BA (Hons)

Accounting and Finance

Teaching & Learning

The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study – the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.

What you'll learn

Develop the knowledge and skills underpinning financial and management accounting including accounting terminology, short and long term planning, and double-entry bookkeeping to produce Income Statement and Financial Position documents.
Understand business objectives and functions, the role of finance, accounting, and the accountancy profession in the context of governance, ethics, and the impact of the external environment.
Develop an understanding of key aspects of corporate finance and investigate the legal and governance framework within which businesses operate.
Learn how to prepare limited company financial statements using techniques such as double-entry bookkeeping and cash flow, and how to detect and correct errors. You will also understand accounting regulations and international accounting standards.
Build on the Introduction to Accounting module to develop an understanding of management accounting concepts and principles.
Learn to interpret business data using appropriate statistical methods while enhancing your mathematical skills. You will tackle a variety of business problems and concepts including probability, compound interest rates and asset depreciation.
Develop the knowledge and skills underpinning financial and management accounting including accounting terminology, short and long term planning, and double-entry bookkeeping to produce Income Statement and Financial Position documents.
Understand business objectives and functions, the role of finance, accounting, and the accountancy profession in the context of governance, ethics, and the impact of the external environment.
Develop an understanding of key aspects of corporate finance and investigate the legal and governance framework within which businesses operate.
Learn how to prepare limited company financial statements using techniques such as double-entry bookkeeping and cash flow, and how to detect and correct errors. You will also understand accounting regulations and international accounting standards.
Build on the Introduction to Accounting module to develop an understanding of management accounting concepts and principles.
Learn to interpret business data using appropriate statistical methods while enhancing your mathematical skills. You will tackle a variety of business problems and concepts including probability, compound interest rates and asset depreciation.

What you'll learn

Understand the structure of business finance and its application to the decision-making processes in organisations.
Further develop skills acquired in the Management Accounting module in processing and analysing information to use in management reporting.
Learn how to apply International Accounting Standards to the production of financial statements and how to evaluate accounting standards using accounting concepts and qualitative characteristics.
Focus on developing a range of skills to support your personal development and employability, and contextualise your learning. You will present your analysis of a business as part of a formal group presentation and then reflect on the experience of studying this module.
Learn how to produce and interpret the financial statements for a group of companies.
Understand the structure of business finance and its application to the decision-making processes in organisations.
Further develop skills acquired in the Management Accounting module in processing and analysing information to use in management reporting.
Learn how to apply International Accounting Standards to the production of financial statements and how to evaluate accounting standards using accounting concepts and qualitative characteristics.
Focus on developing a range of skills to support your personal development and employability, and contextualise your learning. You will present your analysis of a business as part of a formal group presentation and then reflect on the experience of studying this module.
Learn how to produce and interpret the financial statements for a group of companies.

Option modules may include

Explore the increasingly important part played in the global economy by partnerships and collaborations between public, private and third sector bodies, and consider the managerial skills and competencies needed to manage and network with and across sectors and organisations.
Gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills relating to the tax affairs of UK resident individuals.
Improve your understanding of the finance sector by studying some of the key aspects of major areas of the sector including banking, insolvency, forensic accounting, money and the finance systems and insurance. Understand the legal, ethical and sustainable frameworks that surround the sector.
Develop your understanding of the nature and complexities of managerial decision making including the tensions between ethics and cost effectiveness. You will study the role of cognition, perception and motivation in decision making and the managerial negotiation skills needed in effective decision making.
Gain an insight into different types of journalism by learning how to spot a story, come up with a story idea, make contacts among the business community, and research and produce written news and features.
Understand the range of issues modern businesses need to address in order to survive in a global environment including strategy, structure, culture, leadership, change management and motivation theories.
Explore the increasingly important part played in the global economy by partnerships and collaborations between public, private and third sector bodies, and consider the managerial skills and competencies needed to manage and network with and across sectors and organisations.
Gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills relating to the tax affairs of UK resident individuals.
Improve your understanding of the finance sector by studying some of the key aspects of major areas of the sector including banking, insolvency, forensic accounting, money and the finance systems and insurance. Understand the legal, ethical and sustainable frameworks that surround the sector.
Develop your understanding of the nature and complexities of managerial decision making including the tensions between ethics and cost effectiveness. You will study the role of cognition, perception and motivation in decision making and the managerial negotiation skills needed in effective decision making.
Gain an insight into different types of journalism by learning how to spot a story, come up with a story idea, make contacts among the business community, and research and produce written news and features.
Understand the range of issues modern businesses need to address in order to survive in a global environment including strategy, structure, culture, leadership, change management and motivation theories.

