Course Overview

UK Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
Duration 3 or 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

From sole traders and SMEs to multinationals and worldwide enterprises, all businesses rely on financial managers to interpret financial and performance data into valuable market insight. Combining general business management skills with financial acumen, you’ll become a problem-solver and strategist, able to identify profit potential, new market opportunities or flag up early warning signals. 

This degree is designed to equip you with a unique set of accounting and managerial skills to analyse and evaluate company and industry trends. You’ll learn how to receive, interpret and communicate financial and other information in a globalised profession. Gaining a deeper understanding of how finances affect company performance, you’ll be better placed to help firms make effective business decisions. Upon completion of the degree, students will be eligible to apply up to eight CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) exemptions and five ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) exemptions. 

In this fast-changing business world, there is a shortage of graduate talent with both accounting and business management education and skills. Our course covers management accounting, business and management education, and financial strategy. Generating value for the organisations you work in, you’ll look to the future, analysing the performance of business, advising or creating strategies to solve problems, adapt to changing circumstances and market conditions. 

Taught by academics with professional experience as accountants and managers, there is an emphasis on learning through practice, so you graduate with the breadth of knowledge and capabilities to respond proactively and creatively to contemporary business issues and challenges. Throughout the course, you’ll also develop a range of transferable skills highly prized by employers, such as critical evaluation, self-direction and problem-solving, as well as a sound grasp of analysis, presentations and negotiation techniques.

You’ll be capable of holding positions of significant responsibility and authority in public companies, private businesses and government agencies. Past graduates have found successful employment as management, marketing and advertising trainees, as trainee accountants and brand managers, recruitment consultants, retail managers and as assistants in market research, PR and global branding.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Accredited by CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accounting) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) with a minimum of three or four examination exemptions respectively – with the potential for more depending on your module choice
  • Large range of optional modules covering topics as diverse as online entertainment management and commercial law
  • Programmes are delivered by a multicultural and international teaching body, who come from professional practice and/or regularly publish in top international journals
  • Optional placement year to gain valuable work experience
  • Opportunity to undertake an internship which has enabled previous students to gain experience with  the NHS and with Disney
  • Participate in Westminster Working Cultures trips to understand working cultures within businesses abroad, which in the past have included Berlin, Mumbai and Washington DC
  • Business School graduates have gone on to work for large banks, including Standard Chartered, Citibank, Société Générale and Paribas, and governmental agencies, such as the World Economic Forum and Taiwanese government

Course structure

 This degree combines general business knowledge with the specialist financial analysis and reporting that helps inform and monitor business strategy. In each year of study, you will take a combination of core and option modules which cover specialisms such as taxation or commercial law, for example. 

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

You are introduced to the functions of business organisations, the broader business environment, and key management skills and competences, including information gathering and analysis, accounting, marketing and organisational behaviour. We consider business organisations – their purposes, structures and governance in a global context, together with cultural differences and ethical constraints. You’ll learn about basic management accounting concepts and deepen your understanding of company financial information, in particular how this information gets reported and analysed. Drawing on real-life data, you’ll be tasked with analysing the financial performance of an organisation of your choice.

Subjects of study may include:

  • Accounting and Finance Fundamentals
  • Creating and Managing an Online Presence
  • Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • Marketing Principles
  • People and Organisations
  • Quantitative Methods for Accountants
  • The Role of the Manager

Credit Level 4

You’ll take financial statement analysis to the next level by analysing the annual report of a company chosen from FTSE250 list. Applying a ratio analysis, you will provide recommendations to existing and potential investors. Management modules will also concentrate on developing key transferable skills more, such as looking into explaining the process of managing the project, evaluating the role of individuals in a company and how this can be used to plan a business better. You’ll learn to make decisions regarding overall resource management and how to influence a company’s future direction and strategies to add value.

Subjects of study include:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Intermediate Management Accounting
  • Leadership and Management
  • Managing People
  • Marketing Research
  • Operations and Digital Business
  • Project Management

Credit Level 5

Optional work placement/study abroad year

Between Years 2 and 3, you can take an optional work placement or study year abroad. The work placement year is a one-year full-time business work placement.

Past students have completed placements in a variety of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and prestigious organisations, including Barclays Bank, British Airways, Disney UK, IBM and the National Health Service (NHS).

The study abroad year allows you to follow a programme of study at one of our partner institutions, giving you an opportunity to experience life in another country and learn Business from a different cultural viewpoint.

You can also choose to split your year abroad into a first semester exchange and a second semester work placement, both conducted overseas.

Learn more about undergraduate placements

We’ll look in-depth at financial information analysis, building your competence to use relevant and emerging technologies in the field of accounting and management. You’ll analyse detailed accounting information, including consolidated financial statements, making informed decisions and reviewing current research in the area of accounting. You’ll also explore the process of working in a team, applying personal and professional responsibility. Your studies culminate with the Global Strategic Management module, designed to simulate as closely as possible the nature of strategic decision-making in the management of a commercial organisation. 

Subjects of study include:

  • Accounting Theory and Practice
  • Advanced Aspects of Management Accounting
  • Current Themes in Accounting
  • Elements of Commercial Law
  • Financial Management and Strategy
  • Global Strategic Management
  • International Financial Management
  • Personal Finance
  • Professional Experience Project
  • Taxation

Credit Level 6

Programme recognition

The Business Management (Accounting) BA is accredited by CIMA, the world's largest professional body of management accountants. For students seeking the internationally-recognised CIMA Qualification, the number of examination exemptions will depend on choice of optional modules, but could be up to a maximum of five. For those pursuing ACCA accreditation, the global body for professional accountants, the number of examination exemptions will again depend on choice of optional modules, but could be up to a maximum of five. 

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

This degree is designed to prepare you for a financial management and management accounting roles across all sectors of business, anywhere in the world. You will become a confident analyst and advisor, learning to interpret cost or profit figures produced by an accountant to support managerial decision making. You will graduate with knowledge and professional skills, and a heightened sense of commercial awareness that will be immediately transferable in a business environment. You could enter a wide range of business careers such as banking, insurance, financial services and general management. Many of our students go on to postgraduate study here and at a range of other universities.

The University's Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

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Develop your cultural intelligence – or ‘CQ’ – studying alongside students and staff representing more than 100 nationalities.

Industry links

Westminster Business School is one of London’s leading centres for business education based in the heart of London and its political, media and financial services scene. Through our connections with professional bodies, our alumni network and Employability Advisory Board, we have excellent links with industry. Staff who currently teach on this course have extensive professional experience in a range of business sectors with many staff maintaining links with industry through consultancy and training work.

Job roles

This course will prepare you for roles such as:

  • Analyst or researcher
  • Business development manager
  • Business partner 
  • Business sales executive
  • Financial advisor
  • Management accountant
  • Management consultant

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

  • Bank of England
  • Barclays
  • British Academy of Film and Television Arts 
  • BT
  • Coca Cola
  • EE
  • HSBC
  • NHS
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers 
  • Transport for London

Westminster Employability Award

Employers value graduates who have invested in their personal and professional development – and our Westminster Employability Award gives you the chance to formally document and demonstrate these activities and achievements.

The award is flexible and can be completed in your own time, comprising a set of core and optional extracurricular activities. 

Activities might include gaining experience through a part-time job or placement, signing up to a University-run scheme – such as mentoring or teaching in a school – or completing online exercises.

Westminster Employability Award

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

Students working and studying internationally

Why study this course?

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Combine theory and practice

Link theory to global practice through real-life case studies, guest lectures, field trips and insight from one of the world’s largest financial databases. 

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Professional software

Enhance your digital literacy and computer skills industry-standard software including Excel, Tableau and FAME.

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Build connections

Build connections with peers and future business leaders.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A levels – BBC to ABB
  • International Baccalaureate – 112 to 128 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM
  • BTEC Diploma – D*D*
  • Access – 112 to 128 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

  • International Baccalaureate – 112 to 128 UCAS Tariff points from the IB

If your first language is not English, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a score of 5.5 in each component.

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International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation Certificate courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements.

Find out how to apply for the Foundation Certificate course.

Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes.

What our students say

Lara Abed-Stephen

Lara Abed-Stephen

Business Management (Accounting) BA Honours

I chose to do a placement year as I believe it would help me with my future career. I also wanted to see if finance was something I wanted to pursue after I graduated. I study Accounting at Westminster and have been able to first hand see how finance and accounting works in a huge corporation like IBM. My job as Finance Analyst included revenue, cost transfers, and days sales outstanding support. This year has helped me realize my potential, and helped me figure out what career path I want to go down.

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Mohammed Mahbub Rahman

Accounting with Management BSc (Honours)

A highlight of my time at Westminster was being the Finance Manager and Managing Director at Westminster Business Consultants, a student-run University consulting company, with which I travelled to over 30 countries representing the University. The University has a bank of knowledge and services that can help you to attain the career you want. I am now a senior executive and board member of a medium management consulting firm.

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Develop your creativity to think outside the box. 

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Learn to critically evaluate

Learn to critically evaluate the strategies that managers use to help organisations adapt in an uncertain or complex environment.

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Improve your problem-solving skills to better understand and tackle people management issues. 

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Fees and Funding

UK tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,400 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Student work

When learning about financial reporting and analysis, students choose a real-life company and download annual financial reports to analyse. This exercise helps to illustrate key accounting concepts, such as accrual accounting, cash flow, valuation models, performance analysis ratios. They learn to interpret financial reports and analyse the business information presented to them, for example, forecasting earnings and cash flows for company valuation. 

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Founded in 1995, Westminster Business Consultants is a student-run consultancy service affiliated to the University of Westminster, which offers management and strategic consultancy, specialising in market research, market analysis, brand strategy, feasibility studies, business development, performance improvement and product development. It works with a diverse clientele of emerging start-ups, SMEs and large corporations at home and overseas, giving students opportunities to gain extensive knowledge and experience in various industries. 

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Teaching and assessment

Your learning experience is designed to provide both a practical and theoretical understanding of the theories, frameworks and ideas related to business, focusing on the study of organisations, management and the changing environment in which they operate. Employability and enterprise are strongly embedded in the modules through the use of practical activities, such as the live simulations and case study analysis. Our Engage careers hub features a range of resources including how to prepare for interviews and CV examples.

To assist the learning experience, we provide reading lists, lecture and seminar materials in advance via Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. Where possible, lectures are recorded using specialist software and similar tools to make sure you can really listen to what is said in class and don’t miss a thing.

How you’ll be taught

Businesses increasingly operate with teams of specialists. They require people who can communicate and interact effectively within a team – recognising and supporting leadership, being proactive in leadership, negotiating, and managing conflict. You will be encouraged to work in groups with other students, developing your team-working and problem-solving skills, while providing an opportunity to learn to value the views of others, give and receive constructive feedback.

Many of our academic staff either have substantial business experience in previous careers across the range of business disciplines or combine research and enterprise in their teaching, through consultancy or working with business on a variety of projects for knowledge exchange. We’ll also invite industry professionals to share their experiences, including regular presentations from CIMA, which will not only provide an insight into the regulatory framework for the preparation and presentation of financial statements, but also demonstrate the significance of accounting information systems for both effective financial reporting and good corporate governance.

In the following graph you'll find examples of how study time has been distributed in the past (data from the academic year 2019/20). Changes to division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

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How you’ll be assessed

Using a wide range of techniques, you can expect to be assessed on the learning outcomes of your course in core modules through coursework in the form of essays, reports, presentations, case studies as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

We try to make assessments as practical and relevant as possible, incorporating the type of work required by future employers, for example, the need to write strategic reports or the use of business simulation games, two in the second year and one in the final year.

In the following graph you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated in the past (data from the academic year 2019/20). Changes to assessment weights may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

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Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Facilities

Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefited from a multi-million-pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to Westminster Business School and our award-winning Architecture, Planning and Tourism courses. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

Westminster Business School

Westminster Business School is one of London’s leading centres for business education based in the heart of London and its political, media and financial services scene.

We are a Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) Centre of Excellence, recognised by professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and APMG International. 

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