Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons) – 2020 entry

Key information

Start date: October 2020

BSc (Hons) UCAS: NN34

3 years

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BSc (Hons) UCAS: NN35

4 years with professional training

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BSc (Hons) UCAS: NN36

4 years with foundation year

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BSc (Hons) UCAS: NN37

5 years with foundation year and professional training

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Why choose this course

There’s growing demand from businesses around the world for qualified accounting and finance professionals. This course is designed to match the requirements of the UK’s accounting bodies, allowing you to take significant steps towards becoming a qualified accountant, as well as developing skills essential for all kinds of business careers.

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What you will study

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

Our BSc Accounting and Finance course 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.

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 theory is applied in business practice.

ACCA Accelerate

Surrey recently became a partner with ACCA Accelerate. BSc Accounting and Finance students wishing to join this scheme will have their fees for the ACCA Accelerate scheme paid for by the University. Students will have access to specific accounting and finance events and online support to build up their employability skills and be able to access international job opportunities.

Professional recognition

BSc (Hons) - Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.

BSc (Hons) - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

BSc (Hons) - Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.

BSc (Hons) - Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.

BSc (Hons) - Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.

BSc (Hons) - Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS)
Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland (ICAS) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Surrey Business School has a proven track record of graduate employment and this course is designed to help you get excellent employment opportunities.

Graduates over the last few years have secured roles such as:

  • Tax Trainee, Roffe Swayne
  • Auditor, Menzies LLP
  • Audit Associate, Ernst and Young LLP
  • Accountant, KPMG
  • Risk Graduate, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Analyst, Goldman Sachs
  • Trainee Accountant, PwC.

If you choose to join one of the professional accounting bodies that have accredited this course after you graduate, you’ll receive exemptions from several professional examinations, giving you a head start in achieving a professional qualification.

If you choose to study abroad this may impact your ability to claim maximum professional exemptions, as you may not necessarily study professionally accredited modules at the university you go to.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
 
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

Modules

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

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Optional modules for Foundation - FHEQ Level 3

Students must choose MAN0004 if undertaking the Business or Hospitality pathway.

For further information on FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 please view the programme specification for the full-time BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance.

Optional modules for Foundation (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 3

Students must choose MAN0004 if undertaking the Business or Hospitality pathway.

For further information on FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 and professional training year please view the programme specification for the full-time with PTY BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance.

Timetable

New students will receive their personalised timetable in Welcome Week, and in subsequent semesters, two weeks prior to the start of semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

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  provide innovative teaching that brings together theory and practice for your intellectual and professional development.

Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Entry requirements

A-level

Overall 

  • BSc (Hons)
    • ABB

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:
    • CCC

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade B (5) (or equivalent). Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall 

  • BSc (Hons):
    • DDD
  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade B (5) (or equivalent). Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

International Baccalaureate

Overall 

  • BSc (Hons):
    • 32
  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and either Maths HL4/SL4 or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall

  • BSc (Hons):
    • 78%
  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

GCSE or equivalent: Maths 6 and either English Language (1/2) 6 or English Language (3)7.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall

  • BSc (Hons):
    • QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.
  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C (4) and Mathematics at Grade B(5) (or equivalent). Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

Scottish Highers

Overall

  • BSc (Hons):
    • AABBB
  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

GCSE or equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C. Maths - Scottish National 5 - B. Applicants must have achieved these Scottish National grades at the time of making their application.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall

  • BSc (Hons):
    • Pass overall with ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A-level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A-level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

We normally make offers in terms of grades.

If you are suitable you will be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.

If you can demonstrate exceptional academic performance in your schooling to date, you could be awarded an unconditional offer as part of the University’s Unconditional Offer Scheme.

Foundation year

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, you might still be able to apply for this course with a foundation year. A course with a foundation year includes an extra year of study to prepare you for a full degree course. Find out more about our degrees with foundation year.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2020

BSc (Hons)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas To be confirmed

BSc (Hons) (with professional training year)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas To be confirmed

Professional training To be confirmed

BSc (Hons) (with foundation year)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas To be confirmed

BSc (Hons) (with foundation and professional training year)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas To be confirmed

Professional training To be confirmed

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

  • Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. 
  • Fees for EU students: While the UK is part of the EU, the University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by the Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. Once the UK has left the EU, the fees rules may change and the University is bound to comply with applicable legislation.
  • Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 
  • Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

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.

Payment schedule

  • Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
  • International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
    • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
    • 50% in January of the same academic year.

The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.

If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.

Professional Training placement fees

If you are studying on a programme which contains a Professional Training placement year there will be a reduced fee for the academic year in which you undertake your placement. This is normally confirmed 12 to 18 months in advance, or once Government policy is determined.

See the information about 2019/20 academic year Professional Training placement fee.

Placements

You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.

A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

Accounting and Finance placements

Some organisations that have participated in this scheme include:

  • Morgan Stanley
  • Ericsson
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Roffe Swayne
  • Microsoft
  • PepsiCo
  • Kerry Logistics (Hong Kong) Ltd
  • Baker Tilly TFW (Singapore).

Applying for placements

You can apply for numerous opportunities via an open and free-to-all process. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however we offer support and guidance throughout the process alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. We also provide support if you wish to source your own placement.

Find out about more about the application process.

Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Find out how students at Surrey developed their skills in industry by undertaking a placement year.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.

Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

The University has exchange agreements with many universities worldwide, some of which are specific to Surrey Business School. Our partners for accounting and finance include:

  • University of Sydney
  • University of Queensland
  • Ryerson University, Canada
  • University of Central Florida
  • North Carolina State University
  • Singapore Management University.

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 you choose to work in Europe, you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

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

Study abroad as part of your degree at Surrey Business School.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Placement location

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.

University of Surrey
Address

University of Surrey
Guildford
Surrey GU2 7XH