Pearson Business School offers two different options for those students wishing to study accounting or finance with a business focus. Deciding which route to study will depend on your interests as well as your career aspirations, so we’re here to help make the choice a little easier.

Option one: Business Management with Finance

Length: Three years to receive a BA (Hons) degree (this can also be accelerated to graduate in two years, subject to academic performance and minimum numbers)
Who is this for? This degree will suit students who want to work in Business, but with a really solid understanding of finance.
In a nutshell: This course has a strong focus on business management, with added knowledge of finance. Below are the core modules that will be included throughout the 3 year course. To find the full module details, download a Prospectus:

Core Modules:

Level 4 / Year 1
Principles of Business (60 credits)
Introduction to Research (30 credits)
Professional Behaviours and Customer Management (30 credits)

Level 5 / Year 2
Introduction to Contract Law (15 credits)
Operations and Project Management (15 credits)
People Management and Leadership (15 credits)
Strategic Marketing (15 credits)

Level 6 / Year 3
Strategic Management (15 credits)
Strategic Innovation Management (15 credits)
Final Project (30 credits)

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Option 2: Professional Accounting in Business

Length: Three years to receive a BA (Hons) degree (this can also be accelerated to graduate in two years, subject to academic performance and minimum numbers, and it can also be extended to four years if you wish to study an Integrated Masters)
Who is this for? This course is designed for students who want to become an Accountant or Chartered Accountant but to also have a solid understanding of how this ties in with business.
In a Nutshell: If you’re looking for a career in Accounting, this course may be better suited to you. To find out full course details, download a Prospectus. The core modules have a heavier financial focus in comparison to Business Management with Finance, as you can see from the core modules listed below:

Core modules:

Level 4 / Year 1:
Principles of Business (60 credits)

Level 5 / Year 2:
Business Ethics (15 credits)
Corporate reporting (30 credits)
Financial Assurance and Risk Management (15 credits)
Fundamentals of Corporate Law (30 credits)
Managing Organisational Performance (15 credits)
Taxation for Professional Accounts (15 credits)

Level 6 / Year 3
Advanced Financial Management (15 credits)
Final Project (30 credits)
Strategic Consultancy 1 (30 credits)
Sustainability (15 credits)
Technical Consultancy Project (30 credits)

Level 7 / Year 4 (for integrated masters students only)
Advanced Corporate Reporting (30 credits)
Strategic Consultancy 2 (30 credits)

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Similarities between the two courses:

  • Full time degrees (3-4 days a week)
  • £9,000 per year (plus a fee waiver upon completion of a Professional Workshop)
  • Entry requirements are 120 UCAS points (equivalent to BBB at a-level) or dual entry route and attendance at a Professional Workshop

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Differences between the two courses:


Business Management with Finance:
This is a standard 3 year undergraduate course, however subject to your academic performance, you could have the option to accelerate your degree and finish within 2 years.
Professional Accounting in Business:
This can be studied as a traditional 3 year undergraduate degree OR you can study the course as a 4 year integrated masters where you’ll leave with an undergraduate degree AND a masters.

Professional Accreditations:

Professional Accounting in Business:
CIMA: With our CIMA partnership, this means that our Professional Accounting in Business graduates are provided with a quicker advanced route to the CIMA Professional Qualification and the CIMA global professional designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). If you choose to study the BSc programme, you will be able to apply for 10 exam exemptions for the CIMA Professional Qualification, leaving only 6 exams to take before obtaining the qualification or 11 exemptions, which means just 5 exams to sit if you choose to complete the MSci postgraduate programme.
ACCA: Our accreditation with ACCA means that when you study on our undergraduate degree programme, you will be exempt from the first 9 ACCA exam papers or you will be fully exam qualified with ACCA if you study the MSci postgraduate programme.
Business Management with Finance:
ACCA: Completion of this degree gives exemption to paper F1 of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). You could also gain exemption from papers F2, F5, F8 and F9, depending on module choice.

Guaranteed Internships

Professional Accounting in Business:
With this course, you’ll receive a guaranteed Accounting internship
Business Management with Finance:
With this course, you’ll still receive a guaranteed internship, but it might not necessarily be in accounting or finance


Professional Accounting in Business:
This course has a strong focus on finance and accounting, but still incorporates more business themed modules in comparison to our traditional Accounting degree.
Business Management with Finance:
This course focuses on business management with an added knowledge of finance, as you can tell from the core module themes.

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Further Information

To read about the types of courses further, you can: