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BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance top up

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area

Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Finance


Full-time, 1 year

Part-time, 2 years


On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

This one-year full time programme has been designed for those who want to develop expertise and a comprehensive knowledge of accounting and finance. Learn to analyse data sets and develop techniques to create, evaluate and propose solutions to complex business problems. You’ll be provided with a unique opportunity to develop independent and employability-focused skills and build on your emotional intelligence to help you contribute effectively to the workplace. 

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Degree + Foundation year

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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Excellent student experience

92% overall student satisfaction for our Accounting, Finance and Economics courses according to The Guardian for 2019.

Outstanding student facilities

We offer a 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.

Readiness for Industry 4.0

The course offers training in big data, Excel, Microsoft Word, Teams, Power-point, Sage Line 100 and Xero Accounting Software to prepare the students for world of work and enhance their employability skills.


Course Leader

Eric Owusu Boahen

This course has a strong emphasis on preparing you directly for the world of work since it will enable you to gain a solid grounding in core accounting and finance disciplines and provide a thorough overview of financial markets, financial reporting requirements and the regulatory framework of accounting.

What you'll learn

You will develop your knowledge, thinking skills, subject-based practical skills and skills for life. This includes the ability to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the accounting and finance industry.
  • Understand the implications of accounting processes for businesses.
  • Communicate complex business ideas and arguments in a timely and effective manner both individually and as part of a group/team.
  • Analyse data sets and learn techniques to utilise data to create, evaluate and propose solutions to complex business problems.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

Core modules:

  • Auditing
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Business Analytics
  • Corporate Finance
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Mental Wealth 3: Global Enterprise and Consultancy Practice           

How you'll be assessed

The assessment methods which will enable students to demonstrate the learning outcomes of the course includes:

  • Examinations
  • Essays/Reports
  • Portfolio Completion
  • Presentations
    Workshop/conference attendance

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

Course specification

How you'll learn

As a practical and career-focused course, we ensure that learning methods reflect the practical tasks that you will be expected to carry out when you start work within the field of Accounting and Finance. This is underpinned by a sound knowledge of key principles, theories and regulations that you will learn. Teaching and learning methods will 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, poster presentation and enterprise/consultancy project.
  • Lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops.


Guided independent study

Outside of formal teaching time you will be expected to undertake a great deal of independent learning through self-study. This is supported by our virtual learning environment (Moodle), our specialist business library and a selection of digital materials, financial databases, handbooks, notes and other resources.

Academic support

We provide a wide range of services to support your academic progress, career skills and personal development. Former and current UEL students are also available to mentor you academically and help you achieve your potential.

Dedicated personal tutor

You will be assigned a personal tutor to support you academically alongside your studies. You will be able to discuss ways in which your abilities, experiences and achievements can be enhanced during your learning journey.



While studying on this course, you will be expected to spend approximately 300 hours on timetabled learning and teaching activities. These hours may include lectures, seminars, conference/workshop attendance, group project, and tutorials. The contact hours for each module may vary. The approximate time that needs to be allocated for guided independent study is 900 hours.

Your timetable

Individualised timetables are generally provided to students shortly after their online enrolment. Scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, at this level the course usually attracts approximately 60 students, and this is reflective of the lecture sizes. In the classroom you will be taught in smaller groups of 18–20 students. However, this can vary by academic year.

Who teaches on this course

Eric Boahen

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.



Your future career

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. This course will leave you in an excellent position to gain work in a variety of business sectors and also provide a route into a range of professions including:

  • Financial accountant
  • Management accountant
  • Management Consultancy
  • Budget controller
  • Internal or external auditor.

You may also wish to go on to achieve the ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, CPA Australia, IFA or AIA qualifications while working.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal

Entry requirements


This top-up program is a level 6 and will require Accredited Prior Learning (APL) of 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5, obtained in a business management or equivalent.

A HND in a business related area with 240 credits awarded may also be considered for entry into the programme.

If your first language is not English, you’re required to achieve a minimum score of 6.0 in IELTS or equivalent.


(Including European Union)


Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

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Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

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Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parents' Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

-          All nursing and many allied health students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year from the government.

For further information visit or contact Student Finance England.

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:


Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.


Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.


Tuition fees
EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

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