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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.

BSc (Hons) Accountancy and Finance scored 93% overall satisfaction and ranked in the top 20 in the UK. (National Student Survey 2020)

Taught by professionally qualified staff, including an international expert on Marx’s value theory, you will develop a strong understanding of the industry, and get opportunities to pursue valuable work experience in the real world.

You can engage with specific areas of finance that interest you, and explore both national and international markets to ensure a firm understanding of the global economy.

Solent is a place of study for students from all over the world. Learning with students from a wide range of different backgrounds, you’ll explore new points of view on contemporary discussions and debates, and get a feel for the international workplace. 

The curriculum itself is based around practical advice and real life examples of working in the industry –helping prepare you for your future career, and keeping you up to date with the latest developments in this fast moving industry.

And you will also have the opportunity to undertake a year-long full-time work placement between the second and third years of your degree – getting first-hand experience in the world of work.

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
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

The optional one year, full-time work placement between years two and three will help you to relate your studies to the workplace and extend your network of contacts.

What does this course lead to?

Our graduates go on to become accountants, auditors, tax specialists, financial analysts, fund managers, business advisers and entrepreneurs. Recent graduates have found roles at Deloitte, Smith and Williamson, Estee Lauder and John Lewis, among others.

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.

Applicants need to have good numeracy, written and oral communication skills.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fee: £1,425
International placement year fee: £1,850

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Optional costs:

CIMA-accredited SAGE qualification currently at a discounted rate of £119.79.

Trip to IFRS Foundation based on subsidised travel to London.

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.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • GCSE Maths Grade C/4
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.
  • Holders of AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting or AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting are awarded direct entry to the second year on any named accounting programme.
  • Alternative entry on this course is available through the Business and Law 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 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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 Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact admissions.international@solent.ac.uk 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: www.ucas.com.

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:

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Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Positive Psychology for Success
    Lay strong foundations for study and employment success. Build your academic, employability and independent learning skills, and put together a personal professional development (PPD) plan to stay agile, adaptable and future ready.
  • Data Analysis, Tools and Application
    Explore how digital technology has fundamentally reshaped traditional business, and how businesses try to keep up. Learn to collect, analyse, and interpret data, and to present your findings effectively.
  • Marketing, Sales and Negotiation Skills
    Discover the critical role of marketing in business, from understanding customers’ motivations to engagement to measuring effectiveness. Learn key marketing concepts and terminology, explore digital and content marketing, and more.
  • Accounting Skills
    A fundamental understanding of how systems and processes operate is essential for the accountant. This module teaches the basics of manual and computerised accounting, from double entry book-keeping to various accounting packages, accounting controls, suspense accounts, payroll, and more.
  • Introduction to Financial Reporting
    This module builds on the techniques developed in Accounting Skills, exploring accounting regulation and teaching you how to prepare key financial statements – income, financial position and cashflow statements – for organisations large and small.
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
    Management accounting provides financial and non-financial information that will help managers make good decisions. This module covers introductory aspects of accounting related to control and decision-making within business organisations, focusing on using relevant techniques to address various business management problems.

Year two

Core modules
  • Financial Reporting
    Through this module you will learn the need for regulation over the quality of financial reporting and the regulatory framework within which financial statements are prepared.
  • Financial Management
    This module will introduce you to the function, principles, and techniques of financial management. In particular, it will focus on the relationship between companies seeking to raise finance, and the investors who provide that finance.
  • Taxation Principles 
    You will develop a curiosity to understand and critique the impact of this evolving taxation environment. The knowledge gained can be used for a career in practice, industry or for your own personal tax affairs.
  • Management Accounting 
    This module will focus on the accounting concepts and techniques relevant to the provision of management information for planning, control and performance evaluation purposes. 
  • The UK Financial System 
    This module is concerned with the analysis of financial institutions and markets in the UK, which are crucially important for the operation of a successful modern economy.

Options

  • Audit Principles
    Through this module you will become familiar with the methodologies required through the audit process and learn how to draft an audit report.
  • Capital Market Trading
    Understand money and the markets in our globalised economy. Explore the language of finance; test and observe diverse investment strategies; and learn how key information can dramatically affect share prices.

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

Year three

Core modules
  • The International Financial System 
    This module investigates the international financial system. Including; how banks really work, how to manage the economy, how countries should relate to each other and how developing countries can successfully develop.
  • Advanced Management Accounting
    This module will provide you with a wide range of techniques to enable you as a future manager to make quality decisions.
  • Corporate Financial Management 
    This module focuses on a stock exchange quoted company and how corporate finance theories and practices can enhance performance. It takes an integrated view of how financing and investment decisions contribute to shareholders’ wealth creation.
  • Advanced Financial Reporting 
    Through this module you will evaluate current financial reporting practices and information produced by listed companies, including groups. 

Options

  • International Financial Reporting and Analysis 
    Keep up to date with financial reporting practices in an ever-changing global environment. Explore contrasts between regional accounting styles, and investigate challenges in business performance analysis across national boundaries.
  • Current Audit Issues 
    This module will explore the expectations placed on the auditor and consider whether they have ‘failed’ in some cases.
  • Taxation Practice 
    Through this module you will develop advanced practical tax planning skills. Focus will be on the interaction of the various taxes to provide tax planning solutions.
  • Ecological Economics 
    This module will consider the existing scientific understanding of climate change and other areas in this topic and the actions taken so far. It will also review and aim to understand the economics behind these actions.

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

Support

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
Chris Simcock academic profile Chris Simcock Senior Lecturer View profile
Jackie Campbell academic profile Jackie Campbell Lecturer View profile
Maria Hutchinson academic profile Maria Hutchinson Lecturer View profile
Nick Potts academic profile Nick Potts Associate Professor 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.

Facilities

Training provided on world-recognised professional software, including the SAGE and Xero accounting packages and Microsoft Excel. You will also have access to a CIMA accredited SAGE certification course. 

On this degree you will be taught by professionally qualified staff and an international expert on Marx’s value theory, taught in small groups and not in large lectures and gain valuable work experience working on local community audits.

Your future

Solent’s accountancy and finance programme will prepare students for a wide range of graduate level employment opportunities. Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • practice accountant
  • management accountant
  • public sector accountant
  • auditor
  • tax specialist
  • financial analyst
  • fund manager
  • business adviser
  • business manager
  • project manager
  • 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

Students have benefitted from technical training and careers advice from a range of guest lecturers, including feedback on CVs and interview technique. Past guest speakers have included:

  • Public sector audit managers from PwC
  • Director of Forensics at BDO
  • Head of Shared Services at Hampshire County Council
  • Alumni from various industries, including a cost accountant (Estee Lauder) and a management consultant (Peter Marsh Consulting)
  • Professional accountancy bodies such as CIMA, ACCA and IFA.
  • Finance recruitment agencies such as Hays and VR Partners.

We also aim to take a trip each year such as to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation, a graduate recruitment fair in London, and Deloitte or other recruitment/careers events.

Placements

The course has an optional placement year (46 weeks, full time) between years two and three of the programme. With support and guidance from the course team and Solent Futures, our careers service, you will arrange your own work placement and submit a learning contract, as well as developing a reflective portfolio during your placement which critically appraises your role and performance.

Recent placements have included Boeing, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and private accounting practices.

Graduate stories

Paulina's story

Paulina Batelt, 2019 graduate - Tax Analyst Deloitte UK

The first thing that I can think of is a role which optional units play on our course. The variety of options really helped me to make a decision regarding the career path I wanted to pursue. As we could learn the subject on a more advanced level every year, it made me feel confident about my knowledge of tax and apply for tax consulting.

Second thing worth giving an attention is reliability of degree resources. The innovative way of teaching, such as, lecture capture and seminar activities stimulating thinking contributed to my learning process. Lecturers having a deep industry experience and sharing it with students are also valuable assets of our degree. We could actually see how to apply the purely university-based knowledge in the real world.

Another thing would be the importance of workshops and work experience offered at Solent University (in my case: Solent TV Production). Not only did they improve my CV, but also boosted my interpersonal skills being necessary to make a good first impression on a potential interviewer and employer. I find such a mutual collaboration of different university's departments and courses remarkably useful for each student.

 

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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