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Accounting and Finance

Entry requirements

Personal Statement:

You will need to demonstrate:

  • an active interest in understanding people, work and organisations, with evidence of subjects/issues that have particularly interested you through work, projects or other experience
  • an interest and/or aptitude for quantitative analysis of business issues.
GSCE (or equivalent level 2) qualifications reqirements
  • GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade B or above 
Preference will be shown to applicants with a high proportion of A or A* grades

A Levels

Typical Offer:  AAA
In exceptional circumstances we may make a slightly lower offer.

Essential:

  • grade A in A2 Mathematics
  • General Studies and Critical Thinking are excluded
  • languages which are intended for non-native speakers are not normally acceptable when taken by native speakers of that language.  


Desirable:
When considering A Levels, we pay particular attention to your chosen subjects, where we strongly prefer traditional academic subjects. In order to apply, you must have chosen at least three A-level subjects. You must have an A in Mathematics and we prefer students who have chosen their other two A Levels from the list below:

  • Accounting
  • Ancient History
  • Any Language*
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Classical Civilisation
  • Computing
  • Economics
  • Economics and Business Studies
  • English Literature
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • Government & Politics
  • Greek (Classical)
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Latin
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • World Development

* Unless the syllabus is designed for native speakers of the language. It has to fulfil the following conditions to be eligible:

  • it must not be your first language
  • it must not be a language commonly spoken by your immediate family or community
  • it must not be a language widely spoken in the country of present or former residence.

 

Less effective preparation subjects include:

  • Applied Business
  • Art & Design
  • Dance
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Electronics
  • Film Studies
  • ICT
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Physical Education

This list is not exhaustive and is only included for guidance.

Access to HE Diploma

We welcome applications from students studying an Access to HE Diploma. As the Accounting and Finance programme has a strong mathematical component, you will need to be studying mathematical units worth at least 12 credits. For other suitable units, please see the desirable list of A Level subjects in the section above. 

Applicants are expected to demonstrate a high academic standard and may be invited to attend an interview.

Typical offer:

Pass the Access to HE Diploma, with at least 36 credits achieved at Distinction and 3 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction. This must include at least 12 credits achieved at Distinction from mathematical units. Applicants must also achieve GCSE equivalence in English, if an equivalent qualification has not already been achieved.

BTEC

Typical Offer: Overall profile of DD in a Business, Engineering or Science BTEC Level 3 Diploma or DDD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, both in combination with GCE A-Level Mathematics at grade A.

GCSE or equivalent: minimum Grade B in English Language and Mathematics.

Cambridge Pre-U

Typical Offer: D3, D3, D3

Essential:

  • Must include a minimum of D3 in mathematics. 

Please refer to the A Level section for a list of other preferred subjects.

Diplomas

We consider applications from students studying for Diplomas in the following Lines of Learning: Engineering; IT; Business Administration and Finance. Applicants should take, for their Additional and Specialist Learning, an A Level in Mathematics, for which we will require grade A.

The Extended Project should be a piece of written work such as a piece of applied research. We would invite applicants to explain what they are learning from the Extended Project within their personal statements.

Essential: Grade A in A2 Mathematics

European Baccalaureate

Typical Offer: 82% overall, with at least 8.5 in Higher Level (5 period) Mathematics

Indian Qualifications

At least 85% overall in the Indian ISC/HSSC (12th Standard) including 85% in both English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

Typical Offer: 38 points overall, to include 6 in Higher Level Mathematics.

International Students

We accept a wide range of non-UK qualifications as entry either to our Foundation Year or directly on to the first year of our undergraduate programmes. For further information please visit our International Office web page.

We will consider applicants from some Foundation Year programmes other than our own. We require students to achieve distinction level performance in all subjects or at least an overall average grade of 80%. The subjects studied must include mathematics at distinction level and at least one other subject from the preferred subject list in the A level section. We will consider applicants from science-based Foundation Year programmes and students on a business or economics-based course must show evidence of mathematical skills equivalent to GCE A level.

The minimum requirement for Accounting and Finance is IELTS 7.0 with no subject less than 7.0. Applicants should submit their results by 31st July. For a list of other English language qualifications we accept please go to the English Language Entry Requirements web page.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Typical Offer: AAAABB at Higher level to include an A grade in Mathematics. Please see A level entry requirements section for a list of other preferred subjects.

Scottish Highers

Typical Offer: AAAAB at Higher Level to include AA at Advanced Higher Level with an A grade in Advanced HL Mathematics. Please see A level enry requirements section for a list of other preferred subjects.

Welsh Baccalaureate

We welcome applicants offering the Welsh Baccalaureate Core alongside A levels; we are aware of the range of skills and qualities which it develops and of the additional work which it demands. In some circumstances we may make an alternative offer of either AAA or AAB plus the Welsh Baccalaureate Core. Grade A in A level Mathematics is essential. Please see A level entry requirements section for a list of other preferred subjects.