Full Time: 4 Years | 4 years includes guaranteed industry placements in years 2, 3 and 4
BA Accounting and Business is a fast-track degree route to becoming a Chartered Accountant in the UK.
This four-year programme gives you the benefit of going to university, getting paid work experience and fast-tracking your career. The programme has been developed in partnership with PwC, the UK’s leading professional services organisation, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
Henley Business School is ranked 16th in the UK for Accounting and Finance (Times/Sunday Times University Guide, 2019) and 7th for graduate career prospects (Guardian University Guide 2019).
This is an innovative, challenging degree designed to accelerate your route into employment and your progress towards a professional accountancy qualification. You will gain a strong academic and professional foundation in business and accountancy and complete a significant proportion of the work experience and technical study requirements needed to qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.
The application process for this degree includes a unique assessment day run together with PwC. This involves a group exercise and an individual interview with the PwC team.
In the first year, you will study alongside other students at Henley Business School – in keeping with the traditional university experience. You will gain a thorough grounding in fundamental aspects of accounting, business, ethics and law. In the second and third years, you will combine academic study with paid professional work placements at PwC, lasting 12-16 weeks each. Your fourth year will include a final work placement of 16-20 weeks. During the three placements you can expect to earn a competitive salary, offsetting a significant proportion of your tuition fees or living costs.
By the time you graduate you will have completed modules that give credit for prior learning for 12 out of 15 professional examinations.
Graduates who achieve a 2:1 and perform well on placements are likely to receive an offer of employment from PwC. You will be approximately one year away from achieving full ICAEW Chartered Accountant status – a huge advantage when entering the accounting profession.
If you are an international or EU student and do not meet the requirements for direct entry to your chosen degree you can join the University of Reading’s International Foundation Programme. Successful completion of this 1 year programme guarantees you a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. English language requirements start as low as IELTS 4.5 depending on progression degree and start date.
UK undergraduate fees are regulated by the government. These fees are subject to parliamentary approval and any decision on raising the tuition fees cap for new UK and EU** students would require the formal approval of both Houses of Parliament before it becomes law.
Information on this page is based on 2019/20 figures and is likely to change slightly for 2020/21 entry. We will publish up-to-date information about 2020/21 entry as soon as it becomes available.
From 2020, the UK government may link tuition fees to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
**EU students in 2019/20
EU home students starting in the academic year 2019/20 will pay the same fees and have the same eligibility for loans and grants as UK home students for the duration of their course. The situation for students starting in 2020/21 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.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
The programme only costs the full amount of £9,250 per year in the first year. There is a 20% fee reduction in years 2, 3 and 4.
What career can you have?
PwC has been voted employer of choice by students in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers survey, 2018/19, for 14 consecutive years.
Join PwC and you’ll be roughly a year ahead of its traditional graduates, becoming a fully qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountant with the salary to match, just over a year after graduation.