Accounting with Finance BA (Hons)

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UCAS Code
N4N3
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019
Accredited
Yes

Overview

This BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree course fuses the twin disciplines of finance and accounting into a versatile degree that will set you up for success in the financial sector or in business.

You’ll develop valuable analytical techniques, economic expertise and strategic insight. With this broad arsenal of skills and knowledge, you’ll be prepared for wherever your ambition takes you.

The course is accredited by 4 global accountancy bodies, which means you can become a chartered accountant or get another professional qualification more quickly once you complete the course.

Accredited by

This accounting and finance degree course is accredited by the following professional accountancy bodies: The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Through the above, you can get exemptions for accountancy qualifications, reducing the number of exams you'll have to sit to become a Chartered Accountant.

These accreditations prove to employers that your qualification has given you the skills and experience to excel professionally in this field.

93% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

90% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Learn from professionally qualified staff who bring their expert knowledge to the classroom
  • Use our Bloomberg terminals to monitor real-time financial data and trade and market movements
  • Achieve the industry-recognised Bloomberg Certificate
  • Apply your skills and experience in simulated business management exercises
  • Get valuable work experience and give back to the local community by working on our charities audit programme

Careers and opportunities

Whether you plan on becoming a chartered accountant or pursuing a career in finance, this finance and accounting degree will help you get there. You can use your expertise to branch out into banking, insurance and investment or fund management.

You’re not limited to the financial sector. The analytical and problem solving skills you’ll learn are highly valued in general management, operations, strategy and consultancy.

Roles our previous students have taken on include:

  • management accountant
  • financial analyst
  • internal auditor
  • stockbroker
  • account manager
  • forensic accountant

Whatever comes next after your studies, our Careers and Employability service will give you support and advice for up to 5 years after you graduate.

I have really enjoyed my time at Portsmouth and if I could turn back time I would come back and do it all again! What really stood out to me was the breadth of commercial and academic experience of the lecturers and their ability to bring the course to life using real world examples.

Aidan Elliot, BA (Hons) Accounting with Finance

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Economics
  • Organisational Management Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Quantitative Methods

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Operational Management Accounting
  • Corporate Governance, Financial Crime, Ethics and Control

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Taxation
  • Personal Finance
  • Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Language
  • Accounting Packages and Systems

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Advanced Financial Management
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Accounting for Strategic Management and Control

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Independent Study for Accountants
  • Dissertation
  • International Accounting
  • International Financial Management
  • Auditing
  • Work-based project

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Placement Year

After your second year, you can do a paid placement year in organisations such as IBM, Boeing and Estee Lauder.

We’ll help you secure a placement that fits your career goals. You'll get support from our Placements Office with applications, interviews and assessment days. You’ll also get mentoring and support to make the most out of your placement year.

Work experience and career planning

Our Careers and Employability service will help you find relevant work experience during your course to give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • one-on-one tutorials

Teaching staff profiles

Louisa Burton, Teaching Fellow

Louisa is a University of Portsmouth graduate and ACCA qualification holder, whose extensive professional experience includes accounts, taxation, charity audits, and corporate auditing at Ernst & Young.

 
Her teaching specialisms are audit and taxation. She also works on projects to improve student employability and professional skills, by linking students with local charities to complete practical work experience while they study. Louisa is currently carrying out research into fraud risk in charities.

Tat-Thanh Nguyen (Frank), Lecturer

The first ever ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) Chartered Accountant qualified in Vietnam, Frank has international experience in various industries, including: accountancy (KPMG & PwC), trading & services (Marubeni) and banking (Techcombank and Maritime). His research interests are in the intersection of Accounting, Finance & Big Data, Machine Learning and Blockchain.

Alan Graham, Lecturer

Alan has 20 years experience in industry and public practice with Deloitte, where he helped to audit Alan Sugar's Amstrad Corporation. He has worked for North American and French corporations and been involved in group accounting, operational reviews and acquisition deals.

His research interests focus on pedagogical issues surrounding the teaching of writing skills and also ethics teaching for accountants. He's also interested in the role of the financial controller in business organisations and in the area of football finance.

Professor Andrew Wood, Head of Accounting and Financial Management

Andrew has worked in universities for more than 20 years, and arrived in Portsmouth from the University of Essex, where he led on learning and teaching for Essex Business School.

Before working in academia, he worked as assistant to the Treasury Committee at the House of Commons, where the inquiries he worked on included the role of the Bank of England and the conduct of economic policy around the time of the exchange rate mechanism crisis (“Black Wednesday”).

His research interests are in the area of behavioural finance - especially asset pricing and trading anomalies, and corporate finance practices.

Michael O'Connor, Lecturer

Michael trained in tax with Arthur Andersen and KPMG in Ireland, and has held senior roles at both private companies, public entities and international consultancies in Russia, Central Asia, Africa and China. He has also worked as a trainee and provided training services at the European Commission.

A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland, Michael was a co-organiser of the 5th European Research Conference in Microfinance that took place at Portsmouth Business School in 2017. He has had a lifelong fascination for technology which he also tries to instil in classes.

Christina Philippou, Lecturer

Christina qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PKF (now BDO), undertaking audits across a variety of business sectors, preparing financial statements, performing due diligence work and providing business services to SMEs.

 
She then spent 8 years working as a forensic accountant for Deloitte in London, including disputes and expert witness work; fraud, insider trading, bribery and corruption investigations; regulatory and US sanctions compliance work; as well as anti-money laundering, compliance, and fraud risk reviews.
 
Christina’s research is in the areas of forensic accounting and sport governance.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • analysis of topical case studies
  • written reports
  • essays
  • examinations
  • presentations
  • self-led project or dissertation
  • group work

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 47% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 48% by coursework
  • Entry requirements​

    Entry Requirements

    ​Course costs

    Tuition fees (2019 start)

    • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
    • International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

    Additional course costs

    These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

    Additional costs

    Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

    You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

    You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

    We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

    If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

    Apply

    How to apply

    To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

    • the UCAS course code – N4N3
    • our institution code – P80

    You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

    Not quite ready to apply?

    Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

    If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

    How to apply from outside the UK

    If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

    To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

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    When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.