About the course

Indicative course structure

Accounting is a vital and fascinating part of today’s global economy. Studying it here with us at Hertfordshire brings you face to face with current trends, practices and concepts – not just within accountancy itself, but in the wider world of business.

Our BA Accounting degree is a highly practical, relevant course. It gives you the sought-after skills, latest academic theory and real-world experience you need to become a confident, knowledgeable, forward-thinking graduate with exceptional career prospects.

The course explores the role of accountancy in businesses of all sizes and forms, opening your eyes to the diverse range of potential career paths ahead. It’s a multi-disciplinary, globally focused accounting degree, developed with innovative industry-leading companies and respected professional bodies.

At Hertfordshire, 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 accounting experience and a real enthusiasm for sharing their insights with you.

We have strong links with the UK’s leading professional accounting 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) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finances and Accounting (CIPFA). 

These close ties mean that when you finish your degree, you’ll have exemptions from some of their highly respected professional accountancy exams, becoming a fully qualified accountant sooner.

During your degree, 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 accountancy exam fees, access to great resources and exciting networking opportunities.

You can also study a language with this course

While you’re working towards your accounting degree, 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

Ms Emma Elkington
Head of Group - Accounting

Mr Dominic Keating
Programme Leader

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

Professional Accreditations

When you complete our BA Accounting 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)

Course details


Accounting is a thriving industry and talented accountants 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 expertise, meaning there’s a great range of careers open to you. UK accountancy qualifications are respected worldwide, so if you secure a job at a large international firm there may also be overseas opportunities. Alternatively, you could pursue a management-focused career route, or become self-employed.

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 accounting degree. It can be a year-long 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 accounting 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


Level 5

Core Modules


Level 6

Core Modules


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

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.

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Entry requirements...

2019 entry

72 - 168 UCAS points. 

Standard IB offer ie 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above.

GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 (C) or above.

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

Find out more about International Entry Requirements.

If you are planning to take a language as part of your degree, please refer to the Business School languages page to check your eligibility.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply


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