The 2022/2023 academic year
The structure for this course depends on which modules you take throughout the three years, giving you the option to focus your studies around accounting, finance or a mixture of both. If you choose to study the BSc Accounting & Finance with Placement Year you will complete your work placement within your third year, find out more.
Term 1: Study four core modules introducing you to the fundamentals of accounting, finance and business management. You will take exams for Term 1 modules in January.
Term 2: Study two more core modules and then choose between ‘Business Analytics’ and ‘Management Organisations and Society’ for your eighth module.
Term 3: Revision and exams.
Terms 1 and 2: Study five core modules in accounting and finance, and choose three modules from both subject areas either to specialise, or continue to study a combination of the two.
Term three: revision and exams.
Terms 1 and 2: You will study one core module in Term 1 and choose seven electives, of which four must be from an accounting or finance discipline. With the remaining three, you can either choose from a list of Business School subjects, or take modules from other departments e.g. Economics, or Languages.
Term 3: Revision and exams.
How will I be assessed?
Throughout the study programme you will be assessed by a mix of examinations, essays, reports, case-study analyses and group work.
We also support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities.
If you choose to study BSc Accounting & Finance with Placement Year you will complete your work placement within your third year.
Our new BSc Accounting & Finance with Placement Year course enables you to put your studies into practice while learning about a particular industry. Employers often look for workplace experience as part of their recruitment process and many make graduate offers to students as a direct result of placements so this can be a great way to kick start your career!
With established links to employers across all business sectors both in the UK and abroad, our dedicated CareersPlus team are on hand to support you through the process.
The advantages of taking a placement year
- Professional placements are valued by employers
- You have the chance to try out a career
- You can gain essential workplace skills
- You can potentially secure a graduate-level role
- You have the opportunity to gain an advantage in a competitive job market
- You can begin professional training*
*Through our Undergraduate Partnership Programme you can start your professional ACA qualification on your placement year with the ICAEW by taking a 12-month work placement with an ICAEW member organisation. Depending on the organisation, you may also be able to take professional ACA exams during the placement which will form the first year of the ACA training contract. You can work in the UK or overseas, before returning to WBS for the final year of the course. The programme forms 10% of the overall degree classification.
Finding the right placement for you
As part of the BSc Accounting & Finance with Placement Year course, you will spend your third year doing a work placement and our CareersPlus Team will help you:
- Find the right placement
- Complete your applications
- Prepare you for interviews and assessment centres.
Whether you want to ask a question about writing applications or wish to explore your placement year options our dedicated careers team are here to offer their support both online and in person.
Through our online careers platform (which you gain access to once you enroll) you will be able to book onto workshops, webinars, and events that will give you an overview of all aspects of the placement year application process, from creating your CV to preparing for interviews and assessment centres.
The team can also help with your personal development such as how to make a great impression with employers, career decision making, and how to get the most out of your university experience when applying to placement year opportunities. Where possible, we will also help you to access advice from returning placement year students, our ‘Placement Pros’, to share their tips for success.
Improving your employability
Our undergraduate courses are designed to give you the skills you need to succeed in the business world. By completing our BSc Accounting & Finance with Placement Year you can put your skills to the test and make your mark by demonstrating yourself as a stand-out candidate for future career opportunities.
Many of our students who have successfully undertaken a placement year have gone on to either secure a graduate role with the same company or elsewhere with another organisation.
Here are some examples of the companies our students have worked at while on their placement as part of their BSc Accounting & Finance course:
- Enterprise Rent A Car
- GE Aviation Services Ltd
- Goldman Sachs
- Grant Thornton
- Lloyds Bank
- Nationwide Building Society