BSc (Hons) Professional Accounting

BPP University's Professional Accounting degree will give you a practical grounding in accounting and business disciplines and can quicken your journey to becoming exam qualified with the ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA institutes. Above all, we focus on the practical, real-life application which is underpinned by academic theory and research, preparing you for success in the UK or abroad. You’ll be supported by experienced practitioners and award-winning learning materials throughout your degree, to ensure you get the most from your studies.

The BSc (Hons) Professional Accounting degree is recognised by the key accounting institutions so that students may claim exemptions from the professional qualifications.

The BSc (Hons) Professional Accounting degree is awarded by BPP University.

Programme Details

Locations*
London CityManchester
Study Options UCAS Code Start date Fees (per year)
3 years full-time ; 2 years accelerated; 4-6 years part time N400 (3 year)
N401 (2 year)
September, January
and May
from £6,000
Delivery Mode Duration School Subject Area
Classroom 2-6 years BPP Business School Accounting
Exemptions Funding Available Scholarships Pathway
Yes Yes Yes Yes
*Subject to demand. Please note programmes/modes may not run at all locations

^ Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website. BPP University Limited acts as a credit broker and is not a lender for this arrangement.

Key Information

  • Studying full-time, you can speed up the time it takes to qualify as a professional accountant
  • Benefit from BPP Partner in Learning status with the ICAEW
  • Taught by experienced business and accounting professionals and academics
  • Exemptions include CIMA, ACCA and ICAEW ACA professional qualifications
  • Funding available through Scholarships, interest-free payment plans and Future Finance student loans^
  • Maximum number of exemptions from ACCA professional exams
  • Multiple UK study locations
  • Flexible payment options allow you to spread the cost
  • The fastest route towards becoming a qualified accountant. We are including a free top-up of professional examination papers worth up to £5,000**

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Your degree

BPP University's BSc (Hons) Professional Accounting degree gives you a combination of technical and practical skills – preparing you for a rewarding and successful career. Taught by tutors with many years’ experience, it makes use of case studies, with seminars designed to replicate real-world scenarios.

More details about the programme can be found in the programme specification handbook.

Our BSc (Hons) Professional Accounting degree offers the fastest route towards becoming a qualified accountant. We are including a free top-up of professional examination papers worth up to £5,000**, meaning you can complete the remaining papers needed to become a qualified accountant from CIMA, ACCA or ICAEW (ACA) at no extra cost when you graduate from our BSc (Hons) Professional Accounting degree.
**Click here for more details on this top up offer

Practical, real-world teaching

This degree is led by tutors and lecturers from both professional and academic backgrounds. Their experience gives you valuable insights into the different areas of business accounting.

We also have links with many professional accounting organisations, helping you to network and connect with practitioners and firms. Thanks to our Partner in Learning status with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), you'll be given access to a range of professional events, advice and materials to support your learning and kick-start your career.

Fast-track your career

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To become a qualified accountant or begin a career in finance, there is a range of specific industry qualifications that you may wish to obtain. The BSc (Hons) Professional Accounting degree programme has been created with this in mind so when you graduate you'll already have completed some of the steps to achieving further certification.

Exemptions

Depending on your module choices you could apply for exemptions from several key assessments. With a BSc (Hons) Professional Accounting degree, you could gain exemptions for up to eight of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) or Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) ACA professional level qualifications – a big benefit for potential employers.

The ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) has recently granted BPP University's BSc (Hons) Professional Accounting the maximum number of exemptions. Taking the degree could exempt you from papers F1 to F9, giving you a head-start on your accountancy career.

Study Options

You can study full-time on the traditional two-term per year basis and complete your degree in three years. Alternatively, you can accelerate your learning by studying three terms per year and complete your degree within two years.

If you wish to combine study with work or other commitments, you can choose to study on a part-time basis, with completion of your degree in four or more years.

Please note - If at any point during your programme you switch from full-time/part-time to mixed-mode or online study, you may no longer be eligible for government funding. Also, if you change from a 2 year degree to a 3 year degree (or vice versa) or change the speed of your part-time study, you will be required to notify the Student Loans Company, as changing modes or the speed at which you complete your studies will have fee or student funding implications.

Preparing you for industry

The BSc (Hons) Professional Accounting programme combines academic rigour with a practical focus. The tutors and lecturers are a team of experienced accounting and business practitioners and academics, ideally positioned to put accounting and business in a practical context.

You'll have the opportunity to attend lectures and presentations given by a wide variety of potential employers, as well as network with practitioners at special events and career fairs.

