Accountancy BSc (Hons)

Study level: Undergraduate
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Study a course that prepares you for professional qualifications while developing your knowledge and skills to help businesses and organisations manage finances, make management decisions, face economic challenges and grow ethically and sustainably.

Course option

Year of entry


Coventry University (Coventry)

Study mode



3 years full-time
4 years full-time (work placement)

UCAS codes


Start date

September 2024
January 2025 - condensed

Course overview

Accountants with the skills to monitor the flow of money for a business while being able to spot and protect against potential challenges, are highly sought after. Global uncertainty and the challenges of the economic climate, mean that skills in this field could be more important than ever before.

The January start for this course is condensed in Year 1. Please see the ‘How you’ll learn’ section below for more details.

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Why you should study this course

By studying this course you will have the opportunity to:

  • Prepare for professional qualifications - Our degree is closely aligned to the syllabi of professional accountancy bodies1 including the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
  • Develop practical skills in our Bloomberg Trading Floor4 - Develop your skills on our Trading Floor, featuring contemporary dual screen Bloomberg terminals.
  • Put your skills to the test - Prepare and analyse financial statements, as well as studying the impact of finance on real businesses through case studies of a diverse range of organisations.
  • Access our sigma Maths and Stats Support Centre4 - Access maths and statistics support through drop-in sessions with experienced staff.
  • Benefit from real-world exposure - Prepare for a future career in accountancy by applying for a work placement2. Past students have undertaken placements at PwC, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Jaguar Land Rover and the NHS.

If you choose to start this course in January you will study exactly the same course but over a slightly shorter timescale in Year 1. This is ideal if you missed the September start, want to transfer from a different university or course or just need a bit more time to prepare for life at university.

Accreditation and professional recognition

The degree is accredited1 and recognised by the following bodies:

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Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

This course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the 2023/24 intake. Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to secure certain exemptions from ACCA papers, depending on your choice of modules. Please note that additional papers will be required to be taken to become /qualified through the ACCA, which will incur additional costs, and you will also need to fulfil the practical experience requirement. Qualifying will be subject to competitive application, availability, and meeting any applicable visa requirements.

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This course is recognised by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) for the 2024/25/26 intakes. CII recognition allows students to gain certain exemptions from some professional examinations, upon successful completion of this course (subject to application, availability, meeting applicable visa requirements and additional fees may apply). If there is any change to the recognition of this course by the CII, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

International Audit Week

International Audit Week is usually held annually, and is dedicated to helping students develop their auditing skills, with a view to successful careers in the audit and accounting sectors.

What you'll study

This course has a common first year.

The common first year enables you to work alongside students doing similar courses to you, to widen your knowledge and exposure to other subject areas and professions. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other students, so you can share your insights and experience which will help you to develop and learn.

If you discover an interest in a specific subject you have studied, upon successful completion of your first year, you could swap degrees with another course in your common first year (subject to meeting progression requirements).

Common first year course:

  • Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons)

In the first year, the curriculum is shared across related courses allowing you to gain a broad grounding in the discipline before going on, in the second and third years, to specialist modules in your chosen field.


  • This module focuses on the main principles governing the recording of business transactions and the presentation of financial information for external reporting globally, the systems and techniques used by businesses to produce financial statements; and the core concepts that underpin these statements. The module aims to introduce the main financial statements produced by different business organisations and explain what these indicate about business performance.


  • This module focuses on the nature and behaviour of costs and introduces various approaches to the treatment of overheads and the different costing and decision-making techniques available to the professional management accountant. It aims to introduce the fundamental management accounting techniques including, but not limited to budgeting, measurement and analysis of variances, contribution analysis and throughput accounting.


  • This module provides you with an understanding of the importance of business finance, and of the constraints and opportunities relating to business finance, as well as how businesses raise capital and carry out investment appraisals. The module also explores the concepts of debt, savings and investments from a personal finance perspective. It provides you with opportunities to apply theories in finance to real-world business scenarios.


  • This module aims to develop your ability to apply appropriate mathematical and statistical techniques to financial and economic problems. It starts by applying core mathematical methods that you will have studied previously, and then introduces you to other mathematical and statistical techniques in the context of financial and economic applications.


  • This module introduces you to the economic environment in which a business organisation operates and to develop an understanding of basic economic concepts that are applicable to careers in business, accountancy, and finance. It also considers how resources are allocated in a market economy, alternative market structures and their implications for businesses and consumers, the role of government, macroeconomic issues, and the international economic environment.


