Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons)

3 years, starting in September 2018

Gain a solid grounding in core management areas. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills needed for a career in accounting, finance or business.

Study one of the UK's top-ranked Accounting and Finance courses.

Year 1 covers the fundamentals of economics, finance and accounting. For some of these units you’ll work with students from our BSc in Business Administration. These core principles will provide context for the rest of your course.

From Year 2 onwards you’ll specialise in accounting and finance, with a range of compulsory and optional units. Compulsory units will equip you with the contemporary knowledge and skills you’ll need for a financial career. Final year units focus on advanced level accounting and finance.

After your first year, you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of optional units. These let you explore other areas of interest like entrepreneurship, investment banking or leadership.

In your final year you can apply for our International Academic Exchange programme. You'll gain international exposure by spending a semester studying abroad at one of our partner business schools.


You’ll learn from academics with expertise in accounting and finance. Their international collaborations and research activities feed into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience.


95% of our employed Accounting and Finance (four year) graduates are in a professional or managerial job within six months of graduating. Our average salary six months after the course is £29,000 - that's £5,000 more than the national average (Unistats).

Recruiters include:

  • Deloitte
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Goldman Sachs
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • Royal Bank of Scotland

Many of our graduates continue their studies and pursue academic or research careers.

Find out what our graduates go on to do.

Course structure

This course lasts 3 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2021. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3


As part of your course, you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.

You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.

Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Learning and assessment


  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops


  • Coursework
  • Written examination

Typical assessment breakdown

This average assessment breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Your specific unit choices will determine the actual breakdown of assessment methods that you will experience.

% written exam % practical exam % coursework
Year Written Exam Practical Exam Coursework
Year 1 67% 0% 33%
Year 2 61% 0% 39%
Year 3 80% 0% 20%

Typical contact time breakdown

This average contact time breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Scheduled learning and teaching may include: lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Your optional unit choices will determine your actual personal contact hours.

% time in scheduled learning and teaching % time in independent study % time in placement/year abroad
Year Scheduled Independent Placement
Year 1 26% 74% 0%
Year 2 25% 75% 0%
Year 3 26% 74% 0%

Professional accreditations and exemptions

By studying a course with a professional accreditation, you could have the chance to get workplace experience, learn about new developments in the industry and apply for membership with the accrediting body. You may also be able to apply for jobs in the industry without having to do any more exams.

Rosalie Verge
“My degree gave me insight into many business areas. It enhanced my employability through knowledge but also by improving my confidence and interpersonal skills.”
Rosalie Verge

BSc Accounting and Finance (2015)

Entry requirements

Your application, especially your personal statement, should explain your motivation for choosing this degree and any relevant non-academic interests and achievements. This should include evidence of topics or issues that have particularly interested you through work, projects or other experience.

You will need a strong performance in Mathematics as part of your entry qualifications. We also prefer applicants who demonstrate a high level of study in both numerical or analytical subjects and essay-based subjects.


Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level


AAA in three A levels including A in Mathematics.

We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

Alternative offer A level


AAB in three A levels including grade A in Mathematics plus one of:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer.

Typical offer International Baccalaureate Diploma

36 points

36 points overall and 6, 6, 6 in three Higher Level subjects including Mathematics.

You may be considered if you are taking Standard Level Mathematics alongside a highly numerate Higher Level subject (such as Physics). In this case the typical offer is 36 points with 6, 6, 5 in three Higher Level subjects and 7 in Standard Level Mathematics.

Typical offer BTEC and Cambridge Technical


D*DD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF), BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) or Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma plus A in A level Mathematics.

We prefer the above qualifications in Business in combination with A level Mathematics. We can also consider BTEC or Cambridge Technical qualifications in Engineering or Science, but we would expect you to demonstrate evidence of strong essay-based skills, such as strong GCSE performance in English and humanities subjects.

Typical offer Cambridge Pre-U

D3, D3, D3

D3, D3, D3 in three principle subjects including Mathematics.