What you'll learn

Practise applying the knowledge and skills you have developed in your degree in the context of a business simulation game.
Understand theoretical accounting issues and learn how to evaluate accounting regulation and guidance. Evaluate approaches to ethical issues and use a range of digital resources to explore accounting issues.
Study the corporate taxation matters that are most significant for UK accounting and business decisions. You will focus on the rules for computing the corporation tax and VAT liabilities of a trading company, and you will adopt the way in which professional accountants conventionally present the results to company directors and to the UK tax authorities.
Critically examine the contribution and importance of corporate financial decision making to the achievement of the enterprise's corporate objectives from a strategic perspective.
Practise applying the knowledge and skills you have developed in your degree in the context of a business simulation game.
Understand theoretical accounting issues and learn how to evaluate accounting regulation and guidance. Evaluate approaches to ethical issues and use a range of digital resources to explore accounting issues.
Study the corporate taxation matters that are most significant for UK accounting and business decisions. You will focus on the rules for computing the corporation tax and VAT liabilities of a trading company, and you will adopt the way in which professional accountants conventionally present the results to company directors and to the UK tax authorities.
Critically examine the contribution and importance of corporate financial decision making to the achievement of the enterprise's corporate objectives from a strategic perspective.

Option modules may include

Develop a critical awareness and understanding of the complexity of managing cross-cultural issues, diversity and inclusion in the home and global business environment.
Study the theory and application of reward management. You will explore and evaluate various solutions to reward issues within the broader contexts of HRM and corporate strategy.
Learn to select and apply appropriate financial techniques in the production of a realistic and practicable financial business plan.
Study a range of key contemporary issues related to the significance of innovation, the implications for organisational structure and processes, leadership, strategic management and change management. This module will build on and extend your understanding of strategic management issues.
Understand the process of carrying out an audit and its application in the context of the professional regulatory framework.
You will demonstrate a full range of skills, knowledge, and competencies developed over three years of study. This module provides an opportunity for you to choose and explore a field of study that has particularly engaged your interest.
Apply for a placement and undertake a period of paid employment to give you the opportunity to develop business contacts and gain understanding of the jobs and career market.
This module uncovers the dirty secrets of how tax havens work and how they disrupt the global economy. It explores the opaque, secretive and confusing world of financial crimes saturated with stories, rumours and anecdotes.
Develop a critical awareness and understanding of the complexity of managing cross-cultural issues, diversity and inclusion in the home and global business environment.
Study the theory and application of reward management. You will explore and evaluate various solutions to reward issues within the broader contexts of HRM and corporate strategy.
Learn to select and apply appropriate financial techniques in the production of a realistic and practicable financial business plan.
Study a range of key contemporary issues related to the significance of innovation, the implications for organisational structure and processes, leadership, strategic management and change management. This module will build on and extend your understanding of strategic management issues.
Understand the process of carrying out an audit and its application in the context of the professional regulatory framework.
You will demonstrate a full range of skills, knowledge, and competencies developed over three years of study. This module provides an opportunity for you to choose and explore a field of study that has particularly engaged your interest.
Apply for a placement and undertake a period of paid employment to give you the opportunity to develop business contacts and gain understanding of the jobs and career market.
This module uncovers the dirty secrets of how tax havens work and how they disrupt the global economy. It explores the opaque, secretive and confusing world of financial crimes saturated with stories, rumours and anecdotes.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.