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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

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International course fees
GBP 13450 per year

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About Accounting and Finance at Nottingham Trent University

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 an 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 economics. 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.

As an Accounting and Finance student you'll have access to our unique Trading Room facility. With 12 double-screen workstations the room gives you a simulated experience of working in the fast-moving world of shares trading. You can access sophisticated analysis tools and data on worldwide financial markets.

This course can be studied over three years full-time or four years with a placement, and offers all students the opportunity to gain some industry experience or travel overseas to study abroad in one of our partner universities with our unique opportunities scheme.

Nottingham Business School is in the 1% of business schools worldwide to have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.


100% of our undergraduate students are satisfied with the quality of this course (National Student Survey 2017).

How you're taught

We use a mixture of teaching methods including traditional lectures and seminars, IT workshops, guest lectures, problem-based learning and group discussions.

In addition to this you will also be involved in a variety of practical work such as individual and group presentations, student-led seminars, role play, and project work.

The modules on the course are assessed in a variety of ways including written examinations, reports, essays, group work, IT-based assessments, presentations, and research projects.

You will also have a number of one-on-one tutor sessions during each year, which will allow you to:

  • discuss your personal and professional development
  • discuss and gain feedback about your work
  • ask questions about the projects you're working on
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your University experience.

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that gives you 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

Assessment methods

Full time version of the course (3 years)

  • Year 1 coursework (13%), written (70%) and practical (17%).
  • Year 2 coursework (5%) and written (95%).
  • Year 3 coursework (38%) and written (62%).

Sandwich version of the course (4 Years)

  • Year 1 coursework (13%), written (70%) and practical (17%).
  • Year 2 coursework (5%) and written (95%).
  • Year 3 placement (100%).
  • Year 4 coursework (38%) and written (62%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Full time version of the course (3 years)

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%).
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%) and independent study (78%).

Sandwich version of the course (4 Years)

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%).
  • Year 3 placement (100%).
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%) and independent study (78%).

Careers and employability

100% of our undergraduates were in employment, or further study, just six months after graduating from NTU (DLHE 2015/16)

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
  • PKF Cooper Perry

Students on this course tend to earn the average salary of £20,700 six months after graduation (DLHE 2015/16)


This degree provides you with a superior level of accreditation towards professional examinations with the major UK accounting bodies.

The majority of exemptions are based upon core modules but, dependent on options taken, students graduating from BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance may be able to achieve the following:

  • 9 out of 9 possible papers from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • 7 out of 8 possible papers from the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW)
  • 9 out of 11 possible papers from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

The course is also able to offer exemptions towards both The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Association of International Accountants (AIA).

Many have also used their degree as the basis for very successful postgraduate study. Past graduates from this course have progressed to our Masters degrees in Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Economics and Finance.

The CFA Society of the UK (CFA UK)

The CFA Society of the UK recognises the significant alignment between the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance course at Nottingham Trent University. The IMC is the benchmark qualification for the investment profession.

Notable alumni

We like to keep in touch with all our past students to see what they have been up to over the years. Notable alumni for our Accounting and Finance course include:

  • Nick Beighton, CEO of ASOS PLC
  • Alex Leech, Associate Director, FI Asia at Lloyds Bank
  • Kiran-Jai Sharma, Audit Associate at KPMG LLP, Los Angeles.


We are continually investing in our facilities, and transforming our learning and teaching environment to create an inspiring and innovative atmosphere.

Our School is based in the impressive Newton building on NTU's City Campus. The building was recently involved in a £90 million regeneration project on the site. The Grade II* listed building was transformed into an ultra-modern complex while keeping its historic beauty.

Fantastic facilities

  • You can take advantage of the Link Lounge, a space dedicated to Business School students, located on floor zero of the Newton building.
  • Explore your career prospects with the help of the University's Employability Team.
  • You will benefit from spacious teaching rooms and lecture theatres and a variety of social spaces.
  • Our Student Services Centre will also be on-hand should you need support.
  • A new City Campus Students' Union building giving you an exceptional array of social, leisure and well-being facilities. Our SU has been named Higher Education Students' Union of the Year 2015 by the National Union of Students (NUS).

Trading Room

Our Trading Room, a unique facility with 12 double screen workstations allows access to worldwide financial markets data and sophisticated analysis tools. As an integral part of your learning experience you can use industry technology, create stock portfolios, monitor their performance and use near-live reporting to make quick-fire, informed decisions.

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City Campus, with PCs providing access to:

  • Microsoft Office
  • email
  • web browsing
  • networked file storage
  • high-speed online printing services.
  • the University's main resource room in the library which is available 24 hours a day.

Book and library resources

In our library you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within business, Marketing, Finance, Economics and HRM. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our:

  • electronic resources
  • journals
  • books.

We have a liaison librarian who is available to give you detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources. They can also help you with things such as Harvard referencing and research skills.

City location

The location of the City Campus also means that you have easy access to:

  • sports facilities
  • shops
  • student accommodation
  • music venues
  • cafés.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.

The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.

The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.

Entry requirements

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-Masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-Masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you are already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-Masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English Language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

University preparation courses

If you do not meet the entry requirements you may be interested in our pre-Masters / Foundation courses at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC) which leads onto this postgraduate / undergraduate degree if successfully completed. NTIC students are based on the City Campus and have access to all the University facilities.

Find out more about the university preparation courses at NTIC.

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