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Accounting and Finance

BSc (Hons) - single

Oxford Brookes Business School

Professional exemptions from ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA exams

On this course you will learn about the key accounting and financial elements of the complex global business world. You will develop an international perspective and excellent skills in team work, problem solving and communication, thereby becoming a well-rounded accounting graduate. You will benefit from our close links with leading practitioners and employers, which ensure that your learning experience is practical, relevant and up to date.

You will be well prepared for future employment. 93% of our students felt that as a result of their course they have improved their career prospects (NSS, 2017). The status and quality of business degrees at Oxford Brookes are illustrated by our long-standing strategic alliance with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the global body for professional accountants.

You may also be interested to have a look at our Accounting and Economics and Economics, Finance and International Business courses.


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Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years, or 4 if a work placement is chosen
  • Part time: up to 8 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • In the 2019 Guardian University Subject League Table Oxford Brookes University has gone up 44 places and is now ranked 33 for Accounting and Finance. 
  • You can experience working in a local accountancy firm to assist in their basic accounting by being part of our Accounting for Community: Engaging Students (ACES) project in your second or final year.
  • Oxford Brookes Business School is known internationally for its learning and teaching. You will receive an engaging and vibrant learning experience which will prepare you for future employment in business.
  • It is an exciting time to join our Business School as we have recently moved to new premises at our Headington Campus. The university has invested £30m to provide a new home for the Business School, including a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, social learning space and a café. This gives you first-class learning spaces close to university facilities, student halls and the city centre.

On this course you will be taught about international standards, practices of accounting, thinking globally and working across cultures. You will develop excellent team working, problem solving, communication and analytical skills plus the commercial awareness to prepare for your future employment.

Year 1 will start with an induction week where you will meet fellow students. You will also meet with your academic adviser and course managers to discuss your first year programme of study. Included in the first year modules are sessions which will equip you with key skills, including academic writing and reading in English, primary research, sourcing and evaluating secondary data, academic referencing with emphasis on avoiding plagiarism, and manipulation and critical evaluation of numerical data.

In Year 2 you will take a module which will enable you to develop the skills and competencies you will need for your career development, including the transition into graduate employment.

In Year 3 there is the option of a work placement which will enable you to graduate with highly valued graduate-level work experience alongside the academic knowledge and transferable skills gained throughout the course.

Study modules

Please see the course structure chart.

As our courses are reviewed regularly, the module lists you choose from may differ from the ones listed here.

Work placements

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

Students have enjoyed exciting and intellectually challenging positions at Aldi, BMW, Lloyds Banking Group, the NHS, Microsoft, IBM, KPMG, Hewlett Packard, Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, Harley Davidson and a host of other global organisations.

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.

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.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:

  • Improving your employment prospects within an international market
  • Boosting your language skills
  • Building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • Improving your knowledge of different cultures.

While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.

We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.

There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

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.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Essential purchases

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.

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.

Teaching and learning

Your learning experience on this course will be exciting as well as challenging. You will have the opportunity to take part in activities such as group presentations, auditing role play, analysis of financial data and information, discussions of topical material (such as newspaper articles, videos and websites) and computer-based simulations. On this course you will develop the necessary skills to prepare you for a career in accountancy within practice or business.

Outside class there is an e-learning component, providing the opportunity to undertake self-study quizzes and diagnostic assessments, to participate in online discussion groups and to work in groups to prepare wikis as part of the assessment process.

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 16%84%0%
2 15%85%0%
3 (sandwich year)1%0%99%
4 14%86%0%

Approach to assessment

The course uses a variety of assessment approaches including reports, essays, case study analysis, presentations and examinations. You will benefit from ongoing in-depth, specific feedback on your work, placement year and voluntary charitable accounting experiences. In this way you will know exactly which areas you need to focus on to do the best you can in your studies and 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 may fall outside of these hours.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 40%0%60%
2 71%0%29%
3 (sandwich year)0%50%50%
4 43%0%58%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

Home/EU - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £1,380. 2019/20: £1,380.

International - full time: 2018/19: £13,360 2019/20: £13,630

International - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £3,920 2019/20: £4,000

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 in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

A-Level: BBC

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.

IB Diploma: 30 points



AS-levels will be recognised in place of a maximum of 1 A-level (may include 12-unit vocational A-level). Key skills are not required but would be a positive feature of an application, as would free-standing AS-levels such as Critical Thinking.

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.

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

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.

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.

How to apply

International applicants

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

Oxford Brookes operates 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.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

As one of the most famous cities in the world, Oxford is a great place to be a student. One in five people in the city is a student, so places, events, amenities and facilities are geared towards university life. Find out all about being a student in Oxford on our Student Life pages.

Oxford has a growing hi-tech community with many businesses located in the city and surrounding area. It is just over an hour from the hub of business life in London, The City, with easy access to international airports.

Specialist facilities

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

The Clerici Building has undergone a huge redevelopment creating a new home for the Business School, including a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, social learning spaces and a café. It also provides a new Main Hall and a vibrant gateway into the Headington Campus. With these innovative spaces, students and staff can interact and collaborate in first-class facilities.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Professional accreditation

Graduates can gain exemptions from professional accountancy examinations depending on the elective modules taken and passed. The Accounting and Finance course currently has the accreditations listed below.

ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
Papers F1 to F5, F7 and F9 are given on the basis of successfully completing the BSc in Accounting and Finance. Additional papers, F6 and F8, are available depending on electives passed.

CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)
Exemptions can be gained from papers C3 C5, F1, depending on electives passed.

ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales)
Depending on electives taken and passed, exemptions can be gained from the following ACA papers: Accounting, Business and Finance, Assurance, Management Information, and Principles of Taxation. This professional body has also set minimum grade requirements.

More detailed information and advice relating to exemptions is provided to students during their first year of study to help them compile a programme to suit their professional aspirations.

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.