BSc Accounting and Finance
Gain a reputable BSc in Accounting and Finance by distance learning
This degree is for you if you:
- are professionally qualified in the accountancy field and would now like to take a degree
- wish to go on to take professional accountancy qualifications
- have not yet decided which profession to pursue but would like a thorough grounding in accounting and finance.
|Application deadline||1 October in the year before you intend to sit your exams|
|Registration deadline||30 November|
|Start studying||Study materials are usually available from mid-August|
|Examinations take place||May/June|
The degree consists of 12 courses when taken through the Standard Route and 9 courses through the Graduate Entry Route.
Prestige and career progression
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) provides academic direction for this programme. LSE is regarded as an international centre of academic excellence and innovation in the social sciences. This degree will prepare you for a career in areas of professional accountancy, investment banking, investment analysis and management, management consultancy and financial management, as well as to more advanced academic study.
Graduates of the BSc Accounting and Finance degree who wish to continue their studies towards
professional accreditation in the financial or accounting professions can take advantage of a ‘fast track’ agreement with four professional bodies:
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
- The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore (ICPAS).
- CPA Australia.
- The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
- The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Subject to passing the required combination of courses on your degree, you will be exempt from certain modules required on the route towards professional accreditation. The prospectus, available to download in the top right-hand column, contains further information about accreditation.
Flexible study at a reasonable cost
You have between 3-8 years to complete the programme (or a minimum of 2 years on the Graduate Entry Route). Fees are payable as you progress rather than as a single lump sum. The following are examples of University fees for the whole programme of study: £3,807 for the BSc degree through the Standard Route and £2,877 for the BSc degree through the Graduate Entry Route. Please note that these examples are calculated using current fees, do not reflect any annual change to fees and assume completion in the minimum time permitted.
Structure and syllabus
The BSc degree comprises twelve courses when taken through the standard route and nine courses when taken through the graduate entry route.
- Introduction to economics
- Statistics 1 (half course) and
Mathematics 1 (half course)
- Statistics 1 (half course) and
- Principles of banking and finance
- Principles of accounting
- One course (or two half courses) from Selection groups F(i), F(ii) or F(iii)
Standard Route - 100 courses
- Introduction to economics
- Statistics 1 (half course) and
Mathematics 1 (half course)
- Statistics 1 (half course) and
- Principles of accounting
Graduate Entry Route - 100 courses
- The structure shown above is subject to confirmation in the 2013-2014 Regulations. The Regulations also contain full details on the rules that govern the choice of any course, including prerequisites (courses which you must have already passed) and exclusions (courses which may not be taken together).
- Course Information Sheets (provided as PDF documents above) are updated annually. Course Information Sheets for 2013-14 will be available from the middle of 2013.
How you study
Our programmes allow you to obtain a prestigious degree or other qualification at a reasonable cost.
You can choose to study independently or, where available, pay for additional educational support at a local institution to benefit from face-to-face tutorial support and the opportunity to interact with fellow students in person.
The specially written study materials are developed by academics appointed by LSE. They guide you through the textbooks which are the real focus of your study. The cost of your study pack is included in your initial and continuing registration fees. Study materials include:
- a Student handbook containing practical information and advice such as how to enter for exams
- Strategies for success which provides help with study techniques
- a Subject guide for each course, designed to guide you through the syllabus and offer advice on how to use textbooks in an organised and productive manner. Partial versions of EMFSS subject guides are available to view
- past exam papers and Examiners' commentaries which are updated annually and available to download. These provide an insight into how questions should have been tackled and outline common mistakes made by students in the past. Copies of the most recent exam papers and Examiners’ commentaries are available for reference on our website, see EMFSS past exam papers. A fuller back catalogue is available for all registered students through the VLE.
We also provide all students with a student registration card.
When you register we will send you a username and password giving you access to the Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and two other key online resources:
The virtual learning environment (VLE)
The online virtual learning environment (VLE) provides electronic copies of all printed study materials. There are also forums that allow you to share interests and experience, and to work collaboratively with other students to solve problems and discuss subject material.
Online support materials are being developed continuously and for some courses audio-visual tutorials, recorded lectures, academic interviews and debates are available, along with self-testing activities and expert study skills advice.
The Online Library
The Online Library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.
Optional courses held at LSE in London
The LSE Summer School is held annually, usually from early July to mid-August. It offers a range of stimulating and challenging courses, allowing you to undertake a period of intensive study in areas of interest.
