Accountancy and Financial Management (Top-up) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

Course summary

Overview This 2 year top-up degree course allows you to build on your previous higher education studies to gain a full BA (Hons) degree in Accountancy and Financial Management. You must have 120 first year higher education credits in accountancy to apply for this course. This degree focuses on modern accountancy skills. You'll learn to understand, visualise and present financial data to inform and persuade businesses to make the right financial decisions. You'll work in small groups that replicate the workplace, with a focus on teamwork, real world case studies and developing strategy from financial data. You'll be able to tailor your learning to your area of specialist interest, choosing your modules to focus on:

  • professional modules: take the fastest route to becoming an ACCA chartered accountant
  • finance modules: your best preparation route for working in banking or investment management
  • analytics modules: combine accounting with data analysis, including data cleaning, visualisation and modelling
The course is accredited by 2 key accounting bodies (ACCA and CIMA), so whichever route you take you'll have lots of exemptions from professional exams. Accredited and recognised by This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). This means that in addition to achieving a degree, you receive exemptions from ACCA, and CIMA professional examinations. This course offers the maximum number of exemptions for ACCA and CIMA. Course highlights
  • Be taught by professionally qualified accountants who have industry experience with companies such as KPMG, Deloitte and HSBC
  • Get on the fast track to becoming a chartered accountant through our accredited exemptions from professional exams with 2 global accounting bodies
  • Be employment-ready by using industry-standard software and databases such as Oracle, SAP, Sage and S&P Capital IQ
  • Choose options in business analytics to develop the skills that modern accounting needs
  • Benefit from the opportunity to gain additional certifications, for example the ACCA Data Analytics Certificate
  • Gain a Bloomberg Certificate (a trading platform that's used by 250,000 financial service professionals) in our dedicated Bloomberg Suite
  • Apply your learning by helping student entrepreneurs and local charities such as Age Concern and The Rowans Hospice with their finances
  • Feel supported throughout your studies through our peer mentoring, maths support and our team of friendly staff who'll get to know you well
Careers and opportunities Our graduates go on to work in accounting practice, the finance departments of large corporations, and the finance sector. Previous graduates of our accounting and finance courses have secured jobs at companies such as:
  • Deloitte
  • PWC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
  • Barclays
  • Lloyds Register
  • J P Morgan
  • Grant Thornton
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career


Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Critical Issues in Accounting and Finance (20 credits)
  • Financial Management (20 credits)
  • Financial Reporting (20 credits)
  • Management Accounting (20 credits)
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
  • Accounting Packages and Systems (20 credits)
  • Business Analytics (20 credits)
  • Business Law (20 credits)
  • Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets (20 credits)
  • Investment Analysis (20 credits)
  • Managerial and Decision Economics (20 credits)
  • Taxation (20 credits)
Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Advanced Financial Reporting (20 credits)
  • Advanced Global Financial Management (20 credits)
  • Strategic Management Accounting (20 credits)
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
  • Advanced Business Analytics (20 credits)
  • Auditing (20 credits)
  • Behavioural Finance and the Psychology of Investment (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Economics and Finance of Sport (20 credits)
  • Financial Investment Project (20 credits)
  • Independent Study Project (20 credits)
  • Professional Accounting Practice (20 credits)
  • Strategic Management (20 credits)
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through:

  • analysis of topical case studies
  • written reports
  • essays
  • presentations
  • self-led project or dissertation
  • group work
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Professional bodies

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

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Relevant HE study leading to a Level 4 qualification, for example an appropriate HNC, or 120 credits from year 1 of an undergraduate degree (BA/BSc), in a relevant subject.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
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
International £16200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £1,385 EU – £1,385 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £2,875. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to
Accountancy and Financial Management (Top-up) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS