About the course
What’s the difference between financial and management accounting? How can accountants help improve business for the better?
Accounting informs almost all areas of business, from strategy to outsourcing and operational planning to environmental policies. At Essex Business School, where this course is taught, accounting means more than cutting costs and managing transactions. It’s vital for ensuring accountability by encouraging sound, ethical decision making.
Our BSc Accounting is accredited by professional accounting bodies and provides the essential knowledge and skills for a rewarding, fast-paced career.
You gain a firm understanding of the financial drivers underpinning business leadership, strategy, planning, governance and ethics. You explore both financial and management accounting and use case studies to apply theory to practice.
You study topics such as:
- preparation and analysis of financial statements
- regulation in governing accounting practice
- principles of cost accumulation
- financial and management accounting theory
- providing information to managers to assist their decision making
We ensure you gain a fully-rounded business education by introducing you to subjects such as finance, management, marketing and economics in your first year. In your second and final years, you can choose from selected optional modules to tailor the programme to your career aspirations.
In your final year, you have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice by completing an in-depth, independent research project or dissertation. This will give you the chance to further develop vital employability skills in areas of research, time management and critical thinking.
Essex Business School is ranked in the UK's top 20 (Chartered Association of Business Schools). You join an international community of students and staff, working to make organisations better places to do business.
BSc Accounting can also be taken with either a placement or study abroad year.
Upon completion of BSc Accounting, you benefit from accreditations and exemptions from the following professional bodies:
- The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
- The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
This means that you can gain a professional qualification by taking fewer exams when you graduate, giving your career a head start.
The four-year version of our BSc Accounting gives you the opportunity to spend your third year studying abroad and you won’t pay tuition fees during this time (2017 entry). In all other areas, this version of the course remains identical to the standard three-year variant.
You can study abroad with one of our exchange partners in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, the Middle East, Hong Kong and Japan. In doing so, you experience other cultures and languages, meet new people, and gain skills in organisation and flexibility, which are sought-after by employers.
You may decide to opt for a placement year, where you develop your professional skills and build a network of business contacts. A placement year can give you a career advantage by showing future employers that you are a dedicated and experienced professional. You won’t pay tuition fees during your placement year (2017 entry).
The Essex Business School Placements Manager can offer bespoke support throughout the process of researching, applying and interviewing for placements. However, it is your responsibility to apply, prepare for and secure your own role. Most recently, our students have gained placements with organisations such as BMW, Samsung and Cummins.
Our expert staff
You learn from academics and industry practitioners whose research continues to have a real-world impact. Many of our highly qualified and enthusiastic team are published in world-leading journals and publications.
Our staff specialise in areas including:
- accounting and economic development in the public and third sectors
- regulation and corporate social responsibility
- finance and banking
- accounting and finance in developing economies
- contemporary financial markets and their participants
We are home to industry renowned figures, including Emeritus Professor Prem Sikka, whose work on tax avoidance is frequently cited in The Guardian, The Huffington Post and The Independent.
Our staff embed the latest research into your course, so you learn about real-world issues affecting business right now.
Our BSc Accounting is based at our Colchester Campus.
Our Colchester building is the first zero carbon business school in the UK, set around a lush winter garden and Eden-style dome that gives the building its own micro-climate.
We provide excellent learning and socialising facilities:
- a virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Financial Market Labs; use Bloomberg data, information and analytics to learn about trading stocks and securities
- a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, with seating for 250 students
- study pods and innovation booths for group working
- a café with an adjacent sun terrace
- study skills support provided by the EBS Learning Team
Our Colchester building is located on the Knowledge Gateway, an innovation park housing some of the East of England’s most exciting science, technology and creative businesses. Parkside Office Village sits on the site, providing potential opportunities for networking, internships and work experience directly on campus.
An Essex education prepares you for employment; in 2015, 84% of Essex Business School undergraduates and 98.6% of our international (non-UK/EU) undergraduates were in graduate level work or study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015 leavers).
Your course develops your transferable employability skills in analysis, critical thinking, presentation and communication. Specialist modules foster your professionalism and introduce you to the graduate recruitment process, including practical advice to excel at interviews and assessment centres.
Our graduates can develop rewarding careers in a range of disciplines including financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy. Many work at high-profile organisations and innovative SMEs across the globe, such as:
- John Lewis Partnership
- WeFarm, a social enterprise helping farmers out of poverty
- Footprint Digital, a fast-growing digital marketing agency
Many have also started their own successful ventures. Recent examples include:
You benefit from a range of career support and employability opportunities from the School, including access to employer talks. The University’s Employability and Careers Centre can also provide information about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.
UK entry requirements
GCSE: Mathematics C
IB: 30 points, including Standard Level Mathematics grade 4, if not taken at Higher Level. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information. Please note that Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade C or above.
Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on units studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.
International and EU entry requirements
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries.
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high school qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
English language requirements
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications
If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.