Accounting and Finance BSc with Integrated Foundation Year

Our Integrated Foundation courses combine the highest standards of one of Britain’s leading global universities with a fully integrated student experience.

The Integrated Accounting and Finance BSc Foundation course equips you for a successful career in the accountancy profession or financial sector, or for a financial role in industry or government.  Our Accounting and Finance course BSc is highly sought after by diverse employers around the world, we’re proud of our graduates who go onto become accountants, auditors, tax specialists, financial analysts, fund managers, traders, brokers and investment researchers.

The University of Birmingham's Accounting and Finance Programmes on the home campus are accredited by ACCA and CPA Australia.  

Students successful completion of the Accounting and Finance degree will be eligible for exemptions from the accrediting professional bodies and will also be eiidgibly for exemptions from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) professional exams, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).  

Each body has their own assessment process but currently students taking the required modules can gain up to seven (7) exceptions from their professional exams. As the Dubai programme is directly comparable to the home programmes we except students to gain similar exemptions. We are currently in the process of registering our exemptions and these will be confirmed as soon as agreed.

Nooresahah Hussain

Final Year, BSc Accounting and Finance

“Not only did my course prove to be flexible, but it covered a wide range of topics which will help to shape my career after graduation. I would recommend Birmingham Business School to anyone intending to study a related degree because the broad scope of knowledge which is gained in a small amount of time is rather impressive compared to other Institutions offering the same discipline”

Foundation year

Designed for international students who require a preparatory year prior to undergraduate study, the Integrated Accounting and Finance foundation course is equivalent in learning to year 13 of the UK education system.

Successful completion of the Integrated Foundation course will also guarantee you progression onto the BSc Accounting and Finance. *You will need at least 100 credits, an average of at least 60%, at least 60% in Academic English and Study Skills and at least 65% in Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics.

We will ensure you're fully prepared for your undergraduate BSc Accounting and Finance course, immersing you in the university environment and giving you dedicated support in your first year in Dubai.

Year one

As part of your first year of study you will complete 6 core modules of the Accounting and Finance course.

Year two

During this year of your BSc in Accounting and Finance, you will notice a focus on employability through a range of department organised events designed to help you secure a graduate position at the end of your Accounting and Finance degree.

Year three

The modules you take in the third year of this Accounting and Finance Course are designed to bring your Accounting and Finance knowledge to a managerial level, equipping you with the tools you need to be successful at a senior level within the accounting and finance sector.


All modules listed for this course are compulsory. 

Foundation year

Core modules

  • Business and the market (20 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods for Business and the Market (20 credits)
  • Academic English & Study Skills (40 credits)

Optional modules

Choose two from the below list:

  • Law (20 credits)
  • Psychology (‘social’) (20 credits)
  • Biology (20 credits)

Year one

  • Economics for Business
  • Financial Accounting and Accountability
  • Decision-Making and Control
  • Numeracy, Statistical Analysis and Financial Literacy
  • Critical Thinking and Academic Skills
  • Business Communication Skills

Year two*

  • Financial Reporting
  • Further Management Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Taxation: Principles and Planning
  • Audit
  • Business Law

* Modules from Professional Pathway were selected because they maximise exemptions from professional exams

Year three

Core modules

  • Advanced Financial Accounting Practice and Theory
  • Advanced Finance
  • Advanced Management Accounting and Control
  • Extended Essay

Optional modules

Choose two from the below list:

  • Professional Development (internship)
  • Public Sector Accounting and Governance
  • Financial Statement Analysis

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019.

Fees and funding

The foundation year of your programme is AED 82,030 2019/20 entry.

Following successful completion of your foundation year we charge an annual tuition fee which is AED 94,080.


We have a number of scholarships available for 2019 entry. Find out more.

Entry requirements

Foundation Pathway entry requirements


Students studying the WAEC or NECO would be required to study a four year integrated foundation and degree programme.   

  • WAEC Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) with at least 5 subjects at grade B3, to include grade B3 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.
  • NECO Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) can also be accepted with at least 5 subjects at grade B3 or the joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) with 300+ points and at least 5 subjects at grade C4 to include grade B in Maths for our EPS pathway.

Middle East (Thaneweya)

Applicants to the Foundation pathway will require an average of 85% in the Thanawiyan (Secondary School Leaving Certificate), to include 85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.


The University will consider students with a Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) (also called Intermediate Certificate), with at least grade B or 70%, to include grade B or 70% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

American System

High School Graduation Diploma with 'good'/grade B/GPA 3.0 average, to include grade B in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

How to apply

To find out more information about our application process please visit our 'How to apply page' before starting your application.

We will be accepting direct applications onto this programme from October 2018.

Learning and teaching methods on our Integrated Accounting and Finance course will take the form of lectures, classes, case study work, online assignments and quizzes, presentations and self-directed study.

Work will be assessed via exams, coursework, presentations and a dissertation.

As the University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015-16, Birmingham is the UK’s number one university for securing a graduate-level job.

Our degrees are highly regarded by employers and our graduates are very successful in the job market. In most cases, our graduates go into roles related to their degrees, such as trainee accountancy in professional practice, industry or the public sector, tax consultancy or banking.

Your Birmingham Degree

Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends.