Course Overview

Duration 3 or 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

This is a leading course that delivers comprehensive accounting education to students to enable them to become effective employees in a variety of activities and occupations in the  Financial and Professional Services sectors. Our rounded teaching programmes also provide the broader business acumen and management expertise for future careers.

You will develop a detailed knowledge of the applied aspects of accounting, together with the team-working, problem-solving, communication skills and commercial awareness which companies need in a rapidly changing and complex global business landscape.

These skills and knowledge will open up a range of job opportunities in areas such  as Financial and management accounting and other closely related fields in the professional services sector. You can develop your career in the private or public sector, and the course will help your progression to professional qualifications. The course provides exemption from up to 9 papers of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). These valuable professional body exemptions provide the opportunity to progress towards certification for a professional career in accountancy. The course is also has also been re- accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Many graduates also undertake further study, proceeding to a Master’s degree in accounting or finance.

The course offers flexibility in the accounting areas in which you might choose to specialise. There is an emphasis on international developments in accounting and finance, and an opportunity to study a foreign language at each credit level.

You will be also able to develop practical skills through the use of accounting software such as Sage, and the Financial Market Suite (FMS). The FMS utilises the Bloomberg platform, a state-of-the-art teaching and research resource used widely by leading global financial institutions.

Teaching methods focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, exercises demonstrating the use and application of accounting techniques, and problem-based and blended learning (including group work in first and second years) designed to engage your interest. Assessment methods may include essays, reports, case studies, and in-class tests as well as time-constrained exams.

Course structure

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

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

Subjects of study include:

  • Introductory Financial Accounting 
  • Fundamentals of Management Accounting 
  • Quantitative Methods for Accountants 
  • Computerised Methods in Accounting 
  • Global Business Environment

Credit Level 4

You will also have the opportunity to take an option module that broadens your skills or helps you to gain more in-depth knowledge of your specialist area. You may also choose a foreign language as your option module.

Subjects of study include:

  • Financial Accounting and Reporting 
  • Intermediate Management Accounting 
  • Auditing Theory and Practice
  • Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility in Accounting 

Credit Level 5

Plus two options from: Corporate Governance, Law and the Business and other areas of business including languages.

Professional experience or Study Abroad year

Between Year 2 and Year 3 you may choose to study English-taught courses for a year at one of our overseas partner institutions. Currently, you can take a Year Abroad studying in Berlin, Bologna, Copenhagen, Madrid,  Paris, and other locations including Brisbane, Sydney (Australia), Japan, Canada and the USA. There are also many opportunities for those with appropriate language skills to study in the local language in France, Germany, Italy and Spain, among others. You can also choose to split your year abroad into a first semester exchange and a second semester work placement, both conducted overseas, or undertake a placement year overseas.

Alternatively, between Year 2 and Year 3 you can undertake a one-year, full-time business placement as a Professional Experience Year within the UK. Past students have completed placements in a variety of prestigious organisations, including AMEC, Barclays Bank, Commerzbank, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, GE Capital, HSBC, IBM and the NHS, as well as in smaller businesses.

Subjects of study may include:

  • Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Advanced Aspects of Management Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Global Strategic Management

Credit Level 6

Plus two options from: Dissertation, Taxation, Company Law and other areas of business including languages.

Professional Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Westminster Plus Electives


As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer

  • A Levels - BBB/AAB

  • International Baccalaureate - 27 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme

  • BTEC Extended Diploma - DDM/DDD

  • BTEC Diploma - Not accepted on its own

  • Access - 120/136 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

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

  • GCSE English grade 4/C - IB grade 4, GCSE Maths grade 4/C - IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS 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

Typical Offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points

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 compoment.

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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.


Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.


Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

If you are studying a Bachelor's degree at Westminster Business School, you can choose to take a year's break from your studies in your third year to do a placement.  

A placement year is a great way of gaining practical work experience within an industry relevant to your studies. It increases your confidence and skills, and boosts your employability. It gives you a chance to apply the theoretical techniques you have learnt during your undergraduate degree so far to a real business environment while you work as a member of an established organisation.

Find out more about placements

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: Our fees for 2020/21 will be published in April 2019 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.


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.


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: Our fees for 2020/21 will be published in April 2019 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.


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.

Bloomberg Suite

Students on this course have access to our purpose-built Financial Markets Suite (FMS).


Bloomberg Suite teaching


Read more about this state-of-the-art platform used by leading global investment banks.

What our students say

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Matthew Bell

Accounting BSc (Hons) - Regulatory analyst, SMBC Europe Ltd

After the financial crisis, I wanted to understand how banks have changed and how the stricter regulations affected them. I worked in the regulatory team at SMBC, a Japanese bank. My role was to produce liquidity reports that were sent out internally and externally to regulators. It has definitely helped my career goals as I would like to go into regulatory banking after graduating which was an area I previously I knew very little about. 

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Aaron Dilhe

Accounting BSc (Hons) - Finance Assistant, NHS Property Services

I chose to do a placement year as I felt it would further enhance my accounting knowledge and help me gain a better understanding of business. The NHS Property Services has provided me with a sense of responsibility, allowing me to take on different tasks and succeed in many ways. It has helped me improve my transferable skills and allowed me to experience different working environments. The School have been exceptional in providing support for me.


Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted 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.

Contact us

Contact the Course Enquiries Team:

+44 (0)20 7915 5511

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