Accounting and Finance BA (Hons)

UCAS code N430
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

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

Entry requirements

  • Entry to year one, HNC Accounting is 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above OR
  • NC Business
  • Entry to year two is the HNC Accounting
  • Entry to year three is the HND Accounting

Access routes

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Graded Unit 1: Accounting
  • Management Accounting using IT
  • Preparing Financial Statements
  • Recording Financial Information
  • Using Financial Accounting Software
  • Cost Accounting

Optional units may include:

  • Project Management
  • Business Communication
  • Economic Issues: An Introduction
  • Business Law: An Introduction
  • Payroll
  • Marketing: An Introduction
  • IT in Business: Spreadsheets
  • Creating a Culture of Customer Care
  • Company Law: An Introduction
  • Personal Enterprise Skills
  • Statistics for Business
  • Business Contractual Relationships
  • Business Accounting
  • Managing People and Organisations

Optional units may vary depending on study location; for more information contact your chosen campus.

Year 2 - HND

Mandatory units are:

  • Accounting for Specialised Transactions
  • Business Taxation
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Graded Unit 2: Accounting
  • Graded Unit 3: Accounting
  • Management Accounting for Decision Making
  • Management Accounting for Planning and Control

Optional units may include:

  • Income Tax
  • IT in Business: Advanced Spreadsheets
  • Office Management
  • Behavioural Skills for Business
  • Economics 1: Micro and Macro Theory and Application
  • Economics 2: The World Economy
  • Corporate Information Systems
  • Office Management
  • Workplace experience (students are responsible for finding their own work placement)

Optional units may vary depending on study location; for more information contact your chosen campus

Year 3 - BA

You will undertake a Research Skills module plus five further modules which may include:

  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Auditing and Professional Ethics
  • Financial Management

Optional modules may include:

  • Critical Thinking in Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Project Planning and Management
  • Work Placement.
  • Small business planning

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation or research and plan a new business venture, plus four further modules which may include:

  • Advanced Taxation
  • Corporate Financial Decision Making
  • International Financial Reporting

Optional modules may include:

  • Corporate Responsibility in the Global Environment
  • Critical Thinking in Leadership
  • Social and Environmental Accounting

How will I study my course?

  • 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 through 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+

Start date


How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Year Level Full-time Part-time
    2016-17 2016/17
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) and with a term-time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Year Level Full-time Part-time
    2016-17 2016-17
Year 1
HNC £6,510 £434 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £6,510 £434 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £8,000 £1,340 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours free** £1,320 (per 20 credit module)

**4th (Honours) year free only for students who have paid for previous 3 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 whilst studying.

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:

Year Level Full-time Part-time***
    2016-17 2016-17
Year 1
HNC £6,510 £434 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £6,510 £434 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £10,000 £1,680 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £10,000 £1,680 (per 20 credit module)

***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


What funding can I apply for?

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. 

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Accounting and Finance BA (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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