- Designed for students interested in pursuing a career in accounting, finance or business
- Get a head start in the job market by gaining exemptions from professional accounting qualifications
- Tailor your degree to your interests and skills by choosing from a wide range of optional modules in your second and final years
- Study at the purpose built, triple accredited University of Exeter Business School, home to the Centre for Leadership Studies (CLS), Finance and Economics Experimental Laboratory at Exeter (FEELE) and more
- Many of your lecturers engage in industry leading research, putting your classes at the forefront of industry thought
Top 10 for Accounting and Finance
The Guardian University Guide 2022
Specific modules can enable exemptions from the professional accountancy exam
Triple accredited business school
AMBA, AACSB, EQUIS
My favourite module is International Management and Globalization because it helps me broaden my global business perspectives.
As an accounting and finance student, it is interesting to learn some management concepts rather than focusing on solely accounting related subjects. This course increases the chances of employability by improving my public speaking and research skills.
BSc Accounting and Finance
ACCA partners with select universities to develop finance and accountancy programmes aligned with the world-leading ACCA qualification. By choosing an ACCA accredited degree you are choosing an accelerated route to a globally-recognised qualification that can set you on a path towards a promising career as a finance professional. You may be eligible for up to 9 ACCA paper exemptions depending on modules taken (Accountant in Business, Management Accounting, Financial Accounting, Corporate and Business Law, Performance Management, Taxation, Financial Reporting, Audit and Assurance, Financial Management).
CIPFA is the only professional accountancy body in the world exclusively dedicated to public finance, making its portfolio of qualifications the foundation for a career in public finance. This includes a benchmark qualification for public sector accountants. You may be eligible for up to 7 CIPFA paper exemptions depending on modules taken.
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants is the world’s largest professional body of management accountants with the most useful accounting qualification for a career in business. The CIMA qualification is designed to bring together management accounting, financial accounting and business, so you’ll have the practical skills employers need, making you qualified to work in a wide range of roles. You may be eligible for exemption from up to 5 CIMA exams depending on modules taken (in addition to the basic papers BA1 – BA4).
Founded in 1880, ICAEW trains and supports Chartered Accountants so they have the knowledge and value to help build local and global economics that are sustainable, accountable and fair. They share their knowledge and insight with governments, regulators and business leaders worldwide. The ICAEW Chartered Accountant qualification (ACA) is one of the most advanced learning and professional development programmes available. It is valued around the world in business, practice and the public sector. You may have exemptions from up to 8 ICAEW papers depending on modules taken.
ICAS is a professional body for world class business people who work in the UK and around the world. Their members have all achieved the internationally recognised and respected CA qualification (Chartered Accountant). ICAS are an educator, examiner, regulator, and thought leader. Exemptions may be available from five out of six papers from the Test of Competence level depending on modules taken.
Entry requirements (typical offer)
|Qualification||Typical offer||Required subjects|
|GCSE||B or 5||Grade B or 5 in GCSE English language and Mathematics (or GCE AL/AS Mathematics or Further Mathematics or Pure Mathematics or Core Mathematics)|
|Access to HE||30 L3 credits at Distinction Grade and 15 L3 credits at Merit Grade.
30 L3 credits at Distinction Grade and 15 L3 credits at Merit Grade. (with Professional Placement/Study Abroad)
Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.
|Other UK, EU and International equivalences|
NB General Studies is not included in any offer.
Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.
- Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School undergraduate module list.
This degree offers you the opportunity to spend a year working in a related industry or studying abroad.
If you choose one of these options your placement year will take place in your third year, before returning to complete your degree at Exeter in your fourth and final year of study.
You can apply directly to one of these options, or you can apply to the standard 3 year course and transfer onto one of these options at the end of your first year.
Our BSc Accounting and Finance degree offers you the opportunity to spend a placement year working in a related industry role, or studying abroad.
If you choose one of these options, your placement year will take place in your third year, before returning to complete your degree at Exeter in your fourth and final year of study.
You can apply directly to one of these options, or you can apply to the standard BSc Accounting and Finance course and transfer onto one of these options at the end of your first year.
UCAS code: NN43
Why choose a year in industry?
- Gain a proven work history that is excellent to discuss at job interviews and gives you a head start in the working world
- Get paid! Typical salaries range from £19,000 to £23,000 but can extend from £15,000 to £52,000
- Many students are offered graduate jobs from their placement employer
- 97% of With Industrial Experience graduates were in graduate employment or postgraduate study within 6 months of graduating, compared to 93.5% of non-WIE graduates (DLHE 2017)
- Increase your confidence and resilience and make friends for life
What does a year in industry mean for me?
The ‘With Industrial Experience’ (WIE) pathway is a four-year version of your degree, in which your third year is spent in a professional placement before returning to university for your fourth and final year. The Business School Careers Team supports you every step of the way, helping you identify placement providers, create a strong application, practice interview techniques, and support you while you are in placement. The placement year assessment currently comprises of:
- Progress reports provided by employers
- A reflective essay
- A business report
How do I secure a placement and where can I go?
