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If you enjoy controlling the figures, then the world of finance could be for you. Learn how to maximise your impact on an organisation’s financial health with our BSc (Hons) in Accounting and Finance.
With over 70% of our students going onto industry roles, this degree is recognised by professional bodies – ACCA, IFA, CIMA and ICAEW – so that when you graduate, you’ll be exempt from some exams, and will be even closer to your chosen career.
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Why study this subject?
If you really enjoy controlling and managing the figures, then accounting and finance is the perfect career path for you. Every organisation needs accurate financial and business information in order to survive and to make decisions about future growth.
This programme will benefit those aspiring to be accountants or working in the world of finance. It includes learning skills that build on investment and commercial banking, insurance, consultancy and financial markets.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
Our Accounting and Finance degree is a great start for your career. From day one, you’ll develop the theoretical and practical skills needed to succeed as an accountant or finance professional. You will study a variety of subjects, which involve learning about the business environment and people management, as well as the fundamentals of accounting and finance.
You'll graduate from this degree with the skills and knowledge to operate within a business function of an organisation or continue your studies to specialise your career, eg as a chartered accountant.
Thanks to our links with professional bodies, we have direct access to industry experts who help to shape our courses. You will graduate safe in the knowledge that you have the skills and accreditations employers want.
The following professional bodies currently accredit this degree:
- ACCA – Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
- ICAEW – Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
- CIMA – Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
- IFA - Institute of Financial Accountants.
At BNU we want you to get the most out of your time with us. Studying a course with a professional accreditation gives you the opportunity to get workplace experience, learn about new developments in the industry and apply for membership with the accrediting body.
BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance graduates are also be eligible for membership at various levels for the IFA and ICAEW.
What facilities can I use?
We’ve invested in a range of state-of-the-art facilities across our campuses to support your learning.
Our library is the perfect place to find the resources you need and a quiet place to study, filled with four floors of books, journals, computer suites and study rooms. Or, if you’d rather work off campus, e-Journals and resources are only a few clicks away using our Virtual Learning Environment.
What will I study?
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.
Throughout the course you’ll learn about financial and management accounting and the business and regulatory environment in which businesses operate. You’ll also learn about financial management and the role of the financial markets and key financial institutions.
A major part of this course involves developing relevant practical skills to prepare you for employment. For example, you’ll learn how to:
- manipulate, analyse and interpret financial and non-financial data;
- prepare financial reports;
- apply accounting principles and techniques to a range of business problems.
You’ll also learn how to:
- appraise evidence;
- present and communicate clearly;
- work in a team;
- conduct independent research when required, such as when preparing a final-year project on a topic of your choice.
How will I be taught and assessed?
This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
Our lecturers have extensive industry and academic experience. They’ll help you mix theory with practice, informing your teaching with their knowledge.
We attract many guest speakers, including former students who share their business acumen. You’ll have the chance to be guided through real briefs, watching the accounts of a real business evolve and shift. We always make sure that you’ll always know about the latest trends in the world of business.
With small classes, you’ll get the chance to interact with peers and lecturers to develop your skills. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate on projects and live briefs with students from other business management degree programmes, gaining the practical and transferable skills you need for your career.
We believe in hands-on experiences to build your confidence for the next step in your career. You’ll work with real businesses who want your advice, and you’ll learn from your own research. Our students have been involved in getting start-ups off the ground and consulting with major companies.
Throughout your studies you’ll hear stories from people working in businesses of all sizes. This gives you the chance to learn about various job functions and different corporate cultures, and ultimately, your regular exposure to industry helps make you employable from the moment you graduate.
We’ll encourage your soft skills such as teamwork, problem solving and creative thinking. Your CV will look good no matter how the job market changes during your studies.
Professional accreditations and exemptions
At Bucks, we will help you work towards your ACCA or CIMA, ICAEW and IFA 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 four papers at the professional level to become ACCA affiliates. 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 are:
- 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.
ACCA is the largest and fastest growing professional accountancy body in the world, so this will help bolster your career prospects.
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:
- Management Accounting plus Advanced Management Accounting
- UK Taxation
- Accounting Systems for Business Organisations plus Financial Reporting and Management
- International Auditing
- International Finance.
We also have CIMA, ICAEW and IFA exemptions.
Transcripts must be provided by students to confirm the award of membership/exemptions.
BNU 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.
What are the course entry requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
Inquiry Based Learning
Introduction to Business Studies
Year 2 Modules
Data Insights for Business Decisions
Accountant in Business Organisations
Global Business environment
The Graduate Challenge
Year 3 Modules
Introduction to UK taxation
Financial Reporting (I)
Corporate Business Law
Advanced Management Accounting
Contemporary Business Economics
Year 4 Modules
Corporate Governance and Ethics
Consultancy Project (optional)
Financial Reporting (II)
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
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 also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
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.
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.
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.
You could also choose to stay at Buckinghamshire New University and study a postgraduate programme.
Did you know?
We are one of the top 10 UK universities mostly likely to produce graduates who go on to own or manage a business (Capital on Tap, 2021), find out more about this excellent news.