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Accounting and Finance (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

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Course code:
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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
Key fact:
We'll help you build up exemptions to professional exams from accounting bodies CIMA, ACCA, ICAEW and AIA - fast-tracking your career.

Page last updated 29 August 2018


Why study accounting and finance?

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

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Accounting and Finance is an applied and well-connected course. It provides a broad grounding in the subject with opportunities to hone crucial skills and knowledge through specialist modules. You'll build understanding of the finance sector and subjects such as auditing, tax, business law and statistics.

You'll be taught by experts with international reputations, engaging tutors with the drive to help you succeed. Our Centre for Global Finance ensures that courses include the latest research and gives you an international perspective and access to external partners.

Guest speakers, case studies, simulations and placement opportunities give you access to industry and real working environments to ensure you graduate ready for work.

Our immersive audit simulation, developed by course leader Susan Whittaker, is being used at 16 UK universities.

This degree offers maximum exemptions from professional exams with the main accounting bodies.

Where can it take me?

High demand for graduates with this degree means diverse career prospects.

Our graduates are accountants, auditors, business analysts, investment consultants, tax assistants and teachers. Recent graduates secured roles with Ernst and Young, Airbus, Lloyds Banking Group, Amazon, New Look and Coutts. Many are employed in successful accounting firms and financial institutions in the UK and internationally.

Further study is also an option, with many graduates progressing to Masters level courses in accounting related areas.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



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

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • 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 usually need to pass your foundation year before going onto Year one.

Year one

You will study:

  • 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

You will study:

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

Plus two optional modules from:

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

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the five 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:

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

Plus three optional modules from (two if you have completed a study year abroad or placement year):

  • 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
  • Cross Cultural Learning and Development.

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 be taught through a mix of tutor-led learning, independent student-led study and group projects.

Lectures, workshops/seminars and group project work make up 12 hours of contact time each week and you'll spend at least as much time again studying independently. This includes research, online work and preparation for assessment.

You'll develop your communication and presentation skills, IT and numeracy skills, and project and time management skills. And your improved problem solving, critical thinking, analysis, evaluation and innovation skills will help you stand out as a graduate.

Our Academic Personal Tutoring (APT) programme pairs students with academic staff to give you support throughout your studies.

Guest speakers, cutting-edge case studies and research seminars give you access to the industry and ensure you graduate ready for work.

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

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

Audit Simulation

Our interactive simulation teaches you the auditing process by having you audit a fictional business.

You'll be provided with concrete examples and realistic processes as the simulation progresses - the next best thing to auditing a real business.

You can also gain work experience through short-term internships, paid work as a Student Ambassador or Peer Assisted Learning Leader, or through volunteering.


You'll be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations, which assess what you know and can do and help you develop the confidence and skills that employers value.

Coursework can take the form of essays and reports; business plans and applied research projects; portfolios and weekly notes; assessed group and individual presentations and posters. You'll also reflect and comment on your own learning and personal development.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

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


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by CPA Australia and The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). This is hugely beneficial if you want to become chartered as it fast tracks your qualification.

Also, this course offers maximum exemptions from professional examinations with the:


We encourage you to do a 40-week paid sandwich placement after Year two. It can be in the UK or abroad.

Employers highly rate this experience, with one third of students on placement re-employed by placement employers on graduation.

Accounting and Finance at UWE Bristol is well connected with local and national employers. We have a strong track record for securing placements with companies like Airbus, the NHS, Lloyds Banking Group, Ernst & Young and IBM.

You'll get help to find your placement and support throughout from our careers service.

Study year abroad

You'll also have opportunities to study overseas on courses that are taught in English and are relevant to your degree. The study year abroad is not a paid placement.

Study facilities

In our new £55m Bristol Business School building, you'll have access to cutting-edge learning spaces like the Bloomberg financial trading room. Training in this state-of-the-art financial platform will give you a commanding view of global finance.

Designed with student input, the Business School offers learning spaces for individual and group study plus conference rooms you can book. It's a space where students and business come together to collaborate and form new partnerships.

In our specialist library, business librarians manage vast collections to support your research. Attend workshops to develop your information skills or visit Study Skills

You'll have access to recommended books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases on and off campus.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

The demand for graduates with this degree gives you a competitive place in the jobs market.

This course makes 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 Accountants, Auditors, Business Analysts, Investment Consultants, Stock Controllers, Tax Assistants and Teachers. Recent graduates secured roles with Ernst and Young, Airbus, Lloyds Banking Group, Amazon, New Look and Coutts.

Further study at UWE Bristol is also an option, with many graduates progressing to Masters level courses in accounting related areas.

Read how Nuno, Rita and Ed turned their dream into a reality through our entrepreneur mentor scheme.

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.

Prospects find out about jobs in the accountancy, banking and finance sectors 


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 five year course and then transfer to the four 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.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • 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.
  • 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 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

If you think you'll achieve a higher tariff score, you may be interested in our BA(Hons) Accounting and Finance course.

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through UWE Bristol's International College which, upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year 1 of the degree.

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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