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BA (Hons) Accounting & Business

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  • UCAS Code:
    NN41
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Sandwich (Thick) out of college.

Accredited by:

This course is delivered by the AACSB-accredited Business School, an accreditation which places us within the top institutions globally for business degrees. Less than 5% of business schools worldwide have attained this hallmark of excellence which recognises a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching and student learning.

The degree introduces you to the key principles and practices of accounting and business, giving you a strong foundation in the financial expertise, analytical skills, and the strategic insight needed to pursue a career in the financial sector. There is considerable crossover between accounting and business management, and as such gaining an understanding of both fields will serve you well. 

The course boasts global industry accreditations and exemptions for accountancy qualifications, meaning you might not need to take all the exams required to become a Chartered Accountant. Another distinctive quality of this degree is its flexibility, all the first year units are the same, giving you flexibility to transfer to another pathway at the end of the first year. You’ll also have the option to study abroad at one of our international partner institutions during the second semester of the second year; currently we have partners in Australia, Canada and Europe.

In your third year, you can complete a 30-week placement anywhere in the world, adding invaluable workplace context to the theoretical framework forged in the classroom. Even better, you’ll be creating a useful network of professional contacts at the same time.

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years, or 4 years with a minimum 30-week placement

Accreditations:

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2019 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course.

Download the programme specification (pdf 4.4mb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

Your optional placement will begin after your second year of study and must last a minimum of 30 weeks. We will provide a great deal of support to help you find the most appropriate placement for the subject you’re studying and the career you’re interested in, which means you could be based anywhere in the UK, or even overseas.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

This course will suit applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate excellent problem solving skills
  • Demonstrate good written and oral communication skills
  • Think logically and have an appreciation of mathematical concepts
  • Show self motivation and effective time-management skills.

We encourage applicants who have a real interest in accounting principles and concepts. Students on this course will have a proven ability to work effectively in teams as well as individually when completing assignments.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

A degree in Accounting and Business will prepare you for a variety of roles in organisations of all sizes and from many sectors. You'll have an excellent grounding in accounting before going on to specialise in business in your second year, ensuring that you keep your career options open.

Within six months of completing their course, 90% of our students are in work or further study. Some of our alumni go on to work for companies such as Airbus, Arcadia, Barclays Bank Plc, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, HMRC, IBM, Miscox, Threadneedle Investments and Vodafone.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

What our students say

Scarlett Harrison

The Accounting & Business course has been extremely interesting and diverse with very helpful lecturers. Being able to study on the beach has been brilliant!

What out students say

Kate Ibbotson

BU gives you so many opportunities - I'm a student ambassador, a student rep and a peer-assisted learning leader developing really transferable skills.