Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS

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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary

  • Experience practical accounting in our renowned Sheffield Business School.
  • Explore topics from legal and ethical to economic and capital market environments.
  • Learn from professionally qualified experts who are active in research.
  • Gain work-ready experience with real-life projects and placements.
On our BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance course you’ll gain a thorough understanding of financial and management accounting, auditing, tax, corporate reporting, governance, financial management and professional ethics. You'll learn the creation, analysis and critical evaluation of financial information – enabling you to make sound decisions and communicate complex data effectively. If you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) course, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation course – which has been designed to encourage exploration and experimentation. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. Key Themes You’ll start by gaining a solid foundation in accounting and finance, along with practical skills for collecting and using accounting data to communicate with stakeholders. You’ll simultaneously enhance your understanding of the processes, tools, technologies and project management practices you’ll need to be successful. As you progress, you’ll further refine these fundamentals through real-world projects – collaborating in teams to create reports, presentations and recommendations inspired by real industry challenges. This hands-on approach prepares you for careers in professional accountancy, business and finance, within a supportive learning environment. In your final year, you'll undertake a consultancy project for a real organisation, guided by a dedicated project supervisor. In this capstone project, you'll conduct research and apply the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired throughout your studies. We promote flexibility, aiming to empower you to customise your course to align with your interests and aspirations. Previous students have chosen elective pathways including forensic accounting, sustainable accounting/environmental accounting, sports finance and other traditional routes. Applied learning Live Projects In the first and second years of your course, you’ll have opportunities to work for real client-based projects. Students have often found placements with their host company as a result of the excellent work they’ve done on these live projects. You’ll carry out research and analysis to generate findings and recommendations that address clients’ business problems – which in the past have included product development for Marks and Spencer and Costa Coffee. You’ll present your findings to your clients, gaining valuable experience in professional practice. Throughout all modules you study, we incorporate work-relevant content – including simulations, case studies, guest speakers and experiential activities. These not only help you seek potential career opportunities, but also feel confident in pursuing them. Work Placements You’ll have the opportunity to take part in an extended work placement between the third and fourth years of the course. This gives you hands-on work experience to prepare you for your future career – as well as an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. Previous students have worked at organisations such as AstraZeneca, BHP, GE Capital, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover, Mitchell’s Chartered Accountants, Morrisons, Nestlé, the Metropolitan Police, the NHS and the Royal Mail.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information. Year 1 Compulsory modules Accounting In Context Economics, Finance And Investments Going Global Preparing For Success Year 2 Compulsory modules Business Economics Financial Accounting Law, Corporate Governance And Ethics Management Accounting And Financial Management Year 3 Compulsory modules Audit And Assurance Financial Accounting And Reporting Management Accounting Applications Elective modules Cyber Crime Fraud Analytics Global Climate Emergency Principles Of Tax The Sport Business Industry Year 4 Optional modules Placement Year Final year Compulsory modules Consultancy Project (Accounting) Corporate Reporting And Governance Elective modules Accounting For Sustainable Development Advanced Financial Accounting And Reporting Corporate Finance Forensic Accounting Techniques Forensic And Fraud Examination Professional Team Sport Finance  Social And Environmental Accounting Sport Governance, Ownership Structure & Regulation

Assessment method

Coursework, Exam, Practical

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • AACSB International

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We will offer flexibility on our usual entry requirements for clearing applicants. Please call us on 0330 024 6390 to discuss your options and apply.

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Additional entry requirements


Please note that this information is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16655 Year 1
International £16655 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees:

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS