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Course length

3 years full-time


Durham City

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Typical offers
A Level AAB
International Baccalaureate 36

Course details

This is a single honours degree in Accounting, with an optional placement year. With maximum professional accreditation, the degree will enable you to graduate as a partly exam-qualified accountant. The degree embeds a strong employability theme and demonstrates clear pathways for you, allowing you to specialise in your final year and also complete an independent piece of research in an area related to your work-experience or an area of special interest.

This degree will be taught on a semesterised basis, with new modules being introduced each term. The degree incorporates a strong employability theme throughout the course in both credit bearing and non-credit bearing activities

Course structure

Because this is a degree with a strong link to a professional role and a professional career following graduation, the first two years of the degree are made up of compulsory modules, with an opportunity to specialise in chosen areas and develop a research project in Year 3.

The degree has six coherent subject pillars and one theme:

  1. Financial accounting (Years 1, 2 and 3)
  2. Management accounting (Years 1 and 2)
  3. Technology (Years 1 and 2)
  4. Audit and assurance (Years 2 and 3)
  5. Taxation (Years 1, 2 and 3)
  6. Research in accounting (Year 3)
  • Employability theme (running throughout the degree)

The subject pillars build throughout the degree so that you can identify linkages between modules. The employability theme helps you to understand the link between work done and employability skills gained from both credit and non-credit bearing activities.

Levels 1 and 2 of the degree are made up of core modules, as follows:

Level 1

  • Financial Accounting
  • Skills for the Professional Accountant
  • Management Accounting
  • Ethics in Accounting
  • Economics for Accounting
  • Business Law.

Level 2

  • Financial Management
  • Taxation
  • Financial Reporting
  • Business Strategy and Technology.

Placement Year (optional)

  • Placement Year in Accounting

Level 3 (Degree)

The core modules in Level 3 are:

  • Research Methods in Accounting

Candidates shall also study and be assessed in modules:

  • Corporate Reporting
  • Leadership
  • Advanced Audit and Assurance
  • Tax Planning for Business
  • Corporate Governance


You may be able to take a work placement. Find out more.


Lectures deliver basic subject-specific learning, and provide a framework for further study.

Seminars provide opportunities for you to explore issues in greater depth, test your own understanding of the material studied, engage in group work, assess arguments in a group context and defend and debate different opinions.

Workshops are used to allow you to work independently, under supervision, in small groups on questions, problems or case studies and build on subject-specific learning, developing key skills.

Guided reading and independent study provide a structure within which you exercise and extend your abilities to make use of available learning resources.

Accounting project preparation and supervision foster independent learning and the ability to manage a planned programme of research.

In particular, the course takes advantage of technology enhanced active learning, where appropriate and, particularly in the context of employability and professional skills, experiential learning techniques.

This course has a holistic approach to the student journey – enhancing the academic aspects of the degree with a schedule of extra-curricular, non-credit bearing components that will aim to develop the skills of the students to improve their opportunities for employment.

The degree will have a clear emphasis on recruitability and employability. In the context of the subject matter of the degree, in the first instance, this will be in relation to accountancy-related careers, however, all graduates will have skills gained through the course and also the non-credit bearing aspects of the degree that should enhance their employment opportunities.

In Year 1, this commences with the first teaching week being devoted to a week-long induction, accounting-related exercise. Formal teaching on the degree modules, therefore, commences in week two of the term. The aims of this exercise are as follows:

  • To foster a learning community between staff and students on the course (the first year induction exercise is to be staffed by staff teaching on the degree in Year 1 and members of the wider programme team.
  • To generate group relationships between students, making their initial experiences on the course less daunting.
  • To introduce the concept of team-work to students – to ensure that group theory is explored, and enable better participation in group activities, both assessed and un-assessed throughout the degree. This should be particularly useful for students whose educational background has not encouraged group participation.
  • To introduce students to the subject of accounting with an absorbing, authentic and inspiring business exercise, which will link to the knowledge and skills introduced in the first year of the programme. We aim to create anticipation for the year ahead.
  • To explicitly embed the skills required for study in higher education into the curriculum. This is particularly important in terms of our aim for this degree to contribute to widening participation in Higher Education, given its links to employability.

Because the degree is semesterised, exams in the Easter term will be scheduled in Weeks 3 and 4 of the Easter term.

The programme team will have a programme of activities for weeks 4 and 5 of the Easter term in Years 1 and 2, as follows:

Year 1

  • Assessment centre and interview training
  • Employability and recruitability workshops
  • Workshops introducing the skills needed for Year 2 modules.

Year 2

  • Placement preparation training
  • Recruitability bootcamp
  • Year 3 options choices taster sessions.

In week one of Year 3/4, we have scheduled a week-long Graduate Camp – the rationale is to re-orientate those who have been on placement into the course and to ensure that all students are ready for the challenge of the final year – the exercise we will develop for this week’s activities will relate to the critical thinking and research aspects of the final year of the degree.

As the course relates to the profession of accountancy, the degree must consider applied as well as theoretical aspects of the study of accounting. Through our close relationships with the major professional accounting bodies and leading employers, we will provide ample opportunities for students to engage with the world of practice and critically appraise how theory and practice meet, through research forums, guest speakers and debates.

Entry requirements

A strong proficiency in Mathematics is required. If Mathematics is not taken as an A level subject, a grade 7 (or grade A) in Mathematics at GCSE is required.

We particularly welcome the introduction of the Core Mathematics Qualification and we will accept a Core Maths Qualification (grade B minimum) in lieu of our GCSE Mathematics requirement.

A level offer - AAB.

We consider all A level subjects, with the exception of General Studies, therefore General Studies would not be included in any offer.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DDD.

IB score - 37 to include 666 in higher-level subjects. If Mathematics is not taken at a higher level, then it is required at standard level 6.

In the context of widening participation, we will consider contextual offers, including guaranteed contextual offers for participation in a supported progression programme.

Alternative qualifications

International students who do not meet direct entry requirements for this degree might have the option to complete an International Foundation Year.

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Fees and funding

Full Time Fees

Tuition fees
Home students £9,250 per year
EU students £26,250 per year
Island students £9,250 per year
International students £26,250 per year

The tuition fees shown for home students are for one complete academic year of full time study and are set according to the academic year of entry. Fees for subsequent years of your course may rise in line with an inflationary uplift as determined by the government.

The tuition fees shown for overseas and EU students are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

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We are committed to supporting the best students irrespective of financial circumstances and are delighted to offer a range of funding opportunities. 

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Career opportunities

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Of those students who graduated in 2019:

  • 96% are in paid employment or further study 15 months after graduation across all our programmes

Of those in employment:

  • 81% are in high skilled employment
  • With an average salary of £29,000.

(Source: HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey. The survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing 15 months after graduation. Further information about the Graduate Outcomes survey can be found here

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