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BA Accounting and Management

At a glance

  • Focuses on both accounting and management, with an international emphasis
  • Accredited by the ICAEW and ACCA with the opportunity to obtain credit for prior learning
  • Can lead to a variety of careers including accountancy, banking, retail and marketing
  • Option to undertake a work placement or study abroad in your third year
Subject area(s)
Start Date
September 2024
3 years (4 years with a placement year/study abroad)
Programme Director
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Dr Maggie Cooper


Accountancy isn't just about being good at numbers. It’s about being able to analyse and interpret information, spot trends, identify issues and opportunities, and communicate complex ideas in a clear and concise manner.

In the accountancy element of the degree you will cover the core areas of financial reporting, management accounting and business finance. In the management element you will explore areas such as marketing, organisational behaviour, strategy, information systems, human resource management, entrepreneurship and ethics.

After your first year, a range of optional management and finance modules will allow you to tailor your degree to your areas of interest. In your second and final years you will build on the commercial and academic knowledge you have already acquired.

Certain modules on the degree are professionally accredited, meaning you can claim credit for prior learning for professional accountancy exams in the future if you achieve the required grades.

An optional one-year work placement gives you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a professional environment. Alternatively, you could choose to spend a year studying overseas.

This course offers the opportunity to apply for credit for prior learning from two major accounting bodies: ICAEW and ACCA.

Part 1

Compulsory modules Credits

This module introduces management accounting concepts and techniques that assist managers with their organisational decision making, planning, control and performance evaluation.

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Dr Alisher Erkaboev
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module introduces you to different aspects of 'business' and aims to develop your academic and professional skills that will be applied at university and in the workplace.

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Dr Maggie Cooper
20 [10 ECTS credits]

An introduction to double-entry bookkeeping and the preparation of financial statements for sole traders and limited companies.

The module aims to help students to develop a sound understanding of the techniques of double-entry bookkeeping, so that they can apply its principles in recording accounting transactions, adjusting financial records and preparing non-complex financial statements.

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Leon Coopasamy
Leon Coopasamy
Sian Weatherburn
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the principles of English law which are relevant in a commercial context and particularly relevant to students studying for accountancy qualifications. The content will align with relevant professional accreditation requirements.

Link to MDF TBC

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Acquiring, managing, and analysing data is an important business activity that allows organisations to make strategic use of their data assets.

Analysing historical data can give companies insight on how to optimise a wide range of functions related to accounting and management. Furthermore, constructing predictive models can facilitate the process of classifying future events and making informed data-driven decisions. This introductory module aims to expose students to key concepts in data analytics by introducing two stages of data analytics (a) descriptive analytics and (b) predictive analytics, as well as visualisation techniques for qualitatively summarising data.

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Dr Markos Kyritsis
20 Credits

The module focuses on developing students’ understanding of the graduate and placement recruitment process from the perspective of the recruiter and the organisations. For that purpose, the module draws on the skills and learning from the first two terms to provide students with an experience of the recruitment process, beginning to end.

The module will enable the students to use their learning so far to appreciate the economics of recruitment, the context of different organisations (businesses and sectors), the different talent management strategies and needs, the rationale for employing specific process and procedures, and what are the next steps in developing a successful, high-performing and engaged workforce.

The module is designed to be delivered in the summer of part 1. The lectures and seminars run ahead of placements and internships applications. Therefore, it equips the students to make better choices and improved applications, strengthening their success rate of obtaining placements, internship and future jobs upon graduation.

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Dr Tatiana Rowson
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Dr Can Ererdi
20 Credits

Part 2

Compulsory modules Credits

This module introduces the theory and practise of business finance.

This module introduces the role and purpose of the financial management function within a business. It aims to explain the nature and purpose of financial management and to discuss the objectives of financial management decision-making. The module explores the theory and practice of financing decisions. The module aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills of financial management, assessing the working capital needs of a business and the ways in which the elements of working capital may be managed.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module builds on the knowledge acquired in AC101 or AC110, Introduction to Accounting, with regards to the preparation of financial statements for single entities and introduces students to various International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in the preparation of financial statements

This module aims to enable students to prepare a complete set of financial statements for single entities in conformity with IFRS.

