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Accounting and Finance (BSc) (Full-Time, 2020 Entry)

Accounting and Finance (BSc)

Accounting and Finance (BSc) (Full-Time, 2020 Entry)

  • UCAS Code
  • NN34
  • Qualification
  • BSc
  • Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Entry Requirements
  • A level: AAA
  • IB: 38
  • (See full entry
  • requirements below)

Accounting and Finance at Warwick is a professionally-orientated qualification, providing the skills, knowledge and confidence to operate effectively in the fast-paced world of multinational companies and global financial markets. Choosing particular module combinations can lead to exemptions from a number of professional accountancy exams.

Our professionally orientated Accountancy and Finance degree is consistently ranked highly in major UK league tables. You will gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to operate effectively in the fast paced world of multinational companies and global financial markets. 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 JP Morgan and EY. In your final 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.

This course provides you with three pathways from which you can choose: Accounting and Finance; Accounting; or Finance. The modules you take (as indicated) will determine which pathway you will follow.

Students can choose to take the accounting or finance pathways or combine both along with general business and management subjects. Year One comprises a range of core modules, including a module designed to develop personal skills and critical thinking and analysis. Year Two is also core but will focus on the pathway chosen in Year One. 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.

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.

Additional requirements: 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.

    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 One
  • 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 Two
  • 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 Three
  • 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.

Examples of optional modules/options for current students

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.

Graduates from our Accounting and Finance courses have gone on to work for employers including: Accenture, APT, Citigroup, Deloitte, EY, Investec, JP Morgan, KPMG, National Audit Office and RBS.

They have pursued careers such as: business and related associate professionals; chartered and certified accountants; finance and investment analysts and advisers; financial accounts managers; IT business analysts, architects and systems designers; marketing associate professionals and taxation experts.

Helping you find the right career

WBS has its own dedicated careers team called WBS CareersPlus. We work solely for WBS students to support them in understanding themselves and their strengths, identifying possible career paths, setting and achieving their career ambitions. We help to boost your employability and prepare for a career. We offer personalised 1 to 1 careers coaching and advice, as well as group workshops and employer events throughout the year. Previous examples include:

  • Writing an effective CV
  • How to network with employers skills workshop
  • Internships and Placements opportunities employer event
  • Careers Fairs and informal networking opportunities with employers
  • Sector events with industry speakers, for students who want to pursue a career in a specific sector such as Marketing, Finance and Banking

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 to 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.

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.

Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

UCAS code

Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Warwick Business School

3 years full-time (can be extended to 4 years full time with an intercalated year studying abroad or working in the UK or overseas)

Start date
28 September 2020

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional course 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 2020 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.

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