This real-life emphasis means you graduate equipped with the practical skills and knowledge that make a difference – and give you the competitive edge in your career.

Virtual learning support

To help you get the best learning experience, we provide high-quality facilities and technology. BPP University's Virtual Learning Environment, our student intranet, features a variety of resources and revision aids, including interactive modules, podcasts, videos and multiple-choice tests.

As with all our undergraduate programmes, we'll help you sharpen your competitive edge. We want you to graduate with the practical skills and knowledge necessary to build a successful career, in whatever area of finance you wish to enter.

Key Information Sets about this programme

Key Information Sets (KIS) are comparable sets of information about full or part-time undergraduate courses and are designed to meet the information needs of prospective students. Find out more about KIS

Modules

The BSc (Hons) Professional Accounting degree is made up of 360 credits from the modules listed below.

You must complete all the compulsory modules.

Core modules allow you to focus on an application of core employability skills in a business context. In particular, you will develop the ability to:

  • Undertake technical accounting training
  • Analyse financial information
  • Construct arguments on real business evidence

Please note that modules run subject to demand, therefore all modules may not run in every location.

Level 4 – Certificate of Higher Education

Term 1 (all core)
Commercial Awareness 15 Credits
Professional Practice & Ethics 15 Credits
Understanding Financial Statements 15 Credits
Information for Business Decisions 15 Credits
Business Economics 15 Credits
Mathematical Skills for Business 15 Credits
Financial Accounting 15 Credits
Management Accounting 15 Credits
Academic Skills and Employability  

Level 5

Financial Reporting 15 Credits
Managing Financial Control 15 Credits
Business Law 15 Credits
Audit & Assurance 15 Credits
Business Taxation 15 Credits
Elective Modules
Entrepreneurship 15 Credits
Business Operations 15 Credits
Knowledge Management & Information Systems 15 Credits
Managing People & Projects 15 Credits

Level 6

Contemporary Issues & Research 15 Credits
Business Strategy 15 Credits
Business Integration Project 30 Credits
Elective modules
Performance Management 15 Credits
Financial Management 15 Credits
Introduction to International Business 15 Credits
Leadership 15 Credits
Change Management 15 Credits
Enterprise Risk Management 15 Credits
Company Law 15 Credits

 

Professional accreditations

  • Chartered institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Stage 2 - Diploma in Higher Education (Professional Accounting)

Optional
Credits
Extra Credit Project
15

The primary aim of Extra Credit Project is to develop your ability to work autonomously, conducting research and/or exhibiting other skills at a level appropriate for this stage of educational development. You will develop and submit a proposal arising out of a taught module (core or elective) or other areas that you may be involved in, then (once approved) undertake the Extra Credit Project, followed by submission of both evidence of your substantive work and a reflective learning report on that work.

If you are in employment when you take your degree, you can use this option to make your studies specifically relevant to your job.

Please note that an Extra Credit Project may be undertaken at any stage, provided that it is pitched at the appropriate level.

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Stage 3 - BSc (Hons) Professional Accounting

Optional
Credits
Assurance for Stakeholders
30
This module will attempt to provide an answer to the question of the auditor’s role at the same time as providing an introduction to the auditor’s processes, rules and regulations. The module will also look at the wider role of assurance and how the auditor can help contribute to society’s need for help in understanding a variety of subject matters. Students will learn that there is far more to audit than just fraud.

The Assurance for Stakeholders module aims to:
  • increase your awareness of the terms ‘audit’ and ‘assurance’ and how they are used in society
  • inform you of the assurance provider’s rights and responsibilities under various legal, ethical, regulatory and best practice frameworks
  • explain to you how an audit is obtained, managed, planned and delivered
  • develop the professional judgement necessary to conclude the audit process and communicate its outcomes to various parties
  • enhance  your  skills  by  illustrating  the  various  techniques  used  during  the  audit, through analysis of internal controls and other elements of financial statements
  • expand  your  awareness  of  the  impact  that  the  auditor  can  have  on  an  entity’s corporate governance
  • enable you to consider the future of both audit and assurance and where they could be going in the 21st century

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Entry requirements

We use the UCAS Tariff to set our minimum entry requirements. The tariff provides a point-based equivalent for a range of qualifications, such as A-Levels, NVQs and so on. For more details on the UCAS points system and eligible qualifications, see the UCAS website

General UCAS entry requirements for the full time programmes are 260 points for 3 years, and 300+ points for 2 years accelerated.


