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Kickstart your career with an ACCA and ICAEW accredited degree and industry placements

3 years Full Time, 4 years Full Time with sandwich placement
Bishop Otter Campus (Chichester)

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Become a highly-competent financial manager ready for the business world

Our BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree will introduce you to general management modules alongside specialist accounting and finance topics to prepare you to become a highly competent financial manager.

You will also gain valuable employment skills and learn to apply your theoretical studies to real-world projects on this course.

You will learn from experienced professionals and guest speakers, study work-based projects, and have opportunities to complete work experience in a one-year placement or 20-week placement in your final year.

Dedicated work placement options

Our work placement opportunities help build your confidence, experience, and your ability to stand out from the crowd in a competitive job market.

Small and interactive classes

Our small interactively taught seminars see you treated as individual, not just another face in the crowd and allows our tutors to get to know you and how best to help your academic and personal development.

ACCA and ICAEW accredited programme

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) accredit our BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance course. We have full accreditation from the ACCA for the first nine papers. Successfully completing the relevant modules means you will be granted exemption from the first nine ACCA’s exams.

Additionally, we have gained accreditation from the ICAEW. With exemptions from these prestigious accountancy bodies, our graduates need to write fewer exam papers to gain professional accountancy qualifications.

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The Course

Study specialist accounting and finance topics alongside a range of management subjects

Year One

Your first year will introduce you to a broad range of accounting and management subjects and basic concepts in accountancy and finance. All modules are linked to the ACCA programme so you will develop the core skills you need to understand accounting and what accountants do.

Year Two

Your second year is divided into two sections: Financial Accounting and Management Accounting. You will choose two optional modules and develop your academic and research skills.

Year Three

In your final year you will explore accounting and finance topics including Corporate Finance and Advanced Financial Accounting, as well as business strategy. You will choose more optional modules than the previous year and be able to specialise in a specific accounting subject.

Business Trips

In your first year you can take part in optional business trips to highlight the skills you will need in the workplace. You will meet people in their place of work, ask questions and learn about the industry and work environment of various businesses.


This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Management and Organisations

You will explore business management theories, the role and position of a manager, and your ability to manage others.

You are encouraged to develop your self-awareness as a potential manager and investigate issues like:

  • the history of management
  • structures
  • functions
  • culture
  • sustainability
  • and innovation of an organisation.

You will also explore:

  • aspects of business psychology
  • how people are motivated and behave
  • theories of leadership and conflict management that can be used in effective management.

You will be assessed through a report on management topics of interest.

Technology for Business

This module is designed to introduce you to the use of technology, primarily information systems, and how organisations adapt and leverage digital technology solutions to gain a competitive advantage. The course will begin with an introduction to information systems and fundamental concepts, ideas and critical components including the importance of data.

Introductory Law for Managers

This module will introduce you to law in the commercial world.

You will gain a sufficient understanding of the law as a manager and be able to recognise the existence and effects of the law in commercial activities and the key legislation organisations need to follow operationally and with customers.

You will explore when professional legal assistance is required in business.


You will be assessed through an online examination and 1 hour in-class test.

Accounting Skills

In this module you will explore fundamental accounting concepts and develop the skills and techniques you need to collect and record data and transactions to prepare accounting statements and management accounts which are key to managers.

You will focus on the requirements for internal use of single entities.


You will be assessed through an online exam and a 45-minute in class test.

Academic & Professional Skills 1

This module will support your transition into a university undergraduate degree programme. You will focus on developing academic and professional skills and be encouraged to reflect on and plan you own personal development. You are provided with a range of topics to help you develop and you can choose those most beneficial to you.

Entrepreneurial Mindset

In today’s competitive business environment, graduates require strong employability skills and a resilient attitude.

This module aims to develop these skillsets by working with a real client in creating ideas, implementing one of them and assessing how they can be more innovative.

You will deepen your knowledge of being entrepreneurial and applying an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ to solve a real-life case study with a client.

You will usually work in small groups to develop an ‘innovative’ solution to an identified problem or opportunity.


You will be assessed through a group presentation to the client and an individual report on how the entrepreneur can be more innovative.


This is a CMI and CIM accredited module.

Marketing Principles and Practice

This introductory module explores the role of marketing in the modern business environment.

You will discover the core tools and concepts of marketing and investigate the marketing principles of the extended services mix, buyer behaviour, segmentation, and market research.

You will explore business aspects such as contemporary society, digital innovations, and disruptive business models.


You will be assessed through a business report.


This is a CMI and CIM accredited module.

