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Accounting and Finance

BA (Hons)

Our accredited Accounting and Finance degree and connections with leading companies get you a step ahead in your career from the very beginning, which is why 98% of our students are in work or study within 15 months of graduating.

UCAS Code: N402 or N403

Single Honours

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Our accountancy accreditations give you significant exemptions from essential exams. This means a faster route to professional qualifications, because you graduate already part-qualified – and you could start on a higher salary.

98%

of our business and management graduates are in work or further study after 15 months

Graduate Outcomes Survey
90%

believe the course developed knowledge and skills they'll need in the future

National Student Survey 2023
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ACCA - the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

01/05

Professional exemptions

If you already have some qualifications, you may not have to take all the exams required by the professional accounting bodies. These are called exemptions and mean that you have a head start on your professional qualifications. We have a close working relationship with all the professional accounting bodies and the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree has been awarded the maximum number of exemptions available. Read more in our Exemption Handbook.


Overview

This course will introduce you to the principles and practice of Accounting and Finance. You will develop numerical skills as well as high-level abilities to interpret data, analyse issues and problem solve. You will gain a thorough understanding of accounting concepts, which is ideal if you want to become a professional accountant.

Having accounting and finance knowledge is also an advantage in any profession today, from being a stockbroker to an economist. So even if you do not want to become a professional accountant, this degree is springboard for a wide range of careers.

As well as our three-year degree, you can choose our four-year course option with either a built-in placement year or a year studying abroad.

Whichever route you choose, live client projects, internships, paid work opportunities, networking and mentoring are all part of our real-life approach to teaching.

Placements

There are different ways to gain valuable work experience on this course. You’ll have the opportunity to do a short, paid placement, a year-long internship or part-time work with a local business.

Our dedicated placement team offer one-to-one support - helping you find internships, make your application and prepare for interview. You could choose to do your placement locally, making the most of connections with employers in the region, or you could choose to move another city or country.

Recent students have worked at a range of organisations, including Bishop Fleming, a large accountancy firm located next to our campus.


Course content

Each year you will study a mix of mandatory and optional modules. This flexible course lets you explore different subjects and career paths in business management before choosing to specialise in your final year.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.

Mandatory modules


Careers

You'll have the chance to work with accountants and finance specialists who have worked in organisations such as KPMG, PwC and HM Treasury, as part of your degree. These professionals have experience of management, consultancy or running their own business across sectors including banking and manufacturing.

Many of our students aim to become chartered accountants but there are a whole range of employment opportunities open to you.

Recent graduates have gone on to successful careers in:

  • Accounting
  • Audit
  • Finance
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • International trade

Throughout your course, you will receive career coaching to help you develop your CV and interview technique.


Course highlights

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Your lecturers know your name
We teach in small classes so we get to know you by name and can give individual attention including in highly technical sessions.

Teaching and assessment

Our course has been designed by academics and industry specialists to prepare you for a career in business. You’ll be taught through a combination of practical activities, seminars, lectures and one-to-one tutoring.

Our highly practical assessment methods include presentations, portfolios and consultancy projects - preparing you for the work you’ll be doing when you graduate.

Teaching and assessment contents

You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars, laboratory practical sessions, fieldwork, practical activities, etc. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and laboratory practical sessions are focused on developing subject-specific skills and applied for individual and group project work.

In addition, meetings (both individual and group) with personal academic tutors are scheduled throughout the academic year. There is an opportunity to undertake a year-long placement in the third year of the course, supervised by a work-based mentor and a University tutor. Depending upon the course, there may be an opportunity to study abroad at one of our exchange partner universities.

Meet the team

Get to know a few of the lecturers you'll be learning with

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Rachel Cooper

Rachel has been working in higher education since 2006. Before working in education, Rachel spent several years working as a management accountant in the aerospace industry with a focus on cost management, project planning and performance reporting.

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Jamie Wells

Jamie's areas of teaching expertise are financial management and auditing. She also has a particular interest in accounting education research, developing research on the use of simulations in the teaching of auditing.

Before working at Worcester, Jamie spent three years in practice for a large professional services firm specialising in forensic accounting and assurance. She also spent time working for HM Treasury within the Welfare to Work Team.

