University of East London

BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance

One of only a few courses in London accredited by six accountancy bodies, this course provides exam exemptions from ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, AIA, CPA Australia and IFA (provided you select the corresponding option modules) and will fast-track you on a path to becoming a qualified accountant. With this qualification you can enter a career across several industries, businesses and organisations in the private, public or voluntary sectors. 

Gain employment in the financial services industry with a solid understanding and thorough overview of financial markets, financial reporting requirements and the regulatory framework for accounting. Benefit from core accounting disciplines with a heavy emphasis on preparation for the world of work. 

Entry Requirements


112 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 26 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

AAT Qualifications

Can accept AAT NVQ L3 and AAT L3 Dip in Accounting (QCF). AAT Level 4 acceptable for year 2 entry. 

English Language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. 

Alternative GCSE Qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy.

Career Prospects

A UEL degree in accounting and finance will leave you in an excellent position to gain work in a variety of business sectors.

Some students choose to continue their studies with a relevant postgraduate degree, such as the MSc International Accounting & Finance, MSc Professional Accounting, MSc Financial Management or MSc Risk Management. Please note that we also offer an integrated Master's version of this course - MAccFin (Hons) Accounting and Finance.

Others obtain employment and go on to achieve their ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, CPA Australia, IFA or AIA qualifications while working.

The kind of roles that you can expect to be open to you after graduation include:

  • Financial accountant
  • Management accountant
  • Budget controller
  • Tax advisor
  • Internal or external auditor.

In addition to large accounting and consultancy firms, other financial services institutions such as banks, building societies and insurance companies are in the market for well-qualified, ambitious accounting and finance graduates.

This degree will also leave you well placed to find employment in any other commercial sector, from retail and manufacturing to pharmaceuticals and utilities. You could also work for a charity or in the public sector.

If you'd like to start your own business, you can make use of the incubation space in our Business Centre, providing office accommodation, IT and access to business advisers and mentors.

Whatever path you take, our Careers and Student Employability team will provide practical help – and you can use their services even after you've graduated.

We also run a dedicated employability programme for business and law students, called Employ. It includes employability workshops, skills training sessions, guest speaker events, voluntary work, student ambassador roles and work experience opportunities.

Course Details

From day one, you'll develop the theoretical and practical skills needed to succeed as an accountant or finance professional. An interest in news and current affairs will be an asset as you'll examine and debate current financial issues in light of what you learn.

Throughout the course you'll learn about financial and management accounting and the business and regulatory environment in which businesses operate. You'll also learn about financial management and the role of the financial markets and key financial institutions.

A major part of the course involves developing relevant practical skills to prepare you for employment. For example, you'll learn how to:

  • Manipulate, analyse and interpret financial and non-financial data.
  • Prepare financial reports.
  • Apply accounting principles and techniques to a range of business problems.
  • Use industry-standard software.

You'll also learn how to appraise evidence, present and communicate clearly, work in a team and conduct independent research when required, such as when preparing a final-year project on a topic of your choice.

Year 1

Developing Academic Skills
Developing Academic Literacy
Mental Wealth: Employability in a Changing World
Inside Business
The Global Business Enterprise
Connecting to Business and Employment through Volunteering

Year 2


Mental Wealth 2: Graduate Employment Competencies
Intermediate Financial Reporting
Financial Management
Performance Management Accounting
Accounting and Tax Clinic



Optional Placement

This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge.
The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

Year 3


Mental Wealth 3: Global Enterprise and Consultancy Practice
Advanced Financial Reporting
Corporate Finance
Strategic Management Accounting
Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics



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