Directly facing the ‘bottom line’ challenges of contemporary business, this course introduces you to key principles of accountancy and finance, and provides a solid foundation of business knowledge. It offers the intellectual know-how, technical ability and transferable personal skills that employers value highly.
What's covered in the course?
Embracing legal, taxation, regulatory and institutional issues within a national and international context, this course provides the appropriate theoretical underpinning to ensure you cope with new developments and business change.
Initially, you will explore the fundamentals of financial accounting and management accounting, alongside business economics and law. A module on Professional and Financial Skills will begin to address your readiness for employment and your career aims.
The second year investigates management accounting applications, financial reporting and taxation. You look at key principles of audit and assurance and finance. You also prepare for an optional placement in the third year.
In your final year, you study advanced financial reporting, performance management and financial strategy. You can choose to study further finance or accountancy option modules or undertake an individual research project of your choice.
“This course is a great milestone towards becoming a Chartered Accountant as it provides hands-on practical application of the general principles of accountancy and finance.”
Nwalie Obinna Michael
Why Choose Us?
- The course offers useful flexibility: with BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance, and BA (Hons) Accountancy sharing a common first year, you could, space allowing, transfer at the end of the first year.
- Respected throughout the profession, the University is a Platinum Approved Learning Partner of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
- Only those institutions meeting the highest standards, such as exceeding the worldwide student pass rate for examinations, are granted ACCA Platinum status.
- There is the chance to gain exemptions from ACCA qualifications and certain exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountants (CIPFA) examinations.
- You will obtain full membership of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) on completion, provided you undertake an appropriate work placement.
- We offer the option of a year’s work placement and a six-month exchange programme in the second year at one of our international partner institutes.
We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
|Typical UK Qualification||Requirements 2015/16|
At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
|GCE A Level/ AS Level||280 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (BBC offer made in grades). This may also include General Studies and Critical Thinking. Remaining points can be made up with AS Levels in different subjects. AS Level in the same subject of an A Level will not be accepted.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||45 Credits Level 3, 15 credits Level 2 including Level 2 English Language and Maths for all programmes|
|BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years)||D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points|
|BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years)||DMM - 280 UCAS points|
|BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years)||Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma||28 points overall|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||Minimum of 280 UCAS points|
|Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher||Minimum of 280 UCAS points|
|Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options)||120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points|
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.
Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
Unconditional Offers 2015/16
If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for the 2015/16 year, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.
To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:
- 280 tariff points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBC or above) or
- be predicted DMM profile at BTEC level
|Typical EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications||Requirements 2015/16|
|IELTS||6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).||28 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
Advanced entry to second year
For direct entry onto the second year you must demonstrate competence equivalent to that achieved by a year one student such as an equivalent accountancy qualification (the AAT qualification, ACCA Fundamentals, Papers 1-3, or CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting) or an HND in Business and Finance and distinctions in four subjects.
The programme welcomes applications from students who have significant relevant work or life experience but who may not necessarily meet all of the published academic requirements for their chosen course. The University must be satisfied that your work or life experience is equivalent to the qualifications that other applicants will be studying. We want all of our students to succeed and will only offer a place where we believe that an applicant is capable of completing their chosen course with a strong final degree classification.
The admissions team will be pleased to discuss individual circumstances with prospective students.
How to Apply
Full Time: Apply through UCAS.
UCAS Code: NN43.
Apply via UCAS
Non-EU (International) students:. There are three ways for international students to apply: direct to the University, through a country representative or through UCAS. Please read our guidance on how to apply.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.
UK, EU and international students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.
You submit an application via the UCAS website with a list of up to five courses. All choices are confidential during the application process so universities and colleges considering an application cannot see your other choices. Applications must be completed by mid-January of the year that you wish to start university.
You can monitor the progress of your application using the UCAS Apply system.
Fees and Finance
Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
|Sep 2015||FT||3 years||BA (Hons)||£9,000 per year|
|Sep 2015||SW||4 years||BA (Hons)||See below|
Fees for students from non-EU countries (International)?
|Sep 2015||SW||4 years||BA (Hons)||See below|
|Sep 2015||FT||3 years||BA (Hons)||£11,500 per year|
Most of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses start in September/October, at the beginning of the academic year. However, some courses also have January/February or April start options. Short courses take place throughout the year.
Many of our courses can be studied on a Full-Time (FT) or Part-Time (PT) basis.
