Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons) – 2020 entry
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.
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.
|Qualification||Course length||Foundation year||Professional Training||Start date||UCAS||KIS code|
|BSc (Hons)||36 months||Oct 2020||NN34||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||Oct 2020||NN35||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||Oct 2020||NN36||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||60 months||Oct 2020||NN37||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
A Professional Training placement provides you with the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and many of our students are offered employment on graduation by their placement provider.
The Professional Training placement year gives our students an insight into their subject and career potential, and early access to professional experience. It can be invaluable in developing work-based skills and helping them secure a graduate career.
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
- The Walt Disney Company
- Roffe Swayne
- Kerry Logistics (Hong Kong) Ltd
- Baker Tilly TFW (Singapore).
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via our online placement opportunities platform called Surrey Pathfinder, within which students can select and apply for placement vacancies. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to the vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
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.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees 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.
Accounting and Finance Professional recognition
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Optional modules for Foundation - FHEQ Level 3
For further information on FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 please view the programme specification for the full-time BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance.
Foundation (with PTY)
Optional modules for Foundation (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 3
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.
Optional modules for Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5
Students choose 1 optional module from 4 in each semester
Optional modules for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6
Students choose 1 optional module from 4 in Semester 1 and 2 optional modules from 5 in Semester 2.
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).
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.
This course is taught by academic staff from the Department of Finance and Accounting.
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All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:
- Academic progress
- Pastoral/welfare issues
- Personal/professional development and employability.
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 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.
Learning and disability support
We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service which can help develop your learning.
Academic Skills and Development
Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Disability and Neurodiversity Service
The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.
We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.
English language support
Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.
What qualifications do you need?
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. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
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.
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.
|Qualification||Start date||Course length||Professional Training||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees||Professional Training fees|
|BSc (Hons)||Oct 2020||36 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||Not applicable|
|BSc (Hons)||Oct 2020||48 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
|BSc (Hons)||Oct 2020||48 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||Not applicable|
|BSc (Hons)||Oct 2020||60 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
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.
How to apply
Learn how to apply for an undergraduate course, see details about the UCAS application process and determine the steps you need to take if you receive an offer to study.
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