Accountancy and Business - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years)
September 2016, September 2017

Our Accountancy and Business course provides a real insight into two challenging and exciting disciplines. You’ll learn how the two subjects work together in the current environment, how they impact on each other and how to use both in the workplace.

We set you real-life business projects so you can gain valuable and practical experience, which has seen former students move into roles with companies such as AXA, AF Blackmore & Son and NCH Europe.

New for 2017/18

Business Accounting - BSc (Hons)*

If you’re looking to start this course in 2017, it's important to know that the content and structure are undergoing a substantial review and are likely to be different to what is outlined here. Next year’s course will also have a new name: Business Accounting. We’ll publish more detailed information about the changes over the next few months. If you’re starting in 2016, the course content/structure won’t be affected by the review.

*This course is subject to approval.

Summary of our new course

Prepare for a career within business, industry or commerce with our practical, flexible Business Accounting course.

Strengthening your communication and teamwork skills and developing your business acumen, our course will prepare you for roles in globally recognised companies incorporating case studies and live client projects.

Based at our modern City Centre Campus, you’ll study in a professional environment and engage with local, national and international businesses. As well as having the chance to study abroad, you will also have the option to undertake a placement during the course, where you can apply your skills, knowledge and experience.  

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What's covered in the course?

You’ll begin by studying the fundamentals of business studies and accountancy before going on to specialise in subject-specific modules.

You’ll learn about business principles, logistics and strategy, and be able to apply your accounting knowledge to these areas. This will give you a unique insight into how the two affect and complement each other.

There is also the option to undertake a year-long placement, gaining valuable real-life experience which will look great when it comes to securing full-time employment. Previous students have worked with companies such as Bromford Industries.

As well as gaining a firm grasp on how the business world works, you’ll develop a solid understanding of accountancy, learning how to overcome the day-to-day corporate financial challenges modern companies face.

You’ll be taught by academics with expertise in the industry who have previously forged careers with renowned companies such as KPMG. They’ll share their industry knowledge and experience with you during your course, preparing you for the world of work.

Why Choose Us?

  • We’re one of only a few universities in the UK to have accreditation from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) as a Platinum Level Tuition Provider. This means we’ve been assessed against one of the highest benchmarks in the world, so you know you’re getting the highest level of teaching.
  • Having accreditation from ACCA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of International Accountants (AIA) means can get exemptions from some professional exams if you want to continue with your studies.
  • Our students have gone on to become financial consultants, managing directors and tax professionals for companies around the globe. You’ll join a wealth of graduates who have worked for HSBC, RBS, PricewaterhouseCoopers, John Lewis, Santander, and HMRC, and have become members of world renowned financial advisory boards.
  • You’ll get to hear from high-profile guest speakers who’ll share their wealth of experience and industry insights with you. Previous speakers include Paul Walsh, the Chairman of Unilever and Chief Executive of the world's leading beverage company, Diageo. Paul is an accountancy graduate who has forged the success of brands such as Guinness, Smirnoff, Baileys and Johnnie Walker.
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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:

  • Enterprise Rent-a-car
  • Universal Utilities

And in jobs such as:

  • Management Trainee
  • Junior Accountant

Entry Requirements

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

UK students

At the point of enrolment you must have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above. 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).

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

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

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
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
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £12,000 per year
SW 4 years £12,000 per year
Sep 2017 FT 3 years TBC Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years TBC Apply via UCAS

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.

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

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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 be introduced to the basic principles of accounting and finance, as well as the economic environment, marketing in business and managing organisations, people and yourself.

You share your first year with Business and Finance students, so you’ve got the option of changing your degree before your second year. This means if you’ve developed an interest or passion in another degree, it’s not too late to change.

Accounting and Finance
30 credits

This module provides an introduction to cost classification, cash budgeting and financial statement analysis. You’ll also look at the modern financial system and its importance to individuals and business organisations.