We also offer a Sandwich (SW) option for some courses – this usually involves two periods of Full Time study separated by a 'sandwich' placement spent working in an occupation related your course.
Online Learning (OL) courses can be studied remotely, usually using online learning tools.
Fees quoted are only for the academic year or start date stated. Fees may change in future years.
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
UK or EU students
Where a full-time undergraduate student opts to extend the normal length of a Bachelor’s degree by an additional year in order to take a full-year work placement there will be no fee for the additional placement year.
If a full-time international undergraduate student opts to extend the normal length of a Bachelor’s degree (4 years sandwich pathway) to complete a work-placement the following fee structure will apply:
- Year 1 = £11,500
- Year 2 = £11,500
- Year 3 = TBC
- Year 4 = £11,500
There are no additional compulsory costs for this course however you may wish to purchase text books or additional materials relating to the subject area.
Financial Options and Advice
We have deliberately tried to set fees that reflect the cost of course delivery in order to help our students avoid debt.
Full-time students won't have to pay for tuition fees until after their studies - there are government tuition fee loans available. If you are a full-time student, after leaving university you will start to pay back your loan once you are earning over £21,000 a year, at a rate of nine per cent on any income above £21,000. So if you were earning £25,000, you would pay back nine per cent of £4,000, or £30 per month.
Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis offers key facts on fees, loans and grants:
We offer further information on possible financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK. Our reputation for excellence is soaring globally, thanks to the superb links we forge with industry, our international alliances, and our focus on practical, vocational learning.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
- Explore some of the good reasons why you should study here.
- Find out how to improve your language skills before starting your studies.
- Find all the information relevant to applicants from your country.
- Learn where to find financial support for your studies.
- Discover what current and former international students have to say.
Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally–recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
Our next University-wide Open Day is on Saturday 20 June 2015. Registration will open Spring 2015 but in the meantime, why not sign up to BCYou! and receive email updates about the University.
Our Open Days provide you with the perfect opportunity to visit the University and discover just what we have to offer.
You can learn more about our courses, great teaching and links with leading employers - as well as our £260 million investment in facilities.
There is a non-stop programme of events and activities running throughout the day, so we recommend that you arrive at 9am to ensure you get the most out of the day.
Who is it for?
The day will cover all levels of study but is predominantly for undergraduate courses.
20 June Open Day
University Approach to Employability
Birmingham City University is committed to preparing students for successful employability and professional careers. We have an innovative approach to employability that will help you obtain an interesting and well-paid graduate job.
Read our Employability Statement to find out more.
You have the opportunity to take a 12-month placement after the second year, which can significantly improve your business awareness and employability following graduation.
In general, your course will prepare you for the realities and demands of this part of the business sector, allowing you to take your place as a competent, capable professional in financial management.
Our graduates have secured jobs as accountants and finance officers – as well as more diverse roles such as fraud officers, hedge fund analysts and office managers.
They work for companies such as HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, L'oreal, British Telecom and IBM UK Ltd.
Remember that local companies respect the capabilities of our graduates, often recruiting from our ranks.
You will also have the opportunity to increase your employability skills and experiences with the Leadership Challenge (a series of events, projects and competitions mirroring real-life business) and take advantage of the unique facilities at the Concept Factory, our purpose-built social space for enterprising students.
You will benefit from the opportunity to spend a year working in industry between your second and third study year, allowing you to acquire invaluable, hands-on experience ahead of your career in business.
It is an excellent opportunity for you and your placement company. Your work experience allows you to develop a greater understanding of the business world, pick up key transferable skills, and put theory into practice, whilst your placement company can gain from your fresh ideas and enthusiasm.
Local companies respect and often recruit Birmingham City Business School’s graduates. As well as helping you find a suitable place for your work experience year, the Placement Office advertises around 1,000 jobs each year.
A note for all full-time students starting a Bachelor's degree in 2013/14:
If you commence your studies in September 2013 under the new fees regime, and decide to undertake a placement year (making your degree a four-year sandwich course), please note that you will not be charged a tuition fee for that particular year.
You have the chance to gain optimised exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualifications and certain exemptions from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) professional body examinations.
Your further study options also include MSc Accountancy and Finance, MBA Finance and MSc Management and Finance, all are offered full-time.
