Course overview

This degree programme is designed for students who wish to specialise in the area of accounting and finance. It will be of particular interest if you are considering a career with a more financial orientation.

About the programme

The study of accounting and finance will progress through this programme, so that students obtain a critical grasp of core theory along with a thorough knowledge of these disciplines, and extensive professional skills of application and analysis. This study is grounded in a wider understanding of the external environment such as markets, marketing and business strategy and includes ethical considerations throughout.

In the third year you will have the opportunity to undertake either a one year work placement or an optional work placement module. This experience will significantly enhance your CV and future graduate employment prospects, help you to build a professional network and provide a valuable opportunity to apply and further develop your knowledge and skills. The final year of the programme is designed to build on the professional and practical knowledge you have already acquired by offering a range of optional modules that will enable you to tailor your degree towards your own interests and aims. This means you will graduate with enhanced knowledge, professional and technical skills, and a heightened sense of commercial awareness that will be immediately transferable to the business environment.

Professional accreditation and career prospects

Graduates can apply for exemptions and/or credit for prior learning from the professional accounting bodies.

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Why Henley?

“National league tables show that Henley Business School consistently provides one of the most satisfying and rewarding student experiences in the UK.” Professor John Board, Dean.

No matter what degree you choose to study at Henley Business School, you can be sure that you are laying the strongest possible foundations for your future career. Because Henley is part of the University of Reading, ranked among the top 200 universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2018), home to one of the best on campus environments in the UK and some of the country's most satisfied students.

The learning

Our programmes are designed to be highly relevant, innovative and challenging, and taught through a mix of lectures, project workshops and interactive tutorials. The latest thinking and research are used to tackle real-world challenges and so test, extend and refine your knowledge and skills.

The support

We recognise the pressures all students face and we want you to gain as much as you can from your time at university, which is why support and career guidance is embedded within all of our degree programmes. At every step of the way we have a team of people on hand to provide help and advice. And when you leave, the support continues as you will automatically join the Alumni association, a group of over 70,000 people in 150 countries, for the purpose of networking and keeping up to date with news and continuing education.

The campus and location

The Whiteknights campus is a short walk or bus ride to the centre of Reading, a vibrant city on the river Thames that boasts a rich selection of entertainment and leisure activities, from music to bars to sport to shopping. Our beautiful parkland campus and halls of residence are at the heart of university life and a strong community. Its sporting, academic and social facilities cater for all tastes and interests and provide a complete student experience. Reading is just 30 minutes by train to central London – close enough but not too close!

How we teach you

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, project workshops and interactive tutorials, giving you the opportunity to discuss, explore and apply the subject material in depth with your lecturers and fellow students. You'll be introduced to the latest thinking and research findings and be able to challenge some of those involved. Tackling real-world challenges will give you the opportunity to test, extend and refine your knowledge and skills.

Programmes are assessed through written assignments, group presentations and formal examinations designed to test your knowledge and abilities and to develop transferable 'soft' skills, highly sought after by leading graduate employers. The University's exam period falls between April and June in the summer term whilst other forms of assessment take place throughout the academic year.

Personal development

Programmes at Henley Business School are built upon academic excellence, strong research and the practical application of business and professional ideas and concepts. We offer high-quality technical skills training as well as a deep understanding of the importance of personal development for leaders, a thread that runs through all of our degree programmes.

We believe that effective leadership requires more than first-class business acumen or professional knowledge. It also requires a degree of self-awareness and sensitivity. Our approach is designed to nurture emotionally intelligent graduates who can be fully effective in their chosen careers. Work placement or internship opportunities will help you to apply and further develop your knowledge and skills in a working environment.

Career guidance and support is embedded within all of our degree programmes. You will receive practical support ranging from CV and application advice to workshops and graduate careers fairs. In addition we welcome guest speakers from a wide range of organisations and sectors, who will offer you unique insights and important networking opportunities.

Ongoing support

Whilst our reach and scale are truly global, our attention to detail in every part of the Henley experience will always be personal to the needs of each and every student.

Our students are highly self-motivated and determined individuals but university study can present additional pressures which we take seriously.

To ensure you gain as much as you can from your time at university you will receive dedicated support throughout your studies, starting the moment you apply. Freshers' week at the start of term features a wide range of welcome events, designed to familiarise you with Reading and everything university life has to offer.

Upon enrolment you will be assigned a personal tutor, an academic member of staff in the School who will be there to offer you ongoing help and advice, and our full-time programme team are always on hand to provide additional support.

Open days

Thinking of applying to a Henley Business School programme at the University of Reading? Our open days will give you the opportunity to experience Henley Business School at the University for yourself and find out about the courses you are interested in - find out more

When are they?

Friday 15 and Saturday 16 June 2018 

Register your interest here

If you have already applied to study at Henley, make sure you sign up for a visit day to get a feel for what life would be like as an undergraduate student here.

How to apply

Competition for places on our  undergraduate degree programmes is  strong so we advise that you apply as  early a possible. If you have any questions  throughout your applicant journey please  don’t hesitate to contact us.


All applications, whether you are from  the UK, EU or overseas, should be made  through the Universities and Colleges  Admissions Service (UCAS). Please apply  online using the University of Reading’s  UCAS code, READG R12.

You should aim to submit your  completed application between  1 September and the middle of January  for admission in October of that year.  We don’t normally interview individual  applicants, so please ensure that your  UCAS application features appropriate  information highlighting your academic  and extracurricular achievements.

A strong personal statement is also  essential. This should demonstrate  an informed interest in the degree  programme you have applied for, explain  why you have chosen a particular  programme, provide examples of your  past achievements and reflect on how  you will use and further develop your  knowledge and skills throughout your  time at university. Applicants for BA  Accounting and Business, please note  that in addition to meeting the School’s  standard entry requirements you will be  required to complete a supplementary  application form and may be invited  to attend an assessment centre, run in  conjunction with PwC. 

International students 

Henley Business School is home to  a diverse and inclusive international  community and last year the University of  Reading welcomed over 4,000 overseas  students from 125 countries, building  on its history of providing international  education which dates back over 100  years. The University’s International Office  provides support and advice to students  including pre-departure briefings, an  airport ‘meet and greet’ service, welcome  events and an orientation programme,  and specialist advice on matters ranging  from student finance to accommodation.

Faculty & Staff

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Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at or by phone on +44 (0)118 378 4262.

Important Information

Entry requirements:
A Level - AAA-AAB from 3 A Levels
(Must have A Level or AS Level Mathematics grade B or above)
GCSE - Mathematics and English grade B or above
IB - Pass Diploma and achieve 34-35 points (Must include 5 in standard level Maths)

UCAS code:
NN43 (degree programme)
READG R12 (University)

Four years full time including a one-year paid work placement, or 3 years full time

Course modules

The module descriptions set out on this page are correct for modules being taught in the 2017/18 academic year. Optional module listings are indicative and may be subject to change

Part 1 Credits

All Students on Accounting and Finance have the following compulsory modules:

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Students can then choose either:

20 [10 ECTS credits]

10 [5 ECTS credits]


10 [5 ECTS credits]

10 [5 ECTS credits]

10 [5 ECTS credits]

10 [5 ECTS credits]
Part 2 Credits

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Remaining credits will be made up of optional modules available in the Henley Business School and
modules from elsewhere in the University. 

Optional modules are subject to availability and resourcing.

Part 3 Credits
  • Work placement experience (including minimum 9 month, full-time work placement) or study abroad (if applicable).
  • Students who have completed two years of study and for whom a work placement is unsuitable, can progress directly into the third (final) year of study, converting this into a three-year degree programme
  • If you take a year-long placement or study abroad, Part 3 as described below may be subject to
Part 4 Credits

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Remaining credits will be made up of optional modules available in the Henley Business School and modules from elsewhere in the University. Optional modules are subject to availability and resourcing.

Fees & funding

Fees 2017-18


Our full-time undergraduate Home/EU course fees are currently £9,000 per year for students who started their course in or before the 2016/17 academic year. From the start of the 2017/18 academic year, tuition fees will rise to £9,250 in line with the rise of the statutory maximum cap in England.


Fees for students from outside the EU are slightly higher and set by the University on an annual basis. Please see the University's student finance pages for further information. 

Work placements with PwC

For students taking BA Accounting and Business, which contains placements in years 2, 3 and 4, the fee level will be set at 80% of the full fee in these years.

Living costs

Please note that tuition fees do not include accommodation and other living costs. Students are advised to budget for between £160 and £240 per week depending on their accommodation charges.

