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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 6k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 9.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    This course takes our expertise in tax teaching and mixes it with some of the best aspects of our accountancy courses. We are committed to equipping you with excellent communication and IT skills which are catered for specifically within the Professional Skills units and which are developed throughout the course.

    Key features of the course

    • BU has jumped from rank 57 to 37 in The Complete University Guide 2014 for Accounting & Finance
    • Courses within our accounting and finance framework are accredited by the major accounting bodies
    • Upon graduation, our accounting and finance degrees offer exemptions for accountancy qualifications, which means you may not have to take all the exams required to become a Chartered Accountant
    • An optional 40-week paid placement working in industry, making contacts and gathering valuable experience will give your career a head start
    • All courses' first year units are the same, giving you the vital key skills demanded by employers and then the flexibility to transfer to another pathway at the end of the first year.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Tuition fee
    • GBP 6000 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 9500 Year (International)

    Start date September 2015 Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Year 1

    Core units:

    Economics for Accounting and Finance

    This unit will introduce you to fundamental economic concepts and your applications and enable you to apply economic principles in the analysis of contemporary economic issues and problems. You will develop an understanding of the operation of markets, including the interaction between related markets along with an understanding of the impact of economic policies on business and society in the context of a global economy.

    Introduction to Accounting

    This unit aims to provide you with a sound foundation in the fundamentals of accounting, together with a basic understanding of the regulatory framework. Having completed this unit you is expected to explain the information requirements of users of accounts, both internal and external to the organisation.

    Professional Studies and Quantitative Techniques

    To encourage independent, critical thinking and reflective learners this unit will expand basic communications skills and introduce IT tools within the context of the financial environment therefore increasing your employability. It will develop knowledge of the fundamental mathematical processes, techniques and ideas used in the collection, presentation, analysis and interpretation of data.

    Law for Accounting and Finance

    This unit will embed the core legal principles and concepts within the legal environment for a graduate operating in the finance sector. It will enable you to access and utilise the main sources of law and to understand and critically evaluate the context of the legal environment in which businesses operate as well as the scope and nature of the legal relationships that exist therein.

    Business Management

    This unit aims to provide you with an introduction to marketing, human resource management and organisational change in the context of business management in a global environment. By the end of this unit you will be able to understand business practices in organisations and apply business theories to contemporary organisations.

    Basic Statistical Techniques

    Develop an understanding of the scope and limitations of statistical techniques and improve your employability by adding to your ability to use the key transferable skills of statistics. By the end of this unit you will be able to calculate a range of basic statistical techniques and interpret the results and perform various significance tests.

    Year 2

    Management Accounting

    This unit will provide you with the practical ability to deal with fundamental cost and management accounting issues. You will critically appraise a range of theories behind various management accounting techniques and your suitability for particular business and organisational situations.

    Business Tax Planning

    This unit will equip you with a working knowledge of the UK taxation system as it impacts upon business decision making and encourage you to critically evaluate the principles underlying the UK system of taxing business.

    Professional Studies 2

    The aims of this unit are to develop relevant transferable academic and vocational skills. You will further develop and enhance your IT and communication skills. The unit will also provide an understanding of the accounting profession and possible career routes available (including placements).

    Financial Reporting

    This unit aims to expand the theoretical base of financial accounting and to critically apply the principles to a consideration of alternative models of accounting and to the practice of accounting in more advanced applications.

    Audit and Control

    The unit is designed to give you an insight into the modern audit process. The main emphasis will be on the statutory audit process, although the work of internal audit will also be considered.

    Law of Personal Tax 1

    The aims of this unit are to provide you with the opportunity to analyse and critically appraise the system of personal taxation applying in the UK. Enabling you to examine the impact of taxation on the economic decisions of individuals and the scope for personal tax planning. This unit encourages you to become independent and reflective learners and to enhance your employability.

    Year 3

    You will complete a 40-week optional placement which can be carried out anywhere in the world. The placement year offers a chance to gain experience and make contacts for the future.

    Year 4

    Advanced Accounting Theory & Practice

    This unit will develop your understanding of the theoretical aspects of financial reporting and to apply this to technical issues. On completion of this unit you will be able to apply accounting theory to technical matters in current practice.

    Law of Business Tax

    You will adopt a transactional approach, to engage in critical analysis of the effects of taxation in the various stages in the expansion of a business, from sole trader to corporate group. To equip you with a thorough understanding of the tax regime faced by businesses in your most common forms and of the more common tax planning strategies that may be adopted.

    Taxation: Economics & Policy

    To give an insight into the impact of taxation on the economy, ways of appraising taxes and consideration of alternative types of tax policies, in order to provide you with a broad knowledge of taxation issues and to provide the essential contextual framework for your studies in tax. Tax systems are not static and this unit equips you to recognise the types of changes they will experience in tax systems during your careers and more readily assimilate them.

    International Taxation

    This unit will provide a technically and academically challenging examination of the issues in international taxation faced by multinational corporations and individuals. You will develop the ability of you to apply the fundamental principles of international taxation to a wide range of situations.

    Indirect Tax

    This unit aims to develop your competence in the field of indirect taxation; and encourage the evaluation of the application of VAT to specific business sectors in the UK and its interaction with the EU and overseas jurisdictions in the context of cross-border trade.

    Law of Personal Tax 2

    The aims of this unit are to enable you to explore and critically evaluate opportunities for mitigating the impact of personal taxation on the decisions of individuals. To enable you to become independent and reflective learners and to appreciate how tax planning decisions are made within a professional practical setting.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    Tariff points

    The entry requirements for this course are 320 tariff points, including 220 from 2 A-levels (e.g. A,B), or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM.


    This course requires a minimum of 5 GCSEs, or equivalent, at grades A* to C, including Maths and English or equivalent.

    Relevant subjects:All subjects are considered

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Bournemouth University.


    International Students:

    International Partnership Scholarships:


    Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Chartered Institute of Taxation, Association of International Accountants.

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