Accreditation award for Accountancy

Posted on Wednesday 8th March 2017
The University is delighted to announce that its BA (Hons) Accountancy course has secured an extension to its Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) accreditation until 2023.

For aspiring accountants looking to progress to professional status, completing the ACCA accredited BA (Hons) course along with the ACCA professional programme provides a clear route to becoming a Chartered Certified Accountant.

These accreditations also enable students to apply for the ACCA Accelerate programme where they can benefit from savings of up to £600 on exemption fees upon graduation from the undergraduate degree.

Stuart Marsh, Senior Lecturer in Accountancy said: ‘These accreditations provide the assurance that the University’s Accountancy programmes meet the quality standards established by the profession.

‘The ACCA is recognised by the major global professional accountancy bodies, which are responsible for regulating the profession across the world. This means that our courses are internationally relevant and attractive to both home and overseas students’

The Accountancy courses are already accredited by a large number of different organisations.
These include:

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS),
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants (CIPFA)
  • Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA).
  • Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Association of International Accountants (AIA)

In addition to these accreditations, the Accountancy department’s Gold Partner status has been successfully renewed for 2017/18 by the ACCA. The University of Bolton is one of only a handful of UK universities to be awarded such status.

Carl Bridge, the Accountancy lead said that the University have more plans for the development of the programme in the future.

‘We are looking into teaching the foundation papers of the ACCA (F4-F9) in the evenings for those students who have an AAT qualification.

‘This progression route will also build links with FE colleges in the region who deliver AAT courses. In doing so, any students studying F4-F9 ACCA papers can then continue onto the extremely successful professional level course at the University which is also aligned to an MSc in Accountancy and Financial Management.

‘We are also looking into the option of becoming an examination centre for the ACCA accountancy professional body examinations. If successful, this would result in the University of Bolton being recognised as a place for accountancy students to study and sit examinations and would be advertised within professional body student communications globally.’