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The fields of accounting, finance & economics have developed considerably in recent years and today’s graduates are expected to have a range of skills that transfer into a business environment. As such our degrees have been designed to equip you with the knowledge you’ll need in any organisation, large or small.

Each of the courses in our accounting and finance framework will give you vital core skills, as well as offering 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. This keeps your career options open and enables you to make more informed choices.

On the Accounting & Law degree you'll acquire accounting skills and legal knowledge, enabling you to pursue a career in either profession or to combine the two. To be a successful accountant, you’ll need an understanding of the law, while commercial lawyers often operate in accounting and financial environments.

As well as having industry accreditations, this course also covers communication and IT skills, which are vital in the modern business world. What's more if you opt to include the 30-week placement as part of your course, you’ll gain invaluable workplace experience and can see how everything you’ve learned translates into the real world.

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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 2017, September 2018


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


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


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

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For 2017 entry (we will use the new UCAS tariff): 120 tariff points, with 80 from two A-Levels or equivalent, with remaining 40 points from other A/AS-Levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM. For more information check out our 2017 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 a 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.
  • Law of Torts: You'll be taught the basic requirements in respect of particular torts, apply the laws and doctrines in a range of problem scenarios and identify potential areas of tortious liability.
  • Contract Law: You'll explore the functional role of the law of contract as applied in the English Legal System and apply to contextual situations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Equity & The Law of Trusts: You'll learn how to draw appropriate comparisons between equitable and common law solutions to a range of claims and understand the substantive content of equitable doctrines and principles.

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 (final year)

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.
  • Employment Law: You'll discover a technically and academically challenging examination of the issues in employment law faced by employers and employees. You will also develop your ability to apply the fundamental principles of employment law to a wide range of situations.
  • 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 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.

Option units (choose two)

  • 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.
  • Perspectives on Business Strategy: From its roots in finance and economics, the field of strategy has developed its own language, tools, models and methodologies. This unit gives you insights into the differing perspectives used to develop and implement business strategy.
  • Financial Regulation: The unit provides insight and understanding into key financial regulatory theories, forms and rationale of regulation that are highly relevant to those seeking to operate within the financial services sector.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Commercial Law & Transactions: The transfer of the ownership of personal property among companies and individuals is identified and the relevance of legal relationships is explored
  • Intellectual Property Law: You'll learn about copyright, trademarks, patents and design, and understand how these are protected and exploited.
  • 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.
  • Investment Management: You'll explore the current features of capital markets and savings products which will prepare you for business and personal investment.
  • 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

42% of the course is assessed by coursework

  • Year 1: 40%
  • Year 2: 38%
  • Year 3: 0% (optional placement year)
  • Year 4: 48%

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 & Law.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Selection methods

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 three 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

Our Unconditional Offer Scheme seeks to reward exceptional applicants who are predicted to achieve top academic results. The scheme is offered to applicants on all courses who are predicted AAA at A-level/triple Distinction in BTEC Extended Diploma, or above, or equivalent, subject to any course selection measures and meeting other entry criteria (i.e. required qualifications). What’s more we’ll recognise your achievement if you meet these grades with an Academic Excellence Scholarship from £1,500 when you arrive*.

We believe that unconditional offers will reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible. Excellent grades will become a part of applicants’ CVs and are also required for BU’s scholarships. International qualifications are considered in the scheme; however applicants must satisfy the English language requirements. *Our scholarships are subject to terms, conditions and eligibility criteria, detailed on our scholarships pages.

2017 entry requirements

The new UCAS Tariff will be used for September 2017 entry.

The entry requirements for this course are 120 tariff points, with 80 from two A-Levels or equivalent, with remaining 40 points from other A/AS-Levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM.

UCAS have created a helpful calculator so you can calculate points to use for courses starting from September 2017 onwards.

GCSEs: This course requires a 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.

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 askBU Enquiry Service 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 askBU Enquiry Service – 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: BU welcomes Access to HE Diploma applicants. This course requires applicants to Pass the Access to HE Diploma (with 60 Credits - at least 45 at level 3, remainder at level 2 or equivalent). Any combination of grades to meet the overall tariff is acceptable.

BTEC qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit
  • Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit in addition to one A-level to achieve the overall tariff.
  • 90-credit Diploma: The 90-credit Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.
  • Subsidiary Diploma: This course requires a Distinction in addition to two A-Levels to achieve the overall tariff.

A combination of BTEC qualifications to meet the overall course tariff is also acceptable.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: We welcome applicants studying the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or a combination of Pre-U subjects and A-levels.

European Baccalaureate: Applicants are required to achieve a minimum score of 75% overall.

International Baccalaureate (Diploma): The IB Diploma is welcomed as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB). This course requires 31 points including 5 points from each of the 3 Higher Level subjects

Scottish qualifications: Scottish Advanced Highers, Scottish Highers and other Scottish qualifications are all welcomed providing that your results meet the overall course tariff.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma: The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is welcomed alongside A-Levels or equivalent, to meet the overall course tariff.

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Qualification: The OCR Extended Diploma or a combination of one Diploma + one Introductory Diploma is acceptable for entry to this course.

Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit.

Other combinations of OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications to meet the overall course tariff may be acceptable.

Extended Project Qualification: The grade achieved for the Extended Project may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has marginally failed to meet the conditions of their offer.

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:


There is great demand for accounting specialists with a good understanding of the law and this degree will perfectly prepare you to step into a role combining both your areas of expertise. When you graduate, you'll be in a position to work in sectors such as corporate finance, forensic accountancy, insolvency and corporate governance.

Within six months of finishing their course, 87% of our students are in work or further study, earning an average salary of £25,000 a year. Among the roles they have taken on are:

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

All Accounting & Law course is accredited by the relevant professional bodies - The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales allowing you to demonstrate your high level of skill and knowledge to potential employers. Accounting and Law graduates can obtain exemptions from up to 8 exams set by the above bodies. Your course academic team will be happy to offer you guidance on how to maximise your exemption.

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.

Graduates of non Qualifying Law Degrees who wish to train as a solicitor or barrister may apply to the Bar Standards Board or the Solicitors Regulatory Authority for an exemption from some subjects studied on the necessary academic training. Exemptions are awarded in accordance with the professional regulations and are at the discretion of the awarding body.

This course offers exemptions from our Common Professional Examination/ Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE/GDL) course. A course designed for those wishing to convert their degree to the equivalent of a Qualifying Law Degree - enabling those interested in pursuing a legal career to continue their formal legal training to become a solicitor or barrister.

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
  • 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
  • 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, 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.

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