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Accounting and Finance

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2023 / September 2024



Course length

Full time: 3 years, or 4 if a work placement is chosen

Part time: up to 8 years


Professional exemptions from ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA exams

UCAS Tariff Points


  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales


Our Accounting and Finance degree will help you to develop an international perspective and excellent skills in:

  • team work
  • problem solving
  • communication.

Most of our teaching staff are qualified accountants. Their professional experience will enrich your classroom experience and curriculum. You will benefit from our close links with leading practitioners and employers. This also ensures that your learning experience is practical, relevant and up to date.

You can be part of our Accounting for Community: Engaging Students (ACES) project in your second or final year. This gives you experience in working for a local charity to assist with their accounting.

We have an established relationship with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the global body for professional accountants. We also have Partner in Learning status with the institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

You may also be interested in our Accounting and Economics course, which shares modules with Accounting and Finance.

How to apply

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 96

A Level: CCC

IB Points: 28


Further offer details

Applications are also welcomed for consideration from applicants with European qualifications, international qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility please contact Admissions:

If you don’t achieve the required tariff points you can apply to join a foundation course, like Foundation in Business or an international foundation course to help to reach the required level for entry onto this degree.

Holders of the Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) Level 3 Diploma, who also have or are taking one or more A-levels or equivalent, will be considered for admission to year 1 of this course.

Holders of the Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) Level 4 Diploma will be considered for admission to year 2 of this course.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics (grade C/4 or above)

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

International applications

Transitional Year One in Chengdu, China

If you are based in China, you can complete the first year of your programme in Chengdu, before joining us in Oxford for Years 2 and 3. Please visit our Chinese website and the China country pages to explore options for in-country study or contact us on to find out more.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Learning and assessment

On this course you will learn about:

  • international standards
  • practices of accounting
  • thinking globally
  • working across cultures.

You will develop the analytical skills and commercial awareness to prepare for your future employment. As well as excellent skills in:

  • team working
  • problem solving
  • communication.

Year 1 starts with an induction week where you will meet fellow students and your personal academic adviser.

You'll learn core knowledge and skills in:

  • accounting
  • accounting software
  • business
  • IT
  • economics.

In Years 2 and 3 you continue to study financial and management accounting and corporate finance. You'll take a module to develop the skills and competencies needed for your career development, including the transition into graduate employment. You can complete your course with electives in audit, tax, finance or law.

In Year 3 you can choose a work placement. This enables you to graduate with valued graduate-level work experience.

Accounting and Finance, BSc Hons degree course students sitting at a computer at Oxford Brookes University

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Intro to Accounting I (double)

Raising Individual Financial Awareness

Essential Information Skills

Intro to Accounting II

Foundations of Business

Business Accounting Systems

Exploring Economics

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Financial Accounting and Reporting (double)

Management Accounting

Personal and Professional Development

Corporate Finance

Research in Accounting

Choose two additional modules from this list

  • Business Strategy for Competitive Advantage
  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Independent Study in Business
  • International Finance
  • Introduction to Auditing Practice
  • Management Information Systems
  • Managing the Digital Business 
  • Personal Taxation

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Optional modules

Optional Work Placement Year (includes a Placement Search and Preparation module in your second year)

A third year work placement is a great opportunity to enhance your CV, preparing you for future employment. You will gain commercial and practical experience, and many students are offered graduate positions by their placement employer.

Recently, accounting students have enjoyed exciting and intellectually challenging positions at accounting firms such as EY, Deloitte, BDO and GT as well as in well known organisations such as the NHS, McDonalds, Easyjet, Lloyds Banking, Investec Bank and Harley Davidson.

During your placement there is a fee which is paid to the university. It covers the cost of your placement tutor, and the support we provide whilst looking for a placement position and during your placement role. Whilst on your placement you will still be classed as a student. You will be paid a financially sustainable salary which will vary depending on your role, company and location. Learn more about how Oxford Brookes Business School supports students secure a work placement.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

Dissertation in Accounting (double) OR Accounting Synoptic

Financial Accounting Theory

Business Aspects of Management Accounting

Choose three additional modules from this list

  • Advanced Financial Management*
  • Applied Audit and Assurance
  • Business Accountability and Responsibility
  • Business Intelligence and Decision Making
  • Business Taxation
  • Contemporary Issues in Finance*
  • Independent Study

*Students must take one of these, the other can be taken as an elective. 

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

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Learning and teaching

During the course you will have the opportunity to take part in activities such as:

  • computer-based simulations
  • mock audits
  • group presentations
  • analysis of financial data and information
  • discussions of topical material (such as newspaper articles, videos and websites).

We organise visiting speakers from business and the professional bodies. 

Our e-learning options allow you to:

  • take self-study quizzes and diagnostic assessments
  • participate in online discussion groups
  • work in groups to prepare wikis as part of the assessment process.

We are delighted to have launched our new Bloomberg Trading Suite.

Students on our Accounting, Finance and Economics courses can gain certification and experience of trading on the financial markets by making mock transactions using real-world financial market data. Read our in-depth news story to find out more.

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Assessment methods used on this course

We use a variety of assessment approaches including:

  • reports, essays
  • case study analysis
  • presentations
  • examinations.

You will benefit from ongoing in-depth, specific feedback on your work. This means you know exactly which areas you need to focus on to do the best you can in your studies. As well as develop yourself for your future career.

The majority of teaching and assessment activities take place between Mondays and Fridays, 9am to 7pm. There may be occasions when such activities fall outside of these hours.

Study abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate

Career prospects

This course will equip you with the skills for a career in accounting and finance. It will also prepare you to join a general graduate training scheme, set up your own business or study at postgraduate level.

Many of our graduates have gone onto work in large organisations including KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Grant Thornton, Haines Watts, the Treasury and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

On this course you will also have the opportunity to enhance your employability by taking part in our successful project which will provide you with an invaluable experience: Accounting for Community: Engaging Students (ACES), where, after free training, you can gain real-world experience by performing voluntary accounting roles at local charities and community groups.

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Free language courses

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

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Programme changes:
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our changes to programmes page.