Accounting and Finance BA (Hons)

UCAS code N430

What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance is a specialised degree which provides underpinning knowledge and technical skills highly sought after by employers. It provides a solid foundation for a career in the accounting and finance industry. 

Students will develop contextual, theoretical and practical skills within the accounting and finance subject areas.

Special features

  • A highly practical course encompassing technical skills desired by employers 
  • Small classes give you a more personal experience of university
  • You will be able to apply for exemptions from various professional bodies such as ACCA, CIMA and AAT

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • Entry to year one, HNC Accounting, is 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above
  • Alternatively, NC Business (with 70% Accounting units) or NC Accounting OR
  • Foundation Apprenticeship Accountancy, Business Skills or Financial Services

Advanced entry:

Access routes

Students eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance with a grade profile of CCC in one of the below courses and Maths/Numeracy at SCQF level 5:

  • Access to: Arts and Humanities (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (North East Scotland College)
  • Access to: Community, Education and Humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Education) (Fife College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Fife College)
  • Access to: Languages with Business (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: University Study (Dundee & Angus College)
  • NQ Access to: Social Sciences (West Lothian College)
  • NQ Access to: Teaching (West Lothian College)
  • Primary Education Access to Higher Education (Newbattle Abbey College)

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Graded unit 1: accounting
  • Management accounting using IT
  • Preparing financial statements
  • Recording financial information
  • Using financial accounting software
  • Cost accounting

Optional units may include:

  • Project management
  • Business communication
  • Economic issues: an introduction
  • Business law: an introduction
  • Payroll
  • Marketing: an introduction
  • IT in business: spreadsheets
  • Creating a culture of customer care
  • Company law: an introduction
  • Personal enterprise skills
  • Statistics for business
  • Business contractual relationships
  • Business accounting
  • Managing people and organisations

Optional units may vary depending on study location; for more information contact your chosen campus.

Year 2 - HND

Mandatory units are:

  • Accounting for specialised transactions
  • Business taxation
  • Financial reporting and analysis
  • Graded unit 2: accounting
  • Graded unit 3: accounting
  • Management accounting for decision making
  • Management accounting for planning and control

Optional units may include:

  • Income tax
  • IT in business: advanced spreadsheets
  • Office management
  • Behavioural skills for business
  • Economics 1: micro and macro theory and application
  • Economics 2: the world economy
  • Corporate information systems
  • Office management
  • Workplace experience (students are responsible for finding their own work placement)

Optional units may vary depending on study location; for more information contact your chosen campus.

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

  • Advanced financial reporting
  • Auditing and professional ethics
  • Financial management
  • Research skills

You will choose two option modules which may include:

  • Critical thinking in management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Project planning and management
  • Work placement
  • Small business planning
  • Business awareness for accountants

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation or research and plan a new business venture, plus four further modules which may include:

  • Corporate financial decision making
  • International financial reporting

You will choose further option modules which may include:

  • Corporate responsibility in the global environment
  • Social and environmental accounting
  • Advanced management accounting
  • Advanced taxation
  • Work placement

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will mainly be delivered mainly online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and teaching will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference tutorials and lectures, as well as online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) which is supported by your tutors and classmates in online discussions


How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years
  • Part-time (unstructured): 8+ years

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI - entry at BA (third year) only
  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September 

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours free £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours free £1,500 (per 20 credit module)

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £7,020 £468 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £7,020 £468 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £12,000 £2,000 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £12,000 £2,000 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 Part-time***
Year 1 HNC £6,855 £457 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £6,855 £457 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £11,650 £1,940 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £11,650 £1,940 (per 20 credit module)

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Financial accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Auditing
  • Tax or treasury management
  • There are also opportunities to work in professional practice or within a relevant organisation

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress into further study with the professional accounting bodies. 

Is there more information available online?

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