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BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance

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Our Accounting & Finance degree will give you an excellent working knowledge of these twin disciplines as well as a crucial grounding in business studies; providing you with the financial expertise, analytical skills, and strategic insight needed to pursue a career in the financial sector.

One of the key features of this degree is its flexibility; all the first year units are the same, giving you flexibility to transfer to another pathway and specialise in your second and final 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 year three you can complete a 30-week placement at home or abroad, to add real-world context to the theoretical framework forged in the classroom, gain invaluable experience and create a network of professional contacts. Top-performing students on this course will have the opportunity to obtain the ICAEW’s Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business in their final year. We are one of only a few UK universities able to offer this.

What’s more, our course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Association of International Accountants, the Charted Institute of Management Accountants, the Chartered Institute of Taxation, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, and if that wasn’t enough, because our accounting and finance degrees offer exemptions for accountancy qualifications, upon graduating you may not have to take all the exams required to become a Chartered Accountant.

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All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

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

Accreditations:

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

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 112- 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements page.

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 page.

Course details

On this course you will usually 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.

Year 1

Core units

  • Economics for Accounting & Finance: You'll develop an understanding of the operation of markets, including the interaction between related markets along with an understanding of the impact of economic policies on business and society in the context of a global economy.
  • Introduction to Accounting: This unit aims to provide you with a sound foundation in the fundamentals of accounting, together with a basic understanding of the regulatory framework.
  • Professional Studies & Quantitative Techniques: You'll develop knowledge of the fundamental mathematical processes, techniques and ideas used in the collection, presentation, analysis and interpretation of data.
  • Law for Accounting & Finance: This unit will embed the core legal principles and concepts within the legal environment for a graduate operating in the finance sector.
  • Business Management: Providing you with an introduction to marketing, human resource management and organisational change in the context of business management in a global environment.
  • Basic Statistical Techniques: By the end of this unit you'll be able to calculate a range of basic statistical techniques and interpret the results and perform various significance tests.

Year 2

Core units

  • Management Accounting: Providing you with the practical ability to deal with fundamental cost and management accounting issues.
  • Business Tax Planning: This unit will equip you with a working knowledge of the UK taxation system as it impacts upon business decision making and encourages you to critically evaluate the principles underlying the UK system of taxing business.
  • Professional Studies: The aims of this unit are to develop relevant transferable academic and vocational skills.
  • Advanced Academic English: If you don't have IELTS 7.0 or above you must complete this unit, which seeks to consolidate and refine the language and study skills required for effective academic performance at Honours Level in UK higher education.
  • Financial Reporting: You'll expand upon your theoretical knowledge of financial accounting and critically apply the principles to a consideration of alternative methods of accounting and to the practice of accounting in more advanced applications.
  • Audit & Control: The unit's main emphasis is on the statutory audit process, although the work of internal audit will also be considered.
  • Corporate Financial Management: You'll cover the theory relating to investment, financing and dividend decisions and apply appropriate techniques to assist with the three key decision areas.

Year 3

You may choose to complete an optional (minimum) 30-week work placement which can be carried out anywhere in the world. The placement year offers a chance to gain experience and make contacts for the future.

Year 3/4

Core units

  • Advanced Accounting Theory & Practice: This unit will develop your understanding of the theoretical aspects of financial reporting and teach you how to apply this to technical issues.
  • Perspectives on Business Strategy: You'll gain an insight into the differing perspectives used to develop and implement business strategy.
  • Advanced Management Accounting: You'll gain an understanding of the role of management accounting in all aspects of management control systems, particularly in the development and use of performance management systems and the strategic control of organisations.
  • Company Study: This unit will enhance your skills in both computerised and non-computerised information retrieval, analysis and presentation.

