Accounting and finance involves learning and understanding mathematical approaches in the accounting and finance sector. A degree programme will usually include accounting practices, such as tax, corporate finance and legal requirements, as well as understanding finance in business and e-commerce.
Students normally require 300 UCAS points, AAA – AAB, including A Level Mathematics, to gain entry to a BA Accounting and Finance Degree. GCSE grade A-C in Maths and English is also necessary. Generally, the best courses in Accounting and Finance will have higher entry requirements due to the high demand and quality of teaching. The best universities for BA Accounting and Finance degree are the University of Warwick, University of Surrey, Heriot-Watt University, University of Strathclyde and University of Leeds. However, there are over 100 institutions that offer a BA Accounting and Finance Degree.
You are advised to contact the university you are applying to for a full breakdown of entry requirements.
Students wishing to gain entry to masters in accounting degree should usually hold a 2:1 bachelors degree or above in a related subject area such as finance, business, economics, mathematics or science. If the applicant does not have previous academic experience then experience in the industry is desired.
Some postgraduate degrees in Accounting may require students to attend an entrance interview. To help you understand postgraduate interviews we have put together an article for the top 10 questions that are likely to pop up and the best ways that you can answer them: Top 10 Postgraduate Interview Questions.
Graduates of a BA Accounting and Finance Degree often choose to work directly in the field of accounting, economics, management and business. However, there is also the opportunity for accounting graduates to gain roles within journalism, education and legal sectors.
Some graduates choose to pursue a postgraduate degree in accounting upon completion of their undergraduate degree, within the same area of study. Normally, these degrees require students to have gained a 2:1 honours undergraduate degree in a relevant area of study, and take around 12 months of full time study to complete.
Those who have completed a Masters in accounting degree can use their knowledge and skills in a range of industries, however, the most popular job roles are obtained in:
- Corporate finance
- Security analysis
- Portfolio management
- Treasury management
- Financial decision making