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BSc Accounting and Finance (NN43)
A-level standard offer: AAA
A-level contextual offer: ABB
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This course offers a fully integrated degree that combines accounting and finance subjects. It is designed for students who seek to broaden their knowledge in both the accounting and finance disciplines.
Our accounting subjects will provide you with insight into accounting institutions (for example, audit firms), accounting regulations and accounting techniques that are used by and support organisations both inside and outside the financial market.
The finance subjects explore financial institutions, financial trading, financial investment, financial regulations and structures that support the market. You will be kept up to date with current events through research-led teaching by academic experts in the field.
Our course is rigorous and draws on theory, cutting-edge research and practice to prepare you for your future career in the accounting and finance field. It has a world-class reputation for producing high-quality graduates with strong quantitative skills and a global outlook.
This course provides rewarding opportunities to participate in a summer internship and the Bristol PLUS Award. You'll also benefit from the Professional Liaison Network within the faculty, which runs a professional mentoring scheme with alumni, insight talks and internships.
This course is accredited by 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) by way of exemptions from some professional examinations enabling you to fast-track your career.
Previously, 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 (ICAEW) 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.
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.
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.
The final year consolidates on your learning from year one and two. You'll learn more advanced quantitative and qualitative skills.
You will have an 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. 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
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.
A-level standard offer
AAA including Mathematics, or A*AB including A in Mathematics
A-level contextual offer
ABB including MathematicsFind out if you are eligible for a contextual offer
DDD in any Applied General BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma, AND A in Maths at A-level (or equivalent)Find out more about our BTEC entry requirements
International Baccalaureate Diploma
36 points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including Mathematics with either 6 at Higher Level (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations) or 7 at Standard Level (Analysis and Approaches)
International Baccalaureate Diploma contextual offer
32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including Mathematics with either 5 at Higher Level (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations) or 7 at Standard Level (Analysis and Approaches)Find out if you are eligible for a contextual offer
85% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics
Scottish Qualifications Authority
Advanced Higher: AA including Mathematics, and Standard Higher: AAAAB
Access to HE Diploma
Access to HE Diploma in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, Psychology, Law or History (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include: at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above; and at least 15 credits from Mathematics units, of which at least 12 (including algebra, calculus and trigonometry) must be at Distinction. Or Access to HE Diploma in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, Psychology, Law or History (or similar titles), with the 45 graded Level 3 credits including at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above PLUS A in A-level Mathematics.
Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, and M3 is C
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
No specific subjects required.
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English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:
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