About This Course
This professionally-oriented programme is designed to equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence that are key to succeeding in the dynamic world of multinational companies and international financial markets. Alternatively, you might choose to use the skills and experience to work in the public sector or set up your own business. Our programme is accredited by all the major accountancy bodies, providing graduates with exemptions from many of these bodies’ core examinations. This is a huge advantage as the exemptions will ease the process of becoming professionally qualified, allowing you more time to focus on developing your career.
Accounting and Finance play a crucial role in running a successful organisation and contributing to economic growth. Accountants and finance professionals are needed in assessing revenues and expenditures, complying with regulations and providing management, investors, government and other stakeholders with key information for strategic decision-making purposes. You will gain a solid grounding in understanding the role that accounting and financial information plays within organisations, and how to apply this information in such a way that it has a real impact on management decisions and the communication of relevant information to external parties.
At Bangor Business School, we have a highly qualified team of leading academics with professional experience and interests in a wide range of accounting and finance topics including: international accounting and financial reporting, taxation, corporate finance, corporate communication, financial markets, and credit ratings. Our academic team is engaged in world-class research in accounting and finance, and regularly works with policymakers in government, regulators and think-tanks. They are dedicated to bringing their insights from the world of policy, research, and professional practice to help you to develop your knowledge and understanding, and realise your potential as an accounting and finance professional.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- Exemptions from core examinations offered by professional accountancy bodies.
- A focus on current issues and developments in accounting, corporate finance and financial markets.
- Rigorous academic content is combined with a real practical focus leading to excellent career prospects.
- 2nd for Teaching Quality within Accounting and Finance (Times & Sunday Times: Good University Guide 2023).
- You will be taught by leading researchers and academics who have worked professionally in the accounting industry using a variety of methods.
- Top 10 for Accounting & Finance (Guardian University Guide 2023).
- Top 10 for Student Satisfaction within Accounting & Finance (Complete University Guide 2023).
Additional Course Options
This course is available with a Placement Year option where you will study for 1 additional year. The Placement Year is undertaken at the end of the second year and students are away for the whole of the academic year.
The Placement Year provides you with a fantastic opportunity to broaden your horizons and develop valuable skills and contacts through working with a self-sourced organisation relevant to your degree subject. The minimum period in placement (at one or more locations) is seven calendar months; more usually you would spend 10-12 months with a placement provider. You would normally start sometime in the period June to September of your second year and finish between June and September the following year. Placements can be UK-based or overseas and you will work with staff to plan and finalise the placement arrangements.
You will be expected to find and arrange a suitable placement to complement your degree and will be fully supported throughout by a dedicated member of staff at your academic School and the University’s Careers and Employability Services.
You will have the opportunity to fully consider this option when you have started your course at Bangor and can make an application for a transfer onto this pathway at the appropriate time. Read more about the work experience opportunities that may be available to you or, if you have any questions, please get in touch.
This course is available with an International Experience Year option where you will study or work abroad for 1 additional year. You will have ‘with International Experience’ added to your degree title on graduating.
Studying abroad is a great opportunity to see a different way of life, learn about new cultures and broaden your horizons. With international experience of this kind, you’ll really improve your career prospects. There are a wide variety of destinations and partner universities to choose from. If you plan to study in a country where English is not spoken natively, there may be language courses available for you at Bangor and in your host university to improve your language skills.
You will have the opportunity to fully consider this option at any time during your degree at Bangor and make your application. If you have any questions in the meantime, please get in touch.
Read more about the International Experience Year programme and see the studying or working abroad options on the Student Exchanges section of our website.
You will have access to excellent facilities, financial databases and extensive information technology to support your learning journey. You will be taught using a variety of methods by leading researchers and academics who have worked professionally in the accounting and finance industry. Furthermore, external accounting and finance professionals will be invited to deliver sessions to develop your wider real-world knowledge and contacts. From the first day of your degree course, you will be encouraged to think critically, allowing you to analyse real-world business issues to provide optimal solutions. You can also take advantage of the work placement option where you will be fully supported to secure a 12-month work placement to develop your employability profile through implementing what you have learnt in a real-world business setting.
The course is mainly delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars. You can expect to have a minimum of 12 hours contact time with academic staff during each teaching week. You will also be expected to undertake independent study and group work and participate in online activities and discussions using our virtual learning environment.
In your first year, you will learn the core principles of finance, accounting, economics and Management, which will provide you with a solid theoretical grounding as well as relevant skills to apply this knowledge to business practice. We will also support you to develop your business analytical and quantitative skills which will provide a solid foundation to your learning in years two and three.
During your second year, you will build and integrate the skills and knowledge gained to examine a wide range of accounting and finance issues including financial reporting, corporate finance, and management accounting. Optional modules will focus on topical issues which include Accounting Information Systems, Investment and Portfolio Management and Personal Finance and Banking.
In your third year, you will develop your analytical skills and expertise with more specialised modules which will include taxation, auditing, advanced accounting practice and regulation and advanced corporate finance. As in the second year, you will have the option of choosing some modules which focus on a range of contemporary business issues which include corporate governance, financial technology and financial statement analysis.
What will you study on this course?
In Year 1, students will take 120 credits from the following topics, Discover Economics, Principles of Management and Organisation, Business Analytics, Principles of Financial Accounting and Principles of Management Accounting. There are optional modules available in topics such as Financial Techniques and Analysis and Personal Finance and Banking . Students can also choose optional modules from other Business School level 4 modules or from elsewhere in the University, subject to timetabling constraints.
In Year 2, students will take 120 credits from the following topics, Management Accounting and Corporate Finance. There are optional modules available in topics such as Commercial awareness and insight of work, Econometrics, Financial Accounting, Investment and Portfolio Management and Management & Accounting Information Systems. Students can also choose optional modules from other Business School level 5 modules or from elsewhere in the University, subject to timetabling constraints and pre-requisites.
In Year 3, students will take 120 credits from topics such as Taxation. There are also optional modules available in topics such as Corporate Governance, Financial Statement Analysis and FinTech in banking, finance, investment, insurance and regulation.. Students can also choose optional modules from other Business School level 6 modules or from elsewhere in the University, subject to timetabling constraints and pre-requisites.
Please note course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
General University Facilities
Library and Archive Services
Our four libraries provide a range of attractive study environments including collaborative work areas, meeting rooms and silent study spaces.
We have an extensive collection of books and journals and many of the journals are available online in full-text format.
We house one of the largest university-based archives not only in Wales, but also the UK. Allied to the Archives is the Special Collections of rare printed books.
There is a range of learning resources available, supported by experienced staff, to help you in your studies.
The University’s IT Services provides computing, media and reprographics facilities and services including:
- Over 1,150 computers for students, with some PC rooms open 24 hours a day
- Blackboard, a commercial Virtual Learning Environment, that makes learning materials available on-line.
General University Costs
Home (UK) students
- The cost of a full-time undergraduate course is £9,000 per year (2021/22 entry and 2022/23 entry).
- The fee for all placement, international, and sandwich years is £1,350 (2021/22 and 2022/23).
- More information on fees and finance for Home (UK) students.
International (including EU) students
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for additional guest tickets (c.£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
GCSE Maths at grade C/4 required if not demonstrated by the Level 3 qualification.
Offers are tariff based, 96 - 128 tariff points, from Level 3 qualifications* e.g.:
- A Levels: General Studies and Key Skills not normally accepted
- BTEC National Extended Diploma: MMM - DDM
- Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMM - DDM
- International Baccalaureate Diploma
- Access: Pass
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080): considered on a case-by-case basis
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted
- T-levels: considered on a case-by-case basis
- EPQ: Points can include a relevant Extended Project (EPQ) but must include a minimum 2 full A-levels. Please contact us for more information.
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications that are equivalent to A levels/Level 3 and/or college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here.
We also welcome applications from mature learners. Mature applicants and/or those with other qualifications are considered on individual merit.
*For full details go to our website and for a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.
GCSE Maths at grade C/4 required if not demonstrated by the Level 3 qualification.
Offers are tariff based, 104 - 136 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:
- A Levels: General Studies and Key Skills not normally accepted
- BTEC National Extended Diploma: DMM - DDD
- Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM - DDD
- International Baccalaureate Diploma: accepted, pass required
- Access: pass required
- Welsh Baccalaureate: We will accept this qualification in conjunction with other level 3 qualifications
- T Levels: T Levels in a relevant subject considered on a case-by-case basis
- Extended Project Qualification: Points can include a relevant Extended Project (EPQ) but must include a minimum 2 full A-levels, or equivalent.
We are happy to accept combinations of the qualifications listed above, as well as alternative Level 3 qualifications such as City & Guilds, Access and Cambridge Technical Diplomas.
We also welcome applications from mature learners.
International Candidates: International Candidates: school leaving qualifications that are equivalent to A levels/Level 3 and/or college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information can be found on our International pages.
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.
General University Requirements
To study for a degree, you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com.
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy, we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more information about studying as a mature student, see our Studying at Bangor section of the website.
EU and International Students' Entry Requirements
For detailed guidance on the entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
This professionally-oriented degree is the first choice for anyone considering a wide variety of careers in accountancy and financial management. Our degree is recognised as rigorous and offering a solid foundation in transferable skills needed by all organisations. It offers exemptions from professional exams and the opportunity to fast-track your career after graduation. There is demand for professional accountants from across all sectors. You could work for one of the big four accountancy firms or choose to develop your career with a small to medium sized firm. Over time, you might want to set up your own professional practice. Public accounting firms offer a rewarding and exciting career across the UK and globally. Government departments and local authorities are all employing accountants, offering development opportunities and career progression. Many CEOs of publicly-listed companies started out with an accounting background.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)
The BEA is a comprehensive online course that you can work through at your own pace, taking you through all the steps you need to take to explore, prepare and apply for your dream career.
Bangor University runs a paid internship scheme within the university’s academic and service departments.
Volunteering widens your experience and improves your employability. Find out more about volunteering on the Students’ Union’s website.
A 'with Foundation Year' option is available for this course. Apply for Accounting and Finance (with Foundation Year).
What is a Foundation Year course?
If you don’t have the required qualifications for the degree-level course or are looking to re-enter education after time away from study, then a Foundation Year Programme might be the right choice for you.
The Foundation Year is an excellent introduction to studying this subject at university and will provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to go on to study this course at degree-level.
When you have successfully completed the Foundation Year, you can progress on to the first year of this degree-level course.