School
Business
UCAS tariff points
48
Years of Entry
2024
Location
Leeds City Campus
Study abroad
Yes
Study Mode
Full-time (4 years)

Course overview

Accounting and finance are at the heart of all business operations. From micro businesses and ‘start ups’ to multinational service and supply companies, the ability to manage, plan and account for money is the key driver of growth and profit, the ultimate measures of business success. 

A degree in Accounting and Business will enable you to develop the skills necessary to influence and inform business operations and strategy. Enabling you to drive policy and deliver jobs, prosperity and wealth, this degree programme will open the door to a wide range of challenging and rewarding career opportunities in the UK and abroad.

This four-year course includes an initial full-time Foundation Year and offers an alternative route into university and gaining a degree.

This route is for you if you do not have the necessary qualifications or don’t yet feel ready to begin degree-level study, or are returning to education and would like some support to get up to speed with learning in a university setting.

The Foundation Year in Business will allow you to develop your academic skills and confidence as well as introduce you to key concepts, debates and skills that will support and inform your subsequent years of undergraduate study.

Following successful completion of your Foundation Year, you’ll progress onto Year 1 of our Accounting and Business BA (Hons) degree.

The Student Contract

About this course

During your Foundation Year, you will undertake modules to enable you to enhance your academic skills and equip you with the tools you’ll need to study with confidence. You’ll carry out a personal project so you can study an area of interest related to your chosen future subject specialisation.

You’ll be introduced to the key principles of business operations and management and learn about starting a business and the fundamentals of marketing.

Following successful completion of the Foundation Year, you’ll progress onto the first year of our Accounting and Business BA (Hons) degree.

We'll give you a grounding in the two key branches of accounting – management and financial accounting – teaching you how to prepare and analyse business accounts and critically interpret and inform financial decision making.

We'll show you how businesses design and control their operations, exploring how economic factors affect business decisions. In addition to finance and accounting, you'll study models for management and leadership, and gain an understanding of how corporate governance works.

You'll learn about audit and financial reporting, with an emphasis on Fintech and developing the digital skills you'll need for a successful career in accounting and finance.

Your lecturers will use their industry experience to relate accounting and business theories to working practice. This programme makes extensive use of real-life case studies, for example, to bring current issues with audit quality and misreporting scandals to life. You will apply what you learn as you study, meaning that on graduation you can be confident in your ability to work and thrive in any business or professional sector.

Why study with us?

  • Build your self-confidence, academic skills and core subject knowledge in preparation for progression onto degree-level study.
  • Learn from the experts. Our lecturers are experienced practitioners with years of professional accounting, auditing and teaching experience.
  • Increase your earning potential. You’ll be well-prepared to take advantage of the growing demand for finance and accounting professionals.
  • Build your networks. You’ll have the opportunity to join professional networks during your degree.
  • Become professionally qualified. You’ll gain part-exemption from ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) professional accounting examinations on completion of this course.

Accreditation

ACCA acredited programme.

This course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Completion of the programme can give you part-exemption from the ACCA professional accounting examinations.

 

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Graduates from this course can claim exemptions from up to eight CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) professional examinations. This allows you to begin at the Operational or Management level of training as a CIMA Accountant.

 

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This course is accredited by the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA). 

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Course Modules

You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Foundation Year

During your Foundation Year, you will study four core modules.

Academic Skills and Studying with Confidence (Core)

We'll help you develop core academic skills such as using electronic resources, planning and note-taking, communication skills related to essay and report writing and delivering presentations.

You'll learn to manage your time, prioritise tasks and manage stress, and become more confident in engaging with collaborative learning, debates, discussions and critical reflection.

Project (Core)

You’ll study an area of interest related to your chosen degree and work individually on your project.

It could be a written report, a presentation and oral examination, a film or a series of blog posts.

You’ll learn through problem-solving and get formative feedback and support throughout, helping to develop your self-confidence.

Introduction to Business Operations and Management (Core)

We'll look at what a business is, the different types of businesses, their objectives and the modern business environment.

We'll draw on case studies and your own personal experiences to make the module as relatable as possible. You'll also be encouraged to raise business topics to discuss in class.

You'll learn about the supply chain from raw materials to consumers, and the logistics of getting the right goods in the right amount to the right place at the right time.

You'll study production and discover the difference between services and manufacturing, the principles of project management and quality control processes.

