Teesside University Accounting and Finance

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Teesside University Accounting and Finance

BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

UCAS code: N420 BA/AcF

Accounting and finance are key functions that lie at the heart of business organisations. This exciting, fast-moving discipline attracts the brightest and best students, both nationally and internationally, and is full of opportunity. If you have an analytical mind and a methodical approach to work, a career in accounting and finance will serve you well.


On this course you develop practical skills that are highly valued by employers – such as analytical thinking, problem solving, teamworking and communication. With a focus on real-world business, the course helps you understand the broader context in which accounting is practised, and provides maximum exemptions from the professional examinations of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Association of International Accountants (AIA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Please note that we are typically unable to accept direct entry into years 2 and 3 of this course due to the specific conditions of the exemption agreements with professional accounting bodies.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Business Law and Ethics

This module develops an understanding of the English legal system and environment as it relates to business in general. It also covers specific areas of law, including company law, the law of contract, and employment law.

Economic Principles

You will acquire a knowledge and understanding of basic microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts and theories to apply to real economic problems in mixed economies such as the UK. This will help you appreciate important economic relationships and factors determining them. You will also learn to evaluate critically the effects of micro and macro economics, including policy, developments in the economy and on social and business affairs.

Interpreting and Communicating Business Information

In this module, you will gain an understanding of quantitative techniques, spreadsheet analysis tools, and forms of data presentation, to support the interpretation and communication of management information.

Introduction to Financial Accounting

This module provides an introduction into the basic concepts of financial accounting and develops knowledge of book-keeping, accounting adjustments, and final accounts preparation, for a range of organisations.

Introduction to Management Accounting

This module provides you with an introduction to the essential elements of cost identification, classification, and recording within an accounting environment. It establishes the importance of controlling costs from the perspective of business profitability.

Management and the Organisation

This module acts as an introduction to business structure and purpose. You will be introduced to formal and informal organisation structures, organisational culture and stakeholder theories. The role of audit, accounting and other relevant business functions is explored together with business ethics and corporate governance. The module also deals with key aspects in human resource management including recruitment, learning, communication and resource management.

Year 2 core modules

Accounting for Management Performance

You build on the knowledge gained in the introductory management accounting module by examining more fully the use of accounting information by managers to control and assess their organisation’s performance.

Company Law and Audit

Develops your knowledge and understanding of the legal and regulatory environment in which accountants operate. It explores current regulations governing UK companies and the role of audit within this context.

Financial Accounting

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of financial reporting. It examines the regulatory framework of accounting in the UK and how this has developed. You will learn about the users of financial information, the type of information they require and how this can be evaluated. You will also study current accounting standards.

Management in a Competitive Environment

This module develops an understanding of tools and techniques for identifying the key types of competitive environment in which an organisation may be located, and examines the range of approaches that the organisation may choose to adopt to address the issues encountered.

Project and Operations Management

This module enables you to understand the contribution of the operations function to an organisation and evaluate the range of tools used in operations management. It also enables you to understand the key importance of projects in an organisation and apply key tools and techniques in project management.

Research Methods

Building on prior learning within various stage 1 modules, this module develops your understanding and awareness of the principles and practicalities underpinning ethical and rigorous research. Through interactive seminar sessions with research-active academic staff, the module develops the practical skills you require for conducting a rigorous and ethical research study. The skills developed and knowledge gained will link to the stage 3 Dissertation module.


This module introduces you to UK tax policy and practice. It will develop your understanding of tax systems objectives, and constraints in developing and implementing tax policy and practice. You will also examine the impact of taxes on businesses and individuals, and develop technical and computer skills in taxation.

Final-year core modules

Accounting for Management Decisions

Advanced Auditing

You apply best practice in internal and external audit work and evaluate audit theory and practice, and develop your skills in the qualitative and quantitative aspects of risk-based auditing.

Advanced Financial Accounting

This module illustrates methods for recording and reporting complex financial transactions, and develops your knowledge and understanding through analysing and interpreting financial information in the form of accounting statements.

It covers the use of techniques to analyse financial risk and performance. The development of accounting standards and external reporting is also discussed.

Corporate Finance

This module examines the role of corporate finance and the market context in which it is carried out. The financial markets and their operation will be explored in both a domestic and international setting. The ways in which businesses use these markets to create and maintain shareholder value will be analysed in looking at capital structure, dividend policy and valuation. The use of financial instruments available to reduce risk will also be examined.


Your final year dissertation is an opportunity to do an independent piece of research, demonstrating that you know how to take a systematic approach to research, analysis and evaluation within a structured business-orientated framework. It also encourages you to reflect and critically evaluate your personal development.

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 80-96 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent) and GCSE grade A-C (or equivalent) in English and maths.

Course information


  • Length: 3 years (or 4 including a work placement year)

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  • Not available part-time

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