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BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Course overview

Start date

January 2018

September 2018

Subject area

Business and Law





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Course summary

January 2018 start date available for this course - study over the summer and join the 2nd year in September 2018.

One of only a few courses in London that’s accredited by six accountancy bodies, the course provides exam exemptions from ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, AIA, CPA Australia and IFA (provided you select the appropriate option modules) and will fast-track you on a path to becoming a qualified accountant. The qualification will open up a career in virtually any business or organisation in the private, public or voluntary sectors. 

It will also enable you to gain employment in the financial services industry because it provides a thorough overview of financial markets, financial reporting requirements and the regulatory framework of accounting. You’ll receive a solid grounding in core accounting disciplines and the course has a strong emphasis on preparing you directly for the world of work. 

Gain full exemptions from professional exams and receive training to complete the final professional level papers with the integrated master's version of this course – MAccFin (Hons) Accounting and Finance.



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Degree + Foundation year

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If you have any questions, talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email

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overall satisfaction

Our students are very happy with us. They gave us an ‘overall satisfaction’ score of 92 per cent in the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS).

Superb facilities

Study in our state-of-the-art campus at University Square Stratford, complete with one of the largest Bloomberg training suites in the country. You'll have access to live financial data and the same world-class equipment that finance professionals use.


professional accreditations

Our course gives you exemptions from professional qualifications with the ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, CPA Australia, IFA and the AIA.

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Yusuf Gafar

Accounting and Finance, BSc (Hons)

I was mentored by somebody from Barclays who gave me advice and arranged for me to do a mock interview with one of his associates at Goldman Sachs.

It really helped me to adjust to the workplace environment and made me less nervous going into a corporate environment.

What you'll learn

From day one, you’ll develop the theoretical and practical skills needed to succeed as an accountant or finance professional. An interest in news and current affairs will be an asset as you’ll examine and debate current financial issues in light of what you learn.

Throughout the course you’ll learn about financial and management accounting and the business and regulatory environment in which businesses operate. You’ll also learn about financial management and the role of the financial markets and key financial institutions.

A major part of the course involves developing relevant practical skills to prepare you for employment. For example, you’ll learn how to:

▪ Manipulate, analyse and interpret financial and non-financial data.

▪ Prepare financial reports.

▪ Apply accounting principles and techniques to a range of business problems.

▪ Use industry-standard software.

You’ll also learn how to appraise evidence, present and communicate clearly, work in a team and conduct independent research when required, such as when preparing a final-year project on a topic of your choice.

What you'll study and when

All optional modules are subject to availability/timetabling and options listed may change.

  • Financial Accounting (core)
  • Cost Accounting (core)
  • Academic Skills for Accounting (core)
  • Business Law (core)          
  • Business Organisations and Management (core)
  • Business Economics and Quantitative Analysis (core)

    • Intermediate Financial Reporting (core)
    • Performance Management Accounting (core)
    • Taxation (optional)
    • Auditing (optional)
    • Intermediate Economic Theory and Practice (optional)
    • Financial Intermediation and Portfolio Management (optional)

    • Corporate Financial Management (core)
    • Strategic Management Accounting (core)
    • Advanced Financial Reporting (core)
    • The Business Professional (core)

How you'll be assessed

We’ll assess you in a number of ways to mirror some of the tasks you will be expected to carry out during your career. These include: writing reports and presentations, sometimes as part of a team to reflect how you may operate in the workplace; preparing a portfolio of work; delivering a business pitch: analysing a case study; financial modelling or producing a financial analysis and plan.

Course specification

How you'll learn

Accounting and finance are practical, career-focused subjects. As far as possible, learning methods will reflect the tasks you’ll be expected to carry out when you start work.

With an emphasis on learning practical skills, underpinned by a sound knowledge of key principles, theories and regulations, you’ll learn in ways that include:
  • Field trips to companies and financial institutions to see how professional accountants and finance professionals operate.
  • Teamwork, to share ideas and insights and produce work together.
  • Guest speakers representing a cross-section of finance, accounting and business expertise.
  • Practical tasks. For example, you can learn how to trade in stocks and shares with our Bloomberg trading platform. This will develop investment management skills that will look impressive on your CV.
  • Lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops.

You’ll also be expected to undertake a great deal of independent study outside of formal teaching time, supported by our specialist business library and a selection of digital materials, financial databases, handbooks, notes and other resources.

If you take a placement year in industry, you’ll ‘learn by doing’ and enhance your practical skills. But even if you don’t choose this option, we’ll support you to find work experience or an internship during the course, which can earn you credits towards your final degree.

“Our Accounting and Finance course is one of only a few in London which is accredited by six accountancy bodies,” says Dr Shampa Roy-Mukherjee, our Head of Accounting.

“Our team of academic staff are dedicated to ensure that your experience and engagement at UEL will be first class.”

Your future career

A UEL degree in accounting and finance will leave you in an excellent position to gain work in a variety of business sectors.

Some students choose to continue their studies with a relevant postgraduate degree, such as the MSc International Accounting & Finance, MSc Professional Accounting, MSc Financial Management or MSc Risk Management. Please note that we also offer an integrated Master's version of this course - MAccFin (Hons) Accounting and Finance 

Others obtain employment and go on to achieve their ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, CPA Australia, IFA or AIA qualifications while working.

The kind of roles that you can expect to be open to you after graduation include:

• Financial accountant
• Management accountant
• Budget controller
• Tax advisor
• Internal or external auditor.

In addition to large accounting and consultancy firms, other financial services institutions such as banks, building societies and insurance companies are in the market for well-qualified, ambitious accounting and finance graduates.

This degree will also leave your well placed to find employment in any other commercial sector, from retail and manufacturing to pharmaceuticals and utilities. You could also work for a charity or in the public sector.

If you’d like to start your own business, you can make use of our Knowledge Dock business incubation space, providing office accommodation, IT and access to business advisers and mentors.

Whatever path you take, our Careers and Student Employability team will provide practical help – and you can use their services even after you’ve graduated.

We also run a dedicated employability programme for business and law students, called Employ. It includes employability workshops, skills training sessions, guest speaker events, voluntary work, student ambassador roles and work experience opportunities.

Entry requirements


New UCAS Points

A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
Extended Diploma (QCF) or Diploma (QCF)
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 26 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and maths (See below for accepted equivalences)


(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

Can accept AAT NVQ L3 and AAT L3 Dip in Accounting (QCF). AAT Level 4 acceptable for year 2 entry. 

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

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