You'll also learn the principles of human resource management and leadership, as well as teamwork and team building.

 

Starting a Business and Fundamentals of Marketing (Core)

You'll examine the modern business environment and how start-up businesses grow as technology advances.

We'll look at sustainability and the opportunities or limitations small businesses face.

You'll get an overview of how businesses use social media and communications technology to reach an audience.

You'll also develop your own business and marketing plans and concepts in lectures, workshops, coursework and group work.

Year 1

During your first year, you'll be required to study four core modules,

Principles of Accounting and Finance (Core)

You’ll be introduced to the financial markets and institutions, exploring fintech, digital finance, payment systems and alternative finance.

Learn about the types of business organisations, the role of stakeholders, and how regulatory and non-regulatory factors affect businesses.

Measure financial position, financial performance analysis and report cash flows as well as analyse and interpret financial statements using key financial ratios.

You’ll focus on developing your accounting and financial skills, application of theory, including problem solving, consequence chain analysis, measurement of performance, assessment of viability and action planning.

People and Organisations (Core)

You’ll study the nature and complexity of organisations and be introduced to the functional specialism of people management.

You’ll be encouraged to compare different approaches to management theory, such as Taylor/Fordism and Human Relations, as groundwork for future studies.

Class-based exercises will take you through topics such as leadership, motivation, group formation, behaviour, change, and the international implications of people management.

Marketing Fundamentals (Core)

You will get a basic introduction to the marketing environment, marketing management, and the role of marketing in the world.

You will look at the impact of a customer-centred approach, marketing research, market analysis, segmentation, targeting and positioning theory and practice.

You will also study marketing mix elements such as product, price, promotion and place, how service and retail marketing works in theory and practice, and the impact of technological developments like e-commerce.

Globalisation and Social Justice (Core)

You’ll develop a critical understanding of the two broad phenomena of globalisation and social justice. You will be inspired by Leeds Trinity University’s strategic themes, exploring subjects related to poverty, human rights infringements, inequalities and other social justice-related issues.

You’ll study theoretical debates on globalisation and social justice in the current business environment, responding to current events in both lectures and workshops.

Year 2

During your second year, you'll study five core modules

Professional Development and Placement (Core)

You'll prepare career and study plans, find out how to search for job opportunities and experience a typical graduate trainee assessment centre recruitment process.

In workshops, you'll analyse your professional development and personality and learn the importance of teamwork and effective interpersonal relationships.

You'll develop graduate-level employability skills through reflective learning and self-directed study.

Global Business Environment (Core)

You’ll explore the interplay between ethics, law and economics in the global marketplace, in which you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of organisations’ various challenges and opportunities when operating in a global context.

You’ll delve into the ethical considerations that organisations must take into account when making decisions, such as questions of social responsibility, corporate governance, and human rights.

You’ll study the economic landscape of the global market, including macroeconomic conditions, trade patterns, and the role of multinational corporations where you’ll develop a strong understanding of the economic forces that shape the global business environment and how to position yourself to succeed in the dynamic and challenging market.

Intermediate Accounting and Finance (Core)

You'll study the concept and purpose of financial reporting, qualitative characteristics of financial information, the capital structure of limited companies, and the use of accounting systems.

You'll study accounting concepts and rules for inventory, provision and contingencies, disclosure and events after the reporting period, profit and loss accounts, cash flow and statement of financial position.

Focus on your skills development and application of theory including problem identification, problem solving, ratio analysis and teamwork.

Business Research and Analytics (Core)

You’ll develop the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to carry out primary and secondary research and to analyse and present findings and conclusions.

You’ll acquire a comprehensive understanding of the principles underpinning the research process, and the tools required to carry out key research tasks.

You’ll study the fundamentals of scientific inquiry, ethical considerations in research, strengths and weaknesses of different data collection methods, and basic methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection.

Financial Management (Core)

You'll get an introduction to corporate governance, mechanisms for financial management, and corporate financial objectives such as formation, benchmarking and performance.

You'll study ratio analysis, viability assessment, reasons for company failure, capital rationing techniques and more.

You'll also look at the UK and global banking system and discuss sources of finance, venture capital and working capital management.

Year 3

During your third year, you'll study three core modules and will be required to choose two option modules.

Audit and Assurance (Core)

Looking at techniques related to the audit context and regulatory frameworks in auditing, you will study audit objectives, systems and processes, ethical standards, audit standpoint and professional scepticism, and the EU audit directive.

