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Business Management with Accounting and Finance (with Foundation Year)

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

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 Aylwin Yafele

Page last updated 21 June 2017


Why BA(Hons) Business Management with 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. Combined with Business, the degree broadens knowledge, opens up a number of career paths and provides context when relating theory and practice to real-world businesses.

Why study our course?

This applied and contemporary degree combines a solid grounding in all aspects of Business Management with more specialist modules in Accounting and Finance.

Taught by leading experts, you will develop crucial business skills and explore the fundamentals of a modern, global business from an operational to strategic level. Modules cover subjects such as marketing, managing people, research and analysis and economics alongside practical and theoretical accounting and finance modules such as tax, auditing, business law and international financial management.

Real-world experience

Accounting and Finance modules teach the latest applications and theories used in industry.

You will form part of a research-active, supportive and well-connected department, with regular access to industry through guest speakers, real-life case studies and a valuable placement year with companies such as PwC, KPMG, Sunlife, Lloyds Banking Group and Hargreaves Lansdown.

Where it can take you

Our graduates leave with crucial business skills, diverse career paths and valuable knowledge and experience of real business environments to thrive in a competitive job market and fast-paced, ever-changing global economy.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



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)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • 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 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 Year zero 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.

For the specialist courses such as Business Management with Accounting and Finance, there are accounting and finance modules in years two and three that reflect your choice of degree.

Year one

The first year provides a foundation for the development of the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for your future success.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Management
  • Financial Accounting 1
  • Economic Principles in a Contemporary Context (Accounting, Economics and Finance)
  • Understanding Organisations and People (Accounting, Economics and Finance)
  • Understanding the Principles of Marketing (Accounting, Economics and Finance)
  • Statistics and Data Management
  • Accounting and Finance in Society.

Year two

In the second year, you will study modules relating to the main functional areas of business where you will also develop your research and enquiry skills. In addition you will study two accounting and finance modules (one in each semester).

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Managing People (Accounting, Economics and Finance)
  • Management and Cost Accounting
  • Financial Accounting 2
  • Research Methods for Business (Accounting, Economics and Finance)
  • Introductory Research Project (Accounting, Economics and Finance)
  • Managing Business Processes (Accounting, Economics and Finance)
  • Corporate Finance.

In addition, you will study one of the following optional modules:

  • Principles of Taxation
  • Market Analysis for Private Investors
  • Business Law
  • Credit Management Theory and Practice
  • Good Business, Bad Business and Sustainability OR Governance and Accountability.

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

Final year

The final year will include a major project, modules which require the integration of the knowledge gained in the earlier years of study and the ability; again you will study up to three further specialist accounting and finance modules. The final year curriculum also includes a focus on managing change, both in organisational terms and in terms of your own career.

You will study one of the following major final projects:

  • Work-based Enquiry Project
  • Critical Business Enquiry Project
  • Business Project
  • Applied Business Project.

In addition, you will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Strategic Management (Accounting, Economics and Finance)
  • Accounting for Managers
  • Managing Organisational Change (Accounting, Economics and Finance)
  • Integrated Business Simulation.

As well as the above, you will study two optional modules OR one if you have completed Study Year Abroad (SYA) or Placement year.

  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Investment Management
  • International Financial Management
  • Credit Risk Analysis and Management
  • International Business in the Emerging Markets
  • Financial Crime
  • Islamic Banking and Finance
  • Auditing
  • Further Tax Theory and Practice
  • 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.

Study time

Students have access to cutting-edge facilities and resources such as the financial trading room, the UWE Audit Simulation and a well-resourced specialist library. In addition, students are encouraged to gain high quality work experience ideally through the 40-week placement in Year 3 or through short-term internships, paid work as a Student Ambassador, a Peer Assisted Learning Leader or through volunteering.

Guest speakers and real-life case studies broaden knowledge of the industry and ensure graduates are work-ready and informed of the latest 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 is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and offers some exemptions from their professional examinations depending on the specific module combinations chosen by you over the duration of the course. This may help fast track your career if you choose to progress into an accounting role, and pursue the ACCA route in the profession or in industry. You may also be able to gain some exemptions from other professional bodies by individual application on graduation.  However, if you are seeking maximum exemptions from ACCA or other professional accounting body qualifications, with a more specific accountancy focused degree, please see BA(Hons) Accounting and Finance.

This course is also accredited by The Chartered Insurance Institute.


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.

This degree has a growing employer network with local and national employers, including the large accounting firms. It has a strong track record for securing placements with companies such as KPMG, PwC, Sunlife and many banks and smaller accountancy firms in the region.

You will receive support in finding a placement and guidance throughout from our award-winning Careers and Employability service and departmental staff.

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 pages.  There is also an extensive programme of regular workshops including 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 Bristol 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, which is the next best thing to undertaking a real audit in a real business.


Careers / Further study

Business Management with Accounting and Finance at UWE Bristol is designed to meet the needs of employers and our graduates have the crucial skills and experience to succeed in a competitive job market.

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

Further study at UWE Bristol is also an option with many graduates progressing to Masters level courses in areas such as financial management, marketing, human resource management and economics, 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.

Useful links:

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

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales(ICAEW) 


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625

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

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.


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) Business Management with Accounting and Finance course.

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