Accounting and Finance (2017 Entry)

Course type: Single 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

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), and offers a number of important exemptions from their professional exams.

At Keele, you’ll study accountancy with a specialism in finance. You’ll explore the design and use of accounting and financial systems, and how they’re affected by individuals, organisations, markets and society. Drawing on economics, law, management, mathematics, statistics and IT, it will build your understanding of business strategy, behaviour and performance in the global context. Our computer laboratories, equipped with Bloomberg terminals and Sage accounting software, will enable you to interact with real-world data and situations – just as you will if you choose to do an additional year as a work placement.

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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.

Single 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

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Accounting and Finance.

First year

Core modules: 

  • Accounting Principles
  • Management in Context
  • Business Law Financial Accounting
  • Quantitative Methods 2*
  • Economics of Financial Markets

Elective modules:

  • British and Global Economy
  • Quantitative Methods 1**

Second year:

Core modules:

  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Asset Pricing
  • Introduction to Econometrics Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • Portfolio Choice
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility

Elective modules:

  • Banking

Third year

Core modules:

  • Management Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Financial Reporting OR
  • Options and Futures
  • The Audit Framework
  • Advanced Management Accounting OR
  • International Finance

Elective modules:

  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Options and Futures Advanced Management Accounting
  • International Finance
  • Applied Financial Analysis+
  • Analysing Company Performance Independent Study Project (ISP)

** must take if no AS Maths or equivalent
* Pre-requisite: Quantitative Methods 1 or C or above at AS Maths or equivalent
+ Pre-requisite: Introduction to Econometrics

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

A high percentage of business leaders have finance backgrounds, and accounting has one of the highest graduate employment rates. With the increasing internationalisation of business and the capital markets, your opportunities will be virtually limitless. You might work as a chartered accountant, chartered certified accountant, chartered public finance accountant or chartered management accountant. Or you might work as a commodities trader, stockbroker, management consultant, banker, financial or tax advisor or insurance broker, or go on to study at master’s or PhD level.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Students are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) (BA Hons).

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 and Finance with Foundation Year: N4L0 View Unistats for this course

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Study abroad

Semester Abroad

On the Accounting and Finance 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.

For more information on work placements please click here

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