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N400 BSc Accounting and Finance (3 years)

Making it all add up. Learn how the skills of accountancy and finance are essential to any company or organisation.

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Southampton Business School has an international reputation for accounting and finance. Accountancy is concerned with the provision and analysis of information for a variety of purposes. These include regulation, resource allocation, and a range of other decision-making tasks, both within and outside an organisation. Finance addresses the ways in which money is raised and distributed over time, including the measurement and management of risk, the valuation of financial assets, and the operations of capital markets and their relationships with government, financial institutions and business.

These subjects are informed by a range of perspectives including those from economics, mathematics, behavioural and political science, psychology and sociology. The BSc Accounting and Finance will provide you with a thorough working knowledge of accounting and finance theory and methods in the context of social science. You will learn how to prepare and interpret financial and managerial information for a variety of users, as well as gaining an understanding of the theory and practice of investment and finance.

View the programme specification document for this course.

To Apply

All applications, whether UK, EU or overseas, must go through UCAS (The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Their address is: Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ, England. Applications should be made online via the UCAS website.

Programme Structure

The programme has a modular structure, consistent with other undergraduate degrees within Southampton Business School. You will study eight modules in each of the three years of the degree, divided equally between the semesters. Core modules run throughout the programme, but the number of optional modules you can take will increase as you progress through the course. You will select optional modules from an approved list. In the final year of the programme, you will submit a double-weighted research project that gives you scope for investigating, in depth, an accounting, finance or management topic (broadly defined) of personal interest.

Programme Director

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“I’ve had the pleasure of presenting in front of PwC as part of the financial challenge in the Financial Accounting 2 module. I’ve also been elected as the Business School Academic President.”

Alexander Howard - BSc Accounting and Finance

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSESouthampton Business School requires all applicants to achieve at least a Grade 4 in English and Grade 6 in Mathematics GCSEs (taken in England) or a Grade C in English and B in Mathematics (where taken in Northern Ireland or Wales). If you are taking an alternative Mathematics qualification please contact our admissions team via
A Levels:
GCE A-level



ABB with A in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

General Studies is not accepted.

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
Art: including Design, Fine Art, Photography, Textiles
Communication Studies
Creative Media
Creative Writing
Critical Thinking
Film Studies
Health & Social Care
Home Economics
Hospitality and Supervision
Leisure Studies
Media Studies
Music Technology
Outdoor Education
Performing Arts
Public Services
Sports Studies/Science
Theatre Studies
Travel & Tourism

Please note: Computing, Computer Studies, Product Design and Applied Business (single and double awards) are not considered to be restricted subjects.


International Baccalaureate34 points, 17 at higher level
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

If you are studying a Level 3 BTEC or OCR Cambridge qualification in Business then this can be accepted. However, if another subject area is being studied we would advise you to check with us prior to applying to ensure this is acceptable.

Contextual Offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is ABB from three A levels or the equivalent from alternative qualifications (the restricted subjects above will still apply).

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

International Foundation programmes

We welcome applications from overseas students offering foundation programmes with a substantial amount of academic study. Less than half the programme should be English language tuition and you will be expected to reach a high standard in your programme comparable to our A level requirements. For more details on the suitability of you programme please contact the Admissions Team at

Other qualifications

We welcome students with other qualifications eg European or Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and Irish Leaving Certificates. You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to the A level applicant.

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Full details can be found in the University’s Policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning. If you think this may apply to you, please contact the Faculty's Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Mature applicants

Age 21 and over: recent evidence of study in last two/three years - applicant could be interviewed.

Qualifications from other countries

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Language requirements

In accordance with University regulations, applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of competency in English by offering one of the recognised tests in English. Alternatively, you should supply evidence that you have undertaken formal study in English at an institution that teaches award-bearing programmes in English.

The following test scores are accepted for direct entry:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all bands

For a complete list of the other English language qualifications accepted click here.

Test results should be less than two years old at the time of expected registration at the University of Southampton and must be verified before admission. 

If you do not meet the University’s English language entry requirements for direct entry onto our BSc programmes, you may be eligible to study on one of the University’s pre-sessional English language courses. For further information on these pre-sessional programmes, please visit the Centre for Language Studies website.

Selection process:

Your application will be carefully considered and we will weigh up many factors – not only your academic achievements, interests and aptitudes, but also your motivation and your academic reference.

We make our decisions in most cases on the UCAS form alone. Candidates who require special consideration (eg on grounds of age, disability or non-standard entry qualifications) may be invited for an interview.

International Foundation Year

International students who do not currently meet our entry requirements may be able to join this course on successful completion of our International Foundation Year. For more information visit the International Foundation Year course page.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

Four modules must be taken each semester. To progress to the second year and again to the third year, you are required to pass (40%) at least six modules including all core modules and achieve at least 25% in all eight modules plus obtain an average mark of at least 40%.

In calculating the overall degree result, the weighting of second year modules to third year modules is 1:2.

In year 1 there are three optional modules from the Business School, a language or other approved subjects.

In year 2 there is one option - from either the Business School or a language.

In year 3, the final year of the BSc Accounting and Finance programme, there are three optional modules from the Business School. In this year you will submit a double-weighted project (a dissertation).

You must choose at least ONE Economics module. ECON1001, ECON1002 and ECON1003 can only be taken if you have A level Mathematics at grade C or higher. If you do not have A level Mathematics at grade C or above you will have to take ECON1009 Economics for Non-Economists.

Year 1

If you do not have A-level Mathematics at grade C or equivalent you must choose ONE Option Module [15 CATS/7.5 ECTS] in Semester 1, and TWO Option Modules [30 CATS/ 15 ECTS] in Semester 2.

You may also choose from the option module section if you have A Level Mathematics at grade C or equivalent.

Semester One
Financial Accounting 1

Choose MANG1007 if no A level Mathematics

Choose MANG1019 if you have A level Mathematics. Note: Students who do not have A level Mathematics but are confident in maths may select MANG1019


Ideas that Shaped the Business World 1: Government and Society
Introduction to English Legal System Part 1

LANGXX15 A Language Module

Foundations of Microeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics

Please choose ECON1001 if you do not have A Level Economics. Please choose ECON1003 if you do have A Level Economics

Semester Two
Management Accounting 1
Principles of Macroeconomics
Introduction to Economics For Non-Economists

You must choose ECON1002 if you have A level Maths at grade C or equivalent. You must choose ECON1009 if you do not have A level Maths at grade C or equivalent

You should choose one further optional module from MANG1021 MANG1022, MANG1013, MANG1008, LAWS1011 and LANGXX15

Managerial Decisions
Introduction to English Legal System 2

LANGXX15 A Language Module

Year 3

You must choose TWO Option Modules from Semester 1 and TWO Option Modules from Semester 2. 

At least TWO of the modules must be chosen from MANG3015, MANG3065, MANG3030, MANG3076, MANG3009, MANG3020, MANG3021 over Semesters 1 and 2.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However, due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items (eg pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
Printing and copyingIn most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects or dissertations are submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student. The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student. Find out more about University printing costs at:
OtherApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

The anticipated destination of students in this programme is management roles in a wide range of private, public and third sector organisations (including social enterprises), particularly the most innovative students. A small number may form their own businesses on graduation, or within a few years of graduating.

The intent of the BSc Accounting and Finance is not to encourage too-early business formation, but to develop wider enterprise competencies that will enable employability in a range of organisations. Understanding better quality venture creation should be the result for students who choose this path.

Southampton has an enviable record for producing high-calibre graduates who move quickly into good careers soon after finishing their studies. The latest survey of Business graduates showed that 89% were employed or undertaking further study six months after graduating.

Employers value the quality of our programmes and recognise the skills of our graduates. Many of our graduates go on to professional training and graduate management schemes while others begin careers in management, accounting, finance or banking.

Learning & Assessment

Our aim on the BSc Accounting and Finance degree is to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to the main subjects you are studying, together with a capacity for critical and evaluative thinking. To achieve this we aim to offer a stimulating, challenging but supportive learning environment for our students, and to encourage autonomous learning.

On successful completion of your degree, you should be able to demonstrate that these aims have been fulfilled and that you are also proficient in relevant key skills, including problem solving, communication and teamwork.

How will you learn?

Your understanding of the subjects covered and your ability to use the knowledge and skills gained will be enhanced through a variety of methods and strategies. Some of the key learning approaches that you will experience include:

Group work
For example, in your first year you will be expected to complete small class-based activities in groups of four to seven people which could lead to a short group presentation on a specific task. In year two the group work could be focused on a larger presentation or a group written assignment that would be assessed as part of the unit. In year three you could be asked to complete a significant business report based on a case study that has been developed by your group.

Group work provides you with the opportunity to meet and learn to work with many different people through these activities. This is recognised as vital in your development when looking forward to a management role in your future career.

Case studies
Throughout the BSc Accounting and Finance degree programme you will be presented with many different business case studies that reflect the reality of decision-making and problem-solving activities in today’s business environment. The case studies are selected to reflect the specific needs of your programme, for example a case study on human resource issues will be used when working on ‘The individual and organisation’ year one unit.

Learning alongside other students
This will involve you being part of a unit that could have up to 180 or more fellow students. You will learn how to manage large group lectures through being encouraged to try a range of strategies for example, being provided with some pre-lecture reading or lecture notes, often available on the web, or learning to take targeted notes. In this environment you may be given the opportunity to discuss a specific problem or complete a task in small groups.

You will also be timetabled to meet in a group of about 20–25 students with a teacher for classes/seminars that are designed to follow up the large group lectures. It is in these smaller groups that you will be set tasks, exercises, problem-solving activities or laboratory work.

These are just a few examples of how you will learn in the School, but perhaps the most significant point to remember is that you are a key resource who brings with you a wealth of knowledge and understanding. We try to encourage you to develop and extend your existing abilities so that you will value what and how you learn, continuing this into your working life.

How is your learning structured?
Teaching on the BSC Accounting and Finance is based on a system of two 12-week semesters over three terms followed by examinations at the end of each semester. You will usually study four units in each semester, a total of eight units per year.

Teaching is generally by lectures and small group classes, but you may also be involved in workshops and case study classes. Most units have two lectures per week and one class/seminar per week or fortnight. You will, therefore, have approximately 12 hours of taught contact time per week. However, you are expected to do at least another 28 hours of private study per week.

Examinations and assessment
The majority of units are formally examined either with or without an element of assessed course work. You must pass the first year examinations (Part 1) in order to proceed to the second year. The results of your second and third year examinations or assessments (Part 2) are amalgamated to form your final degree.

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