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Helen de Felice
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module builds upon the foundations of management accounting established in AC107 Management Information by developing a critical understanding of the main concepts and ideas underlying management control systems.

To build upon the foundations of management accounting established in AC107 Management Information by developing a critical understanding of the main concepts and ideas underlying management control systems. The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the techniques, principles and underlying concepts relating to the provision and use of financial information in organisational decision-making, planning and control. This involves understanding the theories, technical language, practices and their location within the organisational and business context together with developments in contemporary management accounting.

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Tony Graham
20 [10 ECTS credits]

Work Placement/study abroad

  • Work placement experience (including a minimum of 9 months, full-time work placement) or study abroad (if applicable).
  • Students who have completed two years of study and for whom a work placement is unsuitable can progress directly into the third (final) year of study, converting this into a three-year degree programme
  • If you take a year-long placement or study abroad, Part 3 as described below may be subject to
Optional modules Credits

This module provides insight into the practical application of your Accountancy and/or Business Management Skills.


1. To gain relevant work experience in order to provide a practical context for the academic material studied in the first, second and final year.

2. To enhance employability through being able to demonstrate 12 months relevant work experience.

3. To extend knowledge and learning of degree discipline modules, to help identify future career path(s).

4. To further develop ‘soft skills’ (team-work, communication, time management, planning, leadership skills etc)

120 [60 ECTS credits]

Part 3

Optional modules Credits

This module builds on the concepts and techniques of management accounting introduced in AC107 and AC220 or AC 208. Management accounting may be seen as a way of providing information in three main areas: costing, decision-making, and planning and control.

The emphasis of this module will mainly be on the last two areas (i.e., decision making and planning and control). In reality, however, it is often difficult to separate any one area from the other two. For example, standard costing provides costing information which is then used as a tool for planning and control.

This module aims to further develop students’ critical understanding of the role of management accounting in organisational decision making and control. It seeks to provide students with a critical conceptual and technical understanding of management accounting tools and techniques relating to the provision and use of financial and managerial information in organisational decision-making, planning and control. An emphasis is placed on the strategically focused organisation in the modern business environment.
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Dr Ed Tew
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module looks closely at a number of international financial reporting standards and at the preparation of consolidated financial statements.

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Lei Tao
Dr Lei Tao
20 [10 ECTS credits]

An introduction to the moral norms of international accounting and financial management, the ethical choices to which they give rise and the resources on which such choices can be based.

Business has its own moral norms, which often differ from those in society at large, while both business and social norms evolve over time and vary between cultures. Within business, the area of finance and accounting raises particular issues in this respect as the micro-culture of financial trading, the professional norms of the accounting profession and the overwhelming preoccupation with money and profit introduce a variety of conflicting moral pressures.

This module aims to equip students with the intellectual foundations for negotiating the moral world that ensues. Throughout the module, applications to real-world situations are used both to develop students' analytical, reflexive and decision-making skills and to introduce them to the range of moral issues and contexts encountered in the practices of accountancy, investment and financial management.

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Rhianydd Dow
20 [10 ECTS credits]

*The module or course content descriptions set out on this page are correct for those being taught in the current academic year. Modules or course content marked as optional are indicative and may be subject to change. Please note, constraints in timetable scheduling may mean you are unable to take some optional modules at the same time as others.

Our undergraduate degrees are taught through a mix of lectures, group projects and interactive classroom lessons. This gives you the opportunity to discuss, explore and then apply the subject content in depth with your lecturers and fellow students.

Through exploring and tackling real-world challenges, you will also be able to develop your critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.

Modules are assessed through written assignments, in-class tests, group presentations and formal examinations. This helps you graduate as a rounded individual and develops your transferable skills, which are highly sought after by leading graduate employers.

Each academic year you will be required to complete a number of compulsory and optional modules, totalling 120 credits. A typical 10 credit module requires a total of 100 hours of study. This includes contact hours with lecturers as well as independent study.

Typical offer

A Level: ABB

International Baccalaureate: 32 points overall

GCSE: Maths and English at grade B (5).


Contextual offer

A Level: BBC

For more information on contextual offers, please visit the University of Reading webpage

Tuition fees for undergraduates at University of Reading are:

  • £9,250 a year, for the full course duration, for UK if you started your undergraduate course in September 2020 onwards*.

