BSc Accounting, Business Finance and Management

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NN42 AAB (See full entry requirements) 3 years full-time
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Preparing you for a finance career

This academically challenging and vocationally relevant programme is an excellent basis for entering the accounting profession, undertaking other strategic management roles or for further academic study.

Interested in a work placement as part of your degree? Enrol on our BSc (Hons) Accounting, Business Finance and Management (with a year in industry) programme.

Course overview

The programme teaches accounting and business finance in an organisational context with a focus on corporate financial decision making and corporate governance. You will gain knowledge and understanding of the preparation of accounts and financial techniques, their interpretation and use in a variety of contexts to an advanced level.

Alongside this you will study key aspects of management, which will all be relevant to your future career.

We have strong links with  the professional accounting bodies and international accounting firms, as well as many large companies. This helps to create highly sought after graduates with a relevant, industry standard skill set.


The degree is professionally accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). These professional accreditations enable those who have graduated from the degree to claim exemption from a number of Professional Stage papers of the ICAEW and CIMA syllabuses. Exemptions can also be applied for relating to a number of Professional Stage papers of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) examinations.

Study Abroad

Students on the BSc (Hons) in Accounting, Business Finance and Management programme are not eligible for term time study abroad opportunities, though international summer schools are open to students on this programme. 

Course content

What you'll study

All our courses share a common first year. The second and third years develop the knowledge acquired in the first year further, so that you develop expertise across management and accounting and finance areas. As a result, our degree programmes produce graduates who are able to show depth and breadth in their knowledge.

First year

The common first year that applies to all our degrees includes these modules:

autumn modules spring modules
Management and the Business Environment: Theory and Practice Qualitative Methods in Accounting and Management
Quantitative Methods (part 1) Behaviour in Organisations
Financial Accounting Management Accounting
Understanding the Context of Business Quantitative Methods (part 2)

Second year

autumn modules spring modules
Corporate Finance Business Planning
Advanced Quantitative Methods Strategic Management
Financial Reporting Intermediate Management Accounting
  Governance and Audit

Final year

The modules you choose may affect which professional accreditations you qualify for. 

You must take the following four Core modules:


autumn modules spring modules
Advanced Financial Reporting Critical Perspectives on Accounting and Finance
Capital Markets Management Accounting and Control Systems

Then choose two of the following  20 credit Optional modules or the Dissertation (worth 40 credits). All modules below are taught in the spring term.

Company Law Strategic Management of Risk  
Taxation Systems International and Comparative Employment Relations  
Decision and Information Analysis Business Consultancy Project  
Corporate Governance and Social Accountability Managing and Leading Change  
Management of Technology Managing for Diversity  
Behavioural Finance Financial Econometrics  

The modules above represent examples of what you can expect to cover in years 1, 2 and 3. We regularly review the content of our degrees to ensure they remain relevant. This page will be updated with any modification to the curriculum.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.

This module will:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct;
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work;
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts;
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.


How you'll be taught

I have really enjoyed my three years at the Management School and at York... proof that it is possible to excel academically while still enjoying yourself. This could not happen without the excellent teaching and support offered.

Ben, prize for outstanding academic achievement

Delivered using practical problems and case studies from our industrial partners, our modules also include cutting edge theory and research into management practice. This provides you with both the academic rigour and the industrial relevance that is needed to gain important insights into both the theoretical and practical aspects of business. 

Modules are taught by a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Optional help sessions and online self-study software programmes via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) are also available.

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How you'll be assessed

A balance of assessment methods are used across all degree programmes, although the BSc in Accounting, Business Finance and Management makes relatively greater use of examinations in order to comply with the requirements of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales.

In your final year you will have some scope to choose forms of assessment that you prefer through selection of optional modules. Though you must be aware that the modules you choose may affect which professional accreditations you qualify for.


Careers and employability

My degree in Management has provided me with an extremely strong skill set to enter the world of work and compete with the top graduates at the top institutions.

Management graduate

We offer more than high quality teaching and research; we prepare you for the world of work through a comprehensive careers support system which enables you to achieve your ambitions.

Degrees that leave you highly employable 

Annually our students join leading organisations for their placements including Morgan Stanley, Ernst and Young, Intel, Xerox as well as joining the Public sector, Fortune 500 firms and small and medium enterprises.

All of our undergraduate modules incorporate the development of the skills required to meet the demands of modern business. For example our entrepreneurial Business Planning module sees students work as part of a team to develop a business concept building towards presentation of the idea and business plan to a panel of business experts.

Dedicated in-house specialist staff

To support you during your time at The York Management School, we have dedicated expert staff to assist you in achieving your career ambitions.

Our Teaching Fellow in Employment and Skills will work with you during the Employability sessions to help you identify your skills and actively improve them. They will assist in creation of your employability portfolio and in presenting yourself at your best in the next step in your career.

Further study options

Graduates from the York Management School don’t all pursue graduate job opportunities straight away; many choose to stay at York on one of our Postgraduate courses, or go on to study at other leading universities, including SOAS and London School of Economics.

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How to apply

The School accepts around 200 students per year across all our undergraduate programmes. All applications must be made through Universities and Admissions Service (UCAS).

Please note that we accept applications for first year admission only and decisions are usually made on the strength of your UCAS application. We would normally look for an application to evidence:

  • academic ability, judged by prior or predicted academic performance
  • motivation and reasons for wanting to study a management-related subject
  • written and oral communication skills
  • an aptitude for rigorous, independent thought and clarity of reasoning.

We are committed to an Equal Opportunities policy and each applicant is assessed according to their individual merits.

Open Days

We also strongly recommend you to attend one of the University Open Days  to learn more about the University, the Management School and the programmes we offer from staff and current students.

Our Undergraduate Admissions Tutor is happy to answer any questions you may have about the programme or the application process. Please email:

If you receive an offer of a place, you'll normally be invited to attend a University Visit Day prior to starting your academic career with us.

Entry requirements

A levels

AAB grades at A Level.


GCSE Mathematics grade B is required.

Please note: we do not accept adult numeracy in lieu of GCSE Maths.

International Baccalaureate

35 points and above

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

Advanced Highers AB + Highers AAAAB

Irish Leaving Certificate



BTEC National Diploma or QCF BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD.

Other qualifications

Pre-U: D3, D3, M2.

Access to HE: Obtain Access to HE Diploma with 30 credits achieved from units awarded Distinction and 9 awarded Merit or higher.

Other qualifications are accepted by the University, please contact Undergraduate Admissions

English Language Requirements

  • TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 21 in each component
  • Pearson PTE Academic: 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): grade A
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): grade C
  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first language): grade C

Mature students

If you are a mature student and you have not studied for a period of time, then we would advise the completion of an Access course.

As with all applications you apply through the UCAS system. Your application must include a personal statement and contain the following information:

  • Qualifications
  • Work experience (roles and responsibilities)
  • Other interestsReasons for returning to study
  • Confirmation of degree programme you wish to study