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BSc (Hons)
Accounting and Finance

Every organisation needs accurate financial information to survive and grow. We equip you with the financial skills that employers look for in their accounts teams. After you graduate, you'll be able to register with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) or The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), giving you a competitive edge when you apply for work.

Qualification: BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: NN43

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September


Is this course for me?

If you really enjoy controlling the figures, then Accounting and Finance is the perfect career path for you. Every organisation needs accurate financial information in order to survive and to make decisions about future growth. You'll be able to recognise the trends and explore ways to keep a business afloat, making sure the profits stay up and the expenses stay low.

As it’s a joint degree, this course will benefit those aspiring to be accountants or working in the world of finance. It includes skills that build on investment and commercial banking, insurance, consultancy and financial markets.

Start a secure career with many opportunities
Wherever there is a business, there are accounts that need controlling. Almost every commercial organisation needs skilled financial support. There are companies that deal solely in finance too. These may be investment banks, insurance companies and financial services companies.

The final year of this course involves a finance-related dissertation, together with a study of strategy, international finance and taxation. These are designed to ensure that graduates leave Bucks with a wide range of skills that will impress an employer and enable them to secure employment.

Explore trends in the financial market and plan the future
Not only will this degree give a sound understanding of how businesses operate, but you’ll also be able to create and analyse financial statements. You will learn about the business environment and people management, as well as the fundamentals of accounting. Whatever route your future takes, the degree will prove invaluable as it develops your analytical and research skills in all business areas.

We have a team of experienced lecturers who have each worked in finance. Their knowledge of the market comes directly from their own experience, which they bring into their teaching. You’ll have the chance to be guided through real briefs, watching the accounts of a real business evolve and shift.

Working in finance involves many skills as you interact with so many different departments. Communication, engagement, forecasting and analysing all become part of your armoury when you graduate.

Take a step towards your ACCA qualification
With over 150,000 members and more than 430,000 students in 170 countries, ACCA is the largest and fastest growing professional accountancy body in the world.

At Bucks, we help you work towards your ACCA or CIMA professional qualification. After graduating, you’ll be able to apply for exemption from all nine ACCA papers at the fundamental level. You’ll only have to pass five papers at the professional level to become ACCA affiliates. We also have some CIMA exemptions.

You also need three years experience if you want to join the ACCA. We can help you find that experience during your studies if you wish.

The nine ACCA papers that Bucks graduates on the Accounting and Finance degree are exempt from include the following:

  • F1 - Accountant in Business
  • F2 - Management Accounting
  • F3 - Financial Accounting
  • F4 - Corporate and Business Law
  • F5 - Performance Management
  • F6 - UK Taxation
  • F7 - Financial Reporting
  • F8 - Audit and Assurance Services
  • F9 - Financial Management.

Year One

  • Accounting Systems in Business Organisations
  • Business Environment
  • Management Accounting
  • People and Organisations
  • The Graduate Challenge
  • Career Viewpoint

Year Two

  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Enterprise Projects
  • International Auditing
  • Small Business
  • Project Management
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting & Finance
  • Business Analytics
  • Economic Analysis
  • Business to Business and Services Marketing
  • Future of Work

Year Three

  • International Finance
  • UK Taxation
  • Financial Reporting and Management
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Business Information Systems

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full-time International: £10,500 per year

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

For fees for international students, visit our international section.

Visit our Why Bucks? section to discover what studying at Bucks could mean for you.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow.

What are my career prospects?

This course is designed to help you apply for registration with the professional bodies in accounting and finance. Most Accounting and Finance graduates choose employment that enables further study with a view to gaining a full professional qualification and a career in accounting and/or finance.

 You could also use your degree (and the more general business and personal skills you’ll have developed) as a foundation for a career in general management in a wide range of organisations. Many students will go on to study for professional accountancy qualifications offered by bodies such as ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA or CIPFA. Your degree should enable you to gain a number of exemptions from their examination requirements.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

We run work placements for our students, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work background. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.