Option units (choose two)

  • Law of Business Tax: This unit will enable you to examine the impact of taxation on the economic decisions of individuals and the scope for personal tax planning.
  • Risk Modelling & Management: This unit aims to provide you with a significant awareness and understanding of risk within a modern business environment and the risk management processes necessary to control such risk.
  • Financial Regulation: The unit provides insight into key financial regulatory theories, forms and rationale of regulation that are highly relevant to those seeking to operate within the financial services sector.
  • Taxation - Economics & Policy: You'll discover an insight into the impact of taxation on the economy, ways of appraising taxes and consideration of alternative types of tax policies, resulting in a broad knowledge of taxation issues.
  • Environmental Reporting: This unit aims to equip you with the ability to account and report on environmental matters and critically appraise the usefulness of such information.
  • Forensic Accounting: This unit aims to define the role of the forensic accountant, primarily when acting as an expert witness, and to introduce techniques that can be applied to provide solutions for parties involved in legal cases.
  • International Taxation: The aim of this unit is to provide a technically and academically challenging examination of the issues in international taxation faced by multinational corporations and individuals.
  • Indirect Tax: You'll evaluate the application of VAT to specific business sectors in the UK and its interaction with the EU and overseas jurisdictions in the context of cross-border trade.
  • Law of Personal Tax: The aims of this unit are to enable you to explore and critically evaluate opportunities for mitigating the impact of personal taxation on the decisions of individuals.
  • Investment Management: You'll explore the current features of capital markets and savings products which will prepare you for business and personal investment.
  • Company Law: You'll extend your competence in the field of Company Law, and gain the necessary knowledge to apply Company Law at an advanced level.
  • Research Study: The aim of the unit is to provide you with the opportunity to develop skills in conducting effectively a research project, and acquire specialist knowledge within an area relevant to your programme of study.

Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

The emphasis of this course is in guided independent learning, which helps you develop into a self-motivated learner. When not attending lectures and seminars, you will be expected to read around the subject. Your typical week’s activities will include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments. The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during each year of this course.

Year 1 – 20% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 225 hours
  • Independent learning: 975 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 19 hours

Year 2 – 18% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 217 hours
  • Independent learning: 975 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 2 hours

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Year 3/4 - 16% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 186 hours
  • Independent learning: 1014 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 3 hours

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course. As an indication, 42% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Throughout the course you will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, but you will also undertake group work and written exams.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Placement opportunities

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

Our accounting, finance & economics courses offer an optional placement year, which is a vital part in developing well-rounded and industry-ready graduates. We are proud that our students have played their part in the success of top firms including JP Morgan, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Motorola. The average salary for our Accounting, Finance & Economics placement students is £15,000 - £19,999 per annum.

Although it is ultimately your responsibility to find a placement, we give you all the support you could need; our dedicated Placement Officers circulate job opportunities and offer CV, covering letter and interview coaching to ensure you have the best chance to compete for some of the top placement positions in industry.

What’s more, you can also choose to undertake your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Our students perform very well on placement and a number of firms return to us year-on-year to source BU placement students.

Our students have previously worked for:

  • Mazars
  • IBM
  • CC Young
  • Charles Stanley
  • GE
  • FP Wealth Management
  • EDF Trading
  • Morgan Stanley
  • JP Morgan
  • Prescient
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Why not read about some of our students’ experiences?

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Your application

Background and experience

We want analytical, eager, tenacious students who are going to make a real difference to the course they are studying. Our students learn from each other, as well as their academic staff, so it is really important to us that you can show us how much you care about the course you are interested in. Your UCAS personal statement is a great place to do this. Tell us about your personal achievements or any relevant work experience you have done, and show us how they make you the ideal candidate for a place on the course.

For this course we are looking for 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.

Selection methods

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.

We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their UCAS applications, there are no interviews or selection activities needed. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out from the crowd, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply web pages.

Our offer making process

Our offer making will typically be based on your main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.

If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.

How we'll assess your application

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.

If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 6-20 points below the published tariff.

Unconditional offer scheme

Applicants who are predicted to achieve strong academic results will be eligible for BU’s Unconditional Offer Scheme in recognition of their academic performance and potential to succeed at university. If you are selected for the scheme and commit to us as your firm choice of university, then we will match this commitment by making your offer unconditional, which will guarantee your place at BU.

You will receive a standard conditional offer based on the entry requirements for your course via UCAS Track and your offer letter – it will advise that you are eligible for the unconditional offer scheme. We will then update your offer to unconditional should you choose BU as your firm choice on UCAS Track. We believe that unconditional offers reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible, and we will reward you with an Academic Excellence scholarship of £1,000 in your first year if you achieve AAA or above at A-level or equivalent.

2018 entry requirements

We use the UCAS Tariff to show our entry requirements and will accept a combination of grades from your qualifications. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to tariff points.

The entry requirements for this course are 112 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.

Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the Future Students Enquiry team to find out more.

Other qualifications: We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Future Students Enquiry team – it may be that we can still consider it.

The Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) and Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS) carry UCAS points and are recognised by BU. Please refer to the UCAS tariff tables for further details about the UCAS tariff points allocated to these qualifications. Please note applicants with the IFS Diploma cannot also count points allocated to the IFS Certificate.

Access courses: 112-118 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.

BTEC qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 tariff points)
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff
  • BTEC National Foundation Diploma/90-credit Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: 112 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 principal subjects.

Cambridge Technical qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: 112 tariff points
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff
  • Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent
  • Introductory Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent

International Baccalaureate (Diploma): 30-31 points overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects.

Scottish Advanced Higher: 112-120 points including a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers

Welsh Baccalaureate: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.

Extended Project Qualification: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent qualifications.

Deferred entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course. Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.

Academic entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students' page.

We offer a number of preparatory programmes through the Bournemouth University International College. These courses offer you progression from High School in your home country to a Bachelor’s degree at BU.

Options include:

Careers

A degree in Accounting and Finance 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 finishing their course, 90% of our students are in work or further study, earning an average salary of £22,000 a year. 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.

Once you graduate, you'll be suited to a range of roles, including:

  • Account officer
  • Accountant
  • Business development adviser
  • Finance executive.

All of our Accounting & Finance courses are accredited by the relevant professional bodies - The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and the Association of International Accountants, allowing you to demonstrate your high level of skill and knowledge to potential employers.

Accounting and Finance graduates can obtain exemptions from up to 12 exams set by the above bodies. Your course academic team will be happy to offer you guidance on how to maximise your exemptions.

In addition, we have been awarded member status of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), internationally recognised as an accreditation body of excellence in management education.

Further study

Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Flexibility to specialise

This course sits within our accounting, finance & economics framework consisting of a range of specialised courses:

  • BA (Hons) Accounting & Business
  • BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance
  • BA (Hons) Accounting & Taxation
  • BA (Hons) Accounting & Law
  • BA (Hons) Economics
  • BA (Hons) Finance & Business
  • BA (Hons) Finance & Economics
  • MAccFinn (Hons) Accounting & Finance

Each of the courses in this framework will give you those vital core skills, as well as offering more specialist options depending on the pathway you choose to pursue. All courses' first year units are the same, allowing you the flexibility to transfer to another pathway at the end of the first year if you wish. This keeps your career options open and enables you to make more informed choices.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork, and non-financial support whilst on placement
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Optional fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the student section of the website.

Repeat units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies (with or without attendance), you may be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit.

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Our lecturers

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the finance sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below.

Professor Davide Parrilli

Framework leader for Accounting, Finance and Economics

Davide has published in regional development journals, such as Regional Studies, European Planning Studies, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Small Business Economics, Revue d’Economie Industrielle, Journal of Technology Transfer to name a few. His areas of research specialisation are SME clusters and industrial districts; regional innovation systems and global innovation networks; global value chains; social capital and business innovation modes.

Course changes

The table below indicates any changes to the course content.

Date Changes to this course Where the change was made Previous text
14.11.17

After an annual review of the placement year tuition fee,  a price increase in line with current inflation, equating to 3% has been introduced.

Fees £790
06.09.17

2018 entry requirements have been changed to: 112- 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

Key facts and 2018 entry requirements

120 tariff points including 80 points from 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM

06.09.17

2018 GCSE entry requirements have changed to: minimum of GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent.

2018 entry requirements

minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.

What our students say

Eric Lock

BU offers an excellent learning environment, a rising reputation in Accounting and Finance and vast opportunities for work placement and a successful career.

What our students say

Amy Veryard

At Bournemouth University not only have I been educated in Finance , I have also been helped to develop professionally and as a person.

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