Undergraduate 

Accounting & Statistics BSc

Accounting is the process of collecting, measuring, analysing and communicating information to aid decision making within business and other organisations. Statistics is concerned with the drawing of objective conclusions from investigations where outcomes are subject to uncertainty or variability.

This degree offers exemptions for some professional accountancy exams.

  • September start
  • Session dates
  • Accounting & Statistics BSc (Hons): GN34 4 year degree

Why study Accounting & Statistics?

  • Accounting & Finance is ranked 1st in the UK, and Mathematics is ranked 17th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2020)
  • The MacLaurin Society (or MacSoc) is The University of Glasgow's Mathematics and Statistics Society. Named after the Scottish mathematician Colin MacLaurin, it has been running since the 1950s and continues to provide a friendly and supportive atmosphere for students in the School
  • Once you graduate, this degree offers exemption from some professional accountancy exams

Programme structure

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Years 1 and 2

You will take courses in:

  • Management accounting
  • Financial accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Statistics
  • Mathematics

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Years 3 and 4

Students who qualify for Honours (years 3 and 4) will take a range of core and optional courses, including courses in accounting and statistics.

In fourth year you will also undertake a dissertation supervised within the Adam Smith Business School.

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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.

Partnership and industry links

The University has close links with professional bodies and employers, many of whom offer placement opportunities to students. Some professional firms run presentations and drop-in sessions for prospective graduates and also run separate events to give you a chance to interact with their staff.

Our international links

You will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities as part of your degree. This won’t add any extra time to your studies; see Study abroad.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2021

Summary of entry requirements for Accounting & Statistics

SQA Higher Entry Requirements 

  • BBBB at S5 will be considered. Typically S6 entrants will have AAAAA at Higher. B at Advanced Higher is equivalent to A at Higher.
  • Additional requirements: Higher Mathematics and a Higher Science subject.

SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S6)

  • AABB – BBBB 
  • Additional requirements: Higher Mathematics and a Higher Science subject. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.

* See Access Glasgow for eligibility.

A-level Standard Entry Requirements

  • AAB – BBB
  • Additional requirements: A-level Mathematics.

IB Standard Entry Requirements

  • 36 (6, 6, 5 HL) – 32 (6, 5, 5 HL)
  • Additional requirements: HL Mathematics.

2021 Admissions Policy and further information about entry requirements

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

English language requirements

Important information for entry in Autumn 2020 and January 2021

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 External Relations

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

The financial sector, locally and throughout the UK, actively recruits graduates skilled in all aspects of statistics, and a significant number of our Honours graduates find employment in the commercial sector, in insurance, accounting, finance or banking.

Our recent graduates have been employed by:

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Grant Thornton
  • Alexander Sloan
  • Cigna
  • Deloitte
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Credit Suisse

Note 

Although you will not be a qualified accountant when you graduate, this degree offers exemption from some professional accountancy exams.

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:

BSc (Hons)

Accounting & Statistics: GN34 (4 years)
KIS

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.

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 to Arts, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Science, and Social Sciences can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS. Applications to Dentistry, Education, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine must be made through 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.

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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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2nd in UK: Guardian University Guide [Accounting & finance]