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Accounting and Finance (with Foundation Year)

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About this course

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Bristol Business School
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
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Programme leader:
Dr Bolanle Karimu
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Guest speakers, real and cutting-edge case studies, simulations and placement opportunities gives you valuable real world experience throughout this degree.

Page last updated 14 August 2017


Why BA(Hons) Accounting and Finance?

Accounting and finance are crucial to a successful business and, as a result, demand for skilled and knowledgeable graduates is always high.

Why study our course?

This degree at UWE Bristol offers a contemporary, applied and well-connected course of study. It provides a broad grounding in the subject with opportunities to hone crucial skills and knowledge through interesting and specialist modules.

You will build understanding of the finance sector and subjects such as auditing, tax, business law and statistics.

You will be taught by experts in your field, engaging, passionate, research-active tutors with the drive to help you succeed and support you through your studies. UWE Bristol's Centre for Global Finance ensures that research informs teaching at every level, providing a valuable international perspective and access to a wide range of external partners. 

Real-world experience

In addition to exemptions and accreditations there are opportunities to gain valuable real world experience throughout this degree. Guest speakers, real and cutting-edge case studies, simulations and placement opportunities give you access to industry and real working environments and ensure you graduate ready for work with diverse career prospects.

Where it can take you

The high-level demand for graduates with this degree makes it an ideal launch pad for a career in finance, management, accountancy, banking, personal and corporate finance and IT in both private and public sector organisations.

Recent graduates have secured roles with both large and small firms including Lloyds Banking Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young and the NHS.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

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In the Foundation year (Year zero), the content is designed to develop your academic skills. It also raises awareness of the relevance law, economics, accounting, plus business and management, will play in your future, professional lives.

You are encouraged to develop as reflective learners and will gain an understanding of the attributes that graduates of UWE Bristol attain, such as being self-reliant, enterprising, future-facing, collaborative and globally responsible citizens.

Much of the scheduled class time will be spent in rooms equipped for technology-supported work in groups. Teaching methods will be engaging as staff use the latest techniques and technologies to enhance the learning experience.

The four modules will have three hours of teaching each week (12 hours of scheduled class time in total). On four occasions during the year, the whole 12 hours will be spent team-working on a joint project. One of the weeks will result in an exhibition of assessed group posters, another will produce individual personal development plans.

Foundation year (Year zero)

  • Becoming a Professional
  • Introduction to Organisations, Enterprise and Management 
  • Economics and Accounting for the Real World
  • Introduction to Law in a Social, Business and Global Context.

You will study the Foundation year (Year zero) alongside students from other business and law courses and so you may transfer to another course in one of these areas at the end of a successful Foundation year. The normal expectation is that you must pass all Foundation year modules before progressing to Year one. Students seeking transfer to BA(Hons) Business (Team Entrepreneurship) would be required to pass an interview process. Transfer to BSc(Hons) Economics (as distinct from BA(Hons) Economics)  would require an A level in Mathematics.

Year one

The first year provides a foundation in core accounting and finance subject knowledge, as well as additional skills and attributes necessary for your future success.

  • Fundamentals of Accounting 1
  • Economic Principles in a Contemporary Context
  • Professional Development for Accounting and Finance
  • Fundamentals of Accounting 2
  • Statistics and Data Management
  • Academic Development for Accounting and Finance.

Year two

In the second year, you will build your knowledge in core accounting and finance areas and begin to develop your specialist interests and your research and enquiry skills.

  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Corporate Finance: Practice and Research
  • Management Accounting and Decision Making
  • Principles of Taxation.

Plus two optional modules from the list below:

Optional modules

  • Credit Management: Theory and Practice
  • Business Law
  • Good Business, Bad Business and Sustainability
  • Market Analysis for Private Investors
  • Governance and Accountability
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business.

All students are encouraged to spend their third year on placement and the curriculum in the second year also provides support for the process of securing this.

Final year

The final year will include advanced study in the core subject areas and a major applied research project, integrating and applying the knowledge gained in the earlier years of study. You will also have a number of optional module choices to further your specialist interests. You will study throughout the year:

  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Corporate Reporting Theory and Practice
  • Accounting in Context.

Plus three optional modules from the list below OR two if a Study Year Abroad (SYA) or Placement Year has been completed:

Optional modules

  • Credit Risk Analysis and Management
  • Auditing
  • International Financial Management
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Further Tax Theory and Practice
  • Strategic Management (Accounting, Economics and Finance)
  • International Business in Emerging Markets
  • Islamic Banking and Finance
  • Entrepreneurship: Ideas and Practice
  • Business Innovation and Growth
  • Work Integrated Learning.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The course is taught through a diverse mix of learning environments, including face-to-face tutor-led, independent student-led and group projects.

