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BSc Accounting and Finance with Professional Placement
4 year(s) full-time
Part-time study is not available for this course
Full-time: Entry by transfer
Transfer to this course as an internal applicant after 1 year of study on BSc Accounting and Finance (UCAS code NN43).
£9,250 per year, home students
£24,500 per year, international students
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This four-year course offers a fully integrated degree that combines accounting and finance subjects. This course ‘with professional placement’ allows you to spend your third year gaining experience in the industry.
During your placement year, you will undertake a paid placement within the accounting function of a large organisation or within an accountancy firm. Previously, students have secured roles at PwC, Grant Thornton, Hazlewoods, and Milsted Langdon.
Places on the course are allocated on merit depending on first-year examination results and an offer of employment for your placement from a qualifying employer. You can work towards your professional accreditation with ICAEW during your placement year.
On the whole, this course enables you to pursue a career in the accounting profession with the benefit of a year in the industry. The course provides access to subjects accredited by professional accountancy bodies, including the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Alternatively, you may pursue a career in finance or investment banking through our finance-oriented units.
You can also benefit from a range of specialist employability services from the faculty’s Professional Liaison Network.
Previous graduates have gone on to work for the Bank of England, JP Morgan, UBS, PwC, KPMG, EY, Microsoft, IBM and many other blue-chip organisations.
This course is accredited by the following organisations
Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (CAEW) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations. The University is recognised as an ICAEW Partner in Learning, working with ICAEW in the professional development of students.
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.
In the first year, the focus is on strengthening your problem-solving skills. You will study the fundamental principles across core disciplines in accounting, economics, finance, mathematics, and statistics. You will be able to choose an optional unit in the second semester of the first year.
The second year builds on principles learnt in the first year while advancing your knowledge in accounting and finance subjects. It emphasises problem-solving and application skills. You will study financial accounting, management accounting, and finance in more depth. You will be able to choose some optional units.
In your third year, you will undertake a paid placement in an accounting firm or within the accounting function of a large organisation.
The final year consolidates on your learning from years one and two. You learn more advanced quantitative and qualitative skills.
You will have the opportunity to develop your critical skills and deepen your knowledge of complex issues in accounting and finance.
The final year offers greater flexibility and choice in the selection of options. You may choose to tailor the degree to your own interests by specialising in a particular area. You may also choose to keep your options open by selecting units across disciplines, such as management units. Examples of recent units include Management Accounting for Strategy, Advanced Financial Reporting, Auditing, Advanced Corporate Finance, and Financial Markets.
Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.Go to programme catalogue
This course is available by transfer only.
The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students, and we accept a wide range of qualifications for undergraduate and postgraduate study.Search international qualifications
Applicants must also meet these requirements
GCSE profile requirements
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English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:
- IELTS 6.5 overall with 7.0 in reading and listening,and no score below 6.0
- GCSE English Language grade C or 4
- An alternative English Language Profile G qualification
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels
- Transfer onto this course is through a selection process in your department or school when you are a registered student.
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