BSc Accounting and Finance with Industrial Experience
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- BSc Accounting and Finance
- BSc Accounting and Finance with European Study
- BSc Accounting and Finance with Industrial Experience
- BSc Accounting and Finance with International Study
Our BSc Accounting and Finance degree is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in accountancy, finance or business, including those students going on to obtain professional accounting qualifications.
The programme gives you an understanding of the legal, business and social environments in which accountancy operates and enables you to be conversant in the technical languages and practices of the accounting sector in a market economy. These include measurement and disclosure in financial statements, managerial accounting, auditing, taxation, business law, and corporate finance.
Exemption from professional accountancy examinations
As a graduate of this programme you will be able to gain exemptions from professional accountancy examinations by application to the relevant accounting body. The level of these exemptions will depend on the modules taken during the programme and the marks attained. Find out more: credit towards professional accountancy qualifications.
My role within EY requires me to work with a variety of different clients from FTSE 100 clients to smaller hedge funds. The work I complete at a junior level involves understanding client procedures, testing any controls they have in place, looking at the numbers and how they get to the financial statements. The work I do ultimately feeds through to the entire team’s work in signing an audit opinion.
I chose to do a placement year as I felt that it would give me the greatest balance of academic knowledge and tangible on-the-job experience. The best thing about it is all of the new people I have met. My network has expanded greatly and will set me up for the future regardless of which career I choose to follow.
Ben Ruffles, BSc Accounting and Finance with Industrial Experience.
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.
- The year 2 module, BSD2002 Career Management Skills for 'With Industrial Experience' students is a non-credit bearing module that aims to help students on 'with Industrial Experience' programmes prepare for the placement year that will take place in third year of their degree.
Year spent in work placement
- Students must achieve a first year average of at least 60% to proceed with year in work placement.
Entry requirements 2019
AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34; BTEC National DDD
GCSE Maths minimum grade B or 5 or GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths or Core Maths, or IB SL4 Maths/Maths Studies; GCSE English Language minimum grade B or 5.
Additional selection criteria
We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.
We receive a large number of applications from well-qualified applicants and may not be able to make offers to all those applicants who have achieved or are predicted to achieve grades in line with the typical offer shown above.
In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.
*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.
International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in one of the following programmes:
- International Foundation in Accounting and Finance, and Management
- International Foundation in Economics, Finance and Management
- International Foundation in Mathematics with Economics, Finance and Management
International students considering direct entry to year two may be interested in our International Year One in Accounting and Finance programme. This course is for international students who have completed A-levels or equivalent, or who are already in the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree in their home country, but do not meet the academic or English language requirements for direct entry at University of Exeter.
Please read the important information about our Typical offer.
For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.
Learning and teaching
Lectures of either one or two hours in length are held once a week for the duration of each module. The aim of lectures is to give you information on ideas that are central to the module and to help you in developing your understanding of complex ideas. Many of the teaching materials for lectures are made available to you electronically to accompany the notes you take during the lecture. Lectures are given by a range of staff members, including leading professors, who integrate their latest research findings into the teaching that you receive. Guest lecturers, including members of industry, also contribute to some modules.
Seminars and tutorials
Seminars and tutorials are held either every week or every other week throughout the duration of each module. They involve an in-depth exploration of the issues covered in lectures as well as giving you the opportunity to discuss various concepts and theories and receive feedback on your written assignments. Some modules do not have tutorials and others in the final year are taught solely by tutorials.
Timetabled contact hours, made up of lectures, seminars and tutorials, vary over the duration of programmes and between programmes and are on average between 11 and 14 hours. In addition, you will be expected to complete an average of 20-25 hours of independent or group study per week.
Modules are assessed through a mixture of group work, coursework, project work and examinations; the weighting of each of these components will vary according to the academic requirements of the module. Coursework assignments are typically between 2,500 and 6,000 words in length and examinations are normally held at the end of the module, in January and May/June.
You must pass your first year assessments in order to proceed to the second year. There is provision for students to be referred in examinations in August/September if they fail any exam in any year. Degree classification is awarded on the basis of performance in assessments at the end of the second and final years.
A degree in accountancy from the University of Exeter will help you to develop a wide range of skills such as analytical problem solving, teamwork, research and organising and communicating information. The majority of graduates from the Business School follow their degree with graduate careers in economics, accounting, business, actuarial science, marketing, insurance, banking, finance or management both in the commercial and public sectors. A large number of graduate recruiters in these sectors visit Exeter to recruit our students. Some of our graduates pursue their interest in their studies to a greater depth by following a higher degree, often here at Exeter.
Find out more about the destinations of Accounting and Finance graduates on the University‘s Career Zone website.
Developing your skills and career prospects
The University of Exeter Business School provides a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. Visit our undergraduate Building brilliant careers web pages for more information.
Further information is available through the Careers and your future pages of the University’s Undergraduate Study website.
We encourage all of our students to consider spending their third year ‘out in the field’ – either studying abroad, gaining industrial experience, or a combination of these. These opportunities are now available in the UK, Europe and beyond.
If you opt for our With Industrial Experience programme you’ll get the opportunity to put into practice some of the things you’ve learnt in your first two years. This means that you’ll come back to us for your fourth and final year well-equipped with practical experience in your chosen area of study. What’s more, your placement will give you a proven employment track record and extra confidence when you set out to find your first graduate job. See what our students have to say about their placements by looking at our industrial placement student profiles.
If you are not on our With Industrial Experience programme you’ll have the option of selecting a 15 credit short-term work placement module in your second year of study. This module will equip you with knowledge and experience that will help to enhance your applications for extra curricula summer placement schemes and graduate jobs.
To find out more about the With Industrial Experience programme or our short-term work placement module get in touch with our Careers Team: Enquire online
Increase your knowledge through part-time work
There are many ways that you can gain valuable skills in the workplace and we actively encourage our students to find some paid part time employment. Such opportunities can be found on the Careers website’s part-time work page. You’ll also find vacancies listed on My Career Zone.
Work for us – Student Campus Partnerships
The University of Exeter is one of Europe’s fastest growing organisations and our Student Campus Partnerships offer you a wide range of employment opportunities with us – from short-term business and administrative support through to long-term project management.
Placements with Student Business Partnerships
Our Student Business Partnerships offer another way that you can gain valuable paid work experience. We work with a broad spectrum of external employers – from large organisations such as Councils, NHS and Utility companies, to small and medium-sized companies.