About KIS data
From September 2012, all universities and colleges are publishing standardised information for all undergraduate courses in the form of a Key Information Set (KIS). The KIS data is designed to meet the needs of prospective students and allow for informed decision-making when choosing a university course.
Putting our students first
We pride ourselves on our student satisfaction levels which have risen from 73 per cent to 83 per cent between 2010 and 2012. Our dedication to improving the student experience is illustrated by our award-winning student engagement, our close links with business and industry and our £180 million investment in new facilities.
80.2 per cent of leavers responding to this survey from the Department of Accountancy & Finance at Birmingham City Business School, who went into either employment and/or further study, achieved a graduate-level destination. The average full-time salary for a leaver was £18,200. Employers who hired these leavers include Royal Bank of Scotland and Deutsche Bank, in positions such as Senior Business Associate and Hedge Fund Analyst.
Working with your Students' Union
Improving student satisfaction is a priority commitment shared by both Birmingham City University and its Students' Union. In its strategic planning, the Union has pledged to be more accessible, more relevant and provide more opportunity to engage with a diverse student community.
The Students'Union is already a key stakeholder in supporting an excellent teaching experience at Birmingham City University, through joint projects such as the Extra Mile Teaching Awards and the Student Rep scheme, which allows students to share their ideas on how they are taught.
As Birmingham City University moves towards a two campus strategy where it can better support enhanced learning and student support facilities across a two-mile radius, the Students' Union will also be better able to implement its commitment to improve communication and engage with its valued student membership.
Our staff and students tell you how you can benefit from studying the Accounting and Finance degree course.
|Business Economics and Law||30|
|Fundamentals of Financial Accounting||30|
|Fundamentals of Management Accounting||30|
|Professional and Financial Skills||30|
|Management Accounting Applications||30|
|Business Finance Decisions||Principles of Audit and Assurance||15 each|
|Optional Placement Year|
|In the final year you undertake 60 credits per term made up from core and optional modules. Those not marked core are your options.|
|Statistical Decision Making||Statistical Modelling||15 each|
|Comparative Financial Systems||International Corporate Finance||15 each|
|Advanced Financial Reporting (core)||30|
|Managing Performance (core)||30|
|Comparative International Reporting||Current Issues in Company Reporting||15 each|
|Dissertation (not available if you take a Placement Project)||30|
You will encounter various assessment methods, including group work and reports, oral presentations and computer-based work, as well as academic essays.
Professional accountancy bodies generally expect assessment by written, 'closed book' examinations for exemption purposes.
With a clear view of the road to his chosen profession ahead of him, and the endorsement of friends who had already graduated, Rajinder chose Birmingham City University for his Accountancy course.
“The course provided a sound basis to complete my ACCA exams, and I valued the support of various lecturers.”
Rajinder is now an Audit Executive for Ernst & Young, and looks forward to developing a successful career within Finance, either in practice or industry.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. It’s no surprise that the Complete University Guide placed us in the UK top 10 for spending on facilities in both 2012 and 2013.
Moving to the City Centre Campus
In September 2015 all business, English, law and social sciences courses will move to our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building. The £63m building will offer students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.
ACCA and CIMA accreditation
ACCA Platinum Level Tuition Provider
We have been approved under ACCA's Approved Learning Partner - student tuition (ALP-st) programme and given the award of Platinum Level Tuition Provider.
This means you can be sure:
- We have been assessed against ACCA's widely recognised and highly-regarded global best practice benchmarks.
- we have access to a range of development opportunities and tools provided by ACCA.
- An investigation will be carried out in the event of any student complaints.
To gain accreditation you must successfully complete the following modules:
- ACC5010 Mangement Accounting Applications
- ACC6012 Managing Performance
- FIN5004 / CM5416 Taxation
- ACC5008 / CM5411 Financial Reporting
- FIN6009 Advanced Financial Reporting
- ACC5007 / CM5422 Principles of Audit and Assurance
- FIN6010 Financial Strategy
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.
This accreditation is dependent on particular modules you choose.
Association of International Accountants
Accredited by the Association of International Accountants (AIA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.
Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.
Association of Accounting Technicians
Accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for full membership with that body.
Prospective students from the UK
- Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
- If you need further help, you can contact the Course Enquiries Team online by using the Course Enquiry Form.
- Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)121 331 5595.
Prospective students from outside the UK
- Please use the International Enquiry Form.
- Alternatively, call us +44 (0)121 331 5389.