BSc Accounting and Finance

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

For 2020/21:
£9,250 (Home/EU students)
£20,220 (Overseas)

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.

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.
  • You will join a University that is amongst the top three in the United Kingdom for being most frequently targeted by the country’s top employers.
  • 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. Your first year also includes the opportunity to develop leadership, team-working and communication skills at the University’s outdoor pursuits centre in the Lake District.

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%. 

Interested in this course?

We also offer the BSc Accounting and Finance at our Dubai campus. Follow the link below to discover more about the programme, scholarships and opportunities in Dubai.

Find out more about our Dubai programme

"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."

Nooresahah Hussain, Final Year, BSc Accounting and Finance


First Year

Core modules

  • Financial Accounting and Accountability
  • Decision-Making and Control

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

Pathway A

  • Academic Skills A
  • Critical Thinking A
  • Widening Accounting Horizons A
  • Widening Accounting Horizons B

Pathway B

  • Business and Communication Skills A and B
  • Academic Skills B
  • Critical Thinking B

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

  • Economics for Business A
  • Economics for Business B

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

  • Numeracy, Statistical Analysis and Financial Literacy A
  • Numeracy, Statistical Analysis and Financial Literacy B

Second Year

Core modules

  • Financial Reporting
  • 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 or equivalent)

  • 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

Students on the Future Leaders Pathway must also take Fundamentals of Leadership

Optional modules

Students will also choose either 20 or 40 credits of optional modules (dependent upon pathway chosen) from a list provided by the department. 


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 2020. 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.


Home/EU students

Undergraduate Home/EU student fees 2020-21
Fee Band Full-time
Undergraduate £9,250

Overseas students entering in 2020-21

Overseas students entering in 2020-21
Fee Band (Undergraduate) Full-time
Band 2 £20,220

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. 

For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website.

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.

Standard offer

International 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.

BTEC requirements

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 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.

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 enagaging in projects for charitable organisations.

Learn more about the challenge here