UWE Bristol - BA Hons Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year

UWE Bristol

BA Hons Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year

This applied and future-focused course balances knowledge and skills in accounting with applied understanding of finance, giving access to a wide range of financial careers. You will also gain some exemptions from professional accounting examinations.

Why study accounting and finance?

Sound financial decisions are at the core of every successful business, so demand for financially skilled and knowledgeable graduates is always high.

This BA(Hons) Accounting and Finance will provide you with the key knowledge and skills to access a wide range of career opportunities, as well as a variety of specialist options.

Why UWE Bristol?

Your learning will be driven by real-world practice and current market innovations, giving you an excellent foundation for your future career. You'll develop technical skills in key aspects of accounting and finance, and practice applying these in authentic contexts.You'll gain core professional skills in sessions led by employers drawn from our strong business partnerships.

Based in our Bristol Business School, you'll benefit from purpose-built facilities, including interactive learning rooms and spaces for individual and group study. The Academic Success Centre will support your academic skills development at every stage of your course.

In our Bloomberg Trading Suite, you will explore and apply real-time financial data, and can gain the industry-recognised Bloomberg Certificate.

You can develop your entrepreneurial skills though the University enterprise competitions and Grand Challenge projects. Join a Business Clinic team and gain experience of providing pro-bono advice to small businesses and voluntary organisations.

This course shares a first year with our BSc(Hons) Accounting and BA(Hons) Accounting and Management, with full transferability between courses at the end of the first year.

Where can it take me?

As a graduate with skills in accounting and broader areas of finance, you could pursue professional qualification or enter a wide range of careers in areas such as financial management, investment and business development.

You could choose to become an investment analyst, broker, portfolio manager, financial consultant or credit manager.

Or you may take the entrepreneurial route, and use your skills to develop financial innovations or digital technologies. The opportunities are many and varied.

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component 
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.

Career Prospects

There is high demand for graduates who understand finance and the role of strategic financial decision making in business success. This gives you a competitive place in the jobs market and opens up many career options.

This course makes an ideal launch pad for careers in investment, accountancy, banking, personal and corporate finance, in both private and public sector organisations.

Our students go on to financial roles in a wide range of sectors, working in  global investment houses and accounting firms, banks, stockbrokers, and major companies, as well as SMEs and business start-ups . 

Through the range of option pathways, you can gain specialist knowledge in areas such as private wealth management, corporate governance and credit management, further broadening your career choices.   

Recent graduates have secured roles with PWC, Ernst and Young, Hargreaves Lansdown, HSBC, Airbus, Lloyds Banking Group, Amazon and Intel.

Course Details

Year 0 foundation Year

Becoming a Professional
Introduction to Organisations, Enterprise and Management
Economics and Accounting for the Real World
Introduction to Law in a Social, Business and Global Context.

Year 1

Foundations of Financial Accounting
Introduction to Management Accounting
Economic Principles in CC
Essential Information Skills
Introduction to Managerial Finance
Statistics and Data Management
Professional Development for Accounting and Finance
Business Law.

Year 2

Financial Accounting
Management Accounting and Decision Making
Corporate Finance
Governance and Taxation
Financial Accounting and Reporting
Applied Research Skills for AF.
Optional modules

Market Analysis for Private Investors
Credit Management: Theory and Practice
Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Personal Financial Planning
Entrepreneurial Finance.

Final Year

Strategic Project
Financial Management
Business Strategy and Technology
Work Integrated Learning or Cross Cultural Learning and Development or Placement Learning. optional modules

Corporate Reporting Theory and Practice
Strategic Management Accounting
International Financial Management
Islamic Banking and Finance
Financial Crime
Investment Management
Credit Risk Analysis and Management
Financial Technology.

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