- Study Mode: Full Time
- Location: High Wycombe
- Duration: Three or Four Years
- Start Date: September 2023 and January 2024
In the world of commerce business and finance are inextricably linked. If you enjoy analysing data, crunching numbers and controlling the figures, our Finance programme and pathways are the perfect way to develop your skills, ready for a career in the finance world.
We work hard to ensure you graduate workplace ready. Having a degree that is recognised by professional bodies - ACCA, IFA, CIMA and ICAEW - means you will have the advantage of being able to start your career being exempt from a number of professional exams. Our students are guaranteed maximum 9 exemptions from all our professional partners once you graduate with a BA (Hons) Finance and Accounting or BA (Hons) Finance and Business degree.
Our Finance programme gives you the opportunity to choose your specialism for your future career after you experience of the core curriculum in year one. Rather than having to make your big career decision before you join us, we introduce you to various specialisms and offer you the flexibility to choose the pathway which leads to your chosen career.
These pathways are also offered as four-year programmes, 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 programme.
What will I study on this pathway?
Our Finance and Accounting pathway offers the opportunity to study a mix of subjects, including financial accounting, management accounting, financial management, auditing, taxation and strategic management.
Each topic has been designed to blend together to give you an understanding of the financial world and the topical issues affecting it. You will be provided with a thorough grounding in accounting and finance not only in preparation for employment, but also for further study at post-graduate level.
You will graduate with BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting.
What will I study on this pathway?
Our Finance and Business pathway aims to develop your entrepreneurial capabilities and offers opportunities for you to develop and launch business ideas. Additionally, you will acquire a wide range of skills useful for dealing competently with real-life, practical problems. While also providing opportunities for undertaking work experience. Studying this pathway will develop your ability to think critically and will therefore enable you to analyse and evaluate solutions to complex, real-life problems.
You will graduate with BSc (Hons) Finance and Business.
Why study this subject?
Being able to study a programme that gives you a solid understanding of how finance and business work together and enhance each other is ideal if you are interested in developing sought after business knowledge and financial management skills.
Our Finance programme covers a mix of financial accounting, management accounting, financial management, auditing, taxation and strategic management skills which will allow you to explore a wide range of subject areas to give you an understanding of the financial world and the topical issues affecting us.
If you really enjoy being at the beating heart of a company by managing the figures and controlling the numbers, then a finance degree is the perfect career path for you. Every organisation needs accurate financial information in order to survive and to make decisions about future growth. Our Finance awards address Business and Accounting, depending on your personal interests in the field.
The layout of modules, achieving professional qualification through the completion of modules and diverse environment played a major role in choosing to study at BNU.Dennis Aduadjoe
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
At BNU we want you to get the most out of your time with us and being workplace ready is something we are proud to offer you. Both of our Accounting and Business pathways are recognised by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and offers graduates the opportunity to gain a prestigious Accounting and Finance degree at the same time as qualifying as part-qualified accountants.
This is achieved by giving you the opportunity to gain maximum exemptions from all nine ACCA papers at the Fundamentals level (F1-F9). In addition, you can also obtain exemptions from up to 7 modules from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). You can also obtain membership at various levels for the IFA and ICAEW.
This will ensure you enter the job market with a competitive degree, relevant experience and a confidence that you can make your mark in the corporate world.
What will I study?
In your first year studying at BNU we are focused on providing you with all of the building blocks you need to create a solid understanding of the principals of finance. You will study management, financial and computerised accounting as well as an induction to data and analytics to help with financial decision making.
During your second year you will study advance management accounting and be introduced to financial reporting 1, this module will teach you how to apply accounting standards and the theoretical framework in the preparation of financial statements of entities. You will learn to apply, analyse and evaluate the principles and theories you have learned and be able to reference and apply them to contemporary situations. Being able to develop your skills by applying your knowledge to real life circumstances is important as this allows you to gain the confidence and ease to do so post-graduation.
In your final year, you will focus on preparing yourself for your future and career after graduation. In addition to learning about international finance and moving onto financial reporting 2, you will complete a major piece of independent research related to your degree that will enhance your employability. Depending on which pathway you choose to study you will also study Sustainable Strategic Agility and Innovation, Corporate Governance and Ethics, UK Taxation (Corporation Tax) and International Auditing.
One of the enjoyable things about studying at BNU is that even though I’m doing Accounting & Finance, there’s still the opportunity to work on group projects. Not only do we come together to solve the problem, it’s also the chance to get to know and make friends with my peers.Yam Kandel
How will I be taught and assessed?
At Buckinghamshire New University we like to foster an interactive and student-focused teaching style where we blend lectures, seminars, one-to-one workshops, tutorial sessions, independent study and guest speakers to enhance the learning experience.
Our lecturers work hard to ensure that you learn the latest industry standard practices and knowledge. To support in the delivery of this we also welcome industry experts and professionals to deliver guest lectures who share their experience of the latest trends and what companies are looking for.
A range of assessment methods will be employed during your studies, including:
- oral presentations (individual and group)
I had the opportunity to work with a local business and aid them in improving the way they ran. This was brilliant in helping me prepare for the outside world as it gave me a real-life insight into how businesses actually operated - it also allowed for me to improve my network and prepare for life after university.Harrison Gilkes
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 88 - 112 (Full-time) or 32 - 56 (Foundation Year)
A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
What are the tuition fees
Home, Academic Year 2023 - 2024
£9,250 per year
Overseas/International, Academic Year 2023 - 2024
£15,000 per year
What are my career prospects?
BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting pathway
There has always been a big demand for qualified specialists in accounting and finance, meaning that you can expect to graduate with a variety of rewarding career options ahead of you. With the diverse nature of accounting and finance you can seek out jobs in any sector, from business, banking, non-profit to international corporations.
Not only will you be graduating with a coveted qualification, the additional benefit of having studied a degree accredited professional bodies, the ACCA, CIMA, IFA and ICAEW means that you start one step closer to becoming a fully qualified accountant.
BA (Hons) Finance and Business pathway
You will graduate with an industry accredited degree from the ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW which means that you start one step closer to becoming a fully qualified accountant.
Recent graduates from this course have gone onto jobs such as, Accounting Assistant, Personal Banker, Financial Analyst and Graduate Accountant.
You will also be equipped to develop and manage your own businesses, be this sole proprietorships, partnerships or companies.