Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons)

Course overview

  • Course level
    Undergraduate
  • Course type
    Full-time
  • Duration
    4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for international students
  • Course options
    Placement year (UK/abroad)
  • UCAS code(s)
    N420
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A-Levels
    ABB - BBB
  • BTEC extended diploma
    DDD
  • International Baccalaureate diploma
    32 points overall with 6,6,5 - 6,5,5 at HL. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths.
  • Further requirements
    GCSE: 5 GCSEs at C or above, including Maths Grade B/5 and above and English Language OR English Literature Grade C/4
More information

Gain experience for your CV with the integrated placement year

93% Overall Satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2018)

Five years after graduating, employed Aston business graduates earn an average of £35,900 (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO), 2018)

Accounting and Finance at Aston is ranked in the Top 20 out of 104 for overall satisfaction with the course (Guardian League Table, 2019)

Course summary

Focus on the essential role of accounting in decision-making. Learn about the relationship between management teams and the monitoring and planning of an organisation’s financial resources. You will learn about the key role an accountant plays in this process and gain insight into what drives management strategy. Our graduates go on to work at companies such as Deloitte and PwC. This course offers a double degree option. Achieve two degrees for the price of one, and study abroad at one of our partner institutions.

Entry requirements and fees

4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for non-EU students

UCAS Code: N420

Typical offers:
A Levels: ABB - BBB 
IB: 32 points overall in the IB diploma with 6,6,5 - 6,5,5 at HL. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths at Standard level.
BTEC, Access & other: BTEC Extended Diploma DDD. Access to HE students are eligible to apply for this course.

Further requirements:
5 GCSE grades A*- C to include:
GCSE Maths – grade B/5
GCSE English Language OR English Literature – grade C/4
Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

UCAS applicants who select this course as their Firm choice may be eligible for a lower offer. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.
Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).

Tuition fees: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £15,250 (£2,500 during placement year) for International students (2019/20). More on fees

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

International students:

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English langauage qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.

For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage. 

 

Course outline

Accounting deals with the running, operating and performance of a business (through management accounting, financial accounting and financial analysis of a business) and delves into the specialisms of audit and taxation. Studying financial management will also introduce you to the subject area of finance developing your knowledge and skills, including financial decision making and risk management.

Accounting and Finance prepares you well for a career in accounting or any area of business or the not for profit sector, and it is accredited with Professional accounting bodies including ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW.

Please note: this course was previously known as BSc Accounting for Management.

Subject guide and modules

In your first year you will study a wide range of business subjects, gaining the broad insight into management required by all accounting professionals.

From the second year you will explore financial and management accounting in depth, participate in events organised in conjunction with accountancy firms, visiting businesses and undertake an interactive business game module.

This structure ensures your degree is taught with both a professional orientation and a proper regard for the conceptual bases of the subject. In your final year, accounting studies are taken to a more refined level, similar to professional qualification standard, but retaining theoretical analysis.

Year 1

You will study a range of topics, designed to give you a solid foundation for your business degree. 

The core and compulsory modules are: 

  • Careers in Accounting 
  • Foundations in Financial and Management Accounting
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Law for Business 
  • Principles of Operations Management 
  • Foundations of Business Analytics
  • Introduction to Business Economics

Year 2

Your degree begins its specialist emphasis upon finance and financial and management accounting.

 The core and compulsory modules are: 

  • International Financial Reporting 
  • Applied Management Accounting 
  • Business Tax 
  • Audit, Governance and Company Law 
  • Financial Management
  • Virtual Business Simulation 

Year 3 

Professional placement year in accountancy, finance or management or you have the option to undertake an international study placement. This year is compulsory for all UK and EU students. 

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year

In this year accounting studies are taken to a more refined level, similar to a professional qualification standard, but retaining theoretical analysis. 

The core and compulsory modules are:

  • Advanced International Financial Reporting 
  • Strategic Management Accounting 
  • Integrated Case Study 

Plus a range of optional modules: 

  • Tax Policy and Personal Tax 
  • Audit and Professional Ethics
  • Financial Analysis 
  • Risk Management
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting
  • International Finance
  • Fraud, Bribery and Corruption 
  • Derivatives
Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching

You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. 

Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials. For example, all business students undertake the Business Game module and compete in teams in a computer simulation exercise that culminates in a presentation to a panel of internal employers.

Aston University has subscriptions to both the Financial Times and The Economist, which you can benefit from whilst studying here.

Assessment

Assessment is provided by a mix of coursework and examination.

Students who are made an offer will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions. 

Course director

Sara Saynor

Phone: +44(0)121 204 5455
Email: s.saynor@aston.ac.uk 

Personal development

Our business degrees are designed to also give you a range of transferable and practical skills to succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. This experience will develop your team working and negotiating skills.

The integrated placement year gives you the genuine practical work experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of issues such as office politics, which cannot be replicated in the lecture room.

Professional accreditations and exemptions

BSc Accounting and Finance graduates can claim exemptions from the examinations of a number of professional bodies.

At present exemptions are available from:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Certified Practicing Accountants Australia (CPA Australia)
  • Association of International Accountants (AIA)
  • Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
  • The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA)

Accreditation is a stamp of quality and prestige for a business school and its programmes. Aston is proud to be among 1% of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation. 

Placement year

Our four year course with an integrated placement during the third year gives you the chance to put theory into practice, gain relevant work experience, and develop professional and transferable skills.  

We have a dedicated Employer Team within our Careers and Placements department who have links with local, national and international organisations and advertise vacancies to students through an online platform exclusively for Aston students and graduates.  

The opportunity to undertake a study placement with one of our international partner institutions is also available if you would prefer.

Find out more about the Aston placement year, and view the careers and placements page.

Career prospects

As well as the extensive range of professional exemptions, our outstanding reputation for producing well prepared graduates and the experience gained on the placement year contribute to an excellent employment record.

Our recent graduates were successful in finding graduate accounting and financial management roles such as Audit associate, Commercial analyst, Auditor, Tax analyst, Tax trainee, Risk consultant and Business analyst at companies such as Grant Thornton, Carphone Warehouse, PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) UK, RSM, Deloitte LLP, BDO and Grant Thornton.

Academic teaching partnerships

Aston University is proud to be working in partnership with Muscat University to develop the next generation of leaders for Oman. 

To find out more visit the Muscat University website.

What's it like to study at Aston?

The placement year is a brilliant step towards real life, allowing you to decide whether that is a career you would like to pursue upon graduation. Many students are offered graduate jobs with their placement organisation, but if not, this real-world experience sets you aside from the competition when applying to other jobs too.

Jack Turley

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