BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management including Foundation year (Four Year)

Start Dates: January 2022
Duration: Four years full-time
Awarding Body: University of Northampton
Average Contact Hours: 12 per week

The Course

This four-year course is perfect for those returning to education who may not have the correct qualifications. If you’ve only studied up to GCSE Level but have always aspired to working in accounting or finance, we pride ourselves on accepting applicants who have previously ruled out a degree based on their past grades.

In your first year, you’ll complete four foundation year modules designed to prepare you for the next three years, covering study skills and an introduction to accounting and financial management.

After this, you’ll study the theory and practice of accounting and financial management. You’ll develop an understanding of ethical principles and dilemmas to create effective solutions. Our course is designed to develop your employability skills, such as evaluation of data and how best to use contemporary information and communications technology. You’ll learn how to use leading accounting software used in the workplace, and the most up-to-date knowledge on tax and accounting standards.

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Teaching and Learning

Please note: our courses are taught face-to-face, and we plan to deliver all classes in-person. Depending on Government guidelines and Covid-19 restrictions, we may have to hold classes online.  If you are an international applicant and you are unable to travel to the UK because of Covid-19 restrictions, you will be able to start the course online – click here for further information.

Throughout your studies you’ll be taught via three methods: lectures, workshops and seminars. Expect to hear interesting talks, participate in debate and conversation and apply your knowledge in a practical way.

Assessments come in a mix of formats, also depending on your chosen options. These include essays, portfolios, exams, reports, group presentations and case studies.

We use a range of new and traditional assessment methods to allow you to explore and express your abilities. They are not just a way of assessing whether something has been learned, but an opportunity to develop skills that will equip you in your life outside of university.

We aim to provide all the support you need to make sure you have the confidence and understanding to engage with your assessments. Our tutors are specialists in providing support to students who may feel unconfident in an academic environment.

Assessment and feedback are designed to make sure our teaching is effective. We adapt our teaching and learning methods to suit you, offering you a high quality and stimulating educational experience.

To pass modules in this course and ensure you have gained the professional body (ACCA and CIMA) exemptions, you must obtain a minimum grade of F+ in each assessment and a minimum overall grade of D- for the module. If you obtain a D- overall but have one item of assessment with lower than an F+, you will have passed the module, but not gained the exemptions.


Five GCSEs at Grade C/4 (or equivalent), including English Language and Maths. International equivalent qualifications may also be accepted.

If you do not meet these entry requirements, you can take our assessments and attend an interview. If you pass, you can be admitted to the course. We do not charge a fee for this.

If you are an international student, you will need to pass a Secure English Language Test (SELT) approved by the UKVI unless you are exempt.

You must have completed Year 11 (Key Stage 4) at least 2 years before you start the course. This would normally mean that you will be 18 years old or above when you start.


UK: £9,000 per year
Total course fee: £36,000
International: £12,000 per year
Total course fee: £48,000

UK students may be eligible for our travel bursary worth up to £1,090 which covers unlimited free tube and bus travel from Zone 1 – 6. Head to our Fees and scholarships page for more information.

International students who require a Student Visa can work up to 20 hours per week during term time (full time during the holidays).

All the above fees are correct as of April 2021.

Level Semester 1 Semester 2
Level 0 – Foundation Study and Research (30 credits) Contemporary Themes (30 credits) Professional Skills (30 credits) Introduction to Accounting (30 credits)
Level 4 – Year 1 Accountants in Organisations (30 credits) Financial Accounting (30 credits) Management Accounting (30 credits) Business and Corporate Law (30 credits)
Level 5 – Year 2 Computer Applications in Accounting (30 credits) Financial Reporting (30 credits) Taxation (30 credits) Auditing in Context (30 credits)
Level 6 – Year 3 Performance Management and Control (30 credits) Financial Management (30 credits) Accounting and Finance Research Project(30 credits) Option (30 credits)

Year 3 modules

Students will choose one of the following options for their third year:

Corporate Risk Management (subject to demand)
Small Business Management (subject to demand)
International Finance
Internship Placement (see below)

Internship Placement
You will have the opportunity to take a 30-credit Level 6 Internship Placement module, provided you are on track for a 2:1 and pass an interview during your first year. More information and guidance for this will be given at the beginning of Semester 2 of your second year.

Work Experience
Students will gain valuable industry experience through completing 200 hours of work experience. You can choose to do this full-time during the summer break between your second and third year, or part time throughout your final year.

Accounting and Finance Research Project
Students will also complete a research project in Year 3.

Featured Modules

Corporate Risk Management is an optional Level 6 module that introduces students to the main types of risk facing organisations in today’s international business environment. Both qualitative and quantitative methodologies will be examined; and students will be required to adopt a critical approach when applying the frameworks. It explores the various risk measurement and management tools available to organisations for them to incorporate risk planning, risk modelling and risk appraisals into their strategies and operations.

Small Business Management is another optional module during your third year, that introduces the world of enterprise and small business planning. This module seeks to critically analyse both the eclectic mix of individuals planning to develop and launch their own businesses as well as those with established small business ventures who would like to expand.

Accreditations and Employability

Our course is accredited by both ACCA and CIMA – studying with us will grant exemptions from 9/13 ACCA and 8/13 CIMA modules.

We offer the maximum number of ACCA exemptions – you’ll struggle to find this across other universities. This means you’ll not only save time but money too. If you dream of becoming a Chartered or Management Accountant, this is one of the quickest ways to achieve your goal.

You can also benefit from free student membership to ACCA and CIMA, unlocking online communities, free resources and career support services.

At the end of your chosen course, you will be well equipped to work within banking and finance, accounting practice, business and tax consultancy.

Of course, other industries and roles are well suited to the skills and knowledge you will gain, and further study is a popular and recommended route for many.