BAcc (Hons) Accountancy and Finance

Study Accountancy and Finance at the University of Stirling and discover why our quintuple-accredited course ranks among the best in the UK.

Accountancy and Finance

Key facts

  • Award BAcc (Hons)
  • Start date September 2023
  • Duration 48 months or 36 months
  • Mode of study full time
  • Delivery on campus
  • UCAS Code NN43
  • Study abroad opportunities

Accreditations

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA); Association of International Accountants (AIA); Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA); Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA); Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS)

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Overview

If you’re planning a career in accountancy or the financial sector, studying at the University of Stirling is the perfect starting point. Our course boasts top-class teaching and multiple industry accreditation.

Studying Accountancy and Finance gives you the capability to prepare, present and interpret financial information for a wide range of organisations, and the skills you learn will enable investors, lenders, management and others to make key decisions based on financial details. Our combined Accountancy and Finance course includes content specifically geared towards entering the banking and investment industries.   

The ideal path to a career in accountancy combines a university degree with recognised professional qualifications. The BAcc Hons Accountancy and Finance at Stirling has been created with this in mind, and successful completion of the course will result in many professional bodies giving you significant exemptions from their exams.

From a basic understanding of how to analyse financial statements, through to an in-depth knowledge of economics, taxation and reporting, our Accountancy and Finance degree covers everything you’ll need to know to join the thousands of Stirling graduates who have successfully transitioned from this course into the professional world.

Amplify Trading Boot Camp

Students on the course can participate in this innovative week-long global financial trading and training boot camp run by our partner Amplify. The Stirling Amplify Boot Camp won the CFA Institute Innovative Delivery of Education (IDEA) global award and gives you the chance to participate in highly realistic computer-based simulations that replicate the experience of trading in financial markets. By letting you trade in a simulated environment with virtual money, the boot camp bridges the gap between an academic understanding of financial markets and how they function in practice.

Student Managed Investment Fund

Our students have established a Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), with support of our academics within the Accounting and Finance Division. The SMIF allows you to gain practical experience of managing investments. A student-led project, it will help you to enhance your employability before you graduate, giving you exceptional practical understanding of theoretical aspects of investment valuation. Particular emphasis is placed on the principles of responsible investment, including the use of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria when selecting stocks. Find out more about the Student Managed Investment Fund, the regular guest speakers and how you can get involved at the SMIF website.

Top reasons to study with us

Professional accreditation

Accountancy and Finance at Stirling is accredited by five major regulatory bodies, meaning you’ll enjoy significant exemptions from their exams when the time comes to begin your professional life.

We’re accredited by:

Prizes or awards

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.

Entry requirements

Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

SQA Highers
AABB – by the end of S5
AAAB – by the end of S6

GCE A-levels
BBB 

IB Diploma
30

BTEC (Level 3)
DDM

Essential subjects
Mathematics National 5 (B), Intermediate 2 (C), Standard Grade (3), GCSE (C/4) or equivalent

Preferred subjects
Mathematics at Higher, A-level or equivalent

Widening access students
Widening access students may be eligible for an adjusted offer of entry. To find out if this applies to you go to our widening access pages.

Care-experienced applicants will be guaranteed an offer of a place if they meet the minimum entry requirements.

Year 2 entry – Three-year honours

SQA Advanced Highers
ABB 

GCE A-levels
ABB 

IB Diploma
35 

Essential subjects
To include Accountancy and Economics at Higher, A-level or equivalent

Mathematics National 5 (B), Intermediate 2 (C), Standard Grade (3), GCSE (C/4) or equivalent

Preferred subjects
Mathematics at Higher, A-level or equivalent

Other Scottish qualifications

Scottish HNC/HND
Year one minimum entry - Bs in graded units.

Access courses
University of Stirling access course - for mature students only. You must pass the course with 50% or above.

SWAP access course - for mature students only. Please check the SWAP progression routes document for details.

Email our Admissions Team for advice about other access courses.

Foundation Apprenticeships
Considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B

Essential subjects
Mathematics National 5 (B), Intermediate 2 (C), Standard Grade (3), GCSE (C/4) or equivalent

Preferred subjects
Mathematics at Higher, A-level or equivalent

Other qualifications

English, Welsh and Northern Irish HNC/HND
Merits and Distinctions

English, Welsh and Northern Irish access courses
Access to Higher Education - 60 credits, minimum 45 at QCF Level 3, pass at 60% or above.