Introduction to Sustainability

In today’s global environment, there is a strong focus on environmental factors such as climate change, reducing carbon emissions and negative impacts on biodiversity.  However, there are also wider ethical issues such as inequality, equality and diversity and ethical business governance that come under the umbrella of sustainability.  Today’s students will need to understand these issues and how different organisations (private, public and voluntary) can improve their sustainability and work collaboratively in responding to sustainable challenges and opportunities.

Financial Reporting

This module will enable you to describe and critically discuss how financial reporting can be regulated, including the system of international accounting standards.

You will learn to prepare statutory accounts in the appropriate form for a single business.


You will be assessed through an online examination and a one hour in- class test.


This is an ACCA accredited module.

Management Accounts

This module develops your understanding of a range of management accounting techniques and how these can be applied to support decision-making. You will be required to solve problems that require you to demonstrate thoughtful and effective reasoning in proposing solutions or responses to a given set of circumstances. Assessment is by in-class test and exam.

Financial Management

This module will introduce you to areas of key financial decision-making and related underlying theory.

This includes decisions about setting corporate objectives, the funding of corporate operations and the appraisal of potential investments.

You will examine the choices available to companies regarding their capital structure and dividend policies and gain an understanding of the operation of equity markets and related implications for listed companies.

Professional Graduate

This practical module develops your critical understanding of the concept of professionalism and how it relates to being a graduate in the workplace.

You will plan your own development towards your graduate recruitment and if you chose a one-year internship (professional placement), you will focus on applying and preparing for this placement.

The module emphasises the importance of developing your own employability and encourages continuous reflection on personal and professional development (PDP).


You will be assessed through two assignments, a mock job/placement interview and reflective report with PDP action plan.


This is a CMI accredited module.

Data Research for Business

This module introduces you to the concept of data and market research for decision making, to allow you to make informed decisions as business managers and prepare you for your final year research dissertation, or equivalent study.

The module takes you on a structured and applied journey, looking at the rationale and contextualisation for the research processes required for business decisions.

You will use qualitative and quantitative research methodologies specifically applied to your degree route or area of study.


You will be assessed by market research analysis and recommendations report.


This is a CMI accredited module.

Auditing and Assurance

This module will introduce you to the key concepts of audit, assurance, and corporate governance.

You will develop your understanding of ethics and professional conduct as you learn about:

  • the audit framework and regulation
  • planning and risk assessment
  • internal control
  • audit evidence
  • and how discovered material is reviewed and reported.

You will be assessed through an individual essay and an online examination.

Taxation 1

This module will introduce you to key taxation concepts and the underlying principles the UK taxation system, as you gain an understanding of the principles behind, and the sources and types of, taxation.

You will also cover an overview of calculations in relation to value added tax and an examination of the scope of national insurance contributions and Capital gains tax.


You will be assessed through an essay and an online examination.

Taxation 2

The UK tax system is continuously changing, specifically during and after periods of financial crisis.

This makes UK tax an important subject area for business management students as well as accounting and finance students.

This module will build on your understanding of personal income tax and introduce company tax including courses of income, adjustments and rules, chargeable gains, losses, and inheritance tax.


You will be assessed through an individual essay and an online exam.

Research Dissertation

The module is an opportunity for you to research a specific area that interests you within an appropriate business, public sector or third sector context.

Your project will make a major contribution to your professional and intellectual development.

Placement students

All students have the opportunity to go on the 20-week work placement module in the final semester where you undertake a project for a client organisation and your dissertation will be based on this area of work.


You will be assessed by creating an individual report of 10,500 words.


This is a CMI accredited module.

Corporate Finance

This module will give you an insight into the practical impacts of key areas of corporate finance.

You will cover an overview of the core concepts of corporate finance before focusing on specific related areas such as corporate valuation and merger and acquisition activity.

You will be introduced to more complex aspects of finance theory including:

  • Portfolio Theory
  • Capital Asset Pricing Model
  • Capital Structure Theory.

You are encouraged to examine ‘corporate finance in action’ and to link your theoretical studies with practice.


You will be assessed through an essay and an online exam.


This is an ACCA accredited module.

Professional Practice

This double module aims to provide you with the opportunity to gain valuable experience working in an organisation, or for an organisation for 2 days a week for 20 weeks.

You will typically be conducting your Research Project in parallel with this module.

The primary aim of the module is to enable you, within the context of your work placement, to focus on areas of personal development to enhance your employability skills for chosen career aspirations and gain both practical and research skills for a deeper knowledge of your subject field.


The module focuses on the environmental factors directly relevant to small businesses as you develop a critical understanding of entrepreneurial process. You will use your earlier business related studies or discipline specific self-employment options to inform your studies and be assessed through an assignment and a presentation.

Strategic Management (Business Strategy)

More information on this module is coming soon.