New Venture Creation
15 credits

This module is concerned with you identifying, understanding and responding to business opportunities.

Managing Organisations, People and Self
30 credits

The module is designed to offer you the opportunity to develop and gain management skills and knowledge about yourself, about others and about organisations. It’s a hands-on module which seeks to relate theory to practice through a range of individual and group activities. You’ll be required to work individually, in groups and in action learning sets to critically analyse and evaluate aspects of your own and your group’s development from a management perspective.

Marketing Fundamentals
30 credits

This module introduces the concepts and models used in marketing, providing the basis for further study within the programmes. Marketing issues are considered for goods and services in domestic, international, consumer and business-to-business contexts, contributing to the core vision of the programmes – to make an immediate impact and a long-term difference.

Economic Environment
15 credits

The module provides an opportunity for you to investigate and develop an understanding of the complexity and operation of the external environments within which businesses operate. You’ll gain an understanding of how markets operate and how those markets are influenced by both the businesses themselves and national governments. This includes the competitive behaviour of businesses in the management of their markets as well as the decisions made by government agencies, both from an economic perspective.

Second year

From financial accounting and analysis to creative problem solving, your second year gives you a broader understanding of the concepts and practicalities of accountancy and business. You’ll learn more about contemporary business issues and dig deeper into operations and logistics.

Management Accounting
30 credits

The course’s philosophy is to broaden career opportunities by developing a detailed knowledge of two distinct business-related subjects and by developing intellectual, subject-specific and transferable skills.

It aims to provide a basic understanding of the principles and concepts of management accounting and to develop your ability to apply these principles and concepts within an organisational context.

Financial Accounting and Analysis
30 credits

The module will provide a framework in which you are enabled to understand, interpret and analyse certain key accounting standards in the context of the regulatory and legal framework that produced them. At an intermediate level, problems of implementation and interpretation are considered.

Creative Problem Solving
15 credits

This module will critically examine the subject of creativity and approaches that purport to encourage and develop creative thinking. This will be applied to the context of creativity in resolving business problems.

Business Operations and Logistics
15 credits

Business Operations and Logistics provides you with a conceptual and practical background into the understanding and evaluation of logistics and supply chain management in various organisations and their operations.

The Business Entrepreneur
15 credits

This module will investigate the factors, which underpin successful entrepreneurship activities for small and medium-sized organisations.

Contemporary Business Issues
15 credits

Contemporary Issues in Business investigates the current issues that impact upon business organisations. You’ll assess the major legislative changes and their implications for business, financial markets and credit availability, corporate social responsibility and the critical changes facing key market sectors.

Final year

Before your final year, you can spend a sandwich year on a work placement with an organisation, for no extra fees. It’s a great chance to gain sought-after work experience before you graduate.

Whether you complete a placement year or go straight into your final year, this is the year that you’ll shape your own learning, with more emphasis on independent learning and the flexibility to study the areas and modules that interest you and support your future career.

Corporate Reporting
30 credits

You’ll look at reporting financial performance, measuring financial strength and risk, accounting for taxation and the calculation and evaluation of financial ratios.

Comparative International Reporting
15 credits

This module gives you an understanding of cultural and institutional influences on accounting and company reporting across the globe. You’ll look at the cultural influences on international financial reporting, accounting in the USA, Islam and in the Pacific Rim.

Current Issues in Company Reporting
15 credits

This module allows you to analyse, criticise and discuss the continuing debates in corporate financial reporting as evidenced by research in this area. It provides an opportunity for students to reflect on their previous studies and to place their chosen subject within the wider academic community of academic accounting.

Business Operations and Systems
15 credits

This module encourages you to develop an in-depth understanding of the analysis and re-design of business operations and processes and the systems that support the contribution of these core processes to the core vision of the business.

Developing and Demonstrating Employability

Employability is the mix of knowledge, skills, attributes and aptitude which sustain a successful career. As such, the assessment requires you to reflect upon and articulate how your engagement with professional practice and/or co-curricular activity enhances your personal and professional competence.

