Accounting and Finance BSc

Our three-year BSc Accounting and Finance 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.


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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”

Your programme of study

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.

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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.

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.


Exclusive to Birmingham - the Capgemini Challenge

Global consultancy firm Capgemini works exclusively with Birmingham Business School every year to create and deliver a second-to-none consultancy training experience that you won’t find at any other UK university. All undergraduates have the opportunity to apply to take part in the unique Capgemini Community Challenge in their first or second year. This takes place over one week at Capgemini’s world-renowned client-solutions facilities, with students carrying out tangible solutions-based consultancy projects for actual third-sector clients. Participation will enhance your CV, professional development and work experience. It’s also an amazing opportunity to make a real difference to the charitable organisation you’re assigned to help.

Learn more about the challenge here


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)
  • If you don’t already have a placement element in your degree our Professional Development Module (in final year) is a placement-based module providing a learning experience that will help bridge the gap between your current academic life at Birmingham and your future professional life.
  • Birmingham Business School is consistently found in international ranking tables and accredited by leading bodies, AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. The triple-crown accreditation confirms our position within an elite group. 
  • Our strong links with industry mean that rigorous undergraduate academic study is combined with a real practical focus, leading to excellent job opportunities for our students.
  • 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.

Modules

Please note the modules listed below are for the 2019/20 academic year.
You can view all modules for the 2018/19 academic year here.

First Year


Core modules

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

And one of the following:

  • Widening Horizons Module
  • Business Communication Skills

Second Year


Core modules

  • Financial Reporting
  • Further Management Accounting
  • Corporate Finance

Optional modules

Take one of the following pathways dependent on prior qualifications:

Professional Accounting pathway

  • Taxation: Principles and Planning
  • Audit
  • Business Law

Finance pathway (Only for students with A level Mathematics)

  • Econometrics
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Security Analysis and Evaluation

Future Leaders pathway

  • Responsible Business, Theory and Practice
  • Business, Economy and the Government
  • Additional option from the Professional Accounting or Finance pathway

Third Year


Core modules

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

Future Leaders Pathway must also take:

  • Fundamentals of Leadership

Optional modules

Choose two from the below list:

  • Social and Environmental Accounting
  • Advanced Analytics
  • Public Sector Accounting and Governance
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Comparative and International Tax
  • Foreign Exchange and International Finance
  • Special Topics in Finance
  • Governance, Ethics and Financial Markets Regulation
  • Professional Development Module

Finance Pathway students may be encouraged to complete certain modules but will have the choice from the list above.


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. 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 2019-20
Fee Band Full-time
Undergraduate £9,250

Overseas students entering in 2019-20

Overseas students entering in 2019-20
Fee Band (Undergraduate) Full-time
Band 2 £19,200

Visit our tuition fees page for more information.

Scholarships

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:
3
Typical offer:
AAB
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.

As a Birmingham student you are part of an academic elite and will learn from world-leading experts. At Birmingham we advocate an enquiry based learning approach, from the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner, qualities that are highly sought after by employers. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

How you'll learn

Throughout your time with us you’ll be taught by staff who have a wealth of knowledge and experience. 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. You can learn more about the faculty by visiting the Department of Accounting and Finance staff pages.

Student studying

You’ll be taught using a combination of lectures and tutorials with lecturers using innovative teaching techniques where possible. Depending on the modules selected, 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.

How you'll be assessed

Modules are assessed using a combination of exams and coursework, the mix of which will be dependent upon the modules you select.

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.

Professional Development Module

This is an optional 20-credit final-year module which includes a work placement and aims to bridge the gap between your academic studies and your future professional life. It is an excellent opportunity to learn in a professional setting related to your interests and/or degree programme, supporting your professional and personal skills development, and consolidating your learning through reflection on your placement experiences. 

The placement must be of at least 40 hours’ duration and can be taken during the summer vacation or in the Autumn Term. Your placement could take place at a wide variety of organisations, such as a summer internship with a major employer or an unpaid voluntary project at a charity. You will have access to support from our dedicated Placements Team, to help you to identify the most appropriate opportunity for you.

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Resources and facilities

The Business School has a number of PC clusters with wireless connectivity and data projection. We also use a virtual learning environment to support our teaching, which can be accessed from any internet-connected computer and is used to provide electronic copies of lecture materials, links to online resources, multiple choice quizzes and discussion areas. It’s also used for a range of administrative tasks such as online submission of assignments and the provision of programme news.

The University Library houses over 2.5 million volumes and boasts extensive data retrieval services. The Library offers a range of valuable services to help you during your degree programme, including library-training sessions, subject guides and database skills. You’ll also have access to e-Library, a vast online collection of text books that can be accessed free of charge from other libraries.

We feel proud and privileged that our students have chosen to put their fledgling careers in the hands of Birmingham Business School. So we want to make sure you achieve your full potential throughout your studies and gain the best career opportunities to fulfil your ambitions. 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.

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.

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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.

Internships

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.

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 University offers advice through our award-winning Careers Network. They have specialists who can advise you on what the possibilities are on graduating. Joining one of the Department’s student societies is also a good way of finding out about future careers. Local firms often sponsor events for our students (such as business games, seminars on interview techniques and how to write a CV, and, of course, more social events) so that they can get to know you and vice versa. This is a further indication of the attractiveness of our students to prospective employers. 

Visit the Careers Network website for more details

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

Accommodation

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.