BSc Accounting and Finance |

University of Southampton
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About this course

Learn how to prepare and interpret financial and managerial information for a variety of users. You'll also gain a sound understanding of investment and finance. Our research-focused academics keep the course up to date with the latest financial, regulatory and accounting requirements and trends.

Your A level results will determine which core or compulsory modules you'll need to take. Please see the programme specification for the most up-to-date module lists.

This course is very flexible and can be tailored to your own interests and career plans. You could choose to learn more about international banking, or select modules in other areas of business and management such as marketing, human resources management, or project management.

With this course, you can:

  • benefit from direct contact with research-led academics who are experts in corporate governance, taxation, auditing, and financial accounting and reporting

  • gain a thorough grounding in management and financial accounting theory and practice

  • explore possible career paths by taking optional modules in a range of business and management topics

  • take a year on an industrial placement to improve your skills

  • benefit from our strong links with industry, including an opportunity to present an assignment to audit partners from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

  • attend guest lectures

  • gain accreditations that will enable you to apply for exemptions from professional exams

All of our Business courses include the option to spend a year studying abroad, at one of our partners in Europe, North America, Australia or Asia. It is a unique opportunity to experience another culture, improve your language skills and enhance your CV.

You'll graduate with a degree accredited by:

  • ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales)

  • ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)

  • CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)

  • AIA (Association of International Accountants)

  • AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)

Our graduates have gone on to work for leading banking and finance companies such as Deloitte and Barclays Capital.

Location and awarding body

Offers typically exclude General Studies The below subjects are considered as restricted. This means that we can accept one subject from the following list if combined with other academic subjects:Applied subjects Communication Studies World DevelopmentPlease note: Computing, Computer Studies, Product Design and Applied Business (single and double awards) are not considered to be restricted subjects

International Baccalaureate Diploma

International Baccalaureate Diploma additional information

Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.


DD in the Business BTEC Diploma plus A grade from one A-levelDDD in the Business BTEC Extended Diploma

BTEC additional information

Other qualifications

A-levels with Extended Project Qualification

If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A-level offer:ABB and grade A in the EPQ

A-levels contextual offer

Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows:ABB

International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP) offer

BTEC (RQF) (reformed)

DD in the Business BTEC National Diploma plus A from one A-levelDDD in the Business BTEC National Extended Diploma

Access to HE Diploma

60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 39 must be at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit

Access to HE Diploma additional information

Offers typically exclude Social Care/Healthcare pathways

Irish Leaving Certificate (first awarded 2017)

H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2

Irish Leaving Certificate (first awarded 2016)

A1, A1, A1, A1, A1, A2

Irish Leaving Certificate additional information

There are no additional requirements

Scottish Qualification offers

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement (PDF, 111.01 KB) for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Cambridge Pre-U

Cambridge Pre-U additional information

Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer

Welsh Baccalaureate


Welsh Baccalaureate additional information

European Baccalaureate

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 6/B *). * We can accept a grade 5 in GCSE mathematics if you achieve grade B in A level Maths, Physics, Economics, Geography, Psychology or Business

English language requirements

All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements.

Band C IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components

IELTS score requirements

Non-academic entry requirements

International qualifications

This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.

International Foundation Year for Law, Arts, Humanities, Business and Social Sciences

If you're an international student and don’t have the right qualifications for direct entry into this course, you may still be able to enrol by taking our International Foundation Year. This intensive, one-year course will give you the background skills and knowledge to enter into this undergraduate degree.

Contact us if you have a question about what qualifications you have or might need.

Other ways to qualify

You might meet our criteria in other ways if you do not have the qualifications we need. Find out more about:

  • our Access to Southampton scheme for students living permanently in the UK (including residential summer school, application support and scholarship)

  • skills you might have gained through work or other life experiences (otherwise known as recognition of prior learning)

Find out more about our Admissions Policy.

This course is made up of a combination of modules.

Compulsory modules will give you a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of management and financial accounting.

You can choose from a wide range of optional modules that cover topics from risk management to learning a language.

You do not need to select your modules when you apply. Your academic tutor will help you to customise your course.

Year 1

You'll study the fundamentals of management. You'll gain a vital understanding of the theories and techniques of successful management, and work as a team to develop and deliver a presentation.

Other key subjects include management accounting and financial management. Your optional modules cover management analysis and the foundations of business analytics.

Year 2

You'll gain a greater understanding of business essentials such as financial accounting, company law, portfolio theory, and the principles of audit and taxation.

You can choose from a wide range of module options including human resource management, digital marketing, and management ethics.

You'll also be able to broaden your studies by choosing:

Year 3

Your final-year dissertation is a chance for you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills by completing an extended piece of writing on an aspect of management you have researched yourself.

You'll also study further compulsory modules covering financial and management accounting.

Your optional module choices include strategic marketing, project management, and futures and options.

  • lectures

Support for your studies

How you’ll spend your study time

Your scheduled learning, teaching and independent study, year by year:

Year 1

How we’ll assess you

We’ll assess you using:

  • dissertations

Year 1


Most of our graduates go straight into professional roles within the finance and accounting sector. You'll graduate with the analytical and problem-solving skills needed for a wide range of financial careers. You could choose to become:

  • an auditor

  • Bank of China

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Like all our business school courses, this degree is also a good foundation for further study at postgraduate level.

The Business School and Southampton Law School run the Small Business Clinic which offers advice to those interested in starting their own venture. With input from local companies, it offers you training and the opportunity to work with a mentor from industry to test out your ideas and receive expert feedback.

Careers services at Southampton

We are a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:

  • work experience schemes

  • networking events

  • a wealth of volunteering opportunities

  • study abroad and summer school opportunities

We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture and our dedicated start-up supporter, Futureworlds, is open to every student.

UK/EU fees

You'll pay £9,250 in tuition fees for the academic year 2020 to 2021. This fee might change for further years of your course.

International student fees

What your fees pay for

Your tuition fees pay for the full cost of tuition and all examinations.

Find out how to:

  • Approved Calculators
  • Printing and Photocopying Costs

See the full list of extra items and costs in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window 2020 to 2021 (PDF, 322.76 KB).

Accommodation and living costs, such as travel and food, are not included in your tuition fees. Explore:

Bursaries, scholarships and other funding

If you're a UK or EU student and your household income is under £25,000 a year, you may be able to get a University of Southampton bursary to help with your living costs. Find out about bursaries and other funding we offer at Southampton.

If you're a care leaver or estranged from your parents, you may be able to get a specific bursary.

Scholarships and grants

You may be able to get a scholarship or grant that's linked to your chosen subject area.

We award scholarships and grants for travel, academic excellence, or to students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Support during your course

The Student Services Centre offers support and advice on money to students. You may be able to access our Student Support fund and other sources of financial support during your course.

Funding for international students

University life

The University offers a friendly, diverse and welcoming home for you while you study. You'll work, live and socialise with students from more than 130 countries.

Clubs, societies and facilities

  • a hairdresser

Our sports facilities include a 25-metre swimming pool, a gym with 140 fitness stations, squash courts, a bouldering wall, outdoor pitches and much more. There are over 80 sports clubs you could join, and activity classes including yoga and spin.

We have an internationally known theatre, concert hall, art gallery and cinema showing everything from mainstream blockbusters to international arthouse classics. You could perform at a gig, concert or show, take part in an exhibition or join a writers’ workshop. Find out more about arts and culture at Southampton.

Whatever your passion or community, you can find like-minded people at one of the Students’ Union clubs and societies. There are more than 200 to join, and social activities in every hall of residence.

Support while you study

We aim to help you deal with any problems you might come across, so you can make the most of your time at university. We offer support with:

  • mental health, learning difficulties and disability

  • money and accommodation

We will assess your application on the strength of your:

  • predicted grades
  • academic reference

We aim to respond to you within 2 to 6 weeks with a decision about your application.

We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.

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