University of Birmingham Accounting and Finance

University of Birmingham Accounting and Finance

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University of Birmingham Accounting and Finance

This three-year programme is designed to equip you for a successful career in the accountancy profession or financial sector, or for a financial role in industry or government. Highly sought after by diverse employers around the world, we’re proud of our graduates who go onto become accountants, auditors, tax specialists, financial analysts, fund managers, traders, brokers and investment researchers.

Course details

First year

When you arrive in the Department of Accounting and Finance you will be allocated a personal tutor who will guide you through the three year course. As part of your first year of study, you will complete 7 core modules as well as having the opportunity to study two modules outside of accounting and finance.

You will also participate in the professional skills module which involves a trip to our activity centre at Coniston in the Lake District. This unique activity provides an outward bound experience where you will face challenges with other students on the Accounting and Finance course, allowing you to develop key teamworking, leadership and presentation skills which you will build on throughout your degree in preparation for your future career.

Second year

During the second year you will build on the knowledge gained in year one by taking 9 intermediate modules. During this year will notice a focus on employability through a range of department organised events designed to help you secure a graduate position at the end of your degree.

Third year

During your final year you will study 5 core modules and up to 3 optional modules. The modules you take in the third year are designed to bring your Accounting and Finance knowledge to a managerial level, equipping you with the tools you need to be successful at a senior level within the accounting and finance sector.

You are also able to take advantage of a unique opportunity by taking part in our Professional Development module which allows you to complete an internship and you are assessed by written assignments as part of your degree.

Professional qualification exemptions and accreditation

The BSc Accounting and Finance course offers several exam exemptions from professional Accounting and Finance qualifications:

This Accounting and Finance course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Depending on the modules you study over the course of the degree and the results you obtain, you could secure exemptions from the ACCA exams, completion of which is required to become a chartered qualified accountant.

On successful completion of the Accounting and Finance course you may be eligible for exemptions from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) professional exams which need to be completed to gain chartered management accountant status.

In order to become a Chartered Accountant you need to complete some professional exams set by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). On completion of the Accounting and Finance course depending on the modules you have studied and your performance you may qualify for exemptions.

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) has awarded the Department of Accounting and Finance the title of ‘Centre for excellence in Finance teaching’. We are also one of the only universities in the UK where depending on the optional modules you take, you could be awarded a CISI diploma in investor advice on completion of your degree. This can then be used to obtain FSA approved person status making you employer-ready in the city.

The BSc Accounting & Finance programme has recieved accreditation from CPA Australia. To become a CPA, you will also need to satisfy CPA Australia’s required knowledge areas and, have successfully completed the CPA Program examinations and the practical experience requirement.