Accounting BA (Hons)



This fully accredited course gives our students maximum possible exemptions from sitting professional accounting exams.

Overview

We are a top UK Modern University for Accounting and Finance (The WUR, 2023) and our Accounting course has a 96% student satisfaction score (National Student Survey 2023).

Accounting is so much more than crunching numbers, it is the backbone of any business, and with the advances of technology and AI, it guarantees an exciting career. On this course, you will develop your accounting, finance and general business skills, including the various techniques and policies relating to corporate finance, reporting, statistics, and governance; tax; auditing; and management accounting. In addition, you’ll gain transferable skills, such as time and project management, communication, data collection and management, as well as IT skills that will future-proof your career.

This highly regarded course is accredited by major UK accounting institutes and is designed to prepare you for a range of careers. The course is run by our experienced academic staff who have strong industry connections and invite guest speakers from the public and private sectors regularly.

Edinburgh is one of the UK’s most prominent financial hubs, and thanks to Edinburgh Napier University’s industry links, you’ll be able to benefit from many internship, networking and employment opportunities.

Should you choose to go down the entrepreneurial route instead, the Bright Red Triangle – our start-up incubator with certified business advisors and a co-working space – is here to support you in achieving your dream every step of the way. 

 
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Mode of Study:

Full-time

(Available as part-time)

Duration:

4 years

Start date:

Sep

UCAS code:

N400

Course details

You'll study six modules, over two trimesters, per year. You'll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, workshops, directed learning and independent study. We also partner with industry organisations to provide a select number of summer internships for students in year three of our programme. We also support students in finding their own summer internship opportunities.

On successful completion of Year 3, you'll be eligible for an unclassified degree, and on successful completion of Year 4, an Honours degree.

We offer tuition that is supported by experienced teaching staff with strong industry connections. Guest speakers from the public and private sectors add value to the course.

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.

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    How you’ll be taught

    Class contact per module is generally 2 hour lecture and 2 hour tutorial weekly.

    Being full-time, you’ll study three modules a trimester (six modules per year) which means an average class contact time per week of 12 hours.

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    Assessments

    A variety of essays, reports, presentations, class tests, exams, and a dissertation written in your final year. 

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    Facilities

    This course is taught at our Craiglockhart Campus.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Introduction to the Financial Services Sector
  • Principles of Economics
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Academic Skills for Business Management

Year 2

  • Corporate Accounting
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Reporting Corporate Performance
  • Financial Management
  • Data Analysis
  • 1 Option

Year 3

  • Advanced Corporate Reporting
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Taxation
  • Auditing
  • 1 Option

Year 4

  • Dissertation
  • Corporate Social Responsibility 
  • 3 Options

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Disclaimer

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

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements for Accounting?

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and 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.

Can you go straight into second year of university?

Advanced entry into Year 2 or Year 3 of this course is possible for students with suitable qualifications. See the individual year tabs for more information.

Can I make an appointment with an advisor to discuss further about the admission process?

If you want to get more information on the admission process, please get in touch with the undergraduate admissions team by submitting an enquiry form above.

Minimum Year 1

SQA Higher

  • Standard Entry Requirement:BBBB
  • Minimum Offer Entry Requirement:BCCC

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

  • BCC

Irish Leaving Certificate

  • H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

  • Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit)

BTEC (QCF) National Diploma Level 3

  • Minimum grades D*D

BTEC (QCF) National Diploma Level 3 plus A Level

  • Minimum grades DM (Distinction, Merit).
  • A Level grade C

T Level

  • Merit

International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4. 

Scottish HNC

  • Other HNC subjects may be considered for year 1 entry where a grade C in the graded unit is achieved.

Minimum Year 2

HNC

  • Pass HNC Accounting with grade B at SCQF Level 7 in the graded unit.

Minimum Year 3

HND

  • Pass HND Accounting with grades BB in all SCQF Level 8 graded units.

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.


We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2024/25 2025/26
Scotland £1,820 £tba
England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £9,250 £tba
Overseas and EU £16,680 £tba
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland will be invoiced the tuition fees for 3 years of their 4 years of study. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.
Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next. For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships
If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

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What can you do with a degree in Accounting?

By studying a BA in Accounting at Edinburgh Napier University, you will gain the skills needed to secure trainee accounting roles in the public and private sector leading to a professional qualification, for example, ICAS, ICAEW, CIMA, ACCA or CIPFA, as our course is accredited by major UK and international accounting institutes. Subject to work experience, you will also be well-placed for general management opportunities and careers in wealth management, trading, financial and credit analysis, financial technology, risk modelling, investment/fund management, and financial planning amongst others.

What does an Accountant do?

Some accountants work for accounting firms, providing a range of services to other businesses, such as tax advice or statutory audits.  Other accountants work within finance departments of organisations, providing expertise in management or financial accounting, including tasks such as budgeting and strategic financial planning.

Daily tasks and responsibilities in typical accounting roles include: 

  • Financial reporting
  • Advisory support
  • Audit preparation
  • Tax planning and compliance
  • Budgeting and forecasting

A BA in Accounting can lead to various career paths, depending on your interests, skills, and career goals. Additionally, obtaining professional qualifications from the bodies mentioned above, which are internationally recognised, can enhance your career prospects and open further opportunities.

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