Accountancy

Study accountancy and graduate with a university degree

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.

Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc) in Accountancy and Finance

The Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc) in Accountancy and Finance course is designed specifically for students planning a career in the Accountancy profession and/or the wider financial sector. Apart from the additional finance content which offers a specialisation for entering the professions in the banking and investment industries, the main difference from the single programme is that there is no requirement to do a dissertation in semester 8.

The Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc) in Accountancy and Finance degree is also accredited by ICAS, CIMA, CIPFA and ACCA who will grant you significant exemptions from their exams when you have a Stirling degree.

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 (Introductory Economics), Business Management (The Business Environment) and Business Law.

Semesters 4–8

You will develop a critical understanding and analytical approach to subjects directly relevant to Accountancy and Finance.

Core advanced modules include:

  • External Reporting
  • Finance II
  • Accounting Information and Employment
  • Quantitative Methods for Business Decisions
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Applied Management Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Issues in Accounting
  • Auditing

You will choose further advanced modules in accountancy and finance from a list of electives. 

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.

View full Accountancy and Finance module descriptions.

Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc) combined degree with other subjects

The Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc) can also be studied with a varied of other subjects and is designed specifically for students planning a career in the Accountancy profession or in the wider commercial sector.

The BAcc combined degree is also accredited by ICAS, CIMA, CIPFA and ACCA who will grant you significant exemptions from their exams when you have a Stirling degree. Hence, graduates will have the opportunity to receive a degree allowing for a career on accounting but also broaden their knowledge and skills in subjects like Business Management, Economics, and Marketing among others.

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 (Introductory Economics), Business Management (The Business Environment) and Business Law.

Semesters 4–8

You will develop a critical understanding and analytical approach to subjects directly relevant to Accountancy and in your chosen combined subject. Similar to the (BAcc) in Accountancy and Finance there is no requirement to do a dissertation in semester 8.

Core accountancy and finance advanced modules include:

  • External Reporting
  • Finance II
  • Accounting Information and Employment
  • Quantitative Methods for Business Decisions
  • Taxation
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Applied Management Accounting
You will choose further advanced modules in your chosen subject from a list of electives.

View full Accountancy and Finance module descriptions.

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

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

Accreditation

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
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If you are planning to do professional Accountancy training, you need both a university degree and a recognised professional qualification. All of 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.

 

Entrance requirements

Four-year Honours degree

SQA Higher:
ABBB - one sitting.
AABB - two sittings.

GCE A-level:
BBC

IB Diploma:
32 points.

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 given to those with Mathematics.

Other qualifications

HNC/HND:

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

Advanced entry
Advanced entry is possible with an HND in Accounting.

Access courses:
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

Additional information

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

Modes of study

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

Course contact

Chris Coles University of Stirling Stirling, FK9 4LA Scotland, UK + 44 (0) 1786 467296 www.stir.ac.uk/management

Find out more

http://www.stir.ac.uk/management

Degree course

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
  • Accounting Dissertation

You will choose further advanced modules in accountancy and finance from a list of electives.

Teaching 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

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

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

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.

ACCA Prize

A prize of £300 is awarded annually to the 2nd year Bachelor of Accountancy student, or students, with the highest overall performance in modules FIN9F3 and ACC9A4 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 programme 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 second year 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 programme. Click here to find out more.

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.

Study abroad

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.

Rating

Accounting and Finance has been rated joint first in Scotland in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and teaching provision in Accounting was ranked joint third in the UK (National Student Survey, 2010).

Our students

I studied accounting and finance and found my degree programme extremely relevant to what I am doing in my current role. It’s also worth mentioning that at Stirling University you receive full, first year exemptions to professional exams if your grades permit, which is always a bonus.  The support network within the department is also great. Whether it's your lecturer's, tutors, or even your peers, there is always somebody there to help you and guide you through your studies.

Christopher Skipsey, graduated 2013

Having chosen Stirling University based on its homely and welcoming campus I certainly was not disappointed.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the University and becoming part of the Stirling family.  Not only are the staff friendly, helpful and professional they are dedicated to providing you with the well rounded base of knowledge you require for commencing work in the accounting industry.

Aileen Phillips, BAcc (Hons) in Accountancy and Business Law, graduated 2013

 

94% of University of Stirling 2012 graduates have found work, or are in a further programme of study within 6 months of graduation. The Telegraph ranks Stirling in the top 12 UK universities for getting a job.

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 department 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 Sarah Smith and she 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 careers@stir.ac.uk

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

Stirling Management School’s Careers Mentoring Scheme

The Careers Mentoring Scheme is open to all Year 3 and Year 4 students across Stirling Management School. Mentoring is widely recognised as an effective tool for enhancing your career prospects and of ensuring informed choice, and this scheme is designed to provide additional support as you progress through your studies, as well as preparing your for progression into your desired professions. Mentors are all former students of Stirling Management School who know what it is like to be unsure about your future career plans.  They are keen to pass on tips relating to potential careers and applying for jobs.

The benefits of the scheme include:

  • Improving your employability skills
  • Building your confidence and self-esteem when applying for jobs
  • Searching and applying for suitable jobs, writing CVs, interview skills
  • Providing an insight into the world of work and a particular industry

For more information, and to discover other ways in which our alumni get involved with our students, please click here.

Fees 2014/5

Overseas students (non-EU)£ 11,000.00
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.

Please note: 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.

Funding

Accountancy
  • Degree award BAcc (Hons)
  • UCAS Code N400
  • Type Full-time, Part-time
  • Start date September / January
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