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Finance and Accounting BSc

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Mode of study

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

UCAS code

NN34, NN3K with Professional Development

Start date

September

Entry criteria

BBB (A-level)

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Development option

Overview

This degree is accredited the ACCA and CIMA offering exemptions to some of their papers after you graduate. Please see below.

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About the course

This course is designed to give you a sound theoretical and practical grounding, as well as arming you with the technical expertise necessary to make sound decisions in finance and accounting. You will learn about investments, corporate finance and econometrics and in your final year you will have the option to choose between more specialised accounting (auditing, taxation) and finance (financial engineering, behavioural finance) courses. We emphasise developing transferable skills so you are equipped for a wide range of finance and accountancy careers.

 

Aims

  • 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.

 

Enquiries

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

Compulsory

  • Mathematics for Economics and Finance
  • Microeconomic Principles
  • Macroeconomic Principles
  • Financial Markets
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Professional Skills and Statistics

Level 2

Compulsory

  • Financial Accounting and Statement Analysis
  • Company Law and Regulation
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Investment
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Management Accounting

Level 3

Compulsory

  • Economics Project
  • Financial Accounting

Optional

Choose 1 from:

  • Financial Theory and Corporate Policy
  • Financial Engineering

Plus choose 2 from:

  • Behavioural Economics and Finance
  • Risk Management
  • Further Econometrics
  • Auditing and Assurance
  • Taxation

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

Employability

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.

Careers

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:

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

Work placements

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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Entry criteria 2018/19

  • GCE A-level BBB including Grade B in Maths (General Studies not accepted).

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a related subject AND A-Level Maths at Grade B.

  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject AND an A-level Maths at Grade B.

  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject AND A-levels Grade BB including Maths.

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points, including 5 in Higher Level 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 AND A-level Mathematics grade B.

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE Mathematics Grade C or Grade 4 and GCSE English 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

Hours

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.

Assessment and feedback

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.

Special features

  • Accredited by ACCA and CIMA offering exemptions to some professional papers following graduation (please see Accreditation below). 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 courses offered at Brunel.
  • Many of our staff are internationally and nationally recognised for their work in this field; they work as consultants for government bodies and are widely published. You be trained to use analytical packages widely used by business and financial institutions such as SAS, Eviews, Bloomberg, Reuters and STATA and others.
  • You’ll study econometrics to help develop skills in data modelling using computer programmes – a skill highly valued by finance and investment employers

We have good links with organisations which means:

  • High-quality work placements
  • Up-to-date course content
  • Better opportunities to find a good job after you graduate

Accreditation

Graduates of our BSc degrees in economics and finance can look forward to the following exemptions from professional accountancy bodies, depending on degree and module choices.

ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)

Our graduates enjoy exemptions from all FIA papers and up to 8 out of 9 ACCA Papers depending on the programme of study and module choices at level three.

CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)

6 exemptions are offered to graduates of the following degrees:-

  • Finance and Accounting BSc
  • Economics and Accounting BSc

3 exemptions are offered to graduates of the following degrees:-

  • Economics BSc
  • Economics and Business Finance BSc
  • Economics and Management BSc 

Fees and funding

Fees for 2018/19 entry

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

International students: £14,800 full-time

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

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

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.