September 2024

Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons)

Honours Degree, Undergraduate, September 2024

Key Details

  • N400 Course Code
  • 3 Years
  • 112 Typical UCAS Tariff
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On our BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance programme you’ll study the theories and develop the skills of accounting and financial management. These are transferable to a range of employment opportunities in private, public and third sector organisations. As our class sizes take place in classrooms, rather than lecture halls, we’re able to get to know you and focus case studies on the industry you’d like to work in. You’ll graduate with the competence and experience to progress your career or into postgraduate study. 

12 modules on our degree have gained accreditations from the leading professional accounting bodies –: ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA and IFA. So when you pass those modules successfully, you’ll be exempt from a number of external accountancy exams that you may otherwise need to complete when you graduate. For students aiming to gain professional qualifications in accountancy, these exemptions may reduce the qualification path following graduation. Depending on the modules that you chose, you could expect to be a qualified accountant within two years of graduation. (Scroll down for our Accreditations and Exemptions section).  

Our degree also explores key financial theories, which could give you an advantage against those who have studied other accountancy qualifications. By studying a university degree in Accounting and Finance, as opposed to other routes into the profession, you’ll be able to take advantage of the full university experience, developing a toolkit of vital transferable skills that can be applied to a wide range of careers. 

  • The BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree at Newman provides you with the skills, knowledge and resources relevant for a wide range of enterprises in the private and public sectors.
  • We focus on student-centred learning, and the development of the whole individual which will help you to develop into a successful accounting and financial professional with the capacity and vitality to make a difference.
  • Accounting and Finance at Newman is taught in smaller class sizes than many UK universities which enables discussion and debate to embed learning and view problems from a variety of perspectives, a vital skill for accountants. In this course you will study accounting and finance in a way that addresses values and ethics in a way not always achieved in other institutions.
  • Over the three year course a variety of modules are covered to equip you with the knowledge to go on to be successful. Some of the types of modules you can expect include financial accounting, management accounting and decision making, personal and business taxation, auditing and assurance, corporate financial management, financial analysis and financial reporting.
  • Newman provides excellent academic and individual support. Teaching is much more than just lectures, you will have the support of seminars, tutorials, group activities, study skills and fieldwork. Taught modules are assessed through a variety of different forms of coursework, such as reports, presentations, analysis tasks and reflective logs. Members of the department are always happy to give individual tutorials and advice on research and writing assignments.

The solid foundation for future study will be laid in the first year of this course. You will study the basic elements of Accounting and Finance and develop spreadsheet and numerical skills, research, referencing and academic writing skills. You will also learn more about the role of the accountant in business and the fundamental aspects of Business and Corporate Law.

Your second year will further develop the core area of Accounting and Finance. This level will use the concepts and skill-based tools from Level 4 for more applied learning activities. The range of learning activities will increase to facilitate different learning styles. For example, you will take on specialist modules to map onto a chosen career pathway which may lead to some exemptions from the professional bodies. This part will examine personal and business taxation, corporate financial management, financial reporting, and management accounting.

In the final year of study you will be involved in using the conceptual tools and experience developed in the first two years.  Final year modules may lead you towards partial exemptions being granted by the professional bodies. You will cover some core areas such as advanced management accounting, financial analysis, advanced financial reporting and audit and assurance. These modules in particular will help to develop skills of critical analysis and synthesis which will help you to reflect on your career aspirations.

Our BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance programme has a theoretical and practice-led approach covering the core aspects of accounting and finance including:

  • Financial accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Finance and investment
  • International finance
  • Banking and insurance
  • Credit and financial analytics
  • Contemporary issues in accounting and finance
  • Portfolio management
  • Investment banking
  • Corporate finance
  • Financial reporting
  • Business economics for accounting and finance
  • Corporate and business law
  • Ethics in finance and accounting
  • Financial or economic analysis
  • Computerised accounting systems – Sage 50cloud Accounts
  • Specialist areas such as audit and assurance, taxation, digital finance, sustainable finance, and strategic management

You will be assessed via a combination of options including coursework, class tests, and formal examinations.

Assessments on the programme are designed in line with the expectations of the professional accounting bodies (ACCA, CIMA, and ICAEW) and so are largely on campus supervised written examinations. 

Our graduates have gone on to take jobs in the finance and accounting departments of private organisations and public sector organisations. Some of our students are pursuing careers in public practice and audit while some are gainfully employed in the banking sector.  

  • Financial accountant
  • Management accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Investment banker
  • Tax consultants
  • Internal/External auditor

The skills, knowledge and resources you develop on the programme will be relevant for a wide range of organisations and industries in the private and public sectors. The department’s previous graduates from other business programmes have gained management roles in a broad range of areas.

The programme will give you the skills and knowledge that you need to be able succeed in the future. Graduates in Accounting and Finance are highly sought after and are able to use their skills and knowledge in a wide range of different areas. Graduates of Accountancy and Professional Services are regularly recruited by the `Big Four’ accounting firms – Ernst and Young, KPMG, Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers, as well as other graduate level employers. As a graduate in Accounting and Finance, there are opportunities to work in both local government and central government departments such as the National Audit Office, FSA, HMRC, and HM Treasury.

At Birmingham Newman, the Careers service also organises fairs and events throughout the year to give you a chance to meet graduate recruiters and ask your questions; These include the `Graduate Recruitment fair’, `The Finance, Business and Management Fair’ and the `Postgraduate Study fair’.

Depending on the modules that you have chosen during your degree you may be eligible for exemptions for professional examinations from the following accountancy bodies:*

Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW)

A number or our modules have gained exemptions from ICAEW, including all six modules on the ICAEW’s certificate level and one on the ICAEW’s professional level. Successful Students can claim prior learning with ICAEW upon completion of the degree from Newman towards being qualified in the ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB).

These exemptions will save you time when applying for professional qualifications.

For more information about ICAEW’s Credit for Prior Learning please visit

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Certain modules are accredited by ACA and ACCA and thus students completing these modules may gain exemptions from professional exams as part of postgraduate accountancy training. We were awarded seven exemptions from the ACCA.

This means that students could save up to one to two years of further study before they are fully qualified with ACCA.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

We have gained eight exemptions from CIMA and students will be able to claim prior learning and award designation after graduating from Newman.  The award designations are listed below:

CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting (CIMA DIP MA)

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (CIMA CERT BA) 

This means that students could save up to two years of further study, to be qualified as a chartered management accountant.

* Please note that if you have a conviction for fraud the above professional bodies may not agree to exempt you.

Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA)

We have obtained 12 exemptions out of a total of 14 exams from the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA).

This means that students will only need to complete two exams before they are qualified as a chartered accountant with IFA.  The IFA is an internationally recognised professional accountancy membership body whose members work for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).


The exemptions listed above are for future Newman University students. Current or past students should check with the Course Leader about the exemptions applicable to them. 

Birmingham Newman University is located in Britain’s second city – Birmingham. With one of the youngest city populations in Europe, it is a vibrant and dynamic place to study.

Studying at Newman University, you have the advantage of being near to the city, but living in, or commuting to peaceful and comfortable surroundings on campus.

Dining out

Birmingham has lots of wonderful places to dine out with a range of different cuisines. Places where you can dine out include; Brindley Place, Mailbox and Hagley Road (just 10 minutes’ from Newman).


Whether you like to go to; the theatre, gigs or clubs, or enjoy: sports, shopping visiting art galleries or exhibitions – Birmingham will not disappoint and you will be spoilt for choice!


Getting around Birmingham is easy via train, bus or by car. Birmingham has excellent transport links to the rest of Britain, making it easy for those weekend getaways!

Why not explore the city for yourself by visiting one of our Open Days?

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Entry Requirements

Direct Entry into Level 4 

  • A minimum of 112 UCAS points in relevant subjects (which must include minimum grades of B, C or above at A2 level), or equivalent (e.g., BTEC National Diploma with an overall grade of Distinction or Merit; an Access Diploma with a minimum of 39 credits with Merit or Distinction) 
  • Five GCSEs at grade ‘C’ or above, including GCSE English Language and Mathematics (or a recognised equivalent) This requirement can be waived for candidates who have passed same at a higher level. 
  • A foundation degree (level 3) in Business or Accounting and Finance can also be considered to progress to L4 if the academic results from Level 3 demonstrates applicant’s academic excellence, and a foundation degree in subjects that are not directly in the areas of Business, Accounting and Finance can also be considered to progress to L4, if the academic results from Level 3 demonstrates applicant’s academic excellence (such applicants will be required to pass a pre-admission interview with the programme lead in attendance). 
  • Mature applicants with relevant professional qualifications and working experience are considered for entry to the course via assessment by interview to determine their suitability to cope with the demands of the course; such applicants will be required to pass the pre-admission interview with the programme lead in attendance. 

Direct Entry into Level 5 

  • BTEC Higher National Diploma or other equivalent qualification comprising 120 credits at level 4 in Accounting and Finance (or equivalent titles), 
  • Level 4 of a joint Honours Degree in Business and Accounting and/or Finance component, and who have achieved average grades of 60 per cent or above from a recognised Higher Education Institution,  
  • A suitable Diploma of HE can also be considered if they have a total of 240 credits at levels 4 and 5 in a relevant subject. 

Direct Entry into Level 6 

  • A relevant study in the area of Accounting and Finance at L5 with an average grade of 60 per cent or above may be admitted to the top-up degree.  
  • Students with advanced standing may also be admitted through Recognition of Prior (Experiential) Learning (RPeL) or Recognition of Prior (Certificated) Learning (RPL) processes, or through an approved articulation agreement.  This will be assessed based on individual cases, and 
  • Mature applicants who have requisite prior learning and or relevant and current accounting and finance work experience may be considered for admission to the top-up degree.  The legitimate applicants should have more than two-year experience as apprentice in the industry.  This will be considered based on individual cases and interview may be organised, following successful application at the initial stage. 

International Students
The University is not licensed by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

Applying Direct Option

You can apply direct to Newman University for this course if you have not previously applied to Newman University through UCAS and you are not applying to any other universities.

Simply click on this Direct Application link.

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Course Fees

The full-time course fee for September 2024 is £9,250 per year.

The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Costs

Find out more about the other additional costs associated with our undergraduate degrees.