Accounting and Finance BSc 2021

Be at the cutting-edge of accounting and finance. Gain insight into what drives management strategy and the essential role of accounting and financial management within business and wider society.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time (Hons)

Course format

Placement year (UK/abroad)


4 year with integrated placement year/3 year course without integrated placement year, option only available for EU/international students.

UCAS code(s)


Start date

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Accounting and Finance Testimonial

"The placement year is a brilliant step towards real life, allowing you to decide whether that is a career you would like to pursue upon graduation. Many students are offered graduate jobs with their placement organisation, but if not, this real-world experience sets you aside from the competition when applying to other jobs."

Jack Turley

Mobile Advertising Strategist at Tapjoy


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Accounting and Finance Testimonial

"The placement year is a brilliant step towards real life, allowing you to decide whether that is a career you would like to pursue upon graduation. Many students are offered graduate jobs with their placement organisation, but if not, this real-world experience sets you aside from the competition when applying to other jobs."

Jack Turley

Mobile Advertising Strategist at Tapjoy


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Course outline and modules

This degree thinks beyond the numbers and makes sure your learning is applicable to real-life situations by giving you both theoretical and practical skills and knowledge.

As part of the BSc Accounting and Finance degree, you will gain invaluable work experience to help your CV stand out to future employers.

Our degree will teach you the accounting and financial strategies that underpin the running, operation and performance of organisations, which you can apply to any business that you work for in your career.

What you’ll learn

You will learn about management accounting, financial accounting, financial analysis of a business, and the specialisms of audit and taxation. Financial management will also introduce you to valuable business disciplines that will develop your commercial and financial decision-making skills, and give you an appreciation of the importance of risk management.

Real-world learning

This theoretical understanding will be applied to real-life situations during your integrated placement year, before you tailor your final year to the areas in which you want to specialise.

Accounting and finance are brought to life through case studies and examples from real businesses, plus creative coursework opportunities where topical business case solutions will be explored.

Professional accreditations

Accreditation is a stamp of quality and prestige for a business school and its programmes. Aston is proud to be among 1% of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation

This programme may also lead to accreditation or exemptions from the following professional bodies:

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

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Aston University has been nominated for the CIMA Global Excellence Award. This award recognises academic partner institutions that achieve CIMA pass rates above the global average in the same calendar year.

Read Senior Lecturer of Accounting and Finance, Sara Saynor’s comment.

Thank you on behalf of Aston University for the Excellence nomination. We have collaborated with CIMA for a number of years now to promote the value of the CIMA qualification to Aston students and to embed the excellent CIMA case studies into our Management Accounting Curriculum.  Our 2nd and Final Year students have CIMA cases and research reports as part of their coursework assessment criteria and have really developed invaluable knowledge to support their placement and graduate job searches. The success of our collaboration is evident from the excellent CIMA pass rates that Aston students have achieved.

Two undergraduate degrees

This course offers an Exchange Partnership Second Degree Pathway, meaning you could study overseas at one of our partner institutions during your placement year and graduate with two undergraduate degrees for the price of one. Find out more.


International students


Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year.  Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live. Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job.

Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability, and our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

Foundation programme


Before you start your undergraduate degree, you may choose to study our foundation programme in business.  This foundation course will help you develop specialist knowledge and fully prepare you for your chosen undergraduate course. During your foundation year, you’ll have excellent support from academics, and group projects will give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey.

We also have a Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support and offers pre-sessional English language programmes.


Post-study work visa


Aston University welcomed the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years to find work after they have completed their studies. The new post-study work visa will apply to international students starting undergraduate and postgraduate courses from 2020 at universities with a track record of compliance with immigration policy.

Find out more about the post-study work visa.

Please note this course was previously known as BSc Accounting for Management.

Academic partnerships


Aston University is proud to be working in partnership with Muscat University to develop the next generation of leaders for Oman.


To find out more visit the Muscat University website.



