Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code N420
Duration 3 years
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Related subjects Management Accounting and Financial Management Business Management

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Undergraduate Admissions
Sheffield University Management School
Telephone +44 114 222 3349
Email management-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/management/undergraduate

Accounting and Financial Management

Triple Crown accredited
(AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS)

Top 10 in the Russell Group for overall satisfaction
National Student Survey 2019

Course description

Accounting and financial management plays a major role in all organisations, and extends beyond just a series of mathematical techniques and processes. We want to show you the bigger picture, so you can take your career in any direction you choose.

Our course looks at the way in which accounting informs decision making and the impact of accounting information systems on organisations. Socially-responsible financial management is also an important part of the course and you'll explore the impact of financial decisions on societal welfare, the environment and company shareholders.

Year 1
The first year of the course gives you a broad understanding of accounting and finance. You'll learn the underpinning knowledge and workings of financial markets in a classroom scenario. Core modules cover the necessary accounting and financial management knowledge required by the profession. We'll also encourage you to start thinking about life in the workplace.

This structured, supportive process will help you to reflect on your own learning, performance and achievement in preparation for your first job. Our students quickly become familiar with the challenges faced by professional accountants. As your confidence grows, you'll develop your own views on how to approach these challenges.

Years 2 and 3
In years two and three, you have more flexibility. There are optional modules in topics such as auditing, business intelligence, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and taxation. Optional modules give you the chance to specialise and enhance your solid grounding in accounting and finance.

Practical skills development is available through our Trading Room, which simulates life in the financial markets with professional software from Bloomberg. We also run workshops for all Management School students to learn how to use the range of data, analytics and information sources.

You'll receive guest lectures from industry professionals and become familiar with the challenges faced by finance and accounting practitioners. As your confidence grows, you'll develop your own views on how to approach those challenges.

Some modules cover material from professional accounting examinations, which means that students are given exemptions with accounting bodies including ACCA, ICAEW, CPA Australia and CIMA. A full list of professional exemptions can be found on the Management School website.

Specialist business and finance databases

The Accounting and Financial Management programme provides you with access to a comprehensive collection of specialist business and finance databases that are used by global companies, analysts and top researchers. These include Bloomberg, Refinitiv Eikon, Datastream, Thomson ONE, Compustat, MSCI, WRDS and CSMAR among others. These databases will give you access to market insights and the data that you'll need to complete your assessments, learn new skills and become work-ready.

Trading room

The Management School has invested in an impressive, fully-equipped financial trading room, built around Bloomberg and Refinitiv Eikon. These terminals are used by traders, banks and multinational companies to trade financial securities, gain market insights and undertake research. Students will gain certification that demonstrates competence in these systems, which will add real value to your CV.

Accreditation
- Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.
- Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.
- Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.
- Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.
- Accredited by CPA Australia for the purpose of eligibility for Associate membership and the exemption from all foundation exams.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB
A Levels + additional qualifications BBB + A in a relevant EPQ; BBB + A in Core Maths
International Baccalaureate 33
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Scottish Highers AAABB
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • GCSE Maths grade 6 or grade B
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Sheffield University Management School website

First year

Core modules:

Foundations in Financial Management
Futures First: Professional Self Management
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Introduction to Management Accounting
Business Economics
Introduction to Behaviour at Work

Optional modules:

Analysis for Decision Making A
Analysis for Decision Making B

Second year

Core modules:

Corporate Governance
Financial Management
Intermediate Financial Accounting
Intermediate Management Accounting
Introduction to Corporate Finance and Asset Pricing

Optional modules:

Business Statistics
Law for Management

Third year

Core modules:

Advances in Financial Accounting
Advances in Management Accounting

Optional modules:

Auditing
Case Studies in Accounting and Consultancy
Company Analysis and Valuation
Corporate Finance
Corporate Social Responsibility
Financial Derivatives
Taxation in Theory and Practice

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

Lectures introduce you to the main ideas and concepts of a particular subject. Seminars are held in smaller groups, usually 15-30 people. You'll often be given reading or be asked to prepare work in advance. You'll be expected to contribute to discussions and group work during the seminar. We use a range of assessment methods including, exams, online texts, presentations and course work. A typical split would be 68% exams/tests to 32% coursework. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 15%
Independent study 85%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 68%
Coursework 32%
Practical 0%

Sheffield University Management School

We are a leading business school with Triple Crown accreditation (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS). We have a world-class reputation for high quality teaching, ground-breaking research and cutting-edge thinking.

We balance a rigorous academic foundation with practical skills to ensure you are ready for the world of work.

We want you to develop skills so you can apply course content in a company setting. Our degrees combine real-world application with the most contemporary business thinking, and because our academics are world-leading researchers, your education will draw on the most current management theories.

We want you to be informed, innovative and proactive and do everything we can to support and enhance your career, steering you in the right direction with all the knowledge and skills you require. We want you to engage with the academic content, be conscientious and take an independent approach to study.

At the heart of our building is our Futures First Employability Hub. Here you can book appointments with our in-house careers team and sign up for workshops on everything from writing your CV to interview techniques. The Hub also provides information and professional support on internships, placements (both short and long-term), part-time roles and volunteering opportunities.

Through our links with employers you'll also have the chance to take part in drop-in Q & A sessions and workshops delivered by experts from world-leading organisations.

Sheffield University Management School website

What our graduates do

We have a dedicated Employability Hub where you can access careers support, find job or placement opportunities, and develop essential skills through workshops with industry experts. You're supported throughout your course and for up to three years after you graduate. We work with businesses and organisations to ensure the content of our courses are up-to-date and relevant, and that the skills and experience you'll gain meet the demands of future employers.

Sheffield University Management School careers

Accounting and financial management
Many of our graduates work in traditional accounting roles as trainee chartered accountants or management accountants, but a growing number work in audit, insurance, banking, investment and consultancy roles. Recent graduates are working for Barclays, British Airways, Ernst & Young, HSBC, Grant Thornton, KPMG and Santander.

Business management
The flexibility of our courses means a huge range of career options are available. Employers recognise and value the practical, work-ready skills that our students develop. Recent graduates are working for Amazon, Asda, Danone, Deloitte, E.ON, Glaxosmithkline, Unilever and Virgin Media.

Student profile



"The structure of the degree offers just the right flexibility. This allows me to design my own course in accordance with my personal interests while ensuring I do not lose sight of the most fundamental principles in accounting and finance."

May Than Thar Cho,
BA Accounting and Financial Management

Read more about May’s experience

Placement years can be taken between the second and final year of your degree. You’ll choose whether you want to do this after you begin your course with us. We'll add 'Degree with Employment Experience' to the end of your degree title to reflect your time spent in industry. All of our undergraduate courses offer the flexibility to add a placement year.

A placement year is an excellent opportunity to apply what you’ve learnt in your course and gain invaluable workplace experience. You'll develop a range of transferable skills and become more commercially aware.

You'll be paid a salary – on average £13,000 - £25,000. Some big corporates are starting to see it as an extended selection process for their graduate training schemes.

Previous students have undertaken placements at Accenture, Aldi, Boots, BMW, L'Oreal, IBM, Morgan Stanley, PwC, Rolls-Royce, Marks and Spencer, Microsoft, Nissan and Walt Disney, as well as less well-known companies.

Sheffield University Management School placements

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