University of Reading

Degree level: Undergraduate

Accounting and Finance

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Course summary

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Interested in the role of accounting and finance in business and society? Want to develop the skills and knowledge that, on graduating, will be immediately transferable to the business environment? Then come study our BSc Accounting and Finance degree, run by our Henley Business School that ranks 15th in the UK for Accounting and Finance (Complete University Guide, 2018). You will learn about the core areas of financial reporting and management accounting, gain a critical grasp of core theory and build extensive professional skills involving application and analysis. In our state-of-the-art dealing room, you will get to apply the theory using computer trading simulations and spreadsheet modelling. The course also focuses on financial markets, corporate finance, business strategy and ethical considerations. Having acquired a sound understanding of business concepts in your first year, you can go on to specialise in areas of particular interest to you through the more advanced modules available in your second and final years. Depending on your choice of modules, you may be able to benefit from a limited number of exemptions from professional accountancy exams in the future, subject to achieving the required grades. There is the opportunity to spend a year at our campus in Malaysia where in addition to continuing your studies you will gain an international perspective and cultural experience. There is also the added bonus of reduced fees for that year. The University of Reading encourages students to consider work placements as part of their studies, and an optional work placement module can be taken in the third year of this degree. This can help enhance your CV and future graduate employment prospects, help you to build a professional network and provide a valuable opportunity to apply and further develop your knowledge and skills. Careers The Henley Business School has a dedicated careers team to provide its students with expert advice and guidance – from running workshops on CVs, application forms and interview training to helping choose the right industry placement. On completion of this degree, you could go on to a career working with accountancy firms, financial institutions or large multinational enterprises. There are however many other routes open to you including accounting and professional services, banking, consultancy, finance, human resources, IT, investment banking, marketing, operations and, of course, general management. We recognise that undergraduate study is an important investment in your future career and we are therefore very proud of our outstanding graduate employment record, reflected in our consistently strong performance in the university league tables.

Course details


Sample modules may include:

  • Introductory securities and markets
  • Management accounting
  • Portfolio management
  • International corporate financial reporting
  • Management of risk
Check our website for more details of the course structure.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2020.

If you already have a 2020 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Contextual offers for this programme are typically two grades beneath our standard entry requirement, e.g. BBC including B in AS or A Level Mathematics.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
TOEFL (iBT)88We require a minimum score of 88 overall with no less than 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.
Cambridge English AdvancedBWe require a grade B or 193 overall.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCWe require a grade C or 200 overall.
PTE Academic64We require a minimum score of 64 overall with at least 51 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Institution's Own TestTest of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Trinity ISEMeritWe require a Merit in each element from ISE II. If you take ISE III or ISE IV, we require a Pass in each element.

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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 £18300 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Accounting and Finance at University of Reading - UCAS