BA(Hons) Accounting and Business Management
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This applied and industry-engaged course gives you the edge in business by combining key management skills with financial expertise and strategic capabilities. You will also gain some exemptions from professional accounting exams.
Why study accounting and business management?
Effective financial and strategic management skills are highly sought after in business, and combined expertise will help you stand out in the graduate marketplace.
Why UWE Bristol?
The BA(Hons) Accounting and Business Management will prepare you to take on key management roles where your financial acumen will give you a valuable additional perspective.
Teaching balances technical accounting with management theory and practice, so you'll learn to manage effectively and make sound strategic and business and financial decisions.
Through regular guest speakers and employer partnerships, your learning is led by industry best practice and current innovations, so you're all set to enter practice in the real world.
In our Bristol Business School, you'll benefit from purpose-facilities which include interactive learning rooms and spaces for individual and group study.
You'll explore and apply real-time financial data in our Bloomberg Trading Suite, and attain the industry-recognized Bloomberg Certificate. At every stage of the course you'll be able to access academic skills support from the Academic Success Centre.
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 Finance, with full transferability between courses at the end of the first year.
Where can it take me?
A sound financial grounding combined with effective management knowledge and skills will prepare you for leadership roles in a range of business and industry environments.
You might go on to join a graduate management training scheme in a major corporation, or decide to pursue professional qualifications in accounting or finance, or start your own business.
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
You will study:
- Foundations of Financial Accounting
- Introduction to Management Accounting
- Economic Principles in Contemporary Context
- Essential Information Skills
- Introduction to Managerial Finance
- Statistics and Data Management
- Professional Development for Accounting and Finance
- Business Law.
You will study:
- Management Accounting and Decision Making
- Managing People
- Elements of Management Practice in AF
- Applied Research Skills for AF.
Plus, two optional modules from:
- Corporate Finance
- Financial Accounting
- Personal Financial Planning
- Entrepreneurial Finance.
Plus, two optional modules from:
- International Business
- Operations and Business Systems
- Good Business, Bad Business and Sustainability
- Digital Business Management
- Design Thinking.
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.
You will study:
- Strategic Project
- Work Integrated Learning or Cross Cultural Learning and Development or Placement Learning
- Business Strategy and Technology
- Managing Organisational Change
- Strategic Management Accounting.
Plus, two optional modules from:
- Virtual Business
- Financial Management
- Islamic Banking and Finance
- Credit Risk Analysis and Management.
- Investment Management
- Financial Crime
- International Financial Management
- Organisational Leadership
- Business Innovation and Growth
- Sustainable business
- Project 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'll 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 year you'll 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*:
|Year||Scheduled learning and teaching study||Independent study||Placement study|
*calculated from compulsory and option module choices (where applicable) each year.
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.
Assessment will include business reports, essays, literature reviews, case study evaluations, simulations, 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*:
|Year||Written exam assessment||Coursework assessment||Practical exam assessment|
*calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year.
This course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
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 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.
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 China, Vietnam and Malaysia.
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 / Further study
There is high demand for graduates with leadership and management skills. The added knowledge of finance and strategic decision-making gives you a further competitive edge, opening up many career options.
This course makes an ideal launch pad for careers in management roles with a financial emphasis, or more broadly into investment, accountancy, banking and personal and corporate finance roles.
Our students go on to management and financial roles in a wide range of sectors, working in investment and accounting firms, banks 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 sustainability, leadership, entrepreneurship, private wealth management, and credit management.
Recent graduates have secured roles with Amazon, Intel, Lloyds Banking Group, PWC, Hargreaves Lansdown and Airbus.
Further study at UWE Bristol is also an option, with recent graduates progressing to Masters level courses in finance, leadership, business analytics and marketing.
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.
Full-time, sandwich course
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.
- Tariff points: 112
- GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
- English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (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. Visit http://uwe.ac.uk/englishlanguagerequirements
- A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
- Access: No specific subjects required.
- Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
- Irish Highers: no specific subjects required.
If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for BA(Hons) Accounting and Business Management (with Foundation Year).
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.
If you are interested in direct entry to Final year, please see our BA(Hons) Business Management with Accounting and Finance (Top Up) course.