BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting with Integrated foundation year

Knowledge of accounting and finance offers a strong foundation for many careers. The University of Bolton's BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting with integrated foundation year taught by the University of Bolton Manchester (UoBM) in Manchester city centre offers you the tools for success in many private and public sector industries.

Finance and Accounting with Integrated foundation year

Key information


BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:



4 years


UoB Manchester

UCAS points:


UCAS code:


Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

The BSc (Hons) in Finance and Accounting with integrated foundation year offered by UoBM provides excellent exposure to the principles and practices of accounting and finance. It offers a strong foundation for a career, regardless of whether you choose to become a professional accountant, work in financial services or build a career in auditing. You can develop high-level technical knowledge and conceptual understanding of accounting and finance in business contexts while experiencing life in the multicultural heart of Manchester.

The foundation year is the first year of this four-year degree, offering an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of accounting, finance, and business management alongside study skills development. It's designed to prepare you for degree-level study.

As you progress through the course, our expert team will guide you in developing core knowledge in critical areas such as financial auditing, reporting, and taxation. You'll also explore wider concepts for business management, including business economics, planning, strategy and performance. If you wish to pursue a specialist accounting interest and relate the course syllabus to professional body (ACCA) requirements, this course will support your ambition.

During your studies, you'll learn the technical language and practices used in accountancy and finance and build sought-after skills such as communication, data analysis, time management, teamwork and problem-solving. We'll coach you in developing a wide range of high-level intellectual abilities, building your confidence in navigating people, analysing data and presenting reasoned arguments in a cross-cultural context. We'll also emphasise the social, political, ethical, technological, and environmental concerns in which business and the accountancy profession operate.

The degree is expertly structured to combine academic and practical areas of finance and accounting, giving you the tools to successfully navigate these essential areas of business, commerce and management. We also aim to help you develop lifelong learning skills so that you can take ownership of your professional development for the future, maximising your potential for success.

The final year dissertation allows you to combine your new skills with academic research. We'll guide you as you learn to apply your knowledge and prove your critical understanding of finance and accounting. By studying our BSc (Hons) in Finance and Accounting with integrated foundation year, you'll build essential knowledge and experience a range of opportunities that support you in developing the attitudes, abilities and competencies needed to launch your career in accounting and finance.

  • UoBM's highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic finance, accounting and business management lecturers offer face-to-face sessions, online classes and one-to-one support, ensuring you can access help and advice when needed.
  • You'll build core academic and professional skills and explore key concepts in areas such as financial accounting; business planning, strategy and performance; financial management, reporting and auditing; economics, law and taxation for business.
  • You'll also have the opportunity to undertake a major project in your final year that allows you to explore an area of professional interest in greater depth.
  • Our highly experienced and enthusiastic lecturers have worked in a wide variety of businesses ranging from multinational organisations to SMEs and offer face-to-face, online and one-to-one support.
  • UoBM offers excellent IT facilities, WiFi and well-appointed teaching, learning, and study areas.
Key Features
  • UoBM is partnering with the University of Bolton to bring the University's highly regarded teaching-intensive, research-informed approach to a new campus in Manchester city centre.
  • You can benefit from excellent student-centred and innovative teaching close to Oxford Road in the heart of Manchester's student hub.
  • We use small group and tutorial teaching so that you can benefit from the excellent support offered by our teaching staff.
  • We regularly invite guest speakers with senior positions in industry and practice, enabling you to benefit from their knowledge and advice.
  • Course materials are available online, allowing you to prepare work in advance and make the most of the highly interactive in-class tuition.
  • We weave contemporary research findings into our teaching and offer a robust academic underpinning to your accounting and finance studies.
  • Our dedicated team will support you as you develop critical thinking and research skills and apply these during your final year dissertation.
  • A link tutor provides academic communication between UoBM and the University of Bolton so that the experience you receive as an off-campus student is equivalent to that of an on-campus student.
  • As an off-campus student, you'll have access to the support of the University's dedicated Off-Campus team and resources.
  • You'll also have access to the University's e-learning resources, an extensive e-library and the support of University librarians.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

This BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting Management with integrated foundation year provides a broad understanding of accounting and finance for the business and commercial world.