  • The aim of this module is to enable you to engage critically and creatively with entrepreneurship in the context of responsible management practice. Using a variety of tools, you will be supported to develop a self-awareness of your own entrepreneurial mind-sets, competencies, and skillsets. During the module, you will be able to share your own experiences with those of other practitioners from business, role play different entrepreneurial archetypes and peer review their enterprising traits and entrepreneurial competencies.


In year two, you will develop more advanced knowledge and skills to do with financial reporting and management accounting, amongst others. 


  • This module provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and apply a number of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) and accounting concepts. These standards and principles will be applied in the preparation of published financial statements for entities, including a simple group structure. Wherever possible the module applies theories and concepts to real-world examples, thereby replicating scenarios faced by accountants on a regular basis. You will also be able to develop the skills necessary to critically analyse and interpret financial statements and become aware of limitations in published accounting information.


  • This module introduces you to the behavioural aspects of managerial accounting in areas such as transfer pricing and divisional performance management. It also provides you with relevant accounting techniques that can be used in decision-making and explores how they can be applied in business situations, and their limitations.


  • This module introduces you to key concepts in financial management. You will learn about the function of financial management, the operations of capital markets, the trade-off between risk and return, how to price financial assets and the importance of the way a business finances its operations. The module is designed to develop numeracy and analytical skills within a sustainable, socially responsible and ethical framework.


  • This module aims to enable you to develop knowledge and understanding in the core areas of UK tax related to businesses and their employees, and to prepare simple tax computations for individuals and companies. You will be able to develop knowledge and understanding related to specific taxes; both direct (capital gains tax) and indirect taxes (VAT), and the interaction of taxes with each other, in a UK context, as well as (briefly) in an international one.


  • This module aims to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to identify and deal with, a range of legal and ethical issues likely to be encountered in business. This will include an understanding of how the law and ethical frameworks operate, and the ability to apply the law and the frameworks to real-life scenarios.


  • This module provides you with the opportunity to identify current or global challenges in the environment and present ideas to address those issues in a proactive manner. You will develop an awareness and a critical understanding of key research methodologies within your chosen area of study and design a proposal for researching the relevant contemporary issues.


There’s no better way to find out what you love doing than trying it out for yourself, which is why a work placement2 can often be beneficial. Work placements usually occur between your second and final year of study. They’re a great way to help you explore your potential career path and gain valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future.

If you choose to do a work placement year, you will pay a reduced tuition fee3 of £1,250. For more information, please go to the fees and funding section. During this time you will receive guidance from your employer or partner institution, along with your assigned academic mentor who will ensure you have the support you need to complete your placement.


  • This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved placement undertaken during your programme. A placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcomes.


  • This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved international study/work placement undertaken during your programme. A work/study placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcomes.


Year three aims to bring you to the level to enter the world of work by consolidating your knowledge and skills from years one and two.


  • This module builds on what you have studied in previous years on the Principles of Financial Accounting and Financial Reporting modules. It focuses primarily on the preparation of published financial statements by public limited companies. It enables you to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and apply International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and accounting theory in the preparation of published financial statements of entities, including groups.


  • This module aims to enable you to design, use and critically appraise management and cost accounting information systems. You will learn how to employ advanced management accounting techniques and how to evaluate their strengths and limitations, and appreciate when different techniques may or may not be appropriate in the light of recent research in this area.


  • This module provides you with an opportunity to integrate the various skills acquired during your undergraduate studies and extend your knowledge and experience to a specialist area of interest within the field of accounting. Through independent, student-led research into a topic of your own choice, the module aims to develop skills in investigation and communication, develop the ability to identify and critique relevant academic literature and professional studies related to a chosen contemporary issue in accounting, and provide an opportunity for initiative and judgement in the management of a research project.


  • This module provides you with a deeper understanding of the scope and nature of the financial management issues that exist within modern corporations. It covers the major strands of financial management theory such as working capital management, financing of the firm, risk management, and seeks to apply the theory to real world applications.


  • This module provides an understanding of strategic leadership and management, strategic analysis and strategic decision-making within organisations, and appraises what is required for high performance in an uncertain environment. You will consider the usefulness of effective leadership and its impact on corporate culture and strategic choice. Through the use of case studies, you will have the opportunity to study and critique a range of strategic management concepts and theories and apply these to real- world organisations and situations. The module synthesises and develops knowledge from topics studied previously including financial analysis and evaluation techniques, risk and corporate governance.


  • Choose one module from below:

    Investment Analysis - 20 credits

    The Investment Analysis module provides you with an understanding of the characteristics of, and methods used in the valuation of, bond and equity financial investments. The teaching of the module will be focused on the use of practical problem-solving exercises using, where possible, real-world financial data.

    Audit and Internal Control – 20 credits

    This module builds on and requires knowledge and understanding of financial accounting and reporting developed by Financial Reporting and Analysis or equivalent modules. It helps you to develop understanding and critical evaluation of internal control risks and organisational responses, as well as audit processes and their application in the context of the external regulatory framework for different business entities operating in an international environment.


We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

The tutors are really helpful and there to listen, they don’t mind putting in there own time to ensure we would understand and encouraged us to ask questions. This is something that really impressed me and helped me to achieve in my studies.

Rahmatullah Amanullah (Course Tutor Prize Winner), Accountancy, 2023
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How you'll learn

Our teaching has a strong focus on merging theory and practice. You will be engaged in simulation and practical exercises, such as preparing and analysing financial statements or assessing financial investment options, giving you the opportunity to apply theory to real-life scenarios that professional accountants encounter on a day-to-day basis.

You will have the opportunity to use one of the largest educational trading floors in Europe4, running Bloomberg trading terminals and giving access to a wealth of live and historical trading market data.

You will benefit from formative feedback on your work delivered in class and online.

You will look to develop team working, communication and leadership skills through participating in group projects.

If you choose to start this course in January it will be run as a condensed programme. You’ll start your course in January and finish your first year in August. Upon successful completion of Year 1, you will progress onto Year 2 in September and then continue to start subsequent years of your course in September, completing your degree at the same time as the September starters unless you opt to do a placement year.

Teaching contact hours

We understand that everyone learns differently, so each of our courses will consist of structured teaching sessions, which can include:

  • On campus lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Group work
  • Self-directed learning
  • Work placement opportunities2

If you would like more information, you can request information about teaching hours. Part of university life is undertaking self-directed learning. During a typical week you will have time that allows you to work independently to apply the skills and knowledge you have learnt in taught or facilitated sessions to your projects or assignment briefs. This self-directed learning allows you to use your research skills, consolidate your knowledge or undertake collaborative group work.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

Since COVID-19, we have delivered our courses in a variety of forms, in line with public authority guidance, decisions, or orders and we will continue to adapt our delivery as appropriate. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.


This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include:

  • Formal examinations
  • Phase tests
  • Essays
  • Group work
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Projects
  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Individual assignments

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

International experience opportunities

Coventry is a multicultural university, so our typically diverse student and staff body helps to facilitate a multicultural learning environment.

Coventry University aims to give you the global opportunities needed to become a truly global graduate, enhancing your employability on a global scale. Options might include language classes, studying or working abroad, international field trips, summer schools, leadership development or work experience2.

In the past, our students have had the opportunity to visit universities abroad to study alongside students, see how finance is taught internationally, appreciate the issues in different countries and broaden their perspectives.

Closer to home, you could have the chance to participate in European field trips2 as part of events like, for example, the annual Tax Week initiative or the annual Audit Week, both of which were conducted in collaboration with European universities, and saw students work collaboratively on related projects.

Please note that all international experience opportunities may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting applicable visa and travel requirements are therefore not guaranteed2.

I bring professional experience of working in accounting and financial management to the Accountancy and Accounting and Finance BSc programmes. Our teaching teams bring an outstanding balance of academic and industry experience to teaching a broad range of modules, to prepare students for careers in all industry sectors.

Richard Pennington, Assistant Professor in Accounting and Course Director, 2022
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As a student at Coventry University, I got internship offers from banks and CPA firms in China, and I did two internships which give me a basic understand of prospective roles for the future.

Yilong Chen, Accounting and Finance BSc (2021)
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Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2024/25 entry.

Requirement What we're looking for
UCAS points 120
A level BBB
GCSE Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 4 / C including Maths and English
IB Diploma 24 points
Access to HE The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 / C or above.

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Contextual offers and Fair Access Scheme

If you meet the criteria for our Fair Access Scheme, you could automatically receive a contextual offer that may be up to 24 UCAS points lower than our standard entry requirements. View the criteria for our Fair Access Scheme.

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

If you do not have the typical entry requirements, you may want to consider studying this course with an international foundation year. Upon successful completion our International Foundation Year - Accounting and Finance will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress onto this undergraduate degree.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Not got the required grades? We offer this degree with an integrated foundation year.

Fees and funding

2024/25 tuition fees.

Student Full-time Part-time
UK, Ireland*, Channel Islands or Isle of Man £9,250 per year Not available
EU £9,250 per year with EU support bursary**
£16,800 per year without EU support bursary**
Not available
International £16,800 per year Not available

If you choose to do a work placement2, you should consider travel and living costs to cover this. There is also a tuition fee3 of £1,250 that will cover your academic support throughout your placement year.

