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BAcc (Hons) Accountancy

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

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Key facts

  • Award BAcc (Hons)
  • Start date September
  • Duration 48 months or 36 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based
  • Accreditations Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA); Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA); Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA); Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS)

If you’re planning a career in accountancy or the financial sector, studying at the University of Stirling is the perfect starting point. Stirling ranks among the top 5 places to study Accountancy and Finance in Scotland (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019), boasting 5-star teaching and quadruple industry accreditation.

An accounting degree empowers you 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 facts.

The ideal path to a career in accountancy combines a university degree with recognised professional qualifications. Our Accountancy programme has been created with this in mind, and successful completion of the course will ensure many professional bodies give you significant exemptions from their exams.

From a basic understanding of how to prepare financial statements, through to an in-depth knowledge of auditing, taxation and reporting, our Accountancy 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

The course also includes an innovative week-long global financial trading and training boot camp run by our partner Amplify Trading. The boot camp won the CFA Institute Innovative Delivery of Education (IDEA) global award and gives you the chance to trade futures contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. By letting you trade in real time, but 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. It allows you to gain practical experience of managing investments with real money. 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.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Professional accreditation

    Accountancy at Stirling is accredited by four 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:

    Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

    Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

    Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)

    Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS)

  • 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.

    KPMG Prize
    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 and Ravenscroft prize of £1000 is awarded on academic merit to the top graded 2nd Year student within each School.

  • Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

    SQA Highers
    AABB – one sitting
    AAAB – two sittings

    GCE A-levels

    IB Diploma

    BTEC (Level 3)

    Essential subjects
    Mathematics preferred

  • Year 2 entry – Three-year honours

    SQA Advanced Highers

    GCE A-levels

    IB Diploma

    Essential subjects
    To include Accountancy and Economics. Preference given to those with Mathematics.

  • Other qualifications

    Year one minimum entry

    Scottish HNC/HND
    Bs in graded units

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

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

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

  • Advanced entry

    Year 2 entry may be possible with an HND in Accounting. For information on accepted courses please consult 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.

    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.

  • 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

    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

You can study Accountancy as a four year single honours degree, or combine it with one of eight other courses to broaden your focus. In your first three semesters, your core studies in accounting and finance will be complimented by teaching in economics, business management and business law. Semesters 4-8 will help you to develop an analytical approach to relevant subjects through eleven advanced core modules. Among those modules will be your dissertation, which will introduce you to research methods in accounting and enhance your communication, evaluation and analytical skills.


The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2018/19 on this course of study.

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Course details

  • Teaching

    When you study Accountancy at the University of Stirling you can be confident that everything you learn is in tune with the latest industry trends. You’ll learn through a combination of formal lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Small group tutorials will also provide feedback and reinforcement of lecture topics throughout each semester. All our teaching is rooted in world-class research, and Stirling Management School ranked in the top 25 institutions in the UK for Business and Management from a pool of over 100 in the most recent Research Excellence Framework study.

  • 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 Semester 8 you’ll complete a dissertation on an approved subject.

  • 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

    Mr Alan Somerville, Course Director 

  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (Fees are different for each course)

      2018/19 2019/20

    Scottish/EU Students

    Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland or the EU will be able to 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 online.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    Important note for EU students

    The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2018 and 2019 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. The future fee status of EU students enrolling in UK universities will depend on the timing and terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union. The University will make decisions on fee levels for EU students enrolling in 2020 when further guidance is available from the Scottish and UK governments, and will publicise information about fee levels and financial support available on the University website.

    While students should be aware this may mean a change from the current position where EU students are treated with equivalence to Scottish students, it is also important to note that any changes would also require changes to existing UK and Scottish legislation. Current indications are that the UK would leave the EU at the earliest in 2020, so any changes would not take effect before the academic year 2020/21.


    *This tuition fee is set by the Scottish Government, and may be subject to change.


    Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

    If you’re domiciled in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you’ll be able to apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    If you successfully complete Years 1-3 of your course, you will also be eligible to receive an Honours Year Scholarship valued at £9,250 to cover the tuition fee costs of your fourth and final year of study. Learn more about the Honours Year Scholarship.

    There is additional funding available for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland – please see Funding opportunities below.

    £9,250 £9,250

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    You will be liable to pay fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    £12,140 £12,450

    You should expect to pay fees for every year you attend. 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.

  • Funding opportunities

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

    Students domiciled in Scotland and the EU

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

    Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK)

    The Undergraduate Choice Scholarship provides a £1,000 cash award to all students from England, Wales or Northern 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 and Northern 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.

  • Additional costs

    If you choose to attend your graduation ceremony, you will be liable for an additional charge. There is no charge if you wish to graduate in absentia. Learn more about additional fees.

  • 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.

What jobs can you get with an Accountancy degree?

Our highly-rated Accountancy course can gain you exemption from professional bodies’ exams, as well as opening up opportunities with finance-related organisations, private and public sector bodies, and a host of other employers. During your degree, you can also take advantage of a range of specialist career services.

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

  • 100% of our Accountancy students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Unistats 2016).
  • Accountancy graduates from Stirling are working in 21 different countries 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.

Good accountancy courses prepare you for professional life in a range of roles, such as a financial analyst for fund management institutions, a dealer on the stock exchange, an investment banker or a financial market regulator. Recent Accountancy graduates from the University of Stirling have started their careers in some of the following roles:

  • Associate, PwC
  • Commercial and Performance Analyst, SSE
  • Audit Associate, Deloitte UK
  • Graduate Finance Analyst, Aston Martin

Graduates who left Stirling up to ten years ago have forged careers in the following areas:

  • Chartered Accountant, Dickson Middleton
  • Auditor, Audit Scotland
  • 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:

    • External Reporting
    • Taxation
    • Advanced Financial Accounting
    • Auditing
    • Communication and presentation
    • IT
    • 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.

I liked that many of the Management School’s courses allowed exemptions from professional qualifications.
Kelly Dawson
BAcc (Hons) Accountancy
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The course is an ICAS accredited degree meaning that I have obtained exemptions from some of the professional qualification exams.
Charlotte Walker
BAcc (Hons) Accountancy and Business Law
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