September 2021

Accounting and Finance BA (Hons)

Honours Degree, Undergraduate, September 2021

Key Details

  • N400 Course Code
  • 3 Years
  • 96 Typical UCAS Tariff


Please note that this course is being re-validated for September 2021 entry. Re-validation is a standard academic process that ensures the content of a course is up to date with current research and academic thinking and also relevant to the requirements of the potential employment market place.

The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance programme aims to:

  • Enable you to undertake a rigorous study of the theories and techniques related to accounting and financial management
  • Acquire and develop the practical skills essential within an accounting and financial environment
  • Develop and enhance transferable skills relevant to a range of employment opportunities in both private and public sector organisations including the third sector
  • Enable you to develop competence in accounting and finance, alongside wisdom in its application sufficient for you to enhance your employability and possibly progress to postgraduate study

Our modules have gained a large number of exemptions from the Institute of Chartered Accountant of England and Wales (ICAEW), including all six modules on the certificate level and one on the professional level.  Students can claim prior learning with ICAEW upon completion of the degree from Newman to be qualified ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB).

Certain modules are accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and thus students completing these modules may gain exemptions from professional exams as part of postgraduate accountancy training. 

We have gained a significant number of exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and students will be able to claim prior learning and award designation after graduating from Newman.  The award designations are listed below:

CIMA Diploma In Management Accounting (CIMA DIP MA)

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (CIMA CERT BA)

Why study this course?

  • The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree at Newman provides you with the skills, knowledge and resources relevant for a wide range of enterprises in the private and public sectors.
  • We focus on student-centred learning, and the development of the whole individual which will help you to develop into a successful accounting and financial professional with the capacity and vitality to make a difference.
  • Accounting and Finance at Newman is taught in smaller class sizes than many UK universities which enables discussion and debate to embed learning and view problems from a variety of perspectives, a vital skill for accountants. In this course you will study accounting and finance in a way that addresses values and ethics in a way not always achieved in other institutions.
  • Over the three year course a variety of modules are covered to equip you with the knowledge to go on to be successful. Some of the types of modules you can expect include financial accounting, management accounting and decision making, personal and business taxation, auditing and assurance, corporate financial management, financial analysis and financial reporting.
  • Newman provides excellent academic and individual support. Teaching is much more than just lectures, you will have the support of seminars, tutorials, group activities, study skills and fieldwork. Taught modules are assessed through a variety of different forms of coursework, such as reports, presentations, analysis tasks and reflective logs. Members of the department are always happy to give individual tutorials and advice on research and writing assignments.

What does the course cover?

The solid foundation for future study will be laid in the first year of this course. You will study the basic elements of Accounting and Finance and develop spreadsheet and numerical skills, research, referencing and academic writing skills. You will also learn more about the role of the accountant in business and the fundamental aspects of Business and Corporate Law.

Your second year will further develop the core area of Accounting and Finance. This level will use the concepts and skill-based tools from Level 4 for more applied learning activities. The range of learning activities will increase to facilitate different learning styles. For example, you will take on specialist modules to map onto a chosen career pathway which may lead to some exemptions from the professional bodies. This part will examine personal and business taxation, corporate financial management, financial reporting, and management accounting.

In the final year of study you will be involved in using the conceptual tools and experience developed in the first two years.  Final year modules may lead you towards partial exemptions being granted by the professional bodies. You will cover some core areas such as advanced management accounting, financial analysis, advanced financial reporting and audit and assurance. These modules in particular will help to develop skills of critical analysis and synthesis which will help you to reflect on your career aspirations.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via a combination of options including coursework, class tests, and formal examinations.

What careers can I consider?

  • Financial accountant
  • Management accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Investment banker
  • Tax consultants
  • Internal/External auditor

The skills, knowledge and resources you develop on the programme will be relevant for a wide range of organisations and industries in the private and public sectors. The department’s previous graduates from other business programmes have gained management roles in a broad range of areas.

The programme will give you the skills and knowledge that you need to be able succeed in the future. Graduates in Accounting and Finance are highly sought after and are able to use their skills and knowledge in a wide range of different areas. Graduates of Accountancy and Professional Services are regularly recruited by the `Big Four’ accounting firms – Ernst and Young, KPMG, Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers, as well as other graduate level employers. As a graduate in Accounting and Finance, there are opportunities to work in both local government and central government departments such as the National Audit Office, FSA, HMRC, and HM Treasury.

At Newman, the Careers service also organises fairs and events throughout the year to give you a chance to meet graduate recruiters and ask your questions; These include the `Graduate Recruitment fair’, `The Finance, Business and Management Fair’ and the `Postgraduate Study fair’.

Depending on the course units that you have chosen during your degree you may be eligible for exemptions for professional examinations. For further information, you can find more information about the exemptions that could be obtained from:

The Institute of Chartered Accountants (ACA)

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Please note that if you have a conviction for fraud the above professional bodies may not agree to exempt you.

Studying and living in Birmingham

Newman University is located in Britain’s second city – Birmingham. With one of the youngest city populations in Europe, it is a vibrant and dynamic place to study.

Studying at Newman University, you have the advantage of being near to the city, but living in, or commuting to peaceful and comfortable surroundings on campus.

Dining out

Birmingham has lots of wonderful places to dine out with a range of different cuisines. Places where you can dine out include; Brindley Place, Mailbox and Hagley Road (just 10 minutes’ from Newman).


Whether you like to go to; the theatre, gigs or clubs, or enjoy: sports, shopping visiting art galleries or exhibitions – Birmingham will not disappoint and you will be spoilt for choice!


Getting around Birmingham is easy via train, bus or by car. Birmingham has excellent transport links to the rest of Britain, making it easy for those weekend getaways!

Why not explore the city for yourself by visiting one of our Open Days?

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Entry Requirements

You must achieve at least 96 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent (e.g.MM at BTEC Diploma; MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma) towards the total tariff.

Access Students can achieve the requirements with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/ or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course. 96 UCAS Points: D21-M3-P21; D18-M9-P18; D15-M15-P15; D12-M21-P12; D9-M27-P9; D6-M33-P6; D3-M39-P3; D0-M45-P0.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (or C) or above (or recognised equivalents), including English Language and Mathematics are also required.

International Students
Newman University is not licenced by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

Applying Direct Option

You can apply direct to Newman University for this course if you have not previously applied to Newman University through UCAS and you are not applying to any other universities.

Simply click on this Direct Application link to do this.

N.B. will need to enter ‘New User’ account details when first accessing this portal.

If you have any questions regarding entry onto this course please contact our friendly and helpful admissions team via our Admissions Enquiry Form

Course Fees

Fees per academic year:
Full-time UK students: £9,250 *

* Fees shown are for 2021/22 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).


Additional Costs

Find out more about the other additional costs associated with our undergraduate degrees. 

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