Accounting, BSc, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you are interested in learning the skills, expertise and analytical competence necessary for working as an accountant in the accountancy profession, in industry, or in the public sector.

Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
N400
Start date
September 2018
Admissions enquiries
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Course enquiries
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Course description

Course description

The BSc in Accounting will provide you with a solid, practical foundation and relevant, technical and intellectual competence in accounting and related forms of financial expertise. You will develop quantitative, communications and information technology skills and the ability to apply these in an accounting context. You will learn how accountants work with managers, shareholders and a wide range of other stakeholders in a variety of different organisations and help them make informed decisions.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB. Two AS-levels may be considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B.
  • GCSE: Maths at grade B plus English Language at grade C.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points, with grade 5 in SL Maths.
  • BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with DDD, plus GCSE requirements as above.

Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the School of Business.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2018

  • £9,250 in your first year. After 2018/19, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation and is subject to government regulations.
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.
  • Year in Industry: your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in that year.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2018

  • £15,980 per year
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,995 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee.
  • Year in Industry:

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Alongside your academic work we recognise that it is also important that you gain experience and develop your skills. The School’s dedicated in-house Career Development Manager works closely with the University’s Career Development Service to make sure you get support to achieve your aspirations.

Whether you want to make a difference in the voluntary sector, start your own business or reach the top in an organisation, there are specially designed programmes and activities here at Leicester that can support you in the getting the right skills, experiences and exposure you need.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Accounting and Finance

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Our research

Our research

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year you will learn about the foundations of finance, management and economics and begin to acquire the basic statistical skills to prepare you for your dissertation in your final year. The modules that you take this year will provide you with a solid base for the more specialised modules of the second and third years.

Modules

  • Accounting and Finance in Context
  • Foundations of Economics
  • Foundations of Finance
  • Foundations of Financial Accounting 
  • Introduction to Accounting Theory
  • Introduction to Management for Accounting and Finance
  • Management and Cost Accounting 
  • Maths and Statistics for Accounting and Finance

This is the same first year as the BSc in Accounting and Finance, so it is possible to transfer to that course at the end of Year 1.

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Year 2

Year 2

Core modules

  • Financial Reporting
  • Principles of Personal Taxation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Accounting, Decision Making and Control
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Research Methods

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Public Sector Accounting
  • Business Law for Accountants
  • Accounting Theory
  • Principles of Business Taxation

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Year Abroad or Year in Industry (optional)

Year Abroad or Year in Industry (optional)

You have the option of spending a year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement. Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years. 

Year in Industry

A placement year is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience of a working environment within the sector of your choice.  It is normally a paid position, more than offsetting the additional cost of your extra year.

Eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2. If you are accepted onto the programme you will be responsible for securing your own placement, with support from the School. Please note that being accepted onto the programme does not guarantee you a placement. 

During your placement year you will be supported by the School of Business Placement Team. This will include communication with you and your manager and a visit to your place of work. You will also undertake written work to capture your learning from the placement experience which will include reflection on your personal and professional development and your academic understanding.  This work will be assessed to allow you to gain recognition for your placement year.

Your placement effectively begins in Year 1 when you will be introduced to various opportunities to develop your skills, your understanding and experience.  In Year 2 you will be supported through guided sessions, such as:

  • Introduction to the placement year scheme
  • Researching placement opportunities
  • Making successful applications
  • Effective interview techniques
  • Preparing for my placement

A placement year is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the types of professions you can choose after you graduate, and can also point you towards postgraduate studies that may help you on the path to your chosen career.

Year Abroad

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions. Eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation, or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

The School of Business has links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

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We have links with the following universities:

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Final Year

Final Year

Core modules

  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Advanced Audit, Assurance, and Ethics

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

  • Investment Management
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Accounting for Non-Profit Organisations
  • Management Science
  • Financial Reports Analysis
  • Professional Ethics

Plus your Dissertation

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Teaching and learning

During your first year you will have 9-10 hours each week of timetabled sessions. These typically consist of 6 hours of lectures and 3-4 hours of seminars or small group work.

A variety of teaching methods are used with the aim of creating a stimulating environment in which you are encouraged to develop your learning skills and to actively participate in the learning process.

Assessment varies from one module to another and ranges between a mixture of coursework and examination in some modules, to others that are 100% coursework or project-based.

We are a vibrant and reflective School and the enthusiasm you will find in the lecture theatre and seminar room comes from our commitment to our subject and our attempts to develop and energise it.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Overall workload

Typical workload hours for School of Business courses in 2016/17:

Year 1: 15% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 180 hours
  • Independent learning: 1020 hours

Year 2: 14% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
  • Independent learning: 1032 hours

Optional year abroad: If you’re spending a year abroad, your contact hours will vary depending on the institution you’re studying at.

Final year: 10% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 120 hours
  • Independent learning: 1080 hours

While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Course Accounting Qualification BSc Duration 3 years UCAS Code N400 Availability Apply Now
Course Accounting with a Year Abroad Qualification BSc Duration 4 years UCAS Code N400 Availability Apply Now
Course Accounting with a Year in Industry Qualification BSc Duration 4 years UCAS Code N400 Availability Apply Now