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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.

Next intake September 2023

Typical Offer: 

2023-24 entry; 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC)

  • Benefit from our status as a Partner in Learning with the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales)
  • Benefit from our newly acquired status as a University Partner of CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)
  • No need to have previously studied business studies or accounting
  • Not just for those who want to become professional accountants – also for current or future entrepreneurs and anyone involved in setting up and / or running a business
  • Excellent student support whether you are straight from college or are returning after a break from education – you can expect an open and friendly approach from day 1
  • Experienced academic team -  a mix of highly qualified academics and professional accounting practitioners with real world expertise.



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 a Partner in Learning with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) – 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.

All Accounting and Financial Management students are registered with CIMA as part of their degree.  CIMA registration brings a wide range of benefits such as access to a wealth of CIMA learning and employability resources and events.  The CIMA registration lasts throughout the course of the AFM degree, without any obligation to go on to the full CIMA professional qualification.  CIMA also offers its own awards which can be studied alongside your degree.

Throughout our course, you will build and develop enterprise and entrepreneurship skills.  You will have the opportunity to test your business ideas and enhance your personal and professional skills through SimVenture, a business simulation platform.  You will start, manage, and scale business projects in teams and individually, gaining practical knowledge of strategic planning and decision making. 











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 Financial Accounting (Mandatory)

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

Introduction to Management Accounting (Requisite)

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

Delivering Successful Projects (Requisite)

Project management is vital to the success of organisations working in an environment of ever-increasing complexity, and with rapid technological advancements. You will develop an understanding of the theoretical principles and practical techniques for managing projects, and includes project definition, initiation, planning, execution, control and closure.

Business and Economics (Requisite)

Key economic principles impact how all businesses function. You will be introduced to core concepts in both microeconomics (consumers, firms and markets) and macroeconomics (economic systems and policy) and encourages you to consider how they affect different types of business

Management and Managing: An Introduction (Requisite)

You will develop an understanding of the nature, processes and origins of 'management'. It also helps you develop the skill-set necessary for success in the context of higher education, and more broadly within the graduate job market.

Understanding the Entrepreneurial Sprit (Requisite)

This module gives students the understanding of Entrepreneurship and the characteristics.  

Understanding the Entrepreneurial Spirit (Optional)

This module recognises the importance of entrepreneurship to stimulating and sustaining economic growth. You will examine what makes for a successful entrepreneur and how ideas can be evaluated and then turned into successful businesses. This will include business planning, financing and risk assessment.

Introduction to Marketing (Optional)

Marketing is an essential business activity. You will discover basic marketing principles and, later in the course, you will build on this when studying optional modules. You will explore the marketing mix and segmentation and apply this knowledge to the analysis of marketing activities.

Financial Reporting and Analysis (Mandatory)

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

Designing and Running a Research Project (Mandatory)

This module will provide insight into topics, methods and functions of business-related research projects. The module also helps you develop the academic skills required for your final year, particularly for the Extended Project or Enterprising Graduate modules.

Cost and Management Accounting (Requisite)

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 your ability to apply the principles of costing and management accounting in planning and control scenarios.

Financial Management (Requisite)

The module is designed to develop your 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.

Auditing and Assurance (Requisite)

The objective of this module is to ensure that you will understand the audit and assurance process and the fundamental principles of ethics, which will enable them to contribute effectively to the assessment of internal controls and the gathering of evidence on an assurance engagement. This module aims to provide a solid foundation for the Advanced Audit and Assurance module at Level 6.

Principles of Taxation (Requisite)

This module looks at different aspects of personal income tax and business income tax for small and medium sized enterprises following the Finance Act 2019 applicable in the UK. This module covers theories, case studies, numeric calculation of tax and other forms of levies that would help you get a hands-on experience of an income tax and business tax specialist in the classroom setting.  

Applied Management Practice (Optional)

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

Business Ethics (Optional)

The ethics of business has attracted growing attention in the past few decades. In an increasingly consumer-driven market, entrepreneurial and managerial success is based on a robust understanding of these ethics. This module introduces you to theoretical perspectives on ethical business, with opportunities to discuss and debate cases of both principled and questionable practice.

Extended Project (Mandatory)

The extended project provides you with the opportunity to work on a project of interest to you. The module is deliberately designed to be flexible and to offer you the option of undertaking a more formal piece of research; to work on a project suggested by your employer or another organization; or to undertake research into the feasibility of a business idea or in preparation of a business plan.


The Enterprising Graduate (Mandatory)

This module provides specific provision for you that wish to focus on entrepreneurship and the study of entrepreneurial practice. It also provides you with the chance to synthesise learning through supported study on a topic or idea of interest to them, supported by academics, enterprise professionals and SME owner/managers.

Corporate Financial Strategy (Mandatory)

This module gives you an appreciation of several financial issues and how they relate to the business world. Initially the module concentrates on the application of financial tools and techniques, before progressing to a more strategic perspective. It will encourage you to see the financial implications of the decision-making process.

Advanced Financial Accounting (Requisite)

This module extends the scope of the Financial Reporting and Analysis module at level 5 to cover more advanced topics in financial accounting like the preparation of consolidated financial statements and the principles adopted in accounting standards dealing with complex accounting areas. The module also aims at making you aware of developments in external reporting.

Advanced Auditing (Requisite)

The module builds on the knowledge gained in the Auditing and Assurance module at level 5 to provide a good grasp of the basics and principles. It develops an advanced practical knowledge of auditing with emphasis on the development of essential skills required by professional auditor.

Advanced Taxation (Requisite)

This module is designed to develop a thorough understanding of the UK corporate tax system. This module focuses mainly on the public limited company tax, implications of group companies, inherence tax and other aspects of corporate taxation based on the relevant Finance Act of the UK. This specialised module builds on the knowledge gained in Principles of Taxation in the second year.

Exploring Strategic Management (Optional)

You will develop an academic understanding of the strategic context of business, along with analysis and problem-solving skills. You will learn to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to finding solutions and strategic thinking, drawing on skills developed.

Career opportunities

The Suffolk BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management degree opens the door to a wide range of careers.  Professional body examination exemptions provide a head start for those aiming to become fully qualified accountants.  Accountants can work for a private practice, but there are also a wide range of industry-based roles for accounting graduates, such as Management or Project Accountant.  The degree could also lead to a role in Financial Services such as Financial Analyst. Management Consultancy work is also an option.

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


  • UK full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a 
  • UK part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information) 
  • International full-time tuition fee: £13,992 p.a  

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. 

*2023-24 tuition fees are subject to change in line with inflation, or a government change in the fee cap.

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.