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Accounting and Finance

BSc (Hons)
Entry requirements: ABB / 128 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: N420
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Management & Law
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Overview

Our BSc (Hons) in Accounting and Finance prepares you for a career in accountancy or the financial sector, and gives you a strong understanding of core business principles and practice.

You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of how accounting and finance fits into the broader context of business and management, and study topics such as:

  • Capital Markets, Investment and Finance
  • Auditing
  • Corporate Reporting
  • Taxation
  • Company Law and Administration

The programme gives you solid theoretical foundations, and applies this knowledge to real-world commercial situations.

You will be taught by leading academics with extensive experience in the accounting and finance sector.

You will learn how to develop and apply accounting and finance strategies that enhance corporate value, and develop the techniques and understanding of specialist databases you need for a career in the accounting and finance sector.

Also available as a four-year course including a sandwich placement year in industry.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools (less than 1% in the world) to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".

Many of our Accounting and Finance modules attract accreditation from the professional bodies, such as:

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Association of International Accountants (AIA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

ACCA

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"I choose the course as I had a passion for becoming a Chartered Accountant. The course is well designed and students can get up to 9 exemptions in their exams for ACCA, which is a huge advantage.

The University offers a great level of support; particularly invaluable for me were the library team, the Effective Learning Service, and the careers support team."

Farooq Arshad
BSc Accounting and Finance. Current employer: PricewaterhouseCoopers

Why Bradford?

We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools (less than 1% in the world) to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".

Studying Accounting and Finance at Bradford will result in a degree recognised and supported by the industry. At all stages of the programme there are prizes awarded to high achieving students, sponsored by leading professional bodies and firms. The prizes include the West Yorkshire Chartered Accountant Award.

You’ll have access to a trading room, giving you a hands-on approach to learning, reflecting a real world trading room with software that is used industry wide.

Our programmes are shaped by our strong business links, and focus strongly on relating academic study to the real world of employment. They are continually updated on the basis of our discussions with leading employers locally and nationally, and our visiting lecturers include directors from well-known companies who provide first-hand experience of management decision-making at a strategic level.

You will be part of a small sized faculty and be taught by a supportive group of staff that are highly dedicated to their teaching and research, but at the same time support their students in all aspects of university life.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: ABB / 128 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff (128) — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Typical offer: ABB / 128 UCAS points

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff (128) — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

 

Modules

Module name Type
Year 1
Business Economicscore
Introduction to Accountingcore
Introduction to Financecore
Quantitative Methods in Information Managementcore
Student Self-Developmentcore
Operations and Information Systems Managementoption
People, Work and Organisationsoption
Year 2
Business Lawcore
Capital Markets, Investment and Financecore
Company Law and Administrationcore
Economics of Industrycore
Employability and Enterprise Skillscore
Financial Accountingcore
Financial Managementcore
Management Accountingcore
Econometrics and Business Forecastingoption
Employee Relations option
Fundamentals of Decision Support option
Management of Service Operationsoption
Marketing Research option
Organisational Analysisoption
Principles of Personal Financeoption
The Transformation of Work option
Year 3
Auditingcore
Contemporary Issues in Accountingcore
Corporate Reportingcore
International Accountingcore
International Financecore
Taxationcore
Applied Strategic Management option
Corporate Marketing option
Creativity and Innovation option
Decision Support Aoption
Decision Support Boption
Electronic Commerceoption
Enterprise and Innovation in Practiceoption
Ethics in Business and Societyoption
Global Business Environment option
Human Resource Developmentoption
Human Resource Managementoption
International and Comparative Employment Relationsoption
International Business Strategyoption
Managing Business in Europeoption
Marketing and Entrepreneurship option
Organisational Changeoption
Personal Financial Planningoption
Portfolio Investment Management option
Strategic Information Systemsoption
Sustainable Operations Management option
The Financial Services Sector and its Environmentoption
Understanding Strategic Managementoption

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

For all taught modules your learning will be directed, supported and reinforced through a combination of lectures, tutorials, small group seminars, virtual learning environment activities and guided private studies. Generally, for each module, you will attend one lecture and one tutorial each week during which you will be in direct contact with teaching staff.

The School of Management is committed to demonstrating the relevance of taught material to real business problems; you can expect to see guest industry lectures and the use of real industry sponsored business problems for assessment purposes.

Methods of assessment vary according to the learning outcomes of particular modules and the stage of study. Accordingly, a mixture of examinations, essays, group work and presentations will be used in assessment of your work.

Study Abroad

As a student at University of Bradford School of Management you'll have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions around the world.

This gives you international experience, exposure to a different culture and opportunities to network with students and academics at other leading business schools.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

88% of our 2015 graduates in Accounting and Finance found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

This course prepares you well for a career in accounting, financial management or the financial services sector, as well as wider management positions. Employers of our graduates include HSBC, Asda, NG Bailey, Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays and the Department of Health.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 Accounting and Finance graduates was £20.150.

Study Support

You will be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor, who will provide you with personal guidance and support.

Module leaders and tutors are accessible, providing office hours and appointments in order to support your learning beyond class contact.

The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the Faculty of Management and Law, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (e.g assignments and examinations) as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements.

The ELS provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area

These are in addition to the wide range of students support that are offered by the University of Bradford at the City Campus.

Research

You will be taught by research-active teaching staff. This means you will have access to the latest knowledge and tools in the areas of accounting and finance.

The final year dissertation module will allow you to develop a research topic in an area of Accounting or finance of your choice.

Facilities

The Bradford Trading Room provides students with hands-on experience in a simulated trading environment.

Students get a feel for real investment decisions made in industry and learn how to deal responsibly with financial and economic market data.

Students have the option of completing a training and certification module specifically designed for universities called Bloomberg Essentials Training (BESS) that is widely recognised in industry and confers valuable skills which are highly relevant for the finance, banking, insurance and related industries.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2017/18:

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £14,250

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.