BA (Hons) Accounting

Undergraduate, Part-time

Accredited by UK accounting institutes, this course will develop your accounting, finance, business & IT skills preparing you for your future career.

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  • Duration:

    4 - 6 years

  • Award:

    BA (Hons)

  • Location:

    Craiglockhart campus

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Course introduction

Accounting is about so much more than crunching numbers.

You’ll learn and develop a combination of accounting, finance and other business skills including accounting techniques and policies relating to corporate finance, tax, auditing, corporate governance, management accounting, corporate reporting and statistics.

You’ll also learn to use and apply relevant IT systems and acquire knowledge of law, economics and the business environment.

Accredited by major UK accounting institutes, this highly regarded course will prepare you for your future career.

As a part-time student you’ll study alongside full-time students with flexibility as to the number of modules you choose to study.

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Student at Craiglockhart campus

You’ll study up to five modules, over two trimesters, each year on this part-time course. The pace of completion will be determined by an individualised programme of study that best suits you.

The course comprises four stages equivalent to four years full-time. Each stage is made up of six modules. On successful completion of Stage 3, you'll be eligible for an unclassified degree, and on successful completion of Stage 4, an Honours degree.

You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, workshops, directed learning and independent study.

We offer tuition that is supported by experienced teaching staff and strong industry connections. Guest speakers from the corporate, government and financial worlds add value to the course.

In addition, transferable skills of time management, project management, communication, collection and management of data and IT skills will serve you well in the future, whatever your career choice.

Most importantly, this course is accredited by major UK accounting institutes including:

Accreditations from these accounting bodies highlight the relevance of this course for the modern business environment.

What you study

Stage 1

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Introduction to the Financial Services Sector
  • Principles of Economics
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • One option

Stage 2

  • Corporate Accounting
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Reporting Corporate Performance
  • Financial Management
  • Management Science and Statistics
  • One option    

Stage 3

  • Advanced Corporate Reporting
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Three options including Taxation and Auditing

Stage 4

  • Dissertation
  • Four options

Option modules include:

  • International Accounting
  • Current Issues in Finance
  • Innovations in Management Accounting
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Strategic Management Accounting

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

A degree in accounting can open the door to a wide range of careers including:

  • trainee accounting roles leading to professional qualification (within accounting firms, commercial organisations or public sector bodies)
  • general management opportunities
  • assistant accountant in a range of companies
  • taxation work and further training
  • further study (e.g. ACCA, CIMA,CIPFA, ICAS)

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher


National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

A Level


GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B3, B3, B3 at Higher Level and grade C2 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

New Grading System:

H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level and grade O4 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject. 

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 27 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4.

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects.  

Grade 6 in Maths and English.

Minimum year 2


Pass in a related subject with grade A in the graded unit.

Minimum year 3


Pass in a related subject with grades BB at SCQF Level 8 in the graded unit(s).

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £305 £305
England Wales and Northern Ireland *£1,125 *£1,157
Overseas £1,992 £2,060
Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.

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Accredited by the major UK accounting institutes - vital for your career progression.

Alun Fotheringham

Subject Group Leader, Accounting

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