BA (Hons) Accounting

Key information

Why choose this course?

  • Over 90% student satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2022)
  • Triple accredited with CIMA, ICAEW and ACCA
  • ACCA is one of the highest pre-agreed professional exam exemptions in the UK by a university 

Dig deep into data and uncover the stories behind statistics. Develop your numerically informed decision-making and problem-solving skills through interactive learning, based on real world challenges.  

Accounting plays a vital role in the success and direction of any business, no matter how big or small. Excel in the fast-paced world of accounting with this course. 

You’ll be encouraged and supported to aim high. We are proud to have graduates working as accountants for the 'Big Four' accountancy firms (Ernst & Young, Deloitte, PwC, and KPMG) as well as international organisations. 

Your dedicated support team will share their expertise, advice and experience as they focus on nurturing your potential to succeed.   

This course sits within the Hertfordshire Business School which maintains strong relationships with professional bodies and business connections. Meet entrepreneurs–in–residence, business ambassadors and industry leaders at networking events or in guest lectures through our Business Academy.  

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, you’ll be encouraged to enter the Flare Ignite annual competition with winners getting support, training and funding to help make their ideas a reality.  

Our staff 

In addition to professors and researchers, our team features cutting-edge professionals with extensive experience in commercial accounting, giving you a head start on the competition. 

You also benefit from an academic support team, wellbeing team and personal tutor to help you adjust to the demands of university learning and living.   

What's the course about?

You’ll become proficient in numerical analysis, digitised accounting, problem solving, and numerical report writing as you enhance your professional skills, such as communication and digital literacy. 

Kick-start your career with exemptions from professional qualifications. Stand out from the crowd with practical experience solving real world business challenges. 

While closed book exams are required to earn professional exemptions, other evaluation options such as professional report writing, group presentations and company projects, help prepare you for work. 

We actively support you in boosting your CV through industry placement, study abroad or internships (including the latest online bite-sized digital experiences).    

If you are interested in corporate finance and business decision making alongside accountancy, our BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance course may also be of interest. 

Where you'll study 

Your teaching is on our modern de Havilland Campus, with our24/7 Learning Resources Centre, featuring open and private study spaces. You also get online self-study materials to further support you. 

There are dining options, a bar, and a recreational space on campus where you can shoot some pool or play video games. It also houses Hertfordshire Sports Village, which features a gym, swimming pool, coffee shop, and a climbing wall. 

Discover the Enterprise Hub, a vibrant destination where local firms and students work and learn in comfort. 

The Student Union bar and additional facilities are only a 20 minute walk (or short bus ride) away at our College Lane Campus. Student housing is available at both campuses.

What will I study?

With a focus on consultative accounting and financial storytelling, you’ll be prepared for a career in today’s accounting world, finding significance in the figures.  

There are four modules in each semester. Each module has a good mix of theoretical knowledge and practical skills. You'll also get to apply what you've learned to real-life business challenges. 

In your first year, you’ll learn the principles of accounting, alongside analytical techniques, digital and professional skills.  

In your second year, you’ll expand your understanding of the subject including financial management and professional development with the option to study business analytics.  

In your final year, you’ll explore advanced financial reporting and management accounting and the latest accounting trends. You’ll also have to pick options in areas that interest you, such as Research Methods, Taxation, Islamic Banking and Finance, or Information Systems.   

There are also opportunities to further enrich your personal development through our GoHerts certification program, placements, internships, study abroad and Future Success networking events.   

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Kayleigh - Week at a glance

My week at a glance

At the beginning of each week, I write up my lecture PowerPoints ready to take with me to my lectures so I can add notes to it during the lecture. I find that writing up my lectures helps me to take in the information given to us. I tend to do my reading in bits throughout the week to help break it up, but I make sure it’s done before I go to the relevant lecture. I find doing this betters my understanding of the topic that is going to be covered in that lecture!

For each Accounting module, I had an hour lecture and an hour seminar each week! For French, I had a two-hour lectorial, which is a lecture and seminar in one session! I went into university three days of the week for lectures and seminars; I had two days at home!

Towards the end of October, assignments start to get set so you have a lot more work to be doing. I like to start the research for my assignments when they get set. Don’t leave them until the last minute, you’ll do much better when you have time to think about what you’re going to write! Managing your time between assignments and work for your lectures can be difficult but if you make yourself a plan, you’ll be fine!

I lived at university, so I also had to find time to get my weekly food shop. I tended to go on one of my days off in the morning and then in the afternoon, I could get back to my uni work! I would also work for the university on open days and other events as a student ambassador, so I also had to factor that into my schedule. You need to make sure you have some time for yourself so you can wind down, you don’t want to overload yourself! I like to spend a day of the weekend watching Netflix or meeting up with friends!

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Kayleigh - Things you should know

Things you need to know before studying Accounting at Herts

There can be some preconceptions of what accounting is; it is NOT all maths! There is a lot of maths involved in the course, but it is not complicated maths so don’t worry, there is also a lot of written aspects too. There are several types of accounting ranging from financial to management accounting, all of which you cover over the three-year course! All the lecturers are chartered accountants, and most have worked in the industry for a significant amount of time and they have so much information for you. They’re always willing to help you as much as they can!

With any degree, there is a lot of reading. You use a different textbook for each module, and they set reading weekly for you. Most of the textbooks are on the online library and so are free to access so don’t go buying the textbooks straight away. For certain modules, doing the reading helps deepen your understanding of the topic significantly. For me, doing the reading for my Taxation module helped me to better understand the topics we studied but don’t try to do it all at once because you won’t take any information in. Remember to break it up so you don’t overload yourself!

You will be assessed in both exams and assignments for the course. Your assignments can range from an essay or a report but could also be a presentation in a group. Most modules have a mixture of exams and assignments so don’t stress too much about doing exams because you have your assignments to fall back on if necessary.

I would highly recommend that future students research what a chartered professional qualification is and the different bodies that offer them. Once you complete your degree in accounting it does not mean that you are a fully qualified accountant; you will need to complete a chartered qualification. The University offers a different amount of exemptions upon completion of the course from ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) and CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants). In your first year, ACCA comes in for a highly informative talk. In this talk, they encourage you to sign up to their ACCA accelerate scheme. I would highly recommend this, the cost savings for yourself in the future is beneficial. They also send you emails keeping you up to date with everything that’s going on.

Accounting can be a difficult degree but don’t stress. Planning your time wisely and being organised with assignments will make an enormous difference. Don’t forget to enjoy your time at university and make as many new friends as you can! Good Luck!

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Kayleigh - Why I chose Herts

Why I chose Herts

The first reason being that Herts had the perfect course for me, Accounting with French. Herts allows you to do a language alongside a business degree which not that many other universities offer! Not only do I receive several exemptions from my professional accounting qualification, but I also got to continue studying French, which is something I really enjoyed at college and wanted to continue at university!

Herts is remarkably close to London but it’s not in London. This is perfect for me because I moved from living in a village in the countryside to quite a busy town! I come from north Lincolnshire so Herts is also far enough from home that I would have to be completely independent but not too far that it would take me all day to travel home. Well a three-hour drive to me isn’t that bad anyway. I have lived in halls and off-campus for all three years of university! This has allowed me to meet so many people and some of my best friends! Also, this meant that I was never more than a five-minute walk from the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) on campus that is open 24/7, great for when you have deadlines looming.

When I visited Herts for the first time on my applicant day, I had the best day! I met three of the lecturers that have taught me over the past three years of university, which was reassurance the lecturers were lovely! My French teacher was so encouraging and excited! When I started in September there were only five people in my French class, so it was very one to one which was so beneficial to me overall!

I know that moving away from home for the first time can be very daunting, but don’t worry! Everyone in your halls is in the same boat! Go out and enjoy freshers! Order takeaways together and get to know each other! It will be one of the best things you do! My self-confidence has improved so much because I went to university!

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Theresa Lola

Meet Theresa Lola who turned her secret passion for writing into a career. She has just finished her tenure as the Young People’s Laureate for London which she completed in April 2020.

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Current job rolePoet
Year of graduation2015
Course of studyBA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
Theresa Lola

University life and experience

While Theresa did not pursue a career which directly related to her course, she believes that her modules in Accounting and Finance taught her a lot about using employability and professionalism.

The ‘balance between student academic life and social life’ is one of the main reasons Theresa decided to study at the University of Hertfordshire. She praises the vibrant campus and the variety of societies and opportunities to get involved in student life. She enjoyed exploring her other passions, like her secret writing, outside of her degree.

‘One of the things I love about the University was the fantastic range of student societies. I joined the Evacreate Society which organised music and poetry events. I eventually had the courage to perform at one of the events.’

The future

Theresa really enjoys her work as a poet and her desire to help people with her writing is evident. Her future plans are to continue to grow and work on different projects by ‘merging with art forms such as film and music and to continue to travel and connect with different people and organisations using this.’.

In June 2020 Theresa was named as the UK Alumnus/Alumna of the Year because of her outstanding achievements and was also a key contributor to the University's ground breaking Festival of Ideas Reimagined event.