BSc Accounting for Management

Aston University Accounting for Management
Aston is renowned as being one of the best business schools in the UK and has great connections with employers.”

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Entry requirements

A Level Entry: AAB/ABB

BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD

Focus on the essential role of accounting in decision-making. Learn about the relationship between management teams and the monitoring and planning of an organisation’s financial resources. You will learn about the key role an accountant plays in this process and gain insight into what drives management strategy.

Integrated placement year
Professional accreditation exemptions
In-depth accounting focus
Ranked in the Top 20 in the UK (Sunday Times University Guide, 2016)

Course information 

4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for non-EU students

UCAS Code: N420
Typical offers:
A Levels: AAB - ABB
IB: 35/34 points. Minimum scores of 6, 6, 5 at Higher level. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths at Standard level.
BTEC, Access & other: BTEC Extended Diploma DDD. Access to HE students are eligible to apply for this course.

Further requirements:
5 GCSE grades A*- C to include:
GCSE Maths – grade B/5
GCSE English – grade C/4
Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

Tuition fees: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,630 (£2,500 during placement year) for International students (2017). More on fees

Accountants play a key role in the formulation and implementation of business decisions, both strategic and tactical, through their uniquely analytical approach to the assessment of the financial implications of business plans.

Accounting for Management focuses on the crucial role which financial information plays in decisions made by management teams, and in the monitoring and planning of a business organisation's objectives.

Subject guide & modules 

In your first year you will study a wide range of business subjects, gaining the broad insight into management required by all accounting professionals.

From the second year you will explore financial and management accounting in depth, participate in events organised in conjunction with accountancy firms, visit businesses and undertake an interactive business game module.

This structure ensures your degree is taught with both a professional orientation and a proper regard for the conceptual bases of the subject. In your final year, accounting studies are taken to a more refined level, similar to professional qualification standard, but retaining theoretical analysis.

Year 1

You will study a range of topics, designed to give you a solid foundation for your business degree.

  • Careers in Accounting & Financial Management 
  • People & Organisations 
  • International Perspectives in Organisations 
  • Law for Business 
  • Introduction to Marketing Management 
  • Introduction to Business Analytics 
  • Principles of Operations Management 
  • Information Technology for Business 
  • Introduction to Microeconomics 
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics 
  • Introduction to Financial & Management Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Economics

Year 2

Your degree begins its specialist emphasis upon finance and financial and management accounting. 

The core and compulsory modules are: 

  • Business Policy
  • Business Game
  • Business, Government & Society
  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Making Managerial Decisions Using Accounting Information
  • Principles of Corporate Law
  • Finance
  • Strategy 

Year 3 

Professional placement year in accountancy, finance or management or you have the option to undertake an international study placement. This year is compulsory for all UK and EU students. 

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year

In this year accounting studies are taken to a more refined level, similar to a professional qualification standard, but retaining theoretical analysis. The core and compulsory modules are:
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • The Organisational Context of Managerial Accounting
  • Taxation: Policy and Practice
  • Auditing and Professional Ethics
  • International Finance
  • Risk Management
  • Financial Analysis

Learning & teaching

You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.

For example, all business students undertake the Business Game module and compete in teams in a computer simulation exercise that culminates in a presentation to a panel of external employers


Assessment is provided by a mix of coursework and examination.

Students who are made an offer will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions. 

Course director 

Lisa Weaver

Telephone: +44(0)121 204 3793

Email: l.weaver@aston.ac.uk 

Lisa has 20 years experience in audit and financial reporting, is professionally qualified (ICAEW) and has trained finance professionals and non-finance personnel since 1995. Her presentation style is interactive, aiming to bring technical subjects to life by using practical examples drawn from her experience of providing training in a wide range of companies across the world.

Personal development

Our business degrees are designed to also give you a range of transferable and practical skills to succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. Such work develops your team working and negotiating skills.

Our placement year gives you the genuine practical work experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of issues such as office politics which cannot be replicated in the lecture room.

Accounting for Management graduates can claim exemptions from the examinations of a number of professional bodies.

At present exemptions are available from:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants  
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Association of International Accountants
  • Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
  • The institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Our integrated placement year course allows you to undertake a professional paid placement, where you gain valuable practical management experience within accounting, finance or management

We have links to over 1000 different organisations and advertise around 3000 posts each year to our students.

The opportunity to undertake a study placement with one of our international partner institutions is also available if you would prefer.

Find out more about the placement year at ABS.

As well as the extensive range of professional exemptions, our outstanding reputation for producing well prepared graduates and the experience gained on the placement year contribute to an excellent employment record.

Our recent graduates were successful in finding graduate accounting and financial management roles such as:

  • Audit Associate - Grant Thornton
  • Commercial Analyst - Thompson Airways
  • Commercial Analyst - Carphone Warehouse
  • Finance Graduate - Imperial Tobacco
  • Auditor -  PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) UK
  • Corporate Tax - RSM
  • Tax analyst - Deloitte LLP
  • Tax trainee - BDO 

I'd love to hear from you.

Lisa Weaver Accounting for Management Aston University
Lisa Weaver, Course Director

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