Accounting and Finance - BA (Hons)

  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Starting: TBC
  • Study mode: Full Time (3 years)
  • Location: City Centre

This course is only for home students continuing their studies, and students at overseas partners only. On this course you’ll be introduced to the key principles of accounting and finance, and learn just how important financial reporting and economic performance are to any organisation. Applying your accounting skills to a solid foundation of business knowledge, you’ll investigate the current challenges facing real businesses.

With accreditations and exemptions from six professional accountancy bodies, this course will enable you to develop the knowledge and experience that are important to employers. Students on this course have gone on to work for organisations such as Kraft Foods, Deutsche Bank and Ernst & Young.

Accounting and Finance

Please note that this course page is for home students continuing their studies, and students at overseas partners only.

What's covered in the course?

This course covers a range of areas such as accounting, taxation, business economics and law, strategic decision-making and management. It’s aligned to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification so you can gain maximum exemptions from exams.

With real-life briefs and projects to work on, we also encourage you to get involved in competitions such as the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Global Business Challenge, where you present a business case study in teams.

This course offers you the choice of studying for the conventional three years or undertaking an additional professional placement for a year at no extra cost. A year of work experience will not only provide you with real-world experience of your subject, but will also give your employability credentials a substantial boost.

As part of their studies, previous students have worked with renowned names such as AXA Investments, Bentley, Goodyear Dunlop and Volkswagen.

With our practice-based approach to teaching, you’ll have the chance to learn from professionally qualified, experienced academics who continue to work with industry. They’ve worked for companies such as KPMG, BMW and Cadbury Schweppes.

Why Choose Us?

  • We’re accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) – the UK’s leading qualification and membership body for vocational accountants. You can get full membership once you finish your degree, if you complete an appropriate work placement. If this is something you’d like to do we’ll support your placement search.
  • 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 can be confident 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.
  • By studying this course, you learn to think creatively, problem solve and understand accounting and finance in a wider business context. That’s why our sought after students now work for names such as Barclays, L’Oreal, National Grid and PricewaterhouseCoopers, BT and IBM UK.
  • We are one of a small number of UK universities, and the only one in the Midlands, to have been granted Platinum Approved Learning Partner of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). This means we exceed the worldwide student pass rate for examinations.
  • In addition to gaining your degree you will be given the opportunity to complete a qualification to become an internationally recognised, certified Microsoft Office Specialist in Excel. Through this programme you will gain proficiency in the major industry-relevant elements of Excel including worksheet management, charts, formulae and functions.

Overseas Partners

This course is taught at the Erican International College in Malaysia.

Continuing students

The information on this page is for continuing students only.

This course is open to International students

Course Accreditations

This course is accredited by:

Association of Accounting Technicians
ACCA Platinum Level Tuition Provider
Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy
Association of International Accountants
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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).

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

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

Don’t meet our entry requirements?

You could apply for a foundation course or a course at our International College. These routes have lower entry requirements and act as the bridge to a full degree. To find out more, please select your status:

Home student International student

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons)
FT 3 years

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

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 Equal Opportunities Form, and submit them 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.

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.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Worried about personal statements?

Worried about personal statements?

If you've got no idea where to start or just want to check you're on the right track, we’ve got expert advice and real examples from our students to help you nail your personal statement. You can even download our ultimate personal statement guide for free.

Get personal statement advice

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

To begin with you’ll explore the fundamentals of financial accounting and management accounting alongside business economics and law. You’ll also develop your professional and financial skills, helping you to push enhance your IT skills and think about your career aims.

You share your first year with Accounting students, giving you the flexibility to change courses before your second year. This means that if you’ve developed an interest or passion in another degree, it’s not too late to change.

You’ll share a common first year with students on all other accounting courses, introducing you to the fundamentals of financial accounting, management accounting, business, economics and law. You’ll also develop your professional and financial skills, helping you to enhance your IT skills and think about your career aims.

This enables you to explore the core principles of accounting and finance and develop an understanding of the areas that interest you most. At the end of your first year, you’ll have the opportunity to choose a pathway and specialise based on your areas of interest.

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

Second year

The second year looks at management accounting applications, financial reporting and taxation. You’ll also study the key principles of audit and assurance and finance.

Management Accounting Applications
30 credits
Financial Reporting
30 credits
30 credits
Business Finance Decisions
15 credits
Principles of Audit and Assurance
15 credits

Final year

You can choose to do a placement year before starting your final year of study, with no extra tuition fees. We’ll help you gain work experience in a relevant role for a whole year, putting you way ahead of the competition when it comes to job hunting. We have great industry links and our students have worked with British Gas, the NHS and Toys R Us.

In your final year, you study advanced financial reporting, performance management and financial strategy. You can choose to study further finance or accountancy option modules or undertake an individual research project of your choice.

In the final year you undertake 60 credits per term made up from core and optional modules. Those not marked core are your options.

