Undergraduate 

Accountancy & Finance BAcc

Accounting & Finance students in Round Reading Room

Accountancy is the process by which financial information about a business is recorded, classified, summarised, interpreted and communicated.

A major benefit at Glasgow is our use of external tutors. These professional accountants will lead tutorials, offering you the opportunity to discuss issues and learn from their experience.

Adam Smith Business School is triple accredited

Programme structure

Year 1

The Accounting Profession course will provide a flavour of the profession you hope to work in after graduation. 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.

Year 2

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, taxation and statistics.

Years 3 and 4

You will study advanced financial accounting and audit and a range of optional courses. 

Professional Skills Programme

All students have the opportunity to undertake the Professional Skills Programme, an ILM accredited extra-curricular activity. It is a free small-group based programme designed to improve professional skills, prepare you for work and to develop the attributes you need to excel in your career.

Dedicated Facilities

All Accounting and Finance students have access to dedicated IT labs. Another unique facility is the Wards Research Library, a specialist reference library for Honours students.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Our international links

As a BAcc Honours student, you will be able to apply to study abroad, provided you achieve good grades in first and second years.

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 language skills, we can provide specialist language courses.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2019

About entry requirements

SQA Highers

The S5 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades which, if attained in addition to successfully meeting mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests), will normally result in an offer being made. Students must achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5).

The S5 Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades which an applicant must have obtained by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5) in order for them to be considered for a conditional offer based on S6 results. Not all applicants who achieve the Minimum Academic Entry Requirements will be made an offer. This will depend on the number of applications we have received for a degree programme and the number of applicants who have met the Standard Academic Entry Requirements.

Where an applicant is made a conditional offer based on S6 results, the S6 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the cumulative grades that must be attained by the end of S6, in addition to meeting any mandatory subject and non-academic requirements. All degree programmes allow applicants to “double count” Highers and Advanced Highers in the same subject when calculating cumulative grades. A Grade B in an Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade A at Higher Level and a Grade C at Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade B at Higher Level. All degree programmes require grades in a minimum of four different subjects.

Advanced Highers

Advanced Highers are a qualification of increased importance to the University, which recognises that applicants with these qualifications find the transition to university easier and perform better in their university exams. Many of our degrees specify Advanced Highers as part of the S6 Entry Requirements.

If a school is unable to offer specific Advanced Higher subjects applicants will be made bespoke offers which will normally require the applicant to attain additional relevant Highers in S6.

Adjusted Entry Requirements

We adjust the Standard Academic Entry Requirements for eligible applicants who complete one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes. Criteria for eligibility include attending a Scottish target secondary school, living in a priority Scottish postcode area, current or previous experience of living in care or estrangement from family support.

For more information about your eligibility and our pre-entry programmes see: Access Glasgow.

Admissions Policy

A-levels and International Baccalaureate

The Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades at which any possible offer would be made. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

The Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades that the University will accept for entry to the degree programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

Admissions Policies

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAA/A*AB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: ABB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: A-level Mathematics at Grade B. GCSE English at Grade B (or Grade 5-6).

Highers

  • Standard S5 academic entry requirements: AAAAB.
  • Minimum S5 academic entry requirements: ABBB.
  • Standard S6 academic entry requirements: AAAAAB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Higher Mathematics at Grade A or B AND Higher English or a humanities subject at Grade A or B.

We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants who complete  one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes: see Access Glasgow.

  • Adjusted S5 academic entry requirements: AABBB
  • Adjusted S6 academic entry requirements: AABBB-BBBBBB.
  • Adjusted mandatory requirement: Higher Mathematics at Grade B AND Higher English or a humanities subject at Grade B.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points inluding three HL subjects at 6,6,6
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 32 points inluding three HL subjects at 6,5,5
  • Other mandatory requirements: HL subjects should include Maths (or Maths Studies) and a Humanities subject. SL6 will be accepted for one of Maths (or Maths Studies) or the Humanities subject.

European qualifications

Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: European requirements: Arts, Science, Engineering, Accountancy, Social Sciences [pdf]

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

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*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
  • 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
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

* 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.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures 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:


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 see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.


Career prospects

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, so there are job opportunities in many fields for successful graduates. Our employment rate for graduates in the past year is 100%.

Our recent graduates have been employed by:

  • PwC
  • KPMG
  • Grant Thornton
  • Alexander Sloan
  • Cigna
  • Deloitte
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Credit Suisse
  • EY
  • Morgan Stanley.

Accreditation

The programme is recognised by all the main professional accounting bodies through accreditation status. Success in this degree can afford significant exemptions for an accredited degree from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA).

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

BAcc

  • KIS
    Accountancy: N400
  • KIS
    Accountancy with Finance: N4N3
  • KIS
    Accountancy with International Accounting: N401
  • KIS
    Accountancy with Languages: N4T9
  • KIS
    Accountancy/Economics: LN14

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see 2019/20 Tuition fees for details. If you are starting in September 2018, please refer to 2018/19 Tuition fees.

Scholarships

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 in recent years.

ICAS Foundation - University of Glasgow Scholarships

The ICAS Foundation and University of Glasgow are offering scholarships of up to £2,500 per year to individuals whose parents or guardians earn under a certain threshold per annum.

Bursaries are open to high school pupils or college students who are applying to study at Glasgow University on an approved course in accountancy or finance and who meet the eligibility criteria. 

Mentoring scheme

All scholarship recipients will also receive support as part of the mentoring scheme. This scheme brings together young people with experienced Chartered Accountants who will be able to offer guidance, advice, support and encouragement.

The ICAS Foundation is a Scottish registered charity established in 2012 to help make a difference to young people who are in need of financial and mentoring assistance to help them on their journey into a professional career in accountancy or finance.

This may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • School leavers who have been accepted for a university course studying accountancy or finance but can clearly demonstrate the difficulty they will have in meeting direct education-related expenses such as living costs, books, library fees and travel
  • University students of accountancy or finance related disciplines who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in difficult financial circumstances.
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RUK Access Bursary 2018 Entry

The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship and  available to new entrant full-time undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2018-19 as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.

more information

RUK Excellence Scholarship 2018

The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent). 

more information

African Excellence Scholarship (IE Abroad)

The University of Glasgow is offering 1 exclusive scholarship to students from either South Africa or Zimbabwe who have been supported in their application by our representative in these countries – IE Abroad.  The scholarship is available to students entering any of the University’s Colleges to undertake an undergraduate programme excluding Medicine or Dentistry.

more information

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

How to apply

If you’re seeking full-time study you must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS deadlines

The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.

The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

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