About the course
Our BSc Accounting and Finance (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. You have access to our virtual trading floor, where you make use of real-world Bloomberg data, information and analytics to practise trading stocks and securities in the type of environment found in City finance firms.
You study a wide range of topics and develop your quantitative skills, giving you the flexibility to pursue a career in finance, accounting or business management after graduation.
You explore areas such as:
- the preparation of financial statements and budgets
- accounting standards and corporate governance
- financial theory
- portfolio management
- options and futures markets
- risk management
We not only teach you how financial information underpins leadership, strategy and planning, but how financial decisions can impact society and the economy. We develop your understanding of governance and ethics, so you can take actions for the good of organisations and the wider world.
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 25 for research excellence (REF, 2014) and in the top 20 UK business schools by the Chartered Association of Business Schools. Our finance group is one of the largest and most respected in the country and our students and staff join us from all over the world.
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 are taught by a highly qualified, enthusiastic team with wide-ranging research interests and proven academic track record. You’ll regularly see our academics, such as Professor of Accounting Prem Sikka, talking to the media about important business issues.
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; and contemporary financial markets and their participants.
They use research in lectures and seminars, so you learn about issues affecting the business world right now.
By studying within our Essex Pathway 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
This course is based at our Colchester Campus, where you benefit from excellent facilities:
- a lush winter garden, which gives our zero carbon building its own micro-climate
- light and spacious lecture theatres
- study pods and innovation booths for group working
- networking opportunities with visiting businesses
- a café with an adjacent sun terrace
- study skills workshops and advice
Our Colchester building is located on the Knowledge Gateway innovation park, providing potential networking and work experience opportunities with a range of exciting businesses located on site.
As well as equipping you with knowledge and practical skills in accounting and finance, we develop your employability skills through a dedicated career module.
In 2014, 88% of all of our full-time undergraduates and 96% of our overseas undergraduates were in work or further study within six months of graduating. Our recent graduates work for companies such as:
- Bank of England
- John Lewis Partnership
From your first day at university, we support you to prepare for life after graduation. We understand the skills and knowledge modern employers want to see in their graduates and ensure that you have the opportunity to acquire these through your degree studies and extra-curricular activity, including a range of employability opportunities.
We work closely with the University’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out 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.