BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance (Top-Up)

1 year Full-Time classroom

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This course will allow you to top up your existing qualifications to an honours degree in one year, while benefiting from all that Northumbria University has to offer. You’ll build on your all-round knowledge of business, adding expertise in accounting and finance as well as transferable professional and managerial techniques.

The course includes specialist modules that cover financial reporting analysis, strategic management accounting, and international financial management. The course provides an excellent foundation for jobs in finance, banking, government, and general business leadership.

Key facts

  • Top-Up your Level 5 qualification to an undergraduate business degree in 1 year
  • Develop your understanding of contemporary issues in accounting and finance
  • Enhance your career through structured employability development
  • The Newcastle Business School is part of a select group of business schools worldwide, following accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting – the first in Europe to gain the double accreditation
  • Continue your studies with our ‘Business with’ Masters programmes when you pass with a 2:2 or above or specialise in either Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, International Management, Financial Management or Marketing Management
About this course

What will I study?

The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree, through a year of study in both core and specialist topics, builds to give you the Northumbria Graduate attributes. Throughout the year, you will become knowledge about the theory and practice of responsible business and management in an international context. This knowledge will be fostered through identification of contemporary professional accounting and finance practice in discipline specific modules, and cultivate an awareness of the cultural and ethical contexts within which international accounting and finance operates through problem based learning approaches.

The course includes specialist modules in Contemporary Corporate Reporting, Strategic Management Accounting, and International Finance and Financial Management. You will have access to first-hand experience of financial markets through use of financial databases such as FAME and OSIRIS, which are available through our library service.

You will develop skills critical thinking and writing techniques during the course of the year on specialised core modules, which focus on employability, and contemporary business issues. During these modules, you will develop personal applications, CVs and cover letters as part of overall career planning to promote future employability. You will be asked to prepare an independent review of the literature on a contemporary business issue of your choice (discipline specific), which will develop independent thinking and learning, whilst applying knowledge to specific business issues.

How will I be taught and assessed?

You will be taught through a mix of lectures and seminars, though for the more technical aspects you will also attend computer-based workshops, totalling 9 hours per week. You will also be expected to engage in independent study involving directed and self-directed learning, around 40 hours per week.

Assessments take place through coursework only.

You’ll be taught by experienced lecturers and academics who use their industry experience to demonstrate how the theories you will learn translate in to real life situations.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research.

Each module will articulate through a teaching and learning plan a week-by-week diet of content, which will be supported by an eLearning portal, which will contain a variety of support and directed learning materials.

Careers and further study

At the end of this course, you could follow previous graduates into accounting and finance roles, including training contracts with leading accounting practices. Equally, you could move into a range of careers in business and management, both in the UK and around the world.

Completion of the core module, Academic and Career Development, will result in an independently prepared career plan for all students, including preparation of key employment documents such as application forms, cover letters and CVs.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

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Applicants should have the following:

Academic requirements

  • A HND (merit profile)/Foundation Degree (with 60% average) in a related discipline or equivalent
  • GCSE Maths and English language at grade C or above

Students seeking to join the course as either direct or alternative applicants should seek approval of their HND or Foundation Degree prior to applying on UCAS. A list of modules is required as part of this approval process.

English language requirements

Students require IELTS 6.5 (or above) with no single element below 5.5 or equivalent.

If you have IELTS 5.5 – 6.0, you may be eligible to join our Pre-Sessional English before starting this programme.

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All modules on this course are core.

The overall aim of this module is to help you develop valuable knowledge and skills of the global graduate labour market drawing upon national and international exemplars. This enables you to explore key aspects of your knowledge, skills, personality, values, abilities and interests to enable you to make well-informed career choices, develop an appropriate long-term career plan and achieve the job and/or development you aim for.

Traditional management accounting approaches could not readily adapt at the pace necessary to deal with changing contextual environments. As a result, the discipline came in for a barrage of sustained criticism and its continued relevance to organisations was questioned. Calls from the accounting profession and enlightened academics prompted a more strategic focus to reinvigorate and sustain the added value of the management accounting discipline.

Strategic management accounting was to evolve as a form of management accounting in which emphasis is placed on information which relates to factors external to the firm, as well as non-financial information and internally generated information. The concept has also broadened into areas of strategic control and change with impacts and implications practices of costing, management control systems, budgeting and integrated performance management systems, which are to be explored in this module.

The aim of this module is to equip you with the ability to comprehensively understand corporate reports. As end users of published financial statements, students must be able to critically evaluate the quality of the information given in these reports.

On this module, you will learn about critical thinking and reflection, and by doing so, you will develop the necessary critical skills to perform both of these effectively as a learner in higher education. You will learn about the necessary academic skills required to undertake a critical review of existing literature on a contemporary issue within the business and management disciplines. On completing this, you will be able to undertake a critical literature review on a subject appropriate to your degree programme.

You will learn how organisations can compete successfully in economic terms while managing their corporate, social and environmental responsibility. At the end of the module you will learn to critically evaluate the factors which underpin an organisation’s success (or otherwise) in managing the triple bottom line and will have learned how to use appropriate frameworks to analyse research material and draw useful conclusions.

This module is designed to allow you to show an appreciation of some of the most pressing contemporary financial issues facing companies today in the international environment as well as to be able to apply the impact of these to the creation of wealth and value by managers.

The aim of this module is to facilitate the development of your independent learning over the one-year course. Induction and on-going personal support activities are to be phased in line with the academic development and the need to support the delivery of programme modules.

This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. Specifically, this module aims to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

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Tuition fee 2019/20

  • UK/EU students: £9,250

This course is eligible for student finance through Student Finance England. For more information, please visit our dates & fees page.

  • International students: £15,000

Please note that your tuition fees do not include the cost of course books that you may choose to purchase, stationery, printing and photocopying, accommodation, living expenses, travel or any other extracurricular activities. As a Northumbria University London Campus student, you will have full access to our online digital library with over 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic journals.

The modules you will study do not require you to purchase additional textbooks although we recommend you allow an additional £250 for the duration of your studies should you choose to purchase any additional reading materials.

Scholarships and bursaries for international students

Depending on the country you are from, you may be eligible for a country bursary and/or scholarship when studying this Top-Up programme.

All of our scholarships and bursaries are automatically applied when we process your application and one of our team will be able to confirm your eligibility.

Scholarships and bursaries

Payment plans for self-funded students

If you need support to spread the cost of your tuition, you may be eligible for our payment plan.

Payment plans

How to find out more

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How to apply

Once you’re ready to apply, if you are a UK or EU student, you will need to apply via UCAS. If you are an international student, you can apply to us directly following the below instructions.

UCAS applications – UK/EU students

To apply through UCAS, you will need to use the following codes:

Institute UCAS code: N77
Course UCAS code: N420

Find out more about applying through UCAS here

Direct applications – international students

We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all of the preparations needed to study in the UK. After receiving an offer it can take time to arrange your finances and apply for your visa and it is important that you arrive in good time to enrol onto your course. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.

To apply for this programme, you can download a PDF application form and email it to

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Supporting documents

For us to assess your application in a timely manner, it is important that you provide us with the following documents:

  • Fully completed application form
  • Personal email address must be included on the application form
  • Transcripts and/or certificates (including a certified translation if not English)
  • Passport – copy of personal details page
  • Proof of financial sponsorship if applicable
  • Reference
  • Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable

You can check more information on how to apply here, including guidelines for the application forms.

Course information

Course code
Level of study:
Undergraduate (Top Up) degrees
£9,250 (19/20 fees) (UK/EU) £15,000 (19/20) (International)
Entry requirements:
A HND (merit profile)/Foundation Degree (with 60% average) in a related discipline or equivalent with GCSE Maths and English language at grade C or above
English language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 (or above) with no single element below 5.5 or equivalent
Mode of study:
Full-Time classroom
1 year
Assessment methods:
Scholarship or bursaries:
Student finance:
Payment plan:
Next application deadline:

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