Why Herts?
  • Learn the fundamentals of bookkeeping
  • Learn from industry specialists and hands on experience
  • Gain professional exemptions allowing you to accelerate your career

About the course

Indicative course structure

This course gives you a firm understanding of key business functions and the basic principles of accounting and finance. You’ll learn about corporate reporting, auditing, corporate law and management accounting, as well as develop your general business and commercial awareness. You’ll study and research the key areas of financial accounting and corporate finance in great depth, and choose from a broad range of specialist modules. These cover topics such as financial strategy, taxation, Islamic banking and information systems. During the course, you’ll have the opportunity to study abroad or take a work placement for a year.

This course offers exemptions from the professional examinations of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

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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 Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT)

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

BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Course details


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.

What job can I get?

Around 95% of our graduates have gone on to work or further study within six months of finishing this course. Recent graduates have launched their careers in roles such as finance analyst, trainee accountant, payment plan administrator, estate accountant and accounts officer. Our graduates find opportunities with employers of all sizes, including major organisations such as PwC, Hewlett Packard, Costco, Hertfordshire County Council, the NHS, Price Bailey LLP, Mothercare, Cathedral Capital, Balfour Beatty Rail and TUI.

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 hour 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 and 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
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Accounting Principles 30 Credits Compulsory
    Analytical Techniques for Accountants 15 Credits Compulsory
    The Accounting Professional 30 Credits Compulsory
    Information Technology for Accountants 15 Credits Compulsory
    Business Operations and Leadership 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Management Accounting 30 Credits Compulsory
    Financial Reporting 30 Credits Compulsory
    Business Life Cycle 15 Credits Compulsory
    Corporate Finance 30 Credits Compulsory
    Professionalism in Accounting for Direct Entry Students 15 Credits Optional
    Professional Development 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Advanced Management Accounting 15 Credits Compulsory
    Advanced Financial Reporting 15 Credits Compulsory
    Advanced Financial Decisions 15 Credits Compulsory
    Emerging Issues in Accounting and Finance 15 Credits Compulsory
    HBS Placement 0 Credits Compulsory
    Dissertation - Accounting 30 Credits Optional
    Dissertation - Finance 30 Credits Optional
    Islamic Banking and Finance 15 Credits Optional
    International Financial Management 15 Credits Optional
    Strategic Cost Management 15 Credits Optional
    Research Methods 0 Credits Optional
    Financial Management in the Public Sector 15 Credits Optional
    Corporate Treasury Management 15 Credits Optional
    Industry Practice in Accounting and Finance 15 Credits Optional
    Effective Governance 15 Credits Optional
    Corporate Financial Strategy 15 Credits Optional
    Behavioural Finance 15 Credits Optional
    Taxation 15 Credits Optional
    Governance and Auditing 30 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2020/2021 academic year
    Part time
    • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £13000 for the 2020/2021 academic year
    Part time
    • £1625 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 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.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    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.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    UCAS points A Level BTEC
    104 BCC DMM

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    27/09/202024/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    27/09/202024/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
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    27/09/202124/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    27/09/202124/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    27/09/202124/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students