You are responsible for sourcing and securing a work placement, but you will be supported throughout by the Business School Careers Team and assigned an academic tutor for the duration of your placement. Placements are available internationally. Previous placement providers include Adidas, Apple, ASOS, Bank of England, Deloitte, Disney, EY, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman Sachs, PwC
Does it count towards my degree?
The placement year is assessed and contributes 1/7th of your final degree classification when you graduate.
Does it affect my tuition fee?
During your placement year you will pay a reduced tuition fee of approximately 20% of the maximum fee for that year. Find out more on our tuition fee webpages.
How do I apply?
‘With Industrial Experience’ is available on all our undergraduate programmes. You can apply through UCAS or ask to transfer onto WIE in the first term of your first year. Find out more on our careers pages.
Other work experience options
If you choose not to undertake the four-year WIE pathway, there are other ways to gain work experience, from the Business Internships and Placements Module, to summer internships. Find out more on our careers pages.
UCAS code: N424
Why choose a year abroad?
- In a complex and hyper-connected world, it is more important than ever to demonstrate a global outlook to employers
- A report by Universities UK International shows that graduates who are mobile during their degree are more likely to earn more than non-mobile peers
- Broaden your perspective in a way that benefits you for life: accelerating your resilience and flexibility, developing your ability to communicate across cultures, and demonstrating that you take the initiative
- We find students return from their year abroad with heightened self-confidence and an impressive work ethic.
What does a year abroad mean for me?
The ‘With Year Abroad’ (WYA) pathway is a four year version of your degree, in which your third year is spent studying at one of our 60 partner universities (spanning 26 countries), before returning to university for your fourth and final year. The Business School Study Abroad Team supports you every step of the way, helping you to decide where to go, create a strong application, and supporting you while you are abroad.
Where can I go?
We have partners in: Canada, USA, Mexico, Peru, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Slovenia, Italy, Turkey, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand
Does it count towards my degree
The placement year is assessed and contributes 1/7th of your final degree classification when you graduate.
Does it affect my tuition fees?
If you spend a full academic year studying abroad you will pay a reduced fee of approximately 15% of the maximum fee for that year.
How do I apply?
Year abroad options are available on all our undergraduate programmes. You can apply for the four year ‘With Year Abroad’ variant of your degree through UCAS or ask to transfer onto the WYA programme in your first year. Acceptance is dependent on satisfactory academic performance and the level of research you have undertaken into your chosen institution. Find out more on our study abroad webpages.
Other study abroad options
If you choose not to undertake the full year studying abroad, there are other ways to gain a taste of the study abroad experience. You can spend two to six weeks at one of our international partner universities. Find out more on our study abroad webpages.
Tuition fees for 2023 entry
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £23,500 per year
The University of Exeter has over £2.5 million in scholarships available for students applying to study with us in 2023 - including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students and financial support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.
* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.
Learning and teaching
How will I learn?
You will learn through a mix of:
- Lectures of one or two hours once a week for each module. These give you the information central to the module and help you understand complex ideas.
- Seminars and tutorials every week or every other week for each module. They cover in-depth discussions of topics introduced in lectures.
- Total timetabled study hours (lectures, seminars, tutorials) for your whole degree are on average between 11 and 14 hours per week. In addition you are expected to complete an average of 20-25 hours of independent or group study per week.
How will I be assessed?
Modules are assessed through a mixture of:
- Group work
- Project work
The weighting of these components varies according the module. Coursework is typically between 2,500 and 6,000 words in length, and exams are usually held at the end of the module in January and May/June.
Where will I study?
You will be based at the purpose built University of Exeter Business School located on the Streatham Campus in Exeter, Devon.
The University of Exeter Business School provides a range of careers and employability support for Undergraduate students. Visit the Business School Career Zone web page for more information.
A degree in accounting and finance from the University of Exeter is recognised worldwide as an academically rigorous, industry standard degree, offering you entry into a range of roles and organisations.
Your degree demonstrates that you have the following professional skills
- professional, industry accredited knowledge
- an enquiring mind and rigorous approach
- analytical, team work, communication and research skills transferrable across a range of industries
- Ability to manipulate financial and other numerical data and appreciate statistical concepts
- Locate, extract and analyse data from multiple sources
- Present qualitative and quantitative information with analysis, argument and commentary
- Analyse the contexts in which accounting operates
- Depending on the modules taken, you may be part qualified towards a range of professional qualifications (see accrediting bodies)
Examples of BSc Accounting and Finance graduate roles
- Trainee Stockbroker
- Insurance Associate
- Trainee Accountant
- Actuarial Pricing Trainee
BSc Accounting and Finance graduates have worked for
- Royal Bank of Scotland