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Accounting and Finance

BSc (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

NN43

Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Location

Headington

Course length

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

Part time: up to 8 years

Department

Oxford Brookes Business School

Accreditation(s)

Professional exemptions from ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA exams

UCAS Tariff Points

112

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

Overview


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).

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30

BTEC: DMM

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

If you don’t achieve the required tariff points you can apply to join a foundation course or 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), English (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

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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.

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 with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£13,630

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£14,100

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£13,630

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£14,100

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU 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 and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

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

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

It's your responsibility to purchase core texts and cover print/binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.

You can spend your third year on a work placement. 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.

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.

Students sitting at desks in class room

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Introduction to Accounting I (2 module credits)

Introduction to Accounting II

Essential Information Skills

Exploring Economics

Foundations of Business

Raising Individual Financial Awareness

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Management Accounting

Corporate Finance

Financial Accounting and Reporting (2 module credits)

Personal and Professional Development

Research in Accounting

Optional modules

Choose 2 optional modules from this list

Auditing Practice, Auditing Theory, Business Strategy for Competitive Advantage, Corporate and Business Law, Managing the Digital Business, Financial Markets and Institutions, Independent Study, Management Information Systems, Personal Taxation, Plus language options.

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. For more information about the fees please go to the Fees/Funding section.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Optional modules

Business Aspects of Management Accounting (Honours)

Choose 1 of these honours modules

Contemporary Issues in Finance, Advanced Financial Management.

Choose 2 honours modules from this list

Advanced Financial Management, Applied Audit and Assurance, Business Intelligence and Decision Making, Business Taxation, Contemporary Issues in Finance, Independent Study.

Choose 2 honours module credits from this list

Accounting Synoptic (2 module credits), Dissertation (2 module credits).

Financial Accounting Theory (Honours)

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

Learning and teaching

This course will be exciting as well as challenging. 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).

This allows you to develop the broad set of skills which are important for a professional career.

We organise visiting speakers from business and the professional bodies. These sessions enrich your academic experience and help with your own professional development.

Outside class there is an e-learning component. This gives you the opportunity 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.
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 16%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 84%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 15%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 85%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Lectures and seminars - 1%
  • Placement - 99%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 0%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Lectures and seminars - 14%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 86%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Assessment

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.

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 40%
  • Coursework - 60%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 71%
  • Coursework - 29%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 50%
  • Practical exams - 50%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Written exams - 43%
  • Coursework - 57%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

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 KPMGPricewaterhouseCoopersGrant ThorntonHaines Wattsthe 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. 

Our Staff


Ms Christina Wilson

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Matthew Topham

Matthew's experience of applying financial theory, skills and techniques in the field assists him to add context to his academic teaching and to illustrate the challenges, contradictions and different perspectives that exist.

Read more about Matthew

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.

Information from Unistats


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.