Applied Accounting and Business (BSc): 4-year, part-time, October start

Year of entry


Start date

October 2017


Central London


Fully Approved


Four years part-time


Flexible attendance with evening classes and weekend workshops

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.

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Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • 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.
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Course structure

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 that Critical Reflection on Practice is the first module taken, while Researching the Workplace 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.

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