BSc Accounting and Finance 2017

1st in the UK for Accounting and Finance

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 and 2017

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1st in the UK for Accounting and Finance

The Guardian University Guide 2017

Key facts

UCAS Code:
3 years full time
Typical A Level offer:
AAA Full entry requirements.
UK/EU fees:
See fees section below
International fees:
£19,000 (per year)
Study abroad:
Work placement:
View previous year of entry

Develop a deep understanding of the way financial information is used and managed within organisations and how it is reported externally.

You’ll gain a mature understanding of the modern economy, the nature of business and the role that accountancy and finance can play within it. Core modules will develop your mathematical skills and give you a broad understanding of key topics in economics, financial and management accounting, corporate finance and financial analytics. You can also tailor your studies to suit you with options as diverse as forensic accounting, corporate social responsibility and strategic management.

Offering the maximum exemptions from the main professional bodies in the field, it’s excellent preparation for a career in accounting or finance. But this degree doesn’t pigeonhole you either, providing a strong base of knowledge and skills that will put you in a good position to launch a variety of exciting careers.


This is an ICAEW Strategic Partnership Degree.


Our BSc Accounting and Finance carries the following exemptions:

For more information please download Exemptions for graduates of our Accounting programmes.

Course content

Our degrees have a modular structure. This means that compulsory modules provide you with the core knowledge and skills that you need, while optional and discovery modules allow you to shape your course to suit your personal interests and career aspirations.

Year 1 comprises a set of compulsory modules that lay the foundations of your studies. You’ll develop the mathematical knowledge and skills you need and be introduced to key financial and economic principles, as well as the fundamentals of financial and management accounting.

In Year 2 you’ll build on this knowledge base: compulsory modules will develop your understanding of corporate finance and financial and management accounting, as well as helping you to develop skills in research methods and analytical techniques. Optional modules will focus on a range of topics within economics, or areas like the complexities of corporate social responsibility or the legal context in which businesses operate.

When you enter your final year, you will have developed high-level research and analytical skills. You’ll apply these to a project that runs throughout the year, which could be either a research dissertation on a topic of your choice or a piece of financial analysis. You’ll also explore advanced topics in finance and accounting theory. Optional modules will span diverse topics from auditing to corporate governance and taxation.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1
  • Compulsory modules

  • Foundations of Finance20 credits
  • Personal Tutorials for Studies in Finance20 credits
  • Mathematical Economics10 credits
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting10 credits
  • Introduction to Management Accounting10 credits
  • Economic Theory and Applications 120 credits
  • Statistics for Economics and Business 110 credits
  • Mathematics for Economics and Business 1 (for those without A-level Mathematics)10 credits
Year 2
  • Compulsory modules

  • Corporate Finance20 credits
  • Business Skills for Accounting and Finance10 credits
  • Credit and Financial Analytics20 credits
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting20 credits
  • Intermediate Management Accounting20 credits
  • Optional modules

  • From Study to Work10 credits
  • Industrial Economics10 credits
  • Intermediate Microeconomics10 credits
  • Mathematics for Business and Economics 210 credits
  • Business Economics10 credits
  • Introduction to Econometrics10 credits
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics10 credits
  • Business and the Legal Environment20 credits
  • Corporate Social Responsibility10 credits
  • Financial Mathematics 210 credits
Year 3
  • Compulsory modules

  • Advanced Accounting Theory20 credits
  • Advanced Finance20 credits
  • Critical Cases in Accounting and Finance20 credits
  • Optional modules

  • You will study 60 credits of optional modules. These must include either the Accounting and Finance Dissertation (30 credits) or Financial Analysis (20 credits), and additional options from the list below.
  • Accounting and Finance Dissertation30 credits
  • Financial Analysis20 credits
  • Business Ethics20 credits
  • Strategic Management20 credits
  • Forensic Accounting and Finance10 credits
  • Behavioural Finance10 credits
  • International Banking and Finance10 credits
  • Financial Derivatives10 credits
  • Auditing and Information Systems10 credits
  • Auditing and Assurance Services20 credits
  • International Business Finance10 credits
  • Principles of Taxation20 credits
  • Corporate Governance10 credits
  • Management Decision Making20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Accounting and Finance BSc in programme catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

You’ll be taught using a range of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. The rest of your time will be spent in independent learning, which allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.