You'll look at risk identification and mitigation, materiality, analytical procedures, tests of control and evaluation, transaction cycles and sampling, and internal audit and internal control systems.

You'll also study the role of internal audit in performance management, audit planning, documentation, questionnaires, sampling and testing, the detection and investigation of fraud, the concept of risk and risk reduction, probability, modelling and simulation, audit reports and reports to management.

Financial Reporting (Core)

You'll study advanced financial reporting topics, including the need for a conceptual reporting framework, legal and commercial requirements, faithful representation, regulatory frameworks, and the role of accounting bodies.

You will learn how to prepare and interpret financial statements, including provisions, contingent liabilities and assets, taxation and corporation tax computations.

You'll look at aspects of reporting for multi-entity companies, merger and acquisition, regulatory requirements for reporting financial performance, consolidated financial statements and their limitations, calculation and use of accounting ratios, limitations of interpretation techniques, and variant sector entities.

Professional Learning and Practice (Core)

You’ll be encouraged to link with external organisations and businesses to source a work-related project within your chosen area of interest enabling you to develop employability skills in the context of your chosen career path.

You’ll enhance essential skills in business and sector awareness, as well as effective interpersonal communication alongside practical elements involved in the negotiation and management of projects.

International Marketing (Option)

Analysing theoretical developments in international marketing, you'll gain an advanced understanding of international consumers and their needs.

You'll study international environmental analysis and information sources, market entry strategies such as exporting and importing, and the operational aspects of international marketing practice.

You will analyse national and organisational culture as a factor in international marketing, international trade and development, and ethical issues in international marketing.

Creative Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Option)

You’ll develop entrepreneurial mindsets and introduce them to the main frameworks related to processes, strategies and sources of innovation as well as new trends in innovation.

You’ll learn about the role of creativity in problem-solving and the application of design thinking to different business tasks.

Contemporary Issues in Sustainability (Option)

You’ll learn the importance of sustainability in contemporary business operations and acquire the specific skills, tools and techniques of sustainability assessment and understand the significance of sustainability practices.

You’ll be introduced to sustainability in general, and the various sustainability issues and practices relevant to business operations, including the benefits and challenges of adopting sustainability practices, the role of stakeholders, the supply chain and corporate social responsibility.

Project Management (Option)

You'll explore project management, including tools required for professional planning, implementing projects, evaluating the associated benefits and costs, and managing risk and uncertainty.

You'll address the challenges of project organisation structures and resource scheduling.

You'll develop a project plan, encouraging you to discover the principles of stakeholder/client management and learn how to build effective project teams and leadership skills.

We aim to deliver a realistic baseline of skills expected in the workplace through a nurturing and supportive project-based environment.

Money, Banking and Finance (Option)

You’ll learn about banks, markets and other financial institutions which support business and investor activity in the UK and in Europe.

Begin with the banking sector, and will be encouraged to understand, critically analyse and assess the operations and effectiveness of a range of financial facilities in the light of a rapidly changing regulatory environment in response to recent internal and external shock. 

Develop working knowledge of a range of financial instruments and ownership structures, including private equity, hedge and prime broker services, where you’ll develop the ability to choose and select the most appropriate of these for a variety of business situations and contexts.

You’ll study the use of Fintech and Digital Solutions in Banking and Financial Markets as well as inclusive technological solutions to financial problems in digitally poor and excluded communities in the UK and abroad.

Research Project (Option)

You'll cover key topics in social science research, including problem definition, conducting a literature review and methodology.

You'll practise writing a research report, focussing on format, presentation of findings and discussion including academic conventions within the subject specialism.

Professional work placements

Experience matters. That's why we embed professional work placements within our standard undergraduate degrees.

How does it work?

Careers and Placements will work with you to find your perfect placement or help you arrange your own, whether that's in Leeds, another part of the UK or even abroad. You will be able to take part in a series of workshops, events and live ‘employer challenges’ to boost your confidence and prepare you for your placement.

During your placement, you will have an opportunity to gain degree-relevant work experience, build your knowledge of career sectors and secure valuable employer references and industry contacts. This experience will help you to shape your career decisions and find the right path for you.

Previous students on the course have completed placements at KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group, Citigroup, UK Tax Associates and in the accounting centres of retail giants, including The Arcadia Group and Morrisons PLC.

