BA(Hons) Accounting and Finance (Top Up)
This course is open for applications
Page last updated 5 December 2023
Top up your existing qualifications to an honours degree. This top-up degree is a one year course equivalent to the final year of undergraduate study, and is aimed at students who have previously completed a relevant qualification, such as a Higher National Diploma, in the subject area.
Why study accounting and finance?
Sound financial decisions are at the core of every successful business, so demand for financially skilled and knowledgeable graduates is always high. This course will provide you with the key knowledge and skills to access a wide range of career opportunities, as well as a variety of specialist options. On successful completion you will be awarded a full BA(Hons) degree.
The course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) which means you'll gain exemptions from several of their professional examinations, giving you a useful head start in your professional studies.
Why UWE Bristol?
Your learning will be driven by real-world practice and current market innovations, giving you an excellent foundation for your future career. You'll develop technical skills in key aspects of accounting and finance, and practice applying these in authentic contexts. You'll gain core professional skills in sessions led by employers drawn from our strong business partnerships.
Based in our Bristol Business School, you'll benefit from purpose-built facilities, including interactive learning rooms and spaces for individual and group study. The Academic Success Centre will support your academic skills development at every stage of your course.
In our Bloomberg Trading Suite, you will explore and apply real-time financial data, and can gain the industry-recognised Bloomberg Certificate.
You can develop your entrepreneurial skills though the University enterprise competitions and Grand Challenge projects. Join a Business Clinic team and gain experience of providing pro-bono advice to small businesses and voluntary organisations.
Where can it take me?
As a graduate with skills in accounting and broader areas of finance, you could pursue professional qualification or enter a wide range of careers in areas such as financial management, investment and business development.
You could choose to become an accountant, investment analyst, broker, portfolio manager, financial consultant or credit manager. Or you may take the entrepreneurial route, and use your skills to start your own business. The opportunities are many and varied.
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
You will study:
- Corporate Reporting Theory and Practice
- Financial Management
- Business Strategy
- Academic and Professional Development
- Strategic Management Accounting
- Accounting and Finance Case Study.
Plus, two optional modules from:
- International Financial Management
- Financial Crime
- Financial Technology
- International Business in Emerging Markets.
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
You will learn through a mixture of lectures, workshops and tutorials, with regular opportunities to hear from and engage with current industry experts, employers and alumni.
The Academic Success Centre will support your academic skills development at every stage of your course, and in your first and second you will be supported by additional peer assisted learning.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Assessment will include business reports, essays, literature reviews, simulations, case study evaluations, presentations and portfolios. Modules leading to professional exemptions will always be assessed by examinations.
Learn more about assessments.
The course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
The Business School offers technology-enabled classrooms and individual and group study learning spaces as well as bookable conference rooms.
It is home to the Bloomberg Trading Suite, providing access to real-time trading data and the industry-standard financial research database. The suite is used across a number of modules to develop real-world skills recognised in the investment industry.
In our specialist library, business librarians manage vast collections of hard copy and online resources to support your learning and research. You can attend workshops and study skills sessions to develop your information skills. The College Academic Success Centre provides one-to-one and group study skills support.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
Take a Virtual Tour of the Accounting and Finance facilities and see what's on offer here for you.
Careers / Further study
There is high demand for graduates who understand finance and the role of strategic financial decision making in business success. This gives you a competitive place in the jobs market and opens up many career options.
This course makes an ideal launch pad for careers in investment, accountancy, banking, personal and corporate finance, in both private and public sector organisations.
Our students go on to financial roles in a wide range of sectors, working in global investment houses and accounting firms, banks, stockbrokers, and major companies, as well as SMEs and business start-ups.
Recent graduates have secured roles with PWC, EY (Ernst and Young), Hargreaves Lansdown, HSBC, Airbus, Lloyds Banking Group, Amazon and Intel.
Further study at UWE Bristol is also an option, with many graduates progressing to Masters level courses in accounting and finance related areas.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
Indicative Additional Costs
Supplementary fee information
Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee.
These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.
- GCSE: Grade C/4 in English and Mathematics, or equivalent.
- English Language Requirement:
International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no more than one component at 5.5 (or approved equivalent*).
*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Please visit our English language requirements page.
You should hold an HND or Foundation Degree (or equivalent), or have successfully completed a course which is equivalent to the first two years of a UK honours degree (240 UK credit points (120 ECTS credits)) in Accounting and Finance.
For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the country information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.
If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.