Accounting and Finance - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years)
September 2015

Please choose how and when you would like to attend the course...

See the UCAS website for help and guidance with your application.

Places on this course are available through Clearing

Our Clearing hotline (0121 331 6777) is open. You can also contact us with your results on our web form.

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.

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.
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This course is open to International students

This course is accredited by:

Association of Accounting Technicians
ACCA Platinum Level Tuition Provider
Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy
Association of International Accountants

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for Clearing 2015

200 points (or equivalent) are required for this course in Clearing.

Use the UCAS Tariff Tables to work out your points.

Our Clearing hotline (0121 331 6777) is open.

Alternative options

If you do not have 200 UCAS points, you may like to look at these alternative courses:

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2015/16
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
Other qualifications
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.
EU/International students
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 cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

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.

Non-standard entry

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.

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

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)
be predicted DMM profile at BTEC level

Learn more about unconditional offers >>

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2015 FT 3 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years See below Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2015 FT 3 years £11,500 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years See below Apply via UCAS

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.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Guidance for UK/EU students


UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office.You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is not available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

First year

Business Economics and Law
30 credits
Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
30 credits
Fundamentals of Management Accounting
30 credits
Professional and Financial Skills
30 credits

Second year

Management Accounting Applications
30 credits
Financial Reporting
30 credits
30 credits
Business Finance Decisions (Autumn term)
15 credits
Principles of Audit and Assurance (Spring term)
15 credits

Final 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.

Advanced Financial Reporting (core)
30 credits
Managing Performance (core)
30 credits
Statistical Decision Making (Autumn term)
15 credits
Comparative Financial Systems (Autumn term)
15 credits
Statistical Modelling (Spring term)
15 credits
International Corporate Finance (Spring term)
15 credits
Financial Strategy
30 credits
Placement Project
30 credits
Dissertation (not available if you take a Placement Project)
30 credits

Course Structure

Our staff and students tell you how you can benefit from studying the Accounting and Finance degree course.

Teaching breakdown

35 Time in lectures, seminars and similar MidnightBlue
65 Time in independent study RoyalBlue

Assessment breakdown

64 Written exams DarkOrange
36 Coursework FireBrick

Student stories – Rohiel Khaliq

Rohiel Khaliq is a first year student who is enjoying the course and the opportunities it has given him. Rohiel came to a Birmingham City University after visiting an Open Day where he met teachers and current students, who impressed him with their insights and advice. He hopes to undertake a placement at the end of his second year which will increase his chances of getting onto a good graduate scheme at the end of his degree.

The course is challenging and provides you with all the tools necessary for life after graduation. The whole faculty is geared towards helping its students and providing the best service to them.

This course is accredited by the following organisations:

Association of Accounting Technicians
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.

ACCA Platinum Level Tuition Provider
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.
Accreditation dependency

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 Public Finance and Accountancy
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 International Accountants
Association of International Accountants

Accredited by the Association of International Accountants (AIA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.

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.

Erasmus scheme

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Further Study

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.

Student stories Rajinder Kumar

Audit Executive for Ernst & Young

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.

Rajinder is now an Audit Executive for Ernst & Young, and looks forward to developing a successful career within Finance, either in practice or industry.

Enhancing your employability skills

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.

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 ASK@BCU, an online employer mentoring which teams students up with alumni and employer mentors to provide industry insight, employability skills and contacts.


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.

More about our placement opportunities...


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

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.

International Students

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 international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

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.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our accounting and finance course is most popular with international students from:  

Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Barclays Bank
  • Deutsche Bank

And in jobs such as:

  • Assistant Case Manager
  • Graduate Intern

Our Facilities

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 Curzon Building

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.

The Curzon Building will also feature:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which will be located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

What do our students think?

"It's shaping out to be a great futuristic building."

English student Isaac will be moving into the building in September and had an exclusive tour of the new facilities.

Read Isaac's blog >>

Becky Bate

Senior Lecturer in Management Accounting

Becky is an engaging and enthusiastic lecturer with a keen interest in financial strategy and decision making for businesses.

After a career in both practice and industry as an ACCA qualified accountant, Becky began teaching at FTC Birmingham (now Kaplan Financial). Teaching a wide variety of qualifications, including CIMA, ACCA, AAT and ICAEW, Becky successfully enabled professional students to gain excellent exam passes, with multiple prizewinners across her teaching career.

After several teaching roles in the private sector, with Kaplan, BPP and LSBF, Becky made the move to public sector education and joined Birmingham City University in September 2013.

Keith Jenkins

Keith Jenkins

Senior Lecturer Management Accounting

Keith has been a Senior Lecturer in Management Accounting at Birmingham City University since 2007. Prior to this he worked for four years at Josiah Mason College, initially as HE Development Co-ordinator, and later as Head of the Business Faculty.

Keith had previously worked in lecturing roles at Josiah Mason College between 1995 and 2000, before moving to South Birmingham College for three years as Head of Department for Business, Humanities and Arts.

Peter Byrne

Senior Lecturer

Peter trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a large firm in Manchester and he worked briefly as a Financial Accountant with Courtaulds. He has been teaching in the higher education sector for 34 years. Peter is currently a part-time member of staff and is at the University two days each week. 

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295