BSc Accounting and Management with Professional Placement

2024 entry

Course summary

This four-year professionally accredited course offers a fully integrated degree that combines accounting and management subjects and the opportunity to complete a professional placement in your third year. The course aims to equip you with the attributes needed to pursue a wide range of accounting, consulting, and managerial career paths as a future organisational decision maker. You will develop not only your ability to interpret, assess and communicate financial and non-financial data but also transferable skills needed in modern societies.

During the first two years you will develop sound knowledge and understanding of accounting practices, financial management techniques, and contemporary theories and practices of management and organisational behaviour.

The placement year in a financial environment in an accounting firm or an organisation in another industry will enhance your understanding of the areas of accounting and management encountered in your studies. You will also develop an understanding of how an organisation operates and learn to take on responsibility within a team.

You will return to Bristol for your final year to study the disciplines of accounting and management in more depth. Beyond the core units you can specialise by choosing from an evolving range of accounting and management units, for example Auditing, Financial Statement Analysis, Operations Management, and International Human Resource Management. The course will allow you to sharpen your ability to think critically and challenge received information. You will also develop the key interpersonal skills needed for success in your professional career.

The course is 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).

This course is available by transfer; you can apply to BSc Accounting and Management and register your interest to add a professional placement once you have joined us. Placement opportunities are based on first-year examination results and a successful application to a participating employer.


Our Accounting and Management with Professional Placement BSc is approved by major professional bodies in the UK (CIMA, ICAS, ICAEW, CIPFA, ACCA) so as a a graduate you can gain exemptions from a number of their examinations or credits for prior learning.

Course structure

In the first year, the focus is to provide you with a solid foundation for the study of Accounting and Management. You will study fundamental principles across core disciplines in accounting, finance, management, and economics. You will be able to choose optional units 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, finance, and management subjects. It emphasises on strengthening your analytical, problem-solving, and other transferable skills.

The placement year will enhance your understanding of the areas of accounting and management encountered in your studies. During the placement you may have the opportunity to complete the first stage of the professional accounting examinations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), with some exemptions from exams already available on the basis of the modules studied during the first two years of your degree.

In the final year, you will have an opportunity to further develop your critical skills and deepen your knowledge of complex issues in accounting and management. Beyond the core units you can specialise in the area that interests you by choosing from an evolving range of optional units, for example Decision Analysis and Simulation, Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, The Digital Economy, Auditing, and Financial Statement Analysis. Through your studies, you will also acquire more advanced quantitative and qualitative skills which are crucial for success in the financial-technology era.

Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.

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Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.

The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students, and we accept a wide range of qualifications for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

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