University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Birmingham

Finance and Accounting Top-up

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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 Top-up course will help you continue developing the essential skills to launch your career in the industry. You will also build a wealth of hands-on, practical experience through working in our state-of-the-art Financial Trading Suite at University College Birmingham, giving you the edge over the competition in the modern day marketplace. Who's the course for? This course is ideal for anyone who has previously studied a relevant course (e.g. accounting, banking and finance, business finance, economics and finance – up to Level 5) and aspires to work in the finance sector or become a part or fully certified accountant. Why should I study this course?

  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Work with local and international clients on live consultancy cases within our cutting-edge Financial Trading Suite
  • SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – Select an industry topic that interests you to examine in depth for your final research project
  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – This course has been developed and is delivered in partnership with key industry players and professional bodies
Great! Tell me more Our 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. 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. You will develop your skills in professional trading and gain excellent academic skills support throughout your study. You will also have various opportunities to enhance your employability skills to facilitate your career progression. 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 Finance and Accounting Msc or Enterprise Management MSc course at University College Birmingham.

Course details


  • 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

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 3

International applicants

All non-EU international students can apply directly via our online application forms: 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

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 £12500 Year 1
International £12500 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK: If you are a UK student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2021/22, 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 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 Fees please go to our website here - EU and International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here -
Finance and Accounting Top-up at University College Birmingham - UCAS