Keen to become an accountant? Then you'll know you ideally need both a university degree and a recognized professional qualification.
This course provides the first part, to a superb standard, and it also helps you start towards the second, as many professional bodies will grant you significant exemptions from their exams when you have a Stirling degree.
We have a great deal to offer you. Our teaching and research both have superb reputations for quality. We also provide a great range of courses and an exciting and rewarding system of learning and assessment.
You may take the BAcc degree as a three-year specialist degree or a four-year Honours degree. Students taking the BAcc Honours degree must write a dissertation on an accounting topic of their choice.
We also offer a BAcc Honours degree in Accountancy and Finance, which provides considerable scope for you to study a variety of topics. The BAcc Honours degree in Accountancy can also be combined with other subjects, please see below.
3rd in Scotland - 2017 Good Uni Guide Accounting & Finance at Stirling is ranked 3rd in Scotland and 14th in the UK, according to the 2017 Good University Guide.
According to the 2016 National Student Survey, nine out of ten students were satisfied overall with the quality of teaching, and across all questions in the survey, Accounting at Stirling received the highest score of all Scottish universities.
This subject may be studied in combination with a number of other subjects
It is usual, if you are planning to do professional accountancy training, to get both a university degree and recognized professional qualification. All the Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc) degrees (single and joint) are accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS) who will all grant you significant exemptions from their exams when you have a Stirling degree.
For full details on exemptions, please contact the Accounting and Finance Division.
What makes us different?
ICAS Charles Scott Prize
A prize of £100 is awarded annually to the Bachelor of Accountancy student with the highest overall performance in modules ACCU9A1 and ACCU9A2 in the same academic session.
There are three prizes of £200 awarded annually to the students with the highest overall performance in each of the modules ACCU9A4, ACCU9AA, and ACCU9A6.
Accounting and Finance Undergraduate Dissertation Prize
A research-based prize of £200 is open to all students on the single Honours BAcc course and is awarded to the student(s) who submits the best undergraduate dissertation(s). The prize may be shared if more than one dissertation achieves the highest grade.
Ede and Ravenscroft Prize
The Ede & Ravenscroft prize of £700 is awarded on academic merit to the top graded 2nd Year student within each School. In 2016 the prize was awarded to Holly Masterson, a Stirling Management School student studying the Bachelor of Accountancy and Economics course.
There are annual visits by professional bodies including the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Four-year Honours degree
ABBB - one sitting
AABB - two sittings
GCE A-level: BBB
IB Diploma: 32 points
BTEC (Level 3): DDM
Essential subjects: Mathematics preferred
Three-year Honours degree
SQA Adv. Higher: ABB
GCE A-level: ABB
IB Diploma: 35 points
Essential subjects: To include Accountancy and Economics. Preference is given to those with Mathematics.
Year one minimum entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions
Year 2 entry may be possible with an HND in Accounting.
Please consult our Advanced Entry pages for more information.
Access courses: Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.
General entrance requirements apply.
Mathematics Standard Grade (3), National 5 (C), Intermediate 2 (C), GCSE (C) or Level 4 or equivalent.
If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.
INTO University of Stirling
INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language criteria. These courses offer a route to study at the University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus.
Successful completion of the International Foundation in Business, Finance, Economics and Marketing to the required standard provides direct entry to year two of this degree.
The International Diploma in Business, Finance, Marketing, and Humanities prepares you for entry to year three of this degree.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
Structure and content
The Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc) course is designed specifically for students planning a career in the Accountancy profession.
Semesters 1 – 3
You will take core modules in the following:
- Accounting I
- An understanding of the basic concepts required to
- prepare and analyze financial statements.
- Accounting II
- An examination of the basic accounting techniques used by management accountants to help in decision making and in the formulation of future plans.
- Finance I
- An examination of the two key aspects of corporate finance: the financing decision and the investment decision. The evaluation of investment risk and return. Introduction to financial securities and financial markets. Basic principles of security valuation.
You are also required to study Economics, Business Management, and Business Law.
Semesters 4 – 8
You will develop a critical understanding and analytical approach to subjects directly relevant to Accountancy.
Core advanced modules include:
- External Reporting
- Finance II
- Advanced Financial Accounting
- Accounting Information and Employment
- Quantitative Methods for Business Decisions
- Personal Financial Planning
- Issues in Accounting
- Applied Management Accounting
- Accounting Dissertation
Delivery and assessment
Teaching is by a combination of formal lectures, seminars, practical workshops, and tutorials. The course of small group tutorials provides feedback and reinforcement of lecture topics throughout each semester. Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examinations.
For Honours students, all advanced modules undertaken during the final two years of the course count equally towards their overall degree classification.
