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BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting

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Award: BSc (Hons)
Mode of Study: Full-time
Duration: 3 years or 4 with Foundation Year
Location: University of Bolton Manchester 
UCAS Points:
104 Points for 3 Year Degree, 48 points for Foundation Degree
Start Date:
September, January, May


The BSc (Hons) in Finance and Accounting offered by UoBM provides excellent exposure to the principles and practices of accounting and finance. It offers a strong foundation for a career, regardless of whether you choose to become a professional accountant, work in financial services or build a career in auditing. You can develop high-level technical knowledge and conceptual understanding of accounting and finance in business contexts while experiencing life in the multicultural heart of Manchester.

If you wish to pursue a specialist accounting interest and relate the course syllabus to professional body (ACCA) requirements, this course will support your ambition. Our expert team will guide you in developing core knowledge in critical areas such as financial auditing, reporting, and taxation. You'll also explore wider concepts for business management, including business economics, planning, strategy and performance.

During your studies, you'll learn the technical language and practices used in accountancy and finance and build sought-after skills such as communication, data analysis, time management, teamwork and problem-solving. We'll coach you in developing a wide range of high-level intellectual abilities, building your confidence in navigating people, analysing data and presenting reasoned arguments in a cross-cultural context. We'll also emphasise the social, political, ethical, technological, and environmental concerns in which business and the accountancy profession operate.

The degree is expertly structured to combine academic and practical areas of finance and accounting, giving you the tools to successfully navigate these essential areas of business, commerce and management. We also aim to help you develop lifelong learning skills so that you can take ownership of your professional development for the future, maximising your potential for success.

The final year dissertation allows you to combine your new skills with academic research. We'll guide you as you learn to apply your knowledge and prove your critical understanding of finance and accounting. By studying our BSc (Hons) in Finance and Accounting, you'll build essential knowledge and experience a range of opportunities that support you in developing the attitudes, abilities and competencies needed to launch your career in accounting and finance.

Throughout this degree, some key programme aims are:

  • Utilize UoBM's highly knowledgeable finance, accounting and business management lecturers who offer face-to-face sessions, online classes and one-to-one support, ensuring you can access help and advice when needed.
  • To build core academic and professional skills and explore key concepts in areas such as financial accounting; business planning, strategy and performance; financial management, reporting and auditing; economics, law and taxation for business.
  • The opportunity to undertake a major project in your final year that allows you to explore an area of professional interest in greater depth.
  • Learn from our highly experienced and enthusiastic lecturers who have worked in a wide variety of businesses ranging from multinational organisations to SMEs and offer face-to-face, online and one-to-one support.
  • Permit students to pursue a specialist accounting interest and to relate the syllabus to professional body (ACCA) requirements.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry Requirements 

The standard offer is 104 UCAS tariff points

Foundation Year Entry Requirements 

48 points for a Foundation Degree

Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent), including English and Mathematics.

English Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English and who have not previously studied in the UK are required to have IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.


This BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting degree provides a broad understanding of accounting and finance for the business and commercial world. During your studies, you'll develop a variety of technical and transferable skills that are sought after by a wide range of employers and organisations in the business sector and beyond. You'll build commercial awareness, learn how organisations manage their finances and gain high-level numerical and quantitative skills for understanding financial performance. 

As a graduate of this degree, you'll be attractive to employers from the public, private and voluntary sectors for a wide range of accounting, finance and business roles. Some typical employment opportunities include trainee company accountant, auditor or tax consultant.

You might seek work in fields such as banking, investment, insurance, retail or sales, and with government agencies such as HM Revenue and Customs. You could also apply for the graduate schemes offered by large multinational firms.

After graduation, you may pursue further study to develop more specialist expertise in accountancy or finance. You may focus on qualifying as a professional accountant with a professional body such as ACCA or study for a master's degree in a specialist field. Alternatively, you might seek a postgraduate qualification in another area of business management or related fields, such as data analysis. Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into various other careers.

Employment opportunities that might be available to Finance and Accounting graduates  include:

  • Chartered Accountant
  • Stockbroker
  • Actuary
  • Economist
  • Tax Adviser
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Accounting Technician
  • Company Secretary
  • Finance Officer

Structure and Content

Foundation Level

  • Communication Skills
  • Data Skills
  • Professional Development Skills
  • Research Skills

Year One

  • Academic and Professional Skills
  • Business Planning
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Business Environment 

Year Two

  • Financial Reporting for Business
  • Taxation for Business
  • Legal Aspects of Business
  • Managing Business Performance

Year Three

  • Financial Management in Organisation
  • Business Strategy
  • Undergraduate Major Project
  • Financial Auditing

Teaching and Assessment

We understand that our students' learning needs and preferred learning styles vary, so we use a range of learning and teaching methods, including online (where appropriate). Lectures introduce the core course content, while seminars allow you to explore subjects in greater detail. Tutorials offer space to ask questions, ensuring you understand the topics covered in the lectures and seminars. We use case studies and practical scenarios to help you learn to apply academic theory to real-life practical scenarios, allowing you to gain insights into contemporary practice in working accounting, finance and business environments. We'll also expect you to undertake considerable guided independent study, for instance, library research and background reading, preparing for seminar and tutorial activities, and working on assignments.

Guest lectures and presentations by visiting speakers from relevant employment areas will allow you to develop your knowledge and understanding further. You can expect time-constrained exams, essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, and others in terms of assessment. These contribute to your final module mark and demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes.

We also use other assessment forms to help you learn, provide feedback, and inform your development. These do not, however, count towards your final module mark.

Learning Activities 

Assessment Strategy

Assessment task are linked to the learning outcomes of each module and are completed before and after the end of the module. Module assessments are typically either coursework or examination or a combination of both. Other types of assessment may include in-class tests, coursework, assignments, major project, presentation or projects.

Assessment Methods

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Course Fees

EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on for information. 

For 2023-2024 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2023-2024 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Fees for this Course:

2023/24: £9,250
2024/25: £9,250
2025/26: £9,250
Total Fee: £27,750

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