Year 1

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

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

The core and compulsory modules are: 

  • Careers in Accounting 
  • Foundations in Financial and Management Accounting
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Law for Business 
  • Principles of Operations Management 
  • Foundations of Business Analytics
  • Introduction to Business Economics
Year 2

From the second year you will explore financial and management accounting in depth, participate in events organised in conjunction with accountancy firms, visiting 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.

The core and compulsory modules are: 

  • International Financial Reporting 
  • Applied Management Accounting 
  • Business Tax 
  • Audit Governance and Company Law 
  • Financial Management
  • Virtual Business Simulation 
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 students. 

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

    Final Year

    In your final year, accounting studies are taken to a more refined level, similar to professional qualification standard, but retaining theoretical analysis.

    The core and compulsory modules are:

    • Advanced International Financial Reporting 
    • Strategic Management Accounting 
    • Integrated Case Study 

    Plus a range of optional modules: 

    • Tax Policy and Personal Tax 
    • Audit and Professional Ethics
    • Financial Analysis 
    • Risk Management
    • International Finance
    • Fraud, Bribery and Corruption 
    • Derivatives

    Availability of any optional modules will be subject to staff availability and a minimum number of students who express an interest in studying the optional modules.

    Entry requirements

    4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for EU/international students.

    UCAS Code: N420

    Typical offers:

    A Levels

    BBB – standard offer

    BBC (with EPQ or Core Maths minimum grade B)

    BCC (contextual offer)*     

    *For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here.


    31 points overall in the IB diploma with 5, 5, 5 at HL. Minimum score of 5 in Maths at Standard Level.

    BTEC, Access & other

    BTEC Extended Diploma DDD – standard offer.

    BTEC Extended Diploma DDM – Contextual offer.

    We accept the QAA-recognised Access Diploma which must consist of 45 credits at Level 3. You must obtain a minimum of 30 distinction and the rest must be at merit or distinction. Please note that we do not accept the English and Maths components within the Access qualification and you must meet the GCSE entry requirement.

    Further requirements

    5 GCSE grades A*/9 – C/4 to include:

    GCSE Maths – grade B/5

    GCSE English Language OR English Literature – grade C/4

    Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.


    View our Admissions Policy.

    Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).
    Entry onto our Foundation Year maybe offered as an alternative to the degree course if lower entry grades are achieved.

    *For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here.

    The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

    International students

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.

    For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage. 

    International students can enter at Year 2 of this course having completed an undergraduate year one programme at the required academic level with these approved teaching partners:


    Learning, teaching and assessment

    Our close links to industry and our focus on delivering practical business experiences provides a blend of learning and teaching experience to equip you for your future career.

    Learning and teaching

    You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group working, case studies and undertake both individual and group presentations. You’ll also hear from external employers and professional bodies who provide student talks.

    Creative coursework will help you to apply your learning and you will get opportunities to work with real businesses which will develop your expertise and experience.

    You will be taught by highly experienced lecturers many of whom are qualified accountants with extensive business and teaching experience with accredited business experience and supplemented by knowledgeable research staff.

    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 this has a just had a new name signed off now it is ‘Accounting in practice’ which develops essential skills and enables you to work in teams ready for your placement search  I have removed this as it may be changing

    Aston University has subscriptions to both the Financial Times and The Economist, which you can benefit from whilst studying here.

    We pride ourselves on our teaching which has been recognised by being awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for teaching quality – the highest possible accolade and the benchmark by which the government evaluates the quality of university teaching.


    You will experience a mix of coursework and examinations.

    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  remove as we only have a few examples now of group work use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. This experience will develop your team working and negotiating skills.

    Placement Year

    The integrated 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.

    We have a dedicated Employer Team within our Careers and Placements department who have links with local, national and international organisations and advertise vacancies to students through an online platform exclusively for Aston students and graduates.  

    This course offers a Exchange Partnership Second Degree Pathway. Achieve two degrees for the price of one, and study abroad at one of our partner institutions.

    Find out more about the Aston placement year, and view the careers and placements page.

    Careers and Placement award for best university careers/employability service


    Aston University was recognised as the 'Best University Careers/Employability Service'.

