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Course summary

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. 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.


Levels 1 and 2 of the degree are made up of core modules, as follows: Level 1 Financial Accounting The Accountant in Business Quantitative Business Skills and Data Analysis Skills for the Professional Accountant Management Accounting Ethics in Finance and Accounting Micro and Macro Economics for Accounting Introduction to Corporate and Business Law. Level 2 Financial Management Intermediate Management Accounting Taxation Financial Reporting Introduction to Audit and Assurance 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 Accounting Project. Candidates shall also study and be assessed in modules in the Michaelmas Term to the value of 40 credits from List A: List A: Corporate Reporting Advanced Management Accounting Data Analytics and Intelligence for Accounting. Candidates shall also study and be assessed in modules in the Epiphany Term to the value of 20 credits from List B: List B: Advanced Audit and Assurance Business Tax Planning †† Fundamentals of Corporate Governance and Accountability.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Our contextual offer for this programme is A level BBB/ABC (or equivalent). Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics, or B in Core Maths if Maths not taken as an A level. Will go down to Grade 5 in GCSE Maths if taking Economics or a Science or Math related A Level. To find out if you’re eligible, please visit:

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English language requirements

Durham University welcomes applications from all students irrespective of background. We encourage the recruitment of academically well-qualified and highly motivated students, who are non-native speakers of English, whose full potential can be realised with a limited amount of English Language training either prior to entry or through pre-sessional and/or in-sessional courses. It is the normal expectation that candidates for admission should be able to demonstrate satisfactory English proficiency before the start of a programme of study, whether via the submission of an appropriate English language qualification or by attendance on an appropriate pre-sessional course. Acceptable evidence and levels required can be viewed by following the link provided

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £26250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £26250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Accounting at Durham University - UCAS