BA Hons Accounting

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Key facts

  • UCAS Code: N400
  • Start date: Sep 2020
  • Accreditation: Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • 2nd in the UK for Accounting & Finance (Complete University Guide 2020)

  • Second-year entry may be available to suitably-qualified students

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Studying a BA (Hons) in Accounting at Strathclyde Business School, you'll be learning at a pioneering internationally-renowned academic organisation that shapes and develops the business minds of tomorrow.

A 5-star QS-rated institution, we were awarded Times Higher Education UK Business School of the Year 2016 and also recognised as Scottish University of the Year 2020 by The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

  • learn about the preparation, presentation and interpretation of financial information
  • the first BA in Accounting in the UK to be approved for endorsement under the Institute of Management Accountant’s Higher Education Endorsement Programme
  • accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • one of only 90 business schools in the world to be triple-accredited by AACSB, EQUIS & AMBA (MBA Today, March 2019)
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Why this course?

Our BA Hons in Accounting allows you to study accounting in combination with a range of business subjects.

In the majority of combinations, accounting is fully accredited for entry to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. You may be offered possible exemptions to other professional bodies e.g. Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

An in-depth understanding of economics and law will complement your accounting studies and prove valuable to employers.

You’ll learn about the preparation, presentation and interpretation of financial information. You’ll also learn how to read and interpret accounting information. You’ll also explore how accounting can be developed to meet the needs of society and provide information to investors.

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Create your own course

Modern business is too complex to be covered by a single subject: modern managers need to have a broad outlook.

You choose basic classes in business and other disciplines, alongside the Business School’s Management Development Programme. You’ll study a wide variety of subjects and create a curriculum to suit your interests and needs.

You also have the opportunity to try new subjects, some of which you won’t have experienced at school or college. At the beginning of Year 2, you choose two subjects to continue studying in Years 2 and 3. You’ll also select a third, ‘minor’ subject and take further Management Development skills classes.

What you’ll study

You'll study core accounting and finance subjects, along with economics and law. You can also complete accreditation requirements for professional accountancy bodies, if you take the required classes.

In your Honours year, you can either specialise in accounting as a single Honours subject or continue to a joint Honours degree.

You'll also study issues in class then investigate them further in a dissertation project.

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Course content

The Management Development Programme (MDP) is a core element of the undergraduate degree programme in the Strathclyde Business School.

The programme runs for the first three years of the BA degree. The entire class is driven by real business problems and the approach to learning is active problem-based, with students working in project teams.

The class aims to encourage the integration of the knowledge and experience gained in Principal Subjects. Each year of the MDP focuses on different aspects of business and the content of MDP is constantly evolving and being updated and enhanced.

Management Development Programme 1

Topics

First Year aims to help you make the transition to the university context. Semester 1 is the Thematic Semester: The World of Business Today and covers topics such as:

  • Social-Ethical-Environmental Governance (SEEG)
  • Business Ethics
  • Disruptive Technologies

Semester 2: Functional Semester: Organisations Today covers topics such as:

  • Creativity & Responsibility
  • Marketing & Sustainability across Domains

Class description

The first year of the programme is centred on the construction of knowledge in classroom setting with theoretical constructs developed. For each topic we’ve recorded a video by a Strathclyde academic who is a leading expert in the field.

You’ll watch these lectures in advance of each session and complete a pre-sessional activity. The pre-sessional work then forms the basis of team based activities work in the classroom (groups of 50 and teams of six-seven) where you develop an agreed understanding of the topic and present this to the group.

The feedback gained from this activity then feeds directly into the assessment for the block. You’ll complete 16 assignments in the two semesters of the class.

Course summary

Introduction to accounting and finance, complemented by study of economics and law.

Management Development Programme 2

Topics

Semester 1 topics include:

  • Working in Business Organisations
  • Working Business Research & Consultancy
  • Working Internationally
  • Working in the Third Sector
  • Rhetorics & Oratory

Semester 2 is about developing the proposal of MDP3; with a presentation and a final report.

Class description

The second year concentrates on developing understanding through industry-specific contextualisation. Sessions are weekly and three hours in length.

The sessions are thematically linked to the pathways for individualised experience in third year whilst also drawing on the theoretical knowledge developed in MDP 1. In order to develop understanding, organisations will deliver a half-day session. This consists of a one hour plenary introduction where the company and case study are introduced. This is followed by the group sessions where you undertake activities in relation to the case study set by the company.

Course summary

Students develop skills in financial and management accounting and have the opportunity to study taxation.

Management Development Programme 3

The third year of centres on individualised experience in an organisational context through one of the following pathways:

  • Internship/Charities - gain practical experience in a private or third sector organisation. You need to negotiate and locate your own organisation and experience – this is one of the key learning points of the pathway.
  • Research and consultancy - a facility for local small businesses to gain from the experience and expertise of those within SBS. You work on two live business consultancy projects (one in each semester) and, as a team of 6, develop solutions and strategic initiatives for the local SME economy.
  • International experience – only available for students who are undertaking an international exchange for either one semester or full year.
  • Vertically Integrated Projects - working on a cross-faculty basis to research longitudinal projects (including the ‘Bill Gates Toilet Challenge, Solar Panels for Gambia and Enterprise in Schools) you work with a team of students from all levels of study (first year undergraduate to final year PhD) to further the work of the project.

In addition, you’re required to undertake a social responsibility element (this accounts for one quarter of the overall workload).

