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Accounting and Finance (2021 Entry)

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Bachelor of Science (BSc)

3 years full-time (or 4 years with placement)

Start Date
27 September 2021

Department of Study
Warwick Business School

Location of Study
University of Warwick

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.

Course overview

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 teamworking, 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.

You will also have the opportunity to extend your degree to four years with a placement year studying abroad or working in the UK or overseas.

Course structure

The structure for this course depends on which modules you take throughout the three years, giving you the option to focus your studies around accounting, finance or a mixture of both.

Year One

Terms one and two: Study seven core modules introducing you to the fundamentals of accounting, finance and business management with the option to choose between ‘Business Analytics’ and ‘Management Organisations and Society’ for your eighth module. Term three: Revision and exams.

Year Two

Terms one and two: You will study five core modules with the option to further focus your studies in either Accounting, Finance or a combination of the two. Term three: Revision and exams.

Year Three

Terms one and two: You will study a year-long core module and choose six electives, of which four must be from an accounting or finance discipline. With the remaining two, you can either choose from a list of Business School subjects, take modules from other departments e.g. Economics, or study a language. Term three: Revision and exams.

How will I learn?

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 12-15 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.

How will I be assessed?

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%.

Study abroad

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.

General entry requirements

A level:

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


  • 38 to include 5 in Higher Level Mathematics (either ‘Analysis and Approaches’ or ‘Applications and Interpretation’).


  • We welcome applications from students taking BTECs alongside one or two A levels including Mathematics.
  • You also need a GCSE grade A/grade 7 in at least one humanities or social science subject.
  • Note: Overlapping subjects at BTEC and A level will not be considered (e.g. A level/BTEC Business and A level Accounting).

Additional requirements:

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

International Students

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

Find out more about international entry 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).

Find out more about standard offers and conditions for the IFP.

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.

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 OR Business Analytics

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Year Two

  • CORE: Global Environment of Business
  • CORE: Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Financial Reporting 1
  • Financial Reporting 2
  • Finance 1: Financial Markets

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Year Three

  • CORE: Critical Issues in Management

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Examples of optional modules/options for current students

Year Two

  • Financial Econometrics
  • Accounting in Context
  • Business Law 2
  • Finance 2: Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Economics of Strategy
  • Issues in Management Accounting

Year Three

  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Company Law
  • Business Taxation
  • Auditing, Governance and Accountability
  • Financial Markets: Organisation and Technology
  • Law for Entrepreneurs
  • Investment Management
  • Derivatives and Risk Management
  • Banks and Financial Systems
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Fintech
  • Financial Statement Analysis and Security Valuation

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 or study abroad will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

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Your career

Graduates from Warwick Business School have gone on to work for employers including:

  • Accenture
  • APT
  • Citigroup
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Investec
  • JP Morgan
  • KPMG
  • National Audit Office
  • 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

We have our own dedicated careers team at Warwick Business School called WBS CareersPlus.

Personalised support

The WBS CareersPlus team will support you and help you to understand yourself and your strengths. They can help you to identify possible career paths, and to set and achieve your career ambitions. This helps to boost your employability and helps you prepare for your career.

You can take advantage of personalised careers coaching and advice. Our one to one careers appointments can help you if you have a question about writing applications, wish to explore your career options, or need to prepare for interviews and assessment centres.

Group workshops

You can also attend group workshops and employer events throughout the year. 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. Past 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

Employer events and placements

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. Past bespoke employer events include attendees from:

  • EY
  • L’Oréal
  • Aldi
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Grant Thornton UK LLP
  • Accenture
  • Aston Martin

This gives you great networking opportunities and links to top local, national and international brands.

Our students have worked at many companies on placement, including the following:

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

"It has motivated me to become a better version of myself."

The best thing about my course is the quality of the content I am taught by my lecturers. It is amazing to see how knowledgeable they are in the subjects they teach and the support they are willing to offer.

WBS is very innovative and I have been exposed to different methods of teaching and learning which has helped me in the transition from college to university.

I have been inspired by the creative approach that WBS takes to education, and it has motivated me to become a better version of myself.

My experience so far has been enjoyable and challenging, and has given me the determination to make the most of the amazing opportunities that are available to me.


BSc Accounting and Finance

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