University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Birmingham

Finance and Accounting

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Course summary

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Course snapshot Finance and accounting professionals are vital to all functions of a business. Developed in partnership with key industry organisations and accredited by the University of Birmingham, our Finance and Accounting course will give you the essential tools to launch your career in the industry. You'll build a wealth of hands-on, practical experience through working in our state-of-the-art Financial Trading Suite as well as having the opportunity of a paid 12-month placement, helping to put you ahead of the competition in the modern day marketplace. Who’s the course for? This course is ideal for anyone wishing to become a part or fully certified accountant, as well as those aspiring to work in the finance sector. Why should I study the course?

  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – Complete our course and you can apply for seven CIMA and eight ACCA exemptions, as well as other finance and accounting qualifications
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Get to grips with the markets through live consultancy cases and simulated investing in our Financial Trading Suite, with support from our in-house trader
  • WORK PLACEMENT – Gain further substantial real-world experience through the option of a paid 12-month placement, during which you won’t incur any tuition fees
  • SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – Choose a topic within the industry that interests you to study in depth for your final research project
Great. Tell me some more UCB's new Financial Trading Suite is one of the largest among all UK universities, providing practical training opportunities for students on our business and finance-related courses and modules. Featuring 21 workstations, two large wall screens and a scrolling ticker providing real-time global market data, it is also the first university trading suite in the country to be powered by Infront Professional Terminal, offering unique benefits for staff and students in using and sharing data. Our course offers you the option to boost your experience through a paid 12-month work placement, enabling you to put your learning into practice and demonstrate your practical abilities to potential employers. What's more, you will not incur any tuition fees during your placement year. What skills will I gain? You will gain first-hand knowledge of market concepts and behaviours through simulated investing and analysis of market opportunities, as well as having the chance to work on live consultancy cases with local and international clients. You will develop your skills in professional trading and gain excellent academic skills support throughout your study. With the placement, you will gain a distinct advantage in the graduate job market by developing your work-ready skills. What about the future? This course provides an excellent platform for those seeking a career in finance and accounting. Graduating with this degree will enable you to work in any organisation, covering roles such as:
  • Financial auditor/analyst/consultant
  • Retail banker
  • Chartered certified accountant
  • Chartered management accountant
  • Chartered public finance accountant
  • Company secretary
  • Business development manager
  • Data analyst
  • Economist
  • Forensic accountant
  • Stockbroker
  • Licensed conveyancer
  • Management consultant
  • Mortgage adviser
  • Purchasing manager
Alternatively you can continue onto postgraduate study, such as our MSc Finance and Accounting course at UCB. You can also complete the remaining papers with the professional bodies (ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, AIA, CIOT, CIPFA) to achieve the status of part-qualified accountant or certified accountant.

Course details

Modules

YEAR 1

  • Management Accounting
  • Accountants in Business
  • Introduction to Business Analytics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Accounting and Information Systems
  • Professional Practice in Finance and Accounting I
YEAR 2
  • Management and Organisations
  • Business Analytics
  • Finance for Enterprise Start-up
  • Financial Management
  • Audit and Governance
  • Professional Practice in Finance and Accounting II
YEAR 3 Work Placement (optional) YEAR 3/4 Final Year Honours
  • Financial Reporting
  • Leadership and Enterprise Strategy
  • Performance Management
  • Research Project
Plus one option from:
  • Corporate Risk Management
- Portfolio Management

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Teaching Learning strategies include:

  • Lectures (including guest lectures)
  • Small group seminars
  • Workshops
  • One-to-one tutorials
  • Group projects
  • Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Self-directed study
You will need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time. Assessment Assessment formats include:
  • Examinations
  • Coursework (including presentations, essays, reports, multiple choice tests and numerical computations)
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

All non-EU international students can apply directly via our online application forms: https://portal.ucb.ac.uk/#/admissions/direct-application/intro Undergraduate applicants can also apply via UCAS, if they wish to apply to more than one university. The International Admissions team aim to respond to any new application made directly via the online application form within 5 working days of receipt. However, this can vary during peak application periods (particularly January-March) or if the team require additional information to process your application. Applicants who apply to transfer to University College Birmingham on to a second year or final year of a course will have their previous course matched for entry. Each application is considered individually and careful consideration is given to all information on your application form. We may also need to contact you regarding your immigration status or previous studies in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Year 1 Entry: Students who are studying a combination of different qualification types will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications. Advanced Entry: If you are unsure if your previous higher education qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email: [email protected]


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill
IELTS (Academic)BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
Institution's Own TestBA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component

To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

UCB English Language Requirements

http://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/english-language-requirements/english-language-requirements-table.aspx


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £11500 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK/EU If you are a UK/EU student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2020/21, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English or EU student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK/EU Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/undergraduate/fees-funding-and-scholarships/full-time-tuition-fees-and-finance/full-time-tuition-fees.aspx International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/tuition-fees-and-scholarships.aspx
Finance and Accounting at University College Birmingham - UCAS