University of Northampton | Graduate Course

BA (Hons) Accounting & Financial Management including foundation year

Subject Area
Finance & Accounting
Bloomsbury Institute
Awarding Body
University of Northampton
Partnering Institute
Bloomsbury Institute

The Course

This four-year course is perfect for those returning to education who may not have the correct qualifications. If you’ve only studied up to GCSE Level but have always aspired to working in accounting or finance, we pride ourselves on accepting applicants who have previously ruled out a degree based on their past grades.

In your first year, you’ll complete four foundation year modules designed to prepare you for the next three years, covering study skills and an introduction to accounting and financial management.

After this, you’ll study the theory and practice of accounting and financial management. You’ll develop an understanding of ethical principles and dilemmas to create effective solutions. Our course is designed to develop your employability skills, such as evaluation of data and how best to use contemporary information and communications technology. You’ll learn how to use leading accounting software used in the workplace, and the most up-to-date knowledge on tax and accounting standards.

  • Course is accredited by both ACCA and CIMA.
  • At the end of your chosen course, you will be well equipped to work within banking and finance, accounting practice, business and tax consultancy.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade C/4 (or equivalent), including English Language and Maths. EU and International equivalent qualifications may also be accepted.

If you do not meet these entry requirements, you can take our assessments and attend an interview. If you pass, you can be admitted to the course. We do not charge a fee for this.

For international applicants, if your first language is not English, you will require Academic IELTS at 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each category).

You must have completed Year 11 (Key Stage 4) at least 2 years before you start the course. This would normally mean that you will be 18 years old or above when you start.


UK/EU: £6,150 per year
Total course fee: £24,600
EEA and Swiss nationals*: £12,000 per year
Total course fee: £48,000
International: £12,000 per year
Total course fee: £48,000

International students who require a Tier 4 visa will not be permitted to work during their studies.

All the above fees are correct as of October 2018 and may be subject to change in the future.

*Scholarships are available.

Teaching and Learning

Throughout your studies you’ll be taught via three methods: lectures, workshops and seminars. The exact format will depend on the modules studied, but you can expect a variety of all three.

Assessments come in a mix of formats, also depending on your chosen options. These include essays, portfolios, exams, reports, group presentation and case studies.

Assessments play a big part in your degree – they are key indicators in measuring your own success, as well as showing your progress to your tutors. If your grades are not as expected, we’ll offer the correct support to ensure improvement.

We constantly monitor assessment results and feedback to make sure our teaching is effective. We adapt our teaching and learning methods to suit our students, offering you a high quality and stimulating educational experience.

Accreditations & Career Opportunities

Our course is accredited by both ACCA and CIMA – studying with us will grant exemptions from 9/14 ACCA and 9/13 CIMA modules.

We offer the maximum number of ACCA exemptions – you’ll struggle to find this across other universities. This means you’ll not only save time but money too. If you dream of becoming a Chartered or Management Accountant, this is one of the quickest ways to achieve your goal.

You can also benefit from free student membership to ACCA and CIMA, unlocking online communities, free resources and career support services.

At the end of your chosen course, you will be well equipped to work within banking and finance, accounting practice, business and tax consultancy.

Of course, other industries and roles are well suited to the skills and knowledge you will gain, and further study is a popular and recommended route for many.