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This course is delivered by the AACSB-accredited Business School, an accreditation which places us within the top institutions globally for business degrees. Less than 5% of business schools worldwide have attained this hallmark of excellence which recognises a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching and student learning.

Our Accounting & Law joint honours degree allows you to reap the theoretical and practical frameworks of two disciplines on one all-encompassing course.

The course is accredited by four industry-leading bodies – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Charted Institute of Management Accountants, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. Its content will help you acquire accounting skills and legal knowledge, enabling you to pursue a career in either profession or combine the two. What’s more, in addition to being multi-accredited, the course has exemptions for accountancy qualifications, allowing you to reduce the number of exams you have to sit to become a Chartered Accountant.

To be a successful accountant, you’ll need an understanding of the law, while commercial lawyers often operate in accounting and financial environments. During the first year you’ll study core subjects within the realms of accounting, finance and economics, but in year two the course boasts flexibility as it allows you to diversify into specialist subjects and transfer to an alternative pathway, allowing you to bring your curriculum in line with your future career aspirations.

The second year also opens the door to travel, as those interested in studying abroad will have the opportunity to learn at one of our international partner institutions; currently we have partners in Australia, Canada and Europe. In year three, you’ll get the option to throw yourself into a real-world working environment with a 30-week placement. Completed at home or abroad, you can use the opportunity to implement the theoretical framework forged in the classroom, generate a network of professional contacts, add that all-important experience to your resume, and ultimately improve your employability.

88% of our final year students said they have been able to contact staff when they needed to. Join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an Open Day. You can also watch our online presentation to find out more about this course.

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All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


3 years, or 4 years with a minimum 30-week work placement


AACSB, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: 112-120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2019 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course.

Download the programme specification (pdf 4.4mb)


At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

Your optional placement will begin after your second year of study and must last a minimum of 30 weeks. We will provide a great deal of support to help you find the most appropriate placement for the subject you’re studying and the career you’re interested in, which means you could be based anywhere in the UK, or even overseas.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

For this course we are looking for applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate excellent problem solving skills
  • Demonstrate good written and oral communication skills
  • Think logically and have an appreciation of mathematical concepts
  • Show self motivation and effective time-management skills.

We encourage applicants who have a real interest in accounting principles and concepts. Students on this course will have a proven ability to work effectively in teams as well as individually when completing assignments.

How to apply

Entry requirements


There is great demand for accounting specialists with a good understanding of the law and this degree will perfectly prepare you to step into a role combining both your areas of expertise. When you graduate, you'll be in a position to work in sectors such as corporate finance, forensic accountancy, insolvency and corporate governance.

Within six months of finishing their course, 90% of our students are in work or further study. 

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

What our students say

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