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Course and module structure

Accounting and finance sit at the heart of today’s global economy, influencing the way businesses and societies work, the world over. Together, they span a whole range of fascinating, rewarding careers, from banking and accountancy to investments and financial management.

Here at Hertfordshire Business School, we’ve created a practical, multi-disciplinary degree that brings you face to face with current trends, practices and concepts – not just within accountancy and finance, but in the wider world of business.

Our BA Accounting and Finance is a globally focused degree course developed with industry-leading companies and professional bodies. It gives you the skills, knowledge and real-world experience you need to become a forward-thinking graduate with exceptional prospects.

On this dynamic Hertfordshire BA, you’ll explore the role of accounting and finance in businesses of all sizes and forms, discovering the diverse range of career paths open to you. You’ll study management accounting, financial reporting and economics, as well as choosing from a huge range of optional modules that shape your degree around your interests and ambitions.

You’ll be taught by our team of leading academics, who together have created a supportive, inspiring learning environment. They’re joined by visiting industry specialists who bring with them years of real-world accountancy and finance experience and a genuine enthusiasm for sharing their insights with you.

At Hertfordshire, we have strong links with the UK’s leading professional accountancy and finance bodies, including the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Chartered Institute of Public Finances and Accounting (CIPFA) and the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).

These close ties mean that every part of the course is based on what today’s industry needs, making you a highly employable graduate. They also mean that when you graduate, you’ll have exemptions from some highly respected professional exams. These are valuable, respected qualifications and if you’d like to become an accountant, having them under your belt will help you become fully qualified sooner.

During your studies, you’ll also have the opportunity to join the ACCA’s accelerate scheme and the CIMA university scheme, giving you associated membership of those bodies when you graduate. Membership comes with some really valuable benefits, including discounted professional exam fees, access to great resources and exciting networking opportunities.

While you’re working towards your accounting and finance degree here, you’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad or take a work placement. Both experiences will strengthen your skills, build your confidence and make you stand out to potential future employers.

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Why choose this course?

  • Developed in collaboration with ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA, our course gives you exemptions from professional exams, helping you qualify faster.
  • Input from industry leaders and professional bodies adds real-world skills to academic theory, giving you the competitive edge.
  • You’ll be taught by leading academics and innovative industry specialists with years of hands-on experience in commercial accounting.
  • We’ll help you find a valuable work placement, developing sought-after skills either in the UK or overseas.
  • You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad for part of your course, developing confidence, experience and practical language skills.

Key staff

Mr Dominic Keating
Programme Leader

Ms Emma Elkington
Head of Group - Accounting

Mr Jon Easter
Head of Department - Accounting, Finance and Economics

Professional Accreditations

When you complete Hertfordshire Business School’s BA Accounting and Finance degree, you’ll be able to apply for exemptions from exams with professional accountancy bodies. We’re accredited by, and work in collaboration with:

  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) 
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • The Chartered Institute of Public Finances and Accounting (CIPFA)
  • The Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT)

What our
students say

Studying at the University of Hertfordshire gave me insight into skills that I was unaware I possessed.
I am now a more confident individual and working in Deloitte Tanzania as an audit associate.

Samuel Mpangile


Accounting and finance are thriving industries and talented graduates are always in demand. It’s a high-reward sector with excellent pay and opportunity to progress – potentially to finance director or chief executive level.

Every business needs accountancy and finance expertise, meaning there’s a great range of careers open to you. UK accountancy qualifications are respected worldwide, so you may even have opportunities overseas. Besides being an accountant, you could go into banking, general management, auditing, taxation, management accounting, actuary, underwriting, consultancy, trading, retail or investment banking.

Recent Hertfordshire graduates have financial and management roles at Citibank, Amazon, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, John Lewis, TUI, The Walt Disney Company and the NHS.

Teaching methods

You will be studying four 15 credit modules in each semester (this may vary between double modules) and your contact time varies between modules, but usually you will have two sessions per week for each module, a one-hour lecture following by a one-hour seminar/tutorial. Typically, a new topic or theory will be introduced in each lecture and will be followed up with class discussion and feedback in the subsequent seminar. In addition, as part of your study time, you will be collaborating with your peers on tasks and group assignments. Module leaders also offer weekly drop in and feedback sessions, usually 2 x 1 hours per module as well as revision sessions.

The University’s ‘online learning environment’ means you can access all your course resources, literature and timetables from anywhere in the world.

Usually, assessment is split between coursework and examinations. The style of coursework can vary from presentations to business reports, essays depending on the taught topics. 

Work Placement

Hands-on real-world experience makes a huge difference when it comes to landing a great graduate job. It also has a really positive impact on your studies, with many placement students achieving exceptional grades in their final year.

That’s why, at Hertfordshire, we strongly encourage you to take a paid work placement as part of your degree. It can be a year-long, paid assignment between your Second Year and Third Year, or two shorter placements during the summers after your First and Second Year. If you choose the year-long placement, you won’t pay tuition fees for that academic year.

Study Abroad

While you’re working towards your degree, you’ll have the option of studying abroad for a semester – or even a year – at one of our partner institutions around the world.

There are exciting opportunities in North and Latin America, Europe, Asia and Australia, any of which will make a really positive impact on your confidence, employability and skills, as well as being an unforgettable, life-changing adventure.

You’ll also have the opportunity to develop sought-after foreign language skills by choosing language options alongside your core accounting modules. Options currently include French, German, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese. 


Level 4

Core Modules

  • Accounting Principles - 30 Credits
  • Analytical Techniques for Accountants - 15 Credits
  • The Accounting Professional - 30 Credits
  • Information Technology for Accountants - 15 Credits
  • Business Operations and Leadership - 30 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Management Accounting - 30 Credits
  • Financial Reporting - 30 Credits
  • Business Life Cycle - 15 Credits
  • Corporate Finance - 30 Credits
  • Professional Development - 15 Credits


  • Professionalism in Accounting for Direct Entry Students - 15 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Advanced Management Accounting - 15 Credits
  • Advanced Financial Reporting - 15 Credits
  • Advanced Financial Decisions - 15 Credits
  • Emerging Issues in Accounting and Finance - 15 Credits
  • HBS Placement - 0 Credits


  • Dissertation - Accounting - 30 Credits
  • Dissertation - Finance - 30 Credits
  • Islamic Banking and Finance - 15 Credits
  • International Financial Management - 15 Credits
  • Strategic Cost Management - 15 Credits
  • Research Methods - 0 Credits
  • Financial Management in the Public Sector - 15 Credits
  • Corporate Treasury Management - 15 Credits
  • Industry Practice in Accounting and Finance - 15 Credits
  • Effective Governance - 15 Credits
  • Accounting in the Voluntary Sector - 15 Credits
  • Corporate Financial Strategy - 15 Credits
  • Behavioural Finance - 15 Credits
  • Taxation - 15 Credits
  • Governance and Auditing - 30 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1500 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

96-112 UCAS points from qualifications which include a minimum of two 4 unit qualifications (e.g. A Levels), one 8 unit qualification (e.g. Pearson BTEC Diploma) or one 12 unit qualification (e.g. Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma).

GCSE Maths and English at Grade C (Grade 4 if completed from 2017 onwards).

‘All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.’

For more details on the University of Hertfordshire's entry requirements, please visit our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page.

N.B. We have expressed our entry requirements within a tariff range. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (if applicable) together with your applications as a whole, including work experience and personal statement, and may make an offer at any point within the stated tariff range.

How to apply


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17/09/201824/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
17/09/201824/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
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