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our undergraduate finance page and see the University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of international scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our international scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.

The following are additional costs not included in the tuition fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip.
  • Any costs associated with securing, attending or completing a placement (whether in the UK or abroad).

Condensed course – January start date

If you choose to start this degree in January please make sure you check the Fees and Finance page for more information. Although starting this course in January does not prohibit you from being eligible for student finance, the way it is paid in your first year differs from those who start their course in September.

If you start the degree in January, your tuition fees will be paid in accordance with the university’s Tuition Fees, Refund and Withdrawal Terms and Conditions for January starters and for any further years of study, your fees will be paid in accordance with the terms for September starters.

*Irish student fees

The rights of Irish residents to study in the UK are preserved under the Common Travel Area arrangement. If you are an Irish student and meet the residency criteria, you can study in England, pay the same level of tuition fees as English students and utilise the Tuition Fee Loan.

**EU Support Bursary

Following the UK's exit from the European Union, we are offering financial support to all eligible EU students who wish to study an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree with us full-time. This bursary will be used to offset the cost of your tuition fees to bring them in line with that of UK students. Students studying a degree with a foundation year with us are not eligible for the bursary.


We have a range of facilities4  available to support our students in putting the theories you are taught into practice.

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The Trading Floor

With contemporary Bloomberg terminals, this facility can add a dynamic practical element to your course.


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Talent Team

Our dedicated Talent Team can assist you in applying for work placements and graduate level jobs; they also aim to offer skills development workshops.

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sigma Centre

The sigma centre offers maths and statistics support through drop-in sessions and bookable appointments.

Careers and opportunities

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Explore and evaluate the complex and dynamic global business environment in which accounting operates including detailed analysis of the legal and ethical frameworks applicable to accounting and business, and awareness of interdependencies between the regulatory, legal, ethical and economic frameworks.
  • Identify, extract and interpret data from a variety of financial and other numerical sources using appropriate analysis techniques and an appreciation of statistical concepts.
  • Record and summarise transactions and other global economic events;, prepare financial statements in compliance with relevant regulatory requirements; and demonstrate awareness of the contexts in which accounting data and information is processed and used, by different stakeholder groups.
  • Critically evaluate different theories of taxation, describe the principal types, rules and requirements of UK taxation and prepare computations of the income tax liability for employees, sole traders, partnerships and corporations.
  • Critically evaluate a range of contemporary theories, models and concepts in accounting, and synthesise these to devise optimal strategies for entities.
  • Apply critical, analytical and problem-solving skills, including critical analysis and evaluation of data, drawing reasoned conclusions to formulate effective strategies for individuals or organisations.
  • Use digital information and communications technology for the acquisition, analysis and communication of information.
  • Effectively communicate and present quantitative and qualitative information, analysis and findings in a form appropriate to the intended audience.
  • Evidence effective critical self-reflection, ethical awareness, intercultural awareness and well-developed interpersonal skills including numeracy, collaborative problem-solving and effective time management.

Designed to prepare you for a successful career in accounting, this course offers lots of opportunities2 to gain industry experience.

Upon completion, you should have the confidence to give sound financial advice and make effective financial decisions. You should be well-placed to pursue a wide variety of potential future careers options in areas such as:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Banking
  • Personal and Corporate Finance
  • Business
  • Education in private, public and third sector organisations.

In addition, this course could set you on the path towards a professional qualification as a Chartered Accountant.

Where our graduates work

Past students have gone on to work for prestigious companies including Samsung, HSBC and Greene King.

Typical roles that graduates of this course may progress to include Graduate Financial Accountant, Trainee Tax Advisor, Finance Graduate Scheme, and Finance Assistant.

Further study

Upon successful completion of our Accountancy BSc (Hons) course, you may wish to continue to further your studies at postgraduate level with our Finance MSc here at Coventry Business School, or our Professional Accounting MSc at Coventry University London. You can explore all of your options using our postgraduate course search tool. You may be entitled to an alumni discount on your fees if you decide to extend your time with us by progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study.


How to apply

  • Coventry University together with Coventry University London, Coventry University Wrocław, CU Coventry, CU London, CU Scarborough, and Coventry University Online come together to form part of the Coventry University Group (the University) with all degrees awarded by Coventry University. 


    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or international opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be unpaid and/or subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel, public authority guidance, decisions or orders and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand any visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK (home) students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

    For international students, we may increase fees each year, but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.


    Facilities are subject to availability. Access to some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and/or may have reduced availability or restrictions where the university is following public authority guidance, decisions or orders.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the current 2024/2025 contract is available on the website. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

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