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Accounting and Finance (Course full)


Please note: this course is full for 2019 entry.


Full-time 2019 entry, AAA, IB 38

Gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to operate effectively in the fast-paced world of multinational companies and global financial markets.

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BSc Accounting & Finance is a professionally orientated qualification, which is consistently ranked highly in major UK league tables.

At Warwick Business School you will be encouraged from the outset to think critically, enabling you to analyse and interpret real-life business issues in order to devise solutions, helping to prepare you for your career in accountancy, financial services, or management. You will also have the opportunity to develop your interpersonal skills including communication, leadership and team-working, to become more adaptable and resilient to change.

You will be taught by leading academics who are well connected with industry and able to combine cutting edge theory with real-world practice. We have well established links with accountancy firms, investment banks and renowned national and international employers such as UBS and EY. In your third year, the module Critical Issues in Management will enable you to integrate what you have learned throughout your studies, enhance your knowledge through the introduction of new concepts; and apply your skills to a range of real-life case studies.

Students can choose to take the accounting or finance pathways or combine both along with general business and management subjects.

Year 1 comprises a range of core modules, including a module designed to develop personal skills and critical thinking and analysis. Year 2 is also core but will focus on the pathway chosen in Year 1. Your final year includes a number of optional modules focusing on accounting or finance as well as other business areas such as marketing, strategy, or law.

You will learn in a variety of ways – primarily through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and online learning.

Contact hours

This varies by year but you will have approximately 15 hours per week of class time, plus student support and feedback hours.

Class size

Class sizes vary by module: there can be up to 500 students in lectures (mainly year 1) and then around 25 in seminars. Some electives are much smaller.

You will be assessed through a combination of end of year examinations and on-going assessments, which may include essays, research assignments, projects, case study analysis, class tests, presentations and group work. The final degree classification is determined by your second and final year marks and each contributes 50%.

The following WBS degrees enable you to spend time studying abroad:

International Management

International Business with French

International Business with German

International Business with Italian

International Business with Spanish

Study abroad is not a requirement of Accounting and Finance, nor is it guaranteed, however if there are places available once allocations have been made to the students on the above courses, Accounting and Finance students may be considered.

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A level AAA to include Mathematics or Further Mathematics. You also need a GCSE grade A/grade 7 in at least one humanities or social science subject.

IB 38 to include 5 in Higher Level Mathematics.

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
  • CORE: Foundations, Skills and Debates

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting

  • Foundations of Management Accounting

  • Financial Management

  • Economics for Business

  • Business Law 1

  • Business Statistics

  • Management, Organisations and Society (Accountancy and Finance or Accountancy pathway)/Business Analytics (Finance pathway)

Descriptions of these modules are available here.

Year 2
  • CORE: Global Environment of Business
  • CORE: Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Financial Reporting 1
  • Financial Reporting 2
  • Finance 1: Financial Markets
  • Finance 2: Financial reporting†
  • Accounting in Context*
  • Issues in Management Accounting*
  • Business Law 2§
  • Economics of Strategy^
  • Financial Econometrics^

Descriptions of these modules are available here.

Year 3
  • CORE: Critical Issues in Management
  • You will also study six electives. The list of electives from which you’ll choose will depend on your chosen pathway.
These modules are core for
† Accounting and Finance/Finance pathways
* Accounting and Finance/Accounting pathways
§ Accounting pathway
^ Finance pathway

Descriptions of these modules are available here.

Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

Final year: Advanced Financial Reporting; Company Law; Business Taxation; Advanced Management Accounting; Auditing, Governance and Accountability; Financial Markets: Organisation and Technology; Law for Entrepreneurs; Investment Management; Derivatives and Risk Management; Banks and Financial Systems; Finance in New Ventures; Mergers and Acquisitions

Our dedicated WBS CareersPlus team provides specialised careers services solely for WBS students including:

  • 1-2-1 careers coaching
  • Career planning and preparation workshops
  • Employer events
  • Work placements and internships.

Our workshops cover all aspects of the job application process, from creating your CV to preparing for interviews and assessment centres. Tailored sessions, such as ‘What job is right for you?’ can help you to plan your future career and actions. If you have a question about writing applications, wish to explore your career options, or need to prepare for interviews and assessment centres, our 1-2-1 careers appointments with dedicated careers staff can help you, right here in WBS.

We organise and facilitate employer events on summer internships, year-in-industry placements and graduate opportunities. We also host employer-led skills workshops and run informal networking sessions. Bespoke employer events organised specifically for our students have seen the likes of EY, L’Oréal, Aldi, Johnson & Johnson, Royal Bank of Scotland, Grant Thornton UK LLP, Accenture and Aston Martin visit WBS, providing students with great networking opportunities and links to top local, national and international brands.

Here are some examples of the companies our students have worked at while on their placement:

  • EY
  • ESSO
  • PwC
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • MGH Technology solutions
  • RSM.

What do our graduates do?

  • Audit Associate
  • ACA Graduate Trainee
  • Accountant
  • Accounts Associate
  • Acturial Associate
  • Analyst
  • Assurance Associate
  • Auditor
  • Equity Research Analyst
  • Investment Banking Analyst
  • Operations Analyst
  • Trainee Chartered Accountant.

Where do our graduates work?

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • FTI Consulting
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • JP Morgan
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • RSA Associates
  • The National Audit Office.

A level AAA to include Mathematics or Further Mathematics. You also need a GCSE grade A/grade 7 in at least one humanities or social science subject.

IB 38 to include 5 in Higher Level Mathematics.


Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

3 years full time

Start Date
24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.