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BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance

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Find out more about our Accounting and Finance course

Studying Accounting and Finance at ARU

With the opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade in our Bloomberg Lab, our Accounting and Finance degree will set you up for a career in the world of business.

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What is an Accounting and Finance Degree?

Our Accounting and Finance degree prepares you for a multiutude of careers, including finance, banking, insurance and the charity sector.

Using real-world challenges as your starting point, our BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree will equip you with all the skills you need to dive into the world of business. Whether it’s through our Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab in Chelmsford, out on placement or through an internship, you’ll get the chance to put what you learn to the test.

Alongside these practical opportunities, you’ll also be learning all about the ever-changing world of business – from business law to marketing concepts and beyond.

Our course could see you go on to become a practising accountant or opt for a wider range of careers in business – it’s up to you where your journey takes you.

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Course features

As an Accounting and Finance student you'll benefit from:

  • physical or virtual access to our Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab to put your new-found knowledge into practice in a fully simulated and safe environment
  • active collaborative learning, which includes digitally supported learning with online screencasts providing background material to support face-to-face discussion.

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Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • benefit from a Personal Development Tutor from day one, who's there to support you throughout your time at university
  • make full use of facilities including extensive library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


ACCA, CIMA, CIPFA and ICAEW accredited

Our Accounting and Finance degree is accredited by ACCA, CIMA, CIPFA and ICAEW.

You’ll be exempted from the nine Applied Knowledge and Skills papers of the ACCA qualification, four of the 15 exams of the ICAEW's ACA qualification, eight of the 16 exams of the CIMA qualification, and six of the 12 exams of the CIPFA qualification.


What can you do with a degree in Accounting and Finance?

The world of business never stands still and our BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree course is no different. Taking real world challenges as our starting point, there is a major focus on practical, hands-on learning to get you set up for a career in business.

You could go on to become a practising accountant or opt for a wide range of careers in the business sector. You may find yourself working in a global corporation, a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) or even for yourself – it’s not unusual for company CEOs to come from an accounting or finance background.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our renowned MSc Accounting and Finance. With our Alumni Scholarship, you'll even get 20% off your fees as an ARU graduate.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore an ARU Certificate for Professional Development, placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.


“Studying a course I love makes my time at ARU even more enjoyable, because I’m spending time learning something with people who share the same interest.”


BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance

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