About the course
Our BSc Accounting (including foundation year) is open to Home, EU and international students. It will be suitable for you if your academic qualifications do not yet meet our entrance requirements for the three-year version of this course and you want a programme that increases your subject knowledge as well as improves your academic skills.
This four-year course includes a foundation year (Year Zero), followed by a further three years of study. During your Year Zero, you study four academic subjects relevant to your chosen course as well as a compulsory English language and academic skills module.
You are an Essex student from day one, a member of our global community based at the most internationally diverse campus university in the UK.
After successful completion of Year Zero in our Essex Pathways Department, you progress to complete your course with Essex Business School. To us, 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 will have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice by completing an in-depth, independent research project or dissertation (subject to approval). This will give you the chance to further develop vital employability skills in areas of research, time management 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.
Essex Business School courses provide you with accreditations and exemptions from a range of professional bodies including:
- 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 are able to gain a professional qualification by taking fewer exams when you graduate, giving your career a head start.
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 Professor of Accounting 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
By studying within our Essex Pathways Department for your foundation year, you will have access to all of the facilities that the University of Essex has to offer, as well as those provided by our department to support you:
- We provide computer labs for internet research; classrooms with access to PowerPoint facilities for student presentations; AV facilities for teaching and access to web-based learning materials
- Our new Student Services Hub will support you and provide information for all your needs as a student
- Our social space is stocked with hot magazines and newspapers, and provides an informal setting to meet with your lecturers, tutors and friends
Accounting is taught at our Colchester Campus, where our Essex Business School 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.
Today’s graduate job market is competitive, with employers looking for candidates who understand how business works. An Essex education prepares you for the world of work, with 80% of our students entering work or further study after graduating.
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 across the globe:
- Bank of England
- John Lewis Partnership
You benefit from a range of career support and employability opportunities from the School and the University’s Employability and Careers Centre, including information about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.
UK entry requirements
A-levels: DDD, or equivalent in UCAS tariff points, to include 2 full A-levels.GCSE: Mathematics C
International and EU entry requirements
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries.
for further details about the qualifications we accept. Include information in your email about the
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 5.5 overall. 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 required. 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.