Accounting and Finance (with Professional Exemptions) BA (Hons)

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Get a head start in the process of becoming a qualified accountant. Undertake a paid 48-week placement and enhance your practical experience. Gain exemptions from nine exams from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

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Overview

This Accounting and Finance course has long been a popular choice because of its excellent career prospects. The course is so closely tied into real-world professional requirements that, when you've successfully completed it, you'll be exempt from exam papers from three professional accounting bodies. These include papers from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Certified Public Accountants (CPA)

Part-time option

If you choose to study part-time, the course will be delivered over nine semesters, one day a week, plus independent study.

Why us?

  • We are a University Partner with CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) - the largest professional body of management accountants in the world
  • The course provides a number of professional exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and Association of Certified Public Accountants (CPA)
  • Available as a sandwich year course where you can engage in a one-year industrial placement
  • Our Business courses were ranked 3rd overall in the UK in the 2018 UK Engagement Survey
  • 100% of BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance and BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance with Sandwich Year graduates are in employment, further study or training within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on full-time, first degree, home leavers)
  • Key accounting and finance themes are supported by specialist areas such as taxation, law and auditing
  • Our Business courses were ranked 4th in the UK for Assessment and, 2nd in the UK for Retention and Progression, and 3rd in the UK for Employability in the 2018 UK Engagement Survey

Course structure

A typical week for you will include lectures, seminars, self-directed study, workshops and case studies. As part of your active learning, you will work on problems and issues with the tutor and other students. Through analysing data and drawing your own conclusions, you’ll explore approaches to different business situations.

You will be assessed via written examinations, coursework and practical assessments.

The part-time option for the course is delivered over 9 semesters, one day a week plus independent study.

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

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  • The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

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Facilities

You’ll be based at the impressive Reg Vardy Centre at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s in stunning surroundings overlooking the banks of the River Wear.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer will be in the region of 112 points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (for example 1 x AVCE double award).

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator.

We accept a maximum of 6 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

You also need three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. 

If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Fees and finance

The full-time annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK or EU
  • £12,000 if you are an international student

Part-time fees are £6,935 per 120 credits.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.

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Employment

Many students on this course will be considering a career as a professional accountant, whether as a financial accountant or a management accountant. A financial accountant will typically work for many different clients, while a management accountant is employed by just one organisation and has a say in the running of that organisation. Business graduates from Sunderland have secured roles with organisations including Facebook, Microsoft, Sage, HSBC, IBM, Enterprise, Nissan, Accenture, Procter & Gamble, Nissan, Marriott Hotels, Viacom 18, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Adidas.

Work placements

To further enhance employability we encourage you to undertake a 48-week placement between your second and final year. It effectively becomes a third year of a four-year course. You’ll earn an average salary of £14,000-£18,000 a year depending on your location.

Placements are an excellent opportunity to put your learning into practice and understand the context for your new knowledge. The contacts made during placements can also be valuable for future job offers.

Guest speakers

Our invitations to guest speakers allow you to listen to people who are already in the type of management position that you may one day hold. Recent speakers include Maurice Duffy, CEO of Global Blackswan, Mike Johnson, CEO of Castrol and Executive Vice President of BP, Uday K Dholakia, Senior Partner of Global Consulting, Neil Stephenson, CEO of ONYX, James Ramsbotham, CEO of the North East Chamber of Commerce, as well as other representatives from a number of our region’s largest employers.

Student Business Society

The University supports student-led initiatives that help you gain practical experience of management. The Business Student Society organises events and guest speakers, as well as attending tours of various companies. With its professional approach, it’s a great way to put into practice the lessons about how to make organisations function effectively. There is something for every student who is studying a subject related to business.


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