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BSc (Hons) Professional Accounting

Course Overview

The BSc (Hons) Professional Accounting degree will give students a practical grounding in accounting and business disciplines and can quicken their journey to becoming exam qualified with the ACCA, ICAEW, CIPFA and CIMA institutes. This degree, encompassing award-winning learning materials, focuses on practical, real-life applications underpinned by academic theory and research, preparing you for success anywhere in the world.

Key Information

    Course Name:

    BSc (Hons) Professional Accounting

    Total Academic Credits:

    360 credits

    Qualification Awarded:

    BA (Hons) Professional Accounting

    Awarding Body:

    BPP University

    Professional Recognition:

    Yes - Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

    Academic Level:

    Undergraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6)

    Study Mode:

    Full time - Classroom


    3 years or 2 years (accelerated)

    Tuition Fees:

    £7,850 or £11,775 per year


    September, January and May

    Work Placement:


    Course location :

    London City and Manchester

Academic Entry Requirements

Three A levels with minimum BCC or equivalent qualification for 3 year programme and minimum BBB for 2 year programme

English Entry Requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall score with no components below 5.5

Assessment Methods

Combination of examination, coursework and a supervised independent business research project.

Progression Route

MSc Accounting and Finance, ACCA (up to 9 paper exemptions)

Career Opportunities

Finance Officer, Accounts Assistant, Financial Analyst in private and public sectors.


Year 1


  • Commercial Awareness (15 credits)
  • Professional Practice & Ethics (15 credits)
  • Understanding Financial Statements (15 credits)
  • Information for Business Decisions (15 credits)
  • Business Economics (15 credits)
  • Mathematical Skills for Business (15 credits)
  • Financial Accounting (15 credits)
  • Management Accounting (15 credits)


Year 2


  • Financial Reporting (15 credits)
  • Managing Financial Control (15 credits)
  • Corporate Reporting & Analysis (15 credits)



  • Business Law (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Auditing (15 credits)
  • Business Taxation (15 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship (15 credits)
  • Business Operations (15 credits)
  • Knowledge Management & Information Systems (15 credits)
  • Managing People & Projects (15 credits)


Year 3


  • Contemporary Issues & Research (15 credits)
  • Business Strategy (15 credits)
  • Business Integration Project (15 credits)



  • Performance Management (15 credits)
  • Financial Management (15 credits)
  • Introduction to International Business (15 credits)
  • Leadership (15 credits)
  • Change Management (15 credits)
  • Enterprise Risk Management (15 credits)
  • Company Law (15 credits)


Reasons for choosing this course

The aims of the degree are designed to provide students with an integrated academic and professional learning environment conceived and structured to enable students to gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to pursue and sustain professional accounting careers in industry or practice.

This programme equips its graduates to:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the role and function of accounting and how its various disciplines interrelate and contribute to the effective management of organisations;
  • Develop a critical understanding of the key concepts within the main accounting disciplines to enable their real application at a professional level;
  • Develop an understanding of professional judgement and professional ethics, including the competence, confidence and maturity to apply it in the appropriate contexts;
  • Gain a comprehensive and systematic knowledge of the theories, models and techniques of accounting, including being able to critically evaluate their effectiveness in different situations;
  • Develop a range of skills and attitudes which facilitate effective transitions into the work environment, including an appreciation of the responsibility of accountants as leaders in organisations;
  • Become effective communicators of complex financial findings and reasoned recommendations.


Main learning outcomes

  • A comprehensive understanding of the internal and external business environments in which professional accountants operate in order to contribute to management decisions;
  • A comprehensive understanding of the techniques and analytical tools used within organisations for the production of financial information for planning, decision making and control and external reporting;
  • Personal and professional responsibility and awareness of codes of conduct appropriate to the professional accountant in order to make sound judgements in complex and unpredictable situations;
  • Critical awareness of contemporary issues in professional accounting and their impact on current practice;
  • Analyse business scenarios and data without guidance, using a range of business and accounting techniques to contribute to the management of organisations;
  • Synthesise information and ideas from varied sources in order to propose recommendations, conclusions and novel solutions;
  • Critically evaluate evidence, including alternative arguments and theories and contradictory data, to support decision making processes and the resolution of business problems;
  • Identify and define complex business problems, often in the absence of complete data or in unpredictable environments, and apply appropriate accounting and business knowledge and skills to their solution;
  • Exercise professional judgement, in complex or unpredictable situations, in order to make sound professional decisions;
  • Exercise initiative, take responsibility for own work and act autonomously within agreed guidelines when dealing with different professional situations;