BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Course summary

You will learn all the principles of accounting and finance, while developing the key skills to excel in the financial marketplace. Our tutors are professionally qualified and have worked in industry, giving you the benefit of their experience and knowledge.

On this course, you will learn the principles of accounting and finance, while developing the key skills you need to succeed in the financial marketplace. When you graduate, you will gain maximum exemptions from professional exams - no institution offers more exemptions from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) exams. You will also develop the practical skills essential for success in your chosen career. In five years, you can earn a prestigious honours degree together with a professional accounting qualification.

We provide you with all the tools, techniques and experience you need to succeed in a highly competitive financial world. Our graduate employment is 96%. In the National Student Survey 2013, our course came second out of more than 90 institutions offering Accounting and Finance.

Course detail

Course overview
This course aims to realise your potential while at the same time increasing your skills and employment prospects. It has been designed to maximise exemptions that may be obtained from the professional accounting bodies’ examinations. Most of our students go on to study for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) examinations. When you graduate you will be awarded up to nine exemptions from ACCA.

This course is also available with a foundation year. Visit for further information.


Year One

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Professional Skills for Accountants
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Computer Skills for Accountants.

Year Two

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Taxation
  • Auditing in Context
  • Business and Corporate Law.

Year Three

  • Financial Reporting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Performance Management and Control
  • Project.

Plus two options from:

  • Advanced Taxation
  • Auditing
  • Financial Modelling
  • International Business Finance.

Entry requirements

280 UCAS tariff points, normally in a minimum of two subject areas, plus Level 2 English and Maths

Access: Pass

This course particularly welcomes applicants with the Progression or Advanced Diploma in Business, Administration and Finance.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses


UK fees

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International (non-UK/EU) fees

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Please note that fees given are per academic year unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to change. Costs can increase each year.

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During the course

Notable aspects

The accountants in our teaching team are all professionally qualified, the majority with the Big Four accounting firms. All our teaching staff pride themselves on putting our students first, and you will always have academic support when you need it. Your tutors will work with you as an individual to make the most of your career opportunities.

You may not have chosen to enrol onto an internship, but you can transfer onto one at the end of Year Two if you change your mind.

As a team, we believe we do everything we can for our students, but do not take our word for it. Since the student satisfaction ratings were first introduced, this course has frequently featured in the top ten accounting degrees in the country.

Teaching methods

How you learn is almost as important as what you learn, and it is our job to ensure we give you all the information you need in as interesting and varied a way as possible. So there will be lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, where you will listen, learn, discuss and gain hands-on experience of how business and finance work. At the University of West London, we aim to combine traditional academic teaching with up-to-date training in the skills needed to be successful in the modern world.

What our students say

Rima Aboukhachab, BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

'If you need any help you can always get it from the lecturers. They always help you to achieve your potential so the more you cooperate the more they will give you.'

Helena Auala, Accounts Assistant – JCDecaux UK Ltd

'Studying a BA (Hons) Accounts and Finance degree with UWL has enhanced my career in various ways. The course is of a  high quality as it's fully supported by ACCA and also provides virtual practical implementation on work experience. This is a unique opportunity to gain invaluable technical skills which I needed to stand out. Furthermore, doing the BA course has allowed me to gain a solid understanding of what I currently do at work and how it effects the financial sectors.'

Jobs and placements

Career and study progression

Career options Accounting tends to be non-cyclical with professionals needed in both buoyant economic times and also when the economy is not performing well. On completion of this course, graduates will be in a position to apply for a vast range of accounting and finance appointments in areas that include financial accounting, management accounting, auditing, taxation and corporate finance.

Study progression

Most of our students go on to study for ACCA qualifications, and others take a postgraduate degree.