BSc Accounting and Finance with Professional Placement

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Application method Entry by transfer from LN14, NN34, NN42 or NN43
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus, Placements
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course

About BSc Accounting and Finance with Professional Placement

This four-year course involves three years (1, 2 and 4) of study at the University of Bristol plus a one-year professional placement (year 3). Your placement will be in a financial environment, perhaps in an accounting firm or in the finance team of an organisation in another industry or the not-for-profit sector. This placement year will enhance your understanding of the areas of Accounting and Finance encountered in your studies, as well as helping you to take on responsibility within a team and to develop an understanding of how organisations operate. You will have the opportunity, within the placement, to complete the first stage of the professional accounting examinations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales - although you will be able to get some exemptions from those exams anyway, on the basis of what you learn during the "study" years of your degree.

Rather than applying to this degree directly, you would initially apply to one of our other Accounting degrees such as BSc Accounting and Finance. Once you have joined us, you can register your interest to add a professional placement. We will then allocate placement opportunities to the best students, on the basis of first-year examination results.

More about Accounting and Finance

Find out more about studying Accounting and Finance at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

You will join this course by transfer from one of our other Accounting degrees, after the first year.

Second year

You will take the following core units:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Applied Quantitative Research Methods

as well as some options (usually two). Popular units available in 2015/16 included options which gave exemptions from professional examinations:

  • Taxation
  • Foundations of Business Law

options in related fields such as Economics and Management:

  • Growth and Development
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Intermediate Economics 1
  • International Business Management
  • Management Science
  • Marketing
  • Project Management

and options in unrelated disciplines, for students who wished to broaden their educational experience:

  • Chinese
  • Classics of European Cinema
  • French
  • Galaxies and the Universe
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Third year

Your third year will be spent on a professional placement at an organisation which is registered with ICAEW as an approved training provider.

Fourth year

You will take the following core units:

  • Financial Reporting
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Financial Markets
  • Advanced Corporate Finance

as well as some options from the School of Economics, Finance and Management (usually three). Popular options available in 2015/16 included:

  • Auditing
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Financial Crises
  • International Economics
  • International Finance
  • Operations Management
  • Portfolio Management

Typical offer for BSc Accounting and Finance with Professional Placement - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAA or A*AB, including Mathematics at grade A
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB or A*AB, including Mathematics at grade A
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 including 18 at Higher Level, with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics or 7 in Standard Level Mathematics (not Math Studies)
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
35 including 17 at Higher Level, with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics or 7 in Standard Level Mathematics (not Math Studies)
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. A minimum of 15 credits in Maths are required with (9 or 12) of these, including Further Calculus, at Distinction.
BTEC offer DDD with Distinction in both Mathematics for Engineering Technicians and Further Mathematics for Technicians; or DDD plus grade A in A-level Mathematics
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAB and AH: AA including Mathematics
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer85% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Considered

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application

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Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admission contact our Enquiries Team:
Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649


This course is recognised by the following organisations:

The Association of International Accountants (AIA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.

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