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Accounting and Finance

Course Code: UF2476, UX2476

Level: 5
Subject area: Business, Management & HR
Awarding body: University of Plymouth
Qualification: Foundation Degree
Course type: Full-time, Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years (full-time), two years (part-time intensive) or three years (part-time)
When you'll study: Wednesdays, 1.30pm- 7.00pm (part-time)

About the course

Knowledge of accounting and finance is an essential and useful business skill, both for those wishing to understand the function and for those wishing to progress to professional status. On this Foundation Degree you will learn how to prepare and analyse financial information, in order to make effective business decisions in areas such as performance evaluation, capital expenditure and raising finance. You will also consider these issues and how they sit within the workings of the stock market and the legal constraints of the professional accounting system.

Successful completion of this course will enable you to go on to a top-up BA (Hons) degree in Accounting and Finance at the University of Plymouth, or join the third year of a number of business-related degrees at universities nationwide. Looking for ACCA accreditation? Students could be awarded up to eight exemptions from the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) following successful completion of this course and the third year ‘top-up’ at the University of Plymouth.

For more information about this course please read the Programme Quality Handbook which contains programme specifications and module information.

What you'll learn

The course includes the following subjects:

Year 1

  • managing financial information – develop an understanding of systems for accessing financial information
  • professional accounting – key aspects of financial accounting
  • economic environment for business – national and European business environment
  • legal aspects of business – develops essential knowledge and skills relating to key aspects of law impacting business
  • fundamentals of management and financial decision making
  • personal development.

Year 2

  • financial accounting – develops knowledge and understanding of financial statements
  • research methods
  • management accounting for decision making – develops a critical evaluation of costing information required by businesses to facilitate decision making
  • financial planning and policy – examines the financial and budgetary planning used by organisations
  • macroeconomic issues
  • strategy and innovation.

In previous years students have had the opportunity to visit local firms, hear from guest speakers including leading accounting professionals, and some have benefited from experience working in an accounting environment.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those who have all of the following:

  • 32 UCAS tariff points
  • four GCSEs at grades 4 (C) or above, preferably to include English and maths

or alternatively:

  • equivalent qualifications
  • relevant work experience.

Should entry requirements not be met then individual cases will be considered.


Assessment will be through a mixture of coursework and examinations.

What's next?

On successful completion you may be able to progress to:

  • the final year of the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance or Business degrees at the University of Plymouth
  • for students with English as a second language – the final year of the BA (Hons) Business Management with Business English or BA (Hons) International Finance degrees at the University of Plymouth
  • the third year of accounting degrees at a range of universities (on application and agreed by individual universities).

For those students wishing to attain professional status the course provides some valuable exemptions from accounting exams awarded by professional bodies including ACCA and ICAEW.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete an Expression of Interest form.