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

Accounting and Finance (with Foundation Year) (BSc)

Accounting and Finance (with Foundation Year) (BSc)



  • UCAS Code
  • N4N4
  • Qualification
  • BSc
  • Duration
  • 4 years full-time
  • Entry Requirements
  • (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.


This four-year course is designed to provide you with access to our main Accounting and Finance degree if challenging circumstances mean that you haven’t been able to meet the entry requirements for our standard Accounting and Finance BSc. We are looking for applicants who have the drive and motivation, and ultimately want to progress to a professionally-orientated qualification that is consistently ranked highly in major UK league tables.

We’ll help you to develop valuable skills such as teamwork, presenting, time management, problem solving, decision making, and also build your confidence. You’ll be part of a small community working closely together on group projects. The course also involves working with external organisations to give you a better understanding of how business works. You will complete a project in the third term working with an organisation to identify an issue or challenge.

If you successfully complete the Foundation Year, you will automatically join our direct entry students following the course structure for either Accounting and Finance, or Management.

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

Our Foundation Year prepares you for degree-level study at WBS and gives students the opportunity to build their knowledge about business, improve some key skills we have found to be important to success during the undergraduate degree, and spend a year getting used to the university environment.

We provide a diverse programme of events and activities, such as off campus visits to businesses, guest lectures, careers workshops, and service projects, that build your confidence and can be experiences you draw from when you move on to degree level study.

You will need drive and dedication to your studies to progress through the course but will receive a great deal of support from our dedicated team of academic faculty, personal tutors, former foundation year student mentors, and our administrative staff.

If you successfully complete the Foundation Year, you will automatically progress to BSc Accounting and Finance and join our direct entry students in Year One.

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
The Foundation Year typically recruits 25 students who work together and in smaller groups. On progressing to Year 1 lectures become larger with up to 500 students in a class and around 25 in seminars.

You will be assessed through a combination of 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.

Applicants should have studied a higher level quantitative subject such as Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Calculus and Statistics.

A level: Complete and pass three full courses, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. Grade B/ grade 6 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics and grade C/grade 4 in five other GCSE subjects. Applicants with grade C/grade 4 in GCSE English Language and grade B/grade 6 in GCSE English Literature will also be considered**

IB: Completion of three subjects at Higher Level and three subjects at Standard Level. Grade B/grade 6 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics and grade C/grade 4 in five other GCSE subjects. Applicants with grade C/grade 4 in GCSE English Language and grade B/grade 6 in GCSE English Literature will also be considered**.

BTEC: Complete and pass a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. Grade B/ grade 6 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics and grade C/grade 4 in five other GCSE subjects. Applicants with grade C/grade 4 in GCSE English Language and grade B/grade 6 in GCSE English Literature will also be considered**

**You must also meet at least two of the Widening Participation criteria listed on the WBS website.

Interview: Short-listed applicants will normally be invited to attend a selection day, including an informal interview, at Warwick to assess their academic potential and commitment to further study.

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

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.

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.

Foundation Year

Modules can include the following:

  • Foundations of Business
  • Academic Practice
  • Problem Solving in Organisations
  • Statistics
  • Individual Project
  • Mathematics
Year One (as per Accounting and Finance BSc)
  • 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*
  • Business Analytics^
Year Two
  • CORE: Global Environment of Business
  • CORE: Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Financial Reporting 1
  • Financial Reporting 2
  • Finance 1: Financial Markets
  • Finance 2: Corporate Finance†
  • Accounting in Context*
  • Issues in Management Accounting*
  • Business Law 2§
  • Economics of Strategy^
  • Financial Econometrics^
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 specialism.
These modules are core for
† Accounting and Finance/Finance specialism
* Accounting and Finance/Accounting specialism
§ Accounting specialism
^ Finance specialism
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.

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.

Applicants should have studied a higher level quantitative subject such as Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Calculus and Statistics.

A level: Complete and pass threes full courses, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. Grade B/ grade 6 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics and grade C/grade 4 in five other GCSE subjects. Applicants with grade C/grade 4 in GCSE English Language and grade B/grade 6 in GCSE English Literature will also be considered**

IB: Completion of three subjects at Higher Level and three subjects at Standard Level. Grade B/grade 6 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics and grade C/grade 4 in five other GCSE subjects. Applicants with grade C/grade 4 in GCSE English Language and grade B/grade 6 in GCSE English Literature will also be considered**.

BTEC: Complete and pass a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. Grade B/ grade 6 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics and grade C/grade 4 in five other GCSE subjects. Applicants with grade C/grade 4 in GCSE English Language and grade B/grade 6 in GCSE English Literature will also be considered**

Overseas applicants may wish instead to consider the Warwick International Foundation Programme which is designed to prepare international students for degree level study.

**You must also meet at least two of the Widening Participation criteria listed on the WBS website.

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

UCAS code
N4N4

Award
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Department
Warwick Business School

Duration
4 years full-time (can be extended to 5 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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