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BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management

UCAS code: 
Institution code: 


Three years full-time.

Four and a half to nine years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above)

BBC (A-Level) DMM (BTEC)

Please see Entry Requirements below.

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


Combining accounting, finance and management, our degree comprises taught sessions, work placements, guest speakers, field trips and employability support. 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 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.

We go on expert-led field trips to the City of London and local businesses, such as Ensors and Handelsbanken, to help bring your learnings to life. We also invite business managers into the University to provide superb career guidance; lending a hand with CV writing and sharpening interview skills.

Field trips

Expert tour guide, Ruth Polling, explains the history of the City of London, one of the most important centres of global finance.

Learning about personal finance is essential, not only for your career, but also for your personal wellbeing. A topic often overlooked by other courses, we fully engage with this essential topic through our relationship with the Citizens Advice Bureau.

As with other Business School courses, we offer a guest speaker programme; a recent visitor was Liberal Democrat Peer Lord Andrew Philips.

We welcome applications from students from all over the world, and help them learn and enjoy their educational experience here in Suffolk. If you have any questions about the course, you are welcome to contact Dr. Atul Shah, Course Leader.

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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

Business Law (Requisite)
Business Economics (Requisite)
Introduction to Management (Requisite)
Entrepreneurship (Optional)
Marketing Fundamentals * (Optional)
Financial Risk Management (Requisite)
Financial Management (Requisite)
Intermediate Financial Accounting (Mandatory)

This module, which builds on the Introduction to Accounting at Level 4, aims to explain the scope of financial reporting using financial information relevant to small and medium scale entities (SMEs) and listed companies in the UK context to enable students prepare for advanced studies in financial accounting or to work in accounting.

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

Topics in Business Research (Mandatory)
Business Management in Practice (Optional)
Business Ethics * (Optional)
Dissertation (Mandatory)
Financial Strategy (Mandatory)
Strategic Management (Mandatory)
Strategic Management Accounting (Optional)
Taxation (Optional)
Auditing and Assurance (Optional)

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 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £10,080 p.a.


Subject to approval of maximum fee by parliament                    

  • 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: £11,500 p.a.

Further Information

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees.
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • 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. See Course Costs.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above) BBC (A-Level) DMM (BTEC)

A good level of numeracy is needed to succeed on this course. 

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.


Professor Atul K. Shah is passionate about teaching, research and leadership and has a breadth of distinguished achievements.  He has a PhD from the London School of Economics (LSE) where he was a Research Fellow and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Englan...

Dr Dababrata Chowdhury (Daba) is an Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Suffolk.  He graduated in Computer Science and Engineering (BSc) from Turkey and then completed his MBA and PhD at the Plymouth University.  His principal research int...

Professor David Gill is Professor of Archaeological Heritage and Director of Heritage Futures at the University of Suffolk.  ...

After completing a BA (Hons) and then a MSc at UCS, Jonathan (Jay) has been lecturing at the Suffolk Business School in Events, Tourism, Hospitality and Business Management modules. He is an advocate of life skills and life-long learning and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Inst...

Suzanne is the Lecturer in Employment Development, and course leader for the BA (Hons) Business Management Professional programme.  She teaches on a range of subjects including: careers development, marketing and research methods.  She completed her BA (Hons) in History, MA in Nat...

Gloria is a Spanish language lecturer at the University of Suffolk. She moved to England in 1988 and has been working as a Spanish teacher since 1995 in a variety of locations, joining the university in 2007.   ...

Robert Price is a Senior Lecturer specialising in organisational change management and leadership. He contributes to the delivery of the School's continuing professional development programme and has delivered a number of seminars/workshops on managing organisational change to Suff...

Dr Mario Siglioccolo is Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Suffolk. After successfully completing his PhD at the University of Salerno in 2008, he experienced post-doctoral research at the University of the West of England and at the London Metropolitan University, and acad...

I am passionate about supporting the development of students and in doing so, the pool of talent available to businesses locally and further afield. I love to see students develop during their time at the University of Suffolk and to have a part in enabling that change to happen. ...

Tom was recruited by the University of Suffolk in January 2012.  He brought with him practitioner experience as well as academic proficiency from a number of prestigious universities. Tom currently leads a suite of MBA programmes on behalf of Suffolk Business School. ...

Terry has a background of 12 years experience in Human Resource Management in the Electricity and Railway Industries. He subsequently has 21 years experience in teaching/ managing programmes for HR professionals. He is the Course Leader for the thriving Postgraduate Diploma in H...

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.