The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Accounting and Finance

Why choose this course?

This award equips you with the relevant skills and knowledge to pursue a career in accountancy, finance, banking and a wide range of management roles.

The programme has been designed specifically to provide you with maximum exemptions from internationally recognised accounting professional body examinations, giving you a head start when it comes to qualifying as an accountant. In addition to your academic studies, you will also be trained in the use of accounting software, analytical skills and report writing and further employability skills which will enable you to better adapt to the rapidly changing environment of work.

All students have the opportunity to take an optional placement year providing valuable workplace experience and significantly improving your employability on graduation. In addition, during your studies you will have the opportunity to meet with accounting and business practitioners through guest lectures and other special events.

The University of Wolverhampton has recently partnered with ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) in their Accelerate programme which allows final year students an accelerated path to ACCA membership, enhanced career prospects, discounted fees, access to the global ACCA community to provide practical assistance with studies and future career.

Find out more about the Accelerate programme

The degree can also be used as the basis for postgraduate study in the area of finance and general business management. For example, the Business School has a MSc in Finance and Accounting which dovetails in with the knowledge and skills obtained on this programme.

You may also study Accounting or Finance as part of the following joint awards:

Please note: Part-time study requires attendance during the day.

What happens on the course?

Indicative Course Structure.

Level 4 (Year 1)

Semester 1

Semester 2



Professional Skills For Accountants




Financial Accounting Principles




Business Law








Economics for Accounting & Finance




Quantitative Analysis for Economics and Finance


Level 5 (Year 2)

Semester 1

Semester 2



Management Accounting: Decision Making Techniques




Budgeting & Financial Control




Financial Reporting




Introduction to Financial Economics




Digital Accounting




Taxation of Individuals




Supervised Work Experience


This module is undertaken by students who opt to take a placement year

Level 6 (Year 3)

Semester 1

Semester 2







Topics in Accounting and Finance (project)




Business Taxation




Strategic Management Accounting & Control




Corporate Financial Management




Advanced Financial Reporting


Note: In addition the above modules, students on the Sandwich Degree will take module 5BU005 Supervised Work Experience-Enterprise Placement between their Level 5 and Level 6 modules.

Why Wolverhampton?

Enhancing your employment and career prospects

Studying with the Business School gives you a head start in your career through offering:

Professional body exemptions - The course provides the opportunity to gain exemptions for Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) which will make you attractive to employers as you will be a significant way towards becoming a fully qualified accountant.

Internships -You can choose to gain valuable work experience through taking an internship (sandwich placement) as part of your programme of study. Full support in preparing and securing internships is provided through our dedicated support team.

Study abroad - You can choose to undertake one semester or a full year study abroad at one of our EU partners, as part of your programme of study.

Working with real managers - We find many opportunities for you to work with practising managers, from company projects, guest lectures and site visits through to short internships or full year long sandwich placements.

Developing real business skills - Studying at Wolverhampton will allow you to develop the skills businesses demand including IT, project management, team working and leadership.

Careers support and guidance - You will be able to gain an Employability Award. Having developed your CV and enhanced your interview skills you will be able to undertake a short internship to prepare yourself to gain employment on graduation.

Volunteering - You can gain valuable employability skills through volunteering. Opportunities exist for you to work with voluntary organisations.

Starting your own business - Not only will you develop the business acumen necessary to start and manage your own business but on-going support is available both during your studies and on graduation to help you make a success of your business start-up.

Management mentors - You will have the opportunity to be mentored by a senior manager from the region through our Institute of Directors mentoring scheme or alumni.

A supportive professional study environment

Your learning experience at the Business School will be enhanced by:

Tutors who know about business - Tutors on this programme have experience as practicing managers, worked with business in an advisory capacity or will be researching business and management in order that what you learn is current, leading edge thinking which has real relevance to the world of business.

A friendly and supportive environment - We are known for the support we provide to our students. Your personal tutor and course leader are there to give you the support you need, whether pastoral or study advice, when you need it.

Blended learning - The School has developed a blended learning approach where lecture and tutorial activities are supported by online learning to become a seamless learning experience both in and outside of the classroom.

Flexibility - The programme offered gives you flexibility over your study options as you progress and develop, whether this is choosing to study abroad or take an internship or being able to move between the courses we offer.

Professional body informed programmes - The school has strong professional body links and these are used to inform the curriculum to ensure they reflect the latest professional thinking and standards and to maximise the exemptions and accreditation you will gain alongside studying your programme.

Internationalisation - Our international student and staff body and a curriculum underpinned by internationalisation will enable you to learn how to operate in a global business environment.

What our students think

"The teaching was fantastic throughout the course. The lecturers are very knowledgeable and experienced, they are excited about their subject area and they have time for you. Extra workshops were provided for struggling students, which gave us the opportunity to improve."

Nicola Faulkner, BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance Graduate

"The standard of lectures was high, with the majority of lecturers having previously been in practice or industry before moving into education. They were able to bring real-world examples into the classroom.

The University put great emphasis on teamwork, but as well as being able to work as a member of a team and make presentations as a group, I am also at ease with working on my own, managing my own workload, and meeting set deadlines.

By the time I had completed my degree, yes I was sad to be leaving University, but I also felt ready to enter the workplace. Over my time at Wolverhampton, I have really grown in confidence and feel I have developed as a person."

Peter, BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance Graduate

Career path

This award provides enhanced employment opportunities in the financial sector. Specifically through its exemptions from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualifications it provides a fast route to gaining a professional accountancy qualification. These accountancy qualifications are internationally recognised so a career in accountancy will enable successful students to broaden their careers into an international arena. The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance award will also enhance the opportunities of successful students in the fields of banking, finance, financial services and business management, by providing an enhanced exposure to accounting, finance and business knowledge and skills.

The degree can also be used as the basis for postgraduate study in the area of finance and general business management. For example, the Business School has a MSc in Finance and Accounting which dovetails in with the knowledge and skills obtained on this programme.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Construct, using digital and other methods, a range of accounting and financial information useful to the management of organisations.
  2. Critically analyse financial accounting and business information from a range of national and international sources.
  3. Critically discuss current financial accounting and business issues.
  4. Provide solutions to financial and accounting issues and problems.
  5. Critically discuss the role of accounting in the management of organisations.

Who accredits this course?

This course has been designed not only to provide an excellent academic experience but also to provide skills, knowledge and abilities which are recognised by the professional accountancy bodies.

Specifically students who graduate from this course can obtain exemption from:

  • All 9 Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) fundamental papers (F1-F9 - the maximum available for exemption)
  • 5 certificate level papers and 2 professional papers of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) accountancy qualification.
  • 5 professional stage papers with the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • 4 certificate level papers and 2 diploma level papers with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
  • Completion of the Accounting and Finance degree and AAT work experience gives full membership with the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
  • 12 exemptions from professional papers with the Association of International Accountants (Papers 1-12)
  • Up to 55 credits against the qualifications belonging to the Chartered Insurance Institute

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • GCSE Maths at grade C or above

Plus Either

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two 'A' Levels or equivalent
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • AAT Level 3 Accounting
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • Successful completion of the BA(Hons) Business Management including Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course

  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Consideration will be given by the School to applicants with Accounting experience

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321150

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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