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Business and Management (Accounting) BSc | Brunel Business School

Placement Offered This course has a Placement Year option
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  • Delivered by Brunel Business School
  • Brunel Business School is accredited by the AACSB (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), less than 5% of the world's business schools carry this accreditation
  • Brunel University London’s impact on the future wages of its graduates is among the best in the country compared to other universities, according to a new analysis of government data by The Economist (2017).
Brunel Business School is AACSB accredited Business School of the Year 2013

About the course

Brunel Business and Management degrees will equip you with a broad knowledge and appreciation of business and management as well as the analytical, technical and interpersonal skills required to understand, analyse and address the problems that today’s companies face.

The accounting pathway gives students a broad overview of management issues with specialist knowledge of the applications of accountancy to the world of commerce.

The course offers:

  • A skills based element that is vocational in nature.
  • Hands-on experience using the industry software application Sage Accounting.
  • Offers professional exemptions from ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, CIPFA and AIA.
  • Provides the opportunity to participate in industry business challenge initiatives from IBM and PWC.

Compulsory business modules offer you a range of skills in business and management (see Course Content), including an Introduction To Management; The Principles Of Marketing; Managing Information Technology; Organisation Behaviour, And International Business. Compulsory specialist subjects will include: Management Accounting - Decision Making, Accounting - Planning and Control, Business Law, Strategic Financial Management, Auditing and Assurance.

You will also learn valuable technical skills along the way: numerical methods and statistical software packages such as SPSS and EXCEL without the need for A-level maths or the overseas equivalent.

Once you graduate, provided you have passed certain modules, you will be exempt from some entry level examinations of all the professional accountancy bodies in the UK. For more information see Special Features.


  • You will learn about the world of business and management and develop the skills to get a good job when you graduate.
  • You will enhance your ability to communicate your ideas and to take responsibility for your learning.
  • The accounting pathway will help you to develop transferrable intellectual vocational and interpersonal skills appropriate for careers in accounting or financial management.


Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course content

The BSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Level 1


  • Introduction to Management Enquiry
  • Managing Information with Technology
  • Organisational Behaviour and Analysis
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • International Business Environment
  • Principles and Practice of Marketing

Level 2


  • Principles and Practices of Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Business Law
  • Management Accounting Decision Making
  • Management Accounting Planning and Control
  • Quantitative Methods in Business and Management
  • Accounting Information Systems

Level 3


  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Issues and Controversies in Accounting
  • Auditing and Assurance

Optional, choose 2 from:

  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Ventures
  • Taxation
  • Strategic Management
  • Business Ethics, Environmental Sustainability and Governance

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.


Business Life

Business Life is a unique employability programme offered to all of our Business School students alongside their academic study. It was conceived, developed and is delivered in association with leading employers from business, industry and the public sector. The programme begins the moment you join us and lasts throughout your degree. By the time you graduate you will have an impressive portfolio of work experience, certificates, industry contacts and skills.

As part of the Business Life Employability Programme you will be invited to participate in events and training that will help you obtain job-ready skills, recognised certificates and to build up and valuable examples of your work that will give you a real employability advantage.

Sessions include:

  • High quality personal, technology, language and business skill training courses and workshops.
  • Career development and planning services, including mentoring, industry taster sessions and guest speaker series.
  • Sector leading work experience programme covering placements, volunteering, internships and vacation work.
  • Help with marketing your capabilities, through networking events, CV development, employer exhibitions and student showcases.
  • Lifelong continuous professional development, including short courses and Masters programmes at preferential rates.

As part of the Business Life Employability Programme you will be invited to participate in events and training that will help you obtain job-ready skills, recognised certificates and to build up and valuable examples of your work that will give you a real employability advantage.

Professional Development Centre (PDC)

Brunel’s award-winning Professional Development Centre (PDC) is your one-stop-shop when it comes to employment and career planning and is based at the heart of the university on the first floor of the Bannerman Centre. Business School students are supported by dedicated Placement Officers and Careers Consultants that work with you from the day you start until two years after you graduate.

Within the PDC is the Job Shop, which is visited by most students on arrival at the University. The Job Shop helps students find temporary or part-time work whilst studying for their degree which enables you to develop the transferable skills sought after by employers.

The Work Placement Year

One of Brunel’s most distinctive features is a commitment to include periods of work experience within 'sandwich' degrees – degree study that includes a year’s paid work placement as part of the course. Four-year sandwich degrees help students to develop the practical knowledge and skills required to succeed in the competitive graduate job market.

Placements are on offer at different sized organisations across the public and private sector, providing the opportunity to choose the type of experience most suited to you. In addition to providing a valuable opportunity to put what you have learnt in your degree into practice and to earn some much appreciated money, students find their work placement experience significantly enhances their employability when they come to graduate. In fact many students are offered employment with their work placement company upon graduation.

How the Placement Scheme Works

Students undertaking a work placement spend at least 44 weeks in an organisation working for a particular department, performing a role relevant to their studies. Work placements are carried out at the end of a student’s second year at Brunel.

