Accounting and Finance BA (Hons)

Course code N430

What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance is a specialised degree which provides underpinning knowledge and technical skills highly sought after by employers. It provides a solid foundation for a career in the accounting and finance industry. 

Students will develop contextual, theoretical and practical skills within the accounting and finance subject areas.

Special features

  • A highly practical course encompassing technical skills desired by employers 
  • Small classes give you a more personal experience of university
  • You will be able to apply for exemptions from various professional bodies such as ACCA, CIMA and AAT

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

Entry to year one, HNC Accounting:

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above (preferably in a numeracy-based subject) OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above (preferably in a numeracy-based subject)
  • Alternatively, NC Business (with 70% Accounting units) or NC Accounting OR
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in: Accountancy, Business Skills, or Financial Services
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply

Advanced entry:

Access routes

SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

  • Advanced financial reporting
  • Auditing and professional ethics
  • Financial management
  • Research skills

You will choose two option modules which may include:

  • Business awareness for accountants
  • Critical thinking in management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Project planning and management
  • Small business planning
  • Work placement*

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation, or research and plan a new business venture, as well as studying the following modules:

  • Corporate financial decision making
  • International financial reporting

You will choose further option modules which may include:

  • Advanced management accounting
  • Advanced taxation
  • Corporate responsibility in the global environment
  • Social and environmental accounting
  • Work placement*

*Work placement modules in years 2, 3 and 4 are each accredited with the Scottish Institute for Enterprise as Level 1 Scottish Innovation Student Award (SISA) Future Thinker certificate

SISA - Scottish Institute for Enterprise

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. As this course was designed using our blended learning approach it will be delivered through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online, face to face or blended induction at the start of the course. Further information will be provided by your home campus.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference tutorials and lectures, as well as online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) which is supported by your tutors and classmates in online discussions


How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years
  • Part-time (unstructured): 8+ years

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI - entry at BA (third year) only
  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September 

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
YearLevel2021-22 Full-time2021-22 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2021-22 Full-time2021-22 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £6,915 £461 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £6,915 £461 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours free £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours free £1,500 (per 20 credit module)

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic scholarship for the degree (3rd) year and the 4th year of study will be free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Year Level 2021-22 Full-time With scholarship
Year 1 HNC £7,230  
Year 2 HND £7,230  
Year 3 Degree £12,360 £9,360
Year 4 Honours Free Free

Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2021-22 Full-time2021-22 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £7,230 £482 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £7,230 £482 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £12,360 £2,060 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £12,360 £2,060 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £7,020 £468 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £7,020 £468 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £12,000 £2,000 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £12,000 £2,000 (per 20 credit module)

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award, including where students are following a recognised ‘top-up’ degree structure where the first and second years are made up of an HNC/D award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Financial accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Auditing
  • Tax or treasury management
  • There are also opportunities to work in professional practice or within a relevant organisation

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress into further study with the professional accounting bodies. 

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