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Business Management with Accounting and Finance (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
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 Aylwin Yafele
Key fact:
Get access to industry through guest speakers, real-life case studies and a valuable placement year with a big name employer.

Page last updated 14 February 2018


Why study business management with accounting and finance?

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

Combining this discipline with business will broaden your knowledge, open up career paths and provide context when applying theory and practice to real-world businesses.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Business Management with Accounting and Finance combines specialist accredited modules in Accounting and Finance with a solid grounding in business.

Taught by leading experts, you'll develop crucial accounting skills and explore the fundamentals of global business from an operational to strategic level.

Our immersive audit simulation, developed by our senior lecturer Susan Whittaker, is currently used at 12 UK universities.

You'll be part of a supportive, well-connected department, with access to industry through guest speakers, real-life case studies and a placement year with companies like PwC, KPMG, Sunlife, Lloyds Banking Group and Hargreaves Lansdown.

Where can it take me?

This course is designed to meet the needs of employers. Our graduates leave with valuable knowledge and experience of business environments that help them thrive in a competitive job market.

Our graduates go on to careers in finance, management, accountancy, marketing and human resources in both private and public sector organisations.

Many graduates progress to master's level courses in areas such as financial management, marketing, human resource management and economics. Others gain professional qualifications alongside work, such as accountancy professional body qualifications like ACCA and CIMA.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



You normally need to pass your foundation year before going onto year one.

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

Year one

You will study:

  • Introduction to Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Economic Principles in a Contemporary Context (Accounting, Economics and Finance) 
  • Understanding Organisations and People (Accounting, Economics and Finance)
  • Understanding the Principles of Marketing (Accounting, Economics and Finance)
  • Statistics and Data Management
  • Accounting and Finance in Society
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

Year two

You will study:

  • Managing People
  • Management and Cost Accounting
  • Financial Accounting 2
  • Research Methods for Business (Accounting, Economics and Finance)
  • Introductory Research Project (Accounting, Economics and Finance)
  • Managing Business Processes
  • Corporate Finance.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Principles of Taxation
  • Market Analysis for Private Investors
  • Business Law
  • Credit Management Theory and Practice
  • 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 your fourth year away from the University on a work or study placement.  

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 Management (Accounting, Economics and Finance)
  • Accounting for Managers
  • Managing Organisational Change
  • Integrated Business Simulation.  

Plus two optional modules (one if you've completed a placement year or studied year abroad) from:

  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Investment Management
  • International Financial Management
  • Credit Risk Analysis and Management
  • International Business in the Emerging Markets
  • Financial Crime
  • Islamic Banking and Finance
  • Auditing
  • Further Tax Theory and Practice
  • Work Integrated Learning.

And one major project from:

  • Work-based Enquiry Project
  • Critical Business Enquiry Project
  • Applied Business Project
  • Business Project.

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 a mix oflectures, tutor-led and independent student-led study and group projects.

Lectures, workshops/seminars and group project work account for 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.

During your foundation year, you'll become a reflective learner and begin developing skills you'll need later on, such as self reliance and collaboration.

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

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

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The UWE Bristol 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 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 to assess what you know and can do and help you develop the confidence and skills that employers value.

You'll complete essays and reports, business plans and applied research projects, portfolios and weekly notes, and 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.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

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Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).Depending on what modules you choose over your course, you may get exemptions from some of their professional exams.

This can fast track your career if you want to become an ACCA qualified accountant.

You may be able to gain exemptions from other professional bodies by applying individually when you graduate.

If you want a degree that gives you maximum exemptions from ACCA and other professional accounting qualifications, see BA(Hons) Accounting and Finance.


We encourage you to do a 40-week paid sandwich placement after your second year of study. 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.

We have a growing employer network with local and national employers, including large accounting firms like KPMG, PwC, Sunlife, banks and smaller firms.

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

Study year abroad

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

Study facilities

Your learning is supported through the provision of high quality study facilities and an excellent library.  Dedicated business librarians manage vast collections of materials to support all your curriculum subjects and independent research through information skills sessions and the University's Study Skills pages.  There is also an extensive programme of regular workshops including referencing management. 

The library offers zoned space from silent to group study and student bookable rooms.  You will benefit from direct access to electronic databases on and off campus including recommended books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases.

The Bloomberg financial trading room is used by students from across Bristol Business School and provides the opportunity for training in this state of the art financial platform that provides a commanding view of global finance.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.


Careers / Further study

There's a high demand for graduates with this degree, giving you lots of career choices.

Our graduates work in finance, management, accountancy, marketing and human resources in both private and public sector organisations.

Further study at UWE Bristol is also an option with many graduates progressing to master's level courses in areas such as financial management, marketing, human resource management and economics, as well as professional qualifications studied alongside working, such as accountancy professional body qualifications like ACCA and CIMA.

If you choose further study at UWE Bristol, you'll be ready for a master's in areas like financial management, marketing, human resource management and economics.

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 find out about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

Prospects - read about some of the key jobs in the accountancy, banking and finance and business sectors


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years1200
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years with placement1500
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year300

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) Business Management with Accounting and Finance course.

Read more about undergraduate entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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