Whilst a student is out on placement, an academic member of Brunel Business School keeps in touch and all placement students and their employers are invited to attend a tutorial day at Brunel. Most work placements are organised with companies based in the UK, but where a student has contacts overseas, it is possible to organise a placement outside the UK, subject to certain conditions being met.


  • A sandwich placement is totally different from the kind of work experience you may have had whilst at school.
  • A work placement is a proper job with a proper organisation – quite often the organisation is a household name.
  • Work placement students earn proper salaries: currently students are generally being paid between £13,000 and £17,000 per annum, depending on the market sector and location – some have been known to earn considerably more than this.

Employers of placement students from Brunel include:

  • IBM
  • Adidas
  • Lloyds TSB
  • British Airways
  • Orange
  • Microsoft
  • Warner Bros
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Air France
  • Walt Disney
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • United Biscuits
  • Nissan

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

» More about Employability

Entry criteria 2018/19

  • GCE A-level BBB.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in Business or Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Business, with an A-level at grade B, (other subjects may be considered on a case by case basis).
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in Business with A-levels grade BB, (other subjects may be considered on a case by case basis) .
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 with Maths Standard Level 5 or Higher Level 4.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   .
  • Access to Higher Education Complete and pass Access to Business or Access to Business and Management course with 45 credits at Level 3 Distinction. Applicants must also have 2 years work experience.

All BTEC combinations must include an A-level.

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including Mathematics grade B or grade 5 and GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants within our grade as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU entry requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

Teaching and learning

Staff expertise

Many of our lecturers are:

  • Internationally or nationally recognised for their innovative work and research.
  • Work as consultants for major companies worldwide.
  • Have practical and personal experience in business or have run their own companies.


These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas. They provide a framework from which to carry out more in-depth study.


Small seminar groups allow students to make individual contributions. You will undertake in-depth analysis of issues as you exchange and explore ideas with other students.


Workshops in the Business School labs give students the opportunity to obtain valuable hands-on experience of industry software, computing equipment, business design and multi-media packages.

One-to-one sessions with tutors

In your first year you will be assigned a tutor who will be available to help with academic or personal issues. In your second year this support will be continued through the Business School’s Pastoral Care programme – BBS Student Support – a team of specially chosen personal tutors who are available throughout the working week. Additionally, if you choose a four-year sandwich course, you will also be allocated an industrial tutor who will provide support during your work placement. In your final year you will receive one‑to‑one supervision for your major project.

Availability of tutors

Academic staff are available for a number of hours each week for students who need to get advice. Their availability will be displayed on their office doors so that students can make an appointment or drop by to see them if they have any concerns about their studies.

Web-learning and support

eLearning and knowledge management are now standard ways in which companies communicate with their employees. Students will be expected to participate in email discussion groups and engage with online material using the university’s web‑based learning facility, Blackboard.


There will be email discussion groups, research talks on key management issues and presentations by outside speakers. Throughout the course, you will also be expected to undertake group work and individual projects and presentations.

Assessment and feedback

Each subject is assessed either by a combination of continuous appraisal and examination or by coursework or examination alone. As a rough guide, the split is approximately 50:50 exam to coursework but the exact ratio varies depending on the modules you select.

Your results from Level 1 do not count towards your final degree classification, but you have to pass the first year to continue with the degree. Level 2 is worth a third of your final mark and Level 3 - the rest. In your final year you will undertake an assessed project of around 8,000 words worth a third of your Level 3 marks.

Special features

  • Business and Managment (Accounting) is accredited by ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, CIPFA and the AIA
  • Enjoy our Business Life programme and develop core  skills, knowledge and graduate attributes in preparation for the world of work
  • Includes a module on Management Enquiry to  help you adapt to university study through active learning sessions on topics such as working in groups, report writing and time management
  • High quality teaching from lecturers with 'hands-on' experience in consultancy and training
  • Tutors that are active researchers in business, management and marketing
  • Brunel Business School is accredited by the AACSB (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), less than 5% of the world's business schools carry this accreditation

For those who undertake a work placement

  • The opportunity to gain paid professional  experience working in prominent companies or organisations. These are high-quality placements with graduate-like responsibilities. Many students get offered full-time graduate posts at the companies where they carried out their work placements.


Current graduates of Business and Management (Accounting) who successfully pass relevant modules can look forward to professional exemptions from ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, CIPFA and AIA.  CIMA has also told us that Brunel graduates have a higher than average pass rate in both the accounting and management streams of their examinations. Accreditation attests to the relevance and rigour of our curriculum. Equally importantly, it also means our graduates are exempt from having to take a number of the examinations needed to qualify as an accountant - a asaving of time and money.

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Association of International Accountants (AIA)
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountancy (CIPFA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW)

See details of the accreditations and exemptions.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2018/19 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time; £1,000 placement year

International students: £16,200 full-time

Additional course related costs

See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase.