Sheffield Hallam University

Accounting and Economics with Foundation Year Sheffield Hallam University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditations from the ACCA, ICAEW, IFA and CIMA.
Learn the numerical, decision making and communication skills needed to succeed.
Improve employability through an optional one-year paid work placement.
Work on case studies and apply your learning to real-world situations.
Complete a final year consultancy project to find a practical solution to real issues facing an external client.
Gain an understanding of accounting and finance within the business environment and develop skills suitable for a wide range of careers. Designed in consultation with the main professional accounting bodies, successful completion of this course gains exemptions from a significant number of the ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW accounting examinations.

2. How you learn

The course is suitable if you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other Sheffield Business School foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

Many of our teaching staff have worked in practice, industry, and commerce; in accounting, banking, stockbroking and general management. This gives them unique experience and insights they can feed into their teaching.

Throughout the course you are provided with real-life context to the topics you cover and by requiring you to use skills such as independent research, teamwork and presentations. This is done through case studies, real-life examples and scenarios which engage you in the study and evaluation of industry sectors and develop key skills such as literacy, critical thinking, personal organisation, and time management.

In the foundation year, you'll study wider business topics, while specialising in your chosen subject area. You'll learn useful skills such as academic writing, work in diverse teams and learn to utilise a wide variety of data sources. In doing so, you'll fully prepare yourself for undergraduate study.

Applied learning
Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your third and final years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career and enables you to build an eye catching CV. We have strong relationships with regional, national and international employers and a team of specialist staff to support and encourage you in the placement application process. We help you secure a great placement opportunity and support you while you are there.

Previous students have benefitted hugely from placements with organisations such as Astra Zeneca, GE Capital, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover, Metropolitan Police, Morrisons, Nestle, Royal Mail and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

You could also go on a funded work placement abroad, and apply to study a non-credit-bearing language module through the University Language Scheme.

Networking opportunities

We are one of only a few universities to invest in Bloomberg Terminals housed in a dedicated Bloomberg Suite. The terminals deliver data, news and analytics to global financial professionals and you have the opportunity to gain practical experience of using this industry-standard technology.

Plus you can access information from the Financial Times for free at to ensure you're up-to-date with the latest developments in finance, economics, politics, business and management. We also organise guest speakers from accountancy practices, recruitment firms and professional bodies such as ACCA, CIMA, and ICAEW.

Course details


The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.

Year 1
Compulsory modules
Contemporary Issues 20 credits
Introduction To Business 20 credits
Organisation Management And Delivery 1 20 credits
Organisation Management And Delivery 2 20 credits
Self And Stakeholder Management 20 credits
The Practice Of Accounting, Finance And Economics 20 credits
Year 2
Compulsory modules
Business Economics (Finance) 20 credits
Financial Accounting 20 credits
Financial Analysis For Business 20 credits
Law, Corporate Governance And Ethics 20 credits
Management Accounting 20 credits
The Professional Accountant 20 credits
Year 3
Compulsory modules
Financial Accounting And Reporting 20 credits
Financial Management 20 credits
Financial Risk Management 20 credits
Management Accounting Applications 20 credits
Progressing Professional Development 20 credits
Elective modules
Corporate Law, Audit And Regulation 20 credits
Organisational Management 20 credits
Year 4
Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Placement Year -
Final year
Compulsory modules
Corporate Finance 20 credits
Corporate Reporting 20 credits
Strategic Management Accounting 20 credits
Elective modules
Advanced Financial Accounting And Reporting 20 credits
Audit And Assurance 20 credits
Enterprise Management 20 credits
Mergers And Acquisitions 20 credits
Principles Of Taxation 20 credits

Assessment method


Professional bodies

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

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 points This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications exluding general studies For example:

CC at A Level
MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.
Access to HE Diploma M: 15 credits
P: 30 credits
Access to HE course in a science based subject. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language at grade C or 4 or L2 equivalent

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English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 Score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,650 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

Provider information

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Sheffield Hallam University
City Campus
Howard Street
S1 1WB

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