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

  • September start: session dates
  • Accountancy BAcc: N400 4 year degree
  • Accountancy with Finance BAcc: N4N3 4 year degree
  • Accountancy with International Accounting BAcc: N401 4 year degree
  • Accountancy with Languages BAcc: N4T9 4 year degree

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

for entry in 2020

BAcc

A-levels

  • Standard entry requirements: AAA/A*AB guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • Minimum entry requirements: ABB considered for offer if additional requirement met.
  • Additional requirements: A-level Mathematics at Grade B.
     
    GCSE English at Grade B (or Grade 5-6).

About A-level entry requirements

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).


A-Level qualifications must be achieved at the first attempt.


Highers

  • S5 standard entry requirements: AAAAB guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • S5 minimum entry requirements: ABBB to be considered for S6 offer.
  • S6 standard entry requirements: AAAAAB cumulative grade requirement for S6 offer holders.
  • Additional requirements: Higher Mathematics at Grade B, 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 standard entry requirements: AABBB/ABBBBB guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • Adjusted S5 minimum entry requirements: No minimum at S5.
  • Adjusted S6 standard entry requirements: AABBB/ABBBBB cumulative requirement for S6 offer holders. Considered for offer at BBBBBB.
  • Adjusted additional requirements: Higher Mathematics at Grade B and Higher English or a Humanities subject at Grade B.
     
    Successful completion and grades in either the Top-Up Programme or Summer School. 
     
    Applicants who successfully complete the Access to a Career in Accounting Programme also have to attend and pass the Top-Up Programme or Summer School. 
     
    Applicants for combinations that include Mathematics or Statistics with less than Advanced Higher Mathematics at Grade B must also successfully complete Maths in Summer School (including those taking Top-Up).

About Higher 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.



International

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points including three HL subjects at 6,6,6 guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 32 points including three HL subjects at 6,5,5 considered for offer if additional requirements met.
  • Additional requirements: Three HL subjects including Mathematics. English at HL6 or SL6. 

About International Baccalaureate entry requirements

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).


International Baccalureate qualifications must be achieved at the first attempt.

European qualifications


For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

English language requirements

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: kelly.fox@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 Adam Smith Business School has specialised international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and from the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), operated by the European Foundation for Management development (EFMD). Our teaching provision is accredited by the Association of Business Schools and the Association of MBAs (AMBA). This “triple crown” accreditation puts us in the top league of international business schools.

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

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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.

Scholarships

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.

Trendhim Scholarship

Do you dream of working in marketing, fashion, sales, IT, trade, or management? Then we'd like to help you. We've created the Trendhim Scholarship, and so each year we support one or more students with the amount of €2.000.

The purpose of the Scholarship

Trendhim is a company that has always supported young talent. We believe that encouraging students and their dreams is key to the future development of e-commerce, and we are excited to inspire up-and-coming stars.

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Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has a total of 100 Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships available to new international students for 2020 entry. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee discount of £5,000 per year of study and is subject to satisfactory progress for consecutive years of study.  

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RUK Access Bursary 2020 Entry

The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship. It is available to new entrant full-time, undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2020/21, as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.

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RUK Excellence Scholarship 2020

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). 

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James McCune Smith Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has 30 undergraduate scholarships available for students of African/African-Caribbean backgrounds. The scholarship supports students who could face financial difficulties taking up their place to study at the University. The value of the scholarship is £2,000, paid in instalments for one year of undergraduate study.

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Beaconhouse Schools

The University of Glasgow offer a 15% discount on the first year of tuition fee to students from Beaconhouse Schools and who enrol on an undergraduate programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount does not apply to Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry programmes.

More Information

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

How to apply

Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). 

International students can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS.

Application deadlines

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also 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

We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.

It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

Apply via UCAS

More information about this programme

90%

Accountancy students in professional / managerial jobs

Data published by Unistats, February 2019
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PROFESSIONALLY ACCREDITED

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STUDY ABROAD

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World top 100: QS World University Rankings [Accounting & Finance]

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5th in UK: Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide [Accounting & Finance]

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1st in UK: Complete University Guide [Accounting & Finance]

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6th in UK: Guardian University Guide [Accounting & Finance]