BSc (Hons) in Accounting and Finance

General

Program Description

Our BSc (Hons) in Accounting and Finance (with placement year) prepares you for a career in accountancy or the financial sector and gives you a strong understanding of core business principles and practice.

You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of how accounting and finance fit into the broader context of business and management, and study topics such as:

  • Capital Markets, Investment and Finance
  • Auditing
  • Corporate Reporting
  • Taxation
  • Company Law and Administration

The programme gives you solid theoretical foundations and applies this knowledge to real-world commercial situations.

You will be taught by leading academics with extensive experience in the accounting and finance sector. You’ll learn how to develop and apply accounting and finance strategies that enhance corporate value, and develop the techniques and understanding of specialist databases you need for a career in the accounting and finance sector.

A sandwich placement year, taken in year three of the programme, enables you to develop your skills and professional confidence - and boosts your employability on graduation.

Professional accreditation

We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".

Many of our Accounting and Finance modules attract accreditation from professional bodies, such as:

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Association of International Accountants (AIA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • CPA Australia

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) accredit this programme. This means that, by successfully completing your degree, you are eligible for exemptions from some ACCA fundamental level examinations.

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Rankings

The University of Bradford is ranked 301-400 in the world for Business and Economics in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

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Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points.

A-Levels: There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM - there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes: There are no specific subject requirements.

International Baccalaureate requirements: 112 points to include at least 2 HL subjects plus HL 3 or SL 4 in Maths.

Plus a minimum of GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements: Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.

What you will study

Please note that for 2019 entry, the module information is subject to change.

First year

Core

  • Business Economics (AFE4001-B
  • Introduction to Accounting (AFE4005-B)
  • Principles of Management (OIM4006-B)
  • Introduction to Finance (AFE4004-B)
  • Business Law and Ethics for Accountants (LAW4006-B)

Option

  • Foundations of Marketing (MAR4002-B)
  • People, Work and Organisations/Work in Context (HRM4009-B)
  • Operations and Information Systems Management (OIM4002-B)
  • Sustainability and Social Responsibility (OIM4008-B)
  • Principles and Practices of International Business (SIB4001-B)

Second year

Core

  • Employability and Enterprise Skills (HRM5004-B)
  • Financial Management (AFE5011-B)
  • Financial Accounting (AFE5008-B)
  • Management Accounting (AFE5004-B)
  • Multinational Finance and Investment (AFE5013-B)

Option

  • Organisational Design and Analysis (HRM5014-B)
  • Strategic Management (SIB5003-B)
  • Auditing (AFE5009-B)
  • Integrated Marketing Communications (MAR5007-B)
  • Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation (EAE5001-B)
  • Management of Information Systems (OIM5009-B)
  • World-Class Operations (OIM5013-B)
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management (OIM5014-B)

Final year

Core

  • Empirical Methods in Accounting and Finance (AFE6014-B)
  • Risk Management and Derivatives (AFE6013-B)
  • International Accounting and Reporting (AFE6012-B)
  • Finance Project (AFE6016-B)
  • Taxation (AFE6002-B)

Option

  • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility (HRM6010-B)
  • Contemporary Developments in Employee Relations (HRM6011-B)
  • Service Operations Management (OIM6009-B)
  • Cross-Cultural Management (SIB6009-B)
  • Contemporary Issues in Economics (AFE6018-B)
  • Project Management (OIM6008-B)
  • Innovation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (OIM6013-B)

Elective (semester 2 only)

Sandwich year

This 4-year programme offers you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in business in your third year.

Placements are real, paid jobs in a wide variety of organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and offer you a valuable opportunity to experience first-hand how business and management concepts are applied in practice, and to give you direct exposure to real issues in the workplace. It can also be done abroad.

The placement year is a vital part of your learning and will add significantly to your personal development, self-confidence, planning, communication and business acumen skills. Statistics show that students who have undertaken a placement year benefit from a better graduate job, higher graduate starting salary and a better degree outcome.

In a competitive graduate market, valuable experience and employability skills gained from a year’s work placement will differentiate you from the thousands of other graduates seeking work.

