BSc Business and Management (Accounting)

Course overview

By choosing the BSc Business and Management (Accounting) pathway, you will focus your study to delve deeper into subjects such as data analysis, business in practice and social responsibility. You will develop specific skills that will prepare you to enter a wide range of career destinations. Graduates will be equipped with specialised knowledge in management accounting, decision making and financial reporting which comprise the world of business, and gain a wide range of employable skills.

In the first year you will study core modules introducing you to topics such as Markets, Marketing and Management, Management Debates and Developing Professional Excellence. This will give you firm grounding of knowledge which can be applied to current business problems.

In your second year you will build upon the fundamentals of business and explore more comprehensive areas of Accounting such as International Financial Accounting and Reporting, Organisational Behaviour and Business Strategy.

In the third year you will have the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. Placements are a great opportunity to enhance your CV, further develop your skills and apply your knowledge in a real work environment.

In your final year you will explore areas of Accounting at a more advanced level. You will have the opportunity to choose from a wide of range of optional modules, allowing you to tailor your degree towards your own interests and career goals.

Why Henley?

Great Institution

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. We have a learning environment which is designed to enable you to develop skills which will prepare you for your future and set you apart from other graduates. From our state of the art dealing rooms in the ICMA Centre, through to our brand new building in the heart of our award winning campus, these facilities will be at your fingertips.

The Complete University Guide 2018 has once again shown strong results for our undergraduate courses, with all programme areas listed in the UK top 20 by subject area. This is sustained through our world class teaching, which is underpinned by leading academic theory and research.

As part of the University of Reading, we are consistently ranked among the top 200 universities worldwide according to QS World University Rankings 2018

Great Location

We are understandably proud of our beautiful parkland campus, voted one of the best open spaces in the UK and awarded the prestigious Green Flag for seven consecutive years. Campus is at the heart of university life and provides a special sense of community.

Campus offers:

  • A main library, home to more than 1 million items
  • 24 hour PC and wireless internet access and the latest e-learning tools
  • Award-winning catering facilities
  • A sports centre, home to state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor facilities
  • A thriving Students' Union (RUSU), housing cafés, bars, shops and amenities
  • An opportunity to join over 150 sports clubs and societies

Reading itself has a diverse range of retail and entertainment facilities. The Oracle Centre, set by the river around a mile from campus, features shops, bars and restaurants and a large multiplex cinema, while the town's popular nightlife includes everything from global music to the theatre. Our local amenities include the concert hall, traditional and outdoor theatres and the Madejski Stadium, home to Reading Football Club and the London Irish rugby team. Reading also has a vibrant live music scene and hosts the world famous rock festival. With so much going on, you are guaranteed a great time. Reading station is just 30 minutes by train to central London – close enough but not too close!

We are based in the heart of the UK’s ‘silicon valley’ or ‘M4 corridor’. As a result, we have built strong working relationships with companies. This means that we are able to host a variety of events where business and industry leaders can share knowledge and give insight to our students. This creates an abundance of opportunities for students to network, gain work experience and build relationships with local companies. As a result, you are presented with the very best opportunities to build your personal profile with these organisations.

Accommodation

At Reading we pride ourselves on being a residential university. The majority of our undergraduates as well as many postgraduates live in halls of residence, which provide over 4,000 rooms. All halls are located on or within walking distance of campus and close to local bus routes and facilities. Each hall is a vibrant community offering you a safe and inclusive environment in which to study and relax. Halls vary in style and size so you can choose between a wide range of study, domestic and social facilities. For more information on how to apply for halls of residence (insert link here).

Support

We recognise the pressures all students face and we want you to gain as much as you can from your time at university. Personal 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, whether that be academically speaking, social or domestic.

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 an academic tutor who will be there to offer you ongoing academic advice and support your personal and professional development. Our full-time programme team are always on hand to provide additional support.

And More

For those who want to test their entrepreneurial and applied skills, there are many University wide, national and international competitions that students have the opportunity to get involved with. Such as IDEAFEST, University Business Challenge, Henley Business Challenge and the Cornell International Real Estate Competition to name a few.

How we teach you

The structure of your degree

We offer a mix of 3 and 4-year degree programmes, with our 4-year programmes incorporating a one year paid work placement (or in some cases university study abroad) during your third year of study.

During each year of your degree you will take modules amounting to 120 credits. Most modules equate to 20 credits or 200 hours of student effort - an average of 25 contact hours over a 10 week term. Teaching contact varies from module to module but most will also involve a high level of private study and reading to support your learning.

