This online accounting degree is designed to provide the opportunity to gain the prestigious CIMA Advanced Diploma. A top-up option is available for those who already hold the CIMA Advanced Diploma.

BSc Accounting with CIMA

Students on the BSc Accounting degree course study for a range of modules resulting in progression through the CIMA exam structure to Advanced Diploma Level as well as the assessment of modules specific to the BSc degree.

Further Information

BSc Accounting FAQ 2016 (PDF 107KB)

CIMA Syllabus

Award

BSc

Course Dates

All Stages - Late August. Top Up - September or February

Course Length

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 6 years
Top up can be completed in 1 year.

Mode of Attendance

Online

Academic School

Aberdeen Business School

Overview

CIMA modules are assessed at a local assessment centre. All other modules require students to submit coursework to the University.

Full-time students will undertake the modules listed in each stage within one calendar year (to make a total of three years).

For Part-time students each stage should be completed within two calendar years (to make a total of six years). Part-time students are provided with a schedule of modules to study each semester and all modules for each stage are completed within two calendar years.

Award: BSc Accounting and CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting

Top-up Option (Route B)

Full-time: students undertaking the full-time Top - up option will study all of the modules to complete the degree in one calendar year.

Part-time: students undertaking the part-time Top - up option will study all the modules to complete in up to two years.

All modules are examined by coursework assessment which is set and marked by the University.


Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course disclaimer for more information. 

Distance learning

Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Fundamentals Of Financial Accounting
  • Fundamentals Of Business Mathematics
  • Fundamentals Of Business Economics
    Semester 2
  • Professional and Academic Skills For Accountants
  • Fundamentals Of Management Accounting
  • Fundamentals Of Ethics, Corporate Governance And Business Law
    Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Organisational Management CIMA E1
  • Management Accounting CIMA P1
  • Financial Reporting and Taxation CIMA F1
    Semester 2
  • Integrated Case Study - CIMA Operational Level
  • Business Operations - Enterprise
  • Business Operations - Performance
  • Business Operations - Financial
  • Auditing
  • Year 3 -- Semester 1
    Route A - Route A is for continuing students
  • Project and Relationship Management CIMA E2
  • Advanced Management Accounting CIMA P2
  • Advanced Financial Reporting CIMA F2
    Route B - Students articulating to the course already having achieved CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting will complete modules in route B
  • Business Enterprise Concepts
  • Business Performance Concepts
  • Business Financial Concepts
  • Semester 2
    Route A - Route A is for continuing students
  • Integrated Case Study - CIMA Management Level
  • Business Management - Financial
  • Business Management - Enterprise
  • Business Management - Performance
  • Academic Literature Review
    Route B - Students articulating to the course already having achieved CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting will complete modules in route B
  • Auditing
  • Practical Management Accounting
  • Academic Literature Review
  • The BSc Accounting is an online degree course taught through CampusMoodle, the university Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers students flexibility of where and when they can study.

    CampusMoodle offers full open access to tutors and other class members. Students have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides students with lectures and course materials and it also includes:

    • Virtual tutorials
    • Live chat
    • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
    • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
    • User friendly material

    All students are required to fully participate in their online learning experience and engage with the learning process. As online learners, students are part of a 'virtual cohort' and the communication and interaction amongst members of the cohort is a significant aspect of the learning process with a particular emphasis on group-related activities. However, a collaborative learning environment also requires that students become independent 'open learners' and take responsibility for when, where and how their learning occurs.

    Once you have received an offer for the course and before enrolment, all successful applicants are offered the chance to log into our virtual learning environment, Campus Moodle. This gives you the opportunity to view course content, ask questions and find out more before you start the course. 

    • IB Diploma: 28
    • GCE A level: BCC
    • SQA Higher: BBBB
    • ILC Higher: B2B2B2B2

    Alternative Qualifications

    We will also consider students with relevant accounting experience.

    Entry into stage 2 and other exemptions

    Students with AAT level 4 (Level 8 - Scotland) will be accepted for direct entry into Stage 2 of the degree course. HNC and HND students, and students with other relevant prior qualifications, should contact CIMA directly to confirm their exemption status.

    Top-up Option

    The entry requirement for this Top-up course are for applicants to have successfully completed the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting.

    English Language

    We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    Funding Opportunities

    For further information please contact us or visit Student Finance.

