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.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value, we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
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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 including 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.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 80. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
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.
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
- Financial Accounting
- Computerised Accounting
- Accountant in Business Organisations
- Global Business environment
- The Graduate Challenge
- Management Accounting
- Organisational Behaviour
- Career Viewpoint
Year 2 Modules
- Introduction to UK taxation
- Advanced Management Accounting
- Digital Business and New Technologies
- Contemporary Business Economics
- Project Management
- International Auditing
- Project Management
- Financial Management
Year 3 Modules
- Strategic Agility
- UK Taxation
- Corporate Governance and Ethics
- Dissertation (optional)
- Managing and Developing Innovation and Creativity
- Consultancy Project (optional)
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 encourage you to undertake relevant work experience, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work environment. 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.
The Big Deal
At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.
We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK. It’s a big deal!
How much does it cost
- Full-Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9,250 per year
- Full-Time International, September 2019: £12,000 per year
- Full-Time Home and EU, February 2020: £9,250 per year
- Full-Time International, February 2020: £12,000 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student.