Accounting with Foundation Year at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

If you are determined to succeed in the field of accounting, have a can-do attitude, forward momentum and want to benefit from being based in the centre of London with the capital’s global financial centre nearby, then our BSc Accounting is the right choice for you. You will master essential subject knowledge and acquire key skills to enable you to stand out as a professional in the accounting field. Why choose this course?

  • This BSc Accounting is recognised by ICAEW, ACCA and CIMA, the leading professional accounting bodies, and exemptions from their professional examinations are possible.
  • The course has been specifically designed so that you can focus predominantly on accounting modules, while learning supervisory and management skills that will give you the confidence to take on challenges in the workplace.
  • Birkbeck’s diverse student community creates a stimulating and supportive learning environment. It also gives you the chance to interact with peers possessing a broad range of experience, many of whom will have come directly from careers as administrators, clerical workers or managers, to develop more detailed and nuanced insights into accounting and management.
What you will learn You will gain knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of accounting and will develop a range of analytical skills to help you to critically appraise and challenge existing accounting practices. You will also develop skills required for preparing financial statements, as well as quantitative skills important in the analysis of management and accounting problems. You will be able to tailor your degree to your interests with option modules in topics such as marketing, organisational behaviour or international finance. How you will learn You will be able to choose between full- and part-time study, with evening teaching allowing you to balance your studies with work or other commitments. You will gain knowledge and skills via a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and small-group seminars involving case studies and formal presentations. You will also have access to well-designed study resources and will be paired with an academic tutor to support your study progress at all stages of this degree. Foundation Year If you opt for the Foundation Year route, this will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. It is ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. Highlights
  • Recognised by ICAEW, ACCA and CIMA, the leading professional accounting bodies.
  • Birkbeck is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.
  • Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the most recent Research Excellence Framework, with 83% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.
Careers and employability On successfully graduating from this BSc Accounting, you will have gained an array of important transferable skills, including:
  • data-handling and analysis skills
  • decision-making skills
  • the ability to effectively prepare financial statements
  • the ability to interpret complex accounting materials.
Graduates can pursue career paths in accountancy, finance and management. Possible professions include:
  • chartered accountant
  • chartered management accountant
  • actuary
  • tax adviser
  • retail banker.


For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

Most modules are assessed by an unseen formal examination and coursework; examinations are normally taken at the end of each term.

Professional bodies

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

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • 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:

  • Foundation

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. We also accept other English language tests.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Applicants who do not hold grade C or grade 4 GCSE-level English and mathematics may be required to carry out a skills audit at a selection evening, which comprises English and mathematics. This audit assesses an applicant’s potential to cope with, and benefit from, a particular programme of study.

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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
International £17620 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their course. Tuition fees for students continuing on their course in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.
Accounting with Foundation Year at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS