Recent corporate scandals across the world have drawn attention to the importance of accountancy and finance. Degree programmes designed to meet the demands of the 21st Century, but which still teach the underlying skills, make it an exciting time to be studying accounting and finance at Buckingham.
The flagship Accounting and Finance programme (previously known as Accounting and Financial Management) provides an academically rigorous study of the principal accounting and finance disciplines. It also has a strong vocational orientation, providing significant exemptions from the examinations of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). The combination of a fast-track 2-year programme and the number of exemptions attained makes Buckingham Business School a very attractive option to the Accounting and Finance student.
Studying Accounting and Finance provides exemptions for further study with many professional institutions. Click on “After your Degree” for more information.
The A-level (or equivalent) requirements for this course are shown in the silver box (above). Applicants must also have GCSE English and Maths at Grade C / Grade 4, or above (or equivalent). If you do not meet our minimum requirements at A-level you may be considered for our Foundation Pathway, depending on grades.
Applicants with no previous knowledge of the chosen language must begin in September for a fast-track induction programme.
All of our undergraduate programmes operate a flexible entry process, and the Admissions Tutor is happy to consider entrants from all backgrounds with slightly lower qualifications, if they are able to demonstrate an alternative eligibility for the course. This may be in the form of relevant work experience, keen aptitude and a passion for the subject, or unlocked potential that you feel can be discovered through your studies at Buckingham. If you are uncertain whether you will be eligible to apply for this course, please contact the Admissions Team.
You may apply either through the national UCAS university admissions system, or at any time directly to the University using our own online application form.
Because of our two-year degree we find that the age range of our student body varies between those who have recently completed A-levels (or equivalent) to more mature students. Age is no barrier to learning and we welcome all applications from suitably qualified students.
We are happy to consider all international applications and if you are an international student, you may find it useful to visit our international pages for details of entry requirements from your home country.
The University is a UKVI Tier 4 Sponsor.
If English is not your first language, please check our undergraduate English language requirements. If your English levels don’t meet our minimum requirements, you may be interested in applying for our Pre-sessional English Language Foundation Programmes.
Wherever possible, you will be invited to the University to meet the Admissions Tutor for an informal interview and to have a tour of our campus. If you are an international applicant, it may not be possible for you to visit in person, so if the Admissions Tutor has any queries about your application you may be conducted by skype, email or phone.
The Admissions Team for Business would be happy to answer any questions you may have:
Terms and conditions for prospective students
When you are offered a place at the University you will be notified of the terms and conditions between the University and students on our courses of study. When you accept an offer of a place on the course at the University a legal contract is formed between you and the University on the basis of the terms and conditions outlined in your offer letter. Your offer letter and the terms and conditions contain important information which you should read carefully before accepting any offer. Read the admissions terms and conditions > >
We offer high quality, traditional Oxbridge-style teaching, which leads to our degrees being recognised around the world. The standards of degrees and awards are safeguarded by distinguished external examiners – senior academic staff from other universities in the UK – who approve and moderate assessed work.
High calibre staff
Most of our academic staff teach for three terms out of four, with the remaining term used for research. Because of this, we have no difficulty in attracting high calibre, highly respected lecturers, many of whom also have a background in business or industry and can offer networking opportunities for students.
Teaching is carried out through a combination of lectures supported by seminars and tutorials. A key feature of the Buckingham teaching method is the use of small tutorial groups which provide the most effective means of ensuring that the students benefit from the academic expertise at their disposal. It is also the philosophy of Buckingham’s faculty to be available to students outside the scheduled tutorial times and to encourage good working relationships between staff and students.
The assessment of individual modules within each course varies according to the subject. Assessment is usually by examination, assessed coursework, or a combination of the two. Please check module information for more details.
Preparation for work
All our degree courses combine academic challenge with the transferable skills that will stand you in good stead for future employment. Many of our more vocationally-focused degrees offer the opportunity of work placements and experience in industry.
Our graduates have gone on to further study at most of the world’s leading universities, including Harvard, London, Oxford and Cambridge and secured jobs in senior positions around the world. Among our alumni we have a graduate who became the head of his country’s civil service and one who became a leading Formula One motor-racing driver. Another secured a position as the Minister of Sabah and one female law graduate became the first British lawyer to become a French Advocate.
While the Accounting and Finance degree programme provides a platform for a career in accounting and finance, it also serves as a basis for a career in general management, banking, financial services and consultancy (for which a solid grounding in accounting and finance is increasingly recognised as desirable). Graduates wishing to become professional accountants can ‘fast-track’ the completion of the relevant professional qualification. Those wishing to use accounting and finance training for wider management may wish to pursue our Master’s Programme in Accounting and Finance, thus gaining an honours degree and master’s degree in just three years.
Students who have successfully completed the BSc (Hons) Accounting and Financial Programme are eligible to apply for exemptions from many accounting professional bodies.
F1 Accountant in Business
F2 Management Accounting
F3 Financial Accounting
F4 Corporate and Business Law
In addition, the papers listed below will be exempted on the basis of the corresponding accredited modules.
