• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

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.

Recognition by professional bodies

At Bucks, we can help you work towards your ACCA or CIMA professional qualification. After graduating, you’ll be able to apply for exemption from a number of ACCA papers. We also have some CIMA exemptions.

BSc (Hons) Accounting and  Finance graduates may also be eligible for membership at the Institute of Financial Accountants Associate Level.

Course Details


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.

If you have included the following units in their programme of study, you will also be eligible for membership of the Institute of Financial Accountants at Associate level:

  • BM402 Management Accounting plus BM513 Advanced Management Accounting
  • BM618 UK Taxation
  • BM412 Accounting Systems for Business Organisations plus BM611 Financial Reporting and Management
  • BM519 International Auditing
  • BM605 International Finance

Transcripts must be provided by students to confirm the award of membership/exemptions.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning. The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.

Year 1: 26 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 312 hours
Independent learning: 888 hours

Year 2: 30 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 360 hours
Independent learning: 840 hours

Year 3: 26 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 312 hours
Independent learning: 888 hours


You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.

Balance of assessment

The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose. Assessments are broken down into coursework, written exams or practical. Coursework covers both written work such as essays and reports and practical work such as the preparation of a portfolio and project outputs completed on many art and design programmes. Exams include both formal written exams and in-class time-constrained assessments or TCAs. Practical assessments largely consist of oral presentations and contributions to seminars, and competency-based activities such as clinical or lab skills.

Year 1

65 percent coursework 30 percent written exams 5 percent practical

Year 2

70 percent coursework 25 percent written exams 5 percent practical

Year 3

50 percent coursework 50 percent written exams 0 percent practical

Please note: The percentages above do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.


You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.

Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.

What are the course 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.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • Accounting Systems in Business Organisations
  • Management Accounting

Year 2 Modules

  • B2B and Service Marketing (optional)
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Business Analytics (optional)
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance (optional)
  • Economic Analysis
  • Enterprise Projects
  • Future of Work (optional)
  • International Auditing
  • Project Management (optional)
  • Small Business (optional)

Year 3 Modules

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


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year

Full Time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

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.

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