Accounting BSc, 3-4 years

Start date:

2020
2021

Course information

Typical offer ABB

UK/EU fee £9,250

UCAS code N400

International fee £17,450

Institute code L34

Taught by School of Business

As long as money makes the world go round, accounting skills will be in high demand. This degree takes your love of numbers to the next level, giving you the skills and expertise to work as an accountant in all kinds of industries.

Course description

Course description

At Leicester, our Accounting and Finance courses benefit from a distinct combination of research-informed and professionally accredited knowledge, techniques and skills. You will be among the first to study at our new £16 million Brookfield campus, with facilities exclusive to Leicester School of Business students.

Our 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 learn the skills, expertise and analytical competence neccessary for working as an accountant in the accountancy profession, in industry or in the public sector.

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.

Our accounting degrees offer you the opportunity to gain exemptions from the accounting and management accounting professional bodies, ACCA and CIMA, dependent on satisfactory completion of certain modules.

The first year of this degree is shared with the Accounting and Finance BSc, which means you will have the option to switch to this degree at the end of your first year.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB. All subjects accepted. Two AS-levels may be considered in place of one A-level. 
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B.
  • GCSE: Maths at grade B (5) plus English Language at grade C (4).
  • 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 overall including a minimum of grade 5 in SL Maths, grade 4 in HL Maths or grade 6 in SL Maths Studies if not held at GCSE.
  • BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with DDD, Diploma in Business preferred.

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 – Economics and Management run by the Global Study Centre. The GSC provides academic 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 2020

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • 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

The ICAEW have made a £4,000/year scholarship available for a student on this course.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2020

  • £17,450 per year
  • Year Abroad: £4,326.50, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee
  • Year in Industry: £2,617.50, which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee

University of Leicester School of Business Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme

Scholarships of up to £2,000 are available to students from India and certain Asian, African and Middle East countries.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Accreditation

Accreditation

ACCA accreditation logoCIMA logoThis course holds exemption accreditation on five modules with both ACCA, the global body for professional accountants and CIMA, the world’s leading professional body of management accountants.  Exemptions are subject to satisfactory completion of the selected modules.  

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Whether you want to reach the top in an organisation, start your own business or make a difference in the voluntary sector, there are specially designed programmes and activities at Leicester that will support you in gaining the right skills, experiences and exposures you need. Employability is embedded in our courses with all offering a year in industry opportunity. In addition, the School of Business has a dedicated Careers Team who work to make sure you get support to achieve your aspirations.

We work with the Leicester Innovation Hub in launching great ideas and providing dedicated incubation and innovation space, making it easier for both students and companies to utilise innovation support, expertise and facilities. We also have a student entrepreneurship academic lead who provides links with our students and the Innovation Hub. Support is available through the innovation hub not only whilst you study with us but also after you graduate.

Graduate destinations

Our accounting and finance graduates have gone onto work for employers such as:

  • Santander
  • PWC
  • Virgin Media
  • Deutsche Bank
  • JP Morgan
  • KPMG
  • Deloitte

Naomi graduated with a degree in Accounting and Finance. While at Leicester Naomi took advantage of the support available, including the Career Development Service, which helped her clinch a place on her first choice graduate scheme at KPMG.

Career Development Service


Get career-ready at Leicester with guidance from our award-winning Career Development Service. We're here to give you a lifetime offer of support, even after graduation. Our team of specialist careers advisers and mentors will help you every step of the way. From supporting you with CVs and interviews, to volunteering opportunities and placements, we're here to help you reach your professional goals.

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Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

We are committed to providing skills and knowledge to help prepare you tackle global challenges. We have mapped our undergraduate degrees for learning which aligns to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This degree includes learning which relates to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Find out more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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

This is the same first year as the Accounting and Finance BSc, so it is possible for you to transfer to that course at the end of your first year.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

In your second year you will begin to specialise in specific areas of accounting. You will learn the essentials of corporate governance, financial reporting and the principles of personal taxation. You will also choose option modules, allowing you to tailor your studies to your interests.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Choose one option module from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Abroad or Year in Industry (optional)

Year Abroad or Year in Industry (optional)

On a ULSB course you have the option of spending your third year gaining work experience on an industry placement or studying abroad at one of our partner institutions. Alternatively you can continue studying and complete your degree in three years.

Year in Industry

A Year in Industry 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 and can take place either in the UK or overseas.

If you decide to undertake a Year in Industry you will be responsible for securing your own placement, with support from the School and the University Career Development Service. Please note that deciding to search for a Year in Industry does not guarantee you a placement.

During your Year in Industry you will be supported by the School of Business Careers Team. This will include communication with you and your manager and a visit to your place of work, which may be face to face or virtual (depending on location). You will also undertake written work to capture the learning from your experience, which will include reflection on your personal and professional development. This work will be assessed to allow you to gain recognition for your Year in Industry.

Your Year in Industry 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 Year in Industry programme
  • Researching opportunities
  • Making successful applications
  • Effective interview techniques
  • Preparing for my Year in Industry

A Year in Industry 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 Study Abroad Unit.

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 Erasmus+ scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. Languages courses, at both beginners and advanced level, are available through the University’s Languages at Leicester scheme.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus+ scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

We have links with the following universities:

We also have links with some universities outside Europe. If you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

In your final year you will study a range of core modules, including your dissertation – a piece of independent research supported by one-on-one support from an academic tutor. You will also choose from a selection of option modules, giving you the chance to shape your degree around your interests.

Core modules

Plus Dissertation (Accounting)

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Your Leicester degree is an investment in your future: our accounting and finance graduates earn £2,000 a year more than the UK average. (Which? University 2018)

The ULSB Trading Room has 15 dual-screen Bloomberg terminals letting you see how traders work using real-time stock quotes 24/7 and providing access to industry-leading data, research, news and analytics.

All of our accounting courses are accredited by ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW, giving you exemption from exams that will give your career a head-start.

Our Accounting, and Accounting and Finance degrees both have the same first year so you can switch your course at the end of your first year, tailoring your degree to your strengths and interests.

Accounting at Leicester

Beth’s year in industry proved to be a great opportunity to put into practice what she had learnt on the course.

Teaching and learning

During your first year you will typically have 9-10 hours a week of timetabled sessions – around 6 hours of lectures and 3-4 hours of seminars or small group work. Lectures will provide you with the framework and foundational knowledge for each subject, whilst seminars, held in smaller groups, provide you with the opportunity to discuss key ideas with your tutor and peers. 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 engage and participate in your learning process.

Assessment methods varied to allow you to develop a range of academic and transferable skills throughout your programme and these include individual essays, examinations, presentations and group activities.

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.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

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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