Accountants play an important role in business, providing key information that underpins the work of decision makers within organisations.
Accredited by the main UK professional accountancy bodies (ICAS, ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA and CIPFA), we focus on practical content and your future employability. Along with all aspects of accountancy, you’ll study topics in economics, law and management.
Professional accountants prepare financial statements and record business transactions; they also use information systems to track financial performance, participate in mergers and acquisitions and quality management.
Our programme will encourage you to develop a broad, comparative understanding of the practices of accounting and develop an ability to evaluate theories and evidence concerning the effects of accounting on organisations and society. You’ll benefit from using practical accounting packages, our small class sizes and excellent access to staff, as well as a series of guest speakers to enhance your learning.
A high number of our graduates are employed by major accountancy firms, public sector organisations and blue chip organisations, sometimes overseas, such as Grant Thornton, KPMG, Baker Tilly, Ernst and Young, Arnold Clark and Audit Scotland. Others secure training contracts and most undertake further professional study. Our graduates are exempt from a number of professional examinations.
Accounting and supporting business subjects
Ethics, Taxation, Management and Accounting Control, Financial Accounting Regulation
Auditing, Current Issues, Public Finance, Strategy, Research
Includes specialist subjects, advanced Accounting and Finance topics, options from a wider subject range plus Honours Dissertation in your chosen area
Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.
"My three sisters and brother all attended GCU and I chose to study Accountancy here as I have always been intrigued and captivated by the world of business. I thoroughly enjoy my programme as there is such a variety of modules, and I'm always learning different things. This summer I had a summer internship job at BNP Paribas, which added to my experience."Aminah Din,
Year 1 entry via clearing
A Level : CCC plus GCSE Maths and English at B/6
BTEC/CACHE Extended Diploma : Level 3 Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering subject at MMP.
For details and help matching results to entry criteria call our Clearing helpline.
Standard entry requirements
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.
- SQA Higher
- ABBBB including English and Maths
- A Level
- BCC PLUS GCSE Maths and English at B/6
- ILC Higher
- H1, H2, H3, H3, H3, including English and Maths at H2 or above
- IB Diploma
- 26 points must include Maths
- Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business at DMM PLUS GCSE Maths and English at B/6
- HND Accounting with AAA in the Graded Units
Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the Academic English course.
The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?
The fees shown are for students starting studies within the 2018/19 academic year. GCU is currently in the process of setting fees for 2019/20. Students interested in enrolling on a programmes starting in September 2019 or later should check back for further information shortly.
Tuition fees 2018/19
*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.
**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.
As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.
We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.
For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 14 September 2018 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.
This programme is accredited by the main UK professional accountancy bodies including ICAS, ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA and CIPFA.
As a professionally accredited programme, our approach to learning, teaching and assessment is tailored to the needs of the profession and the requirements of the professional bodies.
We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure not only that our students will gain the necessary knowledge and understanding of accountancy but also to develop their intellectual and personal skills.
We use a variety of learning and teaching methods to ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our teaching is supported by a strong record in relevant research, consultancy and scholarly activity.
All of our modules use GCULearn, the university’s virtual learning environment, which provides course materials, reading resources, assessments and feedback are all available online. It is also used to enable students to undertake online activities and tasks, listen to podcasts, be involved in online discussion groups, and take part in blogs and Twitter-based learning activities. This approach is blended with more traditional lecture, tutorial and seminar contact. We regularly invite in guest lecturers from industry to show our students the practical relevance of the academic material they are covering.
Our curriculum is designed to promote employability, with our syllabus developed in line with the requirements of professional bodies in order to gain accreditation and subject exemptions.
The programme is also designed to allow graduates access to a wide range of careers within the business and public sectors and within academia.