BSc (Hons) Applied Accounting
This Bachelors Honours Degree is an exclusive degree offered to ACCA students through a unique and innovative collaboration between ACCA and Oxford Brookes University Business School.
ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, supporting 140,000 members and 404,000 students throughout their careers, and providing services through a network of 83 offices and centres.
ACCA aims to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. ACCA's reputation is grounded in over 100 years of providing world-class accounting and finance qualifications, championing opportunity, diversity and integrity, and its long traditions are complemented by modern thinking, backed by a diverse, global membership.
This degree has been jointly designed by the University and ACCA to meet the requirements of a degree and also those of a professional qualification. Students of ACCA are now automatically registered for the Oxford Brookes University degree when they enrol with ACCA. As soon as they have completed the Fundamental Skills papers F1 to F9 of the ACCA's professional examinations, and the Professional Ethics module, they may submit a "Research and Analysis Project" to Oxford Brookes University which will be assessed by the University Business School staff.
This collaboration offers ACCA's students the opportunity to:
- gain a further prestigious award
- gain recognition of achievement within a professional development scheme/career path
- establish a 'firmer foundation' to further professional development.
To find out more, visit the ACCA BSc (Hons) Applied Accounting website
Status of the ACCA
The ACCA offers examinations globally under the terms of its Royal Charter - see in particular Section 4 (l) and 4 (m).
The qualification is recognised by the UK Government and incorporated into the UK's Company Acts. Click on the links for a letter from the Department of Trade and Industry and section 389 of the Companies Act 1985.
In addition, the ACCA is recognised by the UN.
ACCA's syllabus formed the basis of the United Nations' global accountancy curriculum titled Guideline on National Requirements for the Qualification of Professional Accountants published in 1999. ACCA was a participant in the consultative group, which devised this global Benchmark, and reference to ACCA's role is included throughout the publication.
- Guide to assist in the accreditation of the BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting Awarded by Oxford Brookes University in partnership with the ACCA (PDF file)
- ACCA Royal Charter (PDF file)
- Recognition of Professional Qualification letter (PDF file)
- Companies Act 1985 extract (PDF file)
Oxford Brookes University
Evaluation of BSc (Hons) Applied Accounting in relation to Accounting Benchmarking Statements and national Qualification Framework Descriptors
- Summary of Benchmark Statements (PDF file)
- Summary of national Qualification Framework Descriptors (PDF file)
- Details of Business School review of the above (PDF file)
Information on the Registered Mentor Scheme
- Registered Mentor Scheme (PDF, 113 KB)
- Registered Mentor Scheme: the effect on BSc (Hons) Applied Accounting students (PDF, 82 KB)
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I contact the ACCA team at Oxford Brookes University?
Please email us at . You should include your ACCA number, your full name and date of birth in all correspondence with us.
Am I eligible for the programme?
You will need to have opted into the programme before completing ACCA papers F7, F8 and F9. To confirm whether you are eligible for the programme, you will need to contact ACCA directly. Please refer to the BSc Applied Accounting Information Pack for further details on eligibility.
Where can I find a learning provider?
Please go to the ACCA website at: http://www.accaglobal.com
Is the BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting recognised in the country in which I live?
The BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting is equivalent to a three-year undergraduate degree undertaken at a UK university and is recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). You will have to ask your own higher education authority if the BSc is recognised in your own country.
Can you provide me with my Grade Point Average?
The Grade Point Average system is not currently in use at Oxford Brookes University.
How many credits is the degree worth?
360 credits or 180 European Credit Transfer System credits.
Can you provide me with a personal or academic reference?
As the programme is a distance learning course, we are unable to provide academic or personal references. However, we are able to provide award confirmation letters and /or transcripts.
How do I request an award confirmation letter/transcript?
Transcripts can be ordered through our online shop.
Award confirmation letters and other student letters can be ordered through our online shop.
There is a £10charge for letters and transcripts. If you wish to have a letter/transcript sent to an address other than the one you registered with, you must provide a scanned copy of your passport/photo ID.
How long will it take for my documents to arrive?
The Royal Mail advises that it will take 5-7 working days for international recorded delivery. However, some countries have slower postal systems and posted items can take considerably longer to arrive. Further information can be obtained from your local postal provider.
How can I apply for mitigating circumstances?
If you wish to apply for an extension on the grounds of mitigating circumstances, you must do so before your ten-year eligibility period expires.
Will I be given my degree certificate at my graduation ceremony?
No, it will be posted to you within three months of your award. All queries regarding certificates should be sent to:
Is it possible to submit a project without completing the Professional Ethics Module or all of the ACCA Fundamental papers (including exemptions)?
Who can be my mentor?
Your mentor can be a senior colleague at work, eg. your line manager, your tutor at college or university, or a qualified chartered certified accountant. If you have found a prospective mentor who does not fall into one of these categories, please login and e-mail their CV to
If you are unable to find a suitable mentor, please refer to the following website: http://www.oxfordbrookesmentoring.co.uk
Do I need to read the information Pack?
Yes. The Information Pack contains the list of topic titles, guidance on writing your project, referencing etc.
When can I submit a project?
There are two submission periods each year, one in May and one in November. The dates are published in the BSc Information Pack.
How do I submit my project?
Go to http://www.obusubmissions.co.uk, click on 'not yet registered' and enter your details. Your login details are not the same as your myACCA login details. Please keep your log-in details safe, as you will need to use them again when you access your results.
I've lost my password, what should I do?
Please e-mail us at with your ACCA number, full name and date of birth. Please remember that your password is case sensitive.
How can I pay?
You can pay on-line, when you submit your project. Payment can be made using a credit or debit card. If you do not have a credit or debit card, you can send us a banker's draft. Please contact us at for further details.
I am unsure on how to reference properly, what should I do?
Please refer to these websites for further information:
I failed in my last project submission. Which sections do I need to re-submit?
If you have failed both the Research Report (RR) and the Skills and Learning Statement (SLS) you will need to re-submit both elements again.
If you have passed your RR but failed your SLS, you will need to re-submit your SLS.
If you have passed your SLS but failed your RR, you will need to re-submit your RR.
If you are re-submitting, you will need to complete a 500 word re-submission statement. If you have changed your topic you will need to upload a brief statement stating that you have done so.
Want to find out more?
For specific project issues or other problems then please email Oxford Brookes at