FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING 

BSc (Hons)

Accredited by University of Warwick

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BSc (Hons)

Duration

3 years FT (4 years with placement)

UCAS Code

NN40

Placement

1-year placement (optional)

Entry

February, September

Fees

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Business, Marketing and Finance

Study in our state-of-the-art Financial Trading Suite, providing real-time information on global markets

Take an optional 12-month paid placement and gain valuable industry experience during your studies

Finance and accounting professionals are essential for business. If you want to become a certified accountant or are thinking of a career in finance, our Finance and Accounting degree will give you the key skills alongside extensive hands-on, practical experience to help you launch your career and put you ahead of the competition in this sector.

Our accounting and finance course will develop both your theoretical knowledge and your practical skills by exposing you to live and simulated trading in our cutting-edge Financial Trading Suite, one of the biggest university trading suites in the UK and the first powered by Infront Professional Terminal. You will also have the opportunity to go on a 12-month paid work placement, enabling you to gain a wealth of real-world experience before you graduate.

Working in collaboration with key professional organisations including CIMA and ACCA, our Finance and Accounting course will ensure you are a highly skilled graduate, able to apply for exemptions from a variety of professional exams on your way to becoming a part or fully certified accountant.

Why choose this degree course?

  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – By completing our accounting course, you can apply for eight CIMA exemptions as well as other professional qualifications
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Gain experience of the markets with live consultancy cases and simulated investing in University College Birmingham's Financial Trading Suite, supported by an in-house trader
  • WORK PLACEMENT – Get substantial industry experience with an optional 12-month paid work placement, during which you won't incur any tuition fees
  • SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – Study an industry topic that interests you in depth for your final research project

Our facilities

Students on our accounting and finance degree courses benefit from outstanding practical learning opportunities in our state-of-the-art Financial Trading Suite. Our Enterprise Hive also provides a range of support services for student entrepreneurs.

Course breakdown

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3 - Work Placement (optional)
  • Year 4 (Year 3 without placement)

Core Modules

Management Accounting

This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the role of management accounting and its application in business. Accountants provide relevant financial information to managers and external stakeholders in the context of planning and controlling an organisation. This module introduces the principles and techniques to provide appropriate financial information for managers to enable them to make informed decisions on a regular basis. It provides you with the understanding of key concepts in management accounting including costing, cost-volume-profit analysis, break-even analysis, budgetary planning control, standard costing and decision-making techniques.

Accountants in Business Organisations

The module aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding of business organisations and how organisations function ethically and effectively in such a competitive business environment. It covers the role and responsibility of a professional accountant in achieving an organisations' objectives. The role of accounting and reporting systems to resolve organisations problems and offer information technology support for effective administration and internal control management of organisations will be explored. The module will also develop your knowledge of the business environment, including legal, economic and social influences as well as organisational culture, governance and ethical behaviours.

Introduction to Business Analytics

In a data-driven world and as businesses increasingly strive to develop competitive strategies, they are looking out for more data to drive their business decisions. It is therefore essential for graduates to be equipped with analytical skills to make the most of the information and data available within the internal and external environment of the business. This module will explore the role of information and analytics in supporting the development of strategies, and the practical techniques managers can use to design effective information flows. This will in turn enable companies to more effectively identify which actions are achieving their goals, detect risk or opportunity, evaluate possible outcomes, allocate resources to achieve greatest returns, and measure the true impact of decisions.

Financial Accounting

This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of financial accounting principles, concepts and techniques used by financial accountants to record and present financial information to relevant stakeholders. It provides an introduction to the skills required to effectively analyse and interpret financial statements. The module covers the principles of double-entry book-keeping including year-end adjustments and teaching how to prepare basic financial statements for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies.

Accounting Information Systems

An accounting information system is one that accumulates, stores, and processes financial and accounting information. The system generates reports that are used to make decisions regarding how an organization is to be run. These reports are also used by outsiders to evaluate lending and investment opportunities with the firm. This module will develop your understanding of both the role of accounting information systems in an organisation and how information technology can support the activities of the accountant and decision-making. The module will introduce you to the fundamental concepts, importance and use of database systems, and will explore the threats and computer fraud faced by modern information systems.

