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What you will learn
Our BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree is the ideal start to a successful career in the dynamic and ever-growing financial services sector. This course will prepare you for a career in areas such as accountancy, auditing, tax advisory, wealth management, banking, business development and organisational leadership.
You will study a range of core accountancy and finance modules. This will equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to provide business and financial advice to a range of different organisations including government departments, digital start-ups and global brands.
Our Accounting and Finance degree has a strong emphasis on career preparedness. It offers multiple exemptions on future professional qualifications, enabling you to fast-track your chartered status after graduation.
Our industry partners, including KPMG, provide you with access to industry-leading expertise, mentorship opportunities and work-place experiences.
So, if you are looking for an Accounting and Finance course in Manchester, our BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree is the perfect choice for you.
How You Will Study
24 weeks of
study per year
4 x 6-week blocks
1 subject module per block
4 CPD focus days per block
250 hours of
study per module
80 hrs face-to-face (32%)
20 hrs Digital Wednesdays (8%)
150 hrs independent study (60%)
*Accounting and finance students will be required to sit some exams in order to achieve the required exemptions.
Accreditations & Exemptions
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
Get 9 exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification.
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
Achieve 8 exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) exams.
Institute of Financial Accountants
Achieve 12 exemptions from the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA) qualification.
Association of Accounting Technicians
Achieve an additional professional qualification with the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).
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
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.
UA92 Business School
Careers In Accounting and Finance
What’s next for an Accounting and Finance graduate?
Graduates with a finance background are in high demand. The financial services sector offers a diverse range of exciting career paths for graduates with a BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree. With a strong foundation in financial principles, analytical skills, and problem-solving abilities, graduates are prepared to navigate the financial landscapes of various industries.
The average salary for a graduate trainee accountant in the UK is £27,990 per year. This can vary depending on experience, location, and the specific role. You have the flexibility to apply your range of skills across a number of industries including, public accounting, corporate finance, management consulting, government agencies or non-for-profit organisations.
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:
One of the big 4 accounting firms, KPMG provides audit, tax and advisory services to many of the world’s leading businesses. KPMG have supported business students with guest speaker sessions, mentoring, insight days and work experience programmes.
Supporting UK businesses of every shape and size, delivering fantastic connectivity, affordable prices and brilliant service. TalkTalk have supported business students with guest speaker sessions, mentoring, insight days and work experience programmes.
Sedulo is one the fastest growing UK-mid-tier business advisory firms working with SMEs, corporates, not-for-profits and private clients. Sedulo has supported UA92’s guest speaker sessions, work experiences programme and has employed a UA92 graduate.
Gateley is a Legal and Professional services group which recently won The Times Best Law Firms Award. Gateley has sponsored three student bursaries, creating enrichment opportunities including networking, work experiences and providing mentors.
The JD group is a leading global omni-channel retailer of sports fashion and outdoor brands. They support our mentoring and work experience programmes.
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*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.
The standard entry requirements for the 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.
- 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English Language and Maths
- Accepted Alternatives: Functional Skills Level 2 (English and Maths)
- 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
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.
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