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.
All applications, whether UK, EU or overseas, must go through UCAS (The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Its address is: Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ, England. Applications should be made online via the UCAS website.
Typical entry requirements
|GCSE||GCSE Mathematics minimum grade B and GCSE English Language minimum grade C or equivalent. If you are taking an alternative Mathematics GCSE please contact our admissions team via ugapply.FBL@southampton.ac.uk.|
AAB or ABB with A in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
Most subjects are acceptable with the exception of General Studies.
The School has a list of restricted subjects and one subject on the following list can be accepted if combined with other academic subjects:
- Applied subjects (single Applied Business & Double Applied Business are acceptable)
- Art: including Design, Fine Art, Photography, Textiles (Product Design is acceptable)
- Communication Studies
- Creative Media
- Creative Writing
- Critical Thinking
- Film Studies
- Health & Social Care
- Home Economics
- Hospitality and Supervision
- ICT/IT (excludes Computing & Computer Studies)
- Leisure Studies
- Media Studies
- Music Technology
- Outdoor Education
- Performing Arts
- Public Services
- Sports Studies/Science
- Theatre Studies
- Travel & Tourism
|International Baccalaureate||34 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. A level Restricted Subjects list also applies to BTEC/OCR Cambridge Qualifications.
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 UGapply.FBL@southampton.ac.uk.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Southampton 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, 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.
If you do not have A level Mathmeatics 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.
This compulsory year will be spent on an approved industrial placement in a business organisation. Students must pass this year according to the University's requirements. You will be provided with an Industrial Placement Handbook, which will detail the full regulations regarding the placement.
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
View the full list of course 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.
Explore funding opportunities
Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your
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.
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
|Books||Where 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.|
|Stationery||You 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
|Printing and copying||In 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: www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing |
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.|
Student will be expected to cover travel and accommodation costs (including the costs of travelling to interviews, which some employers may reimburse).
If you choose to take a placement outside of the UK, you will need to pay for adequate insurance to cover both your travel and your work on placement.
If you choose to take a placement outside of the UK, you will need to pay for adequate medical insurance cover.
If you choose to take a placement outside of the UK you may need to pay for immunisations and vaccinations.
Disclosure and Barring Certificates or Clearance
For certain placements, your employer may request you undergo a Disclosure and Barring check. Your employer may or may not pay for this.|
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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.