University College Birmingham

Finance and Accounting University College Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Birmingham


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Course snapshot

Finance and accounting professionals are vital to all functions of a business. Developed in partnership with key industry players and accredited by the University of Birmingham, our Finance and Accounting course will enable you to apply your numerical abilities efficiently and open up a wide range of career opportunities. Working in collaboration with professional bodies such as ACCA and CIMA, you will gain a detailed understanding of financial systems and an insight into other business areas such as law, marketing, strategy and leadership. You'll also build practical experience working in our state-of-the-art Financial Trading Suite as well as having the opportunity of a paid 12-month work placement.

Who’s the course for?

This course is ideal for those who want to become a part or fully certified accountant with the ability to apply for exemptions from a range of professional exams in order to do so. The course will also provide you with opportunities to enhance your employability skills to aid your career progression.

Why should I study the course?

  • To prepare you for the industry, you'll be immersed into the markets through live and simulated trading in our new Financial Trading Suite, powered by Infront Professional Terminal.

  • Our course offers the option of a 12-month paid placement, allowing you to gain valuable work experience and develop your skills - plus you won't incur tuition fees during your placement year.

  • Thanks to UCB's connections with the industry, you will be exposed to the latest technology and digital tools used in the sector.

Great. Tell me some more

You will gain valuable work experience on an optional paid 12-month work placement. This is an exciting opportunity to put what you have learned into practice, broaden your experience and demonstrate your abilities to potential employers. You will not incur tuition fees during your 12-month placement.

The new UCB Financial Trading Suite is one of the largest among all UK universities and provides practical training opportunities for our students on business and finance-related modules. Featuring 21 workstations, two large wall screens and a scrolling ticker providing real-time global market information, 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 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, payroll outsourcer 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:

  • Chartered accountant

  • Chartered certified accountant

  • Chartered management accountant

  • Chartered public finance accountant

  • Actuary

  • Business development manager

  • Data analyst

  • Economist

  • Licensed conveyancer

  • Management consultant

  • Mortgage adviser

  • Purchasing manager

  • Retail banker

  • Tax adviser

  • Financial consultant

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


Year 1

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

Year 2

  • Organisation Management
  • Business Taxation
  • Advanced Business Analytics
  • Financial Management
  • Professional Practice in Accounting and Finance II
  • Audit and Company Law

Year 3

Work Placement (12 months - optional)

Assessment method


Modules are delivered as a combination of lectures, small group seminars, workshops, one-to-one tutorials, group projects, virtual learning environment (VLE) and self-directed study. Students are expected to participate and contribute to each session. Lectures are formal teaching sessions that provide essential content and assessment material.

Guest lectures are delivered by professionals from the finance and accounting sectors to enhance your learning and experience. Some modules may be delivered in block format by industry practitioners in order to ensure that their expertise is effectively shared.

Assessments are a mixture of exams and coursework including presentations, essays, reports, multiple choice tests and numerical computations. Our Financial Trading Suite is integrated within our teaching and assessment strategy to deliver a live learning experience.

Individual study

You will be expected to commit to approximately 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and completing assessments. Canvas, our virtual learning platform, provides 24-hour access to learning and support materials.

Professional bodies

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

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Certified Accountants, Chartered Association of

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!

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 56 points Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required.
If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email
A level CD UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points
Scottish Higher You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE / IGCSE maths grades A*-C or grade 9-4 or equivalent.

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact 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

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Level B2 BA/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 Test BA/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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £10,300 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 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 2019/20, 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 -

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University College Birmingham
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B3 1JB

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International Admissions

0121 232 4447

UG Domestic Home and EU Admissions

0121 604 1040