Accounting and Finance (with Placement Experience) at University of Reading - UCAS

Accounting and Finance (with Placement Experience)

University of Reading

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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This degree includes a one-year work placement in industry between your second and final year. 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. Previous organisations we have worked with and our students have undertaken placements at include 3 M, Aldi, BMW, British Airways, Cisco Systems, Deloitte, Dyson, Ford Motor Company, Fujitsu, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman Sachs, Hewlett Packard, HSBC, Hyundai, L’Oréal, Marks & Spencer, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Nissan, PepsiCo, PwC, Symantec, Tesco and Unilever 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.

Unistats information

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeNN34
Institution code R12
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level ABB A level or AS level Mathematics at grade B. Statistics can be accepted but only when studied alongside Physics and/or Economics
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD A level or AS level Mathematics at grade B also required. Statistics can be accepted but only when studied alongside Physics and/or Economics.
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits M: 15 credits Distinction in at least 15 level 3 Mathematics Units.
Scottish Higher AABBB Mathematics at grade B
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Scottish Advanced Higher ABB Mathematics at grade B
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 points 5 in one of the following subjects: Standard level Mathematics Standard level Mathematics: analysis and approaches Standard level Mathematics: applications and interpretations
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) A - B The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the grade achieved, except Mathematics.
Extended Project B In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H3, H3, H3, H3 H3 in Mathematics
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, M2, M2 M2 in Mathematics
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English at grade B (or 5)
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DDD A level or AS level Mathematics at grade B also required. Statistics can be accepted but only when studied alongside Physics and/or Economics.
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Not accepted
AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) Not accepted

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.

Full list of acceptable English Language Tests

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 (with Placement Experience) at University of Reading - UCAS