Email our Admissions Team for advice about other access courses.

Essential subjects
Mathematics National 5 (B), Intermediate 2 (C), Standard Grade (3), GCSE (C/4) or equivalent

Preferred subjects
Mathematics at Higher, A-level or equivalent

International entry requirements

Advanced entry

Year 2 entry
Entry into Year 2 may be possible depending on your HNC/HND course. To find out more go to our articulation page.

Other qualifications
Advanced entry may by possible depending on your qualifications. To find out more go to our Advanced Entry pages.

Additional information

General entrance requirements apply

If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.

Other routes of entry

INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for international students who don’t meet the required academic and English-language criteria. This course offers a pathway to study at the University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience 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 a range of BA Honours programmes, including Accounting (either as single honours or as combined honours with Business Law, Business Studies, Economics, Finance or Marketing).

For more information, and to apply, visit INTO University of Stirling.

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 Academic or UKVI 6.0 with 5.5 in each skill
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with a minimum of 59 in each sub-skill
  • IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • IBT TOEFL Special Home Edition 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • Trinity ISE II Pass overall and Pass in each sub-skill, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills
  • Aptis (4 skills) CEFR B2 overall and B2 in all sub-skills
  • LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator -  Pass with minimum 33 in each sub-skill

Last updated: 23 August 2022

For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

Pre-sessional English language courses

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.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

Course details

If you’re planning a career in the accountancy profession or wider financial sector, our combined Accountancy and Finance course is designed with you in mind. After four years of study, you’ll have an honours degree and a focused knowledge of your field, and qualifications exempting you from a range of professional examinations.

In your first three semesters, your core studies in accounting and finance will be complemented by teaching in economics, business management and business law. Semesters 4-8 will help you to develop an analytical approach to relevant subjects through nine advanced core modules alongside elective modules of your choosing.

Modules

The module information below provides an example of the types of course module you may study. The details listed are for the current academic year (September 2022). Modules and start dates are regularly reviewed and may be subject to change in future years.

Course details

Teaching

You’ll learn through a combination of formal lectures, seminars, practical workshops and tutorials. Small group tutorials will also provide feedback and reinforcement of lecture topics throughout each semester. 

Assessment

You’ll be assessed by a combination of coursework and exams. For Honours students, all advanced modules undertaken during the final two years count equally towards your overall degree classification. In contrast to the single Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc) course, Accountancy and Finance does not require the completion of a dissertation in Semester 8.

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to broaden your horizons and study abroad through our well-established connections with several international universities.

Find out more about studying abroad.

Contact

Dr Chris Coles, Course Director

c.w.coles@stir.ac.uk

+44 (0) 1786 466415

Fees and funding

Fees and costs

Academic year: 2022/23 2023/24
Scottish students £1,820* £1,820 *
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland £9,250 £9,250
European Union students £15,900 £16,400
Overseas students (non-EU) £15,900 £16,400

Scottish students

* This fee is set by the Scottish Government and is subject to change.

You will be charged the annual tuition fee each year when you enrol.

Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland can apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government on their behalf. If you’re unsure of your fee status, you can check your eligibility.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you’ll be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

This tuition fee may be subject to change depending on guidance provided by the UK Government.

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

You can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body. Students from the Republic of Ireland are eligible for a tuition fee loan of up to £9,250 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

We also offer additional funding – such as our Honours Year Scholarship – for students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. See our funding opportunities below for more information.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

European Union students

For EU students starting studies in academic year 2022/23, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria.

Students from the Republic of Ireland should see the fee and funding information under England, Wales, NI and Republic of Ireland.

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Overseas students (non-EU)

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Additional costs

There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

Funding opportunities

See what funding opportunities and loans are available to help you with tuition and living costs.

Students domiciled in Scotland

The University of Stirling offers undergraduate funding opportunities for students domiciled in Scotland. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

EU students

For EU students starting studies in academic year 2022/23, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria.

