Accounting and Finance - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full Time (3 Years), Sandwich (4 Years)
September 2017

Be prepared for a career within industry with our BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance programme, which will provide you with an education in finance, accounting and business, readying you for employment.

The programme is designed to equip you with technical knowledge and skills, readying you for employment. The course will encourage your intellectual and moral development, as well as your personal commitment to becoming a business professional.

As you progress, you will become more effective and creative as a problem solver, and be able to critically advise individuals and companies in the UK and internationally on a range of business-related matters.

The course is aligned to a host of professional bodies, ensuring you progress into a career quickly and with the relevant knowledge, as well as granting you exemptions from professional body exams. There will also be opportunities to experience different graduate roles, with a wide variety of placements and internships on offer to complement your studies.

What's covered in the course?

This course covers a range of areas such as accounting, taxation, business economics and law, strategic decision-making, and management, with real-life briefs and projects to work on.

This course offers you the choice of studying for the conventional three years or undertaking an additional professional placement for a year at no extra cost. A year of work experience will not only provide you with real-world experience of your subject, but will also give your employability credentials a substantial boost.

As part of their studies, previous students have worked with renowned names such as AXA Investments, Bentley, Goodyear Dunlop and Volkswagen.

With our practice-based approach to teaching, you'll have the chance to learn from professionally qualified, experienced academics who continue to work with industry. They've worked for companies such as KPMG, BMW and Cadbury Schweppes.

Why Choose Us?

  • You will gain the key accountancy, finance and business skills you need to successfully pursue a career in industry.
  • The course’s alignment to professional bodies ensures you receive contemporary, relevant information and future exam exemptions.
  • You’ll study in our £63 million Curzon Building, the latest development on our state-of-the-art City Centre Campus.
  • Placements will be available in order for you to gain valuable real-life skills and experience working in a real business.
  • Your course will consider the study of accountancy, finance and business from an international perspective, and you will be given the opportunity to travel abroad as part of your studies.

Please note this course has changed name for 2017/18. The KIS data below relates to the previous course title.

This course is subject to approval

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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

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
The Institute of Financial Accountants
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
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Entry Requirements

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

Typical Offers

A Level BBC or 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 subjects


BTEC D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points


GCSE GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
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England, Wales and Northern Ireland
City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates Pass Adult Numeracy / Adult Literacy. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Pass Maths / English. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Key Skills level 2 Pass Application of Numbers / Communication. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) AAABBB or BBBBCC Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scottish Intermediate 2 Only acceptable with Advanced Higher. Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scottish National 5 Only in certain circumstances. Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.

Other acceptable UK Qualifications

Please select a qualification from the drop-down list to view our entry requirements:

If you have a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Course Enquiries Team

EU / International students
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

The UCAS tariff has changed

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system has changed.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – has introduced a new system on how points are calculated. This will be different to what you may have seen if you have applied or looked at undergraduate courses previously.

More about the new tariff

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 Years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 Years £12,000 per year 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.

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.

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.

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.

Year One

Introduction to Financial Accounting
20 credits

You will learn how to prepare simple financial statements for sole proprietorship accounts, as well as being able to explain the purpose of financial accounting. 

Business Foundations
20 credits

Within this multi-disciplinary module, you’ll work with colleagues studying other programmes within the Business School, exploring how to run a business effectively through a business simulation. You’ll run a virtual business, and – with support and guidance – respond to business issues and challenges, rectifying them as you will when it comes to facing such situations in real life.

Principals of Economics
20 credits

This module will teach you the fundamental economic principles, theories and models. You’ll learn to evaluate the impact that external micro, macro and international environments have on the activities and performance of businesses. 

Applied Accounting
20 credits

You will learn to interpret published financial information and to apply accounting principles to the preparation of financial statements. 

Introduction to Management Accounting
20 credits

You’ll have to explain the nature of costs and employ a range of cost accounting techniques in order to account for materials, labour and overheads.

Financial Information Systems
20 credits

This module will teach you to input, manipulate and extract data and information from a discipline-specific financial software. You will undertake a project report and explain the types, purpose, benefits and risks of financial information systems. As part of the module, you gain industry qualifications, such as the Microsoft Office Specialist – Excel qualification.

Year Two

Financial Reporting
20 credits

You will evaluate the performance and position of a company and advise stakeholders on appropriate courses of action. You’ll also prepare published financial statements, including a statement of cash flow.

Decision Making for Business and Finance
20 credits

In this module, you will use both short and long term decision making techniques to make commercial and investment decisions, as well as assessing the performance of organisations against budgets and forecasts utilising advanced variance analysis.

Principals of Taxation
20 credits

You will evaluate the theories of taxation, illustrate the principle types of direct and indirect tax policy, and appraise the objectives of a tax system within a country.

Ethics, Corporate Governance and Law
20 credits

You will explain how the law determines the validity of contract law and how to manage both termination / breaches. You will also discuss the importance of ethics and corporate governance, and the roles both play within modern accounting and finance.

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:

  • Business Operations
  • Microeconomics
  • Strategic Development
  • Financial Modelling

Final Year

All of the following Final Year modules are optional.

Advanced Financial Reporting
20 credits

You will prepare accounting statements in compliance with international finance reporting standards. You’ll critically discuss and apply the advanced aspects of generally accepted international accounting principles. 

Strategic Management Accounting
20 credits

You will apply, interpret and make recommendations using a range of capital investment appraisal techniques, and critically analyse and apply a range of strategic management accounting techniques.

20 credits

You will evaluate and prepare appropriate taxation advice with supporting schedules and computations. You’ll compute direct and indirect taxes for incorporated businesses, and recognise the impact of groups and overseas aspects of corporate tax. 

Not for Profit Accounting and Reporting
20 credits

You’ll differentiate between public and charitable organisations, and evaluate the context in which the not-for-profit sector operates. You will also engage in a live charity case study, gaining valuable real-life skills.

Banking, Financial Markets and Institutions
20 credits

In this module, you will compare the distinctive features of financial markets and institutions, differentiating between the roles of financial markets.

Integrated Business Research Project
20 credits

Part presentation, part project, here you will create a document on a particular topic that interests you. You’ll draw adequate and appropriate conclusions and recommendations, as well as assessing their impacts. At the end of the module, you should be able to identify, determine and justify a disciplinary-relevant project, including its aims, scopes and objectives.  

Audit and Assurance
20 credits

In this module, you’ll analyse the nature and purpose of audit and assurance, while recognising and applying the regulatory framework.

Financial Management
20 credits

Financial Management will develop your research and analytical skills, enabling you to explain the techniques, concepts and nature of financial markets that affect the financial environment. 

Islamic Accounting and Finance
20 credits

You will learn to explain Islamic economics, the notion of Islamic social equality and governance. You’ll critically evaluate growth, challenges and critiques of the Islamic banking industry. 

UK and Global Accounting Issues
20 credits

You will summarise a range of current issues in company reporting, as well as critically evaluating current company reporting research in a national and international context. 

Project Management
20 credits

You will assemble a project plan using project management theory, concepts and tools. 

Course Structure

The first year of the programme will provide a solid grounding in accounting and its importance in business, as well as ensuring you are fully prepared to make informed decisions as to your study route in future years of the programme.

During the second and third years of the programme, there will be more flexible learning opportunities, enabling you to specialise in particular subject areas, and to tailor your programme to a particular career aim or specific professional body. There will also be opportunities to experience different graduate roles, with a wide variety of placements and internships on offer to compliment your studies.

Trips and visits

You will visit a range of businesses, gaining key industry insight and getting a focus on how businesses operate. In recent years, we have visited JCB, Morgan Motor Company and Cadbury World. 

Our Accounting and Finance programmes are aligned to a range of professional bodies. The main benefit of this is that you will be exempt from a range of professional body exams when it comes to graduating. It also ensures you’re fully prepared for the world of work, undertaking tasks that’ll stand you in good stead for your future. 

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.

The Institute of Financial Accountants
The Institute of Financial Accountants

Accredited by The Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
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.

ICAS Logo - The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.

International Opportunities

Your course will consider the study of accountancy, finance and business from an international perspective. You will be given the opportunity to travel abroad to work or study and will be encouraged to engage in UK, European and global business games and challenges.

Further Study

You will have the opportunity to transfer onto the MAcc in Accountancy and Finance before Level Six. Upon completing of this, you can move onto professional examinations with various accountancy bodies, helping to gain important skills and qualifications.

Alternatively, you could progress onto the MSc Accounting and Finance or the ACCA professional programme. 

Enhancing employability skills

Your course will prepare and equip you for a career in accountancy, finance, management or business, by relating your studies to the latest practice-based business developments.

Throughout the course, we have regular visits from professional bodies such as the ICAEW, CIMA and ACCA. These visits help ensure that you are learning the exact skills organisations and regulator bodies are looking for. 

You will also have the opportunity to attain the Microsoft Office Specialist – Excel qualification, enhancing your employability prospects.


In order to apply and enhance the skills you learn from the course, you will have the option to undertake a year-long work placement in the UK or overseas. Shorter-term work placements, voluntary work and internships will also be available.

In the past, students have benefited from our partnerships with the NHS, Volkswagen and Bentley.

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.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

Many of our graduates move on to exciting roles within accounting and finance. Because of the range of areas our course covers, students also go on to more diverse careers. We’ve seen graduates go into roles as fraud officers, hedge fund analysts and office managers.

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:

Our international students

International student Ally Hirji came to our course from Tanzania. He has found our competitions and industry challenges hugely beneficial. Following his involvement in our Employability Challenge Week, he went to Germany to represent us and the UK at a student event.

Students also come to us because of our globally recognised ACCA Platinum approved status. It gives them assurance that they’re joining a quality course with high standards and excellent pass rates.

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:  

Curzon facilities eatery
Curzon facilities staircase
Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is 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

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Chris Turner

Associate Professor (Accounting and Finance)

Prior to joining the Birmingham City Business School, Chris Turner conducted audit, assurance and consultancy engagements for a wide variety of clients ranging from well-known brands such as BMW, Halfords, Brittany Ferries and Saint-Gobain.

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Sian Eaton

Senior Teaching Fellow

Sian has a degree in Economics from Leeds University. On graduating she joined Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young) as a trainee Chartered Accountant, qualifying in 1983. She worked on numerous audits, ranging from small local businesses to large multi-national organisations. Notable clients included being part of the audit team of British Coal. Sian moved to the Birmingham branch of Ernst & Young in 1987, and was promoted to Audit Manager, with a portfolio of small to medium size clients.

She was also part of a larger team looking after conglomerates such as Lucas PLC. During this period she became part of the national training team, conducting professional training programmes for new recruits to the firm as well as qualified staff.

Sian joined Sutton Coldfield College (now Birmingham Metropolitan College) in 1995, and spent many years teaching on accounting courses, mainly at levels 4 and 5. She managed various accounting and HE programmes during her years at the college. She spent some time as the Quality Associate Director within the Business Directorate and was also deputy campus head of the Matthew Boutlon Campus. During her last years at the college she managed all the Business & Law Directorate HE provision, working in close proximately with the college’s franchise partners: Birmingham City, Aston and Coventry Universities. 

Sian joined Birmingham City University in September 2015 as a visiting lecturer, with the position becoming permanent in January 2016. She teaches management accounting on the accounting undergraduate programmes. Sian also has responsibility for induction and admissions for these courses.

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Margaret Saunders

Senior Teaching Fellow

Margaret Saunders began her career in industry working for a steel stockholders as a Management Accountant for their International subsidiary. After a brief period working with accountancy apprentices, Margaret joined Birmingham City University in September 2013.

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Shaista Mukadam


After completion of her Chartered Accountancy Professional Qualification from India, Shaista Mukadam worked and audited in many of the multi-national companies in India. She retrained as a lecturer, and now teaches on accounting modules at Birmingham City University.

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Helen Brain

Senior Teaching Fellow

Helen is a CIPFA qualified accountant and began her career in public sector audit and assurance, conducting audit engagements for the NHS and local government clients. Upon leaving the Audit Commission she joined KPMG, one of the 'big four' accountancy firms, as an Assistant Manager. Her role at KPMG involved conducting audit and assurance engagements for a variety of clients.

After gaining a number of years of audit experience, Helen began teaching at the CIPFA Education and Training Centre. Teaching across a range of qualifications, including CIPFA, AAT and ICAS, Helen successfully helped students to achieve exam success. In 2014 she was awarded the CIPFA Excellence in Education prize, voted for by the CIPFA Student Network, for her outstanding commitment to CIPFA students and for delivering exceptional tuition throughout their courses. 

In addition to teaching, Helen was involved in authoring learning materials and moderating professional examinations as well as having course management responsibilities. She also gained international experience, writing and delivering a Train the Trainer course at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia for CIPFA’s International Public Financial Management qualification.

Helen made the move to Birmingham City University at the start of 2016, teaching on undergraduate programmes and the ACCA programme.  

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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