Accounting and Finance are key functions that lie at the heart of business organisations. This exciting and dynamic discipline is full of local and international opportunities. If you are inclined towards analysis and a methodical approach to work, a career in accounting and finance will serve you well. The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance programme is designed to provide maximum exemptions from the professional examinations of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Association of International Accountants (AIA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). It also has accreditation with international bodies such as Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), Australia.
The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance programme developed by Teesside University and offered at Gateway Graduate School as an internal qualification under franchise, provides you with the opportunity to develop practical skills that are highly valued by employers. These include analytical thinking, problem solving, team-working and communication. With a focus on real-world business, the programme helps students understand the broader context in which accounting is practised.
Duration of The Programme and Intakes
There will be two intakes every year: January and September
Modules Offered (Degree Year One)
Modules Offered (Degree Year Two)
Modules Offered (Degree Year Three)
In a competitive job market graduates need to seek ways to stand out from the crowd. Employers today are looking for experience as well as academic qualifications. Internships enable students to gain experience while pursuing the academic qualifications and increase their employability. An internship within industry is invaluable because it will enable you to apply your skills in a real working environment, test out your chosen career path and develop contacts in the industry. Students who have been on internship will return to their degree studies with improved confidence in their abilities and are much more likely to gain graduate employment when they complete their degree studies.
As part of your degree studies, you will have the opportunity to undertake internships with reputed organisations in Sri Lanka. Internships are available for periods of 8 to 12 weeks during the annual summer holidays from June to September. Students who start their academic year in early October will be able to do a maximum of two internships (one per year in each of the first two years of studies) during their degree studies. However, students who start their academic year in January will be able to do a maximum of three internships (one per year in each of the three years of studies) during their degree studies.
The Gateway organisation is well-connected with the industry and we have provided internship opportunities to our students in the past at leading firms in Sri Lanka such as the Hatton National Bank. We are also in discussions with leading multinational audit firms for special internship arrangements for the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance students of GGS. However, internships cannot be guaranteed as they are always competitive. The final decision on the selection of interns will be taken by the employers. As such, students are encouraged to be proactive in seeking and obtaining their own placement and show flexibility with their target companies. If you choose to undertake an internship you will be provided with an internship tutor. These members of staff are there to provide support and guidance if you are thinking about this option.
Candidates must meet one of the following requirements to gain admission for the first year of degree studies:
- A minimum of two Advanced Level subjects (UK/Local) along with a minimum of grades C for the subjects of Mathematics and English at OLs/IGCSEs.
- The NCC Level 3 International Foundation Diploma in Higher Education Studies offered by Gateway Graduate School
Academic Progression Opportunities
The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance is designed such to enable the development of a broad set of competencies related to the fields of Accounting and Finance. Students will have the opportunity to complete various professional qualifications in Accounting and Finance with significant exemptions. These include qualifications from prestigious British bodies such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Association of International Accountants (AIA) as well as the Certified Practising Accountant (CPA, Australia qualification. As such, students will be able to become full-fledged Accounting and Finance professionals within a few years of graduation.
Teesside University is ranked within the top 10% of the universities worldwide by the prestigious Times Higher Education ranking system. It is also a reputed public university in the UK. As such, a degree qualification from Teesside University will enable you to gain admission at some of the leading universities in the UK, Australia, US, Canada and Singapore for postgraduate studies in fields related to Accounting, Finance, Financial Economics Investment, Banking, Business Management and so on. Teesside University is recognised by the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka. Hence, students will also be eligible to progress onto postgraduate programmes of Sri Lankan state and private universities.
Upon graduation, you will be able to enter the dynamic and growing sectors of Accountancy, Finance, Business Consultancy, Banking and Investment. You will also have the opportunity to seek international opportunities, particularly when you combine the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree together with the acquisition of professional qualifications such as the ACCA or CPA (Australia). Holding a qualification in the area of Accounting and Finance will place you well to develop your business career to a strategic level within multinational and local companies.
We provide an environment that allows you to develop the ‘extra’ practical employability characteristics that will make you more interesting to employers in the job market in the years to come. The programme is designed to incorporate employability skills development alongside your degree. Our staff utilise their extensive business connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lectures, live projects and site visits. In addition we offer a series of workshops and events in all years that ensure you are equipped with both degree-level subject knowledge and the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits. Our careers service work with prestigious local and multinational organisations with the view of guiding our students towards suitable employment destinations.