UCAS codes

  • N400 -

Course contact

Steven Leonard, Programme Leader
+44 (0)141 849 4101

Qualifications and durations

  • BAcc - 3 Years
  • BAcc Hons - 4 Years

Start date(s)

  • September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

The BAcc (Hons) Accounting programme provides both the practical and theoretical skills needed to help you meet the challenges of a career in this stimulating and rewarding discipline.

BAcc Accounting - University of the West of Scotland

Accounting - 91 percent for overall student satisfaction

SQA Highers: BBBC including English
GCE A-Levels: CCC
Irish Leaving Certificate: HL: H3 H3 H3 H4 including English
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (including 4, 4 at HL)
SQA Advanced Highers: BBB in relevant subjects, plus HG English
GCE A-Levels: BBB in relevant subjects
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Accounting
SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree: Accounting
Applicants with relevant Accounting and/or Finance experience may be considered for entry to Year 2 or 3 subject to approval. Please contact the Programme Leader, Steven Leonard on 0800 027 1000 for details.
The programme covers the full range of accountancy subjects. You will acquire the necessary specialist and generic transferable skills essential for your accountancy career. A variety of teaching and learning approaches are used, with emphasis on teaching towards practical aspects of accounting. Modules are delivered by highly-qualified accounting and finance professionals and academics.

Guest speakers also form part of the programme to further deepen your understanding of the subject. Representatives from CIMA and ACCA have recently spoken with students about career opportunities and professional accreditation while Martin Stewart, Senior Manager at MacQuarie Asset Leasing (UK) Limited delivered a lecture on corporate and asset finance.

Year 1

Studies include financial and management accounting and more general modules, which put accountancy into perspective in the business world.

Year 2

This year develops your financial and management accounting experience and introduces specialised areas of accounting such as personal tax.


An optional one-year placement can be taken between years 2 and 3 (or between years 3 and 4).

Year 3

In-depth financial and management accounting is taught alongside the core module of auditing, providing excellent practical and theoretical knowledge.

Year 4

You will complete a dissertation on your choice of subject and will study the development of accounting standards and contemporary issues in accounting. Optional modules include accounting theory and history and international finance.

Our graduates are prepared for successful careers in accountancy and finance as well as general business and management. UWS graduates have secured employment with companies including Chivas Brothers, HMRC, Glasgow Airport, National Australia Group, RBS, Shell, CBRE, the NHS and Sainsbury’s.


You can undertake an optional one-year placement with a number of well-known UK-based companies. This provides essential practical experience and an attractive addition to your CV. Students have recently undertaken placements at organisations including Lenovo, Clydesdale Bank and CBRE.

Study abroad

You may study abroad while gaining credit towards your degree at one of our 80 educational partner organisations.

You can take professional exams with the main accountancy bodies such as ICAS, ACCA, CIMA and CIPFA for which the maximum exemptions are in place. You should note that direct entry into advanced levels of the BAcc may have an impact on exemptions from professional examinations available to individual graduates. For further details please contact the Programme Leader, Steven Leonard on 0800 027 1000.

CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accounting)


CIMA is the largest professional body of management accountants in the world. We offer the most relevant accounting qualification for a career in business; something our 229,000 students and members in 176 countries are proud to be a part of.

Management accountants aren’t number crunchers – they are quite the opposite. You’ll find them in all types of organisations, in top positions, analysing trends and behaviours to make informed business decisions.

Every top 100 global brand employs CIMA students and members. They know the CIMA qualification equips people with the skills and knowledge they need to be truly successful in business. CIMA has the power to enhance your degree and improve your earning potential.

CIMA is the natural progression for people with finance and business degrees. If students have a degree in a relevant subject, they could be entitled to exam exemptions.

Find out more about the university to CIMA route

ICAS (The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland)

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CIPFA (The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy)


ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)

 ACCA accreditation

A placement year gave me the opportunity to gain invaluable experience within a large Finance department. I then worked part-time through third year and when I got my degree I was successful in securing a permanent position within the company.
Nichola McGinlay, Business Analyst

Useful Information

  • * Please note entry to the programme at Ayr Campus is Year 3 only.

    ^ Year 3 entry to this UWS programme is also offered at South Lanarkshire College under our partnership agreement and is currently pending approval to be offered at New College Lanarkshire, Motherwell Campus. Please note that these routes are/would only be open to students who have completed an HND in Accounting at those institutions.

    Students wishing to complete the Honours year will be required to attend either the Paisley or Lanarkshire campuses.

    Please note that our BA (Hons) Accounting is also offered on a part-time basis (daytime infill) at Paisley and Hamilton.