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Accounting and Finance

BA (Hons)

What is Accounting and Finance BA (Hons)?

You’ll focus on all aspects of accounting from financial markets and institutions to the global business environment; meeting the expectations of global accountancy bodies, leading to maximum exemptions from professional exams including ICEAW, ACCA, CIMA and AIA when you graduate.

You’ll have access real-world business experiences and challenges.
Simulations with companies within the accounting sector are embedded in your degree, underpinning your learning with real-world application. You’ll use live financial data in our Thomson Reuters Trading room and gain insight into industry with specialist guest lecturers.

Working from a new, state-of-the-art centre at our Oxstalls campus in Gloucester. The ’18 million development is home to our Business, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Law and Accounting and Finance courses.

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Study style

Learn through student-led workshops, seminars, group work, reflective practice, computing workshops, problem-solving challenges and presenting. Your personal tutor will provide you with academic support and help you to develop your career based on your interests. You’ll have opportunities to work with leading accountancy and finance businesses abroad as part of your international trip and be able to complete a work placement as part of your degree.

You specialise later in the degree with subjects including taxation principles and practice, corporate accountability and social and environmental accounting.






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Entry requirements

    • 112 tariff points (calculate your points at

      Your points must include at least 2 A Levels, BTEC or equivalent qualifications, for example:
      BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of qualifications to achieve the required tariff.

      If your course has a fast-track option that you’re applying to, you’ll also need to pass an entry interview.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

    • English and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Oxstalls, Gloucester F6H4 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2022 Oxstalls, Gloucester F6H4

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Financial Accountant
  • Management Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Investment Banker
  • Taxation
  • Internal/External Auditor
  • Accountant (Audit, Taxation)
  • Performance Management
  • Forensic Accountant.

Industry links

You’ll benefit from great business links with local, national and international organisations. These include Hazlewoods (in the Top 40 Independent Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, and sponsors of our Top Undergraduate Student competition); and global cult clothing business Superdry. We offer exciting placement and internship opportunities that could result in your graduate career.

This degree is accredited with Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of International Accountants (AIA). Accreditation’s for this course are reviewed annually.

Extra-curricular skills

In addition to your personal tutor assisting with your academic programme, they will help you identify extra-curricular opportunities to gain wider life skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. Not only do you graduate with an accounting and finance degree recognised by the major professional bodies, you’ll have professional exemptions, practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Your Future Plan. It’s why our graduates are in demand. It’s what makes studying at University of Gloucestershire special.

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Successful students

Our students have gone on to work for leading firms regionally, nationally and internationally. One of our recent graduates did his placement with international recruitment company SThree plc and now works in New York as their finance business partner, managing the business’s financial operations for America.

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Our community

Our School of Business and Technology is a thriving and dynamic place to study. Providing undergraduate, postgraduate and research, our goal is to produce graduates who are ready for their careers. It’s a philosophy that sets us apart and drives excellence in everything we do. Thanks to this, the professional credentials of our academic staff and the impactive work of our researchers, we’re growing quickly and we’re emerging as a leading School of Business and Technology.

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Accounting - Learning Opportunities - NSS 2020

Our Accounting courses rank 9th in the UK for learning opportunities according to the National Student Survey 2020.

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Our Finance courses rank in the top 25% in the UK for assessment and feedback according to the National Student Survey 2020.

Trips and experiences

You’ll have the opportunity to visit Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to learn about how accounting, finance and business work in unfamiliar environments.

You’ll explore resource management and see how the Vietnamese have maximised resources to become the world’s leading coffee exporters.

You’ll witness social enterprises and learn how foreign direct investment can help shape the economic infrastructure of an entire country.


As part of your course you can gain valuable experience on an optional placement year.

  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

"The course played a key role in helping me to secure my job with PwC"

“In addition to teaching us the technical skills, the modules also helped us to develop as professionals. For example, we were taught how to write a CV that would help us to stand out from the crowd, and through the assessment process we were able to develop presentation skills.

My placement helped me immensely too – it gave me an idea of what I wanted to focus on after graduating. I also found that applying what I had learnt in the classroom in a real business context helped me to cement my understanding of the theory.”

Tom Ramsden, Accounting and Finance student

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