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.
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.
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.
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.