Advanced Financial Reporting (Delivered in the UK and at Erican College, Malaysia)
30 credits
Managing Performance (Delivered in the UK and at Erican College, Malaysia)
30 credits
Financial Strategy (Delivered in the UK and at Erican College, Malaysia)
30 credits
Comparative International Reporting (Delivered in the UK and at Erican College, Malaysia)
15 credits
Current Issues in Company Reporting (Delivered in the UK and at Erican College, Malaysia)
15 credits
Comparative Financial Systems
15 credits
Statistical Decision Making
15 credits
Applied Econometrics
15 credits
International Corporate Finance
15 credits
Placement Project
30 credits
Dissertation (not available if you take a Placement Project)
30 credits

Course Structure

This course is underpinned by theoretical learning, but you'll also benefit from applying this to real situations and case studies. This helps you to develop a portfolio of analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills.

You’ll spend around three to five hours a week in lectures and about eight to 10 hours a week in seminars, where you’ll discuss work in depth with your tutor and your group.

Trips and visits

You’ll get to take part in a number of trips and visits to businesses and industry events. There are also a number of extra curricular 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 real companies. You could help to improve big local brands through a ‘Birmingham Made Me’ project or even take on paid project work.

You’ll get the chance to be involved with the nationwide Uni Popshop challenge. Recently a team of Business School students went to London’s bustling Spitalfields Market to trade goods for a social enterprise project.

Students can enter every year and as well as developing real-life accounting and business skills, there’s even a chance to win some great prizes.

Teaching breakdown

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Assessment breakdown

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Student stories – Rohiel Khaliq

Rohiel Khaliq is a first year student who is enjoying the course and the opportunities it has given him. Rohiel came to a Birmingham City University after visiting an Open Day where he met teachers and current students, who impressed him with their insights and advice. He hopes to undertake a placement at the end of his second year which will increase his chances of getting onto a good graduate scheme at the end of his degree.

The course is challenging and provides you with all the tools necessary for life after graduation. The whole faculty is geared towards helping its students and providing the best service to them.

This course is accredited by the following organisations:

Association of Accounting Technicians
Association of Accounting Technicians

Aligned to the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for full membership with that body.

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.
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.

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.

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The Institute of Financial Accountants

Accredited by The Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.

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

If you want to specialise further you can continue your studies with us on a range of postgraduate courses such as MSc Accountancy and Finance, MBA, MSc Management Programmes and many more.

You can also gain exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualifications and certain exemptions from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) professional body examinations. We’ll support you if you want to pursue these once you graduate.

Student stories Rajinder Kumar

Audit Executive for Ernst & Young

With a clear view of the road to his chosen profession ahead of him, and the endorsement of friends who had already graduated, Rajinder chose Birmingham City University for his Accountancy course.

Rajinder is now an Audit Executive for Ernst & Young, and looks forward to developing a successful career within Finance, either in practice or industry.

Enhancing employability skills

Everything we teach on the course is designed to prepare you for employment in the industry after you graduate. You gain industry insights, collaborate on projects and take on self-directed study, so that you can use all the theory and concepts of accounting and finance in real-world situations.

The course teaches you to make important financial decisions, conduct effective performance management, prepare accounts and give sound financial advice.

As well as accounting skills, you’ll learn how to judge economic environments and understand how accountancy and finance influences and impacts upon a business.

We teach you how to use the programmes and software that you’ll use frequently when you graduate. This includes Sage accounting software, Microsoft Excel and Minitab.

One of our former students Hilda Burke used her knowledge of accountancy software to form HBBA Corporate Business Services Ltd during her studies. With the help of our Concept Factory, she built a start-up that specialised in tailor-made bookkeeping and accounting solutions for businesses.


As a Business School student you’ll have the option of taking a paid work placement in your third year. This will provide you with structured, hands-on work experience before starting your career.

Our students find it invaluable to apply all the skills and knowledge they’ve learnt to a real-work environment. For example, Louise Hooper spent her placement year working as a Junior Analyst with Clearwater Corporate Finance.

She found that it helped her to differentiate herself from other graduates, gave her great insights into the corporate finance cycle and boosted her confidence when it came to applying for jobs. She became such a valuable part of the team that they asked her to stay on for an extra eight weeks.

If you don’t take a full-year placement, you can still gain a short-term placement while you study. Our dedicated Placements Office is always happy to help.

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

Many of our graduates move on to exciting roles within accounting and finance. Rajindar Kumar completed his ACCA exams with us before becoming an Audit Executive for Ernst & Young.

Because of the range of areas our course covers, students also go on to more diverse careers. We’ve seen graduates go into roles as fraud officers, hedge fund analysts and office managers.

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:

Our international students

International student Ally Hirji came to our course from Tanzania. He has found our competitions and industry challenges hugely beneficial. Following his involvement in our Employability Challenge Week, he went to Germany to represent us and the UK at a student event.

Students also come to us because of our globally recognised ACCA Platinum approved status. It gives them assurance that they’re joining a quality course with high standards and excellent pass rates.

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 accounting and finance course is most popular with international students from:  

Where our students go

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

  • Barclays Bank
  • Deutsche Bank

And in jobs such as:

  • Assistant Case Manager
  • Graduate Intern
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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 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 Bates has a lot of experience in industry as an ACCA qualified accountant. She taught a variety of qualifications, including CIMA, ACCA, AAT and ICAEW in the private sector before coming to Birmingham City University in 2013.

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