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BA(Hons)

Accounting and Finance

This course is open for applications

About this course

Entry year:
2019/20
Course code:
N40P
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
Study abroad:
Yes
Programme leader:
Nicola Horner
Key fact:
This applied and future-focused course balances knowledge and skills in accounting with applied understanding of finance, giving access to a wide range of financial careers. You will also gain some exemptions from professional accounting examinations.

Page last updated 20 May 2019

Introduction

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 BA(Hons) Accounting and Finance 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.

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.

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

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 investment analyst, broker, portfolio manager, financial consultant or credit manager.

Or you may take the entrepreneurial route, and use your skills to develop financial innovations or digital technologies. The opportunities are many and varied.

Structure

Content

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

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

  • Financial Accounting  
  • Management Accounting and Decision Making 
  • Corporate Finance 
  • Governance and Taxation
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Applied Research Skills for AF.

Plus, two optional modules from: 

  • Market Analysis for Private Investors
  • Credit Management: Theory and Practice
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Entrepreneurial Finance.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend 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 will study:

  • Strategic Project 
  • Financial Management
  • Business Strategy and Technology
  • Work Integrated Learning or Cross Cultural Learning and Development or Placement Learning.

Plus, three optional modules from:

  • Corporate Reporting Theory and Practice
  • Strategic  Management Accounting
  • International Financial Management
  • Islamic Banking and Finance
  • Financial Crime
  • Investment Management
  • Credit Risk Analysis and Management.

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.

In the Bloomberg Trading Suite, you will explore and apply real-time financial data and 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 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, so you'll be expected to undertake either summer internships, part-time work experience, Business Clinic activities, or complete a 40-week industry placement as part of your course.

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.

You can enhance your confidence and capabilities through the Business Clinic, Bloomberg training, enterprise competitions and volunteering.

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

Study facilities

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 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

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 . 

Through the range of option pathways, you can gain specialist knowledge in areas such as private wealth management, corporate governance and credit management, further broadening your career choices.   

Recent graduates have secured roles with PWC, 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.

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

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) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year13000
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1625
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11375

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 years945
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 Years with Placement1260
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year315

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

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

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 receive an offer for this course, you may be invited to attend an Offer Holder Day in February or March. These are a great opportunity to find out what it's really like to study here. You'll experience taster lectures or workshops, meet your course tutors, current students and other offer holders.

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.

English language support

If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.

Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

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

UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this course between 25 February and 4 July 2019. We aim to give you a response to your application within 21 days.

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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