Accounting and Financial Information Systems, BA Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • Want to work with numbers and solve business problems? Looking to use leading enterprise systems like SAP and SAGE 50 accounts?
  • This degree has professional accreditations such as CIMA and ACCA, increasing your career earning potential within finance
  • Accounting and finance subjects ranked in top 3 for course satisfaction in London (Guardian University Guide 2018).

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3 years full time

6 years part time

4 years sandwich programme



Course structure

Our degree has been developed with input from professional accountancy bodies and financial institutions. Courses focus on practical skills using software and systems such as MS Excel, MS Access, Visual Studio, SAP ERP 6.0 and SAGE 50 accounts software.

You will study core and optional courses with an emphasis on financial systems and models, including quantitative analysis and management accounting control systems.

Professional exemptions

If you successfully complete this degree with the relevant course options, you will be exempt from a number of exam papers leading to professional qualifications from ACCA, AIA, CIMA and CIPFA.  This will set you on the path to becoming a qualified accountant after university and increasing career earning potential within the accountancy sector.

Work placement

You will have the option to undertake a work placement in your third year, providing insight and practical skills which employers seek in graduates. Previous university students have secured placement years at the NHS and Disney.


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.

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. The team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards.


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

  • Top 10 for student satisfaction in London (Complete University Guide 2018)
  • Top 3 for course satisfaction in London (Guardian University Guide 2018).

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 Financial Information Systems students do in Year 2 of their studies.


This degree aims to:

  • Prepare you for a career in the accountancy, finance and business analysis sectors with a strong emphasis on financial systems and models
  • Equip you with the necessary skills to be able to function in a complex and changing business environment.

Degree re-structure

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

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Entry requirements during Clearing

The University of Greenwich is taking applications for a range of courses during Clearing 2018. If you are not already holding an offer you can apply through Clearing now, call us on 020 8331 9000.

You can find all the programmes available during clearing on our clearing listings page.

What people say

"I managed to secure an internship at IBM UK. My interpersonal skills and self-confidence have soared, equipping me for any business and professional undertaking. The experience I have had at the University of Greenwich is truly magnificent and one I will treasure for life."

Jerome Anthony Adams
BA Hons Accounting and Financial Information Systems

Extra information


Teaching methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Guest seminars
  • Practical lab sessions
  • Video materials
  • Self‐managed exercises
  • Reflective reports
  • Computer-based learning.

Students are assessed by:

  • Examination
  • Individual and group coursework
  • Multiple choice tests
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case studies.

Professional recognition

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

  • 5 of 9 foundation-level papers of ACCA
  • All 5 certificate-level papers and 1 of the 6 managerial-level CIMA papers
  • 1 to 6 foundation-level papers of AIA; 4 out of 12 papers of CIPFA.


You will graduate from this degree with a valuable combination of accounting and business knowledge, as well as transferable analytical, software and systems skills.

You may pursue a career as a business or financial analyst or work in financial modelling for large organisations. You may also consider undertaking a trainee accountancy position or pursuing roles in specialist finance or general business management.

Work placement

The Business School has a dedicated Employability Office to assist students in securing a placement during their sandwich year. Working with over 200 companies they also offer a range of internships, mentoring schemes and networking opportunities.

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

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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