Why choose this course?

This 240 credit undergraduate Business programme in Accounting has an emphasis on practical learning and is structured to give students options for specialisation in their programme of study. As a student on this programme you will develop core business skills in key areas such as problem solving, decision making, team working and communications and will be encouraged to put theory into practice throughout your studies.  The course explores the complex and challenging nature of the business environment to expose you to long-standing theories and progressive 21st century concepts, and to ensure you obtain the critical skills and understanding of those matters affecting today’s business leaders.

You will develop a critical understanding of the forces influencing the broader economy, and be able to evaluate the role of core management functions, their application and contribution to quality and performance, as well as understand the relevance of strategic plans to respond to the changing demands of the business environment.

How is this program taught?

You will benefit from a variety of teaching and learning methods depending upon your chosen mode of study, including: lectures, seminars, practical assignments, group activities, personal research and case studies. Personal and group study, and independent research, are integral in studying this course, helping you to develop the transferrable skills that you will need in the workplace.

Depending upon your chosen mode of study, some or all modules include web and digital based elements to promote the flexibility of today’s progressive study environment.  Business students are often required to engage with business networks or industry participants in order to complete assessments and show evidence of topical understanding and aptitude.

Formal hours of study usually range from 12-16hrs per week, with some additional classroom sessions for full-time campus students, and research and project work for distance-learning students.

How will I be assessed?

A comprehensive range of assessment practices are used, includes essays, reports, oral presentations, group assessments, investigating companies, and disseminating and addressing briefs from industry. Examinations are not a typical form of assessment, as evidence-based project work to show your ability to understand and apply the relevant knowledge and skills is a more effective form of learning and assessment in our modern business world.

Depending upon which university you successfully progress to for the final year of your Degree studies, you may find a varied approach to assessment which will ultimately develop your abilities even further.

Hours & credits

This 2-year undergraduate-pathway program is 240 credits, which is the first 2 years of the 360 credit Bachelor’s Degree.   The number of hours generally required for study and project work is 960 direct learning hours for the full program (over 2 years full-time, or longer if studied part-time).  Additional research and revision time is usual when undertaking studies at this level.

If you progress into the final year of the Bachelor’s Degree with one of our partner universities you will complete the final 120 credits to receive the full Degree.

Entry requirements

For direct entry into the 2-year level 5 program you should have the below qualifications or an equivalent:

UK A-levels, International Baccalaureate, an international equivalent

For students who have the equivalent of the GCSE (or iGCSE) level qualification, or if you didn’t achieve satisfactory pass grades in senior school, and need to complete a Foundation Year, you may enrol into the intensive first-year Foundation program to complete the initial 120 credits.  Successful completion of this program allows you progress directly into the 2nd year of the course.

To progress into the final year of the Bachelors Degree with a partner university you must also meet their respective entry requirements, such as satisfactory grades in your first 2 years of study with Axial, and the requisite English language ability for your chosen course of study (each university has individual requirements, and details can be provided to students at the time of their initial application to Axial).

Where will this course take me?

Students who undertake undergraduate studies in Business will be able to pursue a range of exciting careers within this sector.  Graduates of the general Business programme can continue on a study pathway, through the BA Hons qualification and into a Postgraduate Degree in a related field.  For those students who want to move directly into the workplace, the practical style of learning, in addition to the underpinning theory delivered to students, puts holders of the UK level 5 award in a good position to work up to supervisory and managerial positions.  Additionally, for students with ambition to run their own business, the financial, organisational, and managerial content of this programme will provide the foundation for understanding how to develop and build your own enterprise.  

Because of the equal focus on business operations and general management, our graduates are highly employable in a wide range of business areas throughout industry, commerce, the public sector and non-profit-making organisations.

You may also have the opportunity to study abroad, if you select an international campus of Axial or of one of our university partners.  This could take you to the Middle East, Cyprus, or even as far as Africa.  Students who attend an Axial International Study Centre in a growing number of locations around the world may also consider options for completing the final phase of their studies right here in London!

As a foundation for further study to complete the Bachelors Degree, our current agreements provide the opportunity for Majors in areas of study such as:

BA Hons in Business, International Business, or Management studies, and then progress further to complete Postgraduate studies including MA in Strategic Management or the MBA with our partner Universities.


