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Accounting with Finance

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

120-128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

122-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 56-60.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29-30

29 points from the IB Diploma. 664 at Higher Level - 30 points from the IB Diploma. 665 at Higher Level.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

120-128 Tariff points.

T Level

M

UCAS Tariff

120-128

120-128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subjects

Finance

Accounting

**Overview**
Want to turn your interest in finance into a long-lasting career? This BA (Hons) Accounting with Finance degree combines accountancy and financial skills to give you the economic expertise, analytical techniques and strategic insight businesses are looking for.

This course is accredited by four global accountancy bodies. Studying an accredited course means you can gain exemptions from professional examinations and get on the fast-track to becoming a Chartered Accountant.

You’ll get a grounding in accounting and business finance before exploring advanced topics such as taxation or accounting analytics. As you build your knowledge of business law, finance and the economy, you’ll finish with a dissertation on a topic that excites you.

You’ll be supported to obtain the ACCA certificate in Data Analytics and the Bloomberg certificate. You could also gain valuable work experience on a placement. Some of our previous students have done placements at companies such as Deloitte, PwC, and Ernst & Young. And you’ll have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, the US or Asia.

Accounting and finance are at the heart of business. Whether you see your future with a global corporation, a dynamic start-up, or in investment and fund management, a degree in Accounting with Finance prepares you for a wide range of careers that navigate the complex world of finance.

But you're not limited to the financial sector. The analytical, financial and problem-solving skills you'll learn are highly valued in general management, operations, strategy, consultancy, project management, purchasing and business analytics.

**Accredited and recognised by**
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and recognised by Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) Australia.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and Institute of Chartered Accountants accreditation exempts graduates from specific professional examinations.

**What you'll experience**
On this Accounting with Finance degree course, you'll:

* Learn from professionally qualified expert staff, whose practical experience and research interests ensure your learning is up-to-date with industry developments and regulations

* Use the same accounting and financial software as professionals, including Sage and SAP business resource planning software

* Get access to mentoring from 2nd and 3rd year students, who can help you settle into study and university life in year 1

* Apply your skills in simulated business management exercises

* Learn to make fast-paced investment decisions using our Bloomberg Suite, the trading platform used by professionals

* Develop skills you can use in all areas of your life and career, including analytical, decision making, research and personal finance skills

**Careers and opportunities**
Accountants are in demand in all sectors, including the public sector and charities. Many companies employ in-house accountants, or you could work in an accountancy practice.

You can also use your degree to get into banking, insurance, investment and fund management, but you're not limited to the financial sector. The analytical, financial and problem-solving skills you'll learn are highly valued in general management, operations, strategy, consultancy, project management, purchasing and business analytics.

Previous graduates of this course have secured jobs such as:

Trainee accountant
Trainee chartered accountant
Associate auditor
Assurance associate
ACA trainee
Due diligence analyst
Trainee investment broker
Control analyst
Financial reporting analyst
Finance officer
Graduate tax analyst
Audit & advisory associate
IT account development
FP&A reporting analyst
Digital marketer
Marketing manager
Account Manager
HR adviser

Modules

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

- Business Law
- Economics
- Essentials of Financial Accounting
- Organisations & Accounting Quantitative Methods
- Toolbox for Accounting Professionals.

There are no optional units in this year.

Year 2

Core units in this year include:

- Financial Management
- Financial Reporting
- Management Accounting
- Critical Issues in Accounting and Finance

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

- Taxation
- Personal Finance
- Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
- Financial Markets and Institutions
- Language Accounting Packages and Systems

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

- Advanced Global Financial Management
- Advanced Financial Reporting
- Strategic Management Accounting

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

- Independent Study Project
- Dissertation
- International Accounting Project
- International Financial Management
- Auditing
- Strategic Management

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through:

- analysis of topical case studies
- written reports
- essays
- examinations
- presentations
- self-led project or dissertation
- group work

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

- Year 1 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 47% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 48% by coursework

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Business and Law

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
med
Finance
76%
med
Accounting

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Finance

Teaching and learning

64%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

79%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

47%
UK students
53%
International students
62%
Male students
38%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
C

Accounting

Teaching and learning

65%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

70%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

69%
UK students
31%
International students
67%
Male students
33%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Finance

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
80%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

48%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
28%
Business, research and administrative professionals
5%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

Over 2,000 students graduated with a degree in finance in 2015, and a sign of the strength of the finance industry, numbers are on the up. Over half of finance graduates go into the finance industry, with accountancy and financial advice roles particularly popular. It's also quite common for finance graduates to go into jobs which require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications — finance graduates who take further study are more likely to be studying accountancy than finance. About a third of graduates start their careers in London - but Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham are other popular locations for finance graduates to work.

Accounting

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£23,250
high
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
84%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

43%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
30%
Business, research and administrative professionals
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

You don't have to be an accountant if you take this degree, but over half of graduates take a look at the rewards on offer for accountancy trainees and go into the job. Many others go into other parts of the finance industry as advisors or book-keepers, and some go into management or marketing. London is very popular for accountancy graduates going into their first job, but it's also quite common to work in Scotland, with Glasgow a perennial hotbed of Scottish accountancy recruitment. If you want to find a job in finance as an accountancy graduates, recruitment agencies were particularly important last year, so try to get in touch with one as soon as you can to improve your chances.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Business and management

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£29k

£29k

£34k

£34k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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