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BSc(Hons)

Accounting

This course is open for applications

About this course

Entry year:
2019/20
Course code:
N40K
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
112
Department:
Bristol Business School
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years full-time; Four years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; Sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Osman Yukselturk
Key fact:
This practical, future-focused course will give you the financial and business skills you need to build a successful career in accounting. It offers significant exemptions from chartered accounting professional examinations.

Page last updated 11 October 2018

Introduction

Why study accounting?

Accounting is at the heart of every business, so your skills will be in high demand, with excellent prospects for progression and a highly competitive salary. The exemptions you earn through the course will allow you to fast-track your career on graduation.

Why UWE Bristol?

This BSc(Hons) Accounting is designed to immerse you in the core knowledge and skills you'll need to be a professional accountant. You'll build expertise in financial and management accounting and corporate finance, underpinned by principles of good governance and ethical decision-making.

You'll learn from tutors and guest speakers with direct experience of the industry, and be inspired by teaching founded on real-world practices.

Our audit simulation, developed with the profession, allows you to experience the audit process based on real cases.

You'll have the opportunity to investigate global financial data through our industry-standard Bloomberg Trading Suite, and to develop your workplace skills through internships, volunteering and placements.

In our Business Clinic, you'll gain valuable experience by providing pro bono advice to real businesses.

This course shares a first year with our BA(Hons) Accounting and Finance and BA(Hons) Accounting and Management, with full transferability between courses at the end of the first year.

Where can it take me?

This course prepares you for a long-term financial career as a chartered accountant, allowing you to progress in many financial and related roles as well as the accounting profession.

You might aim to secure a professional training contract in practice or in industry, aiming at future roles such as partner, financial director or chief financial officer.

You can pursue specialisms in interesting areas, such as forensic accounting, financial technologies, environmental accounting, sport and health finance; or start your own business.

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

An introduction to accounting and finance fundamentals and core business skills and knowledge.

You will study:

  • Foundations of Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Introduction to Managerial Finance
  • Statistics and Data Management
  • Professional Development in Accounting and Finance
  • Economic Principles in Contemporary Context
  • Essential Information Skills
  • Business Law.

Year two

You'll build in-depth technical knowledge to support professional exemptions in financial and management accounting and finance. You'll develop your understanding of taxation, governance and strategic decision-making. 

You will study:

  • Financial Accounting  
  • Management Accounting and Decision Making 
  • Corporate Finance 
  • Principles of Taxation 
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Applied Management Accounting 
  • Governance and Accountability.

Plus, one optional module from: 

  • Market Analysis for Private Investors
  • Credit Management Theory and Practice
  • Personal Financial Planning.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend your a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.  

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information

Final year

You'll progress to more advanced understanding and application of accounting and strategic decision-making in real-world contexts. There'll be opportunities to take some options in specialist areas of interest, or maximize exemptions from professional examinations.

You will study:

  • Work Integrated Learning or Cross Cultural Learning and Development or Placement Learning
  • Corporate Reporting Theory and Practice
  • Financial Management
  • Business Strategy and Technology 
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Advanced Case Study.

Plus, two optional modules from: 

  • Further Taxation Theory and Practice *
  • Auditing *
  • Financial Crime
  • International Financial Management.

*module required for maximum exemption eligibility

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'll learn through lectures, workshops and tutorials, with regular opportunities to hear from and engage with current industry experts, employers and alumni. 

In the Bloomberg Trading Suite, you will explore and apply real-time financial data, and you'll experience real audit work through the audit simulation.

You'll gain core professional skills in sessions led by global accounting firms and professional bodies.

The Academic Success Centre will support your academic skills development at every stage of your course, and in your first and second years you will be supported by additional peer-assisted learning.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study
126%74%0%
224%76%0%
318%74%8%

*calculated from compulsory and option module choices (where applicable) each year.

Study time

You'll have at least 12 hours contact time a week. Additional independent study tasks include tutorial preparation, group work, coursework assignments and exam revision this will take around 24 hours per week.

We want you to graduate with the best possible employment opportunities. In the course of your studies, you'll be expected to undertake either summer internships, part-time work experience, Business Clinic activities, or a 40-week industry placement.

Assessment

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.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment
151%23%26%
270%30%0%
352%48%0%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year.

Features

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

We want you to graduate with the best possible employment opportunities. In the course of your studies, you'll be expected to undertake either summer internships, part-time work experience, Business Clinic activities, or a 40-week industry placement.

We also encourage and facilitate international study exchanges with our partners in locations including Europe, China, Vietnam and Malaysia.

Study facilities

Designed to give you the best possible learning experience, the Bristol 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 Faculty Academic Success Centre provides one-to-one and group study skills support.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Graduates from BSc(Hons) Accounting go on to work in accounting, financial management or a wide range of related financial careers. Many graduates will join professional accounting firms, specialising in taxation, audit, consultancy or specialist areas such as enterprise, sport, technology innovation or environment, progressing to partner roles.

Some graduates will go into industry, developing specific expertise in a business or sector and progressing to Board positions. Others might go into broader strategic business consultancy, or set up their own business.

Previous graduates have joined global accounting firms such as PWC, KPMG and EY, or trained in industry with major companies such as JP Morgan, Capita, Hargreaves Lansdown and Intel.

Whichever path you choose, you'll find your skills in high demand. All organisations large or small, public or private rely on the sound financial advice you'll be able to provide.

Get inspired

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.

Fees

There is currently no published fee data for this course.

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on.

Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to 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.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above 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.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If English isn't your first language, you'll have to meet both the UK Border Agency's and the University's minimum English Language requirements, such as having an International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.

  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: Accounting, Business, Maths, Economics
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation year entry into this or other related degree courses. 

If you have completed your qualifications and do not meet the normal entry requirements, but you can show us that you have relevant experience and capabilities that make you suited to this course, we will be pleased to consider your application. Please make sure your application form includes details of your experience and capabilities. If you would like to discuss this before formally applying, please talk to us at an open day or contact the course leader (details above).

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UWE Bristol will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that UWE Bristol will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies at UWE Bristol, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A-Levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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