BAcc (Hons)


Keen to become an accountant? Then you'll know you ideally need both a university degree and a recognised 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.

Key information

  • UCAS: N400
  • Degree type: BAcc (Hons)
  • Study methods: Full-time, Part-time, Campus based
  • Start date: September / January
  • School: Stirling Management School
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It is usual, if you are planning to do professional accountancy training, to get both a university degree and recognised 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?

Accounting and Finance prizes

ICAS Charles Scott Prize

A prize of £100 is awarded annually to the Bachelor of Accountancy student with the highest overall performance in modules ACC9A1 and ACC9A2 in the same academic session.

KPMG Prize

There are three prizes of £200 awarded annually to the students with the highest overall performance in each of the modules ACC9A4, ACC9AA and ACC9A6.

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

Ede and Ravenscroft donate £1,500 to the University of Stirling, which is awarded annually to the Year 2 undergraduate student for best academic performance. In 2013  a joint prize was awarded and one of the deserving winners was Xin Hu, a Stirling Management School student studying the Bachelor of Accountancy course.

Annual visits

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). 

We also host the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) for students in Year 4. The BAT is a professional and unique way to demonstrate
your strengths and connect with financial employers worldwide.

World-class library and teaching facilities

Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Four-year Honours degree

SQA Higher:
ABBB - one sitting
AABB - two sittings
GCE A-level:

IB Diploma:
32 points
Essential subjects:
Mathematics preferred

Three-year Honours degree

SQA Adv. Higher:

GCE A-level:

IB Diploma:
35 points
Essential subjects:
To include Accountancy and Economics. Preference given to those with Mathematics.

Other qualifications


Year one minimum entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions

Advanced entry
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.

Additional information

General entrance requirements apply.
Mathematics Standard Grade (3), National 5 (C), Intermediate 2 (C), GCSE (C) 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.

International Foundation
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.

International Diploma
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

More information on our English language requirements

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.

Fees and finance

Fees 2016/7

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 11,555.00
Scottish and EU students TBC
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years

Fees 2015/6

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 11,275.00
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. View more information

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Structure and teaching

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 analyse 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
  • Taxation
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Accounting Information and Employment
  • Quantitative Methods for Business Decisions
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Auditing
  • Professional Development and Practice
  • Issues in Accounting
  • Applied Management Accounting
  • Accounting Dissertation

You will have numerous opportunities to develop appropriate work-related skills at every stage of your studies, culminating in the Professional Development and Practice module in Semester 8 which helps you prepare for entering the workplace.

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.

Combined degrees

Students can also exit with a BA in any of these subject combinations.

Accountancy can be studied with:
CourseUCAS Code
Business Law MN24
Business Studies NNF4
Economics LN14
Finance NN43
Marketing NN45
Mathematics GN14
Spanish NR44
Sports Studies NC46

Modes of study

Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
January entry also available - see semester dates

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Why Stirling?


In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.


Top 25 in the UK for Business and Management Research

The reputation of our research at Stirling Management School was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), where the School was placed in the UK’s top 25 institutions for Business and Management, out of 101 business schools.  In Scotland, the School was ranked in the top five.  64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour and we were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.

Complete University Guide Rankings

The Division was placed in the UK's top 25 institutions for Accounting and Finance based on the latest Complete University Guide Rankings.

National Student Survey

The latest National Student Survey (NSS) results confirm increasing overall student satisfaction by students studying for degrees in Accountancy.   For our Finance degrees, there was a very high overall satisfaction rating of 89%, with students expressing particular satisfaction at the enthusiasm of our lecturers (100%) and the quality of our library resources (well over 90%).

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.

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

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 organisations, as well as a range of other private and public sector bodies including:

JP Morgan NHS Scotland HSBC
Ernst & Young PwC Arcadia Group
Unilever Diageo BBC
Biggart Baillie Deloitte KPMG
IBM 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 recognise 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 fourth year, as the deadlines set by firms can be as early as mid-October. Many organisations offer internships and placements and it can also be useful to contact local firms to see if 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:

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:

For further help and advice visit the Career Development Centre in room 3A1, call 01786 407070 or email

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 organisations, 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:

  1. Boost your CV and stand out from the crowd in order to have an edge in the graduate job market.  
  2. Make professional connections which may lead to the offer of a job upon graduation
  3. 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
  4. ‘Real world’ business experience, enabling you to put theory into practice
  5. Develop transferable skills such as communication, team working, problem-solving, decision-making, initiative and creativity
  6. Help fund your studies by earning a full-time salary during the vacation periods

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