Accounting and Finance BSc

This three-year programme is designed to equip you for a successful career in the accountancy profession or financial sector, or for a financial role in industry or government. 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.

96% of our students would recommend the University of Birmingham as a great place to study

95% of our students are satisfied with the quality of the BSc Accounting and Finance course

National Student Survey 2017


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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”

Quick links: Why study this course | Modules | Fees and Funding | Entry Requirements | How to apply 

First year

When you arrive in the Department of Accounting and Finance you will be allocated a personal tutor who will guide you through the three year course. As part of your first year of study, you will complete 7 core modules as well as having the opportunity to study two modules outside of accounting and finance.

You will also participate in the professional skills module which involves a trip to our activity centre at Coniston in the Lake District. This unique activity provides an outward bound experience where you will face challenges with other students on the Accounting and Finance course, allowing you to develop key teamworking, leadership and presentation skills which you will build on throughout your degree in preparation for your future career.

Second year

During the second year you will build on the knowledge gained in year one by taking 9 intermediate modules. During this year 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 degree.

Third year

During your final year you will study 5 core modules and up to 3 optional modules. The modules you take in the third year 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.

You are also able to take advantage of a unique opportunity by taking part in our Professional Development module which allows you to complete an internship and you are assessed by written assignments as part of your degree.

Professional qualification exemptions and accreditation

The BSc Accounting and Finance course offers several exam exemptions from professional Accounting and Finance qualifications:

This Accounting and Finance course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Depending on the modules you study over the course of the degree and the results you obtain, you could secure exemptions from the ACCA exams, completion of which is required to become a chartered qualified accountant.

On successful completion of the Accounting and Finance course you may be eligible for exemptions from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) professional exams which need to be completed to gain chartered management accountant status.

In order to become a Chartered Accountant you need to complete some professional exams set by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). On completion of the Accounting and Finance course depending on the modules you have studied and your performance you may qualify for exemptions.

The BSc Accounting & Finance programme has received accreditation from CPA Australia. To become a CPA, you will also need to satisfy CPA Australia’s required knowledge areas and, have successfully completed the CPA Program examinations and the practical experience requirement.

Why study this course

  • You will be taught using a variety of methods by leading researchers and academics who have worked professionally in the Accounting and Finance sector.
  • 95% of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course, with 96% stating that the University of Birmingham is a great place to study (National Student Survey 2017)
  • On successful completion of your degree you may be eligible for exemptions from some professional examinations offered by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). We are also the only UK university where you could walk away with a CISI diploma in investment advice.


First Year

Core modules

Take one of the following two pathways depending on your prior qualifications. Students will be counselled as to the most appropriate pathway.

Pathway A

Students should take a 20 credit Widening Horizons Module in addition to the following three modules:

Pathway B

Second Year

Core modules

Third Year

Core modules

Optional modules

Choose 40 credits from the following (module credits in brackets):

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 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Undergraduate Home/EU student fees 2018-19
Fee Band Full-time
Undergraduate £9,250

Overseas students entering in 2018-19

Overseas students entering in 2018-19
Fee Band (Undergraduate) Full-time
Band 2 £18,360

Visit our tuition fees page for more information.


At Birmingham we ensure that fears about finance do not constrain prospective students from considering university and that excellence is rewarded.

The University offers a range of additional financial support for students studying at Birmingham in the form of bursaries, grants and scholarships.

Learn more about our scholarships and awards. 

Entry requirements

Number of A levels required:
Typical offer:
Required subjects and grades:
GCSE Mathematics at grade 6/B
General Studies:
not accepted as one of three A2s, but a good performance may be taken into account if you fail to meet the conditions of the offer and have General Studies as a fourth A2.

Additional information:

BTEC Extended Diploma in Business is accepted with grades DDD, other BTEC subjects are considered on a case by case basis

BTEC Diploma in Business accepted in combination with an acceptable A level

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Business accepted in combination with two acceptable A levels

Additional qualications accepted: AAT level 3 NVQ in Accounting/AAT level 3 Diploma in Accounting (QCF); CeFS (Certificate in Financial Studies); DipFS (Diploma in Financial Studies); EDI Level 3 Certificate in Accounting.
(Please note that these qualifications are not accepted in lieu of A Levels)

International students:

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6,6,5 at Higher Level with a minimum of 32 points overall.

Standard English language requirements apply.

Learn more about international entry requirements

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.

How to apply

Apply through the UCAS website using code N400.

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

View further advice on 'How to apply for undergraduate courses', including advice for UK, EU and overseas applicants.

Key Information Set (KIS)

Key Information Sets (KIS) are comparable sets of information about full- or part-time undergraduate courses and are designed to meet the information needs of prospective students.

All KIS information has been published on the Unistats website and can also be accessed via the small advert, or ‘widget’, below. On the Unistats website you are able to compare all the KIS data for each course with data for other courses.

The development of Key Information Sets (KIS) formed part of HEFCE’s work to enhance the information that is available about higher education. They give you access to reliable and comparable information in order to help you make informed decisions about what and where to study.

The KIS contains information which prospective students have identified as useful, such as student satisfaction, graduate outcomes, learning and teaching activities, assessment methods, tuition fees and student finance, accommodation and professional accreditation.

The Birmingham Business School was the first business school in the country and has built on its reputation ever since to ensure that you get the best learning and teaching experience.

How will I be taught?

During your time at the Business School you will experience teaching through a mixture of lectures, webcasts and tutorial. We are one of the first UK universities to offer computer lead tutorials as part of some of our modules using Saasu, a cloud based accounting package.

Contact hours

Undergraduate students can expect around 15 contact hours per week, depending on year of study and optional module choices made. The remainder of the working week consists of self-guided study based on degree programme content and requirements of specific modules.


Assessment will be through a combination of exams, incourse tests, group and individual coursework and presentations and will depend on the optional modules you select.

Lecturers and world leading researchers

Throughout the course you will be taught by lecturers who have worked in the accounting and finance profession as well as world leading researchers. You can learn more about the faculty by visiting the Department of Accounting and Finance staff pages.

Learning and study settings

You’ll find our Accounting and Finance department here at Birmingham located in University House, which is set in landscaped gardens and the multi-million pound home to Birmingham Business School. 

The Business School is equipped with the latest facilities and technology to ensure your studies are inspired by their surroundings. Your learning will take place in a range of different settings, from scheduled teaching in lectures, small group tutorials and self-study. Self study is an essential part of the programme and requires self motivation and enthusiasm for your subject.

Personal Tutor

From the outset, you will be assigned your own Personal Tutor whose role is to:

  • get to know you as you progress through your studies
  • provide academic and welfare advice
  • encourage and offer assistance in any areas you may feel you need extra support

During your first year it is important that you have a smooth transition into University.  You will be able to talk to your tutors about this and discuss if there are particular areas where you need support. 

A degree from Birmingham Business School 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, which is why 89% of our graduates go on to work, or undertake further study, with the average salary of graduates over £21,000.

 “The University of Birmingham produces enthusiastic, motivated individuals who are ready to enter the world with us”; PricewaterhouseCoopers

Throughout your time on the Accounting and Finance course, employability is a key area of focus. We help to make sure that you are employable through a range of department led and university wide initiatives which include:

Professional skills module

The professional skills module involves a trip to our activity centre at Coniston in the Lake District and helps develop key teamworking, leadership and presentation skills which you will build on throughout your degree in preparation for your future career. 

Professional development module

You will have the unique opportunity to take advantage of a work placement as part of your final year by undertaking the professional development module as part of your optional module choices.

Careers workshop

This is an event held in the second year where professional service firms such as Deutsche Bank, Deloitte and PwC visit campus and are available for students to talk to allowing you to get a better idea of what each company does, giving you the opportunity to build professional networks.

Careers network

The Careers Network  is the university’s careers service and recently won an award from ‘’ for being the best university careers service. It will provide you with guidance on application forms and CVs, to arranging mock interviews and assessment centres. They also have a selection of internships and graduate vacancies.

Visit the University of Birmingham Careers pages for further information on how we are 'Investing in your future'.

Professional firms involvement in your degree

Some of the classes you take as part of your course will be led by representatives from some of the most prestigious professional service firms in the country, allowing you to develop your network as well as a better understanding of what they do.

In addition, many of the firms and some of the accountancy institutes sponsor prizes awarded for academic performance in each year group.


Many of the Accounting and Finance undergraduates take the opportunity to complete at least one internship over the summer. Between 80-90% of students undertaking an internship are offered a graduate position at their placement, conditional on successful completion of their degree. The careers network are experts in helping students secure an internship whether it be in the UK or overseas.

Through our industry links, the Business School has secured several internships with companies including Sony and Capgemini. These internships are exclusive to Birmingham Business School and can only be applied for by Business School undergraduates.

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. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

Birmingham has transformed into one of Europe's most exciting cities. It is more than somewhere to study; it is somewhere to build a successful future.

Clubs and societies

The Guild has over 200 Societies, community volunteering groups and associations for you to join; they cover every topic and activity that you can think of - there really is something for everyone.

Shape your academic experience

Choose to study here and you will have a Student Representative, who works with the University and Students' Union on issues that directly affect students. You could even become one yourself. Not only would you be making a difference to the academic student experience, but you would also be developing transferable skills for the future. Find out more on the Guild of Students website


Coming to Birmingham might be your first time living away from home. Our student accommodation will allow you to enjoy your new-found independence in safe, welcoming and sociable surroundings.

The City of Birmingham

One of Europe's most exciting destinations, Birmingham is brimming with life and culture, making it a wonderful place to live, study and work.

Our students fall in love with the city - around 40% of our graduates choose to make Birmingham their home.