Business Accounting - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
N40B
Attendance:
Full Time (3 Years), Sandwich (4 Years), Part Time
Starting:
September 2017
Campus:

Places on this course are available through Clearing

Clearing 2017

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Start your accountancy career the minute you walk through the door with our BSc (Hons) Business Accounting course.

Designed to equip you with the intellectual and technical building blocks to kick-start your career, our course’s professional alignment enables fast-track progression into the world of accountancy.

You will study accredited modules that are designed to meet high standards, and you’ll also have the option to undertake a full year’s work placement, gaining vital real-life skills. As you progress, you will become more effective and creative as a problem solver, and be able to critically advise individuals and companies on a range of business-related matters.

You’ll develop the professional accounting skills required of any senior manager and have the flexibility to customise your own programme during the second and final years to become a specialist in economics, taxation, project management or international business.

Completing the course will not only enable you to follow careers in accountancy, but careers in any aspect of business, as you’ll have an in-depth understanding of all aspects of business operations.

  • This degree course is accredited by the AIA, ICAEW and IFA professional bodies for maximum exemptions. This means that the course is as professionally relevant and up-to-date as possible, taking into account the very latest developments in the profession.
  • On all of our programmes you will gain a professional focus and real world experience of accounting, ensuring you are equipped to make an immediate impact in the business world. You have the opportunity to embark on a year-long sandwich placement as part of your degree course. Your placement tutor will also give you guidance throughout.
  • Our links with accrediting bodies and big name businesses mean we regularly hold industry talks and guest visits on campus.
  • Recognising the global scope of business, all our programmes have an international focus. This is embedded throughout the curriculum, giving you the opportunity to transform your experience with us into a global one. There are a variety of exciting possibilities open to you, ranging from our successful international travel scholarships scheme, through which you can spend a summer working for a charitable organisation overseas, to one of our many overseas study exchange programmes.
  • 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 course.
  • As a student on one of our undergraduate degrees, you will be able to benefit from our Graduate+ initiative. This three-year award programme enables you to gain award levels for all the extra-curricular activities you undertake so that you can stand out from the crowd on graduation.
  • You will study in our state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, ideally located for you to take advantage of our links to Birmingham’s business district, one of the largest in the UK.
  • We keep group sizes small, and focus on teaching instead of lecturing, meaning you’ll get all the time and focus you need from our industry experienced staff.

To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2017 or 2018, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid.

This course is open to International students

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Where our students go

  • Chartered Accountant
  • Investment Advisor
  • Accounting Technician

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This course is accredited by:

The Institute of Financial Accountants
Association of International Accountants
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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for Clearing 2017

Get in touch or apply now to see if you could start on this course in September.

The entry requirements below show our standard UCAS tariff points. During Clearing, we review applications on a case by case basis and so flexibility is possible.

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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

Or

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

Or

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting

Plus

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.
View Equivalent GCSE Qualifications that will be considered
QualificationGradeRequirements
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.
Ireland
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) AAABBB or BBBBCC Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scotland
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

Advanced Entry

Second Year

You may be eligible for direct entry onto the second year of this course if you possess one of the following qualifications:

  • AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting
  • ACCA Papers F1-3
  • CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting
  • ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business

You will be entering onto the second year of the current Account and Finance course, as opposed to the new 2017/18 course, so some content will differ. Please contact our enquires team on +44 (0)121 331 5595 for more details.

EU / International students
English language requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page
International Students

Entry requirements here

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.

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Advice about Clearing 2017

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 Years £9,250 per year Apply via Clearing
SW 4 Years £9,250 per year (excluding sandwich year) Apply via Clearing
PT TBC £1,542 per 20-credit module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 Years £12,000 per year
SW 4 Years £12,000 per year (excluding sandwich year)

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

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.

Places available to start in September 2017

If you would like to start this course full time this September and you already have your exam results, you can apply online now through Clearing.

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International and part-time students can apply online as normal using the links above.

Want to start in September 2018?

You can apply via UCAS from 6 September 2017.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement 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.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

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.

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

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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.

Principles 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

In this module, 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

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.

Business Operations
20 credits

In this module, you will evaluate the role and contribution of the operations function in modern businesses. You’ll apply theoretical principles, tools and concepts to business operation problems to deliver sustainable performance, and use theoretical principles to establish how relationships in the supply chain can be managed.

Strategic Development
20 credits

Here you will learn to differentiate between the different approaches for strategic development, and analyse and recommend an appropriate Strategic Implementation strategy.

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:

  • Financial Reporting
  • Contemporary Business, Practice and Solutions
  • Microeconomics
  • Principles of Taxation
  • Econometrics
  • Study Abroad 

Final Year

eBusiness
20 credits

You will analyse and classify an organisation’s current e-business strategy, identifying their strengths and weaknesses when compared to their competitors. 

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. 

Integrated Business Research Project
40 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.  

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:

  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Not for Profit Accounting and Reporting
  • Project Management
  • International Business 

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 that will enable you to specialise in particular subject areas, and to tailor your programme to a particular career aim or 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.

All modules will mix face-to-face lectures with online activities. As a practice-based course, sessions will usually involve the application of academic concepts to real-world scenarios. Online delivery will also be provided via the University’s virtual learning environment, and modules will also require you to engage with online study to prepare for, participate in and further develop your skills.

Due to the professional alignment of the programme, examinations will be a common feature when it comes to assessments. However, a variety of methods will be used, and you’ll be required to deliver reports, presentations, essays and project plans, both individually and within a group.

You will regularly engage with tutors, working together to identify any gaps in your knowledge and finding appropriate learning activities to suit your individual needs. A variety of learning activities will be used, whether it be a short written piece or a reflective journal, and you’ll be given regular feedback by your personal tutor.

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.

Professional Accreditation

Our Accounting and Finance programmes are accredited by 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.

Exemptions available will depend upon modules selected in the second and further years of study.

This course is accredited by the following organisations:

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.

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.

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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.

International Opportunities

During your second year, you have the option to undertake the Study Abroad module, where you can examine an interdisciplinary topic within an international setting. You’ll create a digital story suitable for a range of audiences, and self-reflect on the impact of an international experience.

Further Study

This programme shares the same first year as the MAcc Accounting and Finance and the BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance programmes, so if you’re keen to maximise professional exemptions, you can transfer to one of those courses after your first year.

Upon completing your degree, you may be interested in our postgraduate MSc Accounting and Finance course.

Enhancing your employability skills

You will be supported throughout your studies by the University Careers and Employability team with the aim of enhancing your employability prospects on graduating.

The Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences is committed to practice-led learning and teaching that will give you experiences of the world of work through a range of activities which could include work placements, voluntary work, live projects, problem-solving, case studies, visits to businesses and  social enterprises.

Placements

Your programme will provide you with an opportunity to apply your developing knowledge and skills in the workplace either by taking a full year’s work placement in the UK or overseas or through engaging in shorter work placements, internships or voluntary work.

More about our placement opportunities...

OpportUNIty

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.

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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

Business courses are one of the top 12 degree subjects for getting a job. According to The Telegraph, 85 per cent of business graduates nationwide progress into work or further study within six months of finishing their degrees.

Recently our graduates have joined Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Universal Utilities straight from University. They have been offered roles as a management trainee and junior accountant respectively, which shows how diverse your options are.

Learning business alongside accountancy makes you well-equipped to set up your own company - and that’s just what David Nicholls did. He now runs JTD CerTax Accounting which he set up in 2005.

Other graduates have taken on roles in both business and accountancy from finance analysts and incident handlers to managers and customer service officers.

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:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
UK
Australia
Canada
NZ
US
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

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

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 accountancy and business course is most popular with international students from:  

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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 Eaton 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, including being part of the audit team of British Coal.

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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

Lecturer

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

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295