International students, who often need to allow for additional accommodation and living costs during three vacations are advised to budget for at least £12,000 per year excluding tuition fees.

Financial support 2017-18

University sources of funding

We believe that fees must not be a disincentive for talented young people applying to university and have a strong record in providing financial support to students from all over the world and a wide range of backgrounds through scholarships, bursaries and other awards.

Please see further information on student finance or contact  

External sources of funding 

This information applies to students who normally live in England. Please see further information provided by the UK government on student finance.  If you normally live in another UK region or outside the UK, different rules will usually apply. Please see alternative information for students from ScotlandWalesNorthern Irelandthe EU and overseas.

Tuition Fee (Student) Loan

Students who have not studied a higher education programme before can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of their tuition fees. This loan is paid directly to the University. Graduates only start to pay back this loan once they are working and their salary is above the minimum threshold. EU students from outside the UK who meet certain conditions are also eligible to apply.

Maintenance (Student) Loan

Students can apply for an annual maintenance loan. Loans will be assessed on household income. The amount of maintenance loan available is reduced if a student is receiving a maintenance grant. Repayments will be made in the same way as for a tuition fee loan.

Maintenance Grant

Students from families with low incomes can apply for a non-repayable maintenance grant. Those from families with incomes above the threshold can apply for a partial grant. These grants are available to cover living costs such as accommodation, food, travel and materials. Students don't have to pay these grants back. Students apply online at the same time as applying for the tuition fee (student) loan. Grants are paid in three instalments, at the start of each term.

National Scholarship Programme

Students from families with low incomes may be eligible to receive help with tuition fees, subsidised accommodation, a cash bursary or other help. Awards are paid by the University and Students can apply once they have received an offer for a place on a degree programme. Please see further information on the National Scholarship Scheme.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary depending on your chosen degree programme but generally you are expected to achieve grades AAB from three A Levels (Excluding General Studies and Key Skills). A minimum of GCSE Mathematics grade B and English, grade B or above, is also required. Applicants completing the International Baccalaureate must pass the Diploma and achieve 35 points. Please see the information on each of our degree programmes for specific entry requirements. We also welcome applicants with equivalent UK and international qualifications.

Careers & accreditations

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is the global body for professional accountants, ACCA awards a specific level of exemption to graduates, which matches the knowledge and skills gained from their degree qualifications. Students will be partly qualified Chartered Certified Accountants once they complete their degree programmes at Henley Business School successfully.


Henley Business School has its own Careers Service that’s built around a very simple promise – engage, enable, empower.

Engage – whilst you are at University you will have lots of competing priorities, studying yes, but also having fun, getting involved societies, charities and clubs, maybe earning your way through part-time work.  With this in mind we design all our services in an engaging way, helping you to make the most of your time.

Enable – being ready for work after you degree has many elements – understanding yourself, understanding the opportunities that are out there, and developing the skills you’ll need to secure your place and succeed when you start.  We provide support and resources that will help you with every step, whatever career path you choose.

Empower – the most important part of your career path is you, so all that we do is about helping you achieve what you want to.  Only you can achieve it, and achieve it you will.

The key ways you’ll interact with the careers team will be through activities that you choose to undertake – be they booking to talk to us face to face, attending our career events, or using our online tools – or indeed all three.  All the undergraduate degrees have some kind of careers-related modules too, often related to taking work placements, so you’ll see some of the team in lectures too.

For further information please contact Henley Careers by email at or by phone on 0118 378 5420.


Available Scholarships for all Undergraduate Programmes

The Henley Business School Academic Excellence Scholarship


Henley Business School is keen to attract students who are expected to achieve academic excellence in their A level results but may find it challenging, for whatever reason, to undertake a university degree.

We are offering two scholarships to students who have committed to enrol on any of our undergraduate programmes in Business, Accounting, Finance or Real Estate and Planning. (Details of these can be found on our undergraduate page)


To apply for this scholarship you must complete and submit your application, paying particular attention to your personal statement. This statement should set out your academic and extra-curricular activities, along with a brief explanation as to why this scholarship would make a difference to you. There is no formal application form, send your personal statement in an email or as a word document attachment. This submission will be considered alongside your entry qualifications in determining the award recipients. In the event of a tie you may be invited to participate in an interview in front of a judging panel. Submit your application via email to:

Contact us

If you have any queries relating to the Undergraduate Academic Excellence Award then please contact Ms Jacqui Fletcher at the Henley Business School. Telephone +44 (0) 118 378 6063 or email

  • You must be a Home or EU student to apply for this award.
  • You must be applying through UCAS as a new student, entering a full time Undergraduate programme led by the Henley Business School starting 2016 and have accepted the ‘University of Reading’ as your Firm Choice by 30th June 2018.
  • You must be entering year 1 of study and be new to the Henley Business School, UoR.
  • You should be expected to achieve academic excellence in your A level results, and
  • You should be able to demonstrate that the additional financial support would remove a barrier to further education.

