The BSc Accounting and Finance 3-year programme is designed for individuals who wish to study an undergraduate degree but have non-standard academic qualifications.
Year one will follow the Foundation Pathway programme, and introduce students to key concepts and study skills. In years two and three students will build on these skills and enhance their knowledge, understanding and practice in core subjects. Throughout the three years a student will be equipped with the skills to reach their potential in academic studies.
Recent corporate scandals across the world have drawn attention to the importance of accountancy and finance. Our BSc Accounting and Finance Degree programme is designed to meet the demands of the 21st Century, but which still teach the underlying skills, make it an exciting time to be studying BSc 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).
Studying Accounting and Finance provides exemptions for further study with many professional institutions. Click on “After your Degree” for more information.
Applicants should have satisfactory completion of grade 12 plus GCSE English and Maths at Grade C / Grade 4, or above, plus evidence of genuine intellectual capacity. If your first language is not English, you will also need an IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component).
Please note that the first nine months of this programme constitute the Foundation stage. Students are expected to pass in all the Foundation modules with marks of 60% or more, in order to progress to the second year stage of the course.
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. Our UCAS code is B90.
The age range of our student body varies from 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.
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 contacted by skype, email or phone.
The Admissions Office 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.
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.
Full exemption from Certificate in Business Accounting:
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
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 University reserves the right to increase course fees annually in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering educational services. If the University intends to increase your course fees it will notify you via email of this as soon as reasonably practicable.
The following fee illustrations provide an insight into the cost savings which can be made by studying at the University of Buckingham.
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 University of Buckingham Bursary aims to support students on low incomes or from low income families. The bursary is worth £2000 per year and students receive this as a termly reduction in tuition fees (£500 reduction per term). Read about the eligibility criteria and how to apply.
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.
We welcome applications in two different ways – directly via our online application form or through UCAS.
Apply online via our course pages:
Most flexible option
Apply until shortly before the course starts
No application fees
You can apply to us as an extra option alongside your UCAS choices
You can apply directly through our website by clicking the ‘apply’ button at the top of the course page.
Apply via UCAS
You can easily make Buckingham one of your UCAS choices:
You can apply to up to 5 choices
The application and decision deadlines are set by UCAS
There is an application fee to UCAS
Our UCAS code is B90. The University will be attending lots of UCAS fairs throughout the year, take a look and see if we’ll be visiting a city near you.
If you’re interested in transferring to Buckingham from another university then please get in touch to talk through your options.
Help and support
If you need any help making your application or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch using the form below, or by phone on +44 (0)1280 820227. We are available between 09:00 and 17:00, Monday to Friday.