BA Hons Accounting and Finance

Nottingham Trent University

Program Overview

Over recent years the demand for qualified accounting and finance professionals has grown. At Nottingham Business School we recognise that demand; creating graduates with not only a degree but also accreditation towards three major accountancy bodies: the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Accounting and Finance is a integral function within the global business environment. This course enables you to make sense of a range of important real-world issues affecting our everyday lives and improve your decision-making skills in ways that are distinctive to the disciplines of accounting and finance. Taught by experienced staff from the profession, this degree not only looks at the theories and practices of accounting and finance, but also their context in a business setting and significance within contemporary society.

You will develop the expertise you need to make an effective contribution to decision-making and problem solving, as well as the self-confidence and interpersonal skills needed to operate comfortably and effectively in the workplace. A distinctive part of this course is the way you’ll develop as a team player. You will engage in team-based exercises that help you to understand the real issues facing organisations and how financial and accounting ideas can play a part in problem solving.


NottinghamUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

36 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 16,200

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What you’ll study

We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to our students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

Year One

Financial Accounting

This module will provide you with a foundation in financial accounting. You will develop skills, knowledge and understanding of double entry book keeping and the preparation of financial statements. You will also study the contexts in which corporations operate and the regulatory frameworks and requirements which impact upon their accounting processes. You will be introduced to the interpretation of financial reporting information and learn how to examine the way in which this information is used for decision making by different stakeholder groups.

Management Accounting

This module introduces the main concepts and techniques employed by management accountants, and how management accounting fits within the context of the accounting field and in the work place. You will cover theory and practice in the key areas of costing, budgeting and accounting for decision making.

Areas covered will include:

  • costing: including accounting for overheads and absorption and marginal costing
  • budgeting: including functional budgets, cash budgets, flexible budgets and variance analysis
  • accounting for decision making: including cost volume profit analysis and relevant costs.

Governance, Ethics and Law

Focuses on the role and importance of corporate governance and the relationship between shareholders and management; the importance of ethics to society, business and the professional accountant; and introduces the topics of contract law, tort law, agency law, employment law and company and insolvency law.

The Accounting Environment

You will consider themes such as business objectives, strategy and culture together with a focus on key topics such as ethics, sustainability and technology. The understanding of the wider business context and relevant economic concepts is crucial for accounting and finance students.

Economics and Data Analysis for Managers

This module will introduce you to a range of skills, methods and knowledge that are applied by professional economists. It will enable you to offer a distinctive contribution to business and management decisions involving the deployment of globally scarce resources. The module will enable you to demonstrate a range of applications of economic ideas, principles and techniques, and to identify resource consequences of business and managerial decisions in a national and international context.

Personal and Academic Development

Helps you recognise the personal skills, behaviours and attributes you currently have, and supports you in formulating a continuous personal and professional development plan to develop the skills and knowledge you need to achieve your future ambitions and realise your full potential.

Year Two

First half of Year Two – Core modules

Financial Management

This module assesses the value creation activity of organisations through their investment and financing strategies, focusing on finance theories and their application in practice. You will be equipped with the ability to analyse scenarios, case studies and actual companies with respect to financial management. You will also learn to evaluate alternative proposals and to communicate information to a business audience in an effective manner.

Financial Reporting

This module will develop your technical accounting knowledge whilst contextualising it within a broader regulatory framework. You will study the role of financial reporting and its use to stakeholders and the application of accounting standards in the preparation of financial statements. The module will also focus on the preparation and purpose of group accounts and emerging problem areas in financial reporting. It will enable you to calculate, present and interpret accounting reports with regard to current regulatory requirements and apply current and relevant accounting standards in the preparation of financial statements.

Management Accounting Information

This module extends the concepts and techniques that were studied in Management Accounting during Year One, covering cost ascertainment, decision-making and budgetary planning and control. In addition to this, the module will consider business performance measurement and behavioural and environmental issues in management accounting. You will also learn how to choose and apply management accounting tools and techniques in various business contexts in order to support planning, control and decision-making within organisations.

Second half of Year Two

You can either select one of our unique opportunities initiatives or continue with your taught modules listed below.

Option 1 – study abroad

Experience life in another country by studying at one of our partner universities. Choose from a host of countries in Europe or go further afield and study in the USA, South America, Australasia and South East Asia. This is a great opportunity to develop your independence and explore another culture.

Option 2 – enterprise project

Explore your entrepreneurial side and start to develop the meaningful and practical skills needed to run your own business. Supported by NTU Enterprise, NTU's centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, during this opportunity you'll work alongside other young entrepreneurs and a dynamic network of mentors and advisors, to develop your own ideas into a live enterprise project.

Option 3 – internship

Get a taste of the working world and gain some essential industry insight with a 16-18 week work placement. The experience will allow you to put your learning in to practice, with the experience gained improving your future career prospects, and sharpening your interpersonal and professional skills.

Option 4 – continue with taught modules

If you didn't fancy doing any of the above options then you can continue your studies at university. With a mixture of both compulsory and optional modules, the first will enhance your knowledge and skills set in your area of study, with the later allowing you to tailor your learning experience.

Students on Sandwich courses are eligible to choose the Enterprise project or continue with taught modules in the second half of their second year. They are not eligible for options 1 and 3. However, they are able to use their sandwich year to study or work abroad.

Employment and Enterprise

Following on from the Personal Development module in Year One, you will build and further reflect on your personal and professional skills, attributes and behaviours. You will have the opportunity to participate in part-time work, volunteering, consultancy work, business competitions and challenges, and develop a range of skills to enhance your employability.

Optional modules (choose one from each pair)

Forensic Accounting and Assurance

During this module you will learn about the role of the auditor and develop an understanding of modern audit from both an internal and external perspective. You will be introduced to forensic accounting as a discipline, studying the role and procedures of forensic accounting and the impact of auditing standards on those who undertake assurance engagements.


Finance in the Public Services

This module provides an introduction to the public services specifically focusing on:

  • the objectives and purpose of public service organisations
  • financing and financial reporting in the public services
  • service provision, including service delivery, expenditure and budgetary control
  • performance reporting and decision-making within public service organisation
  • the current challenges and contemporary issues facing the public services.

You will learn to evaluate the effectiveness of strategic and operational, financial and non-financial, decision-making within public service organisations.



The module will provide you with an understanding of the operation of the UK tax system. You will develop technical skills to produce income and corporation tax computations. Specific areas covered during this module will include corporation tax computations, personal income tax, and computations including employment income, business tax computations including adjusted profit computations, capital allowances, self-assessment, losses and partnerships.


Survey Research and Analysis

This module draws on conceptual material in the area of Survey Methods widely used in business and the application of analytic methods to the data generated. One of the primary focuses of this module is to help you understand how to plan and conduct surveys but also interpret the results within the appropriate business context. With the aid of appropriate professional statistical software you will be encouraged to apply statistical methods of analysis to data. The module is designed to allow you the opportunity to analyse and interpret “real data” from various areas of the business world. In studying this module you will develop your knowledge and skills in conducting survey research within business.

You will be given the opportunity to plan and execute a survey; design and implement a survey instrument; analyse survey results using applications software; and interpret and communicate analytical findings.

Year Three

Placement year

A vital component of our degree courses is the placement year. This time spent working in business provides our students with crucial work experience, which is highly prized and much sought after by employers upon graduation. We have links with a wide range of sectors, firms and organisations that offer student placements. If you have decided to undertake a placement year then this will last for a minimum of 48 weeks during your third year.

Our Employability Team is here to inspire and enhance every stage of your career planning and as a graduate of NTU, you will be able to access their services for three years after your course has finished.

Services they provide include:

  • finding placements, internships and part-time work
  • pursuing self-employment
  • taking gap years and time out
  • getting into volunteering
  • providing advice on further study.


Taught modules

If you have decided to continue with your studies please view the 'Final Year' tab for your list of modules.

Final year

Strategic Management Accounting

Designed to give a more integrated view of theory and practice in this area, this module looks at the role of traditional management accounting techniques and evaluates the use of strategic management accounting in global organisations. You will explore the behavioural and strategic contexts in which the management accountant has to operate; and examine the management accountant’s role in analysing and advising on performance, particularly in the context of competitor analysis and to provide insights into the management of change.

Corporate Finance

This module is designed to give you a deeper knowledge of theory and practice in the key aspects of corporate finance, and allows you to explore how various aspects of corporate finance are interrelated. You will assess the impact of financial decisions with respect to investments, financing and the management of risk and develop skills in critical analysis and evaluation. The areas you will study include financial strategy, investment appraisal and decisions, valuation of the firm, equity and debt valuation, merger and acquisitions and risk assessment and management including risk theory, interest rate and foreign exchange risk.

Corporate Reporting

Develops your critical understanding of the issues surrounding external reporting, whilst also considering different forms of accountability. You will explore issues relating to both the quantitative and qualitative reporting of performance; and study the theoretical framework surrounding financial reporting. The subjects you will study include, accountability and its relationship to corporate reporting, contemporary issues in corporate reporting, corporate citizenship and its broader responsibilities, aspects of relevant accounting theory and accounting and accountability aspects of social and environmental accounting.

Developing Professional Impact

This module is designed to expand your horizons and challenge your attitudes and behaviours both in relation to subject specific issues and wider business concerns such as global citizenship and sustainable business practices. It will encourage you to build on your strengths and explore a range of possibilities as you embark on your next steps.

Plus one optional module from:

Research Project

For this module you will undertake a purposeful, individual, in depth study of a relevant topic, developing your independent learning, critical thinking and knowledge of research techniques relevant to your subject area. The project will develop your ability to manage a major piece of work, for which you will be completely responsible and will be completed over a period of several months. You will learn to utilise and improve your time management and communication skills, as well as test your initiative and resourcefulness. To support your development during this module you will study essential skills such as critical thinking, conducting a literature review, understanding the appropriate research framework, practical research methods and skills, report and academic writing skills.

