This new partnership between Birkbeck and ICAEW enables ACA trainees - those part way through their ACA training and those who have completed their training - to obtain a 'top-up' degree at around half the usual cost, in combination with their professional training, and without having to take extra time off work.
Trainees continue to study for their ACA, using training providers organised by their employer, and take top-up modules at Birkbeck in the evenings part-time or delivered through weekend workshops, online or work-based.
This means you could graduate in 4-5 years with ACA and with a degree specifically designed to complement it.
Of the 360 credits required for a University of London honours degree, 180 credits come from the successful completion of the ACA Professional Stages.
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 entirely by evening study, 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.
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.
This course is also available for a January or April start.
How to apply
Application deadlines and interviews
We encourage you to apply as early as possible, though we still consider applications up to the end of September.
Applied Accounting and Business (BSc): 4-year, part-time, October start (Part-time)
Applied Accounting and Business (BSc): 4-year, part-time, October start (Distance learning)
The programme has been designed for maximum flexibility, so there is no prescribed order in which you should take modules from either the Certificate and Professional Level modules of ACA or your top-up modules from Birkbeck. This is to allow students and employers to tailor training programmes and degree 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.
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.
As part of your top-up degree, you take the following modules:
In Year 1, you take Critical Reflection on Practice. This will normally be the first Birkbeck module you take, and is a sophisticated approach to reflective practice to help you realise the inter-relationship between professional experience and academic study while studying for the Certificate and Professional Level of ACA.
In Year 2, you choose option modules worth 30 credits.
In Year 3, you take Approaches to Research and choose option modules worth 45 credits.
In Year 4, you complete the Researching the Workplace module.
Year 1: compulsory module
Year 2 (option modules)
Year 3 : compulsory module
Year 4: compulsory module
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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.
Part-time home/EU students: £
paPart-time overseas students: £
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.
Payment and Fees Discounts
Funding and Financial Support
Fees for the ACA tuition provider will be in addition to the Birkbeck fees and are payable direct to the ACA tuition provider.
A minimum of 30 credits of study is required each year for students to be eligible for a student loan. The degree may be funded by your employer as part of an ICAEW training agreement or as part of your continuing professional development.
Careers and employability
Teaching and assessment
Lectures, tutorials and seminars
This programme is assessed through a range of assessment methods.
Modules that emphasise the learning of numerical skills lean toward the use of mid-term tests coupled with unseen, formal examination at the end of each term. Mid-term tests are short tests set during the term and are designed to provide early feedback on performance.
Other modules use individual or group presentations, written essays/reports or formal end-of-term examinations as sole assessments 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.