The scholarship is £9000 in total. It provides £5,000 in the first year and £2000 in year 2 and the final year.

  • This money can be used towards local travel, books or accommodation.
  • The money will be paid directly into your bank account.
  • There are two scholarships available in 2018-19.
  • Payment will only be activated once you have successfully enrolled onto your chosen degree.

First, Second and Final year of Undergraduate study.

End date information

31st August 2018

More information

The Henley Alumni Bursary


The philanthropic support of the Henley Business School alumni community has enabled us to create a new bursary of up to £15,000 over three years for Undergraduate Programme students starting at Henley Business School in 2018. This will be awarded from income raised for the Henley Alumni Fund.

The Bursary will be awarded to applicants who can demonstrate significant financial need and who will contribute to the diversity and experience of their programme. A consideration of the wider impact of your Undergraduate degree on graduating will also be taken into account.


To be considered for this Bursary, you will need:

  • A firm accepted offer of a place on a full-time Undergraduate degree programme at Henley Business School commencing September 2017 (excluding Real Estate & Planning courses)
  • You must show evidence of a strong financial need
  • Able to illustrate how you will make a positive contribution to the programme and how you plan to use the knowledge and skills developed through your degree upon graduation.

To apply, please download a Henley Alumni Bursary Application Form along with your supporting statement, of not more than 1,000 words, with details of how you meet the entry criteria plus any additional supporting information. 

Bursary applications are considered by the Henley Alumni Fund’s Disbursements Panel at Henley Business School and their decision is final and not open to discussion or appeal by applicants. Candidates who are awarded a bursary will be notified on 4 August 2017; those who have not been awarded a bursary will not be notified. 


One bursary of up to £9,000 over three years is available for a Henley Business School undergraduate student commencing their course in September 2017.

The exact financial value of the bursaries will be determined by the panel. The bursary will take the form of a contribution towards accommodation in Year One (if in University Halls of Residence), with subsequent years paid either in the same way or directly to your bank account depending on your circumstances. Bursary recipients will be expected to meet the costs of the remainder of their costs including travel and accommodation.

The panel will only consider applicants who are not due to receive any other financial support other than from Student Finance bodies or their family.

Bursaries cannot be transferred to another intake or mode of study.

Should you have any queries relating to the Henley Alumni Bursary then please contact or call +44 (0)118 378 4195.


3 years

End date information

12pm on Monday 17 July 2017

Samantha Robertson

Henley Business School has always held an attractive position in the league tables and with a beautiful new building I viewed the School as one I would be proud to say I studied at. The green, open, friendly campuses of the University were further attractive features as well as the variety of modules offered on my degree.

BSc Accounting and Finance

Laura Brown - Assurance, PwC

'I decided that a degree in accounting and management would give me a wider perspective of businesses in general and allow me to study areas outside accounting. If you're a numbers person, I'd recommend doing an accounting and finance degree rather than accounting and management. If you're unsure whether accounting is right for you, then the accounting and management degree course gives you a wide insight into the multiple business areas such as economics, ethics, strategy and management.

I was aware that I would need some work experience in order to apply for a graduate job and it gave me the opportunity to decide if assurance was right for me. I was offered a graduate job in September without any additional interviews.'

Samantha Robertson - Visual Merchandiser, L'Oreal

'Henley Business School has always held an attractive position in the league tables and with a beautiful new building; I viewed the School as one I would be proud to say I studied at. The green, open, friendly campuses of the University were further attractive features as well as the variety of modules offered on my degree.

The programme was extremely diverse with students from around the globe. I was able to work with students from multiple cultures, preparing me for international employment. The programme also includes a placement year which is highly beneficial.

A great programme for an all-rounder who is interested in learning about all sides of business including the creative, strategic, technical and financial sides, and not just large corporations but smalller firms and social enterprises as well.'

