BA (Hons) Business and Accounting

Key information

Why choose this course?

  • Over 90% student satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2022)
  • We work in collaboration with CIMA, ICAEW and ACCA
  • Fast-track your career with accounting skills backed by business expertise

Solve business challenges and develop strategies for organisational success when you pursue an in-depth study of business, with a focus on accounting, taught by specialists. 

You’ll have a solid basis of accounting knowledge, learning how to make the numbers talk. Coupling it with business fundamentals such as marketing, management and business ethics, to kick-start your journey.  

Learn and practise, skills in analysis, problem-solving, numerical based decision making, and communication that will be invaluable as an entrepreneur or an employee. 

Our dedicated support team will share their expertise, advice, networks 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 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?

This extensive course teaches you what it takes to run a successful business, learning from experts in their respective fields, together with guest speakers from the business world.  

You'll develop the analytical and numeric reasoning skills necessary as a modern accountant, becoming proficient with numbers, technology, problem-solving, and report writing.  

You’ll benefit from interactive teaching, including simulations and group exercises where you’ll enhance the professional skills essential to your future careers, such as communication and digital literacy skills. 

Assessments are varied and balanced, with practical options including professional report writing, group presentations and discussions, to prepare you for employment.   

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 a pure accountancy degree, our BA(Hons) Accounting course may also be of interest. 

Where you'll study 

Your teaching is on our modern de Havilland Campus, with our 24/7 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 business acumen, you’ll be prepared for a business accounting career, helping you to turn numbers into something engaging and relevant.

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, explore and analyse financial information, as well as learn digital and professional skills.   

In your second year, you’ll expand your knowledge with financial management modules and develop effective management and problem-solving techniques to prepare you for work. 

In your final year, you will progress to strategic business and accounting modules as well as specialist topics around Governance, Taxation and Digital Economy.  

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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