Accounting and Finance, BA Hons

  • Are you a budding mathematician who loves working with numbers? What does it take to become a chief financial officer?
  • This CIMA and ACCA accredited degree increases your career potential within accountancy
  • Study a degree ranked within the top 3 in London for student satisfaction for its accounting and finance subjects (Complete University Guide 2017).

Entry requirements may change during Clearing.

3 years full time

6 years part time

4 years sandwich programme



Course structure

Our degree will help you understand financial and management accounting, and how it affects planning, decision making and budget control.

The courses will give you confidence in analysing and communicating information, so you can explain concepts and manage new projects. This will develop your core skills so you can choose to take your career in any direction. 

You will also learn to prepare financial reports and use software and systems. You will build these practical skills in lab exercises using MS Excel, SAP ERP 6.0 and SAGE 50 Accounts software.

Professional exemptions

If you successfully complete relevant course options, you will be exempt from a number of exam papers leading to professional qualifications from ACCA, AIA, CIMA, CIPFA, CPA Australia, ICAEW and IFA. This will set you on the path to becoming a qualified accountant after university.

Work placement 

You will have the option to undertake a work placement, providing the insight and practical skills that employers seek in graduates. Previous university students have secured placement years at Lawrence Grant solicitors, IBM, Northern Trust, Goldman Sachs and Currency Exchange Corporations Ltd.


We have strong connections with the City and companies in Canary Wharf, the financial centres in London. This offers you networking, mentoring and internship opportunities, making it a perfect location to start your career.


Our accounting and finance subjects at the University of Greenwich are ranked:

  • Third in London for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2017)
  • Third in London for course satisfaction (Guardian University Guide 2016).

We also received a Gold Centre award for 2017-18 from the International Association of Bookkeepers for outstanding performance in the Computerised Bookkeeping exams that our BA Accounting and Finance students do in year 2 of their studies.

Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.

We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.


This degree aims to:

  • Prepare you for a career in the accountancy and finance sector
  • Equip you with the skills required for a complex and changing business environment.

Degree re-structure

This degree is currently being restructured in collaboration with employers, professional bodies and student feedback. This ensures we develop degrees that are aligned with latest industry trends and gives you the opportunity for subject specialisms. (This is standard UK practice across institutions).

The degree structure and courses listed will be updated once these are confirmed.

What you'll study

What people say

"I was very keen on becoming a professional accountant and the degree gave me this big opportunity"

Naveed Khan
BA Hons Accounting and Finance graduate

"The University of Greenwich played a big role in where I am today. I learnt a lot of the necessary skills that I needed in the workplace."

Alex McGrath
BA Hons Accounting and Finance

"I think university has changed me greatly I never thought I'd be as integrated into the university as I am now so I'm very happy to be taking part in all these activities."

Siobhan Shum
BA Hons Accounting and Finance

"Greenwich is a fantastic university. The Accounting and Finance department is very strong with excellent lecturers and a good balance between coursework and exams."

James Gray
BA Hons Accounting and Finance

Extra information


Students are assessed through:

  • Presentations
  • Examinations
  • Coursework.

Professional recognition

Successful completion (with the relevant options) provides exemption from:

  • All 9 foundation-level papers of ACCA
  • Papers 1-12 of the 16 AIA papers
  • All 5 certificate-level papers and 4 of the 6 managerial-level CIMA papers
  • 7 out of the 12 CIPFA papers 
  • 7 out of 15 professional qualification papers of the ICAEW.
  • Full exemption from the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA) papers.


Graduates entering the accountancy profession may go into public practice by joining an accountancy firm. This can offer you the experience of working with multiple clients across various industries or the opportunity to specialise, for example, in auditing, stockbroking or consultancy.

Recent positions secured by our graduates include assurance associate at Grant Thornton, financial modeller at KPMG and counter risk trader at Barclays Investment Bank.

Work placement

You can gain the insight and practical skills that employers seek in graduates. Our Employability Office will assist you in securing a placement before the sandwich year. Working with over 200 companies our team also offer a range of mentoring schemes and networking opportunities.

The sandwich year (work placement) will appear as a 30 credit course on your Diploma if completed successfully.


In addition to a placement, you can also do internships during your summer breaks. These will appear on your graduate diploma, showcasing your experience to employers.


You will connect with employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Team who focus on developing your employment skills. They also provide you with CV support and will invite you to employment fairs to network with employers and recruiters from industries.

Extracurricular activities

Our Greenwich Employability Passport scheme recognises and rewards your participation in additional activities such as part-time work, volunteering, student societies or industry guest lectures.

We will encourage you to join societies such as Trading and Investment and take part in student competitions like the UK Trading Challenge. We are proud that our team of first year Greenwich students won the competition, beating teams from many other universities. 

Business start-up

You will be encouraged to enter the university's Enterprise Challenge which rewards student entrepreneurship and innovation. Previous winners received a prize of £5,000 for their idea of developing an enterprise and study hub.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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