BAcc (Hons) Accounting

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

Accounting - 91 percent for overall student satisfaction

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

  • SQA Highers: BBBC inc English over 1 sitting; ABBCC/BBBCCC inc English over 2 sittings
  • GCE A-Levels: CCC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: BBBC2 inc English
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4, 4 at HL).
  • SQA Advanced Highers: BBB relevant subjects + H English
  • GCE A-Levels: BBB 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.

Please contact the Programme Leader, Steven Leonard on 0800 027 1000 for details.

The course covers the full range of accountancy subjects from financial and management accounting to financial management, taxation, auditing and related areas to ensure that you acquire the necessary specialist and generic transferable skills essential to a career in the field of accountancy.

A wide range of teaching and learning approaches are used throughout your degree, with emphasis on teaching towards practical aspects of accounting and assessment that requires completion of financial accounts, budgets, forecasts, tax computations, appraisal of investment projects etc, and the use of group work, reports, case studies, presentations, logbooks and so on.

 Modules are delivered by highly qualified accounting and finance professionals and academics.

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.
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, the NHS and Sainsbury’s. Graduates can also work towards additional professional exams such as Chartered Institute of Bankers.

You can undertake an optional oneyear placement with a number of well-known UK-based companies. This provides essential practical experience and an attractive addition to your CV.

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.

The Bachelor of Accounting (Honours) course has recently received accreditation from the following bodies:

CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accounting)


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

  • 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.

    * Please note entry to the programme at Ayr Campus is Year 3 only and no Honours option is available at this campus.

    ^ Year 3 entry to this UWS programme is also offered at South Lanarkshire College under our partnership agreement.