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Accounting and finance are at the very heart of all business operations. From banking to manufacturing, from huge service industries to micro businesses, the ability to manage, plan and account for money is the key driver of economic growth and still the ultimate measure of business success.


Course Benefits

• Our tutors have years of professional accounting, auditing and teaching experience.
• The course meets the growing demand for finance and accounting professionals.
• You will have the opportunity to join professional networks.
• You will get part exemption from ACCA professional accounting examinations.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

A qualification in accounting and finance opens the door to a wide range of rewarding and prestigious professions and careers; influencing and informing business operations and strategy, driving policy and delivering jobs, prosperity and wealth.

We draw on a wide range of resources and current practice to provide you with a fast-paced, relevant programme which is a genuine ‘head start’ for your future in the business world. Your tutors are professionally qualified, with many years’ experience working in the professions and industries studied, bringing to life the theories and skills required to enable you to plan your future with confidence.

You will have the opportunity of undertaking two extended placements in the industry of your choice, experiencing daily life in your planned career and building your own network of connections for the future.

Read our full course terms and conditions​.

Accredited by ACCA
​This degree is professionally accredited by ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants​), the world’s leading accountancy qualification, and allows graduates exemption from 1/3 of Foundation level professional examinations.

Year 1

During your first year you will explore different areas of business. You will be introduced to the two general branches of accounting, management and financial accounting; you will learn about the nature and complexity of business organisations; you will get a sense of how businesses design and control business operations. In addition,​​​ you will start ​understanding how economic factors affect business decisions and how different marketing concepts contrasts with alternative business philosophies. At the end of the year, you will have your first work placement.

Year 2

In your second year you will learn how to prepare business accounts and you will practice different financial techniques to analyse investment opportunities and critically analyse financial decisions. You will also learn how to apply managerial and leadership models into your professional practice. You will study the areas of English and EU law that directly affect the legal structure and operations of businesses. You will select an area of expertise where you may want to make an original contribution to knowledge through a dissertation in your final year. At the end of the year, you will undertake your second work placement.

Year 3

During your final year, you will get into more specialised areas of accounting. You will study how corporate governance works and you will learn how to evaluate the audit framework and regulation. You will also get a sense of the reasons and regulation for financial disclosure. At this point, you will be ready to integrate your business knowledge into the area of strategic decision management and you will study some highly current trends in business such as e-business and e-marketing. You will also have the option to specialise in other areas amongst them such as International Management, Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Creativity, Business Ethics, International Marketing. You will have the option to undertake a project based on Professional Learning Through Work or Academic Research.

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • BMM4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • BMM4402 - Business Economics
  • BMM4412 - Management and Organisational Behaviour
  • BMM4422 - Marketing Fundamentals
  • BMM4432 - Operations Management
  • BMM4442 - Management and Financial Accounting
  • BMM4982 - Ethics, Society and Employability

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • BMM5402 - Professional Development and Placement 2
  • BMM5412 - Financial Management
  • BMM5422 - Legal Issues for Management
  • BMM5552 - People Management
  • BMM5572 - Financial Accounting
  • BMM5582 - Business Research

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • BMM6302 - Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • BMM6422 - Business and Management Strategy
  • BMM6442 - Research Project
  • BMM6452 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • BMM6462 - Business Ethics
  • BMM6472 - International Management
  • BMM6482 - Leadership
  • BMM6502 - International Marketing
  • BMM6542 - Audit and Assurance
  • BMM6552 - Financial Reporting
  • BMM6582 - e-Business and e-Marketing

Learning and Teaching

Year 1 - 17.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 242 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 918 hours of independent teaching; 240 hours on placement

Year 2 - 16.4% of scheduled learning and teaching; 219 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 876 hours of independent teaching; 240 hours on placement

Year 3 - 15.5% of scheduled learning and teaching; 186 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,014 hours of independent teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.
​​​​​Undergraduates on the Accounting and Business degree programme are taught by academic staff from within the department, with additional input from specialist professionals currently working in Business Management and Finance. Modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops and small group seminars as well as practical business simulation exercises and other "hands-on" sessions.

