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BSc (Hons) Accounting, Business Finance and Management

Develop specialist accounting and finance skills, and learn to apply them in an organisational context.

Year of entry: 2019

UCAS code

NN42

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time

Typical offer

AAB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fees

£17,120 per year (2019/20)

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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.

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 four-year degree including a year in industry: Accounting, Business Finance and Management with a Year in Industry (BSc)

Accreditation

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.

Course content

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.

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.

Study abroad

Summer abroad

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

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.

Core modules

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

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.

Core modules

You can also choose to add a placement in industry before your final year.

Year 3

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.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two from the following options:

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

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.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Support and influence organisational decision making by analysing and evaluating financial performance and risk in the light of the organisation's strategic objectives and the external environment. 
  • Report on organisational performance by combining complex financial and non-financial information to clearly represent underlying economic activity. 
  • Evaluate and explain the implications of significant issues in accounting and finance for organisations, stakeholders and society 
  • Clearly communicate complex financial and non-financial information to colleagues and a broad range of external stakeholders both orally and in writing. 
  • Operate effectively with colleagues in cross functional teams. 
  • Identify the ethical dimensions of the problems organisations face and respond appropriately in the light of the individual’s ethical responsibilities to the communities within which they operate. 
  • Consider the implications of decision making for the organisation as a whole by drawing on knowledge of management, accounting and finance.
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

Fees and funding

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.

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £17,120

Additional costs

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.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

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.

Funding

We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

“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.

Teaching and assessment

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.

Teaching format

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:

  • Lectures
  • Small-group seminars
  • Activity-based workshops
  • Group projects
  • Individual projects

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.

Overall workload

As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Lectures and seminars168 hours156 hours156 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.

Teaching location

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.

About our campus

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.

Assessment and feedback

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.

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Written exams50%50%83%
Coursework50%48%17%
Practical exams0%2%0%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

Careers and skills

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.

Career opportunities

Recent graduates' positions include:

  • Accountant
  • Analyst
  • Auditor
  • Business consultant
  • CEO
  • Financial advisory associate
  • HR executive graduate
  • Investment banker
  • Police officer
  • Tax consultant
  • Technology consultant

Transferable skills

As well as specific accounting skills and professional accreditation from a number of industry bodies, this course will help develop your skills of:

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Communication, presentation and reporting
  • Numeracy and data analysis
  • Time management
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Negotiation and persuasion
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

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

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

English language

If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability.

  • IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • Pearson 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (taken from January 2015) 176, with a minimum of 169 each component
  • TOEFL 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in Listening, 21 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 21 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE III Merit in all components

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

If you have faced obstacles to higher education, or you are returning to education after a long absence, you may benefit from the York Access Scheme.

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