BSc (Hons) Accounting with 

Industrial/Professional Experience

Accounting with Industrial/Professional Experience

Course description

This unique, professionally-oriented course has been designed alongside the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Undergraduate Partnership Programme (UPP).

It will provide you with a fast track to an accountancy qualification and includes a one-year paid work placement in your third year.


BSc (Hons) Accounting with Industrial/Professional Experience provides a thorough academic grounding in the skills and techniques necessary for entry into the accounting profession. This four-year degree incorporates a work placement year and offers professional accreditation.

Special features

The ICAEW hold networking events at Alliance Manchester Business School which provide you with the opportunity to meet companies who offer internships through the UPP, such as Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, Grant Thornton, Mazars and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Visit our YouTube channel to watch a short film about the UPP events.

The course integrates study of the theory and practice of accounting, and offers significant exemptions from the examinations of professional accountancy bodies, particularly those of the ICAEW. You could gain up to eight exemptions from ICAEW ACA examinations and qualify as a chartered accountant two years after graduation.

You will be taught by staff who are leading researchers in their fields, some of whom are also qualified accountants.

Teaching and learning

You will normally study four or five course units per semester. Each week there are usually two hours of lectures for each course unit and a one hour workshop in alternate weeks, although this varies slightly. You are expected to double this in private study. Group work and group or individual presentations will form a regular part of your assignments.

Coursework and assessment

Essays, multiple choice tests, project reports and presentations, in-class tests and weekly assignments constitute the coursework component of assessment, although the nature and proportion of coursework varies across course units. The remainder of assessment is by unseen examination. Depending on the degree course, in your final year you can choose to do a research-based dissertation or project. We aim to strike a balance between examinations and assessed coursework as well as providing opportunities for feedback on progress through non-assessed work.

Course content for year 1

Your first year is designed to introduce you to the foundations of accounting and finance. You will also study course units in mathematics, statistics, economics and law. A specialist course unit - only available to BSc (Hons) Accounting students - will introduce you to the skills and techniques required by the accountancy profession and will begin to prepare you for the workplace. Your first-year project involves you preparing a competitive tender for an audit with support from employers such as BDO Stoy Hayward and KPMG.

Course content for year 2

Your second year will develop your analytical skills and gives you a more in-depth understanding of accounting. You will take core course units in accounting and finance, plus a ten-credit business law course unit. You will develop your understanding of business strategy, accounting and auditing practice with a specialist course unit designed to provide you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for the work placement year. You will be offered a choice from further accounting, economics or management course units.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Title Code Credit rating Mandatory/optional
Financial Statement Analysis BMAN20081 10 Mandatory
Business Strategy BMAN20812 10 Mandatory
Professional Accounting Practice BMAN20881 10 Mandatory
Financial Reporting and Accountability BMAN21020 20 Mandatory
Intermediate Management Accounting BMAN21040 20 Mandatory
Foundations of Finance B BMAN23000B 20 Mandatory
Business Law 1: Law, Business Liabilities and the Consumer BMAN24042 10 Mandatory
Principles of Taxation BMAN24111 10 Mandatory
Investment Analysis BMAN20072 10 Optional
Business Intelligence and Big Data Analytics BMAN20162 10 Optional
Globalisation and Employment BMAN20262 10 Optional
Financial Markets and Institutions BMAN21011 10 Optional
Introduction to Business Information Systems BMAN21061 10 Optional
Mergers & Acquisitions: Financial Perspectives BMAN24102 10 Optional
International Business BMAN24121 10 Optional
Development Economics IIB ECON20332 10 Optional
Business Economics 1A ECON20341 10 Optional

Course content for year 3

You will spend your third year working at a firm of accountants. Current students have secured placements with firms such as Ernst & Young, KPMG, Mazars and Morgan Stanley. Completing a placement will enable you to put theory into practice, further develop important transferable skills and gain a real insight into the accounting profession.

Course content for year 4

Your final year is designed to build upon the knowledge and skills acquired in previous years and to allow you to choose from a range of more specialised topics. You will also study a core 30-credit project course unit involving several pieces of group and individual coursework, including an individual company project. This course unit will give you the opportunity to make use of material collected during your placement in conducting a substantial piece of independent research.

