Accounting at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS

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Course summary

OVERVIEW The BAcc Accounting provides thorough training for a career in accountancy - including financial and management accounting, taxation and audit. CEOs and boards rely on accountants to help them to make informed financial decisions that contribute to the future success of their organisation – and you can play a part in this. With an emphasis on the practical aspects of accountancy, you will gain the mix of skills, knowledge and experience needed for a stimulating and rewarding career in accountancy. ADVANCED ENTRY OPTIONS Direct entry to Year 2 (with an appropriate HNC) and Year 3 (with an appropriate HND) may be possible at our Paisley and Lanarkshire campuses. College Partnership - BAcc Top-up Degree In addition, Year 3 entry to this UWS degree is also offered at both South Lanarkshire College, New College Lanarkshire (Coatbridge Campus) and Ayrshire College under our college partnership agreements. Please note that these routes are only open to students who have completed an HND in Accounting at those institutions. Students on the BAcc at a partner college who wish to complete the Honours year will be required to attend either the Paisley or Lanarkshire campuses to do so. PRACTICAL FOCUS You will have the option to undertake a one-year placement during your course. This can either occur between the second and third year, or the third and fourth year. Placements provides essential practical experience and can boost your job prospects upon graduation. Placement providers have included industrial and commercial companiues such as: // Lenovo // BNP Paribas // TUV SUD // Chivas Brothers PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION The BAcc Accounting is accredited by all the major accountancy bodies including:  // Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) // Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) // Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) // Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) // Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) CAREER PROSPECTS Jobs UWS accountancy graduates have made careers in accountancy, finance, and general business management. Previous graduates have gone on to work with well-known employers including: // Chivas Brothers // HMRC // Glasgow Airport // National Australia Group // RBS // Shell // CBRE // NHS // Sainsbury’s Graduates are currently working in roles including: // Financial analysts // Graduate accountants // Credit operations advisers // Tax specialists Further Study Some graduates choose further study, leading to an MSc, PhD or teaching qualification.


For those joining in Year 2 at our Paisley or Lanarkshire campuses with an HNC in Accounting, you will further develop your financial and management accounting expertise and will be introduced to more specialised areas of accounting such as personal tax. For all those joining in Year 3 (BAcc) either at our Paisley/Lanarkshire campuses or at one of our partner institutions, you will build upon your HND studies with in-depth studies of financial and management accounting are taught alongside core modules of accounting practice.

Assessment method

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops. There will also be group work and independent learning to ensure you develop transferable skills such as research, presentation, communication and working as part of a team. Our Accounting degree is mainly assessed using a variety of assessment methods including: // Written examinations // Coursework // Practical assessment

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Public Finance and Accountancy, Chartered Institute of
  • Chartered Accountants of Scotland, Institute of
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. These are shown below.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

HND in Accounting for Year 3 entry with BB in the graded unit.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.
Cambridge English Advanced176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Cambridge English Proficiency176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Trinity ISEPassISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with no element below 51
TOEFL (iBT)78no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17

DUO LINGO In addition ot the above English Language tests, for 2022-23 entry, the University has approved the use of the online Duolingo English test as evidence of English language ability. UWS will accept an overall score between 90-115 with no component score below 90. For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The reason for this is that it’s essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language to get the most out of your time at UWS. All international applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards, with the exception of: // Native speakers of English // Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise) // non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (your institution must provide confirmation of your English language ability in the absence of a formal qualification) The qualifications above must have been gained within two years prior to the start of your course at UWS.

UWS's English language requirements

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £14500* Year 1
International £14500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

TUITION FEE INFORMATION - SCOTTISH STUDENTS: Eligible Scottish domiciled students can usually apply to have their tuition fees paid for them each year of their studies by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). If you're not sure about your eligibility, you should contact SAAS. You need to apply to SAAS each year of study to have your tuition fees paid directly to UWS. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - UK, IRISH & GIBRALTARIAN STUDENTS: Eligible students who are domiciled in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland as well as from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar or the Republic of Ireland will qualify for tuition fees of £9,250 per academic session of study to a maximum of three years if you are studying on a four year bachelor degree course (eg. BAcc (Hons) / BA (Hons) / BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons)). So, if your degree is four years' duration, you will only be charged tuition fees for three years. Similarly, if you are studying a five year integrated master's degree course (eg. MEng (Hons)) the you will only be charged tuition fees for four years. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) & EU STUDENTS: These tuition fees apply to all non-EU, EEA, and all other EU students (excluding those from Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar, whose fee level is as per UK (non-Scottish) students - see section above for more details). ADDITIONAL COSTS: The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career. In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs such as consumable study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms. You may also want to purchase some core texts and technology such as a new laptop etc. Some of these additional costs are optional, some, such as uniforms or safety equipment may be mandatory. Check the course entry on our website for more more information.
Accounting at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS