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BA (Hons) Finance & Business

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As well as being accredited by five industry-leading bodies, this four-year course offers the bonus of exemptions for accountancy qualifications meaning you may not have to take all the exams required to become a Chartered Accountant.

Our Finance & Business degree focuses on the financial aspects of business operations, and has been developed to give you a strong foundation on which to build a career in either the finance or business sectors. You will gain specialised financial knowledge and sound business skills providing you with a solid platform on which to build your career.

The first year teaches core subjects within the realms of accounting, finance and economics, but in year two you’ll diversify into your specialist subjects or perhaps even transfer to an alternative pathway, allowing you to keep your options open or to bring your curriculum in line with your future career aspirations. The second year also opens the door to travel, as those interested in studying abroad will have the opportunity to attend one of our international partner institutions for the second semester. We currently boast partners in Australia, Canada and Europe.

In year three you’ll get the chance to throw yourself into a real-world working environment with a 30-week placement, which can be completed at home or abroad, and is intended as an opportunity for you to implement the theoretical framework forged in the classroom, whilst generating a network of key contacts, adding substance to your resume, and ultimately improving your employability.

According to Unistats, 87% of our final year students feel that the IT resources and facilities have supported their learning. Join us on live chat now to find out more, register to meet us at an Open Day, or watch our online presentation to find out more about this course.

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All statistics shown throughout this page 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


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


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


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

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.

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.

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Course details

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

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, 58% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Download the programme specification (pdf 4.4mb)


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 an industrial placement as part of their course.

The optional placement year on our accounting, finance and economics courses must last for a minimum of 30 weeks, and is important 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 and economics placement students is £15,000–£19,999 per annum.

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

Your application

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.

How to apply

Entry requirements


Having a good understanding of business management as well as financial knowledge is a significant advantage when you come to enter the workplace. Business managers who are able to understand financial statements, planning and accounting are incredibly useful, as are financial professionals who have a good grip of business management principles.

Graduates on our accounting and finance courses are very successful when they leave us, with 90% of our students in work or further study, earning an average salary of £22,000 a year within six months of finishing their course. They are working for companies such as Babcock International, Barclaycard, Crowe Clark Whitehall, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, IBM, HMRC, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Lloyds, Trading Insights and Zurich Insurance Group, among many others.

Our staff

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.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. 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; see our Belong+ pages for more information.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

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