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About the course

Are you interested in joining the fast-paced world of international finance? Whether you dream of becoming an accountant, investment broker or financial advisor, this top-up degree will help equip you with the skills required to get your career off to a great start.

Solent University’s accountancy and finance top-up programme is specifically designed to let you build on your existing qualifications and experiences, transforming them into a valuable honours degree. You’ll broaden and strengthen the knowledge you’ve already gained from work in the industry or prior study at HND level (or equivalent), and have the chance to improve your general business knowledge.

This programme is a great way to take advantage of these opportunities as soon as possible, allowing you to earn an honours degree in just one year. Students on the course study intensively, looking at both national and international markets to ensure a firm understanding of the global economy.

Solent is a place of study to students from all over the world. Learning with colleagues from a wide range of backgrounds helps to emulate real working practises and brings new points of view to discussions and debates. 

After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Gain an understanding of both national and international business, helping to you to prepare for your career, no-matter where in the world you would like to settle and learn in a true cross-cultural and multidisciplinary environment.

What does this course lead to?

This top-up course is designed to turn existing qualifications and experience into a recognised honours degree. Recent course graduates have moved into the financial sector, finding roles such as chartered accountants and business analysts.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for those already working in business looking to gain a sound knowledge of accounting, or those looking to pursue a career in finance. The course combines accountancy specific modules with general business knowledge, providing a solid base for roles in areas such as banking, insurance or tax advice.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

Minimum three merits (60 credits) at Level 5 of a business HND, with appropriate management modules
  • Grade 4 or above in GCSE mathematics (previously grade C).
  • Completion of the second year of a relevant and comparable degree.
  • Course equivalent of a merit pass in a business HND.
  • Alternative entry available via the AIA (Association of International Accountants).
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Business Finance - Theory and Practise 
  • Financial Aspects of Decision-Making 
  • Strategy for Management and Marketing
  • International Financial Reporting and Analysis 
  • Academic and Professional Development 
  • Business Consultancy Project


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Joanne Hooker academic profile Joanne Hooker Course Leader View profile
Gill Cashell academic profile Gill Cashell Senior Lecturer View profile
Whysnianti Basuki academic profile Whysnianti Basuki Senior Lecturer View profile
David Collinson academic profile David Collinson Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


The University provides excellent learning resources and facilities to its students, from campus-wide wireless to extensive library services and dedicated student working spaces with plenty of laptop points. Access to a wide range of facilities is provided to all students during their time here at Solent. These include modern IT facilities and a range of sports and entertainment facilities that are available to all students on an extracurricular basis.

The academic team have first-hand experience of the finance industry, gained during time spent in a range of different roles and you can build up your professional network by taking advantage of these established industry links.

Your future

Providing a broad knowledge base in accountancy and finance, this degree course provides potential entry to a number of business, management and finance environments.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Accountancy practices
  • Business and the public sector
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • The stock market
  • Tax advice
  • Credit consultancy
  • Credit analysis
  • Financial services
  • Management

The course provides a strong basis for postgraduate study, including Solent MSc courses such as business finance, accountancy and finance, marketing and international management.

Industry links

As part of the School of Business, Law and Communications, the accountancy and finance team have strong professional and industry experience that informs and directs your learning.

This is complemented by a range of guest speakers, live assessment briefs and pitch consultancy assessments to develop your knowledge of the industry and enhance your employability.

The course team have previously used their connections with local professionals and the wider industry to arrange live briefs, guest lectures and work experience placements for students, with the curriculum itself based around first hand advice and real life examples of working in the industry. Not only does this better prepare students for their working life, it helps to ensure that staff and students are always keeping up to date with the latest developments in this fast moving industry.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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