As one of only three Flying Start courses in the UK, BSc Accountancy offers an innovative and challenging opportunity to fast-track your accountancy career.
It is run collaboratively by the Business School, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and prestigious accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). You will benefit from the Business School's teaching, insight and unique international experience, alongside leading professional practice during your time on placement with PwC.
You will qualify for exemptions from the Professional stage papers for ICAEW's Associate Chartered Accountant qualification, and can become a fully qualified chartered accountant a year after graduation, subject to successfully completing the Advanced stage papers as required by ICAEW.
Nottingham University Business School is recognised as an ICAEW Partner in Learning, working with ICAEW in the professional development of students.
Your first year on the BSc Accountancy programme serves as a broad foundation to the study of a range of business disciplines, including modules in financial accounting, assurance, principles of taxation, business law, microeconomics, macroeconomics, quantitative methods, organisation studies and business computing.
During your first year, you will also be liaising with PwC to identify which office you will work in over the next three years.
After taking a block period of study in early September on audit and assurance, you will spend September to December on a paid placement with PwC. The office you are based in will be your office for the rest of the time on the programme, which will help you make friends and build lasting relationships with others who work in the same office.
While on placement, you will be working on real client work, applying the knowledge you have learnt earlier in the course. You will return to your studies in January, where you will take modules on tax compliance, financial accounting and reporting, financial management and management strategy.
You will start year three undertaking another block of study in early September on business planning for taxation. Following this, you will spend September to December on a further paid placement with PwC, where you are likely to be taking on more complex work.
You will return to your studies in January, where you will take modules on financial markets, financial accounting and reporting, business ethics, corporate finance and management accounting and decisions.
Starting your final year in September, you will study modules on contemporary issues in accounting. You will then be able to take a further four optional modules chosen from subjects such as management accounting and decisions, risk management decisions, human resource management, entrepreneurship, corporate restructuring and governance and financial markets.
You will also be able to undertake a dissertation as an optional module if you wish. Your studies with the University will conclude in January and you will then undertake your final paid placement with PwC from January to May.
'I'm looking forward to putting the knowledge I’ve gained in lectures and seminars into action on my PwC placement in London.'
Kira Eilfield, BSc Accountancy
- This course includes paid work placements with PwC and secondment opportunities to overseas offices and other parts of PwC's business
- You may be eligible for exemption from the Professional stage papers for the ICAEW's Associate Chartered Accountant qualification
- You can become a fully qualified Chartered Accountant a year after graduation (having successfully completed the Advanced Stage papers of the ICAEW's Associate Chartered Accountant qualification)
- One of the UK's leading centres for management education, part of an elite group of global EQUIS accredited business schools
- Nottingham University Business School is recognised as an ICAEW Partner in Learning
A level: AAB excluding general studies, critical thinking, and citizenship studies
GCSEs: GCSE maths, 5 (B) or above, unless taking it at A level and two further GCSEs, 4 (C) or above
English language requirements
IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
For details of other English language tests and qualifications we accept, please see our entry requirements page.
If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.
Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking IELTS or equivalent.
For country-specific information including entry requirements, contact details and representatives, see our website. If you need a visa to study, the University can provide all the information and advice you need.
At the University of Nottingham we have a valuable community of mature students and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information in our guide for mature students.
Our admission process recognises that applicants have a wealth of different experiences and may have followed various educational pathways. Please view the alternative qualifications page for details.
Flexible admissions policy
In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, the University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.
Notes for applicants
Selected applicants will be invited to an assessment day which includes a group exercise and an individual interview before a decision is made on an offer.
All applicants who are made an offer are invited to visit the Business School and meet members of staff and students at our offer holder events.
We welcome applications from mature candidates and consider academic and professional backgrounds on an individual basis. We also consider other qualifications in addition to those listed above.
Please note we do not accept entry, or transfer from another university, into year two or above on any of our undergraduate degrees.
The following is a sample of the typical modules that we offer as at the date of publication but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and the module information in this prospectus is provided for indicative purposes only.
The below modules are designed to give you a flying start towards becoming an ICAEW Chartered Accountant and in many cases, if you pass the module you will gain credit for ICAEW Certificate level and Professional level modules.
Typical year one module
- Business Finance
- Business Law
- Computers in Business
- Economic Principles
- Fundamentals of Financial and Management Accounting
- Principles of Taxation
- Quantitative Methods 1B
- Quantitative Methods 1A
- Work and Society
Typical year two modules
- Audit and Assurance (taken as a block module in September)
- Corporate Finance
- Financial Accounting and Reporting I
- Tax Compliance
Plus a paid work placement with PwC from September to December.
Typical year three modules
- Business Planning: Taxation
- Financial Accounting and Reporting II (taken as a block module in September)
- Management Accounting and Decisions
- Strategic Management and Competitive Advantage
- Computational Finance
- Economics of Corporate Strategy
- International Firms
- Plus a paid work placement with PwC from September to December.
Typical year four modules
- Contemporary Issues in Accounting
- Professional Practice
Plus 40 credits of approved optional modules.
- Corporate Restructuring and Governance
- Exploring Perspectives in Entrepreneurship
- Financial Markets
- International Finance
- Law and Economics
- Macroeconomics for Business
- Risk, Information and Insurance
Plus a paid work placement with PwC from February to May.
Offered in collaboration with one of the 'big four' accountancy firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), this course includes paid work placements. You'll spend part of your second, third and fourth years at PwC and there are also opportunities to work in other parts of the business as well as in the firm's international offices.
If you graduate with a 2:1 or higher, PwC may offer you a full-time position at Senior Associate level.
Our accreditation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) also means that you'll be exempt from a number of the exams required to become a Chartered Accountant.
'I'd recommend this course for the combination of work placements and university life, achieving accreditation from the professional qualification and a potential job with PwC at the end.'
Kira Eilfield, BSc Accountancy
The Business School's careers and recruitment service provides targeted and bespoke support to help steer you onto a career path of your choice. You will have opportunities to network with top employers throughout your degree, with many of these companies choosing to sponsor prizes for the highest-performing students in different years of study or particular subjects.
Nottingham University Business School is recognised as an Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Partner in Learning, working with ICAEW in the professional development of students.
Successful completion of the programme will lead to you completing 80% of the ICAEW Chartered Accountancy modules along with relevant practical work experience that will count toward your training agreement.
Employability and average starting salary
If you graduate with a 2:1 or higher, PwC may offer you a full-time position at Senior Associate level, where you will earn an average salary of around £25,000.
Careers support and advice
Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.
Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
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Last updated November 1, 2018