MAcc Master of Accountancy Graduate Apprenticeship

Enhance your accountancy technical skills and knowledge and support your career growth. Achieve greatness and become a Chartered Accountant in five years!

Our MAcc in Accountancy Graduate Apprenticeship is a professionally orientated qualification delivered in partnership with Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Designed with industry to provide the technical and professional skills and knowledge to enable you to think critically, analyse data and progress your accountancy career whilst applying the knowledge and skills in your workplace.

This new innovative fully-funded MAcc Graduate Apprenticeship is aimed at employers recruiting new talent and existing staff wishing to study towards a Masters Degree and professional accountancy qualification - this course will enable successful candidates to exit with both an MAcc in Accountancy and Chartered Accountant status with ACCA.

The MAcc Accountancy apprenticeship is open to all employers in either private, public and third sector. GCU are currently the largest provider of Graduate Apprenticeships and we work across sectors including financial services, construction, local authorities and manufacturing.

With over 700 current apprentices, studying with GCU will provide an excellent opportunity to increase your personal network and accountancy career prospects.

For employers, the MAcc Accountancy is a great way to increase human capital and talent within your organisation, many employers now use Graduate Apprenticeships as an internal career progression programme to recruit young talent from schools into the business and support them through the Graduate Apprenticeship.

To gain entry to the course, GCU will consider the experience, skills, knowledge and academic qualifications of applicants.

Our MAcc is delivered in partnership with ACCA, all employers need to be approved by ACCA and we can support you with the quick and simple check. Your organisation may already be an ACCA approved employer - you can check here

All Apprenticeships are fully-funded by the Scottish Funding Council. Applicants will also need to complete a SAAS Graduate Apprenticeship application form. The course team will review skills, knowledge, academic qualifications and experience of all applicants, which will all be used to inform the level of the apprenticeship candidates will begin their education.

Study Options

  • 2021/22


Mode of study


Start date


Blended Learning
5 Years
14 Jan 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MAcc Blended Learning 5 Years 14 Jan 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Standard Entry

For new employees applying directly from school:

SQA Higher: BBBBC (incl English or another essay-based subject (History or Modern Studies) and Maths or Accountancy)

Foundation Apprenticeships

We accept selected Foundation Apprenticeships, in combination with SQA Highers, for entry to our degree programmes. Your Foundation Apprenticeship will take the place of one SQA Higher qualification for our standard entry requirements and will be treated as equivalent to a B grade at Higher.

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two Highers at B.

Non-Standard Entry

For applicants with prior work experience and professional qualifications consideration for advanced standing into a higher level of study can be managed through the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy and process. Those who meet the conditions for RPL will be supported through the process to demonstrate that they meet the criteria.

Additional requirements

Candidates must be employed in the same field as the course of study and must supply a supporting letter from their employer as part of the admissions process.

You must be living and working in Scotland in the same field as the Graduate Apprenticeship course you are applying to.
Year 1 

Exit award: Diploma of Higher Education level

Financial and Management Accounting A; Management Issues and Concepts; Financial and Management Accounting B; Fundamentals of Economics; Accounting, Organisation and Society; Fundamentals of Risk Management


Year 2

Exit award: Diploma of Higher Education level

Fundamentals of Corporate Finance; Ethics and Responsible Leadership; Financial Accounting 2; Law in Business (for Accountants); Management Accounting 2; Intro to Quantitative Data Analysis


Year 3

Exit award: BA Accountancy (Degree Level) Exemption from ACCA Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills papers

Audit; Taxation; Financial Accounting 3; Corporate Finance and Financial Strategies; Management Accounting 2; Research Methods in the Workplace


Year 4

Exit award: BA (Hons) Accountancy

Work-based Honours Project; Ethics and Professional Skills; Corporate Governance; Advanced Financial Accounting; Level 4 Option Module* 

*Level 4 Option Module (Choose one): Taxation 2; Advanced Management Accounting; Strategic Financial Analysis

Year 5

Exit award: MAcc in Accountancy Passed the ACCA Strategic Professional papers

Strategic Business Leader; Strategic Business Reporting; Option One Module*; Option Two Module* 

*Level 5 Option Modules (Choose two from four): Advanced Audit and Assurance; Advanced Taxation; Advanced Financial Management; Advanced Performance Management


We adopt a transformative approach to learning, placing the apprentice at the centre of curriculum delivery. In line with GCU’s Learning and Teaching Strategy, we will make use of online resources, supported by on-campus delivery from subject matter experts to create an empowering experience based on a co-created, apprentice and employer-led, work-based programme.
Graduate Apprenticeships are co-designed by GCU and industry partners. GCU invites a diverse range of guest lecturers - dependent on relevant subject areas, current industry news and course needs - to share their expertise in every subject area.
Exit Award Level 1

•Certificate of Higher Education

Exemptions from ACCA Applied Knowledge exams: Financial Accounting (FA), Management Accounting (MA), and Business Technology (BT)

Exit Award Level 2

•Diploma of Higher Education

Exemptions from ACCA Applied Skills exams: Corporate and Business Law (LW)

Exit Award Level 3

•Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy

Exemptions from ACCA Applied Skills exams: Performance Management (PM), Taxation (TX), Audit and Assurance (AA), Financial Reporting (FR) and Financial Management (FM)

Exit Awards Level 4

•Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Accountancy

Passed ACCA Ethics and Professional Skills Module and Strategic Professional exam: Strategic Business Leader (SBL)

Exit Award Level 5

•Master of Science in Accountancy

Passed the remaining three ACCA Strategic Professional exams: Strategic Business Reporting (SBR), Option 1 and Option 2
This Graduate Apprenticeship course is delivered via blended learning (online and face to face). All reading material, tutor discussions, assignment setting, marking and feedback, timelines and key dates are located in the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) GCU Learn. Through a one password access logon for the VLE, students also access the University’s library.