The fees below relate to the 2013-2014 session and are subject to annual review.
|Application handling fee||£ 72|
|Initial registration fee||£ 675|
|Examination entry fee (per full course)||£ 200|
|Examination entry fee (per half course)||£ 100|
|Continuing registration fee||£ 330|
|Total for BSc degree||£ 3,807|
|Other fees (as applicable)|
|Additional registration fee for students taking law courses (per course)||£ 44|
|Application fee for consideration of accreditation of prior learning (per full course)||£ 72|
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Fees are payable as you progress rather than as a single lump sum. The total provided above is an example of the total amount of fees payable to the University for the whole programme of study. The example is calculated using current fees and so does not reflect any annual change in fees. It also assumes completion in the minimum time permitted with no law courses being taken and no accreditation of prior learning.
When to pay
The application handling fee is payable when you make your application. The closing date for applications is 1 October. If you meet the entrance requirements you will be invited to register.
The initial registration fee is payable when you register with the University. The closing date for registrations is 30 November.
The examination fee is payable when you choose to enter an examination. Examinations take place in May or June each year and examination entries are accepted between 30 November and the examination entry closing date, 1 February.
The continuing registration fee is payable in the second and subsequent years of registration at the time when you confirm the courses that you will be registered for during that year. The continuing registration fee is effective between 1 March and 30 November.
How to pay
All University fees must be paid in pounds sterling (GBP). The University accepts:
- Western Union - Quick Pay
- Credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Electron, JCB)
- Sterling banker's draft/cheque
- International money/postal order
Further details are given in payment methods.
In addition to the fees payable to the University, you should also budget for:
- textbooks (this may well be in the region of £300 per year)
- tuition costs (if studying at a teaching institution)
- LSE Summer School (optional)
- the fee charged by your local examination centre to cover its costs; this fee will vary.
Fees are subject to annual review and the University reserves the right to amend previously announced fees, if necessary. For a full list fees that may be applicable, please see the fee schedule in student fees section.
When you decide you are ready, you enter for unseen written examinations. These are set and marked by our academics to ensure your work is assessed to the same standard as College-based students at LSE. Examinations are held once a year, in May/June, at local centres in over 190 countries as well as in London. You will be charged a fee by your local examination centre (this fee will vary).
For most courses you sit a three-hour paper (or a two-hour paper for each half course). For the following courses a project/coursework also counts towards the assessment:
- IS1060 Introduction to information systems
- IS3139 Software engineering: theory and application
- GY3157 Independent geographical study
- IS3159 Research project in information systems.
To be eligible for the BSc degree you must:
- normally* be aged 17 or above by the 30 November in the year of registration and satisfy the University’s General Entrance Requirements and
- demonstrate competence in Mathematics at least equivalent to UK GCSE/GCE 'O' level at Grade C or above (equivalents can be found within the above link).
*Applications will be considered from applicants who do not meet the normal minimum age requirement for admission. Each application will be considered on an individual basis, and the decision taken at the discretion of the University of London.
If you are not automatically eligible then you will be individually considered by the University of London’s Special Admissions Panel. The Special Admissions Panel will consider qualifications which are not published under the Qualifications for Entrance Schedule, incomplete qualifications (e.g. diplomas / degrees) and substantial relevant work experience. If we cannot accept you with your current qualifications and experience, we will advise you what qualifications you could take in order to become eligible in the future.
English language requirement
The language of instruction, reading and assessment is English. To succeed on our programmes you need a good level of competence in English. If you doubt your ability in written or spoken English we advise you take a course and test in English language before enrolling on the programme.
Required standard of English
You will usually meet the English language requirement for undergraduate programmes if you:
- hold a UK GCSE / GCE O level in English at grade C or above
- have five years secondary schooling taught solely in English or have passed GCE A levels or IB in essay-based subjects
- have passed an International Foundation programme that permits entry onto a recognised UK bachelor degree
- hold a full Postgraduate award, or a full first degree or Associate degree taught and examined in English from an institute that is acceptable to the University
- have passed, within the past three years, an Associate degree, Diploma or Higher Diploma awarded by an acceptable institute / polytechnic / university in Hong Kong, Malaysia or Singapore, or
- have passed, within the past three years, a test of proficiency in English language from an organisation acceptable to the University.
Where an applicant does not meet the required English language level but believes they can demonstrate the required level for admission the University may, at its discretion, consider the application.
Please note if an applicant satisfies one of the above conditions yet provides evidence of a test of proficiency in English language, awarded within the past three years, which is below the University’s minimum requirements then they will be required to retake such a test before being offered admission.
Graduate entry route
The following are eligible for graduate entry:
- graduates holding a full first degree from an acceptable university in the United Kingdom or another European country or in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ghana, Hong Kong SAR, Israel, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa or the Caribbean
- graduates holding a full first degree from a regionally accredited institution in the USA
- graduates holding a full first degree from an acceptable university in India which is at least three-years full time in duration.
Applications from students with other degrees not listed above will be considered at the discretion of the University. Professional qualifications cannot be considered for Graduate Entry. In addition to holding an acceptable full first degree applicants must also satisfy the above Mathematics and English language requirements.
Please contact us if you would like further advice about eligibility for graduate entry.
If you do not meet the entrance requirements
If you think that you may not have the necessary academic qualifications for direct entry into a degree programme, we offer the following:
International Foundation Programme
The International Foundation Programme is a challenging and inspiring programme that has been designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to prepare you for rigorous undergraduate study. This programme must be studied at an institution with approved teaching status (i.e. cannot be studied independently). Further details, including entrance requirements, can be found at: International Foundation Programme
Diploma in Economics/Social Sciences
The Diploma in Economics and Diploma in Social Sciences are qualifications in their own right that must be studied at an institution with ‘Diploma Teaching Status’.
These qualifications are for you if:
- you have the ability, motivation and maturity to study at degree level, but do not have the qualifications usually required to enter a degree programme.
- you have the necessary qualifications to embark on a degree, but would prefer a course with more teaching support.
- you intend to take a degree programme, but would like to gain a recognised qualification after one year.
- See Additional educational support [pdf, 4pgs, 80KB] for the full list of institutions that teach the Diploma in Economics/Social Sciences.
If you do not meet the entrance requirements for direct entry onto a degree, the Diploma in Economics and Diploma in Social Sciences provide an entry route to all of our degrees in the field of Economics, Management, Finance and the Social Sciences. If you intend to go on to such a degree programme, choose your courses carefully and make sure that the courses you choose are available on the degree that interests you. This will ensure that you receive credit for the courses you have passed.
Accreditation of prior learning
If you have studied a syllabus as part of a previous qualification which is comparable in level, content and standard, you might not have to take a particular course as part of your University of London International Programmes degree if we believe that the subject has been covered to the same breadth and depth. This is called Accreditation of prior learning or APL. It is also sometimes known as Credit Transfer or Exemption.
You may apply for APL for up to four full 100 courses on the Standard Entry Route of the degree only. APL cannot be granted if you are on the Graduate Entry Route.
For more information about APL please see the APL section of the website.
All students must have regular access to a computer and the internet. This may be for accessing the Student Portal, downloading course materials from the virtual learning environment or accessing resources from the Online Library. You will also need suitable hardware capacity on your computer for document storage as well as basic software such as a PDF reader.
Some programmes have courses or modules that use additional software. Where this is the case, information is given with the relevant course descriptions.
LSE academic leadership
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the Colleges of the University of London and a world-leading social science institution. Academics from LSE provide the academic direction for this programme.
Since its foundation in 1895, LSE has been regarded as an international centre of academic excellence and innovation in the social sciences. Its teaching and research is recognised worldwide as a benchmark of quality.
The School’s academic profile spans the broad range of social sciences – disciplines that reflect how we interact with one another and with society. LSE is an institution renowned for focusing on ‘real world’ issues. Current areas of research and expertise include globalisation, human rights, risk and business management, new communications technologies, urban and regional policies, and new forms of governance.
LSE alumni and former staff include 16 Nobel prize winners and 34 past or present heads of state. LSE academics come from all over the world and from many social, educational and ethnic backgrounds. They are in constant demand as commentators and analysts in the media, act as advisors to governments, and are seconded to national and international organisations.
Dr Keith Sharp: Programme director
Keith has 20 years experience of working in British universities, including Coventry University, De Montfort University and the University of Gloucestershire, where he was dean of faculty and associate pro-vice-chancellor. In 2009-10 he spent a year as head of the UK HE International Unit based at Universities UK.
Keith is very familiar with the area of international partnerships and transnational education. Partnerships and internationalisation formed part of his remit at De Montfort and Gloucestershire. In his position as head of the UK Higher Education International Unit, he was regularly consulted by universities for advice on their international strategies, including international marketing. More recently, he has been acting as a consultant to a number of public and private sector HE institutions on various aspects of their international marketing and recruitment strategies.
Keith took his undergraduate degree at LSE between 1984-87 and graduated with a first in sociology, as well as being awarded the Hobhouse Memorial Prize. Further details of the University of London International Programmes at LSE team can be found on the Who's who page on the LSE website.