BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management (3 Year)

International applications for October 2018 are now closed. 

This 3-year course equips graduates with the crucial skills required for an entry-level position in financial accounting, management accounting, finance, auditing and taxation.

On this course you will undertake a rigorous and coherent study of the theory and practice of accounting and financial management and develop an understanding of how it impacts on legal, ethical, social, political, environmental and economic norms.

CIMA - ACCA - ICAEWThis degree is the first step on the ladder to becoming an accountant. To progress, a professional qualification is also essential. Most students will go on to take a professional accounting qualification with one of the major international accounting bodies, such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) or the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

This course is accredited by CIMA  and ACCA which means our graduates have been granted exemptions from seven CIMA exams and similar exemptions from nine ACCA exams. This means you can save yourself a lot of time and stress in the future, because this degree will equip you with a whole host of ready-made exemptions from the exams of the two leading professional accounting bodies in the UK.

Our students also benefit from free student membership to both ACCA and CIMA throughout the duration of their studies. LSBM is one of only four higher education institutions in London to offer free CIMA student membership to all students on eligible courses. This means that our students can take advantage of both ACCA and CIMA online communities, free resources and career support services relevant to their studies such as: interview tips, CV help, discussion forums, graduate vacancies, information about networking events, and career skills classes run by employers.

You can learn more about CIMA membership benefits and ACCA membership benefits on their respective websites.

In addition, LSBM was pleased to announce on 20 June 2018 that it is now a Partner in Learning with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). There are over 150,000 ICAEW Chartered Accountants, who are trained, developed and supported so that they have the knowledge and values to help build local and global economies that are sustainable, accountable and fair. You can learn more about the benefits of this partnership for our accounting students in our blog post 'The ICAEW Advantage'.

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All of our Accounting and Financial Management courses are ideal for students who aspire to work in the accounting or financial professions.

This course is specifically designed to develop students’ employability skills including:

  • Critical evaluation and analysis
  • Evaluation of data
  • Use of contemporary information and communications technology to acquire and analyse information.

Graduates are therefore well-placed to pursue careers in areas such retail banking, investment banking, risk-analysis, insurance and management consultancy.


Key Information

We have October start dates for this course. There are two semesters each year. Students complete 2 x 30 credit modules each semester, enabling students to concentrate on fewer modules at a time. Modules are assessed in different ways, e.g. essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and examinations.


3 years full-time



Start Dates:


Awarding Body:

The University of Northampton



UK/EU 2017/18*: £6,150 per year
Total course fee: £18,450

EEA and Swiss nationals 2017/18*: £12,000 per year
Total course fee: £36,000

International 2017/18: £12,000 per year
Total course fee: £36,000

Please note that international students, who require a Tier 4 VISA will not be permitted to work during their studies.

* Scholarships are available



Entry Requirements

  • Applicants normally require 112 UCAS tariff points (or equivalent).
  • Applicants who have completed an Access to Higher Education Diploma are eligible for the course.
  • Applicants who pass AAT Level 3 qualifications in Accounting may be admitted onto the course if they successfully pass an interview. Note: consideration will also be given for each AAT Level 3 unit that is passed (if the full qualification is not achieved).
  • Applicants also require a GCSE Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent).

    If a candidate meets the UCAS points requirements (but does not have GCSE English Language and/or Mathematics at Grade C or above), then they will also be required to pass our own internal English Language test (test and interview) and/or pass our own internal Mathematics test(s) in order to meet our entry requirements. (This only applies to UK, EU and EEA applicants. International applicants WILL require GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above, or equivalent).

    Note: From 2017, English and Maths GCSEs are graded from 9 to 1, rather than A* to G. All other GCSE subjects will follow with the new grading system in 2019. A current grade 'C' in the new system will be considered to be a '4'. Click here for a quick explanation of the new GCSE grading system from our blog.
  • Applicants must have completed Year 11 (Key Stage 4) Secondary School, or equivalent, at least 2 years prior to the start of the course.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language require IELTS at 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each category).


Level/Year Semester 1 Semester 2
Level 4
Year 1
Accountants in
(30 credits)
(30 credits)
(30 credits)
Business and
Corporate Law (30 credits)
Level 5
Year 2
Computer Applications
in Accounting
(30 credits)
(30 credits)
(30 credits)
Auditing in
(30 credits)
Level 6
Year 3
and Control
(30 credits)
(30 credits)
Accounting and Finance
Research Project
(30 credits)
(30 credits)

Students complete one of the following Level 6 option modules:

  • Corporate Risk Management
  • Small Business Management
  • International Finance
  • Internship Placement


Featured modules

The Internship Placement is an optional module available at Level 6 to students with a strong academic performance at Levels 4 and 5. Advice on how to prepare for the module is given in the second semester of Level 5.

A significant amount of learning can be achieved by carrying out practical activities in a workplace. Students are required to undertake 200 hours of work experience on a part-time basis during their final year. This module offers an exciting opportunity to gain professional experience in any relevant area of accounting and finance.

Financial Management is a compulsory module at Level 6 that guides students to use corporate financial theory and its application in real-life scenarios encountered by entrepreneurs and decision makers in the world of finance. Moreover, they will have an understanding of the financial management, long-term investment and the working capital management of firms. It will help students to understand the financial decision making in enterprises. It will focus on ways and methods to cope with risk management in finance.


Degree classification

Upon graduation your degree will be classified as follows:

1st Class Honours
Upper Second Class Honours (2.1)
Lower Second Class Honours (2.2)
Third Class Honours

In calculating your degree classification, modules at Levels 0 and 4 are ignored. Your degree classification is based upon your performance in modules at Levels 5 and 6.


Professional Body exemptions

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

The course is accredited by CIMA, providing graduates with exemptions from the following CIMA examinations:

BA1 Fundamentals of Business Economics
BA2 Fundamentals of Management Accounting
BA3 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
BA4 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law
E1 Organisational Management
P1 Management Accounting
F1 Financial Reporting and Taxation

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Our application for ACCA accreditation has been approved and our graduates can gain exemptions from the following ACCA examinations:

F1 - The Accountant in Business
F2 - Management Accounting
F3 - Financial Accounting
F4 - Corporate and Business Law
F5 - Performance Management & Control
F6 - Taxation
F7 - Financial Reporting
F8 - Auditing in Context
F9 - Financial Management


University of Northampton Academic Regulations

The BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management is awarded by the University of Northampton, and is governed by the University's Academic Regulations. Most of the University’s degrees are made up of 20-credit modules and therefore some of the Regulations apply differently to the BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management because it consists of 30-credit modules:

1. Accumulated Failure (Regulation 3.7.2)

If, after exhausting all opportunities for reassessment, you fail modules to the value of 90 credits, you will be withdrawn from further study.

2. Condonement (Regulation 3.7.12)

You must pass every module in order to successfully complete your degree.

3. Maximum number of credits that can be studied in each academic year (Regulation 3.3.2)

If, after exhausting all opportunities for reassessment, you fail a module your studies will continue into an additional academic year.

You can find the University's Academic Regulations here

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