There is also a second ten-credit business law course unit and a taxation course unit, plus further course units in accounting and finance. Your remaining course units will be chosen from a range of accoun ting, finance, economics or management subjects.

Scholarships and bursaries

The Manchester Bursary is available to any student who is registered on an eligible first undergraduate degree course at Manchester and who has had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance. Visit our student finance pages for more detailed information.

In addition to this support, Alliance Manchester Business School will be awarding five Undergraduate Scholarships for Social Responsibility worth £2,000 p.a. across three years of study to UK students achieving AAA at A-level (or equivalent) who are able to demonstrate a significant contribution and commitment to social responsibility. We will also be awarding this scholarship to an international (non-EU) student. Find out more about our Undergraduate Scholarships for Social Responsibility .

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Title Code Credit rating Mandatory/optional
Business Law 2: Law and the Modern Corporation in an International Context BMAN24052 10 Mandatory
Contemporary Issues in Financial Reporting and Regulation BMAN30030 20 Mandatory
Accountability and Auditing BMAN30131 10 Mandatory
Corporate Financial Communication and Valuation BMAN31610 30 Mandatory
International Finance BMAN30060 20 Optional
Share Prices and Accounting Information BMAN30071 10 Optional
Financial Derivatives BMAN30091 10 Optional
Advanced Business Information Systems BMAN30151 10 Optional
Corporate Governance in Context BMAN30211 10 Optional
Financial Engineering BMAN30242 10 Optional
Advanced Management Accounting BMAN31040 20 Optional
Decision Analysis for Business & Management BMAN31152 10 Optional
Human Resource Management BMAN31430 20 Optional
Big Data, Information Management and Business Analytics BMAN31571 10 Optional
IT in Business Strategy BMAN31592 10 Optional
International Human Resource Management BMAN31672 10 Optional
Applied Investment Management BMAN31802 10 Optional

What our students say

'I chose this course because it was different to anything on offer elsewhere. I was really excited by the opportunity to spend a year out between my second and final year in an internship with a high-calibre accountancy firm - I will be joining KPMG's audit department in Canary Wharf. Interns in big four accountancy firms don't just make the tea; I expect to be given the same jobs as a first year graduate recruit.' - Andrew Simner

'As an aspiring accountant this course seemed perfectly geared towards my career. My course allows me to receive maximum exemptions from professional accounting exams, enabling me to accelerate my career.' - Bansari Kamdar

More current students share their experience of studying BSc (Hons) Accounting on our YouTube channel


John Rylands University Library is renowned as one of the most extensive libraries in the world. This is complemented by our specialist business and management Precinct Library which provides a dedicated service to Alliance Manchester Business School undergraduates. There is increasing provision of information via various web-based services and much of your reading material will be available through e-journals. These and other standard computing services, such as access to the internet and word processing, are available through computer clusters across campus in departmental buildings, libraries and halls of residence. Many buildings in and around the campus are also equipped with free wifi access.

Personal development plans

PDPs are aimed at helping you develop awareness of generic transferable and subject-specific skills, improve independent learning and provide a record of your academic learning and achievement.

Academic advisors

All new Alliance Manchester Business School students are allocated an academic advisor who you will meet in regular sessions as part of a first-year course unit. Where possible, you will keep the same academic advisor throughout your time here. Your advisor will support you throughout your studies on matters of an academic nature, from providing feedback on a practice essay in preparation for your `formal' assessment at the end of each semester to discussing your PDP or writing you a reference. We also have a dedicated undergraduate assessment and student support centre within the School, who will be your first point of contact for any ill health or other personal problems which are affecting your work.

Student mentoring

We operate a peer mentoring scheme which aims to provide you with a second or final year 'mentor' to provide practical assistance with orientation and induction as well as advice and information on any aspect of student life.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email:

Class profile - 2015 intake

Applications per place: 8
Nationalities: 16

UCAS code


Typical A-level offer


Career prospects

of our graduates in work six months after finishing
Most targeted university by leading graduate employers.
You will receive a significant fee discount for your placement year

Key features

of placement students achieve first or upper second degrees
of students are satisfied with the course (NSS 2015).