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Accounting BA (Hons) - University of Bedfordshire

Accounting BA (Hons) - University of Bedfordshire

Accounting BA (Hons)

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About the Course

ACCA Accredited ProgrammeThe degree course for you if you seek a career in accountancy or an accounting function in business, and offers the maximum ACCA exemptions available at undergraduate level.

Practise using the latest technology, then proceed to advanced study of financial and management accounting, taxation, financial management and auditing.

AIA - The Association of International AccountantsThe Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) awards exemptions from its F1 to F9 papers for those students successfully completing relevant units.

The degree is also accredited by the Association of International Accountants (AIA).  Graduates successfully completing relevant units are eligible for exemptions from its Foundation level and Professional level 1 papers.



  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course Level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - N420
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start Dates - Feb,Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full-time | Part-time
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  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • The Association of International Accountants

Why choose this course?

This is a professionally accredited course designed to provide individuals with a direct route to a professional qualification in accounting. The course offers a structured approach to studying accounting beginning with a comprehensive understanding of the business environment in which accountants operate, through to the application of technical and strategic concepts and frameworks. A professional qualification in accountancy is a gateway to a range of professional careers in accounting, finance and banking. The organisations you can work for range through professional accounting firms, small and large private sector companies, local and international not-for-profit organisations.

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Unit Information - What will I learn?


  • Business Practice Explored (BSS005-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Accounting And Finance (AAF005-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Economics (AAF010-1) Compulsory
  • Numerical Skills For Finance And Economics (AAF015-1) Compulsory
  • Corporate And Business Law (LAW018-2) Compulsory
  • Data Analysis For Finance And Economics (AAF022-2) Compulsory
  • Management Accounting (AAF006-2) Compulsory
  • Personal Development And Employability (AAF004-2) Compulsory
  • Social And Environmental Reporting (AAF033-2) Compulsory
  • Taxation [Uk] (AAF025-2) Compulsory
  • Advanced Auditing (AAF018-3) Compulsory
  • Advanced Financial Management (AAF014-3) Compulsory
  • Advanced Financial Reporting (AAF011-3) Compulsory
  • Advanced Management Accounting (AAF013-3) Compulsory
  • Advanced Taxation (AAF019-3) Compulsory
  • Practice Weeks: The Future You (BSS023-3) Compulsory
  • Specialist Project In Accounting (AAF016-3) Compulsory

How will I be assessed?

The assessment strategy on this course is bounded to a large degree by PSRB requirements, thus, unseen tests and examinations dominate the types of assessment employed on the course. However, their format and type vary from online objective tests to written multi-task examinations. Compulsory and objective questions will be used to encourage you to study across the breadth of the syllabus, whereas the multi-task questions will assess your ability to simultaneously, assimilate a wide range of information, apply and justify your choice of several ideas and concepts to make informed decisions or recommendations. Accounting is not only about numbers and the manipulation of numbers, rather, it is a systematic way of preparing, reporting, presenting and analysing financial data to inform business or investment decisions. You will develop a number of transferable skills including the ability to present your findings, both verbally and in writing, in a professional, clear and concise manner. Written reports are designed in a way that promotes critical thinking as you move up the stages of the course; from knowledge, comprehension and simple explanations in the early stages to application, analysis, appraisal and synthesis as you get closer to graduation. In your final capstone (specialist project) unit, you will be required to produce an individual and independent piece of work which will place demands on your academic judgement and integrity whilst being the most challenging but yet enjoyable and rewarding experience you will encounter.


Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500


How will this course enhance my career prospects?

You will be able to enjoy maximum exemptions from the ACCA, leading to professional accountancy qualifications. As graduates you will be able to join commerce, industry and financial and banking institutions.You will also be able to purse postgraduate studies in Accounting and other related fields, and this in turn will ultimately lead to senior financial positions in a variety of organisational settings.


Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.


The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.


The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email


Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.


STEM Building

STEM Building


Luton campus centre

Luton Campus Centre

The Campus Centre brings together all our student services under one roof including the Students’ Union and spaces to eat, drink, relax and learn.

There's a large central lecture theatre as well as a range of study rooms & breakout spaces on the upper floors.

Luton campus accommodation

Luton Campus Accommodation

The University guarantees accommodation to all new students. Fitzroy Court and Wenlock Court, the two main halls of residence, are located on campus so getting to lectures, shopping in town and participating in events and activities is easy.

STEM building

STEM building

The STEM building is home to courses in the subject areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Opened in Autumn 2019, its cutting edge facilities provides four computer laboratories; workshops for subjects such as automotive engineering, cyber-security and robotics, along with three large teaching labs, and four specialist containment labs. 

Luton campus library

Luton Campus Library

The library is a modern 9-storey building dedicated to study and learning.

As well as traditional library provisions it offers individual and group study spaces, a cafeteria on the ground floor and a ‘Study Hub’ offering guidance and workshops on academic writing and research skills to ensure all Bedfordshire students get the help they need to succeed in their studies.

Aspire gym - Luton

Aspire Gym - Luton

The Aspire Gym has state of the art cardiovascular equipment with smart phone compatibility. There is also an extensive range of fixed resistance machines and a small free weights area.

Changing rooms with showers and lockers are available for members to use.

PG and CPD centrew Luton

PG and CPD Centre

The Postgraduate & CPD Centre at Luton campus is home to our University's postgraduate courses and continuing professional development (CPD) students from industry.

The Centre has modern lecture theatres and seminar rooms and a large ground floor lounge area where careers fairs and speaker events take place.

School of Art and Design

Luton Cultural Quarter

The School of Art and Design is located in the Cultural Quarter of the town.

The Cultural Quarter is a regeneration project to convert the old hat manufacturing area of Luton into a hub for the creative industries.

London luton airport

Luton - Location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of train and bus stations. Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire, approximately 50km north of London which is a 30-minute train journey away. Luton has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe.


How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS