Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry

Why choose this course

There’s growing demand from businesses around the world for qualified accounting and finance professionals. This programme 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.

The Surrey Business School has a fantastic track record for graduate employment. We make use of guest speakers from business and industry, and embed our own internationally renowned research into your studies.

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 real-world business situations.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training UCAS KIS code
BSc (Hons) 36 months NN34 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 48 months NN35 View KIS data set

Professional Training placements

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you 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 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

Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. 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 a 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.

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 programme 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.

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. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.

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 Caroline 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 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.

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 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.

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. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation 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

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.

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the 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.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Staff

This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Programme leader

SOPP RE Ms (SBS)

Personal tutor

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.

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.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH 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.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall 

  • BSc (Hons)
    • AAB

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):
    • 34
  • 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):
    • 82%
  • 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 39 at Distinction and 6 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):
    • AAABB
  • 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 AAB 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 C (4) and Mathematics at Grade B(5) (or equivalent). Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.  

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

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.

Select your country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each 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.

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.

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

Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BSc (Hons) 36 months To be confirmed To be confirmed Not applicable
BSc (Hons) 48 months To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed

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

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.

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