Prepare to meet the challenges of a career in accountancy
The BAcc Accounting provides thorough training for a career in accountancy - including financial and management accounting, taxation and audit.
CEOs and boards rely on accountants to help them to make informed financial decisions that contribute to the future success of their organisation – and you can play a part in this.
With an emphasis on the practical aspects of accountancy, you will gain the mix of skills, knowledge and experience needed for a stimulating and rewarding career in accountancy.
The BAcc Accounting is accredited by all the major accountancy bodies including:
Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA)
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA)
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW)
You will have the option to undertake a one-year placement during your course. This can either occur between the second and third year, or the third and fourth year.
The placement provides essential practical experience and can boost your job prospects upon graduation.
Placement providers include:
A placement year gave me the opportunity to gain invaluable experience within a large Finance department... when I got my degree I was successful in securing a permanent position within the company.
Nichola McGinlay, UWS Accounting graduate and business analyst
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of all UWS graduates in work and/or further study 6 months after graduating
What qualifications do you need?
We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.
Direct entry to Year 2 (with an appropriate HNC) and Year 3 (with an appropriate HND) may be possible.
Year 3 entry to this UWS programme is also offered at South Lanarkshire College; New College Lanarkshire, Coatbridge Campus; and Ayrshire College, Ayr Campus under our college partnership agreements. Please note that these routes are only 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.
Scottish Highers: BBBC including English, plus Maths preferred at Standard Grade / National 5 level or 102 UCAS Tariff points
A levels: CCC plus English Language and Maths at GCSE level or 96 UCAS Tariff points
Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4 including English plus Maths at Ordinary Level
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4, 4 at HL)
Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Humanities BBB
Scottish Advanced Highers: BBB including Higher English plus Maths preferred at Standard Grade / National 5 level or 144 UCAS Tariff points
A levels: BBB including English and Maths or 120 UCAS Tariff points
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Accounting
SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Accounting
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for most courses
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.
General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
overall score 6.0
no sub-test less than 5.5
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)
IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 6.5
no sub-test less than 6.0
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 7.0
no sub-test less than 7.0
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 5.0
no sub-test less than 4.5
TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students. For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
C6 or above in English
*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).
The BAcc Accounting course covers the full range of accountancy subjects. You will develop specialist accountancy expertise as well as key transferable skills.
A variety of teaching and learning approaches emphasise the practical aspects of accounting, these include lectures, small group tutorials and workshops.
Highly-qualified professionals and academics and guest speakers will input to the course to provide industry insights and deepen your understanding of:
the accountancy profession
contemporary issues in finance
career and professional development issues
Studies include financial and management accounting and more general module, which put accountancy into perspective in the business world.
Learning and teaching:
Scheduled learning: 25%
Independent study: 75%
This year develops your financial and management accounting experience and introduces specialised areas of accounting such as personal tax.
Learning and teaching:
Scheduled learning: 23%
Independent study: 77%
In-depth financial and management accounting is taught alongside the core module of accounting, providing excellent practical and theoretical knowledge.
Learning and teaching:
Scheduled learning: 29%
Independent study: 71%
You will complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice and will study the development of accounting standards and contemporary issues in accounting.
Optional modules include accounting theory and history and international finance.
Learning and teaching:
Scheduled learning: 17%
Independent study: 85%
Teaching & Assessment
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops.
There will also be group work and independent learning to ensure you develop transferable skills such as research, presentation, communication and working as part of a team.
Our Accounting degree is mainly assessed using a variety of assessment methods including:
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.
For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.
Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.
Tuition Fees* & Living Cost Support
Tuition Fees & Additional Costs
Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.
There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.
Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.
If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.
Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.
All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)
The on-time application deadline for 2019/20 entry is 15 January 2019, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2019, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via ‘UCAS Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places.
Students from non-EU/non-EEA countries can apply directly to UWS via our dedicated online application system. The latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date to allow for visa processing times. For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our International Undergraduate Application Guide.
For part-time & online study, you should apply directly to the University through our online application system, not through UCAS. Please select the part-time mode of study when submitting your application. Before you begin your application, it is important to read the part-time application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.
To come to UWS as a visiting student on a study abroad or exchange programme, you must apply entirely through our online system.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
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