During your studies, you'll develop a variety of technical and transferable skills that are sought after by a wide range of employers and organisations in the business sector and beyond. You'll build commercial awareness, learn how organisations manage their finances and gain high-level numerical and quantitative skills for understanding financial performance.

As a graduate, you'll be able to solve problems, analyse data and statistics, and present information both orally and on paper. You'll also have good attention to detail and strong organisational ability.

What can I do with this qualification?

As a graduate of this degree, you'll be attractive to employers from the public, private and voluntary sectors for a wide range of accounting, finance and business roles. Some typical employment opportunities include trainee company accountant, auditor or tax consultant.

You might seek work in fields such as banking, investment, insurance, retail or sales, and with government agencies such as HM Revenue and Customs. You could also apply for the graduate schemes offered by large multinational firms.

After graduation, you may pursue further study to develop more specialist expertise in accountancy or finance. You may focus on qualifying as a professional accountant with a professional body such as ACCA or study for a master's degree in a specialist field. Alternatively, you might seek a postgraduate qualification in another area of business management or related fields, such as data analysis.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into various other careers. Some of these roles may require relevant experience and/or postgraduate study. Some possibilities include the following:

  • Purchasing
  • Tax and pensions advice
  • Law
  • Teaching, education and training
  • Transport and logistics
  • Stocks and shares
  • Charity work
  • Loss adjusting
  • Credit and investment analysis
  • Claims inspection
  • Advertising, marketing and PR
  • Investment banking
  • Risk and insurance
  • Statistics and market research

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2024/252025/262026/272027/282028/29

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2023-2024 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2023-2024 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.


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For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

Please apply directly to UoB Manchester. Details of how to apply can be found on the UoB Manchester website .

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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We understand that our students' learning needs and preferred learning styles vary, so we use a range of learning and teaching methods, including online (where appropriate).

Lectures introduce the core course content, while seminars allow you to explore subjects in greater detail. Tutorials offer space to ask questions, ensuring you understand the topics covered in the lectures and seminars. We use case studies and practical scenarios to help you learn to apply academic theory to real-life practical scenarios, allowing you to gain insights into contemporary practice in working accounting, finance and business environments. We'll also expect you to undertake considerable guided independent study, for instance, library research and background reading, preparing for seminar and tutorial activities, and working on assignments.

Guest lectures and presentations by visiting speakers from relevant employment areas will allow you to develop your knowledge and understanding further.

You can expect time-constrained exams, essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, and others in terms of assessment. These contribute to your final module mark and demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes.

We also use other assessment forms to help you learn, provide feedback, and inform your development. These do not, however, count towards your final module mark.


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Communication Skills
  • Data Skills
  • Professional Development Skills
  • Research Skills
  • Academic and Professional Skills
  • Business Planning
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Business environment
  • Financial Reporting for Business
  • Taxation for Business
  • Legal Aspects of Business
  • Managing Business Performance
  • Financial Management in Organisations
  • Business Strategy
  • Financial Auditing
  • Undergraduate Major Project
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level zeroCoursework 38%, Practical exams 50%, Written exams 13%
Level oneCoursework 38%, Practical exams 13%, Written exams 50%
Level twoCoursework 25%, Practical exams 13%, Written exams 63%
Level threeCoursework 43%, Practical exams 29%, Written exams 29%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level zeroGuided independent study 76%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 24%
Level oneGuided independent study 76%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 24%
Level twoGuided independent study 76%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 24%
Level threeGuided independent study 76%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 24%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Andrew Johnson
Intermin Programme Leader, UoB Manchester

+44 (0)161 388 5532

Enquiry Team
UoB Manchester

+44 (0)161 388 5595

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