Accounting (2017 Entry)

Course type: Dual Honours,
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 Years/ 4 years with placement, Full time/Sandwich
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Business and Management, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Course Overview

This dual honours degree enables you to combine accounting with another subject, extending the skills you can bring into the workplace.

At Keele, you’ll study accounting along with your choice of many other disciplines across the humanities, sciences and social sciences. You’ll develop the skills needed for a rewarding career in accountancy or the wider corporate, public or charity sectors. Besides learning subject specific skills and the professional practice of accountants, this programme will provide a wide range of transferable skills which are highly valued by all employers. You’ll use a range of tools, including industry standard Sage software, to prepare, analyse and interpret accounting data. You might consider adding an industrial placement year between the second year and third year.

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Course content

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Dual Honours Course Information Document (PDF)

Looking for a more complete list of modules? You can view the module list for 2017 entry on our Module Catalogue:

Module Catalogue

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours Accounting.

First year

Core modules:

  • Accounting Principles
  • Financial Accounting

Elective modules:

  • Management in Context
  • Business Law
  • Markets and Hierarchies
  • British and Global Economy
  • Quantitative Methods 1
  • Quantitative Methods 2*
  • Foundations of HRM
  • Marketing Principles
  • Introduction to International Business

Second year

Core modules:

  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting

Elective modules:

  • Introduction to Economics
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility

It is also possible to undertake a work placement between your second and third year of study. The university has a limited number of these available but you might also find a placement for yourself. In both cases the University will be involved to make sure the placement works to your advantage. 

Third year

Core modules:

  • Management Accounting
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • The Audit Framework

Elective modules:

  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Applied Financial Analysis*
  • New Business Plan
  • Analysing Company Performance

*These modules have a pre-requisite. See the Course Information Document for more details.

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

Our programme is recognised by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA); global professional accountancy bodies offering internationally recognised professional qualifications in financial and management accounting, and it offers a number of important exemptions from their professional exams. This means the programme offers a stepping stone if you want to pursue a career in accountancy, but it also provides a solid grounding for those who prefer to follow other business and management related careers.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

For overseas students who do not meet direct entry requirements, we offer the opportunity to take an intensive International Year One in Business and Management leading to second year degree entry

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Accounting with Foundation Year: NL43 View Unistats for this course

Students are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) (BA Hons) if their two Principal courses are in humanities and/or social science subjects. 

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

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Study abroad

Semester Abroad

On the Accounting programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination. 

International Year

The International Year is an excellent opportunity for students to enhance their degree. Students are encouraged to add to their areas of study with complementary subjects. For example, a Law student may decide to do Politics or International Relations, a Criminology student might like to do Psychology, a Maths or Computer Science student might like to do Business Studies. Students are also encouraged to study a language. The International Year allows students to create their own bespoke degree, a bonus when looking for a job upon graduation. This year is recognized in the student’s degree as “XXX with International Year”. Currently, Keele students apply for the three year degree and then change to the International Year when they are accepted on the programme in their 2nd year at Keele.

Explore, go on an academic adventure; consider a research project or an internship. Discover countries with amazing culture and history. Travel, gain confidence in the wider world and gain a Global Perspective.

Visit the Global Education web pages for more information.

Professional body exemptions

Exemptions are offered from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

Please note the following: 

Module selection: Students should note that to be awarded the above accreditations they must select to study and pass the modules as shown in the table provided in Annex A of the Course Information Document. If not all modules are passed then exemptions may be reduced. In the case of CIMA exemptions it should be noted that a minimum mark of 35% must be obtained on all assessments for a module (as well as an overall module mark of 40% minimum) otherwise exemptions may be restricted.

Study abroad: Because studying abroad has potential implications for the above accreditations of the Accounting Dual Honours degree students wishing to Study Abroad must discuss this in advance with the Keele Management School ‘Study Abroad tutor’ to identify and agree whether any supplementary teaching will be required to ensure their eligibility for these accreditations.

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Work Placements

All our undergraduate programmes can be studied either over three years or for four years with a placement year between the second and final years.

You will be able to arrange your own placement, with support from a placement tutor, which will give you the freedom to choose when and where you undertake your placement and to have control over your potential living costs and travel expenses.

We will help you to prepare for your placement through specific modules including working on company projects, enterprise modules and professional practice modules. You will also receive support with preparing CVs, writing covering letters and receive guidance on how to find a placement.

Your academic tutor will be available to you via email, telephone or face-to-face contact throughout the placement.

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Daniel Lunn, UK

Daniel Lunn, UK

" The lecturers were extremely approachable, and they tried to get to know the students individually. "

Accounting and Finance Graduate, 2015

Ayman Hussain

Ayman Hussain

"The accounting and finance course at Keele was intellectually rewarding and fulfilling. "

Accounting and Finance Graduate, 2015

Laura Collyer

Laura Collyer

"The Keele Management School prepared me well"

Accounting and Finance Graduate, 2015