Advanced Financial Accounting

This module will develop your understanding of the previous Financial Reporting module by:

  • examining consolidated accounts
  • evaluating financial statements to provide an analysis of performance
  • comparing alternative approaches to asset valuation
  • and examining current developments in external reporting.

You will be assessed through an online examination and a one hour in-class test.

Teaching and Assessment

Feel the support of our expert teaching staff


You will learn through small interactive workshops of up to 30 students, where you will join a close and supportive environment and develop a wide range of soft skills such as teamwork, communication, and time management.

Some workshops include visits from industry guest speakers who will answer your questions about accountancy, finance, and the industry.


Our BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance course is accredited by the ACCA, so most of your assessments are exams that meet ACCA requirements. The ACCA reviews and approves all exam questions and assessments so you will qualify for exemptions in future ACCA exams when you graduate.


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BA (Hon) Accounting and Finance
"I graduated with first class honours and went on to secure a role at Notonthehighstreet.com, an on-trend brand in a cool location. I loved the flexibility at university that enabled me to continue my other passion of athletics. I now compete at a national level and work in a job I love."

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Work Placements

Gain practical experience within the industry

Work placements give you valuable work experience to add to your CV and help to prepare you for the workplace after you graduate.

During work placements you will develop your employability and enterprise skills, so you are ready to thrive in business after you leave university. You could even secure employment after you graduate with your placement employer.

Industrial Placements

There are two main types of placement on this course. You may complete a year-long industrial placement between your second and third years of study, and a 20-week placement during your final year. Some students will complete both placement options.

Most students secure placements in London and the South East but you could travel overseas. Past students have worked in Bahrain, India, Singapore and Australia.

Many placement students continue to work for the companies they completed placements with after they graduate. Some students are even offered full time jobs before their results are published.

Industrial Placement Year

This one-year placement option takes place after your second year of study. You will have a paid position with a company and be an employee as well as a registered student. The company will introduce you to the workplace and provide a valuable learning experience to support and develop your understanding of business practice.

20 Week Work Placement

During your final year you will complete a 20-week work placement. This placement is part time, usually unpaid, and will be assessed as a double module for your degree. Your assessment will focus on employability and personal development.

You will focus on a management project during your placement. This project usually concerned with investigating management issues within the placement organisation.

Placement Office

The Business School has a dedicated placement office who will with you and relevant businesses to help you find your best placement match. We ensure that placements are at an appropriate level and suitable for your degree.

You are ultimately responsible for finding your own placement but you can take advantage of the team’s business relationships and opportunities advertised by the placement office. Some businesses reach out to the office to re-advertise their placements each year.

Companies our students have worked at include:

  • O2
  • TakeTwo Interactive
  • Notonthehighstreet.com


BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance student
My placement year at the National Air Traffic Control Service has been one of the best experiences of my life and I owe so much to all the people I have worked with in making it so amazing. The main thing I tale from the year is the development of my soft skills, my improved confidence can now be used for presentations back at the University and I am certain it will help me along my future career path. It wasn’t half bad going on a business trip to Brussels either!

Study Abroad

Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad

As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.

Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.

You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.



Business School student who studied abroad in Finland for for a year
I would recommend to everyone to study abroad for a year. I’ve met so many wonderful people from all over the world who are now great friends that I will visit even now my year abroad has ended. Some highlights of my time here were visiting Santa in Lapland, spending a weekend in a traditional Finnish cottage in the lake region, having an outdoor BBQ in the middle of winter and going to many saunas. For those concerned about the financial aspect, there are additional student loans and grants, as well as more support options for lower income households. I have learned a lot about Finland, such as the beautiful nature, history and traditional food. I've also learned lots about myself and improved my skills in confidence and independence, and now I see the world from another perspective.


Prepare for a variety of careers in finance

This BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree is ideal for you if you want to become a fully qualified accountant or if you want to work in general management with a high level of financial awareness. Many graduates from this course have gone into industry after they graduate, with many securing roles at accountancy firms. 

Jobs related to this degree include:

  • Accounting Technician
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Investment Banker
  • Stockbroker
  • Tax Advisor
  • Actuary
  • Data Analyst

Further Study

You may decide to continue your studies to postgraduate level.

The Business School has a diverse range of postgraduate courses including:

  • MSc Digital Marketing
  • MBA
  • PGCE
  • PhD Research

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2024/25

UK fee
International fee

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

tariff points from A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical.
A Levels
BTEC/Cambridge Technical
4/Cor better
in Mathematics.
Access to HE Diploma
T Level
Merit (with C in the Core)
in Accounting, Finance, or Management and Administration.
28 points
with no element lower than 5.5.


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