Accounting and Finance (BA Hons)

Accounting and Finance

BA (Hons)

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Get the skills, knowledge and experience required for a successful career in accounting and finance - whether in the UK or abroad.

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Your fast-track to success

Benefit from being exempt from a maximum number of professional exams.

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We are one of the few universities in the world to offer exemptions from 12 out of 15 ICAEW exams.


Our students are exempt from 10 CIMA exams - the maximum number of exemptions for an undergraduate degree.

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This course also offers maximum ACCA exemptions.

World-class facilities

Learn your trade in our landmark new School of Business and Technology.

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Learn from Industry Professionals with Global Experience

Kirsty Blount, Senior Lecturer - Academic Course Leader

Kirsty Blount

Senior Lecturer - Academic Course Leader

"Management Accounting has played an important role in my career. I have had diverse roles as a Management Accountant, Financial Controller which has enabled me to work in hospitality and companies such as The Gambling Commission. I completed my professional chartered accountancy qualification in 2007 and I think that is a reflection of the enthusiasm I have for my subject. I am passionate about bringing 'real life' examples into the classroom. I find teaching a very rewarding role and I personally enjoy passing my experience and enthusiasm over to my students. I am passionate about students learning employability skills, professionalism with working closely to the accountancy professional bodies. I have also completed my Masters in Accounting and Finance and understand the journey that students experience."

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International success

Meet graduate David Sargeant. He's now Finance Business Partner for the Americas Region at SThree PLC in New York.

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Course outline

Succeed on a degree that measures up to the high expectations of all global accountancy bodies, leading to maximum exemptions from professional exams including ICEAW, ACCA, CIMA and AIA when you graduate. Gain solid grounding in all aspects of accounting from financial markets and institutions to the global business environment. You specialise later in the degree with subjects including taxation principles and practice, corporate accountability and social and environmental accounting.

The University of Gloucestershire School of Business and Technology is situated in a brand-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. Find out more about the School of Business and Technology and see where you could be taking your next steps towards a career in business.

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 will also work with live financial data in our Thomson Reuters Trading room and gain insight into industry with specialist guest lecturers. Put your skills to the test and enter the CIMA Global Business Challenge, designed to foster the young business leaders of the future. Create and pitch your business case to a high profile audience with support from an expert business mentor.

A personal tutor to help you identify exciting new opportunities. Work placement opportunities give you confidence to put your learning into practice and gain essential contacts. Students have worked for prestigious companies such as PWC, Boots and Smiths Industries. Graduate David Sargeant did his placement with international recruitment company SThree plc and now works in New York as their finance business partner. You will also shadow a financial consultant or adviser, work with a regional accountancy or business firm and work within a large corporate department. All of this is designed to give you the skills and the CV to pursue your chosen.

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The ICAEW are offering the chance to be awarded a £12,000 bursary to students starting an Accounting and Finance degree at the University of Gloucestershire in September 2020. Apply now by sending your completed application form to Please note the deadline is 1 September 2020. Terms and conditions.

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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 will 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. This will prepare you to graduate career-ready.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Applied Quantitative Techniques' to 'Financial Markets'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Andrew Shelton, Graduate.

"The vast number of placements was simply outstanding." Andrew Shelton, Graduate

Placement information

Placement type:

12-Month, Optional


12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours per week)


Placements can be carried out in the UK or overseas; popular overseas placement destinations include the USA, China and Europe. You may even wish to source your own placement in other countries.

Visa requirements:

If carrying out a placement abroad, there may be a visa requirement.

Financial arrangements:

On your placement year you will pay a reduced tuition fee and are still eligible to apply for a maintenance loan. Financial support is also available from the Student Finance Team by contacting

Placement support:

You will have access to guidance from the Placements Team throughout your placement search, and for the duration of your placement year. You can contact the Placements Team on

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. Our strong industry links 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.


  • Financial accountant
  • Management accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Investment banker
  • Taxation
  •  Internal/External auditor
  • Accountant (Audit, Taxation)
  • Performance Management
  • Forensic Accountant

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Placement)
4 Years (Integrated Foundation Stage)


Oxstalls, Gloucester

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

96 tariff points

Not enough tariff points? This course is available with an integrated foundation stage to help you prepare.

Typical offers

CCC at A levels, BTEC MMM or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeF6H3
BA (Hons) - 4 years placementG2P2
BA (Hons) - 4 years integrated foundation stageF6H4

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