Finance and Accounting BSc
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About the course
Economics plays a crucial role in the operation, management and regulation of financial institutions, industry and government agencies.
As a senior manager in public and private enterprise, a knowledge of economics significantly enhances strategic decision making. Furthermore, it is crucial in a world of integrating global markets and the information superhighway.
- Our Management specialisms include: small business management; human resource management; organisational change; marketing; technology and business; copyright and property rights; entrepreneurialism; gender; and management thinking and learning. Students also benefit from the University-wide specialism in eCommerce and multimedia.
- Our Economics specialisms include: financial markets; financial reporting; stocks and shares; mergers and acquisitions; the impact of EMU and European policies; labour-supply issues; wages; training; inflation; exchange rates; privatisation; banking; accountancy; public expenditure; economic cycles; regional development; economic policies; the costs of childcare; and macroeconomics.
- You will gain knowledge of the principles of finance across a range of subject areas and will be prepared for careers in accountancy.
- The courses at Brunel combine an understanding of theory with the practical skills necessary to apply your knowledge to a business, industrial, financial or government environment. It is this combination, together with a strong background in finance, that distinguishes the Brunel courses from other degrees in economics.
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.
- Mathematics for Economics and Finance
- Microeconomic Principles
- Macroeconomic Principles
- Financial Markets
- Introduction to Financial Accounting
- Statistics for Economics and Finance
- Financial Accounting and Statement Analysis
- Company Law and Regulation
- Corporate Finance
- Corporate Investment
- Introduction to Econometrics
- Management Accounting
- Economics Project
- Financial Accounting
- Financial Theory and Corporate Policy
- Financial Engineering
- Behavioural Economics and Finance
- Risk Management
- Further Econometrics
- Auditing and Assurance
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and what you will learn on the course.
- Many of our staff are nationally and internationally recognised for their work in this field. Some lecturers from the Brunel Business School work as consultants for major companies and government bodies, and their work is often widely published.
- Your business modules will normally be taught by people who have practical and personal experience in business and have run their own companies. Their academic insights and hands-on experience in the commercial world ensure that course content is lively, interesting and up-to-date. The aim of teaching is to give students “employable knowledge”.
- As a graduate of this course, you will have selective exemption from some professional accountancy and law exams. Not only is this a fast-track way to professional qualifications after you graduate, but it is also a symbol of the quality of the programme.
- We have good links with business. This means:
- High-quality work placements;
- Up-to-date course content;
- Opportunities for finding a good job after you graduate.
- You will make extensive use of computers attached to a powerful network. You will then be linked to other UK and international information sources. You will also become familiar with the analytical packages widely used by business and financial institutions.
Teaching and Assessment
You will have about 12 to 14 hours of directed study a week in Level 1. This number decreases in Levels 2 and 3. Students are expected to undertake substantial independent study.
How will I be taught?
Lectures – These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas relating to your course and provide you with a framework from which to carry out more in depth study.
Workshops – These are generally used for modules in finance or quantitative subjects. They often take the form of working through answers to a previously distributed assignment sheet of exercise questions.
Seminars – These relatively small groups are used for subjects where the lecture material is examined in more detail, and theoretical concepts are analysed and applied in specific contexts.
One-to-one – You will get one-to-one supervision on your final year dissertation and at all levels you will have a personal tutor who is available to discuss personal and academic problems. If you go on placement, you will also be allocated a work placement tutor who will monitor your progress and provide further support if you need it.
Other – This may include guest speakers from prominent organisations, research seminars and external site visits.
Each subject is assessed in the term when it is taken. The proportion of exam to coursework is approximately 75% to 25%, but some courses have a higher proportion of continuous assessment. Level 1 does not count towards your final degree mark. Level 2 is worth a third, and Level 3 the rest. The final year dissertation is worth a third of Level 3 marks.
Final year dissertation
All degree programmes include a final year dissertation of approximately 10,000 words. This is an important element of the degree and provides you with an opportunity for independent study, original thought and, especially for those on sandwich courses, an opportunity to apply economic and financial theories, concepts and models to practical problems.
You are assigned a Dissertation Supervisor who offers guidance on content, level and presentation.
See Undergraduate Economics and Finance Handbook for further information (student handbooks are not exhaustive and subject to change).
This degree programme enables graduates to develop a range of theoretical and practical skills in finance and accounting. In addition, emphasis is placed on developing a range of transferable skills. Together, these will ensure that graduates are well equipped for a wide range of finance and accounting careers. Depending on the modules selected, students will also be able to earn exemptions from a number of ACCA exams.
Finance and Economics graduates from Brunel have an excellent employment record and go into a wide variety of occupations. Some go on to further study and become professional economists or accountants. Others are employed in industry, the financial sector or government. In some cases a job offer comes from a former work placement employer. Finance and Accounting graduates also have prospects in the world of corporate banking and financial services.
Graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as:
- Ernst & Young
- Morgan Stanley
- Merrill Lynch
- JP Morgan
- The London Stock Exchange
If you choose to follow the four-year thick sandwich degree programme you will gain high quality professional experience in commercial, financial, or public sector organisations. Four year thick-sandwich - this is a four year full-time degree course which includes one placement at Level 3 which is about 44 weeks long.
Placements in industry have been with members of the International Stock Exchange and other financial markets, banks, large London-based industrial companies, oil companies, international management consultancies, accounting firms, major retailing and distribution companies and employer organisations. Placements in the public sector have included finance departments at the Treasury, Cabinet Office, Department of Trade and Industry and many other government agencies, as well as with local authorities and health trusts.
The positive impact of a sandwich placement on graduate employment outcomes across Brunel is considerable. Those who have done placements are also much more likely to be in employment for which their degree was a formal requirement or where they believe their degree gave them a competitive advantage in recruitment.
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.
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Fees for 2016/7 entry
£9,000 full-time; £1,000 placement year
See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants
Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.
Entry Criteria 2016/7
- GCE A-level ABB including Grade B in Maths (General Studies not accepted).
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*DD in a related subject, plus Grade B in A-level Maths.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject with an A-level Maths at grade A.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with A-levels grade AB including Maths.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 31 points, including Higher Level 5 in Maths.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher, plus A-level Mathematics grade B.
GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade C are also required.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants within our grade range 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)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.
Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.