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Accounting and Finance

BSc (Hons)

School - Salford Business School

Subject area - Business and Management

UCAS Code: NN34, NN3K with professional experience, NN341 with IFY

Start Dates(s): September


Three years full-time
Four years full-time with placement
Four or five years full-time with International Foundation Year

UK - £9250 per year

International - £12,000 per year

In Brief:

  • The Sunday Times University Guide for 2015 undergraduate courses rates Accounting and Finance at Salford as first nationally in the "student satisfaction" category
  • Excellent career potential with a course accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Unique connections and a paid year-long industrial placement with commercial giants such as Network Rail, Adidas, Siemens, BUPA and PWC
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This course has been designed to develop the skills you need for a high-level career in accountancy, finance, banking, insurance, the public sector or general management.

You will benefit from exemptions in the following professional exams:

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants (CIPFA)

The Professional Experience Year is recognised by both CIMA and ACCA as one of the three years of postgraduate experience required for formal certification.

The Professional Experience Year will give you the opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding you have gained in the first two years of the course. There are different entry requirements and course codes for the Professional Experience Year option.

This degree is also offered with a Foundation Year, visit for details.

I decided to study accounting and finance at Salford Business School due to the reputation of the course and more specifically the exemptions available.  In addition the opportunity of a placement was also an attractive incentive.

Rebecca Sanderson, 2014/15, Finance Analyst and Investment Project Analyst with Vauxhall Motors

Awards and Accreditation

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE Minimum of five, to include Maths and English at grade C or grade 4
UCAS tariff points 104-112 points BSc
112-120 points With Professional Experience
GCE A level BCC-BBC with a minimum of two A2 passes. With professional experience year: BBC-BBB with a minimum of two A2 passes
BTEC National Diploma DMM
Scottish Highers 104-112 points BSc
112-120 points With Professional Experience
Irish Leaving Certificate 104-112 points BSc
112-120 points With Professional Experience
International Baccalaureate Indicatively 30 points for International Baccalaureate Diploma (31 points with experience year)

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

For admission to programmes of study at the University an applicant whose native tongue is not English must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language. For entry to level 4, 5, 6 such a qualification must equate to a minimum average score of 6 or above (and for each component 5.5 or above) from the Cambridge/British Council English Language Testing Service (IELTS) or alternative examinations as recognised by the University.

Applicant profile

This course offers excellent scope for any student wanting to learn how accounting and finance plays a vital role in business. Knowledge, expertise and the ability to discuss and contribute to solutions around these issues are highly sought after skills by employers across a wide variety of sectors. This course will appeal to a range of applicants and there is no need to have studied these subjects before to be successful.

Each application will be considered carefully and judged on its own merits.

Equivalent qualifications will also be considered please contact admissions for further information.

Fees and Funding


Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9250 per year
Full-time International £12,000 per year

Additional costs

Additional optional costs at the point of graduation may include subscriptions and exemptions to professional bodies in the region of £400-£700. Costs are approximated based on the current academic year.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials using a wide range of learning activities. You will experience small group tutorials during your First and Second year module studies. This ensures you will be highly skilled in time for your placements, year abroad experience and final year studies.


Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.


Our graduates progress into a wide range of careers in the finance and accounting sectors, working in areas including UK and international accountancy, multinational manufacturing and retail, banks, commerce and government agencies.

Many graduates choose to pursue a career with an accountancy firm and qualify as a professional accountant, while others complete their professional training in industry or the public sector.

Throughout your degree you will receive careers guidance from our expert staff and regular updates on part-time vacation opportunities with our professional partners.

You will gain valuable new skills which prepare you for work, graduate entry into management training programmes, or further study.

Our recent graduates have gained employment with leading companies including:

  • Ernst & Young
  • Price Water Cooper
  • Dixons Group plc
  • British Airways
  • Cooperative Insurance Services
  • BMW
  • American Express
  • BBC
  • Citibank
  • Ladbrokes
  • Numberica
  • Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman
  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Premier Travel Inn
  • BUPA
  • Thomson Holidays
  • BT
  • DTS Logistics
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • The NHS

Career Prospects

Alumni Profile

Peter Zhu, Risk Consultant at PWC, UK, BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance student, says:

"I decided to study at Salford Business School as I was aware of the school’s reputation for providing effective support for learners.
I feel that the business school thoroughly supported me throughout my study. I found that everyone, from staff to students were so friendly and approachable. In addition to providing great study support the university also provided many opportunities for personal development, such as workshops, career advice and volunteering for projects.

I have gained many skills through studying at Salford Business School, but I would probably say that the most useful one would be my leadership skills, adaptability skills and project management skills. In recognition of my voluntary commitments I was awarded the Gold Salford Student life award which aided in improving my transferrable skills.

Studying at Salford Business School provided me with a good platform on which I was able to push myself to become the person I am today and to become more employable. The jobs market is very competitive and the Business school understands this and encourages us to take part in activities beyond studies."

Links with Industry

Our course team maintains excellent relations with local and national accounting and finance organisations, commentators and employers.

Our teaching is industry-led, inspired by contemporary practice and developed in partnership with business leaders. Our academics are experts in their field and work closely with industry to ensure that our courses reflect the needs of business and provide you with that extra edge when it comes to securing a job.

Student prizes are offered by accountancy firms and multinational companies including Rolls-Royce. Past speakers have included representatives from Hurst Accountants, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and ACCA.

We teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

The curriculum across our undergraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience, allowing you to apply theory in practice in a way that has been proven to produce highly employable, articulate business professionals who have forged the contacts that will help develop their future careers.

Sundeep Singh

Finance Assistant, Central Manchester University Hospitals

I would certainly say that completing a year placement in industry has enhanced my professional and employability skills. Networking with colleagues provided me further opportunities once I had left and resulted in me securing a full time position within a few months after leaving my placement. The stress of looking for jobs was therefore relieved whilst sitting exams; giving me the opportunity to fully concentration on my revision and studies

Placement Opportunities

Further Study


Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre.

Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus.

Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.