To find out how we can help you make your career ambitions a reality, visit:

Professional Work Placements

Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development

Programme delivery

Your time on campus, learning through in-person teaching, is at the heart of your academic experience and the way we deliver our programmes. This is supported and further enhanced by additional engagement activities and opportunities provided online and through digital teaching materials. This blended approach seeks to ensure a positive learning and teaching student experience.

Your programme of study has been carefully designed around a three-phase model of delivery:

  1. Preparation: You will be given clear tasks to support you in preparing for live teaching. This could include watching a short-pre-recorded lecture, reading a paper or text chapter or preparing other material for use in class.
  2.  Live: All your live teaching will be designed around active learning, providing you with valuable opportunities to build on preparation tasks, interact with staff and peers, and surface any misunderstandings.
  3. Post: Follow-up activities will include opportunities for you to check understanding, for staff to receive feedback from you and your peers to inform subsequent sessions, and for you to apply learning to new situations or context.

Preparation, Live and Post teaching and learning and the digital materials used will vary by course, but will be designed to help you structure your learning, take a full and active part in your course, and apply and test your developing knowledge and skills.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, allowing you to apply and demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.

For more details on specific assessment methods for this course contact hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

Information about the large range of qualifications we accept, including A-Levels, BTECs and T Levels, can be found on our entry requirements page. If you need additional advice or are taking qualifications that are not covered in the information supplied, please contact our Admissions Office.

Entry requirements for this course:
QualificationGrade
UCAS tariff48
GCSE requirementsGCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or 4 or above

Applications are welcome from mature students with few formal qualifications.

Any previous relevant work experience and learning will be assessed and, where appropriate, we may offer an alternative way to assess suitability to study.

This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa.

Fees and finance

Funding

UK Home Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2024/2025.

Part-time tuition fees will be prorated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying.

Depending on government policy, tuition fees may change in future years.

Tuition fees for 2025/26 entry will be set in summer 2024.

Living costs, e.g. accommodation, travel, food, will also need to be taken into consideration.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study.

Additional costs

We advise students that there may be additional course costs in addition to annual tuition fees. These include:

  • Books - recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own.
  • Print costs - the University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

How to apply

For full-time undergraduate courses, you apply through UCAS. That's the University and Colleges Admissions Service.

On your application form, you'll need to know our institution code - it's L24 - and the course code. If you click through to the UCAS website using the button below, it'll take you to the right place with all the information you need.

You'll need to write a personal statement - we've prepared a guide to help you.

Although the equal consideration deadline has passed for 2024 entry there are still ways to apply now.

If you included five choices on your application, have received decisions from all five, and weren’t accepted, or if you declined the offers you received, you will be able to use Extra which opens on 28 February. If you use Extra to add another choice you cannot reverse this to go back to your original five choices.

If you did not use all your choices in your initial application, you don't need to use Extra, you can just sign in to your application and add another choice, as long as it’s before 30 June, and you’ve not accepted or declined any offers.

If you don’t hold any offers after 5 July, you will be able to add an additional choice using Clearing.

Applications are not yet open for courses starting in September 2025. You can register and start your application for 2025 from 14 May 2024, although you cannot submit it until later in the year. The UCAS application deadline for courses starting in September 2025 is 29 January 2025.

There's lots more information about the application process on the UCAS website, or you can get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to help:

This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa.

Graduate opportunities

Providing you with the opportunity to develop the professional skills and experience you need to launch your career is at the heart of everything we do at Leeds Trinity University.

This degree is ideal preparation for a career in finance and business consultancy, including accountancy, audit, taxation, corporate financial services and banking. Many of our students aspire to self-employment and this programme covers all aspects of business development, launch and growth.

After you graduate, Careers and Placements will help you as you pursue your chosen career through our mentoring scheme, support with CV and interview preparation and access to graduate employability events.

To find out how we can help you make your career ambitions a reality, visit:

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Professional Memberships

Chartered Association of Business Schools

Leeds Trinity University Business School is a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools.

The association supports its members to maintain world-class standards of teaching and research, and helps to shape policy and create opportunities through dialogue with business and government.

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Small Business Charter Award

Leeds Trinity University Business School has been awarded the Small Business Charter (SBC) award in recognition of our support to small businesses, student entrepreneurship and the local economy.

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Business Graduates Association

Leeds Trinity University Business School is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA) an international membership and quality assurance body of world-leading and high-potential Business Schools who share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning.

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