Accounting and Finance (with placement year)
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Management & Law
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 fits into the broader context of business and management, and study topics such as:
- Capital Markets, Investment and Finance
- Corporate Reporting
- 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.
We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools (less than 1% in the world) 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 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)
- 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.
"The placement year offered me the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, including team work, written and verbal communication plus some real hands-on experience of accounting. I was working with new systems and producing reports for senior management. These skills will be invaluable in the graduate job market."
Studying Accounting and Finance at Bradford will result in a degree recognised and supported by the industry. At all stages of the programme there are prizes awarded to high achieving students, sponsored by leading professional bodies and firms. The prizes include the West Yorkshire Chartered Accountant Award.
You’ll have access to a trading room, giving you a hands-on approach to learning, reflecting a real world trading room with software that is used industry wide.
Our programmes are shaped by our strong business links, and focus strongly on relating academic study to the real world of employment. They 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.
You will be part of a small sized faculty and be taught by a supportive group of staff that are highly dedicated to their teaching and research, but at the same time support their students in all aspects of university life.
Typical offer: ABB / 128 UCAS points
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.
The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.
Find more information on our module descriptors page.
The BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance programme of study combines academic rigour with practicality and relevance for business and management in industry and commerce. A fundamental aim of the programme is to add value to the contribution students make to their organisations
- Business Economics (20 credits) core
- Introduction to Accounting (20 credits) core
- Principles of Management (20 credits) core
- Introduction to Finance (20 credits) core
- Business Law and Ethics for Accountants (20 credits) core
- Foundations of Marketing (20 credits) option
- People Work and Organisations/Work in Context (20 credits) option
- Operations and Information Systems Management (20 credits) option
- Sustainability and Social Responsibility (20 credits) option
- Principles and Practice of International Business (20 credits) option
- Employability and Enterprise Skills (20 credits) core
- Financial Management (20 credits) core
- Financial Accounting (20 credits) core
- Management Accounting (20 credits) core
- Multinational Finance and Investment (20 credits) core
- Organisational Design and Analysis (20 credits) option
- Strategic Management (20 credits) option
- Auditing (20 credits) option
- Integrated Marketing Communications (20 credits) option
- Entrepreneurship Creativity and Innovation (20 credits) option
- Management of Information Systems (20 credits) option
- World Class Operations (20 credits) option
- Logistics and Supply Chain Management (20 credits) option
- Empirical Methods in Accounting and Finance (20 credits) core
- Risk Management and Derivatives (20 credits) core
- International Accounting and Reporting (20 credits) core
- Finance Project (20 credits) core
- Taxation (20 credits) core
- Business Ethics and Social Responsibility (20 credits) option
- Contemporary Development in Employee Relations (20 credits) option
- Services Operations Management (20 credits) option
- Cross Cultural Management (20 credits) option
- Contemporary issues in Economics (20 credits) option
- Project Management (20 credits) option
- Innovation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (20 credits) option
Learning activities 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 study. Accordingly, a mixture of examinations, essays, group work and presentations will be used in assessment of your work.
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:
- GE Money
- Arris (formerly PACE)
- Enterprise Rent A Car
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.
As a student at 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.
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
Career support and prospects
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 offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:
- The European Computer Driving License (EDCL) - 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.
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 Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
93% of our 2016 graduates in Accounting and Finance found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*
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.
The average starting salary for our 2016 Accounting and Finance graduates was £18,847.*
*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.
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 are offered by the University of Bradford at the City Campus.
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.
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
- Home/EU: £9,250*
- Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
- International: £14,950
- International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,500
* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..
See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
See our Fees and Financial Support website.
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