BA in Accounting


Program Description


The BA Accounting programme involves the study of accounting, business, finance, and management. You will learn about accounting and finance within an organisational context, which will help you to understand how financial decisions are made. You will also acquire knowledge and skills in the preparation and interpretation of accounts, and develop an appreciation of the similarities and differences in practice between the UK and China.

Graduates will be able to claim up to a nine-paper exemption from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), UK qualification, an eight-paper exemption from the Association of Chartered Accountants (ACA), UK qualification, a twelve-paper exemption from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK qualification, and a six-paper exemption from the Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia, Australian qualification.

International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System)in 2016 and 2018 respectively.

AACSB accreditation is a globally recognised standard for the highest quality in business education. Only five per cent of business schools worldwide have been awarded the accreditation.

The EQUIS accreditation is a quality certification system for business schools set up by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development). It has become the most global authoritive and select business school certification body in the world with its comprehensive and rigorous review process. IBSS becomes the youngest business school in the world to have received both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation. There are only less than 100 business schools that have received both AACSB and EQUIS accreditation. This is an important milestone in becoming a world class business school and highlights the strength and significant influence of IBSS at the international level.

Why Should I Study Accounting at XJLTU?

  • Designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in accountancy or in obtaining professional accounting qualifications prior to pursuing a career in business
  • Taught by full-time specialists who possess PhD degrees from top overseas universities and/or have comprehensive experience in industry
  • You will not only gain a broad knowledge of accounting and finance, but the real skills needed in the accounting profession and in industry, making you very attractive to potential employers
  • We have built close ties with some of the leading international chartered accountancy bodies, such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and the Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia, and we have developed strong partnerships with leading accounting firms, including Deloitte, KPMG, and PwC
  • You will be supported in finding and applying for internships or placements in accounting firms or other organisations, gaining the invaluable opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in a real business environment
  • Earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education and a globally recognised degree from the University of Liverpool, a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities.

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from BA Accounting you should be able to:

  • understand the technical language and practices of accounting and finance, such as financial and managerial accounting, auditing, and taxation
  • record and summarise transactions, prepare financial statements and forecasts, and analyse business operations
  • evaluate the performance and financial situation of organisations
  • select and apply appropriate accounting and financial management tools to support organisational planning, decision-making, and control


Year One

UK degrees are three years long whereas in China they are four, therefore we do accept students with certain qualifications directly into Year Two, which is the start of the main academic programme. Most students, however, enter into Year One, which provides you with a range of interesting modules, language classes and core skills for your degree.

Year Two

  • Introduction to financial accounting
  • Introduction to managerial accounting
  • Quantitative methods
  • Skills for professional accountants
  • Economic principles for business and markets
  • Introduction to finance
  • Introduction to organisation and management
  • Information systems for accountants

Year Three

  • Financial reporting I
  • Management accounting
  • Accounting theory
  • Business law
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Financial management
  • Audit and assurance
  • Tax compliance

Year Four

  • Business finance
  • Financial reporting II
  • Advanced taxation
  • Advanced auditing
  • Advanced management accounting
  • Business strategy
  • Corporate reporting, analysis
  • Final year project


Many accounting graduates enter the accountancy profession, but you will also be well-equipped to pursue a career in finance as a stockbroker, investment banker or insurance broker, or in the commerce industry or in public service.

Entry Requirements

Entry into Year One

We welcome applications from high-quality candidates in all subjects with appropriate high school or equivalent qualifications. Students will normally be expected to have a high standing in their high school performance with a minimum ‘B’ average in all subjects as well as relevant subjects.

Entry into Year Two

Students who have completed A-levels or International Baccalaureate (or equivalent) will be considered for entry into Year Two, different programmes have different subject-relevant requirements.

  • A-level: BBB
  • IB Diploma: 30 points
  • Advanced Placement Tests/Subject SATS--High school diploma with a GPA of 3.0 or above, plus:
    • Redesigned SAT: 1280+ (students that took the SATs previous to 2016 will require 1800+) or ACT: 27, and 2 AP examinations: 4+ or 2 SAT subject tests: 600+ or
    • 3 AP examinations: 4+ or
    • 3 SAT subjects: 600+
Last updated Jan 2019

About the School

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. ... Read More

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. Read less