Buckinghamshire New University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Accounting and Finance

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Course summary

If you enjoy controlling the figures, then the world of finance could be for you. Learn how to maximise your impact on an organisation’s financial health with our BSc (Hons) in Accounting and Finance. With over 70% of our students going onto industry roles, this degree is recognised by professional bodies – ACCA, IFA, CIMA and ICAEW – so that when you graduate, you’ll be exempt from some exams, and even closer to your chosen career. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? From day one, you’ll develop the theoretical and practical skills needed to succeed as an accountant or finance professional. You'll study a variety of subjects, which involve learning about the business environment and people management, as well as the fundamentals of accounting and finance. You'll graduate with the skills and knowledge to operate within a business function of an organisation or continue your studies to specialise your career, eg as a chartered accountant. Thanks to our links with professional bodies, we have direct access to industry experts who help to shape our courses. You'll graduate safe in the knowledge that you have the skills and accreditations employers want. The following professional bodies currently accredit this degree:

  • ACCA – Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • ICAEW – Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
  • CIMA – Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • IFA - Institute of Financial Accountants.
We will help you work towards your ACCA or CIMA, ICAEW and IFA professional qualification. Studying a course with a professional accreditation gives you the opportunity to get workplace experience, learn about new developments in the industry and apply for membership with the accrediting body. Graduates are also be eligible for membership at various levels for the IFA and ICAEW. What will I study? Working in finance involves many skills as you interact with so many different departments. Communication, engagement, forecasting and analysing all become part of your armoury when you graduate. Throughout the course you’ll learn about financial and management accounting and the business and regulatory environment in which businesses operate. You’ll also learn about financial management and the role of the financial markets and key financial institutions. A major part of this course involves developing practical skills to prepare you for employment. You’ll learn how to:
  • manipulate, analyse and interpret financial and non-financial data
  • prepare financial reports
  • apply accounting principles and techniques to a range of business problems
  • appraise evidence
  • present and communicate clearly
  • conduct independent research when required, such as when preparing a final-year project on a topic of your choice.
What are my career prospects? There has always been a big demand for qualified specialists in accounting and finance, meaning that you can expect to graduate with a variety of rewarding career options ahead of you. With the diverse nature of accounting and finance you can seek out jobs in any sector, from business, banking, non-profit to international corporations. Not only will you be graduating with a coveted qualification, the additional benefit of having studied a degree accredited professional bodies, the ACCA, CIMA, IFA and ICAEW means that you start one step closer to becoming a fully qualified accountant. Careers in accounting and finance are highly sought after across the globe. Having the foundation of having studied a degree in the subject the world becomes your oyster. The topics you will study on this programme and the transferrable skills you will have developed will make international careers easily accessible.

Course details


Year one Global Business Environment Management Accounting Accountant in Business Organisations Financial Accounting Computerised Accounting Graduate Challenge Career Viewpoint Data Insights for Business Decisions Year two Project Management Contemporary Business Economics Advanced Management Accounting International Auditing Financial Reporting (I) Corporate Business Law Introduction to UK taxation Financial Management Year three Research Methods Strategic Agility International Finance Financial Reporting (II) UK Taxation Corporate Governance and Ethics Dissertation (optional) Consultancy Project (optional)

Assessment method

To work competitively in the graduate world, you will need to a diverse range of skills and abilities, from being able to work independently to being confident with working collaboratively in a group. The structure of the course allows for you to work with other students to deliver small group projects, giving you the chance to improve your leadership, communication and relationship building skills. Every aspect of this course provides the opportunity to learn. We use formative assessments throughout the duration of the course. This is a key feature of the programme as it enables early feedback to be given on your progress. Whilst these assessments do not give marks towards your final module grade, they offer you a valuable learning resource by way of tutor feedback and direction for improved performance on future assignments. This is particularly relevant during your first year as it helps you ensure you can make the transition from school/college to university. The other side of assessments is the ones that are designed to test your achievement of the learning outcomes. Across all three years of the Accounting and Finance degree you will complete coursework, practical tasks and examinations. Due to the requirements for ACCA exemption, there will also be an increased focus on formal examination. Throughout your three years on this course you will carry out the following assessment activities: essays and reports, these will provide the opportunity for you to demonstrate your in-depth understanding of a topic; oral Presentations will enable you to showcase your knowledge and ability to communicate to a variety of audiences; examinations will require you to demonstrate your understanding in a controlled setting and within a set environment; projects and enterprise activities provides the brilliant opportunity to work with other students from other programmes within the School, e.g. business, marketing and HR; dissertation or consultancy project which are major pieces of independent research focused on strategic business issues that all final year students will need to complete.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

For information about applying to Buckinghamshire New University as an International applicant, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/international

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £14250 Year 1
International £14250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Buckinghamshire New University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/financial-support-bursaries-and-scholarships

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