Applied Accounting and Business

Birkbeck, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of London
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Course summary

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This innovative partnership between Birkbeck and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) enables you to use ACA (the Chartered Accountant qualification) credits as the basis for gaining a ‘top up’ degree - at around half the usual cost of the award. Trainees beginning their ACA studies, those part way through their ACA training or those who have completed their training can join the programme, studying in the evening so there is no need to take extra time off work. On successful completion of your ACA and Birkbeck studies you could graduate in four to five years, with ACA and with an honours degree designed to complement it. Our BSc Applied Accounting and Business attracts students from both the public and private sectors, including administrators, clerical workers and managers, as well as the self-employed. Because it is taught out of hours, you are able to combine academic studies with your daytime commitments. The majority of our students work or care for a family, so you will be learning with people from a wide range of backgrounds and with a wide range of experiences. This creates a stimulating and supportive learning environment. Our tutorial/seminar sessions give you a chance to interact with your peers and to develop insights into analysing and interpreting a wide and varied subject matter. Fees for the ACA tuition provider will be in addition to the Birkbeck fees and are payable direct to the ACA tuition provider. The degree may be funded by your employer as part of an ICAEW training agreement or as part of your continuing professional development. HIGHLIGHTS

  • Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.
  • Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.
  • We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.
  • Offered in partnership with the ICAEW.

Course details


For information about course structure and the moules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

This programme is assessed by a range of methods. Modules that involve numerical skills tend to use mid-term tests along with unseen, formal examination at the end of each term. Mid-term tests are short tests set during the term, designed to provide early feedback on performance. Other modules use individual or group presentations, written essays/reports or formal end-of-term examinations either alone or in combination. In the final year of studies, you will independently design and complete a large written assignment in the form of a research project/dissertation.

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How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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GCSE/National 4/National 5 Applicants will normally be expected to have grade C or grade 4 GCSE-level English and mathematics.

This programme has been designed to build on a professional qualification and students will normally be expected to bring 180 credits' APL (accreditation for prior learning) for the Certificate and Professional Level of ACA. However, applicants who are about to begin their ACA qualification or are part way through it are welcome to apply. ALTERNATIVE ENTRY ROUTES Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in business or accountancy units.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Applicants who do not have grade C or grade 4 GCSE-level English and mathematics may be required to carry out a skills audit at a selection evening, which comprises English and mathematics. This audit assesses an applicant’s potential to cope with, and benefit from, a particular programme of study.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6935 Year 1
England £6935 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6935 Year 1
Scotland £6935 Year 1
Wales £6935 Year 1
Channel Islands £6935 Year 1
International £10500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Annual fees are based on the number of credits (CATS points) studied each year. Students on this programme normally study between 30 and 90 credits per year. The fee for a 15-credit module is £1,156 for home/EU students and £1,713 for international students.
Applied Accounting and Business at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS