BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Degree awarded by the University of Plymouth

  • Hear from our Accounting and Finance Lecturer - Roy Ringham

Why choose GSM London?

  • Degrees awarded by University of Plymouth
  • Foundation Year makes study accessible
  • Fast track 2 year study option

Next start date

October 2018


February, June, October

Study options

3 years, 2 years


Greenwich, Greenford**

*All courses and modes are subject to minimum numbers to run at each campus

**This degree programme is not running in June at our Greenford Campus


Got a head for figures? Make it count with a degree in Accounting and Finance at GSM London. With a strong industry focus, it offers a route into some of the UK’s most rewarding careers, from accountancy to investment banking.

  • Hear from our Accounting and Finance Lecturer - Roy Ringham

Why choose this degree?

Delivered in London - the international Financial Centre – this degree offers some exemptions from the Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). You will benefit from live projects, learning through practice and lecturers who are practitioners in industry:

  • Use of software from industry including, Reuters, Bloomberg
  • Business games, simulation trading, shares buying incorporated into study
  • Field trips to experience stock exchange, investment bonds, top accountancy and finance firms
  • Involvement in Finance Week, in collaboration with the Careers team
  • Live project of your choice, including Islamic banking option
  • Consultancy project, working on real businesses’ accounts through our ‘Formation Zone
  • Guest speakers from the city 

Where will this degree take me?

As well as providing a route into financial professions, our Accounting and Finance degree will help you develop skills that can be utilised in a range of sectors. You can attain jobs in law, journalism, advertising, marketing, sales and IT. Other jobs include conveyancing, management consultancy, investment banking, retail banking, purchasing management and tax advisory.


What will I learn?

The programme is designed to enhance self-reflection and personal development. The three stages of the programme are designed to facilitate increasingly challenging learning techniques as students’ progress.

  • At stage zero: embarking on the Foundation course will be the stepping stone towards achieving the degree in which your strengths can be realised. The first semester is the same for all students however in the second semester a choice of two further elective modules will be chosen to prepare for the degree you will be commencing.
  • At stage one: students will focus on the principles and fundamentals of accounting and finance. The learner will be given the opportunity to define the role of accountants within the business and regulatory environment.
  • At stage two: students focus on using their knowledge of accounting and finance to build their skills capacity and to model the required behaviours of professional accountants.
  • At stage three: students critically analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of various models of management practice that contribute to driving organisational performance. This will entail business games, accounting and finance projects, and other models that will be suitable for the overall learning process.


To read more about each module in detail for this programme click here > 

Please see the module specification for further details; note that the specification represents the latest modules and may be subject to change.

Foundation year:

  • Semester 1 English for academic purposes, Numeracy 1, Introduction to Computer Skills, Effectiveness in the Business World
  • Semester 2 English for Academic Purposes 2, Numeracy 2 Elective Modules (choose two) Understanding Accounting and Finance, Understanding Human Resources Management, Understanding Law, Understanding Management, Understanding Marketing and Events, Understanding Mathematics in Economic Environment’s, Understanding Oil and Gas, Understanding Technology, Understanding Travel and Tourism      

Three and two-year degrees:

  • Semester 1: Academic Skills for Accountants, IT Applications for Management Accounting, Financial Accounting 1, and Management Accounting 1
  • Semester 2: Professional Skills for Accountants, IT Applications for Financial Accounting, Financial Accounting 2, and Management Accounting 2 
  • Semester 3: Employability Skills, Financial Accounting and Reporting, and Corporate and Business Law
  • Semester 4: Financial Management, Principles of Taxation, and Elective Modules (choose one) Management Accounting and Performance Management, or Evaluation and Reflection (Work Based/ Related Learning)
  • Semester 5: Accounting and Finance for the Business Environment, International Financial Reporting, and Elective Modules (choose one) Research Methods or Research and the Professional 
  • Semester 6: Capstone Project (Dissertation/Consultancy Project), Elective Modules (choose one) Audit and Assurance, or Corporate Financial Management, or Taxation

Programme specifications

Please see the programme specification for further details on this programme; note that the specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be 18 years of age* on registration and hold one of the following (or international equivalents):

  • 2 A Levels (A*-E, 32 UCAS points); New UCAS entry tariff for 2017 explained
  • GSM London’s Foundation Year programme (with a minimum of 120 credits)
  • Equivalent qualifications (subject to University of Plymouth approval) including: BTEC National Certificate/Diploma, Advanced Level Diploma, HNC/D, Access to HE, International Baccalaureate, Irish/Scottish Highers/Advanced

If English is not your first language you will be required to provide proof of fluency prior to the start of the programme, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent qualification. 

