Accountancy - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years)
September 2016

Places on this course are available through Clearing

240 points (or equivalent) are required for this course in Clearing.
See the 'Entry Requirements' tab for more detail.


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With a range of professional accreditations, a practice-based approach to accounting and the chance to gain real-life work experience, our BA (Hons) Accountancy course prepares you to overcome the day-to-day corporate financial challenges you’ll face in the industry.

This approach and the experience of our staff has seen former graduates go on to work with leading companies such as Siemens, Deloitte and Deutsche Bank.

Last chance to apply

The 2016/17 academic year will see the final intake of new students for this course, so get in quick if you want to apply.

Want to study in 2017/18?

You may want to check out these similar courses which will be available to start in 2017/18:

What's covered in the course?

This course is aligned to the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualification and maximises the number of CIMA examinations from which you’ll be exempt.

You have the option to take a professional placement for a year, giving you a competitive advantage when it comes to securing full-time employment. Students who have undertaken placements in the past have worked with the likes of Boeing, IBM and Disney.

Throughout the course, you’ll learn not only about financial markets and reporting, but also how accountancy operates within economic environments and law. You’ll be taught by experienced academics who continue to work with industry, who’ll share their knowledge and attributes with you.

“This course is a challenging and interactive experience. There are many skills that will be tested throughout and will lead to having a good future career.” Steven Partlett

Why Choose Us?

  • We have accreditation from the Association of Charted Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), the Association of International Accountants (AIA), the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and CIMA. All of these accreditations ensure our course is relevant and cutting-edge, and they recognise the excellence of our teaching.
  • We’re one of the few UK universities to have been granted Platinum Level Tuition Provider status by ACCA.
  • Previous graduates of this course have moved into jobs in companies around the globe, all within the accountancy industry.
  • You’ll hear from high-profile guest speakers, with previous guests including the Chief Executive of world-leading beverage company, Diageo.
  • Studying for this course takes place in our cutting-edge facility, The Curzon Building, part of our burgeoning City Centre Campus. This puts you at the heart of Birmingham’s thriving business environment.
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Please note: we are currently reviewing our entire course provision for 2017/18. Details will be included in your registration email.

This course is open to International students

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Where our students go

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

  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • Michael Heaven and Associates

And in jobs such as:

  • Tax Professional
  • Trainee Accountant

This course is accredited by:

ACCA Platinum Level Tuition Provider
Association of International Accountants
Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
The Institute of Financial Accountants

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for Clearing 2016

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

Use the UCAS Tariff Tables to work out your points.

Call our Clearing hotline 0121 331 6777.

Alternative options

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 2016/17
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 2016/17
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.

The UCAS tariff is changing

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

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for 2016/17, 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 points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBC or above)
predicted DMM at BTEC level

You will also be required to attend an interview.

More about unconditional offers

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £12,000 per year
SW 4 years £12,000 per 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 2016

If you would like to start this September, you can apply through Clearing.

0121 331 6777

International students can also apply to start this September through Clearing. More information for international students.

Want to start in September 2017?

You can apply via UCAS from 6 September 2016.

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.

First year

In your first year, you’ll study the fundamentals of financial and management accounting, as well as economics and law. You share your first year with BA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance students, which gives you the flexibility to change courses before your second year.

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

Second year

You’ll study subjects in greater detail, examining how you apply management accounting in business, as well as looking at tax principles and how to conduct effective financial reports.

Financial Reporting
30 credits
Management, Accounting, Applications
30 credits
Operations and Project Management
30 credits
Tax Principles (Autumn term)
15 credits
Effective Management (Spring term)
15 credits

Final year

For your final year, you have the option to undertake a placement. We’ll help you gain work experience in a relevant role for a whole year, putting you ahead of the competition when it comes to looking for employment.

You’ll also begin studying independently, applying what you’ve learnt and developing the areas that interest you in optional modules. If you’ve been on placement, you’ll have the option to write a placement project. If you decided not to go on a placement, you can write a dissertation.

Advanced Financial Reporting (core)
30 credits
Managing Performance (core)
30 credits
Integrated Strategic Management (core)
30 credits
Comparative International Reporting (Autumn term)
15 credits
Statistical Decision Making (Autumn term)
15 credits
Managing and Leading Strategic Change (Autumn term)
15 credits
Current Issues in Company Reporting (Spring term)
15 credits
Statistical Modelling (Spring term)
15 credits
Globalisation (Spring term)
15 credits
Dissertation or placement project
30 credits

These modules run across both terms. Only one can be chosen.

Financial Strategy (Optional)
30 credits

We’ve developed each stage of this course to help you progress with the relevant theory, skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in accountancy. We assess your degree through coursework and written exams, and you’ll spend around 11 hours a week studying and in lectures, tutorials and seminars.

Teaching breakdown

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

Assessment breakdown

65 Written exams DarkOrange
35 Coursework FireBrick

Trips and visits

As an Accountancy student, you’ll get to take part in a number of trips and visits to businesses, as well as attending industry events. There are also a number of student projects, challenges and competitions that you can take part in.

Local opportunities include our Leadership Challenge, which sees students boost their skills with briefs from established, real-life companies. You could help to improve big local brands through a ‘Birmingham Made Me’ project or even take on paid project work.

You’ll also have the chance to get involved with the nationwide Uni Popshop challenge. Recently, a tram of Birmingham City Business School students went to London’s bustling Spitalfields Market to trade goods for a social enterprise project. Students attend every year and have the chance to win great prizes, as well as learn valuable accounting skills.

Student stories

Lykos Stavrouloupoulos

As well as specific subject skills gained from his courses, Lykos pinpoints the time management and organisational know-how which has helped him develop and balance a colourful professional career.

Lykos believes that studying at the Business School helped develop the skills to organise his time effectively and prioritise his commitments. He has also gained from the University’s practical, real-world approach to business.

This course is accredited by the following organisations:

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


These independent reviews show what our students really think:

"The Accounting and Finance course has been pretty interesting to me considering I came onto the course as someone who had never done Accounting before. Within a typical week you spend about three to five hours in lectures and eight to ten hours in seminars which allows your tutor to also help explain things in more detail which you may not have understood in the lecture. I would recommend to any prospective student to put at least 2 hours of out-of-Uni hours into self learning for each module."

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Study and work abroad

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

By studying this course you’ll maximise your exemptions from CIMA exams, as well as gaining a number of ACCA exemptions.

Upon completion of your degree, you’ll be able to study the ACCA qualification with us to complete any skills papers that you haven’t been exempted from, along with the professional level papers.

If you want to hone your skills and knowledge further, we have academic and research-based courses you can move on to, including MSc Accountancy and Finance, MBA Finance and MSc Management and Finance.

Overseas opportunities

You can gain international insight and experience a new culture with our Erasmus exchange programme. Students have spent a term at a number of incredible institutions, including the University of San Diego in the USA, as well as destinations in Cyprus and Denmark.

Our Make a Difference Travel Scholarship Scheme gives you the opportunity to obtain funding of up to £1,000 in your first or second year to participate in charitable projects or degree-specific international internships in countries across the world including Mexico, Ghana, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Zambia and Uganda.

Student stories Richard Green

Graduated in 1983

Richard Green completed a BA (Hons) Accountancy at Birmingham Polytechnic, now Birmingham City University, in 1983. He has taken on a number of roles, including Managing Director of August Equity LLP, Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association and Vice-Chairman of the Corporate Finance Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

After leaving the University, Richard joined Coopers and Lybrand, which later merged with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and in 1988 he joined Kleinwort Benson, once of the leading investment banks at the time, where he stayed for 13 years. When Dresdner Bank took over Kleinwort Benson, the company spun out to form a new company and in 2000 he took over as Managing Director. In 2001 August Equity LLP was formed.

Enhancing employability skills

This course equips you with everything you need to succeed in employment. You’ll be able to evaluate and solve problems that companies face on a daily basis, as well as being able to judge economic environments and understand how accountancy and finance influences and impacts a business.

We teach you the programmes and software that you’ll use regularly once you graduate, including Sage accounting software, Microsoft Excel and Minitab. You’ll leave our institution with a host of transferrable skills, too, which mean you can apply for a multitude of roles. Former graduates have worked as consultants, directors and teachers.


We have links with many businesses across industries, locally and worldwide. This means you’ll get valuable, real-life experience on your optional placement year.

You’ll explore a variety of roles so it’s a great opportunity to enhance your employability skills and understand what role or industry you’d like to work in.

Previous students have undertaken placements with companies such as Disney, IBM and Boeing. Possessing a year’s experience will really improve your employability prospects upon graduation.

Our Employability Team will support you in finding short-term placements while you study, providing you with highly useful work experience without taking a year out of your studies.

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

A degree in accountancy allows our graduates to progress into a number of job roles. Many have started out as accounts assistants or finance officers, before being promoted into more broad management roles. Conversely, some have started their own successful financial advisory services.

Former student Richard Green went into the investment banking industry before becoming Managing Director of August LLP. He is now Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association, as well as sitting on the Advisory Board of a European Investment Bank initiative.

Other graduates have secured work with leading businesses such as HSBC, Santander, the Royal Bank of Scotland and John Lewis.

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:

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
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 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

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

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 prize winners 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.

Chris Turner Profile Picture July 2016

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.

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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