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Simon Quigley

Simon trained with a large firm of Chartered Accountants in the areas of audit, accounts preparation, taxation and insolvency. Working in industry, his roles ranged from Group accountant, Project accountant and Treasury.  

Since the move to lecturing, Simon has taught on a range of provisions, including ACCA, CIMA CIPD, AAT, HND as well as undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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Rachel Cooper

Rachel has been working in higher education since 2006. Before working in education, Rachel spent several years working as a management accountant in the aerospace industry with a focus on cost management, project planning and performance reporting.

University of Worcester logo on a light blue background

Jamie Wells

Jamie's areas of teaching expertise are financial management and auditing. She also has a particular interest in accounting education research, developing research on the use of simulations in the teaching of auditing.

Before working at Worcester, Jamie spent three years in practice for a large professional services firm specialising in forensic accounting and assurance. She also spent time working for HM Treasury within the Welfare to Work Team.


Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points required: 112

Typical Offer
QualificationGrade
A-levelBBC
BTEC National Extended DiplomaDMM
T-levelMerit

We do accept Access to HE Diplomas and other qualifications which may not exactly match the combinations above. Work out your estimated points with the UCAS tariff calculator.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please call our Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk.


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Benefit from our accommodation guarantee. We have rooms on campus to suit every budget including en-suite options.

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Fees

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UK and EU Students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International Students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 per year.


How to apply

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Applying through UCAS

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for full-time undergraduate courses in the UK.

Read our how to apply pages for more information on the application process, or if you’d like to apply for part-time study.

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Student case studies

Some recent students let you know what they thought of the course.

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Kristina Petrauskyte

Kristina, who decided to change careers by taking up an Accounting and Finance degree, cared for her mother after she was diagnosed with cancer during her second year.

She praised the support she had had in her learning journey. “I had a wonderful and very supportive course leader, who was the best tutor and course leader at that time,” she added. “She provided all the support and help I needed at the beginning of my course, as it was all very new to me and, being a much older student and a foreigner, I was worried I wouldn't fit in or be good.”

Kristina, who did a 14-month work placement in a firm’s accountancy department as part of her degree, has started working in an accounting firm in Bromsgrove as an Associate Assistant and plans to get experience and complete the necessary courses to become a fully qualified accountant.

Read Kristina's full case study here.

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Adam Ashley

“I’m delighted and excited for what the future holds now that the hard work has paid off,' he said.

“I am currently working at a leading accountancy practice in the West Midlands with clients spanning across the whole of the United Kingdom,” he added. “I am studying towards my ACCA qualification and due to the exemptions gained from the University of Worcester, I only have to take four exams to become qualified.”

“In the long term I aim to be running my own accountancy practice which has been an ambition of mine since I began studying Accounting at the University of Worcester.” 

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Kristina Petrauskyte

Kristina, who decided to change careers by taking up an Accounting and Finance degree, cared for her mother after she was diagnosed with cancer during her second year.

She praised the support she had had in her learning journey. “I had a wonderful and very supportive course leader, who was the best tutor and course leader at that time,” she added. “She provided all the support and help I needed at the beginning of my course, as it was all very new to me and, being a much older student and a foreigner, I was worried I wouldn't fit in or be good.”

Kristina, who did a 14-month work placement in a firm’s accountancy department as part of her degree, has started working in an accounting firm in Bromsgrove as an Associate Assistant and plans to get experience and complete the necessary courses to become a fully qualified accountant.

Read Kristina's full case study here.

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Adam Ashley

“I’m delighted and excited for what the future holds now that the hard work has paid off,' he said.

“I am currently working at a leading accountancy practice in the West Midlands with clients spanning across the whole of the United Kingdom,” he added. “I am studying towards my ACCA qualification and due to the exemptions gained from the University of Worcester, I only have to take four exams to become qualified.”

“In the long term I aim to be running my own accountancy practice which has been an ambition of mine since I began studying Accounting at the University of Worcester.” 


Contact

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

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John Gardener

Head of International Partnerships Worcester Business School, Senior Lecturer in Marketing

Admissions office

01905 855111