERNATIONAL

International Baccalaureat 

Pass the IB Diploma with minimum 28 points overall, with 14 points from Higher Level Subjects.

English Language Requirements

In addition to meeting the academic criteria, if your first language isn’t English, you may be asked for a recognised English language qualification. This is especially important if you are not a national of a majority English speaking country or you haven’t completed a degree in English. If you are an international student, in order to obtain a student visa, you will be required to demonstrate that you have the correct level of English language competency to study in the UK.

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
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