    The Careers and Placements team at Aston University won the 'Best University Careers/Employability Service' category at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards 2020 for it's use of innovative ideas to engage a high number of students with the service in order to support them with their career planning.

    Aston University has strong links with national and international organisations with over 200 employers interacting with students on campus each year.



    Study or work in another country

    For students planning their placement in the academic year 2020/21, Erasmus+ mobility funding will be dependent on the Exit date and whether a Withdrawal deal is agreed. The University’s Brexit information page is regularly being updated and will have the latest information.

    Fees and scholarships

    UK students (2021/22)

    Annual tuition fees: £9,250

    During placement year: £1,250

    International/EU students (2021/22)

    Annual tuition fees: £15,950

    During placement year: £2,500

    The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be charged the same tuition rates as Home students.

    Further information  

    Tuition fees for students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

    More information on fees


    At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

    Career prospects

    This course will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and skills you can apply to real-world situations in an international business context and, is beneficial to a broad range of career paths. You will develop analytical, problem-solving skills enabling you to provide logical solutions to challenging business problems.

    During your placement year, you will be able to develop your learning and showcase your skills, helping you to accelerate your employability, through real work experience. The creative coursework will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your applied learning through real business-case solutions that you’ll put forward.

    You’ll also benefit from our extensive range of professional accreditations and exemptions, which along with your placement year, contribute to demonstrable skills which will help you progress your career path.

    Recent graduates

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

    • Accountants Associate
    • Commercial Analyst
    • Auditor, Tax Analyst
    • Tax Trainee
    • Risk Consultant
    • Business Analyst

    Graduates went on to work at companies such as Grant Thornton, Carphone Warehouse, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), RSM UK, Deloitte LLP, BDO and Grant Thornton.


    Aston Testimonal

    "Aston appealed to me because of its links with industry and focus on valuable industrial placements. I was lucky to secure a placement with GSK."

    Aaron Lowe

    Operations Management Graduate at Rolls-Royce


    Frequently asked questions

    Why study accounting and finance at Aston?

    If you are interested in a career in either an accounting or a more broadly focused management role, or want a career leading a business or not-for-profit organisation, this course will equip you with business-critical skills and knowledge that are transferable in any sector.

    If you want to progress into accounting roles, your accreditation exemptions mean that you will graduate with a proportion of the qualification already achieved.  Accounting and finance knowledge and expertise provides you with significant analytical, problem-solving transferable skills that are valuable in all manner of business disciplines. 

    Does accreditation matter for accounting and finance?

    Yes. You can graduate with recognised technical knowledge that can instantly be applied, whether that’s specifically in an accounting role or more broadly within business. You’ll get theoretical, technical and practical experience within this programme. 

    Why is a placement useful for accounting and finance?

    Being able to demonstrate that you have industry-ready understanding of a subject alongside significant work experience gives prospective employers the confidence in your capacity to transfer your skills to the workplace. It also brings what you’ve learnt in lectures to life, and gives you a great opportunity to better understand the kind of career you want to develop once you graduate.

    Why Aston Business School?

    We are part of just 1 per cent of universities globally to be awarded a triple crown and be recognised by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. We are recognised for our outstanding teaching and have been awarded Gold by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), and also rank first in the UK for ‘added value’ in the Guardian University Guide 2020.  All of this demonstrates our commitment to your learning experience and the skills you develop and demonstrate as part of your course.

    What is the Exchange Partnership Second Degree Pathway at Aston Business School?

    You can deepen your learning and stand out from other graduates whilst gaining a fantastic learning experience overseas. The Exchange Partnership Second Degree Pathway is similar to an exchange programme, but during your placement year you’ll follow a particular curriculum, setting you on the track for our partner institutions degree award. This means, if successful, you will graduate with two undergraduate degrees. 
    Find out more about the double degree

    Why should international students choose Aston University?

    Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year.  Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

    Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career.

    You also have the option to join our foundation programme in business to help you develop specialist knowledge and ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course.


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