Professional Practice for Finance and Accounting

This module introduces the foundations of personal and professional development, reflective practice and basic career management opportunities in the areas of Finance and Accounting. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your skills, experiences and qualities to date (based on your education, extra-curricular activities and work experience) to identify personal and professional developmental needs in line with your chosen career in Finance and Accounting. This will assist you to take responsibility for your own personal and professional development. Through personal reflection, you will identify graduate attributes and transferable skills that are being developed and identify opportunities for wider personal development. During the course, you will gain an appreciation of the graduate recruitment process and will deploy personal strategies for improving personal effectiveness in selection processes. This includes interview skills, assessment centre preparation and working with others etc.

Core Modules

Management and Organisations

This module is designed to introduce key theoretical aspects relating to managing people in the workplace. The module will enable you to understand individual behaviours, how they relate to engagement and ultimately to individual and team performance. The module aims to focus on a range of employee behaviours and attitudes to equip you with a deeper understanding of the role of effective people management in improving organisational performance.

Business Analytics

Stepping up from Introduction to Business Analytics, this module aims to give you a thorough grasp of modern business analytical tools and their applications to business management. The module will cover Predictive Analytics and Data Mining, Visual Analytics, Forecasting, Model Management and Monitoring, Quality Improvement, Text Analytics and Analytics for Microsoft Office. The focus of the module is on enhancing your problem formulation and solving skills.

Business Law

Business Law will give you the opportunity to study the principles of business and corporate law. It will also introduce you to the principles of the English law and English legal system which have a major impact in the business environment in which accountants work and operate. The Business Law module will assist you to gain in-depth knowledge of the legal framework in which a range of business decisions happen in the UK. You can learn different concepts of company law and acquire a range of professional skills and knowledge to grow your career as a legal corporate expert.

Financial Management

This module develops your understanding of the key principles underpinning the theory and practice of financial management. It begins with an exploration of the environment within which financial decisions are made with a particular focus on the nature, role and purpose of financial management. The module content broadly covers financing decisions and explores various sources of finance, cost of capital and capital structure.

Audit and Governance

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the process of taking an audit engagement and elements of best practice concerning corporate governance. The module gives you the opportunity to understand the critical elements of the external audit process and the relevant ethical and regulatory framework. It discusses key aspects of audit planning and engagement including audit risk, internal control and computer-assisted audit techniques.

Taxation

This module will introduce you to the subject of UK taxation and provide core knowledge of the underlying principles and technical areas of taxation systems as applicable to individuals, single companies and groups of companies. It will help you to know the application of key principles in relation to corporation tax, capital gains tax, income tax and value added tax in the UK. You will gain comprehensive knowledge into the theory and practice of the UK taxation system. It will give you conceptual understanding of taxation objectives and the relationship between taxation and other macroeconomic policies of economy.

YEAR 3

Work Placement (optional)

You will gain valuable work experience on a 12-month work placement. This is an exciting opportunity to put what you have learned into practice, broaden your experience and demonstrate your abilities to potential employers.

Core Modules

Financial Reporting

This module aims to develop accounting standards and theoretical framework knowledge in the preparation of financial statements. The module addresses the key issues in international financial reporting and financial analysis. It covers the fundamentals required by managers and analysts to understand, interpret and use financial information. The module will help you understand the financial reporting challenges of multinational companies. It will aim to give you the tools and skills to compare accounting regulatory frameworks around the world as well as to prepare and interpret consolidated financial statements.

Leadership and Enterprise Strategy

Leadership and Enterprise Strategy aims to provide an understanding of strategic analysis, strategic decision-making and strategic processes within organisations. The module content comprises two complementary components: the first involves the understanding and learning of the main strategic management concepts and theories, while the second implies its application in organisations.

Performance Management

This module is about making decisions which ensure the most effective and efficient use of organisational resources. The module aim is to develop knowledge and skills required by performance managers. This provides you with a grasp of techniques used by performance managers in planning, control, decision making and overall performance evaluation of organisational activities. It focuses on information needs, technologies and systems necessary for efficient and effective performance management of organisations. This is followed by an examination of decision-making processes with particular emphasis on management of scarce resources and how this relates to performance, uncertainty and risk management. A key aim of performance management is to measure costs and revenues relating to specific operations divisions and products. Information gathered in this way is used to plan and control activities in order to ensure that key organisational objectives are achieved.

