BA (Hons) in Accountancy


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Program Description


Accountants play an important role in business, providing key information that underpins the work of decision makers within organizations.

Accredited by the main UK professional accountancy bodies (ICAS, ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA, and CIPFA), we focus on practical content and your future employability. Along with all aspects of accountancy, you’ll study topics in economics, law, and management.

Professional accountants prepare financial statements and record business transactions; they also use information systems to track financial performance, participate in mergers and acquisitions and quality management.

Our programme will encourage you to develop a broad, comparative understanding of the practices of accounting and develop an ability to evaluate theories and evidence concerning the effects of accounting on organizations and society. You’ll benefit from using practical accounting packages, our small class sizes and excellent access to staff, as well as a series of guest speakers to enhance your learning.

Your career

A high number of our graduates are employed by major accountancy firms, public sector organizations and blue chip organizations, sometimes overseas, such as Grant Thornton, KPMG, Baker Tilly, Ernst and Young, Arnold Clark and Audit Scotland. Others secure training contracts and most undertake the further professional study. Our graduates are exempt from a number of professional examinations.

What you will study

Year 1

Accounting and supporting business subjects

Year 2

Ethics, Taxation, Management and Accounting Control, Financial Accounting Regulation

Year 3

Auditing, Current Issues, Public Finance, Strategy, Research

Year 4

Includes specialist subjects, Advanced Accounting and Finance topics, options from a wider subject range plus Honours Dissertation in your chosen area

Entry requirements

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 1

SQA Higher

AABBB including English and Maths

A Level

BCC PLUS GCSE Maths and English at B/6

ILC Higher

H1, H2, H2, H3, H3, including English and Maths at H2 or above

IB Diploma

26 points must include Maths


Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business at DMM PLUS GCSE Maths and English at B/6

Year 3


HND Accounting with AAA in the Graded Units

English Language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Additional Information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognized professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International Pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Fees and Funding

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2018/19

  • Home: £1820
  • RUK: £9250*
  • EU: £1820
  • International: £11,500

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four-year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

If you have any questions or inquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student inquiries team.

International Student Start Dates

For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

Professional Accreditation

This programme is accredited by the main UK professional accountancy bodies including ICAS, ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA, and CIPFA.

Assessment Methods

As a professionally accredited programme, our approach to learning, teaching, and assessment is tailored to the needs of the profession and the requirements of the professional bodies.

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure not only that our students will gain the necessary knowledge and understanding of accountancy but also to develop their intellectual and personal skills.

Teaching Methods

We use a variety of learning and teaching methods to ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our teaching is supported by a strong record in relevant research, consultancy, and scholarly activity.

All of our modules use GCULearn, the university’s virtual learning environment, which provides course materials, reading resources, assessments, and feedback are all available online. It is also used to enable students to undertake online activities and tasks, listen to podcasts, be involved in online discussion groups, and take part in blogs and Twitter-based learning activities. This approach is blended with more traditional lecture, tutorial and seminar contact. We regularly invite in guest lecturers from industry to show our students the practical relevance of the academic material they are covering.

Our curriculum is designed to promote employability, with our syllabus developed in line with the requirements of professional bodies in order to gain accreditation and subject exemptions.

The programme is also designed to allow graduates access to a wide range of careers within the business and public sectors and within academia.

Last updated Feb 2020

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