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University College Birmingham

Finance and Accounting

UCAS Code: NN40

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.

Access to HE Diploma

D:15

You will need a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points. A minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE / IGCSE maths grades A*-C or grade 9-4 or equivalent.

HNC (BTEC)

P

A relevant HNC or a foundation degree with 120 credits.

HND (BTEC)

P

A relevant HND or a foundation degree with 240 credits.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

You will need a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff

112

Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points will be required. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email [email protected]

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Full-time with year in industry | 2021

Subjects

Accounting

Finance

**Course snapshot**

Finance and accounting professionals are vital to all functions of a business. Developed in partnership with key industry organisations and accredited by the University of Birmingham, our Finance and Accounting course will give you the essential tools to launch your career in the industry. You'll build a wealth of hands-on, practical experience through working in our state-of-the-art Financial Trading Suite as well as having the opportunity of a paid 12-month placement, helping to put you ahead of the competition in the modern day marketplace.

**Who’s the course for?**

This course is ideal for anyone wishing to become a part or fully certified accountant, as well as those aspiring to work in the finance sector.

**Why should I study the course?**

- **INDUSTRY APPROVED** – Complete our course and you can apply for seven CIMA and eight ACCA exemptions, as well as other finance and accounting qualifications

- **PRACTICAL APPLICATION** – Get to grips with the markets through live consultancy cases and simulated investing in our Financial Trading Suite, with support from our in-house trader

- **WORK PLACEMENT** – Gain further substantial real-world experience through the option of a paid 12-month placement, during which you won’t incur any tuition fees

- **SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES** – Choose a topic within the industry that interests you to study in depth for your final research project

**Great. Tell me some more**

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

Our course offers you the option to boost your experience through a paid 12-month work placement, enabling you to put your learning into practice and demonstrate your practical abilities to potential employers. What's more, you will not incur any tuition fees during your placement year.

**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?**

This course provides an excellent platform for those seeking a career in finance and accounting. Graduating with this degree will enable you to work in any organisation, covering roles such as:

- Financial auditor/analyst/consultant

- Retail banker

- Chartered certified accountant

- Chartered management accountant

- Chartered public finance accountant

- Company secretary

- Business development manager

- Data analyst

- Economist

- Forensic accountant

- Stockbroker

- Licensed conveyancer

- Management consultant

- Mortgage adviser

- Purchasing manager

Alternatively you can continue onto postgraduate study, such as our MSc Finance and Accounting course at UCB. You can also complete the remaining papers with the professional bodies (ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, AIA, CIOT, CIPFA) to achieve the status of part-qualified accountant or certified accountant.

Modules

**Year 1**
- Management Accounting
- Accountants in Business
- Introduction to Business Analytics
- Financial Accounting
- Accounting and Information Systems
- Professional Practice in Finance and Accounting I

**Year 2**
- Management and Organisations
- Business Analytics
- Finance for Enterprise Start-up
- Financial Management
- Audit and Governance
- Professional Practice in Finance and Accounting II

**Year 3**
**Work Placement (optional)**

**Year 3/4 Final Year Honours**

- Financial Reporting
- Leadership and Enterprise Strategy
- Performance Management
- Research Project

**Plus One Option From:**

- Corporate Risk Management
- Portfolio Management

Assessment methods

**Teaching**

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. The UCB 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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£12,500
per year
International
£12,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University College Birmingham

Department:

Business School - BA/BSc

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Business and management

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

51%
UK students
49%
International students
40%
Male students
60%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Business and management

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
47%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

28%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
15%
Administrative occupations: finance
12%
Business, research and administrative professionals

You don't have to be an accountant if you take this degree, but over half of graduates take a look at the rewards on offer for accountancy trainees and go into the job. Many others go into other parts of the finance industry as advisors or book-keepers, and some go into management or marketing. London is very popular for accountancy graduates going into their first job, but it's also quite common to work in Scotland, with Glasgow a perennial hotbed of Scottish accountancy recruitment. If you want to find a job in finance as an accountancy graduates, recruitment agencies were particularly important last year, so try to get in touch with one as soon as you can to improve your chances.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Accounting

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Finance

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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