*This fee capped for the full duration of your course.

Your fees will be fully covered by a loan from the Student Loan Company, in line with its published repayment terms and conditions.

Government Funding

UK students can get government loans to help towards their living costs, known as ‘maintenance loans’. If you choose to take out both a fees loan and a maintenance loan, these will be rolled together and repaid only after graduation through the tax system, as a proportion of your income over £25,000.

UK/Republic of Ireland fee changes

UK/Republic of Ireland undergraduate tuition fees are regulated by the UK government. These fees are subject to parliamentary approval and any decision on raising the tuition fees cap for new UK students would require the formal approval of both Houses of Parliament before it becomes law.

EU student fees

With effect from 1 August 2021, new EU students will pay international tuition fees. For exceptions, please read the UK government’s guidance for EU students.

The International Undergraduate 2024/25 fee level for this programme is £22,350. There may be financial support available - consult your local British Council/Education Counselling Service.

Please see the University's financial pages for further information on international fees.

You can apply online for all of our courses via the national admissions service, UCAS.

Find out more

ACCA Accredited Programme

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is the global body for professional accountants. ACCA awards a specific level of exemption to graduates, which matches the knowledge and skills gained from their degree qualifications. Students will be partly qualified Chartered Certified Accountants once they complete their degree programmes at Henley Business School successfully.

Henley Careers

Our aim at Henley Careers is to empower and enable you to leave the Business School confident in being able to progress your career forward successfully.

We are committed to enable you to take a strong career leadership approach to your career planning. We will work with you to help you understand yourself better, as well as truly understand the obstacles and opportunities around you. Research both at Henley and other leading Business Schools shows that people who are self-reliant and usually achieve higher levels of success. We therefore encourage your job search to be driven by you and your needs, but along the way, we provide you with advice and insight regarding your strategy.

You can book a telephone or video appointment with your dedicated Careers Consultant to get support and advice for your career planning or professional development. We also hold numerous events to help you learn about different careers and develop your skills, such as Monday Night Employer Panels, Success Studios and Resilient You.

A work placement offers you an enormous range of benefits – both during your degree and beyond.

On most of our undergraduate courses you can choose to do a 9 to 12-month placement in your third year, before returning to complete your final year at the Business School. This will appear on your degree transcript and offers many of the following benefits:

  • Put your learning into practice
  • Enhance your CV by developing sought-after skills such as time and project management, teamwork, commercial awareness, and communication
  • Build a professional network - a successful work placement can lead to the offer of a permanent role with the same organisation upon graduation
  • Gain a wealth of knowledge, experience and transferable skills to set you on the right path for a successful career
  • Gain insight into the real world of business

How we support you

Our dedicated placement team, who all have a background in industry and graduate recruitment, will provide you with expert advice and guidance – from helping choosing the right Industry Placement through to supporting you while working during your third year.

You will start to consider what kind of work placement you would like to pursue in your first year. Students returning from their work placement will give presentations and share their experiences with you, providing a valuable insight into what you can expect.

You will receive ongoing support during your work placement, with your tutor visiting twice during the year to discuss your experience and performance. You will also develop and agree a training plan with your placement tutor and line manager.

Work placement destinations

Recognising that the majority of our students prefer to remain in and around Reading during their placement year we work with leading graduate employers in the region.

We also encourage and support students who wish to do their placement year in London, or other cities in the UK or abroad.

Study abroad

Most undergraduate students have the opportunity to benefit from our international links and spend time studying overseas. Find out more:

Rhianydd Dow

Associate Professor in Accounting and Financial Management

Dr Maggie Cooper

Associate Professor in Accounting and Financial Management

Tony Graham

Associate Professor of Accounting and Financial Management

Dr Dan Zhou

Associate Professor of Financial Management

Dr Biao Mi

Lecturer in Accounting

Dr Ekililu Salifu

Lecturer in Accounting

Dr Lei Tao

Associate Professor in Accounting

Dr Tatiana Rowson

Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding Accounting, Business & Management Courses, please contact us by:

Telephone: +44 (0)118 378 5058

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