On this course, students undertake two 20-credit Professional Development and Placement modules, which include seven weeks professional work preparation and placement during summer terms at Level 4 and Level 5. Accounting and Business students have the opportunity to gain work experience in the Accountancy, Financial Services and general Business Management sectors. Before their work placements, students are fully prepared and briefed and afterwards, they are encouraged to reflect on the experience. Our professional work placements are a pivotal part of the degree programme and, along with networking and equivalence arrangements, invariably help students to find their first job after graduation.

At Level 6, all students undertake a 20 credit Accounting/Business Finance Research project. A further option is the "Professional Learning through Work" module, which will involve the negotiation of a special project with an employing organisation and approved by academic staff at Leeds Trinity. These module options are designed to enhance and develop a network of industry contacts, which will help the access their chosen career networks.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers throughout their degree through participation in our on-campus Local Business network, as well as access to extensive Business networks made available through corporate membership of the IOD (Institute of Directors) and Leeds Chamber of Commerce. Students are also encouraged to build on the contacts made during their work placements.

Students have the opportunity throughout the course to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering, all of which provide the chance for students to build up their skills, CV and portfolio in preparation for competing in the jobs marketplace.

Extensive use is made of Moodle on this degree programme, the Leeds Trinity Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support 24/7 learning and to provide access to e learning resources both on and off-campus.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 - 64.2% coursework; 35.8% written exams

Year 2 - 43.3% coursework; 41.7% written exams; 15% practical exams

Year 3 - 66.7% coursework; 33.3% written exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

Assessment in Accounting and Business additionally enables students to gain exemption from all or part of the Foundation stage examinations for ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

Assessments tailored to this course include the production of portfolios of work, individual and group presentations as well as coursework reports research projects and more traditional seen and unseen exam papers.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in both English Language and Maths.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admission​​​

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University 
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.
  • You may choose to become ACCA accredited after you graduate which will be an additional cost.
Andrew Gilliland

Andrew Gilliland

​​​​​With 25 years’ experience at a senior level working in accounting, audit and taxation, I'm the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Accounting and Business. 

With a passion for training the next generation of aspiring accountants, I believe this degree offers the best combination of academic excellence and accounting expertise. 

​Our students also get the opportunity to claim exemption from some ACCA professional examinations* to kick-start their career. *Subject to validation​


Academic staff profiles

Our BA (Hons) Accounting and Business course is fast paced and explores current and emerging best practice, offering students a blend of practical accounting and financial management skills as an excellent preparation for a range of careers in banking, brokerage, financial services or life as a professional accountant.

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I feel this is an excellent opportunity for the student to get experience and is also great that students need to organise it themselves and learn how the world of employment works.

Thomas Knagg

HR, Payroll and Marketing at the Royal Bank of Scotland

Professional Work Placements

You will complete a five-week business placement at the end of the first and second years. These placements can be arranged in the UK or abroad and in the particular sector and industry which you would like to explore.

Examples include: The Accounting Centre at Arcadia Group, the UK's largest fashion retailer, including brands such as Dorothy Perkins, Topshop, Burton, BHS, Wallis, etc.

Other students have taken their work placements at organisations such as KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group, Citigroup, UK Tax Associates and CLC Accountants.

More about placements

Graduates can go into a variety of different roles within the economy. These occupations include retail, merchant banking, corporate finance, stockbroking and investment appraisal, business development and accountancy. You could also be self-employed in the manufacturing and business services.

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Finance and Accounting and MBA in Finance, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity.

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel.​
Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.  
Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds. 

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of our Accounting and Business students agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to (NSS 2017).

100% ​

of our Accounting and Business students agree that course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt (NSS 2017).

6th in the UK ​

Business studies courses at Leeds Trinity University are ranked 6th in the UK for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2017).


of Leeds Trinity University students are satisfied with their course (NSS 2017).

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