Year 1
The first year of your degree will consist of core modules designed to provide you with a broad and solid foundation in your chosen subject.

Year 2
Your second year will feature mainly core modules but may provide some optional modules.

Year 3
Typically you will complete a full-time, paid work placement or undertake university study abroad abroad (except for BA Accounting and Business which contains placements in years 2, 3 and 4)

Final year
Your final years of study will feature a high proportion of optional modules, allowing you to tailor your degree towards your individual needs, strengths and interests.

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 an academic tutor who will be there to offer you ongoing academic advice and support your personal and professional development. 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

Coronavirus update

Due to current government advice regarding the coronavirus pandemic, we are sadly unable to run on-campus events. However, we are working hard to provide a range of online resources and virtual events in place of these, so please do register your interest for our Open Days and we will stay in touch with updates as well as other opportunities to find out more.

When are they?

  • Friday 19 June 2020 (virtual event)
  • Saturday 20 June 2020 (virtual event)
  • Saturday 3 October
  • Saturday 10 October

How to apply

Application to all of our undergraduate programmes is through the national admissions service UCAS. Applications are made online through the UCAS website. There is no longer a paper application form.

The number of courses you can apply for at all UK universities is a maximum of five courses.

You do have to pay to apply for undergraduate programmes (the money goes to UCAS and not the University).The cost of making an application is £20 when applying for just one course, or £25 for multiple courses.

UCAS contact details

Tel +44 (0)871 468 0471

Email: enquiries@ucas.com

When to apply

Whether you are a UK, EU or overseas student, you should aim to apply between 1 September and the middle of January for admission in September of that year.

If you miss the January deadline, you are still welcome to apply but should note that some programmes may be full by this point.

UCAS code

Our UCAS code is READG R12.

There is no campus code for our courses (except the foundation degrees offered by our Partner Colleges - visit the Foundation degrees course information page for more information)

Gap year/deferred entry

We welcome deferred entry applications. You can apply between 1 September and middle of January even if you intend to start your degree programme in the September of the following year. You will need to show on your UCAS application that you want deferred admission. If your plans change during the year we can usually change our offer accordingly – so do keep us informed.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions about admission and entry requirements, please contact us at ugadmissions@reading.ac.uk. For all other questions, please contact us by email at UG-BMAP@henley.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0)118 378 5058.

Important Information

Duration and UCAS Codes:

N400 (3 years)

N401/N402 (4 years)

READG R12 (University)

Entry Requirements:

A-Levels: ABB

IB: 32 points overall

GCSE: English at grade B (or 5)

Course modules

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

Module information coming soon.

Fees & funding

Fees 2020/21

UK/EU

Our full-time undergraduate Home/EU course fees are currently £9,250 per year for students starting their course in the 2020/21 academic year.

Currently, students from the UK and the rest of the EU pay the same fees. The situation for students starting from 2020 onwards is not yet known and may be affected by UK Government policy following the outcome of any negotiations regarding the UK’s exit from the European Union. The UK Government will confirm future arrangements for EU students in due course.

International

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

Work placement year or university study abroad

Students completing a 4 year degree programme with a 1 year work placement will be charged 15% of the full fee during their placement year. 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 2020-21

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 helpdesk@reading.ac.uk.

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 Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the 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.

Entry requirements

Academic

Our undergraduate degree programmes are designed for students with or without prior knowledge and experience of their chosen subject. Generally we don't ask for any specific A Levels but subjects like business studies, economics, geography, IT and mathematics may be relevant depending on what you choose to study.

A Level

Entry requirements vary depending on your chosen degree programme but generally you are expected to achieve grades ABB from 3 A Levels (excluding General Studies and Key Skills).

A minimum of GCSE Mathematics and English, grade B (or 5), is also required.

International Baccalaureate

Applicants completing the International Baccalaureate must pass the Diploma and achieve 32 points.

Other UK and international qualifications

We welcome students with equivalent UK and international qualifications. Please see further information on academic qualifications.

BSc Accounting and Finance

Applicants for BSc Accounting and Finance are required to obtain A Level or AS level Mathematics at grade B or above.

BA Accounting and Business

Please note that in addition to meeting the School's standard entry requirements, shortlisted students applying for BA Accounting and Business will be asked to submit a supplementary application form and may be invited to attend an assessment centre run in conjunction with PwC.