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    All Students

    Distance Learning Full-time

    • £3,120 per academic year

    Distance Learning Part-time

    • £1,560 per academic year
    • £3,120 for the Stage 3 top-up

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    All Students

    Distance Learning Full-time

    • £3,030 per academic year

    Distance Learning Part-time

    • £1,515 per academic year
    • £3,030 for the Stage 3 top-up

    For Academic Year 2016/2017

    All Students

    Distance Learning Full-time

    • £2,980 stage 1
    • £3,500 stage 2
    • £4,150 stage 3
    • £4,150 stage 3 Top-up

    Distance Learning Part-time

    • £1,500 year 1 and 2 (each)
    • £1,750 Year 3 and 4 (each)
    • £2,080 year 5 and 6 (each)
    • £4,150 stage 3 Top-up

    For Academic Year 2015/2016

    All Students

    Distance Learning Full-time

    • £2,880 stage 1
    • £3,360 stage 2
    • £4,000 stage 3
    • £4,000 stage 3 Top-up

    Distance Learning Part-time

    • £1,435 year 1 and 2 (each)
    • £1,680 Year 3 and 4 (each)
    • £2,000 year 5 and 6 (each)
    • £4,000 stage 3 Top-up

    For Academic Year 2014/2015

    All Students

    Distance Learning Full-time

    • £2,780 stage 1
    • £3,250 stage 2
    • £3,870 stage 3
    • £3,870 stage 3 Top-up
    • CIMA membership and exam fees (approx. £300-£500 stage) are also payable direct to CIMA – further information is available on request.

    Distance Learning Part-time

    • £1,390 year 1 and 2 (each)
    • £1,625 Year 3 and 4 (each)
    • £1,935 year 5 and 6 (each)
    • £3,870 stage 3 Top-up
    • CIMA membership and exam fees (approx. £300-£500 stage) are also payable direct to CIMA – further information is available on request.

    For Academic Year 2013/2014

    All Students

    Distance Learning Full-time

    • £2,700 stage 1
    • £3,150 stage 2
    • £3,750 stage 3
    • £3,750 stage 3 Top-up

    Distance Learning Part-time

    • £1,350 year 1 and 2 (each)
    • £1,575 Year 3 and 4 (each)
    • £1,875 year 5 and 6 (each)
    • £3,750 stage 3 Top-up

    For Academic Year 2012/2013

    All Students

    Distance Learning Full-time

    • £2,500 stage 1
    • £3,000 stage 2
    • £3,500 stage 3

    Distance Learning Part-time

    • £1,250 year 1 and 2 (each)
    • £1,500 Year 3 and 4 (each)
    • £1,750 year 5 and 6 (each)

    For Academic Year 2011/2012

    All Students

    • £2,500 stage 1
    • £3,000 stage 2
    • £3,500 stage 3
    • CIMA membership and exam fees (approx. £300-£400 stage) are also payable direct to CIMA – further information is available on request.


    Full list of BSc Accounting Module Fees

    Disclaimer

    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages

     

    Applicants should apply using Apply Online

    Further details are available from the course leader:

    International fee paying students have the option of applying either via Apply Online or direct using our application form.

    Further details are available from the course leader:

    Lindsey Stewart

    Tel: +44 (0)1224 263831
    Email: BScAccCima@rgu.ac.uk

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    Traditionally, entrants to the Accounting profession have entered with one qualification and gained another during their working career. The BSc Accounting degree course uniquely allows students to study for two qualifications at the same time - thereby enabling graduates to enter the sector with a competitive advantage.

    The profession is a highly regarded one, both in the UK and overseas - and both awards are very well known within the Industry. Opportunities for future careers exist within local, national and international companies in the areas of management accounting and financial accounting and also in commercial roles requiring financial analysis skills. The University supports career development and offers online and offline advice, services and resources through the Careers and Employability Centre. 

    Careers and Employability Centre.

    In addition to a professional career, there are academic opportunities for graduates of the BSc Accounting degree to study for further academic qualifications. This includes our MSc Strategic Accounting

    This course offers students the chance to study for a Masters as well as the remaining examinable content of the CIMA qualification. Graduates from the BSc Accounting degree course will be eligible to entry for this course.

    The CIMA Syllabus diagram demonstrates where the CIMA Advanced Diploma award and the remaining examinable content sits along the path to full membership of CIMA.

    Read the full CIMA professional-qualification-syllabus

     


    Please note that CIMA registration fees, exam fees and exemption fees are not included in the course fees paid to the university.

    The university has an arrangement for all new CIMA students who are enrolled on the BSc Accounting at RGU to pay a £20 registration that covers the period up to graduation.  

    A full list of fees for annual subscription, registration, exemption and exam fees: 

    CIMA Fee List - CIMA website

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    “RGU has been nothing but supportive in every way possible, considering this is an on line distance learning degree I don't feel like I am tackling it alone at all!”

    S McCormick

    “The virtual learning environment and online library provided a one-stop-shop for everything I needed to know as a student.”

    Distance learning student