Accountancy is the process by which financial information about a business is recorded, classified, summarised, interpreted and communicated.
Initially you will be introduced to the theory and practice of financial accounting, management accounting and finance. You will learn about the processes of accounting and the structure and development of accounting statements, budgeting and management control within organisations, as well as the nature of the financial markets. You will also study economics and management to gain an understanding of the place of accounting and finance in the business environment.
In the second year you will concentrate on the regulatory framework of accounting practice, standard setting, the use of cost information and the provision of information for decision making and the operation of the financial markets. You will also study business law and statistics.
Years 3 and 4
In your third and fourth years you will study taxation, and advanced financial accounting and audit; in addition you will complete a dissertation, an extended piece of personal research on a topic of your own choice guided by a member of academic staff.
A major feature of the teaching on the BAcc degree is our use of external tutors for some courses. These professional accountants will lead tutorials, offering you the opportunity to discuss issues and learn from them.
As a BAcc Honours student, you will be able to apply to study abroad, provided you achieve good grades in first and second years. There are currently two options available: the Erasmus Exchange Scheme and the International Exchange Programme.
Under the Erasmus scheme you study at a major European university, normally for a full year during your third year of study. As this exchange programme is partly funded by the European Union you will receive additional financial support from the EU, to cover additional travel and living costs.
If you opt for the International Exchange Programme, we have formal exchange agreements with selected universities in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. You can elect to spend the third year of your Honours degree studies at one of these institutions.
If you study Accountancy with Languages you will be required to study abroad in your chosen language as part of the programme. If you need to acquire or revise your language skills, we can provide specialist language courses.
In addition to careers in one of the branches of the accounting profession, the BAcc provides many other career opportunities. The study of accountancy and finance provides a sound understanding of the workings of the business world and is therefore a firm foundation on which to base careers in business management and the financial services sector. The analytical and communication skills that are essential to accounting and finance are also recognised as important attributes for careers in many other areas and there are therefore job opportunities in many fields for successful graduates.
Our recent graduates have been employed by
- PricewaterhouseCoopers, auditor
- Grant Thornton, assurance associate
- Alexander Sloan, accountancy assistant
- Cigna, accountant
- Deloitte, accounting trainee
- Royal Bank of Scotland, accounts adviser
- Credit Suisse, accounts assistants.
The programme is recognised by all the main professional accounting bodies through accreditation status. Many graduates successfully complete professional examinations.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAAAB (including Maths and English or a humanities subject) in first sitting = unconditional offer.
Applicants who achieved AAAA or AAABB (including Maths and English or a humanities subject) at their first sitting WILL receive an offer from the University. This offer may be conditional (on second sitting results) or unconditional, depending on how many applications are received from students who have attained these grades.
Additional offers, either conditional or unconditional, MAY be made to applicants who achieved AAAB, AABB or ABBB at their first sitting. A decision re these applications will be made in March 2014 once all applications have been reviewed. Applicants who receive an offer conditional on second sitting results will be required to study Advanced Highers in relevant subjects as an integral part of their conditional offer.
A-levels: AAA/A*AB including Mathematics, and GCSE English at B.
IB: 36 points. Must have Mathematics and English or any humanities subject at subsidiary level 5 or better.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details. If you’re from outside the EU, please see International students for more information.
We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.
For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see: