Accounting (Partner Institutions)

BA (Hons)

The Bachelor of Arts in Accounting is a 2-year or 3-year honours degree designed for students holding advanced qualifications from partner institutions, who wish to pursue a career in accountancy. 



The Bachelor of Arts in Accounting is a 2-year or 3-year honours degree designed for students holding advanced qualifications from partner institutions, who wish to pursue a career in accountancy. 

By studying towards this degree, you will learn that accountancy involves the preparation and interpretation of financial information to enable investors, lenders, management, employees, government and others to make financial decisions.


Accounting & Finance at Stirling is ranked 3rd in Scotland and 14th in the UK, according to the 2017 Good University Guide.  For the last two years, (2016 and 2017), overall student satisfaction for accountancy is over 90% in the latest National Student Survey.

This degree programme provides the opportunity to study accountancy in depth while also providing a broad understanding of the wider business environment.  The curriculum is regularly updated and so includes the latest developments in finance theory and practice, providing graduates with a cutting edge in the jobs market.  You will gain both a degree from a reputable university as well as acquiring useful transferable skills such as communication skills and research skills.

Key information

EU Applicants
The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2017 and 2018 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. EU students will also be eligible for tuition fee support from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

  • Qualification: BA (Hons)
  • Study methods: Campus based, Full-time
  • Duration: 3 Years
  • Start date: September.
  • Course Director: Mr Christopher Coles
  • Faculty: Stirling Management School

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Course Director

Mr Christopher Coles

Stirling Management School
University of Stirling, Stirling

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Not available – but students may apply to professional bodies themselves on a subject-by-subject basis.

What makes us different?

This degree offers students who are part of their way to a degree in accountancy the opportunity to obtain a degree in accounting in less than the four years which one would normally accept, as credit is given for prior learning at partner institutions.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Only available to students from partner institutions who bear the appropriate entry requirements;

This would be either an HND from a partner further education college, or successful completion of relevant programmes at INTO.


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.

Alternative routes

Entry is only available to students who have previously studied at partner institutions.  Depending on the qualifications which such students have, they may enter either in Year 2 or in Year 3.

Application procedure

Entry only available to students holding either HND from partner colleges or to INTO students with necessary entry criteria.

Fees and costs

If you plan to commence your studies at the University of Stirling in January 2018, please note you will be subject to our 2017/18 fees. Please contact us for more information.

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.

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Payment options

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Scholarships and funding

None available.

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

Three year degree


You will join the degree programme at the start of Semester 3, and in Semesters 3 and 4 you will study a series of core modules to give you a grounding for subsequent stages of more advanced studies.  These core modules will be in Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Economics, and Management.


In semesters 5-8, you develop a more critical and analytical approach to your studies. You will take modules in Corporate Finance, Accounting Information and Employment, Personal Financial Planning, External Reporting, Advanced Financial Accounting and Applied Management Accounting.  Higher-level skills of critical evaluation, analysis and synthesis are extended in the Critical Analysis of Accountancy and Finance module.  There will be numerous opportunities to develop your work-related skills at every stage of your studies.

Two-year degree

In semesters 5 and 6, you will study Corporate Finance, Quantitative Methods, Accounting Information and Employment, Finance 2, External Reporting and Applied Management Accounting.  In semesters 7 and 8 you will study Advanced Financial Accounting, Personal Financial Planning, and Auditing.  Higher-level skills of critical evaluation, analysis and synthesis are extended in the Critical Analysis of Accountancy and Finance module.  There will be numerous opportunities to develop your work-related skills at every stage of your studies. 

Delivery and assessment

Delivered via three 20-credit modules per semester.  The principal mode of assessment is a coursework (generally accounting for 20-30% of attainment) and an and of semester unseen closed-book written examination.


  • ACCU9A1-Accounting 1
  • MGTU9S1-The Global Business environment
  • ACCU9A2-Accounting 2
  • ECNU115-Introductory Economics
  • ACCU9A4-External Reporting
  • FINU9CF-Corporate Finance  
  • FINU9QE-Quantitative Methods
  • ACCU9AE-Accounting Information and Employment
  • FINU9F4 – Finance 2
  • FINU9PE-Personal Financial Planning
  • ACCU9MS-Applied Management Accounting
  • ACCU9A6-Auditing
  • ACCU9CA – Critical Analysis of Accounting and Finance Issues

Combined degrees

No combined degrees are offered.

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Modes of study

Full time only.

Example timetable

The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.



















































Why Stirling?

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The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

Most of our graduates enter the accountancy and finance sector, either as trainees with accountancy firms of all sizes, or they go to work for banks and other financial institutions, or they work in a finance function in commerce, whether in a profit-seeking business or in the public sector.  An Accountancy degree doesn’t only set you up for a career in the financial sector; 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).

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