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UK University Entry Requirements for Accounting and Finance Courses

Application to accounting and finance course in the UK generally require students to have a strong background in mathematics and a good result in English subject. Prior learning of business or accounting subjects will be an advantage for students. Some main points to note:

  • Entry requirements will be different from university to university. Top ranking universities will have higher entry requirements than others.
  • An international student will need to meet the English Language Requirements to get a Tier 4 (General) student visa.
  • Undergraduate Studies: Almost all the universities are accepting students with A-Level, International Baccalaureate, or UK university foundation qualifications. They also accept types of international qualifications.
  • Postgraduate Studies: Universities accept types of undergraduate degree qualification. Some universities will consider student’s relevant experiences for the specific major.


If student meets the below entry requirements, it will typically result in student getting a offer from a good UK university:

  • Academic Entry Requirement
    • A-levels: AAB
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 34-36 points
    • UCAS tariff point: 160 to 180 UCAS points
  • English Language Requirements
    • IELTS: 6.5 (no sub-band lower than 6.0)
    • TOEFL (IBT): 93

More details can be found here.


A typical academic entry requirement for a good accounting and finance postgraduate course in a UK university are:

  • Academic Entry Requirement
    • 2:1 or above (or international equivalent) in a subject with high mathematical/quantitative content.
  • English Language Entry Requirement
    • IELTS: 7.0 (no sub-band lower than 6.5)

More details can be found here.

Country specific entry requirements to the UK universities:

Entry Requirements for Students from China

  • Undergraduates:
    • Most universities (except University of Birmingham) are unable to accept students directly into their degrees programmes on the basis of senior secondary school graduation certificate or Chinese university entrance exam (Gaokao) qualification alone.
    • An international qualification such as A levels, the International Baccalaureate Diploma or a recognised foundation course can be accepted for the application.
  • Postgraduates:
    • Most universities will accept students who have already completed a degree course from an established university. The grades differ from university to university.
    • Generally, they will require a UK upper second-class degree (also known as a 2:1) equivalent or GPA 3.0 out of 4.0.

Entry Requirements for Students from Hong Kong

  • Undergraduates:
    • Most of UK universities accepts the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE). Depending on the course and specific requirements, the grade range is from 444 to 555 in the core or elective subjects (excluding liberal and general studies).
    • Some of the completive course or university are likely required 5 or 5* grades.
  • Postgraduates:
    • The entry requirements differ from university to university and depending on the course you apply. Universities usually require a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university in a related subject with GPA range from 2.6 to 3.2.

Entry Requirements for Students from India

  • Undergraduate:
    • Students who completed Higher Secondary School Certificates at the end of Standard XII will usually be eligible for entry to the first year of undergraduate courses.
    • A typical offer will be made on the grade range from 80% (equivalent to ABB at A-Level) to 90% (equivalent to A*AA at A-Level).Undergraduates:
  • Postgraduates:
    • Students who have completed a minimum of a three-year degree and who have obtained first class at a reputable university are considered for direct admission in postgraduate study.
    • The standard requirement for entry to a postgraduate taught master’s programme is an undergraduate degree that is equivalent to a UK upper second-class degree (also known as a 2:1).

Entry Requirements for Students from Singapore

  • Undergraduate
    • Students with Singapore-Cambridge GCE A Level Examinations, Integrated Programme (IP) and polytechnic diploma (GPA 3.2-3.8 depending on the course) will be considered to direct admission for undergraduate degree programmes.
    • For students with a polytechnic diploma, depending on the score and syllabus, year two entry is possible for some courses.
  • Postgraduate
    • The standard requirement for entry to a postgraduate taught master’s programme is a UK Upper Second-Class degree (also known as a 2:1) or GPA 3.0 out of 4.

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