James Green - Technical Account Manager, Microsoft

'Henley was known to me as a leading school teaching business and the fact it was part of the University of Reading attracted me. The best part of the programme was the opportunity to practically apply things. I learned something new every day and the lecturers were fantastic. I would rate the academic and career support offered very highly.

I would recommend this programme because it doesn't just provide you with a great education in business; it works on providing a new way of viewing the world of business, contacts, practical skills and job opportunities.'

James Dixon - Outsourcing Specialist, Ericsson UK

'The University of Reading has provided me with a stepping stone to future career success.

The programme has a highly international focus with opportunities arising to work with market leading organisations. Work experience, alongside the degree programme, provided the valuable skills and competencies necessary to obtain a graduate position with the fixed and mobile network provider Ericsson.

I would fully recommend the Business School and the degree as lectures and tutorials are both interesting and informative, giving multiple perspectives on UK and international management.'

Christina Wingrove - Trainee Private Banking Manager, Lloyds TSB

'I was attracted to the Business School by its strong reputation and the programme in particular as it offered a wide range of options during the second and third years of study.

Not only was the standard of teaching high, the flexibility and support of me as an individual from the School also made it a great place to study. I also found the content and the structure of the tutorials really useful in reinforcing the lecture content and giving a deeper insight.

I joined Lloyds TSB's graduate scheme after graduating. I am now in my third and final placement as part of the scheme and am set to continue in a permanent role as a Trainee Private Banking Manager.'

Christopher Neil - Senior Associate, PwC

'From the moment I attended an Open Day at the University I knew that the three years I was due to spend studying at Reading would be an enjoyable time in my life.

The staff in the Business School were welcoming and a continuous help throughout my degree. With help from the Careers Advisory Service, I was assisted in finding my current job at PwC. Reading is a great place to be a student, with a vibrant and diverse campus lifestyle. I would have no hesitation in recommending the University of Reading to any prospective students, and always speak highly of my time there.'

Vicky Panayiotou - Lead Procurement Manager, Marks & Spencer

'My degree provided me with a wide range of transferable skills which have given me a competitive advantage in gaining employment. There is also a strong social side which has provided me with numerous contacts. I have also made good friends who I will keep in touch with in the future.'

Rhys Williams - Eli Lilly

'The School is fantastic in giving you support and it's great preparation for securing a graduate job. The experience you gain is invaluable and you may even be able to secure a graduate job with your placement company, as I did.'

Davide Serafini - Assurance Executive, Ernst & Young

'I had friends that came to Reading and they told me that the environment, both academic and social, was amazing. I would highly recommend the School to anyone, for 3 main reasons. Firstly, the learning environment and the teaching quality were excellent. Lecturers are always available for discussion, lectures are interesting and interactive, and the resources available to students are top quality. Secondly, the social life, from sports clubs to social clubs, is truly diverse. Thirdly, the reputation of the University, and especially the Business School. Graduates are highly sought after by employers in the UK and internationally.' 

Alyx Wood - Analyst, KPMG

'There is a real sense of belonging and the staff are enthusiastic, helpful and easy to get on with at a personal level. The extra-curricular opportunities at Reading are fantastic, with the Business Society especially providing a forum for both social and academic discussions amongst students.

I obtained a summer internship at KPMG - a challenging process involving a business awareness and numerical test, followed by an assessment day in London.'

Vicky Bostock - Group HR Business Partner, Interserve

'Upon graduation I oined Interserve as a HR Coordinator and I am now Group HR Business Partner. I think that my degree has had a massive impact on my ability to get the job I wanted and to progress in my career.'On graduation I joined Interserve Plc (who are a FTSE 250 company) as HR Coordinator and have been encouraged to develop and continue my studies. Since joining my role has continued to evolve, being promoted to Group HR Business Partner and completing my CIPD qualification. I think that my degree has had a massive impact on my ability to get the job I want and to progress and develop my career. Although I have gone into a specialism of management, I think that the value I can add to it is that I have the background from my degree of management and business as a whole, which means I can see things from different angles.'

Ishtiaque Chowdhury - Key Client Manager, Genesis Capital

'Where better to study management and IT than in the UK's 'Silicon Valley'? This degree programme was developed in co-ordination with some of the UK's largest blue-chip companies and the Business School has a great reputation for teaching excellence and graduate employment.'