Students domiciled in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

The Undergraduate Choice Scholarship provides a £1,000 cash award to all students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland who meet the conditions of their offer and select the University of Stirling as their Firm or Insurance choice on UCAS.

The University also offers the Undergraduate Merit Scholarship, which is awarded to selected students and provides a £1,000 cash award per year for years 1-3 of study. To be considered for the Merit Scholarship, students require a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent.

In addition, students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland who enter in year 1 and progress successfully through years 2 and 3 will receive our Honours Year Scholarship, which covers the cost of undergraduate tuition fees in the Honours year of study.

You don’t need to apply for the awards listed above - we'll automatically identify your eligibility as part of the admissions process.

To explore other scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

Students domiciled overseas

The University of Stirling offers generous undergraduate funding opportunities for overseas students. To find out if you're eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

Cost of living

If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

Payment options

We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

After you graduate

What jobs can I get with an Accountancy and Finance degree?

A wide range of companies, individuals and financial institutions require the analytical skills and professional judgment developed by Accountancy and Finance graduates. In comparison to our single Bachelor of Accountancy course, Accounting and Finance offers an added specialisation geared towards entering professions in the banking and investment industries. As you study for your accounting degree at the University of Stirling, you can take advantage of our range of career services.

Find out more about how we prepare you for the world of work.

  • Accountancy and Finance graduates from Stirling are working across the world for companies including JP Morgan, IBM, RBS and many more.
  • Your degree grants you exemption from many industry exams, getting you off to a flying start in your journey to becoming a fully qualified Accountant.
  • Our Accountancy and Finance course includes additional content geared specifically towards a career in the banking and investment industries.

Accountancy and Finance courses pave the way for graduates to work in areas such as financial and management accounting, auditing, taxation, consultancy, and financial services. A wide range of employers recognise that students with an accounting/finance background will have a strong business-focused education that equips them with invaluable numerical, communication and problem-solving skills.

Recent Accountancy and Finance graduates from the University of Stirling have started their careers in some of the following roles:

  • Trainee Financial Advisor, Greaves, West and Ayre
  • Part Qualified Accountant, Yousaf and Co Ltd
  • Audit Associate, Deloitte UK
  • Graduate Finance Analyst, Aston Martin

Graduates who left Stirling up to ten years ago have forged careers in positions such as:

  • Senior Analyst, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Business Services Manager, RSM Tenon
  • Assurance Technician, Ernst and Young
  • Management Accountant, Standard Life plc

Employability skills

Your employability is one of our highest priorities, and we want to make sure you have every possible advantage when you enter the job market. Our modules in Accounting Information and Employment (Year 3) and Professional Development and Practice (Semester 8) place a special focus on preparing you for the workplace. Meanwhile, visits from professional bodies like the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) ensure your skills are always in tune with the needs of the Accounting industry.

Your course will equip you with skills in the following, plus much more:

  • Personal Finance Planning
  • Taxation
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Economics
  • Communication and presentation
  • Business Law
  • Problem solving and analytical thinking

Companies we work with

We’re not only accredited by leading professional accountancy bodies, we also host annual visits from them to exchange knowledge, strengthen our links to the industry and refine everything you’re learning in line with the latest developments. These relationships, combined with our own highly-rated and research help create a foundation from which you can begin to build a career in accountancy and finance.

What our students said

Matthew Corbett
Matthew Corbett
United Kingdom
BAcc(Hons) Accountancy and Finance
Every lecturer want to see their students succeed and there is ample opportunity to get help beyond tutorials and lectures. The majority of lecturers also have real world experience which they bring to each of their lectures, making them more interesting by being able to show real world application and not just in a textbook.
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Fiona Jayne Smith
Fiona Jayne Smith
United Kingdom
BAcc(Hons) Accountancy and Finance
All the lecturers inject personality into their teaching making the subject interesting and engaging. As long as you are willing to put the effort in they will do everything in their power to help and support you. I would not have achieved all that I have without their continued advice and support.
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Denise Kaufmann
Denise Kaufmann
Austria
BAcc (Hons) Accountancy and Marketing
I was attracted by the fact that the degree combinations were so flexible and thought it would be the perfect place to further my knowledge...
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Flexible study

This course is not available as a combined degree.