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 foundation degree 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 a range of CIMA and 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
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? Upon completing your foundation degree, you may choose to enter employment with the prospect of working as a credit controller, accounting assistant, public accountant, accounting clerk or bookkeeper. Alternatively, you may want to progress to further professional studies by completing the final year of the BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting degree at UCB. The BSc would be useful if you want to work in the following areas:
  • 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
You also have the opportunity to join the final year of any Business and Management-related degree course at UCB to pursue alternative careers and postgraduate study.

Course details



  • Management Accounting
  • Accountants in Business
  • Introduction to Business Analytics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Accounting and Information Systems
  • Professional Practice in Finance and Accounting I
  • 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)

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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact [email protected] to check your eligibility. Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions. Students who are studying a mixture of qualifications will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications.

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

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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 - International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here -
Finance and Accounting at University College Birmingham - UCAS