2015/16 tuition fees vary depending upon location, and whether you study on campus or by distance. For information about prices for on-campus studies, please send your enquiry, and tell us which campus or Study Centre you prefer, and our student advisors will contact you with the information you require.

Distance learning fees start at just £199 per subject (for the 16 subject level 5 programme).  We also offer an initial enrolment-pack, which gets you enrolled as a distance-learning student with Axial and registered on the UK system, plus your first unit fees and learning material, for £549 (includes a tablet PC set up for e-Learning, all application fees, Awarding-Body registration, and tuition fees for Unit-1).

What will I learn?

The programme content is dynamic, evolving as business issues in our world change, to ensure you’ll have the awareness and skills to succeed in the evolving world of business.

The 8 core units in this level 5 programme are listed below and all of these must be completed, along with 8 specialist subjects, in order to achieve the 240 credits required for the final award.  By expanding each unit you can read details of content to be covered in each subject:

Title Department  Credits 
Business Environment HDBA-1 15
Organisations have a variety of purposes that depend on why they were established. Some operate for profit, whilst others do not. Business entities structure themselves and operate in ways that allow their objectives to be met, and the aim of this unit is to provide learners with an understanding of different types of organisations, the influence of stakeholders, and the relationship between businesses and the local, national and global environments.
Managing Financial Resources & Decisions HDBA-2 15
This unit is designed to give learners a broad understanding of the sources and availability of finance for a business organisation, and students will learn how to evaluate these different sources and compare how they are used. The course will provide an understanding of where and how to access sources of finance for a business, as well as the skills necessary to use financial information for decision making.
Organisational Behaviour HDBA-3 15
This unit explores the behaviour of individuals and groups within organisations, and examines current theories and their application in managing behaviour in the workplace. It also examines the links between the structure and culture of organisations and how these influence the behaviour of the workforce, and the ways in which an organisation structures and organises its workforce for a positive impact on the culture to develop within the organisation.
Marketing Principles HDBA-4 15
This is a broad-based unit which gives students the opportunity apply the key principles of Marketing, and aims to provide learners with understanding and skills relating to the fundamental concepts and principles that underpin the marketing process. Students will consider the use of environmental analysis in marketing; they will investigate the importance of market segmentation and how this leads to the identification and full specification of target groups, and; they will consider buyer behaviour and positioning.
Management Accounting HDBA-5 15
This unit looks at the cost information of a business, both current and future. It considers how cost data is collected, compiled and analysed and processed into information that is useful for business managers, and students will have the opportunity to apply these principles to practice. The aim of this unit is to provide students with the understanding and ability to use cost information for budgeting and forecasting purposes in the overall management of a business.
Financial Accounting & Reporting HDBA-6 15
It is essential for the success of any business that it has good financial control and record keeping. Lack of effective control, planning and recording can ultimately lead to poor financial results, and business owners and managers need to be able to recognise the indications of potential difficulties and take remedial action when required. In this unit learners will prepare financial and interpret statements for different types of business, including complying with relevant legal and regulatory provisions and the basic principles of group accounts.
Financial Systems & Auditing HDBA-7 15
In the fields of finance and accounting, it is important to develop the skills to evaluate the accounting systems of a business, using both computerised and manual records, and to apply fundamental concepts accordingly. In this unit, students will analyse the management control systems of a business and evaluate their effectiveness, particularly in terms of controls and safeguards against error and fraud. Ultimately, you will develop understanding and skills in the management of business accounting systems and the conduct and reporting of audits.
Research Project HDBA-8 20

This unit is designed to introduce learners to the techniques and methods of research. The unit addresses a variety of research methodologies, including the opportunity to carry out interventionist or action research.


Learners will be required to produce a project report based on independent research into an area of professional business practice that interests them and will add to their professional development.


You should use both primary and secondary sources of information, and should be an exploration of a current major issue. The study undertaken should build on knowledge, skills and understanding that have been achieved in other units.

  • Delivery mode: On campus: Uganda
  • Duration: 2 years (Full-time)
    Part-time options
    Flexible Distance Learning
  • Award Level: Level 5 (Undergraduate)
  • Final award: Higher National Diploma (UK)
  • Progression: Final year of BA (Hons) Degrees:
    Accounting & Financial Management,
    Business Administration, and more!

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