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About the course

Are you interested in joining the fast-paced world of international finance? Whether you dream of becoming an accountant, investment broker or financial advisor, this full-time degree will help equip you with the skills you’ll need to get your career off to a great start.

This programme aims to help students to take advantage of these graduate jobs by providing them with a solid understanding of the industry, the opportunity to pursue work experience and the chance to engage with specific areas of finance that interest them. Students on the BA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance course study intensively, looking at both national and international markets to ensure a firm understanding of the global economy.

The curriculum itself is partly based around first hand advice and real life examples of working in the industry. Not only does this better prepare students for their working life, it also ensures that staff and students are keeping up to date with the latest developments in this fast moving industry.

Our accrediting institutions can provide students with support and guidance both during and after their degree. This support has helped past students to secure year-long work placements, which every students is given the opportunity to undertake between the second and third years of their degree.

Solent is a place of study for students from all over the world. Learning with students from a wide range of different backgrounds helps to emulate real working practises and brings new points of view to discussions and debates. 

If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
Placement year
This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Solent graduates are exempt from up to two-thirds of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of International Accountants (AIA) exams as you will be taught the relevant content as part of the course.

What does this course lead to?

Providing general business and finance which are valuable in almost any career path, the course opens up the door to a wide range of accounting and finance positions. 

Previous students have gone on to work in a wide range of businesses and organisations, with recent graduates finding roles at Ernst and Young, PWC and Vodafone.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for anyone who is hoping to pursue a career as an accountant, investment broker or financial advisor.

Students who are interested in becoming a member of a professional body will benefit greatly from graduate exemptions for ACCA, CIMA and AIA exams.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry NN34
  • 4 Years Business Foundation Year NN3K

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard Entry NN43
  • 5 Years Business Foundation Year NNHK
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fee: £1,385 
International placement year fee: £1,750

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.
  • Alternative entry on this course is available through the Business Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply
Placement Year 4 years Apply

Business Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
Placement Year 5 years Apply
How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Accounting Systems
  • Business Contexts
  • The Accountant as a Professional
  • Introduction to Financial Reporting
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Accounting Services

Year two

Core units
  • Financial Reporting
  • Accounting for Management Performance
  • Financial Management
  • The UK Monetary and Financial System


  • Audit Principles
  • Accounting Risk and Ethics
  • Business and Personal Tax
  • Law in Business 

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units
  • Corporate Reporting
  • Accounting for Management Decisions
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • The International Financial System


  • Advanced Taxation
  • Auditing Practice
  • International Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Capital Market Trading

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Gillian Saieva academic profile Gillian Saieva Head of Subject View profile
Gill Cashell academic profile Gill Cashell Course Leader View profile
Nick Potts academic profile Nick Potts Professor View profile
David Collinson academic profile David Collinson Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Students will have access to a wide range of facilities during their time here at Solent. These include modern IT suites and a variety of sports and entertainment facilities (which are available to all Solent students on an extracurricular basis). The University also provides excellent learning resources to its students, from campus-wide wireless to extensive library services and dedicated student work spaces.

Our accreditations from ACCA, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), and AIA show potential employers that Solent’s teaching meets the standards set by the industry itself.

Your future

There are a various optional units built into the course, allowing students to specialise in a specific area of accountancy and finance, or gain a broad understanding of the industry.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Accountancy practices
  • Business and the public sector
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • The stock market
  • Tax advice
  • Credit consultancy
  • Credit analysis
  • Financial services
  • Management

Graduates often go on to study professional accountancy qualifications as part of training selected by their employer, or go on to study at master’s level.

  • Solent University is ideally suited to providing students with the practical skills needed in the work place. This is down to the practical, hands-on nature of its courses compared to other universities.

    David Jones, Director of 7 Accounts

  • I love the way course has been brought together with the units it offers and the way lecturers involve themselves in helping and guiding students in preparing assignments. I like the supportive and helping environment of university. Moreover, the guest lectures that I attended during the employability week were very helpful as I got to know the importance of getting a job in SMEs.

    Ramandeep Kaur, student

  • I like the fact its located right in the centre of Southampton making everything a walking distance. There are also a lot of good facilities and friendly staff that are always willing to help.

    Sana Zelgay, student

Industry links

Many of the teaching staff have professional experience in accountancy and the financial sector. This ensures that study units reflect current developments in the industry. The curriculum looks at both the national and the international finance industry, keeping students up to date with the global economy and giving them the option of pursuing a career abroad after graduation.

You’ll also have access to professional guest speakers, links with local employers, live assessment briefs and an optional placement between years two and three, giving you a chance to get practical hands-on experience and develop valuable professional connections.

In previous years, the accountancy and finance course team have used their connections with practising professionals to arrange live briefs, guest lectures and work experience placements.


You have the option of undertaking a year in the industry between the second and third years. In finding a suitable placement you’ll be able to use the course team and the University’s contacts and resources, and further support is available.

Further study

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