BA (Hons) Accountancy

Counting on a career in accountancy? Covering the latest practices and theories of accounting, our BA (Hons) Accountancy degree offers essential training for entry into this truly prestigious global profession, along with an impressive range of maximum exemptions from professional accountancy body examinations.

Key information

BA (Hons)
Mode of Study:
3 years
University of Bolton
UCAS points:
UCAS code:

Course Details

Accountancy can trace its history back to the beginnings of civilisation. The necessity to keep track of goods and produce led to the development of writing and this ancient profession is a global necessity in the 21st century. Fundamental to planning and forecasting, budgeting and control, taxation and decision making, competent and resourceful accountants are essential to success in business and commerce, as well as the smooth running of government and public services.

Our BA (Hons) Accountancy is designed to give you a strong academic and vocational background for a professional career in accountancy. It will also support your career development if you are considering a broader management role, as it offers the financial knowledge that is central to many private and public sector careers.

Throughout the course, our dedicated and experienced team will draw on the latest accounting practices and theories. We’ll guide you as you explore the two key areas of management accounting and financial accounting and reporting. You’ll also be able to choose from several optional modules in your final year, which include (amongst others) taxation and audit.

Alongside developing your professional accountancy-related knowledge, we want to help you develop lifelong learning skills so that you can reflect on, articulate, transfer and take ownership of the development of your skills into the future, maximising your potential for success.


  • Our Accounting and Finance courses are ranked third in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2022.
  • Also, The Complete University Guide 2022 ranks our Accounting and Finance courses as first in the UK for student satisfaction.
  • The course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), and Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS).
  • We offer an enviable range of exemptions from professional accountancy body examinations, including ACCA, ICAEW, ICAS, CIMA and CIPFA, so once you have graduated, you can join their professional development programmes at an advanced stage.
  • Our graduates are also entitled to exemptions from the Association of International Accountants (AIA) papers and are eligible to apply for associate membership of the AIA and the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA).
  • We are an ICAEW accredited HEPiL (Higher Education Partner in Learning) and have links with AIA, IFA and CPA Australia.
  • Many of our graduates return to study towards the ACCA Applied Skills and ACCA Strategic Professional Level examinations at Bolton. The University is an ACCA Gold approved learning partner for these programmes and regularly exceeds the global pass rate targets set by the professional body.

Key Features

  • Our tutors are all qualified accountants with experience working in the profession and teaching undergraduate, postgraduate and professional accountancy qualifications.
  • We’ll encourage you to use mathematical and statistical techniques to solve general business and accountancy related problems. Learning from case studies will give you a good grounding in real business situations.
  • We use small group and tutorial teaching so that you have the opportunity to benefit from the excellent support offered by our teaching staff.
  • We regularly invite guest speakers who hold senior positions in industry and practice to share their experiences with you and your classmates so that you can benefit from their knowledge and advice.
  • We enjoy excellent support from local employers and the Bolton Society of Chartered Accountants, maximising industry-related opportunities.
  • We offer two full-time undergraduate Accountancy degrees. The three-year BA (Hons) Accountancy course is for people who will achieve 104 UCAS points (for instance, BCC at A-level). Alternatively, our four-year BA (Hons) Accountancy with foundation year programme is ideal for students who will benefit from a period of extra preparatory study and support before making the transition to degree-level study.
Entry Requirements
  • 104 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English and Mathematics.
  • If you hold the AAT Technician qualification you will be exempted from five modules at level HE4. You will be offered direct entry into level HE5 and be required to study an additional HE4 module.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
Career Opportunities
The University of Bolton’s BA (Hons) Accountancy degree will develop your understanding of accountancy practices, commerce, industry and finance.

During your studies, you’ll develop a variety of technical and transferable skills that are sought after by a wide range of business sector employers and organisations. You’ll learn about commercial awareness, how businesses function and gain numerical and quantitative skills linked to the business context.

As a graduate, you’ll be able to solve problems, analyse data and statistics, and present information both orally and on paper. You’ll also have good attention to detail and strong organisational ability.

Fees & Funding
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25
2022 £9,250 £9,250 £9,250 £27,750
2022 £9,250 £9,250 £9,250 £27,750

Programme Contacts

Meksha Burrun

Associate Lecturer

Carl Bridge

Head of Accounting

Enquiry Team

University of Bolton