This course has made me realise I want go into the investment side of finance, and has helped me to guide and shape my future career.

William, Accounting and Finance graduate


Study a course which will give you a solid grounding in the challenges of managing organisations, information technology and analytical skills alongside finance and accounting.

You'll benefit from Christ Church Business School’s extensive links with industry. Guest speakers are regularly invited to share their knowledge with our students, and our ‘Business Futures’ weeks offer the chance to connect with businesses.

You'll have excellent opportunities to undertake work placements, supported by a dedicated placement officer.

We recognise the importance of professional body accreditation and the course is structured to allow you to gain exemptions from major accounting bodies.

Why Study Accounting and Finance?

Our experienced team has created an engaging course which captures the diversity of the national and global dimensions of finance and accounting, so you'll be prepared for all kinds of roles in industry, practice, the service sector or self-employment.

Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points. GCSE mathematics at grade C, or above (or equivalent) is required.

This course can also be studied over four years with an additional foundation year (Year 0).

More information about entry requirements.

UCAS Points

All about the course

The first year of the degree provides a solid grounding in the challenges of managing organisations and information technology, and you will start to develop the analytical skills needed for employment.

The core modules in Years 2 and 3 will prepare you for a professional career in accounting and finance and the optional modules will allow you to gain a broader understanding of the business world.

You'll explore areas including:

  • economics
  • financial accounting
  • management accounting.

You'll have the opportunity to spend a year on a professional work placement, supported by a dedicated placement officer within the Business School. You can also take the Work-based Learning module in Year 2 to help develop your skills in securing a work placement or internship.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

Our teaching team will share with you their expert knowledge, experience and research insights during stimulating lectures, seminars and practical workshops.

You'll typically have around 12 contact hours per week, depending on your module choices, in addition to independent learning.

Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures and you'll also be supported by your academic personal tutor.

In Year 2, you'll undertake a minimum of 4 weeks or 120 hours placement with an external organisation as part of the compulsory Work-based Learning module.

Your final year project will be based on a live brief from a relevant industry.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

Each week you'll need to undertake 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete.

You'll also undertake independent research during Year 2 for an Extended Essay and in Year 3 for your Dissertation. You'll work under the supervision of a member of the course team, who you'll meet with regularly.

This course prepares our students for a career in accounting and finance, and equips them with the necessary skills in order to develop and fulfil their intellectual and personal potentials.

Ahmad Alshehabi Programme Director, Accounting and Finance

How you’ll be assessed

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:

40% coursework
45% written exams
5% practical exams
10% presentation

Your future career

Many graduates go on to study accounting at professional level. However, this exceptionally versatile degree can open doors to a variety of roles in business. Excellent mentoring by our experienced team will guide and prepare you for your first business or professional accountancy role.


The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000
Full-time - placement year £1,850 N/A
Part-time £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Professional accreditation

Our accounting course gives maximum exemptions through accredited modules. Accounting at Christ Church holds all available exemptions from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), CPA Australia, and the majority of exemptions from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).If you plan to pursue a professional accounting qualification post-graduation, the exemptions expedite your chosen professional qualification, and appeal to prospective employers.We also offer modules accredited by the Association of Project Management (APM). Our Project Management module was the first from a university to gain accreditation and exemption for its teaching and assessment.The Business School has accreditation with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The year two modules of Management and Leadership, Project Management, Management Accounting and Human Resource Management are accredited by the CMI and on successful completion you will be eligible for CMI Level 5 qualifications in Leadership and Management.

Industry links

A Business School Advisory Board has been established which includes representatives from across the private and public sector. This encourages employer engagement as the Board engages in discussion about technical content of the curriculum and the development of wider employability skills, the provision of work placement opportunities, guest speakers, live case studies, and workplace visits.

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