Accounting and Finance (with placement year)

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2017: ABB / 128 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: N421
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Management & Law
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Gain an in-depth understanding of how accounting and finance fits into the broader context of business and management.

Combine compulsory accounting and finance-themed modules while designing a programme of study to suit your needs and interests. There is also the option to study abroad at one of our partner institutions for Semester 2 of your second year.



Professional Accreditation/Recognition

Many of our Accounting and Finance modules attract accreditation from the 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)

"The things I've most enjoyed are networking and communicating with different cultures, and having a close working relationship with the staff here. I really enjoyed studying Accounting and Finance because I was able to build my analytical skills, analysing numerical data and understanding the theory behind accounting."

Farah Khan
BSc Accounting and Finance

Why Bradford?

The School of Management’s strategy encompasses business engagement and focuses strongly on relating academic study to the real world of employment. Our courses are continually updated on the basis of our discussions with leading employers locally and nationally, and our visiting lecturers include directors from well-known companies who provide first-hand experience of management decision-making at a strategic level.

The course offers you the chance to spend part of your second year studying in Europe, Canada, North America, Australia or Hong Kong. The School has an excellent network of organisations that offer placements.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: ABB / 128 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff (128) — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

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. See the Language Centre for more details.



Module name Type
Year 1
Business Economicscore
Introduction to Accountingcore
Introduction to Financecore
Quantitative Methods in Information Managementcore
Student Self-Developmentcore
Operations and Information Systems Managementoption
People, Work and Organisationsoption
Year 2
Business Lawcore
Capital Markets, Investment and Financecore
Company Law and Administrationcore
Economics of Industrycore
Employability and Enterprise Skillscore
Financial Accountingcore
Financial Managementcore
Management Accountingcore
Econometrics and Business Forecastingoption
Employee Relationsoption
Fundamentals of Decision Support option
Management of Service Operationsoption
Marketing Research option
Organisational Analysisoption
Principles of Personal Financeoption
The Transformation of Work option
Year 4
Contemporary Issues in Accountingcore
Corporate Reportingcore
International Accountingcore
International Financecore
You in the Workplacecore
Applied Strategic Management option
Corporate Marketing option
Creativity and Innovation option
Decision Support Aoption
Decision Support Boption
Electronic Commerceoption
Enterprise and Innovation in Practiceoption
Ethics in Business and Societyoption
Global Business Environment option
Human Resource Developmentoption
Human Resource Managementoption
International and Comparative Employment Relationsoption
International Business Strategyoption
Managing Business in Europeoption
Marketing and Entrepreneurship option
Organisational Changeoption
Personal Financial Planningoption
Portfolio Investment Management option
Strategic Information Systemsoption
Sustainable Operations Management option
The Financial Services Sector and its Environmentoption
Understanding Strategic Managementoption

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.


All our four year programmes offer you the opportunity to take a year's work placement in industry during the third year of the course, and this is assessed with a 20 credit module completed in your final 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 firsthand 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.

Study Abroad

There are opportunities for School of Management undergraduate students to study abroad. This is usually in Year 2. You can also complete your placement year abroad.

Career support and prospects

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 through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Additionally, the School of Management has its own dedicated careers team based on the Emm Lane Campus, with support including:

  • One-to-one support
  • Careers workshops
  • Opportunities to meet employers and recruiters
  • Online resources
  • Job opportunities

Employment statistics

88% of our 2015 graduates in Accounting and Finance found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

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.


Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 Accounting and Finance graduates was £20.150.


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 industry and confers valuable skills which are highly relevant for the finance, banking, insurance and related industries.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £14,250
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,430

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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Student ambassador

Get in touch with our student ambassador Samina Hussain, who is currently studying BSc Accounting and Finance, to find out more about her Bradford experience.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.