BSc Accounting and Finance 2019

No 1 in the UK for Accounting and Finance

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No 1 in the UK for Accounting

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Key facts

UCAS Code:
N420
Start date:
September 2019
Duration:
3 years full time
Typical A Level offer:
AAA Full entry requirements.
UK/EU fees:
See fees section below
International fees:
£22,500 (per year)
Study abroad:
Yes
Work placement:
Yes
Overview

Offering significant exemptions from the main professional bodies in the field, this degree provides excellent preparation for a career in business, but particularly in accounting or finance.

You’ll also develop a strong base of knowledge and skills that will put you in a good position to launch a variety of exciting careers in other sectors too.

Throughout the course you’ll develop a deep understanding of the way financial information is used and managed within organisations and how it is reported both internally and 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 optional modules as diverse as forensic accounting, corporate social responsibility and strategic management.

Accreditation

This is an ICAEW Strategic Partnership Degree.

Exemptions

Our BSc Accounting and Finance currently carries the following exemptions (subject to change):

 

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 Finance 20 credits
  • Academic and Professional Development for Studies in Finance 20 credits
  • Mathematical Economics 10 credits
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting 10 credits
  • Introduction to Management Accounting 10 credits
  • Economic Theory and Applications 1 20 credits
Year 2
  • Compulsory modules

  • Corporate Finance 20 credits
  • Credit and Financial Analytics 20 credits
  • Commercial Skills for Finance Professionals 10 credits
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting 20 credits
  • Intermediate Management Accounting 20 credits
Year 3
  • Compulsory modules

  • Advanced Accounting Theory 20 credits
  • Advanced Finance 10 credits
  • Critical Cases in Accounting and Finance 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Accounting and Finance BSc in the course 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.

Assessment

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

A-levels:

AAA

GCSE:

Mathematics grade A/7 and English Language grade B/6 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+ at the start of the undergraduate programme) who have been out of full-time education and have not passed or completed qualifications that would allow them to study at degree level (for example, an applicant who has left school after completing GCSEs).

Applicants must complete a Business-related diploma of 60 credits with 45 credits at Level 3. A minimum of 30 Level 3 credits must be awarded at Distinction level and 15 at Merit.

Applicants are expected to meet the GCSE Maths and English Language minimum requirements for their chosen degree programme.

Please note, all who apply with the Access to Higher Education Diploma are interviewed and must present a recent piece of academic writing for review.

BTEC

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

Cambridge Pre-U

D3, D3, M1. Please note that this requirement excludes the Cambridge Pre-U Certificate in Global Perspectives and Independent Research. We also consider applicants who offer a combination of Pre-U and A-Level qualifications. Please contact lubsugadmissions@leeds.ac.uk for further advice.

International Baccalaureate

35 points overall including 5 in Standard level/Maths Studies or 4 in Higher level Maths and 5 in English (Standard or Higher Level), with 17 points from Higher Level subjects.

For those candidates who meet our Maths or English requirements through another qualification, these minimum points for Maths or English in the IB Diploma do not apply. If you are presenting Literature and Performance as one of your International Baccalaureate subjects, you will need to present a separate English qualification.

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

Applicants must obtain 6 H2 grades in the Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level). Maths and English Language will be accepted at Ordinary level in lieu of GCSEs. A grade of O2 is required for GCSE A/7, and a grade of O3 is required for GCSE B/5 (Maths) or GCSE B/6 (English).

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

Scottish Highers and Scottish Advanced Highers are acceptable for entry onto our degree programmes in the following combinations: six Highers at AAAAAA or one Advanced Higher at A with five Highers at AAABB, or two Advanced Highers at AA with five Highers AABBB. We will also accept three Advanced Highers at AAA. Intermediate 2 / National 5 Maths 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.

International

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.


Improve your English

 

If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

 

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 2019

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £22,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

 

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250. 

 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

 

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

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 the Business School’s dedicated Employability and Opportunity team 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 graduate employers, including PwC, L’Oréal, Mars, Unilever and SMEs.

The Employability and Opportunity team also work with a large network of experienced professionals from companies such as Barclays, M&S and KPMG, who volunteer as mentors on our Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme. Applying for the scheme is a competitive process and it offers Business School students a wide range of benefits as they are mentored on a one-to-one basis for one academic year.

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

My studies have already included Accounting, Finance, Economics, Statistics and Management, and this has given me a fascinating and diverse insight into the world of business.

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The best part is the seminars, which are very interactive. The tutors are supportive and very passionate about their subjects.

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