These have been designed to provide support to the Curriculum for Excellence and the Widening Access to Higher Education programme. There are no formal classes for MDP3 although there is pathway support with the pathway leads and tutor support.

Year 3 Course summary

Students study advanced topics in financial and management accounting and auditing. By the end of this year, you'll normally have completed the accreditation requirements for professional accountancy bodies, provided you have taken the classes prescribed for the accredited pathway.

Year 4 Course summary

Honours classes include:

  • Management Accounting Theory & Practice
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Sustainability Accounting
  • Theory & Practice
  • Strategic Accounting & Financial Management in Entrepreneurial Firms
  • Public Sector Accounting
  • Accounting Theories
  • Accounting & Risk
  • Corporate Governance
  • Contemporary Issues in International Financial Reporting
  • Understanding 21st-century Accounting Technologies & Institutional Structures
  • Integrative Studies in Management & Accounting
  • Accounting Ethics
  • Auditing Theory & Practice and Taxation

 

Triple-accredited business school

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Learning & teaching

Teaching is over two semesters in blocks of 12 weeks. Classes are taught through lectures, tutorials, and seminars alongside team-based projects, online materials, and interactive sessions using personal response systems.

External contributors from partnership corporate organisations are involved in teaching and/or assessment of student presentations.

The innovative and highly acclaimed Management Development Programme (MDP) is at the core of our undergraduate degrees in the Business School and comprises a series of classes which you take throughout Years 1 to 3. 

You develop knowledge and skills in key areas of management, and team-working, communication and decision-making skills, all of which are highly sought-after by employers.

Major employers and alumni from all sectors are involved in the MDP, participating in group sessions, observing student presentations, and providing feedback. Organisations involved include Barclays, Deloitte, Procter & Gamble and Ernst & Young. In first year the best teams are selected to present to senior staff in one of the sponsoring organisations, and there are prizes for the best projects.

The programme builds your confidence and entrepreneurial capabilities and promotes awareness of globalisation and ethical issues in personal and business decision-making. In Year 3, you develop your own pathway from internships, involvement with business projects, engagement in interdisciplinary activities and business clinics. 

Assessment

The majority of classes involve a final unseen exam which is normally at the end of the semester. This is normally supplemented by individual and/or group coursework.

In some cases, you can get an exemption from the final exam if you achieve a specific mark for your coursework (and satisfying attendance requirements).

Students normally have one opportunity to be re-assessed for a failed class. Exam resits normally take place during the summer.

A range of assessment techniques are used including business reports, case studies, essays, presentations, individual and group projects, learning journals and peer assessments.

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Entry requirements

Required subjects are shown in brackets.

Highers

Standard entry requirements:

  • 1st sitting: AAAA/AAABB
  • 2nd sitting: AAAABBB

(English B, Maths A)

Minimum entry requirements*:

  • 1st sitting: AAAB /AABBB
  • 2nd sitting: AAABBBB

(Maths A, English B)

*Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

A Levels

AAA

(GCSE English Language 6/B or Literature 6/B, or an essay-based A Level B may be considered in lieu of English; A Level Maths A)

International Baccalaureate

38

(no subject below 5 and including English SL5, Maths HL6)

HNC/HND

Relevant HNC/HND, A in Graded Units; for advice on entry to Year 2, contact Business School Admissions:

+44 (0)141 548 4114
sbs-adviser@strath.ac.uk

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country by visiting our country pages

Widening access

We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

Degree preparation course for international students

We offer international students (non-EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Fees & funding

2020/21

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise. 

Scotland/EU

TBC

Fees for students domiciled in Scotland and the EU are subject to confirmation in early 2020 by the Scottish Funding Council.

(2019/20: £1,820)

Rest of UK

TBC

Assuming no change in RUK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2020/21, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and integrated Masters programmes), MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.

(2019/20: £9,250)

International

£15,300

University preparation programme fees

International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Additional costs

Course materials & costs

Textbooks do vary in price from around £40 to £100. The majority are provided free in the library or via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) platform. For budgeting purposes, we recommend allowing £200 per academic year for books.

Other costs

Students may be required to make hardcopy submissions for some assignments and will cover the cost of printing. Students are required to print and bind their dissertation. The cost will depend on the length of dissertation but an average cost would be in the region of £40.

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Students from Scotland and the EU

If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

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Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales:

You don’t need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we’ll assess your eligibility. Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.

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International Students (Non-UK Scholarships, EEA)

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

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Careers

The majority of study combinations of this course leads to a fully-accredited degree, allowing you to train for membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Many of our accountancy graduates go onto qualify as Chartered Accountants through one of the major accounting bodies (ICAS, ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA and CIPFA).

Some graduates enter branches of commerce such as banking, insurance and fund management.

Employers include Santander, Ernst & Young, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, HBOS, KPMG and Morgan Stanley.

This course is also useful for those considering a more general business career.

Where are our graduates now?*

Job titles include:

  • Accountant
  • Analyst
  • Audit Trainee
  • Chartered Accountant Trainee
  • Corporate Tax Associate
  • Financial Analyst
  • Management Trainee
  • Risk & Control Analyst

Employers include:

  • Barclays Wealth & Investment
  • Deloitte
  • HMRC
  • KPMG
  • Lloyds
  • Scottish and Southern Energy

*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education

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Accounting

Qualification: BA

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Contact us

General enquiries

Business School Admissions

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 4114

Email: sbs-adviser@strath.ac.uk

Course-specific enquiries

Accounting & Finance

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 3261

Email: accfin@strath.ac.uk