Lectures, workshops/seminars and group project work account for 12 hours of contact time per week and you will spend at least as much time again in essential independent study including research, online work and preparation for assessment.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms. 

Learning through experience

In addition, all students are encouraged to gain high-quality work experience through the 40-week placement in Year 3 (see Features) or through short-term internships, paid work as a Student Ambassador or Peer Assisted Learning Leader or through volunteering.

Guest speakers from industry and access to research seminars and events ensure students are kept up-to-date with developments in the field. 


You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations, all of which aim to assess not only what you know and can do but also develop the graduate attributes that are valued by employers. These attributes include communication and presentation skills, IT and numeracy skills, team work, project and time management skills, as well as the intellectual skills of problem solving, critical thinking, analysis and evaluation, creativity and innovation.

Coursework comes in many different forms: essays and reports; business plans and applied research projects; portfolios and weekly notes; assessed group and individual presentations and posters. You will also be required to reflect and comment on your own learning and personal development.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This degree offers exemptions from professional examinations with bodies such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). It is also accredited by CPA Australia which provides graduates with numerous benefits including gaining Associate membership and commencing the CPA Program professional level, as well as The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). This degree also offers exemptions from professional examinations with The Association of International Accountants (AIA).


You are encouraged to undertake a 40-week paid sandwich placement, relevant to your degree. Placements are taken after the second year of study and could be based in the UK or internationally.

This is a valuable and rewarding aspect of your course allowing you to gain real-world experience, develop key skills and increase your employability on graduation.

UWE Accounting and Finance is well placed and connected with local and national employers, including the large accounting firms. It has a strong track record for securing placements with companies such as Airbus, the NHS, Lloyds Banking Group, Ernst and Young and IBM.

You will receive support in finding a placement and guidance throughout from our award-winning Careers and Employability service and staff within the Accounting, Economics and Finance department.

Study year abroad

As an alternative to a sandwich placement, there may be opportunities to undertake a study year abroad where courses are taught in English. Employers look favourably upon graduates who have studied overseas on account of them having acquired a global perspective which is becoming even more valuable with increasingly globalised markets.

Study facilities

Your learning is supported through the provision of high-quality study facilities and an excellent library. Dedicated business librarians manage vast collections of materials to support all your curriculum subjects and independent research through information skills sessions and the University's Study Skills website. There is also an extensive programme of regular workshopsincluding referencing management. 

The library offers zoned space from silent to group study and student bookable rooms. You will benefit from direct access to electronic databases on and off campus, including recommended books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases.

The Bloomberg financial trading room is used by students from across Bristol Business School and provides the opportunity for training in this state-of-the-art financial platform that provides a commanding view of global finance.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

The UWE Audit Simulation

Created by staff in the department, this valuable and interactive audit simulation has been designed to teach students the auditing process by actually auditing a fictional business. Students work through the audit process, providing concrete examples and realistic processes as the simulation progresses. The next best thing to undertaking a real audit in a real business.


Careers / Further study

The high-level demand for graduates with this degree makes it an ideal launch pad for a career in finance, management, accountancy, banking, personal and corporate finance and IT in both private and public sector organisations.

Our graduates are employed in a wide range of roles, such as Accountant, Auditor, Business Analyst, Investment Consultant, Stock Controller, Tax Assistant and Teacher, with recent graduates securing roles with Ernst and Young, Airbus, Lloyds Banking Group, Amazon, New Look and Coutts. Many of our former students are now also employed in senior positions in successful accounting firms and financial institutions in the UK and internationally.

Further study at UWE Bristol is also an option with many graduates progressing to Masters level courses in accounting-related areas, as well as professional qualifications studied alongside working, such as Accountancy professional body qualifications like ACCA and CIMA.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real-world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real-world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Be inspired

Read how Nuno, Rita and Ed turned their dream into a reality through a UWE Bristol scheme, designed to mentor entrepreneurs.

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Prospects - read about some of the key jobs in the accountancy, banking and finance sectors.


Indicative additional costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years1200
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years with placement1500
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year300

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Full Final Year Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Reduced Final Year Fee8094
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Students starting this course in September 2017 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

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Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Accounting and Finance course.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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