Accounting is the language of business. It gives managers, investors and governments the information they need to make financially-sound decisions.
In the increasingly complex modern business environment, there is a high demand for skilled professionals who can work flexibly in teams across business boundaries. You’ll need strategic focus and the ability to influence decision making and apply judgement responsibly.
This course places accounting and finance skills in a broader business context. You’ll gain the technical skills and problem solving abilities you might expect from an accounting and finance programme, but will have also have the opportunity to develop strong communication skills, a broad commercial awareness and a critical approach to business problems. An industry placement lets you put theory into practice and will give you valuable experience working in an accounting or finance role.
Accredited by a number of professional bodies, this academically challenging and vocationally relevant degree is an ideal stepping stone into careers in accountancy and management.
This course is available as a three-year degree, without a year in industry: Accounting, Business Finance and Management (BSc).
This 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 our graduates to claim exemption from a number of Professional Stage papers of the ICAEW and CIMA syllabuses.
Gain management-related experience, apply your academic knowledge and improve your employability with an integrated year in industry.
Our business and management, accounting and finance degrees share some common elements in Year 1 to introduce you to the core concepts underpinning these key disciplines. As you progress, you'll develop the knowledge and skills acquired in your first year, giving both depth and breadth to your learning.
In your third year, you'll undertake a 12-month paid placement in industry. You'll develop your understanding of business and management, apply the theories you've learned and enhance your employability.
By the end of your course you'll have a good understanding of accounting and finance practices, and how they relate to business and management.
Immerse yourself in another culture for a few weeks or the whole summer on a short course, volunteering programme, or career-related summer school.
Year 1 introduces you to business and management, and some of the key concepts and techniques used in accounting and finance. Modules will give you a broad overview of topics you can study in more detail in later years. You'll also learn important skills for accountancy and statistical analysis.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.
This module 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:
In Year 2 you'll develop your understanding further, and explore some new areas of study. You'll learn new research techniques, become familiar with important business processes, and apply your practical skills in planning and problem-solving.
You can also choose to add a placement in industry before your final year.
A year in industry gives you the opportunity to apply your academic learning to a real-life business. Salaries for these placements are typically £14,000 - £18,000, but have been as high as £45,000.
Our dedicated Placements Office advertise hundreds of vacancies each year. You can find placements in all sorts of industries, all over the world. If you have an idea of where you'd like to work, our team can help you find and apply for a suitable position. In recent years placements have included:
In your final year you can choose optional modules to develop new skills, take a closer look at topics you're familiar with, or investigate an interesting subject in detail. You'll take four core modules, plus two optional modules or a dissertation based on an original research project.
Be aware that the modules you choose may affect which professional accreditations you qualify for.
Dissertation (40 credits)
The dissertation is completed over the whole year. If you choose to undertake a dissertation you will not take additional option modules.
A dissertation draws on the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout your degree. You'll collect and analyse empirical data to illuminate or solve a complex issue or problem in the field of accounting, business finance and management. You'll write a longer and more complex document, sustaining a well-reasoned argument and drawing sound conclusions.
Choose two from the following options:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
The fees and funding figures below are based on data from 2018 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.
You may find it useful to buy textbooks, and for some modules this may be required. Textbooks usually cost around £30 - £60 each.
UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.
For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.
We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.
“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”
The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018
Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.
You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
We focus on teaching the skills and expertise that employers want. We use practical problems and case studies from our industrial partners to ensure our modules are relevant to modern industry. Our passionate tutors' research-led teaching puts you at the forefront of current issues in business and management.
We use a wide range of teaching methods to suit different learning styles, including:
Our courses are designed to encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning and development, but with all the support you need available from our academics.
As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4|
|Lectures and seminars||168 hours||156 hours||0 hours||156 hours|
|Placement||0 hours||0 hours||1200 hours||0 hours|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.
Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1200 hours a year learning.
You will be based in the Management School on Campus East. Most of your teaching will take place in the Law and Management Building, with additional contact hours elsewhere on Campus East and occasionally Campus West.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
You will be assessed using a mixture of essays, projects and examinations. For some modules you'll produce reports, strategy documents or group presentations. This course puts greater emphasis on examinations in order to comply with the requirements of accreditation by 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. You can pick modules which emphasise presentation skills, essay writing or exams. You could choose to work on an extended dissertation based on your own research and analysis of a current issue or problem in management.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
I had a fantastic experience here. You have people around to support you and guide you whenever you find something difficult. They make sure that you understand how the academics can be applied, so you don't just understand the theory... I think that's really important.Narissa, BSc Accounting, Business Finance and Management
Our bespoke employability sessions help you identify and improve your skills. Our dedicated support team will help you to build an employability portfolio and to present yourself at your best for the next step of your career.
Our graduates go on to careers in all aspects of business and management. Many progress to postgraduate degrees at York and other leading universities.
Recent graduates' positions include:
As well as specific accounting skills and professional accreditation from a number of industry bodies, this course will help develop your skills of:
The thing about this degree programme is that it's very broad. In interviews I could talk about tax, I could talk about capital markets, I could talk about accounting... I really feel that gave me a good advantage.Luke, BSc Accounting, Business Finance and Management
AAB. We don't ask for specific combinations of A levels. We accept General Studies.
|GCSEs||Mathematics grade 5 (B). We do not accept adult numeracy in lieu of GCSE Maths.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher|
|BTEC||DDD BTEC National Extended Diploma|
|Cambridge Pre-U||D3, D3, M2|
|International Baccalaureate||35 points|
|Irish leaving Certificate||H2,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3|
|Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers||AAAAB at Higher level|
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