Why study Business at Warwick?
- At Warwick Business School, creativity runs through our teaching and learning. Our top ten ranked* undergraduate programme contains a module called CORE Practice that enables you to develop your academic, personal and employability skills through a range of innovative teaching methods including our virtual WbsLive classroom.
- We attract students with talent and ambition: the socially responsible leaders of tomorrow. Our 35,000+ graduates provide an active alumni network which offers valuable career and networking opportunities. The WBS LinkedIn Group is the largest online business school community in Europe, a place for all alumni, staff and students to share ideas and interact. Our extended business school building brings all of our undergraduate and postgraduate students together in one vibrant, integrated hub.
- We are popular with leading employers including UBS, Deloitte and IBM. Some of our students undertake integrated work placements and we have dedicated careers professionals to help you make successful applications for graduate opportunities.
* The Guardian 2016 league table, The Times and The Sundays Times Good University Guide 2016 and Complete University Guide 2016
BSc Accounting and Finance
Warwick Business School
Why study at Warwick
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
This course is ideal if you enjoy mathematics and want to learn more about its application in business. It provides a strong foundation for numerically focused careers such as accountancy, financial analysis, insurance, tax, banking or investments, and on graduation you may be exempt from some professional accountancy qualifications.
You will learn in one of the UK’s top business schools, with opportunities to meet top professionals through employer events, guest speakers and careers workshops. Core modules cover accounting, business law, economics, management and quantitative analysis. The course is designed to help you develop communication, teamwork, problem-solving, numeracy, IT, and leadership skills, alongside valuable self-awareness.
You may take a 12-month work placement in your third year – extending your degree to four years – with the option to start professional accountancy qualifications. Graduates usually go into accountancy – most joining the Big Four: PwC, Deloitte, EY or KPMG – or finance working for companies such as JP Morgan, Barclays and Goldman Sachs.
There are ten first-year core modules, designed to provide you with the fundamentals of accounting and finance. In your second year, you’ll build on this foundation through further core modules. You can also choose some electives in your second and third years from topics including marketing, strategy, HR, law, entrepreneurship, and operations management. Subjects from other departments are also available, such as Economics or a foreign language.
How will I learn?
Teaching is delivered via lectures and seminars. Lectures will be in larger groups of 200-450 in your first year, and seminars (also known as tutorials) are taught in smaller groups of around 20-25. As you progress to your second and final years you will find that some of the lectures are smaller as you all follow different optional modules.
You will have around 15 hours of lecture and seminar contact time with WBS academics and will be expected to complete around 20 hours of private study per week. This may include preparing for seminars and lectures by reading set texts, working through problem sets, participating in group work, writing essays and reports, and revising for tests and examinations.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a combination of examinations and on-going assessments, which may include essays, research assignments, projects, case study analysis, class tests, presentations and group work.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
Some of our courses currently offer exchanges with partner universities in North and Latin America, Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as the opportunity to study a second language (compulsory for BSc International Business).
A level AAA, to include Mathematics or Further Mathematics. At least one humanities/social science subject (taught in English) at A level is preferred for overseas applicants.
International Baccalaureate 38 points overall, to include 5 in Higher Level Mathematics. At least one humanities/social science subject (taught in English) at Higher Level is preferred for overseas applicants.
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking at A or AS level.
Warwick International Foundation Programme All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.
To include Mathematics or Further Mathematics. At least one humanities/social science subject (taught in English) at A Level is preferred for overseas applicants. Maths-related subjects such as Statistics, Economics, Accounting, and Finance etc. do not meet the Mathematics requirement for this course.
To include 5 in Higher Level Mathematics. At least one humanities/social science subject (taught in English) at Higher Level is preferred for overseas applicants. Other qualifications may be accepted. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.
Open Days Departmental Open Days are held for offer-holders at least twice in the spring term. Bookable information sessions are held throughout the year for anyone wanting to find out more about our courses. Visit www.warwick.ac.uk/wbsinfosessions for more information. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I study?
In your first year modules could include Introduction to Financial Accounting; Economics for Business; Business Law; Integrative Project; Foundations of Management Accounting; Financial Management; Quantitative Analysis for Management; Understanding Organisational Behaviour and CORE Practice.
Year two modules may be chosen from Accounting in Context; Financial Reporting; Economics of Strategy; Finance; Global Environment of Business; Issues in Management Accounting and a Global Integrative Project.
Third year modules could include Critical Issues in Management as well as a selction of elective modules in accounting and finance or elsewhere.
* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
Some of our recent graduate destinations include:
Trading Analyst, Goldman Sachs; Finance Analyst, Amazon; Logistics Analyst, Jaguar Landrover; Assistant Auditor, KPMG Audit LLP; Merchandising Executive, Abercrombie & Fitch. Some graduates have chosen to start their own businesses or work with other start-ups.
A level: AAA to include Mathematics or Further Mathematics
IB: 38 points to include 5 in Higher Level Mathematics.
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Warwick Business School
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
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Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.