Statistical Modelling
15 credits

The aims of this module are to promote good practice in the presentation and analysis of business-type data. You’ll use a range of statistical modelling techniques to build and test relevant accountancy, business, economic and financial regression models, all the time developing highly marketable job skills.

Statistical Decision Making
15 credits

With the aid of commercial computer software, you’ll use a range of statistical decision-making techniques and meaningfully interpret the results of such analysis, before presenting them in the form of a technical report.

International Business Strategy
30 credits

This module draws together all the core aspects of a business degree and contextualises the strategic decisions that organisations make within both rational and non-rational frameworks. The rational frameworks that the module addresses are concerned with the economic, market, finance and resources based constraints that affect this decision-making process.

30 credits

The dissertation is an opportunity for you to conduct some in-depth study in a topic that particularly interests you. It will entail extensive research and a lot of studying in your time, but you’ll also receive support from an assigned tutor.

Placement project
30 credits

The placement project provides an opportunity for a self-directed in-depth work based study of a topic of interest from the body of knowledge appropriate to the named degree and the placement experience.

Course Structure

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, including presentations, business reports and written exams. You’ll study core, fundamental modules as well as choosing your own pathway.

Year One

In your first year you’ll be introduced to the basic principles of accounting and finance, as well as the economic environment, marketing in business and managing organisations, people and yourself.

You share your first year with Business and Finance students, so you’ve got the option of changing your degree before your second year. This means if you’ve developed an interest or passion in another degree, it’s not too late to change.

Year Two

From financial accounting and analysis to creative problem solving, your second year gives you a broader understanding of the concepts and practicalities of accountancy and business. You’ll learn more about contemporary business issues and dig deeper into operations and logistics.

Year Three

Before your final year, you can spend a sandwich year on a work placement with an organisation, for no extra fees. It’s a great chance to gain sought-after work experience before you graduate.

Whether you complete a placement year or go straight into your final year, this is the year that you’ll shape your own learning, with more emphasis on independent learning and the flexibility to study the areas and modules that interest you and support your future career.

Teaching breakdown

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Assessment breakdown

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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

This degree not only opens up further study opportunities in accountancy, it also means you can further your business studies.

You could go on to study MSc Accountancy and Finance or MSc Management and Finance with us. There are also other areas such as MBA, MSc Management courses, marketing courses and many more. Take a look at our postgraduate courses to find out more.

Enhancing your employability skills

The practical nature of the course ensures you’ll have the skills you need to succeed upon graduating. The option of a year’s placement will also make you highly desirable to employers.

We’ll teach you how to be successful in the areas of finance, tax and accounting, as well as equipping you with an understanding of the wider aspects of running and managing a successful business.

You’ll also gain valuable experience through our Employability Challenge Weeks, as well as our Leadership Challenge programme. Both give you the chance to apply your skills to innovative and exciting projects, industry talks and workshops. You’ll also receive guidance on how to complete application forms and how to write effective CVs.

Many of our modules involve group evaluations, presentations, reports and business plans to help you strengthen your communication and teamwork, as well as your problem-solving, creativity and data analysis.


As part of this course you’ll have the opportunity to complete a paid placement year in between your second and final year of study. This means you get structured and supported hands-on work experience before starting your career, with no extra fees.

The placement year is an opportunity to gain a real understanding of how the business world operates and put everything you’ve learnt into practice. It gives you a great advantage when it comes to job hunting because you’ll already have a year’s experience in the industry.

Our Placements Office will also support you in finding shorter term placements while you study. Many students take these on as part of their final project to support their dissertation. It gives you the experience of working in the industry but without having to take 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

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.

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

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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Kevin Glasby

Senior Lecturer

Kevin Glasby has over 25 years teaching experience, teaching on undergraduate, postgraduate and professional accountancy programmes. He specialises in management accounting areas and the application of business mathematics and statistics.

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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