Business and Financial Management Via Study Centres BA (Hons) - University of Sunderland

Course overview

This course allows you to benefit from Sunderland’s excellence in the teaching of tourism without leaving your home region or country.

The content of the course mirrors the Sunderland-based equivalent course: Accounting and Finance (ACCA Exemption).

The team behind the course have an excellent track record, with Business and Management being Best in the North East for Student Satisfaction and Teaching (Sunday Times University Guide 2014).

Courses delivered at study centres share the same ethos, material and approach as those delivered at Sunderland itself. So this course is an outstanding way to gain the benefits of an education from our University without having to move to Sunderland.

Your studies will include a set of employability modules, spread across the course. These help you strengthen the six key attributes of being capable, enquiring, creative, enterprising, ethical and global in outlook. The modules also help you identify your strengths and aspirations, and plan for personal development.

We encourage our students to undertake a year-long placement between the second and final years, although it is not compulsory. It’s a great opportunity to get paid to put your learning into practice and to extend your experience.

Course content

Modules on this course include:

Year 1 (national level 4)

  • Employability Skills (20 Credits)
  • Contemporary Debates in Business Management (20 Credits)
  • Understanding the Business Environment (40 Credits)
  • Understanding Business (40 Credits)

Year 2 (national level 5)

  • Introduction to Strategic Management (20 Credits)
  • Developing Career Prospects (20 Credits) or Responsible Business (20 Credits)
  • Financial Accounting (20 Credits) or Management Accounting (20 Credits)
  • Business Finance (20 Credits)

Year 3

  • Work placement (optional)

Final Year (national level 6)

  • Applying Critical Reflective Practice (20 Credits)
  • Financial Management (20 Credits)
  • Strategic Management Accounting (20 Credits)
  • International Financial Reporting (20 Credits)

Optional Modules (choose 1):

  • Business Research Dissertation (40 Credits)
  • Placement Project (40 Credits)
  • Critical Debate in Professional Practice (40 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

Throughout the course the focus is on innovative teaching and learning by doing and reflecting. One technique is problem-based learning, where you work within a small team to explore issues or decide how to manage a situation. This helps you to dissect, challenge and debate issues.

Other learning techniques include company visits, guest speakers and cutting-edge e-learning technologies. These are in addition to a combination of lectures, seminars, debates, tutorials and workshops. 

Our assessment methods often include coursework and are designed to help consolidate learning. Other methods include assessed case studies and business simulations, presentations, reports, essays, tests and time-constrained assessments.

To find out more about modules, credits and how you will be assessed, please see the page how courses are taught. Information about our policies relating to student experience and quality assurance processes can be found on the Academic Services website.

Facilities & location

The course is currently being ran at Management Development Institute of Singapore, Tashkent MDIS Tashkent, and also at RDI Hong Kong.

Entry requirements

The typical offer will be the equivalent of 260 points from a minimum of two A Levels.

Your chosen study centre can advise on equivalent qualifications from outside the UK.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

If you feel you already know some of the topics covered in this course, either due to previous learning or from experience of work, then you may not need to study all of the course.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is the name given to the process of gaining credit towards a qualification because of something you have learnt in the past. If you are eligible for APL you won't have to learn the same topic again, and so you can be exempt from a module, set of modules or year of a course. 

Read more about APL in the Quality Handbook (.pdf). If you think you may be eligible for APL, please contact the course leader.

Fees & finance

Please contact the study centre for information on fees and finance.

Employment & careers

Career destinations

85% of Sunderland’s business graduates enter employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to the Destination of Higher Education Leavers Survey 2010.

Examples of companies that have recruited students from Sunderland include leading names in IT (Microsoft, IBM), consumer goods (P&G, Nike, Adidas), banking (Lloyds TSB), hospitality (Marriott Hotels, Starbucks), and the public sector (NHS).

This particular course is excellent preparation for applications for banking, accountancy (with further training) and business consultancy. It’s also highly relevant to working in finance or insurance departments, or setting up your own business.

Skills for employment

As part of your course you will take three employability modules specifically designed for self-development. The modules are called: ‘Employability Skills’, ‘Developing Career Prospects’ and ‘Applying Critical Reflective Practice’. These represent 60 credits out of the total of 360 credits for the programme.

The employability modules complement the broader skills that you’ll gain in understanding how businesses create success, how to manage business operations, how to make informed decisions and how to lead change in organisations.

"The University as a whole offers great learning resources."

James Bowe - Student_NN1H

James Bowe


"I wanted a University close to home, in the North East, and chose Sunderland for its prestigious business school and multi-disciplinary business programmes.

"The tutors were very organised, approachable and willing to provide help. University careers entail a lot of self-directed study and research and knowing that your tutors provided the right direction in the foundation of your studies through their lectures and seminars is essential to instilling the confidence needed to complete your projects and to achieve your target grades.

"Whilst providing the opportunity for a specialism the course modules also cover various disciplines from business studies. This allows the formulation and development of a much broader range of knowledge and skills. I feel this has equipped me with skills and knowledge and the confidence for a much wider range of careers. University also gave me the chance to work with individuals from many different cultural backgrounds building great communication skills.

"The University as a whole offers great learning resources. Two new built campuses house extensive libraries which contain extensive literature on their relative disciplines."

Apply for this course

The course is currently being ran at Management Development Institute of Singapore, Tashkent MDIS Tashkent, and also at RDI Hong Kong.

Students will need to contact the study centre for advice on application process.

Contact Sunderland

Course Leader:
Ashraf Elbarky

For more information about studying at the University of Sunderland, please contact:

The Faculty of Business and Law
Tel: 0191 515 3341

The details

Course Name Business and Financial Management Via Study Centres
Classification BA (Hons)
Course Mode Full-time
Course Level Undergraduate
Duration 3 or 4 years
Study Location Off-campus
Starting Please contact the study centre
UK/EU Fee £Contact Study Centre
Intl Fee £Contact Study Centre

Entry requirements

Typical accepting offer: 260 points

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