Undergraduate study


Accounting and Financial Management

Business and Economics

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich NN34 AAB 01 October 2018 22 June 2022

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The Times Good University Guide 2018

Among 1%

of Business Schools in the world

to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation


of employed 2016 graduates

in professional or managerial roles six months after graduating


Average starting salary

DLHE 2016

Accounting and Financial Management course overview

This course is designed to prepare you for careers in diverse areas of accounting, finance and management and to equip you to deal with the challenges of an ever-changing business world.

One of our key goals is to place accounting and financial management firmly in its business context and we offer the opportunity to study a much wider range of subjects than those included in the professional syllabuses.

This course is approved by major professional accounting bodies in the UK (ICAEW, CIMA, ACCA and AIA) and graduates can gain exemptions from a number of their examinations or credits for prior learning.

In the first two years you will cover the core areas of accounting and financial management, as well as the legal, economic and organisational contexts in which accountants and financial managers operate.

In the final year you build on this and your placement experience and have the opportunity to specialise by choosing more advanced optional modules that suit your career ambitions.

Professional recognition

Examination exemptions from professional accountancy bodies including ACCA, AIA, CIMA, CIPFA, ICAEW and ICAS.

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Teaching and learning methods

We are committed to helping you stand out in the increasingly competitive graduate job market and many of our graduates go on to enjoy rewarding careers with major international companies.

Our high quality courses develop skills valued by employers including independent learning and research, analytical skills, group work, presentation skills, project work, computer skills and numeracy. Our wide variety of optional modules enables students to focus on areas related to their career aspirations.

Lectures are supported by online resources, tutorials, workshops, seminars and discussion groups.

Enterprise ethos

Enterprise is a key part of the Loughborough experience and can really boost your job prospects. All our business degrees include a module to develop our students’ enterprise and employability skills. There are also specific modules in entrepreneurship for those with aspirations to start their own businesses.

Student Enterprise thrives on campus with a range of extra-curricular activities including business planning competitions, events, and support services for students with real business ideas.


Year 1

  • Principles of Financial Accounting and Analysis
  • Finance and Accounting in Context
  • Micro and Macroeconomics
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Introduction to Law
  • Skills for Study and Work
  • Quantitative Methods for Business
  • Business Modelling
  • Organisations in the International Context

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Financial Reporting
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Market and Derivative Fundamentals
  • Business Information Management
  • Company Law
  • Information Systems Development

Optional modules

Plus four modules from a list of options including:

  • International Business
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • International Economics
  • Data Analysis for Managers

Year 3

Salaried professional placement. Alternatively you can choose to study abroad at an overseas partner university, or a mixture of professional placement and study abroad

Year 4

Compulsory modules

  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Financial Management and Corporate Policy

Optional modules

Plus a number of modules from a wide range of options including:

  • Auditing
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Corporate Reconstruction and Turnaround
  • Issues in Financial Reporting
  • General management topics (including modules in international business)

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


Depending on the nature of the material, some modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination (for example 25% coursework and 75% examination), whilst other modules are assessed by 100% coursework or 100% by examination.

Coursework is based on a variety of tasks including individual essays, projects, contribution in tutorials, group work, presentations, business reports, problem-sheets and computer-based exercises.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

NN34 Accounting and Financial Management - BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS

AAB (excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking, Communication and Culture, and Citizenship Studies). In some circumstances we may ask applicants to achieve specific grades in certain subjects
35 (6,6,5 HL) with 5 in Mathematics and English at SL
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate: Distinction plus two A Levels (one of which should preferably be an academic subject) at grades AB. National Diploma: DD plus one A Level at grade B (academic subject preferred). National Extended Diploma: DDD Preferred subjects: Business
Majority A/B (7/6) Grades at GCSE including minimum Grade B/6 in Mathematics and English Language.


Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application.  If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Preferred subjects

While no specific A Level (or equivalent) subjects are required, we strongly prefer combinations drawn from traditional (academic) subjects to demonstrate a range of numerical, analytical and discursive abilities. These A Levels include: Maths/Further Maths, Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography, English Language/Literature, Languages (non-native) Government and Politics, Law, and Statistics.

If studying a BTEC qualification then Business is preferred, although other BTEC subjects may be considered when offered in combination with one or more academic A Levels outlined above.

Graduate destinations

Most graduates from this course follow careers and professional qualifications in accounting and financial management, either in industry, commerce, the public services or professional practice, whilst some move into other management areas, including consultancy.

Graduates from Loughborough are in great demand and many are quickly given high levels of responsibility. Our graduates hold senior positions in major companies and firms of chartered accountants.

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Placement year

This is a four year degree and includes a year on placement or studying abroad as an integral part of the course. You can opt for either a year on placement or study abroad, or six months on each.Our final year students regularly comment on how this experience aids their understanding of the material we teach in the final year and their employability prospects.On successful completion, you will be awarded either a Diploma in Professional Studies or a Diploma in International Studies in addition to your degree.

Salaried professional placements

A salaried Professional Placement helps you test drive a career and stand out to employers.

Typically your placement could be with a firm of chartered accountants or in an accounting or financial management position with a commercial, industrial or public sector organisation. In most cases, the experience will be eligible to be counted towards your professional qualification after graduation.

Our dedicated Placements Office help you secure a placement and work with over 400 leading employers of all sizes around the world who regularly target our students for salaried placement positions. Typically around 1/3rd of placement students are offered a graduate job by their placement employer.

Find out more about Business and Economics Placements

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Studying Abroad

Studying Abroad boosts your employability and helps you develop intercultural skills highly prized by employers.

It presents an opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture, improve your language skills (though you will be taught in English) and enhance your self-confidence.

Our dedicated International Relations Office offers extensive support throughout the process. We have a wide range of partners in Europe, North and South America, East Asia and Australasia. 

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Explore our extensive range of study partners around the world, the help you will get from our dedicated international relations office and watch our videos on how studying abroad can enhance your employability and transform your outlook. 
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Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: NN34