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BA (Hons) Accounting

Course Overview

This BA (Hons) Accounting course is for you if you seek a career in accountancy or an accounting function in business. This is a specialist course in Accounting, rather than Accounting and Finance.

This course is accredited by the Association of chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), for exemptions from ACCA papers F1-F9. It is also accredited by the Association of International Accountants (AIA).

The course employs the unique facilities of the Business Schools PODs, enjoyed by other programmes delivered in the Business School.

Key information

    Course name

    BA (Hons) Accounting

    Total academic credits

    360 credits

    Qualification awarded

    Bachelor of Arts with Honours

    Awarding body

    University of Bedfordshire

    Professional recognition

    The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) & the Association of International Accountants (AIA)

    Academic level

    Undergraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom


    3 years

    Tuition fees




    Work placement


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

At least one of the following:

• 2 A level passes (minimum C and D)

• OR Successfully complete Foundation year (from a recognised university or HE institution)

• OR Successfully pass Year 12 with overall average marks of 80% or above

Additional: Applicants with other entry qualifications will be assessed individually by the Course coordinator for recognised prior learning (RPL). This might include applicants with complete or partially complete AAT, CAT, ACCA, CIMA or other professional qualifications. Overseas qualifications will be assessed in a similar way. In general, RPL will not be allowable for any unit achieving ACCA or AIA exemption.

English entry requirements

IELTS score of 5.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subcomponent. Students with lower IELTS grade may be eligible for pre-sessional English course before the main course.

Assessment methods

In line with the Business School’s commitment to practice-based education, a large part of the assessment will relate to your demonstration of your ability to do accounting and finance in practice. We will want to see that you understand the theory and have developed critical thinking skills which help you evaluate the relevance of what you have learned. All of this comes together in being able to demonstrate rigorous accounting and finance practice for a business.

To assess this range of integration of theory and skills into sound practice, we use a range of methods. You will encounter many different kinds, including the ones listed below, some of which are used in combination; for example a report might be required as an outcome of a time-limited assessment task.

- Reports: you analyse a business problem and propose solutions. In general, the assessment techniques and criteria tend to change over the years – from testing your grasp or understanding of technical accounting concepts and theory (in the first year) to assessing your ability to apply the knowledge and techniques that you have learned (in the third year)

- Presentations: present proposals as if to your boss, a board or a client

- Time-limited tasks: on a set day, you will be given a task which you will need to complete in a set time, such as 48 hours or five days

- Academic writing: used to demonstrate clear, critical thinking, you might be asked to write an essay or a short summary of a theoretical debate

- Appraisals: just as in business, you use appraisals to assess your own learning and to set your personal and academic development objectives

- Projects: these are assessed in a number of ways depending on the task defined by our business partner. Typically, you will need to prepare an analysis, report or presentation which is suitable for the business partner and a longer piece of work which sets out the “behind the scenes” work which underpinned the output for business. It is in the longer work that we expect to see explicitly your application of theory and critical thinking which underpin good accounting and finance practice. You will usually also prepare a project review

- Project reviews: you analyse and evaluate the way you worked on a project and set out how you would work more effectively on a similar task in future

For all assignments you will have an assignment brief which clearly sets out what is required and you will be given the criteria which your tutors will use to mark your work. In some cases you will be involved in developing the criteria used to assess work, to grade your own work and to grade the work of your fellow students: this is all part of developing your understanding of the assessment standards and what is needed to do well at a task

You will receive feedback on all your assessments. If you use this feedback, you will be able to improve your learning and your grades on future assignments.

Progression route

Whilst the course curriculum is designed with further ACCA study in mind, the course will provide an excellent platform for any further professional study in the area of Accounting and Finance (for example the Chartered Insurance Institute will give exemption for students passing Financial Accounting and Taxation).

Students wishing to enter general business management will also find that a degree in Accounting will enable them to understand much of the operations of business. The programme forms excellent underpinning for the Departments MSc International Finance and Banking, or other masters award. Students of the programme often develop an interest in a specific area and go on to further masters study in that area.

Career opportunities

Students completing the programme will have the skills and the knowledge to enter any branch of Accounting. This might include financial accounting operations, management accounting, auditing, taxation or financial management.


Year one:

  • Using English 1 – 30 credits
  • Communicating in Writing – 15 credits
  • Understanding British Culture – 15 credits
  • Business Communication Skills – 15 credits
  • Business English 1 – 15 credits
  • Introduction to Business Discourse – 30 credits
  • Communication Skills – 0 credits
  • Business Pod – 90 credits
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance – 30 credits


Year two:

  • Practice Weeks: Career Planning – 15 credits
  • Financial Reporting – 15 credits
  • Management Accounting – 15 credits
  • Auditing – 15 credits
  • Taxation – 15 credits
  • Financial Management – 15 credits
  • Corporate and Business Law – 15 credits
  • Project Management – 15 credits


Year three:

  • Advanced Financial Reporting – 15 credits
  • Advanced Management Accounting – 15 credits
  • Advanced Auditing – 15 credits
  • Advanced Taxation – 15 credits
  • Advanced Financial Management – 15 credits
  • Specialist Project – 30 credits
  • Practice Weeks: The Future You – 15 credits


Main learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:-

  • Evidence the practice of accounting, finance and management in real world projects from a range of organisations
  • Collaborate effectively with people from diverse cultures, disciplines and contexts
  • Apply self-awareness to make a positive impact in the workplace, in society and for personal career development
  • Communicate effectively through listening, speaking and writing
  • Employ creativity to solve problems and create new opportunities
  • Have confidence in addressing problems using research rigour, financial analysis and critical thinking
  • Demonstrate a rigorous understanding of accounting and finance in a range of management contexts


Graduate impact statements

This course is designed to develop graduates who are already part-qualified in terms of professional accounting qualifications, who are already equipped with technical accounting and finance knowledge and skills, who have practical experience in the use of leading accounting software, and who as a result are, on graduation, job-ready and capable (core units only ) of :

  • Carrying out book-keeping tasks including the ledger postings and extraction of trial balances (both manually and using computer software.)
  • Preparing limited company financial statements (including group or consolidated) from trial balance using standard/statutory formats
  • Preparing and evaluating data for short to long term decision making including investment appraisal and CVP analysis
  • Carrying out performance measurement and control tasks in organisation using, among other things, ratios analysis and balanced scorecard techniques
  • Understanding and applying key financial management models for cost of capital, dividend policy, shareholder value, risk management and portfolio theory
  • Understanding corporate governance models and their application in both national and international contexts
  • Undertaking a practical accounting/business project from ‘problem formulation’ through to ‘conclusion’ and producing recommendations with due regard to professional and ethical standards and expectations.


Choose Accounting BA (Hons) at Bedfordshire and:

  • Learn the technical expertise and professional skills and attributes needed to enter a career in accounting
  • Study a specialist course with the emphasis on practice, supported by the latest technology and software packages
  • Develop your interest in specialist areas, with the opportunity to progress to further study at Masters level
  • Gain skills and knowledge to enter any branch of accounting, including financial accounting operations, management accounting, auditing, taxation or financial management; or general business management
  • Explore contemporary issues in accounting through your supervised research dissertation – ensuring your knowledge is up to date
  • Benefit from a course that offers the maximum ACCA exemptions at undergraduate level, or the flexibility to transfer to other areas of the Business Core Integrated Programme, should you wish