Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons) – 2017 entry

What you'll study

Our Accounting and Finance programme at Surrey Business School provides you with a comprehensive education in the subject.

You will explore core elements of accounting and finance in detail, through modules on financial accounting, management accounting, auditing, taxation, corporate finance and financial risk.

Our programme also delves into various aspects of business operations, from the challenges of managing people, processes and customers to the way organisations operate within a global political, legal and social environment.

Programme overview

The demand for qualified accounting and finance professionals continues to grow internationally. This programme offers you a route into the financial professions, as well as fostering skills that are vital to a range of careers in business.

This blend of specific accounting and finance modules with a wider understanding of business gives you both a strong theoretical foundation in the subject and an appreciation of how accounting and finance are applied in real-­world business situations.

Our Accounting and Finance programme is designed to match the requirements of the UK accounting bodies, which means that, on completion of your studies, you will already have taken significant strides towards becoming a qualified accountant.

Graduates with accounting and finance skills are in constant demand around the world, with alumni going on to enjoy careers in a wide range of companies – from the ‘Big Four’ accountancy firms to large multinational corporations.

Read about the experience of Accounting and Finance student, Ese Aimuan.

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

In Year 1, all modules are compulsory and your study is focused on learning the fundamental elements of financial and management accounting, providing a valuable platform of knowledge.

This year will also build your knowledge in economics and provide you with fundamental training in business mathematics.

Compulsory modules:

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Compulsory modules:

 Optional modules (two of the following):

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by five major accounting bodies: ACCA, CIMA, CIPFAICAS and ICAEW, where we are recognised and accredited as an ICAEW Partner in Learning, working with ICAEW in the professional development of students.

Whichever of these bodies you choose to join upon graduation, you will earn exemptions from a significant number of professional examinations.

Surrey Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

Teaching and assessment

Each 15-credit module is designed to involve 150 hours of student work. This time will be spent in lectures, computer labs and tutorials, and includes private study on your own or in small study groups.

You will also write essays and assignments, drawing on your understanding of a particular area.

Our staff members are innovative in delivering engaging learning sessions that bring together theory and practice for your intellectual and professional development.

Contact hours

The following represents an indicative estimate of how you can expect your time to be split on this programme, based on the information available at the time of publication (February 2016):

  • 9 per cent personal tutorial/small group teaching
  • 6 per cent medium group teaching
  • 8 per cent large group teaching
  • 77 per cent studying and revising in your own time

Career opportunities

Surrey Business School has a proven track record of graduate employment and this programme has been especially designed to help ensure excellent employment opportunities in all sectors.

Upon graduation, if you choose to join one of the professional accounting bodies that have accredited the programme, you will receive exemptions from several professional examinations, giving you a head start in achieving a professional qualification.

Global opportunities

We encourage you to add an international experience to your degree by studying overseas for one semester during your second year.

Surrey Business School currently has exchange agreements spanning four continents of the globe. Our partners include:

  • University of Sydney
  • Seoul National University
  • University of Hong Kong
  • University of Mannheim
  • Linkoping University
  • Grenoble École de Management

Our partners complement our commitment to excellence in teaching and research and enable students to enhance their international outlook. If you choose to study at one of our European partners, you will be eligible for an Erasmus grant.

Taking part in the exchange programme is an invaluable experience that will expand your knowledge of accounting and finance, broaden your horizons, enhance your CV and enrich your life on a personal and professional level.

In your third year, you might then want to think about spending your Professional Training placement abroad. Students have worked in Europe and beyond; if working in Europe, you will again be eligible for an Erasmus grant. 

This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also to improve or learn another language.

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas.

Professional Training placements offer a unique experience to students in terms of gaining access to the world of work as an integral part of their studies: meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?



We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

Access to HE Diploma

QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Distinction - QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 39 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 6 Level 3 Credits at Merit

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


European Baccalaureate

76 per cent - 75 per cent

International Baccalaureate

36 - 35 points

Scottish Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers AAA/Scottish Highers AAAAB-Scottish Advanced Highers AAB/Scottish Highers AAABB

Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AA

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above and GCSE Mathematics at grade B/5 or above (or international equivalent – see relevant country page).

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

6.5 IELTS minimum overall

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2018 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years NN34 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years NN35 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

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The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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