Sustainability in Enterprise Project

This module is designed to give you a deeper understanding of sustainability issues affecting firms. It incorporates a live consultancy experience, where you are required to apply your knowledge to critically review aspects of enterprise practice and infrastructure and recommend ways to reduce carbon emissions. You will learn how to critically review sustainability issues presented by an enterprise and analyse evidence, arguments, concepts and data to formulate sustainability and carbon management recommendations for an enterprise.

Plus one optional module from:

Managing Information and Knowledge Strategically

This module aims to explore the changing impact of information on the management and strategic direction of organisations and distinguish between the different nature and impact of data, information and knowledge.

International Tourism: Sustainability, Development and Impact

This module aims to provide you with an insight into the global patterns of tourism development and the impacts (economic, environmental and social) that can result, particularly within heritage tourism. You will explore the fundamental principles of international tourism management and review the demand for, and supply of, international tourism. You will also study the economic, social and environmental impacts of tourism at both the destination and global level and develop the ability to look critically at contemporary issues within international tourism.

Further Taxation

This module will further enhance your understanding of tax planning, enabling you to give tax advice to others. The module will also help you to develop the technical skills needed to produce tax computations for companies and individuals. During the module, you will study systems for self-assessment, payment of tax and penalties and overseas aspects such as operating abroad, taxation of foreign income, transfer pricing provisions and double tax relief.

English Language Requirements

If English isn’t your first language, studying in the UK can be very challenging. That's why we make sure you have the language skills you need to succeed right from the start. We’ve listed our English language entry requirements here and the qualifications we accept. You'll also find information about Pre-sessional English courses on this page.


We accept a range of English language qualifications, including IELTS.

You’ll need to achieve the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS.

Please note there are different types of IELTS test available, and it is important that you take the correct one.

Please note we do not currently accept ‘IELTS Indicator’ or 'IELTS Online' test scores.

We've listed IELTS academic test grade needed for all courses in the table below.

NTU School (or course) Undergraduate (Bachelors)
IELTS academic test grade
Postgraduate (Masters)
IELTS academic test grade

School of Art & Design
All undergraduate practice-based courses

School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences

6.0 with minimum of 5.5 in each component

This requirement is for Year One entry only. If you're starting in Year Two or final year you'll need a higher grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

School of Science and Technology

6.0 with minimum of 5.5 in each component

This requirement is for Year One entry only. If you're starting in Year Two or final year you'll need a higher grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

Nottingham Business School

6.5 with minimum of 5.5 in each component

For 1-year Masters you'll need a 6.5 grade overall with minimum of 5.5 in each component.

For 2-year Masters you'll need a 6.5 grade overall with a minimum of 6.0 in speaking and listening, and 5.5 in reading and writing.

School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

School of Arts and Humanities (see below for Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism)

Nottingham Institute of Education

Nottingham Law School (see below for BTC)

School of Social Sciences (see below for BA (Hons) and MA Social Work, and BSc (Hons) Nursing).

School of Art & Design

All postgraduate courses, and:

BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Branding
BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion
BA (Hons) Fashion Management
BA (Hons) International Fashion Business

6.5 with minimum of 5.5 in each component

6.5 with minimum of 5.5 in each component

Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism  7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing, and 5.5 in speaking and listening
Barristers Training Courses
For the BTC we accept the IELTS, Pearson Test of English (Academic), and TOEFL iBT. We do not accept any other English language test.

IELTS: 7.5 with a minimum of 7.5 in each component

Pearson: 73 overall with 73 in each component.

TOEFL iBT: 107 overall with at least 27 in Reading,  27 in Listening,  24 in Speaking and 29 in Writing

BA (Hons) and MA Social Work  7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component
BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) and BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)

IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Speaking & Writing, and 5.5 in Listening and Reading

All postgraduate research degrees   6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component (or equivalent).
Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (PEAP)

There are entry requirements for PEAP courses so that we can decide how many weeks you need to complete.

To comply with Tier 4 visa regulations you must have an IELTS academic test taken at an approved UKVI testing centre.

**Please note that the date of your IELTS academic test result must be within two years of your degree course start date.**

Alternative English language tests accepted by the University

We accept any of the qualifications listed here as an alternative to IELTS.

In most cases the grades specified are acceptable for courses requiring an IELTS 6.5 (with 5.5 in each component) unless otherwise stated.

Please note that we do not accept the Duolingo English test.

The cost of studying at Nottingham Trent University varies largely depending on the type of university and the degree chosen. More often than not, humanities, arts, and education courses are less expensive than degrees in medical, engineering, or management. Furthermore, students who choose to study at the postgraduate level typically pay higher tuition fees, which again vary depending on the programme chosen.

Most universities provide scholarships or financial aid to students in order to help them offset their tuition costs. Students should be aware that additional course fees and incidental expenses may not be included in tuition. On average, international students can expect to pay £16,200 annually, to study in Nottingham Trent University.

Graduates from this course have gone onto working in both public and private sector, undertaking positions such as:

  • ACA Audit Trainee
  • Accountant
  • Credit Controller
  • Finance Graduate
  • Personal Banker

In the last few years, graduates from this course have gone onto securing roles with well know employers such as:

  • Amazon
  • Barclays Group
  • Boots
  • Deloitte LLP
  • PKS Cooper Perry
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