F6 Taxation on the basis of Taxation A & B
F7 Financial Reporting on the basis of Financial Reporting
C01 Fundamentals of Management Accounting
Required module: Introduction to Management Accounting
C02 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
Required module: Introduction to Financial Accounting
C03 Fundamentals of Business Mathematics
Required modules: Quantitative Methods 1 AND Quantitative Methods 2
C04 Fundamentals of Business Economics
Required module: The Economic Environment of Business
C05 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law
Required modules: Introduction to Business AND Introduction to Management AND Corporate and Business Law AND Introduction to Marketing
CIMA Professional qualification, Operational level:
P1 Management Accounting
Required modules: Introduction to Management Accounting AND Management Accounting
F1 Financial Operations and Taxation
Required modules (only available to Single Honours Accounting and Financial Management students): Financial Accounting AND Financial Reporting AND Financial Management AND Taxation A AND Taxation B
- IT and Business Processes on the basis of BIS 1 and BIS2
- Economics and Markets on the basis of The Economic Environment of Business, Quantitative Methods 1 AND Quantitative Methods 2
- Foundations of Accounting on the basis of Introduction to Financial Accounting AND Financial Accounting
- Fundamentals of Business Law on the basis of Corporate and Business Law
- Business Finance on the basis of Financial Management
- Financial Accounting and Reporting on the basis of Introduction to Financial Accounting, Financial Accounting, Financial Reporting, Taxation A AND Taxation B
- Management Accounting on the basis of Introduction to Management Accounting AND Management Accounting
- Accounting Concepts and Principles on the basis of Financial Reporting and Auditing
Please contact the Business School directly to discuss ICAEW exemptions.
Have you thought about a career in management accounting? Management accounting is a great career path for anyone interested in business and finance, and can lead you on to a salary in the region of £100-150,000 in senior roles. And thanks to the CIMA and CGMA qualifications, you can work anywhere in the world, making this a great career for any driven and determined graduate who wants to explore and travel the world as well as earn a great income! If you’re looking to travel, develop strong leadership skills, and fast-track your way to a senior finance related role, then read on!
What our students and alumni say
“After first studying Taxation at Buckingham I became interested in the area, I find it quite challenging and never boring. There is always something new to be learnt with the ever changing tax legislation. Since joining TPC, I have gained hands-on experience with many different tax issues, and I have also worked with many clients and tax professionals in the process. A wide variety of opportunities have been made available to me such as the tax training. I have successfully completed my Association of Taxation Technician (ATT) exams within a year, and I am currently studying for the Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA) exams, which are all funded by the firm. Success in these exams not only enables me to gain professional qualifications, but they also equip me with the necessary skills to become a competent tax adviser. Buckingham enabled me to gain knowledge and now I am applying it outside of the classroom.”
Accounting and Financial Management, 2009
“Doing an Accounting and Financial Management degree at Buckingham offered me the ability to understand the rules and principals in creating and presenting of financial information for a UK and Global perspective. Through the professional abilities of the lecturers and the personal tutorials available, I was capable of leaving the university with a good understanding of the subject. Unlike public university, Buckingham is provided with a student support division which can be used to help resolve any problems or difficulties which may be encountered, whilst also assist students who may have any disabilities whilst providing assistance for studying. The degree enabled me to operate in a wide range of fields in any business environment, and allow me to enhance my skills for the job market.”
Accounting and Financial Management, 2008
The following fee illustrations provide an insight into the cost savings which can be made by studying at the University of Buckingham.
You may also find it useful to visit the following fee related information on our site:
Students who graduate from the University and plan to continue their studies with a postgraduate degree at Buckingham can benefit from a very generous automatic discount on their fees:
- 33%, those with a first class honours degree from Buckingham
- 25%, those with a Second Class Honours, Upper Division (2:1) degree from Buckingham
The following automatic awards are available to undergraduate Home students:
- High Achiever Scholarship
We offer a reduction of £2,000 on your tuition fees if you achieve AAB or above in your A levels (or equivalent) excluding General Studies. This scholarship is dependent on your making Buckingham your firm choice. It will be reviewed after your preliminary and subsequent examinations and will continue if your average mark is in the upper second or first class.
- Five Counties Scholarship
If you live in Buckinghamshire (including Milton Keynes), Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire or Oxfordshire, you will be entitled to a local scholarship of £2,000 per annum providing you meet the conditions of your offer. This scholarship is dependent on your making Buckingham your firm choice. You are not eligible for this award if you hold another scholarship from the University.
- Buckingham Bursaries
If, when you join the University, you are in receipt of a Maintenance Loan of £5,000 or more from Student Finance, you will receive a further bursary of £1,100 towards your tuition fees. This bursary may not be held with any other scholarship from the University (please note that because of the significant increase in the Five Counties Scholarship, this bursary is no longer awarded in addition).
An International Law Scholarship, worth up to 25% of the LLB international fees is available through our Law School.
Details of other scholarships can be found on our main Bursaries and Scholarships page.
We guarantee on-campus accommodation to all new students for their first four terms of study, as long as it is booked and paid for in good time, so you’re assured of a safe and secure home from home when you arrive at the University. Most new students choose this option.
Living on campus enables you to become involved in University activities, make friends, and integrate with the University community. For some of you this will be your first time in the UK; for others it will be the first time living away from home – and independence brings its challenges as well as its excitements. Whatever your circumstances, we know how important it is for you to feel comfortable in your accommodation.
All our study bedrooms are fully furnished, centrally heated, and connected to the internet. With few exceptions they have a wash basin and small refrigerator. We have a large number of ensuite rooms, and are upgrading more rooms each year. There are shared kitchens for when you wish to cook for yourself.
Find out more
We recommend that all prospective students visit our campus if they are able to, and campus tours include a typical student room. Arrange a tour via your Admissions Officer.