- Develop the advanced knowledge and practical skills for a successful career in strategic management
- Learn how to understand, receive, interpret and communicate financial and other information in a globalised profession
- Expand your interpersonal skills as a team player, a group member and ultimately as a manager of other people
- Specialise in a diverse range of areas such as entrepreneurship, social enterprise and sustainability in business
- Gain practical skills and key contacts during a work placement while still graduating within three years
- Enhance your career prospects by joining professional accounting institutes
Rapid changes in the economic environment have spurred demand for accountants and managers who can promote vision, drive and creativity in their organisations. Our BA in Accounting and Management gives you the skills required to manage people and financial information, while gaining specialised knowledge in accounting.
The course, which lasts for three years with an optional fourth year as an MAcc (Hons), combines robust core accounting subjects with highly useful management skills in areas including marketing, human resources and strategic decision making.
You are taught by academics with professional experience as accountants and managers, who support your personal development and help kick-start rewarding and fulfilling careers in multiple fields.
Years 1 and 2 give you a grounding in financial and management accounting, including research and analysis and possible optional modules in a number of topics, such as Globalisation and Diversity, and Contemporary Business Communication.
In Year 3, you look in-depth at Financial Information Analysis, but it’s not all about balance sheets and bean-counting. A diverse range of intellectually stimulating optional management modules are also available, such as Strategic Innovation Management, and Financial Risk Management.
In Year 4, you can choose specialist and creative topics such as Entrepreneurship, as well as academically rigorous courses like Business Consulting and Corporate Governance. You can also take work placements as part of credit-bearing modules.
Additionally, the programme offers a range of possible exemptions from the professional examinations of the main accounting institutes, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, depending on the choice of modules studied.
Throughout the course, you develop a range of transferable abilities and professional practice skills highly prized by employers. These include critical evaluation, self-direction and problem-solving, as well as a sound grasp of analysis, presentations and negotiation techniques.
Graduates possessing the core skills from these two related subjects are in demand from both the public and private sectors. They have gone on to work in all parts of the economy, including accounting, banking, insurance, financial services, general management and social enterprise. Recent employers of accounting graduates include Deloitte, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Britvic.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) all offer graduates of this programme exemptions from some professional examinations.
94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).
Many of our accounting graduates take up trainee accounting positions with accounting firms or departments and go on to become professionally qualified accountants. Others choose to enter a wide range of business careers such as banking, insurance, financial services and general management. Recent employers of accounting graduates include Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers Britvic, Enterprise Rent a Car, Weird Fish, PMR Partnership and Inspired Gaming Group. Accountancy and related careers are particularly well paid, recognising the skills developed as a result of following a relevant degree and subsequent professional qualification.
ABOUT THIS COURSE
Suitable for applicants from:
UK, EU, World
You have the opportunity to undertake professional practice placements during the programme for three months, six months or one year. Three or six-month placements can be taken as part of credit-bearing modules, allowing you to undertake a work placement and still graduate within three years.
Our MAcc (Hons) Accounting and Management course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA).
For more information see our Study Abroad section.
Learning and teaching
Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.
You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.
In addition to the formally scheduled contact time, such as lectures and seminars, you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.
Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.
While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.
Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
Teaching, learning and assessment: 396 hours
Independent learning: 804 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
Independent learning: 924 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
Teaching, learning and assessment: 204 hours
Independent learning: 996 hours
Year 4 (Level 7): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
Teaching, learning and assessment: 192 hours
Independent learning: 1008 hours
*Please note these are indicative hours for the course
Taught elements of the course take place at King Alfred or West Downs Campus, Winchester
Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.
We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:
Year 1 (Level 4)*:
90% written exams
0% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
0% written exams
38% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
25% written exams
6% practical exams
Year 4 (Level 7)*:
30% written exams
0% practical exams
*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme
We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.
For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures
2018 Entry: 112-120
A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in Mathematics and English Language is required.
International Baccalaureate: 26 points
If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent
Course Enquiries and Applications
Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message
If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023
Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.
Year 1 (Level 4)
|Business Management and Economics||20|
The module aims to provide students with an understanding of how businesses operate and how accounting and finance functions help businesses to achieve their objectives. Students will look at the relationship between an organisation and its external environment, including consideration of both the economic environment and the strategic and competitive environment in which the organisation operates.
This module aims to introduce the core concepts and key topics areas of business finance and financial environment. It will enable students to develop knowledge and understanding of how the financial markets operate, evaluate alternative sources of finance available to a business, analyse the cost of different sources of finance used by a company and the weighted average cost of capital. Students will also learn how to apply the cost of capital in the investment appraisal process and evaluate the investment projects using the main investment appraisal methods.
|Business Law, Ethics and Governance||20|
This module introduces students to the foundational concepts, roles and complexities within the inter-related areas of law, corporate governance, ethics and CSR (in the context of contemporary issues facing business) that are relevant to accounting. Students’ knowledge and application of these four areas, as well as their skills in legal precedent, statutory interpretation and legal and ethical argument, will be developed.
|Programme Focussed Assessment||20|
This module is an assessment module which requires students to demonstrate some of the programme level learning outcomes at level 4 and some of the module level learning outcomes at level 4 in the context of an integrated assessment.
Management accounting is a specialised service function primarily involving the collection, storage and recording of financial data, its conversion to useful information and the effective communication of this information. This information assists management in a complex and dynamic business environment to make optimal business decisions.
This module aims to provide an introduction to the main technical language and practices of financial accounting and to the application of this knowledge to different forms of business organisation. Students will gain knowledge of the concepts and conventions that underpin the accounting process and will develop their understanding of the main accounting terminology and the nature and purpose of financial reporting.
Year 2 (Level 5)
|Accounting Research and Analysis||30|
The module is designed to enhance students’ conceptual understanding of current research and developments within the accounting discipline and to develop their capacity for independent critical thinking and self-managed learning. The module provides students with an appreciation of the issues involved in developing and designing an accounting research project, to enhance their understanding of published research and how to critique it, and to enable them to design, justify and defend their own accounting research inquiry.
|Management Accounting and Financial Management||30|
The module builds on the introductions to management accounting and business finance studied in year 1, and prepares students for advanced aspects of management accounting and finance in year 3. This module will cover the design, use, application and evaluation of management accounting systems and techniques in organisations, as well as covering aspects of financial management that complement the work of management accountants, such as investment appraisal techniques. There will be a focus both on the practical commercial context and the theoretical underpinnings of the planning, control and decision-making processes in organisations.
|International Financial Reporting||30|
This module aims to develop knowledge and skills in understanding and applying IFRS in the preparation of financial statements. This module acts as an introduction to corporate financial reporting and relies on and develops technical knowledge and academic skills acquired at level 4. Students will explain and apply IFRS to relatively simple specified scenarios and will present financial statements, or extracts therefrom, for single entities and groups. Students will develop an understanding of the processes involved and the contexts in which financial reporting takes place. The technical content of the module is based on IFRS and reflects the syllabus content of professional examinations. Framework-based teaching is used in order to enhance students conceptual understanding of technical material and to encourage the development of technical knowledge and critical analysis.
People Resourcing – 15 Credits
Creativity, Design and Innovation – 15 Credits
Effectual Entrepreneurship – 15 Credits
Sustainability in Business – 15 Credits
Developing Academic Practice - Academic Reading – 15 Credits
Operations Management – 15 Credits
Globalisation and Diversity – 15 Credits
Contemporary Business Communication – 15 Credits
Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions [CHANGE LINK]. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.
Year 3 (Level 6)
|Financial Information Analysis||15|
This module aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills in order to effectively appraise an entity for investment purposes. Specifically it seeks to develop knowledge and skills in understanding both the theories and practice of Financial Analysis and appreciation of the influence of national/regional standard-setting and accounting choice on financial analysis. The module will allow students to develop the ability to undertake a comprehensive analysis of corporate financial statements from a critical viewpoint
Strategic Management Accounting – 15 Credits
Advanced Financial Reporting – 15 Credits
Corporate Governance and Ethics – 15 Credits
Professional Practice 1 - Personal and Professional Development – 30 Credits
Professional Practice 2 - Processes and Systems – 30 Credits
Volunteering for Accounting – 15 Credits
Business Ethics – 15 Credits
Managing Change – 15 Credits
Employing People – 15 Credits
Strategic Innovation Management – 15 Credits
Investments – 15 Credits
Financial Risk Management – 15 Credits
Strategic Performance Management – 15 Credits
Audit and Assurance – 15 Credits
Advanced Business Reporting – 15 Credits
Social Enterprise – 15 Credits
People Engagement and Development – 15 Credits
Project Management – 15 Credits
Dissertation - 30 credits
Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions. [CHANGELINK] The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above
Year 4 (Level 7)
|Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance||20|
This module aims to provide students with a critical perspective and appreciation of contemporary theories and developments in accounting thought and practice. It seeks to highlight the substantive issues currently being addressed by accounting academics, thus enabling students to evaluate critically a variety of contributions to the development of the discipline. In addition to exploring theories and practice, the module seeks to assess the diversity of methodologies used by contemporary researchers working at the boundaries of the subject.
|Principles of Responsible Management||20|
This module introduces the principles of responsible management as presented in the United Nations PRME and Global Compact frameworks. The module draws on and engages with the ongoing debate concerning the role of business organisations as future generators of ‘sustainable value’ for business and society at large. Issues such as ethics, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, globalisation, and stakeholder theory are considered. These are then placed in the context of functional discipline areas through topics such as accounting standards, corporate governance, green marketing, social entrepreneurship, employee wellbeing, sustainable innovation and global supply-chain management. The implications of these principles for student’s own leadership practices are considered, introducing the concept of ‘responsible leadership’ from different organisational, national, cultural and ethical perspectives.
|Corporate Finance and Financial Strategy||20|
This module aims to explore complex principles of corporate finance and examine the financial strategies relating to mergers and acquisitions. Students will comprehend the primary objective of corporate finance, appraise the range of finance available to a firm and evaluate critically the different capital structure theories. The module will guide the students through the systematic process of assessing the weighted average cost of capital of public listed companies using various financial models. Students will also develop their critical awareness of the financial strategies in relation to mergers and acquisitions. In this module, students will be exposed extensively to the real financial data and this allows the financial theories to be seen in a “real world” context.
|Financial Accounting and Reporting||20|
This module allows students to acquire technical knowledge of accounting and develop knowledge and skills in understanding and applying International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in the preparation of financial statements. Students will understand and apply the basic principles and techniques of accounting, will explain and apply IFRS to relatively simple specified scenarios and will present financial statements, or extracts therefrom, for single entities and groups. Students will develop an understanding of the processes involved and the contexts in which financial reporting takes place.
For students without previous accounting experience, the first part of the module acts as a comprehensive introduction to basic accounting and financial reporting. Students thus gain a knowledge and understanding of accounting at a very early stage in their programme. For students with previous accounting experience (students on an integrated masters programme and students who have an undergraduate degree in accounting), the material covered in the first part of the module provides a refresher course in basic accounting knowledge and the opportunity to update and/or revise (as appropriate) technical knowledge of financial reporting.
Corporate Governance – 10 Credits
Investment Appraisal – 10 Credits
Global Investments and Portfolio Management - 20 Credits
Advanced Financial Analysis – 10 Credits
Business Consulting – 20 Credits
Strategic Management – 20 Credits
Entrepreneurship – 20 Credits
Management Control Systems – 20 Credits
Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.
Course Tuition Fees
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man
If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.
2018 Entry Full-time £9,250 p/a
Total Cost: £37,000 (4 years) | £37,700 (sandwich option)
UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938
2018 Entry Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £51,800** (4 years)
International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.
As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.
There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:
We recommend that you purchase the latest editions of all of the core textbooks. Many of these texts relate to extensive online material for which you require an access code supplied with the textbook. These may cost between £50-200 for each year of the programme.
Scholarships, bursaries and awards
We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards section.
Key course details
- UCAS code
- 4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
- Typical offer
- King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester