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BSc (Hons)Accountancy and Finance

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UCAS code: AF03
Institution code: S30
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Why study accountancy and finance with a foundation year

Enter the fast-paced world of international finance with this professionally accredited degree, working with global companies to gain the skills and real-world work experience you’ll need for success.

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  • The business and law foundation year is ideal for those who are looking at an alternative route into higher education, or who wish to update or broaden their knowledge before progressing onto a full undergraduate degree.
  • An exam and overall pass in a professionally accredited module on this course could lead to exemption from the requirements of professional bodies such as ACCA, CIMA, IFA, AIA and ICAEW.
  • We are the only UK university to be part of International Marketing Week, a fantastic opportunity to spend up to a week on a real-world business project with one of our 10 partner universities in Europe, working on a live client brief from companies such as Mercedes Benz or Lucas-Bols amongst a range of other national brands.
  • Great employment opportunities: recent graduates have found roles such as accountants, auditors, tax specialists, financial analysts, fund managers and more, at companies such as Deloitte, Smith and Williamson and John Lewis.
  • Opportunity to attend guest lectures by industry-led speakers from PwC.
  • Small Business Charter holder, one of only 62 business schools to have this acknowledgement of excellence in working with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
  • Shortlisted for the Target Jobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards (2021), the National Undergraduate Awards (2021) and the Small Business Charter Excellence Awards for Outstanding Support for Student Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (2023).
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Course overview

Designed by experienced academics who’ve worked across key roles in a wide variety of industries, our Business and Law Foundation Year is designed to build your confidence, develop your capabilities and ensure you’re future-ready and ready for the competitive global marketplace.

From core subjects such as business, law, finance, marketing, enterprise, personal development and projects in the community, you’ll gain a solid introduction to the foundations of business and law, study contemporary business challenges, identify future trends and focus on the areas and industries which matter to you.

And throughout the foundation and subsequent full Solent degree, you’ll do more than learn the theory – you’ll learn to apply it through an innovative range of assessment and ‘real-world’ live briefs. Our degrees offer the chance to engage and get hands-on experience of international business and legal challenges and contexts, as well as a variety of extra qualifications, exemptions and memberships in addition to your honour’s degree.

Throughout this industry-focused degree you'll engage with specific areas of finance that interest you and explore both national and international markets to gain a firm understanding of the global economy. You'll also have access to our Bloomberg suite, which delivers real-time business and market news, data, and analysis to the world's leading industries and companies to support critical financial and strategic decision making. Use of the Bloomberg suite is embedded into the curriculum, meaning you'll be at the cutting edge of financial analysis and skills development to help further boost your employability prospects.

You'll also be encouraged to put theory into practice by working on real-life business scenarios, with opportunities to co-design and project-manage a series of business events to build networking skills, meet employers, and discuss key business topics, such as diversity and inclusion, digital transformation and the future of the business landscape, and leadership.

Solent's accountancy and finance degree has strong connections with industry and is accredited by a number of professional bodies. The course content is designed and reviewed in collaboration with industry experts. Our Business Advisory Board, chaired by Pete Markey, Chief Marketing Officer at Boots, is made up of senior leaders across a variety of industries who help to inform our curriculum development, student success, and business development.

The degree is also part of Solent's Business School, which won the Outstanding Higher Education Provider of the Year at the 2022 CMI Awards in recognition of our outstanding positive impact on student employability, enriched experience, and professional development.

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

Accredited by

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    CIMA logo
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  • Accredited by and with exemptions available:

    Institute of Financial Accountants logo
  • Accredited by and with exemptions available:

    Association of International Accountants (AIA) logo
  • Solent Business School is a holder of:

    Small Business Charter logo

Any questions?

Contact UK admissions

Email: 023 8201 5066

Contact international admissions

Email: +44 (0)23 8201 5066

Course features

  • Additional qualification

    This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • Placement year

    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

  • Top-up option

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

  • Study abroad

    You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course

Who is this course for?

Solent’s Business and Law Foundation Year is ideally suited if you want to build your academic knowledge and confidence to return to studying or progress in your studies. You’ll develop strong academic and organisational skills, and prepare yourself for successful careers in a range of business industries – studying a curriculum that is not just about theory but real-world application.

The accountancy and finance degree is ideal for anyone who is hoping to pursue a career in the wide range of jobs related to accountancy and finance sector which is a huge industry area.

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.

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Meet the team

Teaching staff for the BSc (Hons) Accountancy and Finance degree have experience of working in accountancy and finance in practice or in industry as practitioners and/or are actively engaged with current research within accountancy, finance and economics.

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.


Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces.

Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

    International opportunities

    Broaden your horizons by adding an international dimension to your CV – essential to achieving success in today’s fast-changing, global environment.

    Studying, working or volunteering in another country could be the experience of a lifetime. Enhance your degree by developing important global skills such as knowledge of other countries, language skills, intercultural awareness, adaptability and confidence.

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