English language

Studying in a second language can be challenging. If your English language ability is below the minimum requirement, we may ask you to provide evidence of proficiency or to attend an English language course before you begin your studies so that you can participate fully in your degree programme.

Please see further information on English language requirements.

QualificationShort nameScore required
International English Language Test ScoreIELTS6.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language (paper-based)TOEFL570
Test of English as a Foreign Language (internet-based)TOEFL88
Cambridge Certificate of proficiency in EnglishCPEC
Test of English for Educational PurposesTEEP6.5

The University's International Study and Language Centre (ISLC) provides English for academic study in a variety of ways to support your progress and development. This includes pre-sessional and in-sessional support, as well as an International Foundation Programme for students who do not hold the normal entry requirements.

Careers & accreditations

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 henleycareers@henley.ac.uk or by phone on 0118 378 5420.

Work placements

All our undergraduate degree programmes in accounting, business and management (with the exception of BA Accounting and Business) provide you with the opportunity to undertake a one-year paid work placement between your second and final years of study.

How does a work placement benefit you?

Undertaking a one-year work placement as part of your degree can significantly enhance your University experience in a variety of ways.

  • You will enjoy the opportunity to apply your knowledge and abilities in the workplace and develop valuable commercial awareness sought after by graduate employers
  • build a professional network - a successful work placement can lead to the offer of a permanent role with the same organisation upon graduation
  • enhance your CV and stand out in the competitive graduate job market.

In addition, whilst money should never be the motivation for undertaking a placement, and the benefits extend far beyond financial, you can offset the cost of your placement year with a competitive salary.

How we support you

You will start to consider what kind of work placement you would like to pursue in your first year. Students returning from their work placement will give presentations and share their experiences with you, providing a valuable insight into what you can expect.

During years one and two of your degree you will receive dedicated support from the School's placements team to ensure that you secure a challenging and rewarding opportunity. This will include access to an online system where you can search for opportunities, School placement fairs, pre placement training, placement presentations, selection method workshops and advice when preparing your CV and submitting application forms.

You will receive ongoing support during your work placement, with your tutor visiting twice during the year to discuss your experience and performance. You will also develop and agree a training plan with your placement tutor and line manager. We strive to ensure that the student, their employer and the School all benefit from any professional placement.

Work placement destinations

Recognising that the majority of our students prefer to remain in and around Reading during their placement year we work with leading graduate employers in the region, as well as many others UK-wide. Our placements team work with organisations including:

  • BMW
  • CISCO Systems
  • Deloitte
  • Disney
  • Ernst & Young
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Goldman Sachs
  • HP
  • HSBC
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • John Lewis
  • Kimberley Clark
  • KPMG
  • KPMG
  • LandRover Jaguar
  • Lilly
  • Marks & Spencer
  • MARS
  • Microsoft
  • Morgan Stanley
  • O2
  • Oracle
  • PepsiCo
  • PwC
  • Symantec
  • Tesco
  • Unilever
  • Verizon

Scholarships

Click on the headings below for more information on our undergraduate scholarships.

RREF Scholarships for Real Estate & Planning Undergraduate Courses

Subject

Reading Real Estate Foundation provides a range of undergraduate and postgraduate bursaries and hardship grants to students who will not be able to complete the course without financial assistance, as well as offering PhD studentships and graduation awards. These bursaries, grants and awards are funded each year by our generous alumni, corporate donors and fundraising events, and are administered by the RREF Disbursements Committee.

Henley Business School Bursary 2020/21

Subject

Henley Business School are offering two bursaries of up to £15,000 each over three years for undergraduate programme students starting at Henley Business School in 2020. The bursaries are enabled by philanthropic support and by funds set aside by Henley Business School.

The bursaries 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.

We accept applications from international students.

Criteria

To be considered for the bursary, you will need:

  • A firm accepted offer of a place on a full-time undergraduate degree programme at Henley Business School commencing September 2020 (excluding Real Estate & Planning courses)
  • To demonstrate that you are facing financial hardship and that without support you will struggle to, or will not be able to complete the course
  • You must show evidence that you are dedicated to your studies

To apply, please complete our Application Form and Income and Expenditure spreadsheet.

The Henley Business School Disbursements Panel will review all bursary applications and you will be informed of their decision in May 2020.

Finance

Two bursaries of up to £15,000 over three years are available for Henley Business School undergraduate students commencing their course in September 2020.

Duration

3 years

End date information

3 April 2020