We find that students return from their placement year with their confidence and personal skills enhanced and ready to implement their focused plan for the future.

The School of Management has an excellent network of organisations that offer placements including:

  • IBM
  • Vauxhall
  • NHS
  • GE Money
  • Arris (formerly PACE)
  • Enterprise Rent A Car
  • Cummins
  • Peugeot

Together we ensure your placement is appropriately challenging and that you can make a real and positive impact on the business. Your experience will be monitored and assessed through a credit-bearing work-based learning module that will count towards your final degree.

This module is portfolio based and will develop your ability to reflect on professional work-related experiences and recognise the impact on your career development planning. Placements are not guaranteed, and students will have to invest considerable time and effort in their 2nd year in securing one, with the support of the dedicated Careers team.

Learning and assessment

For all taught modules your learning will be directed, supported and reinforced through a combination of lectures, tutorials, small group seminars, virtual learning environment activities and guided private studies. Generally, for each module, you will attend one lecture and one tutorial each week during which you will be in direct contact with teaching staff.

The School of Management is committed to demonstrating the relevance of taught material to real business problems; you can expect to see guest industry lectures and the use of real industry-sponsored business problems for assessment purposes.

Methods of assessment vary according to the learning outcomes of particular modules and the stage of the study. Accordingly, a mixture of examinations, essays, group work and presentations will be used in the assessment of your work.

Facilities

The Bradford Trading Room provides students with hands-on experience in a simulated trading environment.

Students get a feel for real investment decisions made in industry and learn how to deal responsibly with financial and economic market data.

Students have the option of completing a training and certification module specifically designed for universities called Bloomberg Essentials Training (BESS) that is widely recognised in the industry and confers valuable skills which are highly relevant for the finance, banking, insurance and related industries.

Fees, finance and scholarships

Tuition fee 2019

  • Home: £9,250 (sandwich year: £925)
  • International: £15,320

Scholarships

Every year we award numerous non-repayable scholarships to UK, EU and international students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship.

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans by exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes, there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career booster

During your time studying at the Faculty of Management and Law, you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive career booster programme throughout the duration of your course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme (PDF, 2.8 MB) offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:

  • The European Computer Driving License (ECDL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
  • Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
  • Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
  • Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.

In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.

Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.

Career prospects

This course prepares you well for a career in accounting, financial management or the financial services sector, as well as wider management positions. Employers of our graduates include HSBC, Asda, NG Bailey, Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays and the Department of Health.

Employment statistics

91.5% of our 2017 graduates in Accounting and Finance found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2017 Accounting and Finance graduates was £22,583.*

These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Study abroad

As a student at the University of Bradford School of Management, you'll have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions around the world.

This gives you international experience, exposure to a different culture and opportunities to network with students and academics at other leading business schools.

Study tours

Students have an opportunity to broaden their international experience by taking part in study tours embedded alongside our programmes throughout the year. These tours are provided by the Faculty where all expenses are covered. Previous tours have included trips to Bahrain (Ahlia University) and Qatar (Qatar University).

These tours help our students to gain knowledge about international business and entrepreneurship, as well as providing opportunities to practice and develop communication and interpersonal skills. Students are given a hands-on opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained in class, all whilst becoming more aware of diverse cultures and strengthening international relationships.

Students take part in a dynamic mix of both theory and practice-related activities including interactive problem-solving workshops, company visits, talks by guest speakers (from the public and private sector), cultural visits, and social activities.

Study support

You will be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor, who will provide you with personal guidance and support.

Module leaders and tutors are accessible, providing office hours and appointments in order to support your learning beyond class contact.

The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the Faculty of Management and Law, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (e.g assignments and examinations), as well as help overseas students, adapt quickly to UK academic requirements.

The ELS provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area

These are in addition to the wide range of students support that is offered by the University of Bradford at the City Campus.

Research

You will be taught by research-active teaching staff. This means you will have access to the latest knowledge and tools in the areas of accounting and finance.

The final year dissertation module will allow you to develop a research topic in an area of Accounting or finance of your choice.

Last updated December 2019

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