Development of Personal Transferable Skills
- IT skills through completion of computer workshops (EXCEL & SAGE) and assignments, and by obtaining module information using Succeed
- Communication skills through active tutorial participation, written coursework, and oral group presentations
- Self-management through meeting coursework deadlines (set release and deadline dates)
- Inter-personal skills through sharing skills and understanding in tutorials and practical computer sessions and group presentations
- Research skills through the coursework research project
- Critical reflection through awareness of how personal skills meet the needs of an employer in an accounting/business setting
- Academic skills of problem-solving, numeracy, analytical and logical thinking.
Study abroad opportunities
You may apply to study at a European university as part of the ERASMUS programme. In addition, you may also apply to study in the US under the University’s exchange scheme with a wide range of universities in North America, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan.
Where are our graduates now?
Accountancy graduates are currently working in 21 countries around the world including USA, Australia, Thailand, Switzerland, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Germany and the United Arab Emirates. They are contributing to the performance of both finance-related organizations, as well as a range of other private and public sector bodies including:
- JP Morgan
- NHS Scotland
- Ernst & Young
- Arcadia Group
- Diageo BBC
- Biggart Baillie
- Audit Commission
- Goldman Sachs
- Grant Thornton
- Royal Bank of Scotland
- Morgan Stanley
- Lloyds Banking Group
- Halifax Bank of Scotland
- Proctor & Gamble
Recent graduates from Stirling’s Accountancy degree have started their careers in the following roles:
- Associate, PwC
- Commercial and Performance Analyst, SSE
- Audit Associate, Deloitte UK
- Trainee Financial Advisor, Greaves, West & Ayre
- Graduate Finance Analyst, Aston Martin
- Part Qualified Accountant, Yousaf & Co Ltd
Graduates who left Stirling up to ten years ago have now forged careers in the following areas:
- Chartered Accountant, Dickson Middleton
- Senior Associate, Deloitte UK
- Auditor, Audit Scotland
- Assurance Technician, Ernst & Young
- Management Accountant, Standard Life plc
- Business Services Manager, RSM Tenon
Some of our more established graduates are currently employed as: Senior Partner in their own firm Chief Financial Officer, Energy Australia Finance Director, BiP Solutions VP (Operational Risk Management), J.P. Morgan Head of Quality Review, ICAS Investment Director, Bank of Scotland Equity An Accountancy degree doesn’t only set you up for a career in the financial sector; some of our graduates have built upon their initial university experience and are now working as Solicitors (McClure Naismith), Reporters (EquityRadar), Social Worker (Barnardos), Editor/Cameramen (BBC Scotland), and even a High Court Judge (Court of Session, Edinburgh). A wide range of employers recognizes that a student with an accounting/finance background has had a strong business-focused education which will have equipped them with important skills (numerical, communication, problem-solving etc). This explains why graduates from this Division have such a strong employment record.
Career Development Centre
The University has an excellent Career Development Centre, situated in 3A1, which not only provides access to professional career advice and employment resources but also runs career planning units and workshops.
The Careers Liaison Officer for the Division is Chris Coles and he offers a link between the Division and the Career Development Centre.
Chartered Accountancy Training
Positions for Chartered Accountancy training (CA) are normally advertised in the autumn prior to graduation (Semester 7) with many firms taking part in a ‘milk round’ of interviews in October and November each year. It is very important for Year 3 students hoping to get a CA training contract to prepare application forms and CVs before returning to the fourth year, as the deadlines set by firms can be as early as mid-October. Many organizations offer internships and placements and it can also be useful to contact local firms to see if the relevant experience can be gained. All of which will help when applying for a Training Contract position. There are CA positions with the three Chartered Accountancy Institutes in the UK:
- Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
- Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
- Chartered Accountants Ireland (oversees both Ireland and Northern Ireland)
Other bodies offering accounting qualifications include the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). These vacancies come up throughout the year and students should check the relevant websites:
Internship – what they are and why you should consider doing one?
An internship is an opportunity offered by an employer to students (or interns) over a fixed period of time, which enables the student to gain practical experience. The Career Development Centre has details of internships available around the world with large private sector organizations, as well as opportunities with smaller local businesses which are promoted through the Third Sector Internship Scheme, the Saltire Foundation, and our very own Stirling Internship Programme. As a student, you will automatically be registered onto the University’s Vacancy & Events System which means that you will receive regular updates regarding new opportunities as they become available.
Six reasons why you should consider an internship:
- Boost your CV and stand out from the crowd in order to have an edge in the graduate job market.
- Make professional connections which may lead to the offer of a job upon graduation
- Test your career choices – internships can ease your transition into future careers or alternatively, help you decide that you don’t want to work in that area after all
- ‘Real world’ business experience, enabling you to put theory into practice
- Develop transferable skills such as communication, team working, problem-solving, decision-making, initiative and creativity
- Help fund your studies by earning a full-time salary during the vacation periods
Cost & Fees
- Overseas students (non-EU) £ 11,845.00
- Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
- Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years
Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.
Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies.
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Last updated February 3, 2018