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BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management

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Three years full-time.

Four and a half to nine years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

96 UCAS tariff points (or above)
CCC (A-Level) MMM (BTEC)

  • Benefit from our status as Partners in Learning with the ICAEW.
  • Different to other courses, learn about personal finance as well as corporate practice.
  • Gain excellent experience through our excellent industry relationships.
  • Small classes result in exceptional tutor support.
  • Study on the prestigious Ipswich Waterfront.


You will be immersed in the worlds of accounting, finance and management from the start. You will engage in taught sessions, work placements, field trips, and hear guest speakers throughout your degree. With work assessed using a variety of methods, you build a diversity of skills and become a ‘career-ready’ graduate.


As Partners in Learning with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEA) – the oldest professional body of accountants in the world – you will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to assess business performance. With the commercial environment becoming increasingly financially driven, this expertise is vital.

Our programme also sets the foundations for professional exams, helping you prepare for ACCA, CIMA or ACA qualifications if you choose to do them later in your career. Your employability is at the heart of everything we do. We help you with job searches, while advancing your development through our excellent business links.

View more information about the range of employers our students work with in the Business School.

Further information about the University's relationship with the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW) is available in the PSRB register.

Course modules

The following comprehensive range of subjects will be taught during the degree, to prepare you for a solid business, banking or professional career.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Introduction to Business Finance and Quantitative Methods (Requisite)

Accounting and quantitative methods as information systems lie at the heart of all business decisions. This module aims to provide a solid foundation of knowledge and skills suitable for non- finance specialists who need to use accountancy and quantitative information in decision making and in communicating with specialists in businesses.

Introduction to Accounting (Mandatory)

This purpose of this module is to provide an introductory knowledge of financial accounting concepts and principles as it as is applied in small and medium size entities (SMEs). It aims to develop the ability to identify, evaluate, present, and interpret financial and quantitative information, and how these contribute to effective management decision making. Taken together, the module provides a solid foundation upon which the more advanced modules of financial accounting are built.

Financial Markets and Institutions (Requisite)

The module aims to introduce financial institutions and the main types of financial instruments offered by the financial markets with a view to providing an understanding of the environment, principles and practices of the financial services industry. It develops a conceptual, theoretical and practical understanding of the financial markets, financial institutions and their interlocking roles

Delivering Successful Projects (Requisite)

This module covers the theoretical principles and practical techniques for managing projects, and includes project definition, initiation, planning, execution, control and closure.

Business and Economics (Requisite)

This module is primarily concerned with understanding the impact that economic factors have on the decisions that businesses make. It provides students with an understanding of key economic concepts and how they affect operational and strategic decisions. Students will be encouraged to apply ideas from the module to a series of case studies and problems, building their confidence not as economists, but as future managers that require understanding of these important core concepts

Management and Managing: an introduction (Requisite)

This module has been designed to allow you to develop an understanding of the nature, processes and origins of ‘management’. In addition the module has been designed to allow you to develop the skill-set necessary for success in the context of higher education and more broadly within the graduate employment market.

Understanding the Entrepreneurial Spirit

This module will introduce the concept and fundamentals of entrepreneurship and explore basic marketing principles in various industries which are undergoing rapid change. It also examines the diverse nature of entrepreneurs, their characteristics and motivations, as well as the barriers and issues facing entrepreneurs when planning and establishing a new venture.

Marketing Fundamentals * (Optional)

Marketing is a fundamental business activity and philosophy, which relates an organisation to its environment and orientates the organisation around the needs of its customers. Marketing is a major component in the management in all business sectors. This module will explore basic marketing principles in industries which are undergoing rapid change.

Financial Risk Management (Requisite)

The module will give an introduction to the types of financial risk that arise for a business and look at how they can be quantified and managed. Topics include financial market risk, credit risk, interest risk and economic risk. It looks at portfolio theory, the efficient markets hypothesis and the operation of derivatives markets. 

Financial Management (Requisite)

The module is designed to develop students knowledge and skills of financial management principles and their practical applications. The financial management knowledge and skills developed will be in relation to investment, financing and dividend policy decisions.

Financial Reporting and Analysis (Mandatory)

This module will develop the foundation knowledge and skills which have been covered in the Accounting for Business module at Level 4, with particular emphasis on how various aspects of financial accounting relate to the business world. Students will be required explain accounting and reporting concepts and ethical issues as applied to business scenarios.

Modern Banking (Requisite)

The module aims to develop a sound awareness and understanding the banking business environment. It builds on the knowledge previously gained in the financial markets and institutions module at level 5 to provide a good grasp of the structure and environment, as well as the selected aspects of the modern-day banking.

Cost and Management Accounting (Mandatory)

This module aims to develop intermediate knowledge and understanding of concepts and techniques used in costing and management accounting in relevant practical situations. It develops students’ ability to apply the principles of costing and management accounting in planning and control scenarios

Designing and Running a Research Project (Mandatory)

This module provides an introduction to principles of research design and techniques for conducting research studies. It supports the development of research literacy (the ability to engage with, and critique, research outputs) and skills required to design and run small-scale research projects. It therefore forms part of the preparation of students for the Extended Project that they will complete in their final year.

Applied Management Practice (Optional)

This module will appeal to students seeking to gain and develop valuable work experience as part of their degree programme. It will encourage students to enhance their professional working skills through a work-placement or internship normally lasting at least 70 hours.

Business Ethics * (Optional)

This module provides you with an insight into topics, methods and functions of business-related research projects. Each week will be centred on a different research study run by a member of academic staff or one of the School’s visiting professors, senior fellows or fellows.

Extended Project (Mandatory)

The extended project provides students with the opportunity to work on a project of interest to them. It is an important part of Level 6 study which allows, and requires, the development and application of specialist skills (for example in data manipulation, project management and critical thinking). Students are expected to draw upon knowledge and skills from other modules as they work on their project.

Corporate Financial Strategy (Mandatory)

This module challenges the Business Management students to a range of corporate risk management aspects and associated financial strategies.

Exploring Strategic Management (Mandatory)

The module scrutinizes changing internal and external business environments, global dynamics and the stakeholders that influence the development of goals. The module uses a variety of models and theories to explore and evaluate how effective management strategies may be planned, developed and implemented.

Strategic Management Accounting (Optional)

This module will develop the connection between the management of internal business costs and profitability, and delivering broader strategic success through an understanding of competitor behaviour, market position and relative business advantage. This will give students greater confidence in applying management accounting concepts in real-world business situations.

Taxation (Optional)

This module is designed to develop a thorough understanding of the UK tax system. It aims to develop students‟ knowledge and skills of the UK tax system as applied to individuals and businesses.

Auditing and Assurance (Optional)

The module introduces students to key auditing concepts, the audit process and key auditing issues. Auditing and compliance forms an integral part of corporate governance and risk management hence the need for students to acquire the required knowledge and skill.

Career opportunities

By studying for a BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management, a range of potential careers in the public or private practice open up to you. Alternatively, you may choose to progress to study for an MBA with us, or build on your qualifications while you are working.

You could also explore opportunities beyond the world of accountancy; roles including Management Consultant, Economist and Tax Adviser are all options.

What our students say

Our students often find work with reputable regional companies. Conor Dale, for instance, was recruited by major accountancy firm, Larking Gowen, before graduation. 

"During my time at the University I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course, and lecturers made each module enjoyable in their own way. I received the support I needed at every stage of the application process to Larking Gowen from my tutor, Dr Atul Shah.” Conor Dale, Suffolk Business School graduate.

Fees and finance


  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credit module (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £12,715

Further Information

At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with you course that you will need to budget for. 

Entry requirements


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Facilities and Resources

The Waterfront Building will be your main base during your degree. Located on Ipswich Waterfront, it is home to lecture theatres fitted with state-of-the-art AV equipment, and is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the open period.

You may also spend time in the recently opened Atrium Building, which houses the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC). A hub for start-ups and technology enterprises, IWIC offers you the opportunity to network with other students and business owners. Also in the Atrium is our well-resourced library, which offers extensive print and digital resources, with plenty of study space and pods for extra privacy.



The Atrium Building - the home to new innovative companies and technology.