BSc (Hons) Accounting

This unique, specialist accounting course provides a fast-track to chartered accountancy status.

It is part of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Undergraduate Partnership Programme (UPP). Gain 8 exemptions from ICAEW ACA exams and develop a real-world attitude to business.

Course statistics


This course is also available with a work placement


students joined this course in 2016


in employment or further study within 6 months (source: DLHE)


exemptions from ICAEW exams

(plus 9 from CIMA and 6 from ACCA)

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Ranked 4th in the UK for business and economics (source: THE 2017)

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Ranked 22nd in the world for business and economics (source: THE 2017)

BSc Accounting / Course details

Year of entry: 2017

Course description

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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 offers you the opportunity of a one-year paid work placement in your third year..


The BSc (Hons) Accounting provides a thorough academic grounding in the skills and techniques necessary for entry into the accounting profession. The programme incorporates an optional 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 unit details

The course focus is on accounting and finance. Other relevant subjects such as management, law, mathematics, statistics and economics are also covered. There is some scope for you to study related subjects to broaden your knowledge of business and management, subject to the requirements of professional accreditation. You will receive a strong theoretical and practical grounding in the principles of accounting and acquire appropriate transferable skills.

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 units for year 1

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

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Financial Reporting BMAN10501 10 Mandatory
Introductory Management Accounting BMAN10512 10 Mandatory
Financial Decision Making M BMAN10522M 10 Mandatory
Quantitative Methods for Accounting and Finance BMAN10750 20 Mandatory
Auditing & Professional Accounting Practice I BMAN10760 20 Mandatory
Law in a Management Context BMAN10901 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Management BMAN10011 10 Optional
Marketing Foundations BMAN10101 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Technological Change BMAN10252 10 Optional
Introduction to Work Psychology BMAN10872 10 Optional
Business Database Design & Development BMAN10952 10 Optional
Introduction to Management and Organisation Studies BMAN10970 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 12 course units for year 1

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, finance 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.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/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
Displaying 10 of 17 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

If you successfully opt for a work placement, 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. If you successfully complete a placement year, this course unit will give you the opportunity to make use of material collected during your placement. If you did not complete a placement, you will be offered a choice of companies to form the basis for your individual project. These projects form substantial pieces of independent research.

There is also a second ten-credit business law course unit and an accountability and Auditing unit. Your remaining course units will be chosen from a range of accounting, finance or management subjects.

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.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/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
Principle of Taxation BMAN31642 10 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
Displaying 10 of 18 course units for year 4

Additional fee information

You will receive a  significant fee discount for the work placement year, both as a home/EU student and as an international student.

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 .

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:
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