Alternative offer Cambridge Pre-U

D3, D3, M1

D3, D3, M1 in three principle subjects including D3 in Mathematics plus one of:

  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives
  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate.

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer.

Typical offer Scottish Highers

AA in Advanced Highers

AA in two Advanced Highers including Mathematics plus AAAAB in five Scottish Highers.

Typical offer Access to HE Diploma

36 credits at Distinction

A pass in the Access to HE Diploma with at least 36 credits achieved at Distinction and 3 credits achieved at Merit or above including at least 12 credits achieved at Distinction from Mathematics units.

As our Accounting and Finance course has a strong mathematical component, you will need to be studying Mathematics units worth at least 12 credits.

Typical offer Open University credits

Pass units worth 120 credits including a minimum of a Pass 2 with 75% in a relevant Level 2 Mathematics unit worth at least 30 credits.

Your units should offer at least one other subject. We would ideally be looking for you to be taking units including:

  • MST124: Essential Mathematics 1
  • MST224: Mathematical Methods

This information is a guide and all students applying with Open University Credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. We may be able to consider alternative units to those listed above. Please contact us to discuss your profile.

Taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Typical offer Combinations of qualifications

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC.

  • AA at A level including Mathematics plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF)
  • A in A level Mathematics plus D*D in the BTEC Diploma (QCF)/National Diploma (RQF)
  • AA at A level plus D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject including Mathematics
  • AA at A level plus 6 in an IB Higher Level (HL) Certificate including Mathematics. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations
  • AA at A level including Mathematics and excluding Accounting, plus A in the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications in the same subject area.

United States of America qualifications

Advanced Placement Tests

*5, 5, 5 in 3 APs including Calculus BC. *

We cannot consider Calculus AB as one of these 3 subjects.

You will also need to pass your High School Diploma and achieve an ACT score of 30 or SATR scores of 720 in both Mathematics and Evidence based Reading and Writing.

SAT Subject Tests

We do not accept SAT Subject Tests for direct entry to our degrees.

India qualifications

Higher Secondary School Certificate (12th Standard)

Average of 80% across 4 subjects with 85% in Mathematics.

We do not accept Physical Education as one of these 4 subjects.

These requirements are for the CBSE, HSSC and ISC boards. Please contact us if you are taking this qualification with a different board.

European Baccalaureate qualifications

European Baccalaureate

82% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics (5 periods).

France qualifications

French Baccalaureate

15 overall with 15 in Mathematics.

Option Internationale du Baccalaureat (OIB)

14 overall with 15 in Mathematics.

Hong Kong qualifications

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

5*5 in 2 elective subjects plus 5* in core Mathematics and 5 in the Algebra and Calculus extended paper.

Ireland qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H1, H2, H2, H3, H3 in 6 Irish Leaving Certificates with H1 in Mathematics.

Spain qualifications

Titulo de Bachiller

A score of 9 overall with 9 in Mathematics.

Germany qualifications


1.4 overall with 13 in Mathematics in your final examinations.

Singapore qualifications

Singapore A levels

AAA in 3 H2 level subjects including Mathematics .

Polytechnic Diploma (3 years)

3.4 overall with a minimum B+ in Calculus or Mathematics.

We are unable to consider applications for entry into year 2 with a Polytechnic Diploma for this degree.

Turkey qualifications

Lise Bitirme Diplomasi

CGPA of 80% with 85% in either Calculus or Mathematics in the final year.

Greece qualifications


19 in the Apolytirion plus AA in two A levels including Mathematics.

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels. We do not accept Pan Hellenic examinations in place of an A level.

Cyprus qualifications


19 in the Apolytirion plus AA in two A levels including Mathematics.

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options


Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Placement fees

Placement fees vary

You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.


You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Accounting and Finance
  • Final award
    BSc (Hons)
  • Mode of study
  • Course code
  • Institution code
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

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