Why study Accounting & Finance (with Foundation Year) at Warwick?
- Creativity runs through our teaching and learning. Our top-ten ranked* undergraduate programme contains a module ‘CORE Practice’ that enables you to develop your academic, personal and employability skills through a range of innovative teaching methods including our virtual WbsLive classroom.
- We attract students with talent and ambition: the socially responsible leaders of tomorrow. Our 35,000+ graduates provide an active alumni network which offers valuable career and networking opportunities. The WBS LinkedIn Group is the largest online business school community in Europe, a place for all alumni, staff and students to share ideas and interact. Our extended business school building brings all of our undergraduate and postgraduate students together in one vibrant, integrated hub.
- We are popular with leading employers including UBS, Deloitte and IBM. Some of our students undertake integrated work placements and we have dedicated careers professionals to help you make successful applications for graduate opportunities.
* The Guardian 2016 league table, The Times and The Sundays Times Good University Guide 2016 and Complete University Guide 2016
BSc Accounting and Finance
Warwick Business School
Why study at Warwick
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
This course is for you if you wish to study Accounting and Finance at Warwick, but do not meet the requirements for direct entry to either of these three-year BSc degree courses. You must also meet at least two of the widening participation criteria specified on the WBS website.
The Foundation Year curriculum is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge you will need for subsequent degree-level study at Warwick Business School. These include: critically-reflective reading, thinking and writing skills; creative approaches and innovative solutions to problems, data search, retrieval and analysis, and report writing. We will also help you to develop increased self-awareness and enhanced interpersonal skills, along with the ability to operate effectively in a variety of team roles. On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you’ll automatically transfer to the three-year BSc Accounting and Finance.
The Foundation Year comprises five core modules, taught within Warwick Business School, and a project about a selected organisation. Years 2-4 are then identical to Years 1-3 of the BSc Accounting and Finance.
How will I learn?
During your Foundation Year, you will study four modules in both the autumn and spring terms, and work on an individual project in the spring and summer terms. A mix of lectures and seminars for at least 12 hours per week will equip you with the skills, knowledge and depth of understanding that you will need to continue learning independently between sessions. You will be assessed by a mix of examinations and coursework.
A senior member of the academic staff will act as your Personal Tutor during your Foundation Year, and will provide you with individual help, support and advice, as necessary. On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress to the first year of either the BSc Accounting and Finance or BSc Management. You will then follow the same course of study as direct-entry students.
Teaching during the three years of degree-level study is delivered via lectures and seminars. In the first of these three years, lectures will be in larger groups of 200–450, and seminars (also known as tutorials) will be taught in smaller groups of around 20–25. As you progress to your final two years you will find that some of the lectures are smaller as you all follow different optional modules.
You will have around 15 hours of lecture and seminar contact time with WBS academics and will be expected to complete around 20 hours of private study per week. This may include preparing for seminars and lectures by reading set texts, working through problem sets, participating in group work, writing essays and reports, and revising for tests and examinations.
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.
A Level Completion of three full courses, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. Grade B in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics and grade C in five other GCSE subjects. Applicants with grade C in GCSE English Language and grade B in GCSE English Literature will also be considered.
International Baccalaureate Completion of three subjects at Higher Level and three subjects at Standard Level. Grade B in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics and grade C in five other GCSE subjects. Applicants with grade C in GCSE English Language and grade B in GCSE English Literature will also be considered
BTEC Completion of the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. Grade B in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics and grade C in five other GCSE subjects. Applicants with grade C in GCSE English Language and grade B in GCSE English Literature will also be considered
Other qualifications Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers.
Applicants must also satisfy at least two of the following criteria to be considered. (Please note that we will consider only applicants entering higher education for the first time):
- Being (or having been) in local-authority care. (Applicants meeting this criterion are not required to meet any of the other criteria below.)
- Attending a school where average performance of students achieving 5 A*-C GCSE including English and Mathematics was below the national average and/or attending a school/college with below the national average performance at KS5.
- Attending (or having recently attended) a school where the number of students eligible for free school meals is higher than the national average.
- Living in a neighbourhood where participation in higher education is low. (We use a postcode tool to assess this; you can check your own postcode by clicking here).
- Being a first generation entrant to higher education (i.e. neither parent has attended university).
- Experiencing (or having experienced) other disadvantaging circumstances, as evidenced in an AWARDS form sent within two weeks of application (excluding holidays).
Grade B in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics and grade C in five other GCSE subjects. Applicants with grade C in GCSE English Language and grade B in GCSE English Literature will also be considered
Selection days Short-listed applicants will normally be invited to attend a selection day at Warwick.
Taking a gap year Applications should be submitted for entry in the following academic year. Selectors will look for evidence of recent engagement with learning, such as formal study or through work experience. Applicants without this are encouraged to seek other study opportunities.
Departmental Open Days are held for offer-holders at least twice in the spring term. Bookable information sessions are held throughout the year for anyone wanting to find out more about our courses. Visit www.warwick.ac.uk/wbsinfosessions for more information.
What modules can I study?
In your foundation year modules may include Academic and Personal Development Skills; Business Mathematics and Statistics; Creativity and Innovation; Foundations of Business and an Individual Project.
After the foundation year modules will be the same as the Accounting and Finance BSc.
*The modules mentioned may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more information.
Some of our recent graduate destinations include:
Trading Analyst, Goldman Sachs; Finance Analyst, Amazon; Logistics Analyst, Jaguar Landrover; Assistant Auditor, KPMG Audit LLP; Merchandising Executive, Abercrombie & Fitch. Some graduates have chosen to start their own businesses or work with other start-ups.
See Entry Requirements tab
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)
4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Warwick Business School
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Foundation year is £6,750, after which it's £9,000 per year - find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.