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.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) Accounting 2019 Course fact sheet 2 Accounting with Eastern Language 2019 Course fact sheet 3 Accounting with European Language
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) Accounting 2019 Programme specification 2 Languages Programme Specification

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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

Careers

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. 

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Accounting Principles 30 Credits Compulsory
    The Accounting Professional 30 Credits Compulsory
    Business Operations and Leadership 30 Credits Compulsory
    Analytical Techniques for Accountants 15 Credits Optional
    Information Technology for Accountants 15 Credits Optional
    Mandarin Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Mandarin Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route B-4A 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route B-4B 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Management Accounting 30 Credits Compulsory
    Financial Reporting 30 Credits Compulsory
    Financial Management 15 Credits Compulsory
    Modelling Business Problems 15 Credits Optional
    Professionalism in Accounting for Direct Entry Students 15 Credits Optional
    Business Life Cycle 15 Credits Optional
    Professional Development 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route C - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route C - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    Mandarin Route A - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    Mandarin Route A - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route C - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route C - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 5a 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Advanced Management Accounting 15 Credits Compulsory
    Advanced Financial Reporting 15 Credits Compulsory
    Emerging Issues in Accounting and Finance 15 Credits Compulsory
    Governance and Auditing 30 Credits Compulsory
    HBS Placement 0 Credits Compulsory
    Dissertation - Accounting 30 Credits Optional
    Information Systems and Knowledge Management 15 Credits Optional
    Islamic Banking and Finance 15 Credits Optional
    Strategic Cost Management 15 Credits Optional
    Management Decision Making 15 Credits Optional
    Research Methods 0 Credits Optional
    Financial Management in the Public Sector 15 Credits Optional
    Industry Practice in Accounting and Finance 15 Credits Optional
    Taxation 15 Credits Optional
    Advanced Techniques for Accounting 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route C - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route C - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route C - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route C - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route B 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route B 6b 15 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

    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 pointsA LevelBTEC
    104BCCDMM

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Part Time, 6 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2019

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
    28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students