University of Northampton | Graduate Course

BA (Hons) Accounting & Financial Management (One year top-up)

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

The Course

If you hold a HND (Higher National Diploma) and you’d like to get a full honours degree in just a year, we’ve designed our one year top-up for you. Our course is made up of two 30 credit modules, enabling you to concentrate on fewer modules at one time.

You will study the theory and practice of accounting and financial management. You will 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 will 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

Pearson or SQA HND in Accounting. An equivalent Level 5 qualification awarded by bodies such as ABE, CIM, NCC, ATHE may also be accepted.

We also accept comparable overseas qualifications, such as the Chinese Dazhuan Diploma.

Applicants who have successfully completed the first two years of a three-year degree, or three years of a four-year degree may be eligible.

For international applicants, if your first language is not English, you will require Academic IELTS at 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each category).

You will also need to attend and pass an interview.


UK/EU*: £9,000 per year (Total: £9,000)
EEA and Swiss nationals**: £12,000 per year (Total: £12,000)
International: £12,000 per year (Total: £12,000)

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change. The amount of funding available for UK/EU students on this course in 2019/20 is subject to us being registered with the Office for Students (OfS). We have applied for registration with the OfS and expect to have a decision in due course.

**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 CIMA and ACCA. Our Performance Management and Control and Financial Management modules both provide students with ACCA and CIMA exemptions. If you dream of becoming a certified 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.