Further details on English Language requirements are provided here.

*Candidates who are under 18 on registration will need to review our policy on under 18’s: Young or Vulnerable Applicants

Non-standard entry:

If you do not meet the standard entry requirements, listed above, you may be able to be considered on your individual merits via our non-standard entry process.

To be considered you will need to be able to demonstrate/pass:

  • A fully completed and up to date CV
  • Evidence of at least 1 year of full-time work experience
  • A signed and stamped work reference
  • Interview
  • Academic interview (if required)
  • Written essay (if required)

In such cases, the Admissions Team must be satisfied that the applicant has the necessary potential, knowledge or experience and motivation to follow the programme successfully.

Candidates who do not meet the requirements as listed above maybe able to apply for our Foundation Year programme

On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will gain direct entry on to this degree programme.

Accreditation of prior learning:

Partial exemptions from an undergraduate programme may be obtained in accordance with the Academic Regulations dependent on the compatibility of previous study. Each case is considered on its own merit and will be, subject to the approval by University of Plymouth.

You may be required to provide an academic reference and/or personal statement.

We will not normally consider APL’s older than 3 years unless the applicant has a recent experiential learning.

Please see Advanced Standing and Exemptions Based on Recognition of Other Learning for further details.



Tuition fees 



2 years, £8,000 per year

3 years, £6,000 per year



2 years, £12,750 per year

3 years, £8,500 per year

For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated degree programme. Degrees at GSM London are designated each year by the Department for Education. We have made an application for this degree programme to also be designated for the 2018-19 academic year. Visit for more information.

Apply direct to GSM London

You can apply directly to GSM London by completing our online application form >.

Applications can also be submitted in person at one of our campuses: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.You can do this by booking a meeting with a course advisor >.

You'll need to include the following documents with your application form:

  • Originals of your qualifications
  • Your CV/Resume
  • One written reference from an employer or place of study
  • A copy of your passport
  • A document to verify your address see table of acceptable evidence below

Table of address evidence:

Mortgage statement


Issued in last 12 months

Bank or building society statement

UK and Channel Islands or EEA

Issued in last 3 months

Bank or building society account opening confirmation letter


Issued in last 3 months

Credit card statement


Issued in last 3 months

Financial statement, eg pension or endowment


Issued in last 12 months

P45 or P60 statement

UK and Channel Islands

Issued in last 12 months

Council Tax statement

UK and Channel Islands

Issued in last 12 months

Work permit or visa


Valid up to expiry date

Utility bill

UK - not mobile telephone bill

Issued in last 3 months

Benefit statement, eg Child Benefit, Pension


Issued in last 3 months

Central or local government, government agency, or local council document giving entitlement, eg from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Employment Service, HMRC

UK and Channel Islands

Issued in last 3 months

Programmes will run subject to minimum number of enrolments.

Apply through UCAS

You can also apply through UCAS (undergraduates only) by contacting our Course Advisors on 0208 516 7856 and quoting your 10-digit UCAS ID number and details of your chosen course. We may be able to process your application over the phone. Alternatively, you can visit the UCAS website here to register and apply.

UCAS Code Information

Greenwich School of Management (GSM London)

Institution Code Name: GSM London

Institution Code: G74

Programme Codes:

  • Two-year accelerated, NN43
  • Two-year extended (includes Year Zero), NNL3
  • Three-year, NNKJ
  • Three-year extended (includes Year Zero), NNKH

Once we receive your application form and supporting documents, we will assess your application and if successful, we will issue you an acceptance letter and a fee statement detailing your enrolment date, programme cost and duration.

You should arrive for enrolment on the date specified in your acceptance letter, at your chosen GSM London campus. Please note that international students will be asked to pay a percentage of tuition fees on or before enrolment.

Programmes will run subject to minimum number of enrolments.

Registration and enrolment

Once we receive your fully completed application form and supporting documents, we will assess your application. If successful, we will issue you an offer letter detailing programme cost and duration.  

If you choose to accept the offer you will need to return the acceptance form to the Admissions Team and agree and sign the Terms and conditions (standard student contract).  Once you have accepted your place you will be offered an induction date to commence your studies.  This will be detailed in your acceptance letter.

Terms and Conditions

Key information sets about this programme