Four years part-time
Flexible attendance with evening classes and weekend workshops
Other entry years for this course2018
This partnership between Birkbeck and ICAEW enables ACA trainees to obtain a 'top-up' degree in combination with their professional training, without having to take extra time off work, and at around half the usual cost. Trainees continue to study for their ACA and take part-time modules at Birkbeck in the evenings or over the weekend, online or work-based. This means you can graduate in four to five years with ACA and with a degree designed to complement it.
This programme attracts students from both the public and private sectors, including administrators, clerical workers and managers, as well as the self-employed. Because it is taught out of hours, you are able to combine academic studies with your daytime commitments.
The majority of our students work or care for a family, so you will be learning with people from a wide range of backgrounds and with a wide range of experiences. This creates a stimulating and supportive learning environment. Our tutorial/seminar sessions give you a chance to interact with your peers and to develop insights into analysing and interpreting a wide and varied subject matter.
Fees for the ACA tuition provider will be in addition to the Birkbeck fees and are payable direct to the ACA tuition provider. The degree may be funded by your employer as part of an ICAEW training agreement or as part of your continuing professional development.
- Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.
- Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.
- We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.
- We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.
The programme has been designed for maximum flexibility, so there is no prescribed order in which you should take your ACA modules or your Birkbeck modules. This is to allow students and employers to tailor programmes and structures according to their business needs. However, it is normally expected thatis the first module taken, while is normally the last.
Of the 360 credits required for a University of London honours degree, 180 credits come from the successful completion of the ACA Professional Stages. In Year 2, you can choose option modules worth 30 credits and in Year 3, you can choose option modules worth 45 credits.
You should normally take modules worth at least 30 credits per year from the Birkbeck schedule, which is the threshold for eligibility for a student loan.
Year 1: compulsory module
Year 2 (option modules)
- Brand Development
- Buyer Behaviour
- Employment Relations and Human Resources Management
- Entrepreneurship and Small Business
- International Business
- Management of Innovation
- Management Studies I
- Management Studies II
- Managerial Economics
- Marketing Principles and Practices
- Marketing Strategy
- Operations Management
- Organizational Behaviour
- Quantitative Methods
Year 3 : compulsory module
Year 4: compulsory module
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
This programme has been designed to build on a professional qualification and students will normally be expected to bring 180 credits' APL (accreditation for prior learning) for the Certificate and Professional Level of ACA.
However, applicants who are about to begin their ACA qualification or are part way through it are welcome to apply.
UCAS tariff points
English and mathematics
Applicants will normally be expected to have grade C GCSE-level English and mathematics. Applicants who do not hold this level of qualification may be required to carry out a skills audit at a selection evening, which comprises mathematics and English. This audit assesses an applicant’s potential to cope with, and benefit from, a particular programme of study.
Alternative entry route
Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in business or accountancy units.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL)
If you have studied at university previously, you may have accumulated credits through the modules you studied. It may be possible to transfer these credits from your previous study to Birkbeck or another institution. You should discuss this with the Programme Director when you are making your application.
We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.
FeesPart-time home/EU students, Year 1: £ 6935 pa
Part-time overseas students, Year 1: £ 9750 pa
Part-time home/EU students, Years 2+: £ 6750 pa
Part-time overseas students, Years 2+: £ 9750 pa
Annual fees are based on the number of credits (CATS points) studied each year. Students on this programme normally study between 30 and 90 credits per year. The fee for a 15-credit module is £1,125 for home/EU students and £1,625 for international students.
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
At Birkbeck, almost all of our courses are taught in the evening and our teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments. We actively encourage innovative and engaging ways of teaching, to ensure our students have the best learning experience. In the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s system for rating university teaching, Birkbeck was allocated a Silver award.
Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading.
Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.
In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your Personal Tutor.
Methods of teaching on this course
Lectures, tutorials and seminars.
Timetables are usually available from September onwards and you can access your personalised timetable via your My Birkbeck Profile online (if you have been invited to enrol).
Indicative class size
Class sizes vary, depending on your course, the module you are undertaking, and the method of teaching. For example, lectures are presented to large groups, with 30 to 100+ students in attendance, whereas seminars usually consist of small, interactive groups of 10 to 30 students, led by an academic.
Birkbeck offers study and learning support to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them succeed. Our Learning Development Service can help you in the following areas:
- academic skills (including planning your workload, research, writing, exam preparation and writing a dissertation)
- written English (including structure, punctuation and grammar)
- numerical skills (basic mathematics and statistics).
Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can support you if you have additional learning needs resulting from a disability or from dyslexia.
Our Counselling Service can support you if you are struggling with emotional or psychological difficulties during your studies.
Our Mental Health Advisory Service can support you if you are experiencing short– or long-term mental health difficulties during your studies.
Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations. You will be given time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.
Unseen written examinations are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June, and, in most cases, are held during the day on a weekday – if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance. Exam timetables are published online in March each year.
Methods of assessment on this course
This programme is assessed by a range of methods. Modules that involve numerical skills tend to use mid-term tests along with unseen, formal examination at the end of each term. Mid-term tests are short tests set during the term, designed to provide early feedback on performance.
Other modules use individual or group presentations, written essays/reports or formal end-of-term examinations either alone or in combination.
In the final year of studies, you will independently design and complete a large written assignment in the form of a research project/dissertation.
As well as a mark for your coursework and exams, you will also receive feedback from your marker(s) to help you learn, improve and succeed. We encourage you to discuss feedback with your module tutor.
Feedback can come in different forms: notes via Moodle (our online learning environment); a paper copy of a completed feedback form; or in-class or face-to-face feedback. The College Policy on Feedback on Assessment sets out what you can expect from your feedback.
Your department will usually provide you with your marked coursework within four weeks of submission. Your initial mark is provisional until the relevant Board of Examiners has confirmed it.
Your official coursework and exam results will be made available to you via your My Birkbeck Profile online.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
Careers and employability
Graduates can pursue careers in accountancy, business and management. This degree may also be useful in becoming a chartered accountant, human resources officer, retail manager, or sales executive.
Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.
We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link.
Birkbeck offers a range of free face-to-face advice and support to help you make a successful application.
Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.
Application deadlines and interviews
We encourage you to apply as early as possible, though we still consider applications up to the end of September.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Accommodation and living costs
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
Birkbeck is committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies. Find out about what is available, how to apply and the advice and support we provide.
How to apply
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