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Accountancy BSc

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Mode of study

3-year full-time; 4-year thick-sandwich

UCAS code

L120, L121 with Professional Development

Start date


Location of study

Brunel University London campus

Entry criteria

BBB (A-level)

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Development option


  • NEW for September 2018
  • 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).

About the course

BSc Accountancy is a broad-based academic programme and a field of study with practical implications, offering the chance to develop related personal and professional skills. The study of this programme involves the consideration of conceptual, professional and practical aspects of accountancy. The degree structure is progressive, allowing you to move from foundation modules to more critical and specialist modules. The programme embeds international and ethical considerations, with optional modules grounding the study of accountancy in a broader understanding of the perspectives that inform accounting theory and professional practice.



  • To combine academic and practical insights into the subject of accountancy within an international and comparative context.
  • To help you to develop the practice of independent thinking and learning, critical thinking, enquiry and logical expression
  • To equip you with key transferrable skills suited to a wide range of careers in accountancy.


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

Level 1 (year one)

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Professional Skills and Statistics
  • Quantitative Methods in Accountancy, Economics and Finance
  • Foundations of Economics
  • Financial Markets
  • Accountancy for Business

Level 2 (year two):

  • Financial Accounting and Statement Analysis
  • Company Law and Regulation
  • Management Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Ethics
  • Research Methods in Accountancy

Level 3 (year three):


  • Accountancy Project
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Financial Management


Choose 1 from

  • Comparative and Contemporary Issues in Accountancy
  • Strategic Analysis
  • Forensic Accounting

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


  • Accountancy is a profession that provides access to a variety of employment opportunities, not only professional firms, the City and business, but also public, non-governmental organisations and charities. BSc Accountancy at Brunel will help prepare you for good opportunities for well-paid employment leading to leadership roles.
  • BSc Accountancy offers a wealth of advanced content to enhance your knowledge of accountancy beyond what can be acquired in a standard generalised degree.
  • This degree will help you to develop a range of transferrable and employability skills. Emphasis is placed on developing advisory skills, professional judgement and leadership skills which are highly regarded by employers.


Graduates of BSc degrees offered by the Department of Economics and Finance at Brunel have an excellent employment record and go on to work in 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.

Graduates of this department have gone on to work for organisations such as:

  • NatWest
  • HSBC
  • Ernst & Young
  • Morgan Stanley
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Merrill Lynch
  • JP Morgan
  • The London Stock Exchange
  • UBS

Work placements

If you opt for a work placement year you will have the opportunity to gain high quality professional experience in a commercial, financial, or public sector organisation in the third year of your programme.

Students of this department have secured a variety of placements in industry, 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 placement year 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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Entry criteria 2019/20

  • GCE A-Level BBB (all subjects considered excluding General Studies).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a related subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject, with an A-level at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject with A-levels grade BB.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points, including 5 in Standard Maths or 4 in Higher Maths.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma  Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3, with Merit or higher with GCSE Mathematics at grade B or grade 6.

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE Mathematics grade B or grade 6 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 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


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.

Team and project based learning – these provide an experimental and team based approach to study with students working within teams throughout the module to address key issues and topics.

Assessment and feedback

Each subject is assessed in the term when it is studied. 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 a piece of project work which is often seen by prospective employers and which may stem directly from a work placement. Dissertation is an important element of the degree and provides you with an opportunity for independent study, original thought and an opportunity to apply accounting and finance theories, concepts and models to practical problems. You are assigned a Dissertation Supervisor who offers guidance on content, level and presentation.

Special features

  • BSc Accountancy will prepare you with advanced materials to enhance your knowledge of accountancy beyond what can be acquired in a standard generalised degree.
  • Students will develop a range of transferrable and employability skills such as analytical competence, critical capabilities, interpersonal skills and technical skills required for further study and future roles in business, society and the public sector. In addition, emphasis is placed on developing advisory skills, professional judgement and leadership skills which are highly regarded by employers.
  • Employability and training events with guests from academia and industry give you the opportunity to network with prospective employers
  • Many of our staffs are internationally and nationally recognised for their work in this field and work as consultants for government bodies and are widely published.
  • You will be trained to use accounting software Sage Accounting as well as analytical packages widely used by business and financial institutions such as SAS, Eviews, Bloomberg, Reuters and STATA.
  • We have good links with organisations which means:-
    • High-quality work placements
    • Up-to-date course content
    • Greater opportunities for finding a good job after you graduate


ACCA and CIMA accreditation is already available on selected modules within this degree. Will we apply for further accreditation by ACCA, CIMA and the ICAEW to benefit graduates of 2020 onwards (subject to approval by the accountancy bodies).

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry

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

International students: £15,400 full-time

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.

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

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about undergraduate student funding options.