BSc Accounting and Finance||

UCAS code: NN34 BSc/AccFin

Programme requirement: GCSE pass at grade A or above in Mathematics, or A level at grade A or above in Mathematics (or equivalent). No specific subjects are required at A level, although candidates normally have A level Mathematics (or equivalent). Candidates offering A level(s) in the humanities are encouraged to apply. Those candidates who do not have A level Mathematics (or equivalent) should be prepared to develop their mathematical skills, and will be provided with support including tailored first year courses in mathematics and statistics

Usual standard offer: A level: grades A A A

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 7 6 6 or 6 6 6 at Higher level

Other qualifications are considered

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Applications 2012: 1,721

First year students 2012:

First year:

(*half unit)

†Choice will depend on your previous level of mathematics.

Second year:

Third year:

  • Financial Accounting, Analysis and Valuation
  • One option in accounting
  • One option in finance
  • One option from a list including options in accounting, finance, economics, management, business statistics, commercial law or an outside option

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

First year

The first year specialist introductory course, Elements of Accounting and Finance, will bring you into contact with students from other departments who can take it as an option. The aim of the course is to introduce students to the preparation, uses and limitations of accounting information and to some issues in finance and investment. There is also a course in Economics. Your choice of quantitative methods courses will depend on your background in mathematics and statistics. You may be able to choose one of your first year courses as an outside option from a wide range taught in other departments in subject areas including anthropology, computing, economic history, geography, law, mathematics, philosophy, politics, psychology and sociology.

If you have not studied A level Mathematics (or equivalent), you will be required to take courses in mathematics and statistics to give you access to more options in years two and three. This means you will not be able to take an outside option in your first year.

Second and third years

There are three core accounting and finance courses. Managerial Accounting focuses on planning and control in organisations, operational and strategic decision-making, and includes an assessment of emerging topics. Principles of Finance examines companies' longer term investment decisions, and the ways in which these may be financed in the financial markets. Financial Accounting, Analysis and Valuation provides an insight into the theory and practice of corporate financial reporting to investors and other interested parties.

You take two further accounting and finance courses, one in accounting and one in finance, in your third year (and may also take a third course in either accounting or finance in place of an outside option). These are chosen from Management Accounting, Financial Management and Organisational Control (cost management and planning and control practices in complex organisations), Auditing, Governance and Risk Management (the theory and practice of auditing, its role in corporate governance and risk management, and its legal and social environment), Corporate Finance, Investments and Financial Markets (corporate finance, investments and performance evaluation and international finance), and Quantitative Finance (asset pricing, risk management, financial forecasting and derivatives pricing).

In the second year you take a further course in economics and in each year you will select a course from a range of options. Management related options include Organisational Theory and Behaviour and Operational Research Methods. Business statistics options include Introduction to Econometrics. Alternatively, you may choose another approved course. If you wish to gain exemptions from professional accountancy examinations you will normally need to take Commercial Law as an option.