Research Project

The Business Research Project extends and develops your knowledge and ability in focusing upon and preparing for research. It introduces you to the disciplines of critical appraisal and research techniques as well as the design and execution of a research project. The aim is to develop your skills and expertise in the essential research tools you will need in the future. The emphasis of the project will be on secondary data in the main, as you will be expected to select an organisation or a contemporary topic of interest to research. You will be required to apply and integrate the tools, techniques and theoretical frameworks from a number of modules of the programme, and to draw on a wide range of sources.

Plus one option from:

Corporate Risk Management

Corporate Risk Management is a comprehensive, systematic approach for helping an organisation to identify, measure, prioritise and respond to risks, which is critical when developing a company’s strategy. The module gives you an opportunity to understand the implementation and application of corporate risk management and to develop skills which are applicable to a diverse range of organisations and scenarios.

Portfolio Management

This module introduces the latest methodologies used by professional portfolio managers. The module addresses both the theory and practice of portfolio management and aims to build on the techniques for portfolio selection. The theoretical part will examine the issues involved in constructing an investment portfolio, evaluating its performance, and adjusting its composition through time to ensure the performance remains optimal. It will also consider the use of derivatives in managing risk. The module will provide you with hands-on experience of constructing and managing an equity portfolio in our newly-built Financial Trading Suite.

The modules listed above are reviewed regularly to ensure they remain up-to-date as well as being informed by industry and the latest teaching methods. Occasionally we may need to make unexpected alterations to modules – should this happen, we will communicate with all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

An overall average of at least 65% in 12th Standard from both State and Central Examination Boards.

Advanced entry to certain undergraduate degree programmes may be possible for students who hold a UK HND or India Diploma in a relevant subject.

English entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need a recognised English Language qualification to meet the entry requirements onto a degree programme.

English Entry requirements for students applying from India  

Board Minimum Requirement (2021)
CBSE B Grade
ICSE 60%
Cambridge B Grade / 6 Pointer
Maharashtra State 60%
Andhra Pradesh 60%
Kerala 60%
Karnataka 60%
West Bengal 60%

If you do not have one of the above qualifications, please see here for the full list of accepted alternatives.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS 6.5 with no element less than 6.0

Key information

Assessment

Assessment formats for this course include:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework (including presentations, essays, reports, multiple choice tests and numerical computations)

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024 (UK website).

Additional qualifications and training

  • Upon completion of this course, you can apply for eight CIMA exemptions. As an additional benefit, you will be able to fast-track your career route of becoming a qualified management accountant and gain employment in the financial and non-financial sector globally.
  • You will have the opportunity to complete the Infront Professional Terminal (trading) certificate as part of your course at no additional cost.

CIMA registration fees

CIMA registration fee for BSc students: £181.80 (including CIMA registration fee and one 1st Exam entry for E2)

Tuition fees

For international students enrolling on a full-time BA/BSc degree in 2022/23, your fee for the academic year will be £13,500 per year.

If you undertake a placement year, there will be an administration fee of £500 for a full year, or £250 for a half year.

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Work placements

Placements provide you with vital real-life experience and help build your skills and confidence before you graduate, as well as potentially leading to a job after your studies. Our dedicated hired@UCB employability team will help you to find your ideal placement.

Our BSc Finance and Accounting course offers an optional 12-month paid placement, during which you will not incur any tuition fees.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please be aware that opportunities to travel overseas for placements, residential trips or project work may be affected by government travel restrictions. Please see our Covid FAQs page (UK website) for more information.

The best thing about this course is the lecturers who are really supportive, friendly and experienced. They always have interesting lessons, use real-life examples, and they make sure we have enough materials which we can use. University College Birmingham offers many things, from excellent lecturers to great facilities.

Branimir Spicar Finance and Accounting BSc (Hons)

Career opportunities

  • Retail banker
  • Financial reporting analyst
  • Assistant controller (financial)
  • Accounts receivable analyst
  • Financial coordinator
  • Budget analyst

Thinking of continuing your studies beyond this course? On completing the BSc (Hons) degree, you will be able to progress onto our postgraduate courses such as Finance and Accounting MSc/PGDip or Enterprise Management MSc/PGDip.

Please note: The examples of roles are to serve only as a guide.

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