Finance and Accounting BSc (Hons) Top-up

Overview (NV)

BSc (Hons) Top-up

Course length
1 year full-time
UCAS code
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Finance and accounting professionals are vital to all functions of a business. Our Finance and Accounting Top-up course is designed to help you build on the knowledge and skills you have acquired in your prior learning. It will enable you to apply your analytical abilities efficiently and open up a wide range of career opportunities. As well as a detailed understanding of financial systems, you will gain insight into other business areas including enterprise, marketing, strategy and leadership.

In today's dynamic digital marketplace, graduates need more than theoretical learning alone to compete in the job market. Our course will therefore put you ahead of the competition by offering you early immersion into the markets, developing your practical and professional skills learning in our newly-built Financial Trading Suite. This state-of-the-art facility is powered by the Infront Professional Terminal, combining real-time global market data, news, analytics and electronic trading in one intuitive platform, putting financial markets at your fingertips. We work closely with our industry delivery partners and you will be exposed to the latest technology and become familiar with the digital tools used in professional practice.

Why choose this course?

  • Specialise your studies - For your final project, you can research a topic that interests you and can be relevant to your interests or intended future employment
  • Practical application - You will have the opportunity to work on live consultancy cases with local and international clients
  • Develop your knowledge - You will gain first-hand knowledge of market concepts and behaviours through simulated investing and analysis of market opportunities
  • Career-boosting skills - The course will provide you with various opportunities to enhance your employability skills to facilitate your career progression
  • Real-world experience - The course was developed, and will be delivered in partnership, with key industry players and professional bodies


Course-specific facilities

The new UCB Financial Trading Suite at McIntyre House is one of the largest among all UK universities. It provides practical training opportunities for students on courses at UCB's Business School and other finance-related modules across the University, as well as a professional development facility for industry partners.

Featuring 21 workstations, two large wall screens and a scrolling ticker providing real-time global market information, it is also the first university trading suite in the country to be powered by Infront Professional Terminal, offering unique benefits for staff and students in using and sharing data.

Kick-start scheme

As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). The scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You could even qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Open days

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about University College Birmingham and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day. 

Accreditations and Endorsements
University of Birmingham Accreditation -Partnership Logo   Infront_logo

Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment

Modules are delivered as a combination of lectures, small group seminars, workshops, one-to-one tutorials, group projects, virtual learning environment (VLE) and self-directed study. Students are expected to participate and contribute to each session. Lectures are formal teaching sessions that provide essential content and assessment material.

Guest lectures are delivered by professionals from the finance and accounting sectors to enhance your learning and experience. Some modules may be delivered in block format by industry practitioners in order to ensure that their expertise is effectively shared.

Assessments are a mixture of exams and coursework including presentations, essays, reports, multiple choice tests and numerical computations. The UCB Financial Trading Suite is integrated within our teaching and assessment strategy to deliver a live learning experience.

Individual study  

You will be expected to commit to approximately 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and completing assessments. Canvas, our virtual learning platform, provides 24-hour access to learning and support materials. 

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

Academic: A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of accounting, banking and finance, business finance, economics or finance, with 240 credits.

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application. You can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email:

EU/international students

Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered. Applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer)  

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application. You can call us on 0121 604 1040 or send an email:



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If your total predicted/achieved points do not meet those outlined above or your qualification(s) do not appear on the UCAS Tariff please contact the admissions directly on 0121 604 1040 or email 

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Qualification Grade Points
Modules (NV)


Financial Reporting Leadership and Enterprise Strategy Performance Management Research Project
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  Please note
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.


Placements (NV)

Work placement

UCB encourages you to seek as much industry experience and exposure throughout your studies and we work with industry providers to offer you a variety of opportunities (paid and voluntary). Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding work that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans.

Work Placement - Business School - University College Birmingham


Employability (NV)

Graduate careers

This course provides an excellent platform for those seeking a career working in finance and accounting.

Graduating with this degree will enable you to work in any organisation, covering roles such as:

  • Financial auditor
  • Financial analyst
  • Payroll outsourcer
  • Chartered accountant
  • Chartered certified accountant
  • Chartered management accountant
  • Chartered public finance accountant
  • Company secretary
  • Forensic accountant
  • Stockbroker

Your degree would also be useful for the following roles:

  • Actuary
  • Business development manager
  • Data analyst
  • Economist
  • Licensed conveyancer
  • Management consultant
  • Mortgage adviser
  • Purchasing manager
  • Retail banker
  • Tax adviser
  • Financial consultant

Graduates who wish to continue their studies can apply to progress to postgraduate courses at UCB such as our MSc in Enterprise Management, MSc in Finance and Accounting. You may be eligible for a postgraduate loan.


hired@UCB is our student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills. Based in new facilities on the ground floor of Moss House, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships and apprenticeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps - UCB's recruitment agency 

Find out more about hired@UCB services.