How to apply

All applications for full-time undergraduate programmes should be made online through UCAS

  • Three years full-time programme code: N400
  • Two years full-time programme code: N401

Pathway and foundation programmes

If you want to apply for a place on the BSc (Hons) Professional Accounting, but think you don't meet the entry requirements, we still encourage you to apply as all applications are considered on merit.

If you want to apply for a place on one of our BSc (Hons) programmes but think you don't meet the entry requirements, then you may be eligible for our Pathway to Higher Education Certificate in Accounting programme or the International Foundation Certificate in Accounting.

International students

BPP University welcomes students from all over the world. Applications for undergraduate full-time programmes are via UCAS. Applications for part-time or online studies can be made directly to the international admissions team (please note part-time and online programmes do not qualify for a TIER 4 visa).

If you are an international student, and English is not your first language, you will need to have an IELTS level 6.5 score (or equivalent) to prove that your English is sufficient to take the programme.

For more information:

Tel: 03331 224 359
Email: internationaladmissions@bpp.com

Teaching beyond coursework

At BPP University, we have a dedicated Careers service in place to give students an ‘edge’. This comes in the form of professional support and guidance given in a range of ways. Which together ensure you have a rounded and professional approach to finding and securing a graduate role when you finish your studies.

The Careers Service provides one-to-one consultations, mock interviews and career events. You can even receive advice on preparing your all-important CV, filling in application forms and essential interview techniques.

Just as importantly, you are also offered ‘Career Ready Skills’ workshops throughout the year. Developed with employers, the skills taught have been identified as those critical to the success of organisations and cover everything from negotiation and presentation techniques to time management.

It’s never too early to start learning all the essential skills you’ll need to secure a position, which is why you can begin taking advantage of our careers services as soon as you have accepted a place at BPP University. And continue to access the Careers Service for 12 months after you leave.

Your student experience

BPP University Students' Association has thousands of members with students across all ten BPP University sites and studying online. Every student of BPP University automatically becomes a member of the Students' Association when they start their programme. The Association aims to put you, the student, at the heart of everything BPP University does, giving you:

  • An independent voice on student matters.
  • Information, support and guidance about your academic and personal life.
  • Academic, cultural, social and professional enrichment through the development of clubs, societies, events and initiatives.
  • Awareness and enhancement of your employability.

BPP University students are eligible for an NUS extra card

Study locations

You can choose to study our BSc Professional Accounting programme at the locations listed below. We offer part-time study – two evenings a week. We provide comfortable, high-quality classrooms and learning environments in the following learning centres:

Accommodation

Whether you're looking for long-term, short-term or temporary accommodation, we'll help you find the perfect place to stay while you study. We can offer information on halls of residence, student houses, flat-shares and hotels – as well as advice on any accommodation issues.

If you'd like to know more about mixing events, finding a housemate or discussion boards, or if you just need some general advice, please contact our Accommodation Officer:

Fees

  • UK or EU students, three-year degree: £6,000 a year
  • UK or EU students, two-year degree: £7,000 a year
  • UK or EU students, six-year part-time degree: £3,000 a year
  • UK or EU students, four-year part-time degree: £4,500 a year
  • International students, three-year degree: £7,850 a year
  • International students, two-year degree: £11,775 a year

If you are self-funding, your first instalment will be due two weeks before the programme commences. If you are funding your fees through the Student Loans Company, please email a copy of your SLC confirmation letter to your Service Representative.

Please note - If at any point during your programme you switch from full-time/part-time to mixed-mode or online study, you may no longer be eligible for government funding. Also, if you change the speed of your part-time study, you will be required to notify the Student Loans Company, as changing modes or the speed at which you complete your studies will have fee or student funding implications.

Additional charges

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

  • Resit fees for exams £75
  • Resit fees to repeat a 15 credit module £400
  • Resit fees to repeat a 20 credit module £530
  • Resit fees to repeat a 30 credit module £800

Payment plans

BPP University's flexible payment plans let you spread the cost of your programme across the duration of your studies:

Download a full list of fees and payment plans (PDF, 201KB)

Loans

All full-time UK/EU students intending to study at BPP University are eligible for a student loan and/or maintenance loan. These help cover tuition fees and living costs while you are studying. Find out more about scholarships and student loans.

For more information, please contact the Student Finance Office:

  • Tel: 020 7061 1301
  • Fax: 020 7404 1389
  • Email: studentfinance@bpp.com

Scholarships and Bursaries

At BPP University, we want students with passion and drive. Which is why we offer bursaries to high achievers and to those who might not have the finances to go to university, but do have the ability, commitment and dedication. You can find out more about our scholarships at: bpp.com/scholarships.