Accountancy and Finance BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

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Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

UCAS Code

N420

About the course

From professional accountancy to finance, from banking to insurance, this course could be a stepping-stone to a career in an exciting profession. We’ll give you the chance to get a good overview of all areas of accountancy and finance to help improve your employability in your chosen field.

Every business asks different things of its accountants and finance experts. You could end up being responsible for cash flow, or carrying out financial audits, for example. So we’ll start by giving you a thorough grounding in all areas of finance, before offering you the chance to specialise in particular areas.

You’ll get a real feel for what’s behind any successful organisation – how it’s financed and managed. You’ll also be taught by a range of people who have strong academic backgrounds and experience in the professional world.

You’ll have access to experts from some of the leading accounting firms in the UK. You’ll also be able to connect with other leading international, national and local accounting firms thanks to our innovative Partners in Accountancy scheme.* It’s all designed to help you to develop your professional knowledge and your employability.

In your third year we’ll give you the opportunity to take a placement year that could see you working in a business.

Our courses provide you with a range of professional exemptions from the main accountancy bodies, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Association of International Accountants (AIA).

*Our Partners in Accountancy initiative is designed to give you an exceptional start to your accountancy career. In the Huddersfield and Leeds area we currently have nine firms taking part: RSM, BDO, Grant Thornton, Wheawill and Sudworth, KPMG, Kirk Newsholme, PwC, Revell Ward and Simpson Wood.

The partnership builds on established links with many of the firms and has been warmly received by the accountants. The firms will offer accountancy students direct input to their studies from leading case studies on technical and professional areas and providing careers support.

Studying for degree on one of our Accountancy courses opens up a range of career opportunities including varied accountancy roles in industry as well as auditing and taxation roles with firms of accountants. An accountant is at the heart of any organisation and accountants are in high demand.  Our courses have been designed to give you the skills, competencies and knowledge valued by industry and the profession and they prepare you for a career in Accountancy. All our courses offer the opportunity to gain real world experience through an industrial placement, as well as obtaining exemptions from professional body exams. Accountancy is a varied subject allowing students to develop their own interests.

If you want to learn about this exciting and interesting subject from an enthusiastic staff team with professional accountancy experience and academic expertise, then a course in this area could be right for you.

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Lynn Avison, Course Leader

Course detail

This is a common first year across all Accountancy courses and comprises:

Core modules:

Quantitative Analysis

This module introduces the types of statistical and quantitative techniques that are widely used in business situations.

Financial Accounting

This module provides you with an introduction to the concepts, principles and practices of financial accounting. It covers accounting concepts, double-entry bookkeeping for manual and computerised accounting systems, the preparation and presentation of financial statements for sole traders, partnerships, clubs and societies and limited companies.

Accountants in Organisations

This module provides you with an introduction to the accountancy profession and helps you to understand the concepts and influences that affect the work of accountants. You’ll have the opportunity to engage, identify and evaluate your employability and enhance your ability to successfully gain work placements and a graduate career.

Management and Cost Accounting for Accountants

This module provides an initial grounding in management accounting and the way that products are priced and basic financial decisions are made. You’ll look at the way that management accounting information can be used for planning, control and decision making.

The Legal Environment of Business and Employment for Accountants

This module examines the law of commercial obligations in contract, particularly but also, in outline, in tort, with special emphasis on the relationship of employer and employee, distributor and customer, and professional adviser and client. The role of statutory law and the use of codes of practice in seeking to protect the health and safety of consumers, employees and the general public will also be considered.

You’ll be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, computer aided learning packages, directed study and project work. Assessment will include exams, group exercises, case studies, in-class tests, peer assessment individual coursework and computer-based assessment.

We have a strong focus on developing your personal and professional development through the use of case studies and group work. You'll also work with experts from our innovative Partners in Accountancy scheme in the classroom, who will provide high-level, contemporary professional input into your academic learning.

23.67% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

If you are concerned about adapting to study at university level, then visit our Learning Development Group (LDG) based in the Huddersfield Business School building. The LDG offers a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing, research for essay preparation and how to prepare effectively for examinations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results. You'll benefit from highly experienced and well qualified teaching staff in the Department of Accountancy, Finance and Economics, who maintain strong links with the profession.

Entry requirements

To find out if you are eligible for this course, please call our Clearing helpline on 0330 123 227701484 472777.

What our students have to say


The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment, located on one central town centre campus site. Huddersfield Business School provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop, located right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal it's in a leafy and picturesque location at the heart of the campus.

Watch our profile video to hear Danielle describe why she chose the University of Huddersfield.

Placements


The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad.

Huddersfield Business School’s Placement Unit won the National Undergradute Employability (NUE) award in 2017 for ‘Best University Placement Service’ for their hard work and innovative ideas.

Our Placement Office works with national and international employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to you on placement courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CVs and covering letters.

Previous placement providers have included Sigma Chartered Accountants, Golfbreaks, NHS Health Lloyds Banking Group, Audit Partnerships, Vauxhall, YBS, Rolls Royce, Northern Commercials, NHS, PPG, Department of Health, Cummins, Panasonic, Discovery Channel, Organic HR and Enterprise Rent-a-Car Informatics.

My role was risk analyst and my responsibilities included working with economic data and completing extensive forecasting. It was challenging, dealing with technical procedures and keeping up with the fast paced banking world. Placement experience was invaluable and I would recommend it.

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Joseph Egemole, Accounting and Finance BA(Hons), placement with Lloyds Banking Group, Halifax

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

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Your Career


Previous graduates from this course have gone in to roles such as Operations Analyst, Finance Manager, Assistant Fund Accountant, Assistant Accountant as well as entering into professional accountancy training contracts with companies such as PwC, Lloyds Banking Group, GE Capital, KPMG, The Department for Work and Pensions, Jaguar Land Rover, Bonmarche, DePuy International, Stagecoach, Russell Smith Chartered Accountants and Bradford NHS Trust, to name but a few.**

 

* Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2016/17).

**Source: LinkedIn

95% Graduates employed from this course*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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