BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year

Course summary

Our accounting courses were rated the best in London for personal development in the National Student Survey 2016
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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. The foundation year provides a firm grounding in the underpinning skills and knowledge needed, and introduces you to the subject of accounting and finance.

This course aims to realise your potential while at the same time increasing your skills and employment prospects. We provide you with all the tools, techniques and experience you need to succeed in a highly competitive financial world.

Our tutors are professionally qualified and have worked in industry, giving you the benefit of their experience and knowledge.

Why choose this course
As a team, 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.

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.

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.

You will listen, learn, discuss and gain hands-on experience of how business and finance work through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops.

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.

Career and study progression
The course has been designed to maximise exemptions that may be obtained from the professional accounting bodies' examinations.

Upon graduation, you will gain maximum exemptions- no institution offers more exemptions from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) exams.

When you graduate you will be awarded up to nine exemptions from ACCA and it is possible to become a qualified accountant within two years of graduation. This means that in a period of five years you can achieve a good honours degree and a prestigious accounting qualification.

Most of our students go on to study for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) examinations.

Course detail

The course consists of six 20-credit modules in each of the four years. These are all compulsory, except for two modules in the final semester, where students can choose from a range of optional modules. Teaching methods vary from module to module, and include lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-ones.


Foundation year (Level 3)

  • Introduction to Business
  • Recording Business Transactions
  • Data Handling and ICT
  • Managing People and Systems
  • Personalised Learning
  • Academic Performance

Year one (Level 4)

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

Year two (Level 5)

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

Year three (Level 6)

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

Plus two option modules from:

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

Year one (Level 4)

Introduction to Financial Accounting
This module gives you the knowledge and skills to prepare accounts for interested parties outside of the business.

Introduction to Management Accounting
This is a similar module, but focuses on preparing information for managers within the business.

Professional Skills for Accountants
Here you will gain a range of skills that will help you move into employment.

Quantitative Methods
In this module, you will enhance your numeracy skills.

Introduction to Economics
This module provides an overview of both macro and micro economics, which forms a basis for studying Financial Management and Corporate Finance in Years Two and Three.

Computer Skills for Accountants
Here you will develop practical skills in Excel and Sage - the latter being the most popular small business accounting software in the UK.

Year two (Level 5)

Financial Accounting
This module follows on from Introduction to Financial Accounting in Year One, and aims to further develop both preparation and interpretation skills.

Management Accounting
Here you will gain a range of skills and techniques used by accountants every day in the workplace.

Financial Management
In this module, you will cover raising finance, investment appraisal, the cost of capital and dividend policy in large organisations.

This module deals with various taxes levied in the UK.

Auditing in Context
This is an introductory module, dealing mainly with external auditing in large companies.

Business and Corporate Law
Another introductory module, this provides potential accountants with background information on business and corporate law.

Year three (Level 6)

Financial Reporting
This module follows on from Financial Accounting in Year Two, teaching you to be more critical when considering financial statements.  By the end of this module, you will have a detailed knowledge and understanding of financial reporting and its limitations in a variety of unpredictable situations. You will be able to propose appropriate solutions to a wide range of financial accounting problems, understand the nature of the international standard-setting process for financial reporting, and focus in detail on the financial accounts for one major company. You will also gain a detailed understanding of how financial accounts are constructed.

Corporate Finance
This module focuses mainly on corporate financial matters that affect businesses externally, such as capital markets.  Here you will cover the function and purpose of corporate finance as it relates to the external environment.  You will explore: capital markets, sources of funds and market efficiency; business valuations and mergers and acquisitions; the management of risk, in particular foreign currency and interest rate risk; international investment; the theoretical arguments and models relating to risk and return, in particular portfolio theory and CAPM (Capital Asset Pricing Model).

Performance Management and Control
This is the final module covering management accounting, concentrating on more complex and advanced areas of the topic.  This module critically appraises the current theory and practice of management accounting. You will develop knowledge and skills in up-to-date methods of preparing, interpreting and evaluating information, as used by management in decision-making and control in a range of different organisations.

The Project
In this module, you will draw together all the knowledge you have gained from the degree and from areas of general interest. Your project must, however, have at least 40%  accounting/finance input. It will be an investigation of a problem or situation, with the object of collecting appropriate information, analysing it, arriving at logical conclusions and making recommendations. The main aim of this module is to enable you to use all the skills and knowledge you have learned during your time at university. It lets you study a subject in depth, demonstrate that you can work independently and, through research and other investigative methods, produce a coherent project.

Advanced Taxation
This picks up where Taxation finished in Year Two. By the end of this module, you will have a greater appreciation of the various taxes levied in this country.  In addition, it considers the theory behind taxation, offering an introduction to the basic concepts.

This module moves the subject on from Year Two, to a more advanced study of the theory and techniques.  This module covers conducting an audit and the function of limited assurance reviews. It also considers in detail the auditing standards and procedures applying to the main stages of a typical audit, and examines audit procedures from the perspective of internal review as well as external audit. You will apply the system-based approach, as modified by risk-based developments, to the evaluation and testing of internal controls within an accounting system, focusing on the sales and purchases cycles. You will then examine significant balance sheet areas, such as stock and debtors, with an emphasis on the overarching role of analytical procedures. This module also studies other types of, and approaches to, auditing by considering the audit of small companies, auditing in the public sector and the role of internal audit.

Financial Modelling
Popular with students who developed good Excel skills in Year One, this is a more advanced module, helping you gain advanced skills in financial analysis, such as cash budgets, cost-volume-profit analysis, investment appraisal, and loan repayments. The majority of the work is practical, and you will spend most of the class time using a computer.

International Business Finance
Here you can develop the skills you gained in Financial Management and Corporate Finance, now in an international setting.

Entry requirements

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

IB Points: 29
BTEC National Diploma: Merit, Merit and Pass
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


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Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Current scholarships include:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility for the scholarships and bursaries listed above.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

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UK and EU students

Apply for this course at when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

If the UCAS deadline has passed, you can apply through Clearing by calling our hotline on 0800 036 8888 (or +44 8231 2468). Clearing takes place over the summer months (July to September).

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International students

Apply at or complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form or you can download the print version.

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

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Career and study progression

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.