If you really enjoy controlling the figures, then Accounting and Finance is the perfect career path for you. Every organisation needs accurate financial information in order to survive and to make decisions about future growth. You’ll be able to recognise the trends and explore ways to keep a business afloat, making sure the profits stay up and the expenses stay low.
As it’s a joint degree, this course will benefit those aspiring to be accountants or working in the world of finance. It includes skills that build on investment and commercial banking, insurance, consultancy and financial markets.
Start a secure career with many opportunities
Wherever there is a business, there are accounts that need controlling. Almost every commercial organisation needs skilled financial support. There are companies that deal solely in finance too. These may be investment banks, insurance companies and financial services companies.
The final year of this course involves a finance-related dissertation, together with a study of strategy, international finance and taxation. These are designed to ensure that graduates leave Bucks with a wide range of skills that will impress an employer and enable them to secure employment.
Explore trends in the financial market and plan the future
Not only will this degree give a sound understanding of how businesses operate, but you’ll also be able to create and analyse financial statements. You will learn about the business environment and people management, as well as the fundamentals of accounting. Whatever route your future takes, the degree will prove invaluable as it develops your analytical and research skills in all business areas.
At Bucks, we can help you work towards your ACCA or CIMA professional qualification. After graduating, you’ll be able to apply for exemption from a number of ACCA papers. We also have some CIMA exemptions.
BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance graduates may also be eligible for membership at the Institute of Financial Accountants Associate Level.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placement Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special Skills for Work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
We have a team of experienced lecturers who have each worked in finance. Their knowledge of the market comes directly from their own experience, which they bring into their teaching. You’ll have the chance to be guided through real briefs, watching the accounts of a real business evolve and shift.
Working in finance involves many skills as you interact with so many different departments. Communication, engagement, forecasting and analysing all become part of your armoury when you graduate.
Take a step towards your ACCA qualification
With over 150,000 members and more than 430,000 students in 170 countries, ACCA is the largest and fastest growing professional accountancy body in the world.
At Bucks, we help you work towards your ACCA or CIMA professional qualification. After graduating, you’ll be able to apply for exemption from all nine ACCA papers at the fundamental level. You’ll only have to pass five papers at the professional level to become ACCA affiliates. We also have some CIMA exemptions.
You also need three years experience if you want to join the ACCA. We can help you find that experience during your studies if you wish.
The nine ACCA papers that Bucks graduates on the Accounting and Finance degree are exempt from include the following:
- F1 – Accountant in Business
- F2 – Management Accounting
- F3 – Financial Accounting
- F4 – Corporate and Business Law
- F5 – Performance Management
- F6 – UK Taxation
- F7 – Financial Reporting
- F8 – Audit and Assurance Services
- F9 – Financial Management.
If you have included the following units in their programme of study, you will also be eligible for membership of the Institute of Financial Accountants at Associate level:
- BM402 Management Accounting plus BM513 Advanced Management Accounting
- BM618 UK Taxation
- BM412 Accounting Systems for Business Organisations plus BM611 Financial Reporting and Management
- BM519 International Auditing
- BM605 International Finance
Transcripts must be provided by students to confirm the award of membership/exemptions.
What are my career prospects
This course is designed to help you apply for registration with the professional bodies in accounting and finance. Most Accounting and Finance graduates choose employment that enables further study with a view to gaining a full professional qualification and a career in accounting and/or finance.
You could also use your degree (and the more general business and personal skills you’ll have developed) as a foundation for a career in general management in a wide range of organisations. Many students will go on to study for professional accountancy qualifications offered by bodies such as ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA or CIPFA. Your degree should enable you to gain a number of exemptions from their examination requirements.