In Year 1 you’ll also benefit from dedicated academic counselling from your Head of Year, a lecturer in your subject area who will meet you individually during the year and act as a personal tutor.


We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a range of transferable skills that you’ll need in professional life. These are likely to include coursework, exams, oral presentations, group reports and dissertations.

Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements




Mathematics grade A and English Language grade B or equivalent, or an appropriate English language qualification.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications for this course.

Alternative Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

We consider the Access to Higher Education Diploma to be suitable for mature UK/EU applicants (21+) who have been out of full-time education and have had no previous access to higher education. Applicants must complete a Business-related diploma of 60 credits with 45 credits at level 3. At least 30 level 3 credits must be at Distinction and 15 at Merit. All applicants taking this qualification will be interviewed.


We will consider BTEC qualifications alongside academic A-levels. Read more about our BTEC entry requirements.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3,D3,M1,excluding the Cambridge Pre-U certificate in Global Perspectives andIndependent Research.

International Baccalaureate

35 overall (17 higher), including 5 in Mathematics at studies, standard or higher level and English at standard or higher level. For those candidates who meet our Mathematics and English requirements through another qualification, 5 points will not be required within the IB Diploma. We are unable to accept Literature and Performance in place of English.

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

AAAAAA. Mathematics and English Language will be accepted at ordinary level on a grade for grade basis.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AAAAAA OR AAABB (A at advanced level) OR AABBB (AA at advanced level) OR AAA at advanced level. Intermediate 2 / National 5 Mathematics and English are acceptable in lieu of GCSE requirements on a grade for grade basis.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Foundation year

If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

The deadline for international students to apply to Leeds University Business School courses is 30 June.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Leeds University Business School Undergraduate Admissions Policy 2017


UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £19,000 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250, subject to parliamentary approval of changes to higher education funding. We anticipate that we will be able to confirm the 2017 fee in late 2016. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course, as permitted by law. 

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

We offer two achievement-based scholarships schemes specifically for BSc Accounting and Finance students: The Head Start Achievement Scholarship and the Top Ten Achievement Scholarship.

Read more about Business School scholarships

Career opportunities

A large number of graduates have of course become qualified accountants but there are a variety of options available to you as a graduate. For example, recent graduates have gone on to work as Retail and Investment Bankers, Management Trainees, Civil Servants, Brokers, Auditors, Finance Analysts, Insolvency Administrators, and Tax and Business Advisors.

Find out more about Careers and Employability in Leeds University Business School

Careers support

You will be supported throughout your studies by a dedicated employability team in the Business School who will help you develop and demonstrate the professional skills and experience that top employers are looking for through one-to-one support, workshops and lectures from employers such as L’Oréal and Unilever.

The team also works with a large network of experienced professionals from companies such as HSBC, M&S and KPMG, who take part in our innovative Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme. With around 140 places available, this scheme offers Business School students the chance to receive free one-to-one advice and mentoring for a year during their studies.

In addition, Leeds University Business School students also have full access to the University Careers Centre and Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Studies. Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

Placement opportunities

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.

Read more about Study Year Abroad

Year in industry

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to spend a year on placement with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors, in the UK or overseas.

Read more about the Year in Industry

Year in enterprise

EU students with a viable business plan have the opportunity to apply for a year in enterprise as part of this course. During this year you will start your own business with support from the University including advice, office space and living costs allowance.

Read more about the Year in Enterprise

There are a lot more opportunities in finance and a lot of employers visit the university on a weekly basis giving presentations and workshops.

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