BSc Accounting and Finance

Start date
3 years
UCAS code
Course Type
Undergraduate, Single Honours

For 2022/23:
£9,250 (UK students)
£22,320 (International students)

More fees and funding details.

On our BSc Accounting and Finance degree you will be taught using a variety of methods by leading researchers and academics who have worked professionally in the accounting and finance sector.

This programme is now closed for 2022 entry for International applicants.
Our Accounting and Finance BSc in Dubai remains open for applications.

Why study this course?

  • You will study at one of the handful of business schools in the UK that holds the prestigious ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).
  • Your employability options are vast and varied, our strong links with industry mean that rigorous undergraduate academic study is combined with a real practical focus, leading to excellent job opportunities.
  • We are ranked number one for being targeted by the top UK employers (High Fliers Research 2021)
  • 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.

Your programme of study

Your first year is designed to raise your knowledge and understanding so that you are operating at degree level. It doesn’t count towards your final degree classification but you must pass it to proceed. 

The second year of this programme allows you to take optional modules in the form of pathways, which most suit your interests and maximise your exemptions from those areas. Your second year contributes 25% of your final degree classification and your third year 75%.

Experience a year abroad on this course

Polaroid photos of students on their year abroad

If you choose to study on this programme, you will be offered the exciting opportunity to study an additional year at one of our highly regarded partner institutions across the world.

If you take up this option, this international study will take place in your third year. You may choose to study in countries where English is the spoken language, but some of our European partners also offer programmes in English. This gives you the chance to continue to study a language you have already taken at GCSE or AS level, or even to start a new language.

The number of places at each institution varies from year to year so you will need to be flexible about where you go, but remember there are many advantages of choosing to go to a country outside your comfort zone. A Year Abroad tutor within the Business School will provide you with support before and during your international study experience.

Study in Dubai

The Business School now offers the BSc Accounting and Finance degree at our new campus in Dubai International Academic City (DIAC). Our leading academic staff teach to the same standards as our UK based programmes and you will graduate with the same BSc degree from the University of Birmingham; a qualification that is internationally respected and recognised. Dubai is a rapidly developing, cosmopolitan city that offers an exciting experience and a world of opportunity to students. 

Study BSc Accounting and Finance in Dubai

Growing up, I never had an abundance of opportunities at my disposal. For the most part, I had a greater chance of excelling in either sports or music as opposed to having a professional career. I am now working at Barclays on the Treasury graduate scheme, where I am training towards the ACA – from which I have exemptions gained from studying Accounting and Finance.

Ryan Makuku, Alumnus

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First Year

Core modules

You must also take one of the following: (dependent on whether you have A level Economics)

You must also take one of the following: (dependent on whether you have A level Mathematics)

Second Year

Core modules

Optional modules

Take one of the following pathways dependent on prior qualifications:

Professional Accounting pathway

You can choose this pathway in order to maximise professional exemptions.

Finance pathway

The Finance pathway is only an option if you have A Level Mathematics or equivalent.

Future Leaders pathway

You must take the below modules plus one further module from the Professional Accounting pathway or the Finance Pathway.

Third Year

Core modules

If you are on the Future Leaders Pathway you must also take the Fundamentals of Leadership module.

Optional modules

You will also choose either 20 or 40 credits of optional modules dependent upon the pathway you've chosen. All modules below are worth 20 credits each.

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 2022. 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 for students starting in 2022/23

UK students

Full-time £9,250

International students 

Full-time Band 2 £22,320

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. 

How To Apply

This programme is now closed for 2022 entry for International applicants.
Our Accounting and Finance BSc in Dubai remains open for applications.

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.

Standard offer

International Requirements

Number of A levels required:
Typical offer:
Required subjects and grades:
GCSE Mathematics at grade 7/A
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.

BTEC requirements

BTEC Extended Diploma 

Only the following subjects can be considered: Business 

BTEC Diploma 

The following BTEC subjects subjects are prohibited: Animal Management; Art and Design; Beauty Therapy; Blacksmithing  and Metalworking; Children’s Care, Learning and Development; Children’s Play Learning and Development; Dental Technology; Equine Management; Fish Management; Floristry; Forestry and Arboriculture; Horse Management; Horticulture. 

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma 

The following BTEC subjects subjects are prohibited: Animal Management; Art and Design; Beauty Therapy; Blacksmithing  and Metalworking; Children’s Care, Learning and Development; Children’s Play Learning and Development; Dental Technology; Equine Management; Fish Management; Floristry; Forestry and Arboriculture; Horse Management; Horticulture.

Additional qualifications 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

foundation programme providers

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6,6,6 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 you'll learn

Throughout your time with us you’ll be taught by staff who have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the accounting and finance sectors. Some have had successful financial careers prior to teaching at university; others have taught and researched in universities all their working lives. Many of our staff continue to gain first-hand experience of real world accounting and finance issues, researching for and advising top financial companies and government, so you benefit from their first-hand knowledge and acumen. 

Learn more about our staff

How you'll be assessed

Your modules will be assessed using a combination of coursework, exams and tests, the mix of which will be dependent upon the modules you choose.

If you choose to take up a year abroad in your third year, it will be worth 120 credits, accounting for 12.5% of the final degree award. Assessment will be conducted by the host institution, and your marks will be translated and transferred to your programme.

Your personal tutor

From the moment you begin your studies, you’ll be allocated a personal tutor who is a member of the academic staff. He or she will take an interest in your general wellbeing and academic progress, meeting you on a regular basis either individually or in a small group throughout the year.

Contact hours

Depending on the modules you've chosen, you will have 22 hours of teaching per week which is usually carried out by the faculty with contributions from external industry experts on certain modules.

Professional qualification exemptions and accreditation

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

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.

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

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

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.

Professional Development Module

Our Professional Development Module is an option that offers a learning experience that will help bridge the gap between your studies and your future professional life.

Worth 20-credits in your final year, the module includes a work placement and is a great opportunity to learn in a professional setting related to your interests and your degree. You will have access to support from our dedicated Placements Team to help identify the best opportunity for you.

We pride ourselves on our graduates high levels of employability and will help you to plan, manage and achieve your career goals, giving you the competitive edge when it’s time to start job hunting.

Highly sought after by diverse employers around the world, our BSc Accounting and Finance graduates go on to become accountants, auditors, tax specialists, financial analysts, fund managers, traders, brokers and investment researchers.

Learn from industry professionals

Some of your classes 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. Many of the firms and some of the accountancy institutes also sponsor prizes awarded for academic performance in each year group.


You will have the chance 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, subject to successful completion of their degree. Through our industry links, we have secured several internships with companies including Sony and Capgemini which are exclusive to Birmingham Business School and can only be applied for by our undergraduates.

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

Our award-winning Careers Network is a dedicated service for you. Our expert professionals can provide you with guidance and support to help you succeed after university. We hold workshops, fairs and 1:1 consultations to help you develop your skills. All the support you need is here for you, it’s up to you to make the most of it.

Visit the Careers Network website for more details

Exclusive to Birmingham - the Capgemini Challenge

Global consultancy firm Capgemini work exclusively with us every year to deliver a second-to-none consultancy training experience that you won’t find at any other UK university. Taking place over one week at Capgemini’s world-renowned facilities, this is an amazing opportunity to make a difference by engaging in projects for charitable organisations.

Learn more about the challenge here


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