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Professional Accounting

Course Description

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Manchester Metropolitan University Business School have launched a new part-time programme that enables students and professionals to combine studying for an Honours degree and a Masters degree with their AAT and ICAEW Chartered Accountant exams.

This part-time programme, which enables you to become a qualified chartered accountant, has been developed by Manchester Metropolitan University Business School in partnership with AAT (The Association of Accounting Technicians) and ICAEW (The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). The programme contains five stages and six qualifications:

Stage 1: AAT Diploma in Accounting Level 4
Stage 2: ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB)
Stage 3: BA (Hons) Professional Accounting and the ICAEW ACA Professional Stage
Stage 4: ACA from ICAEW
Stage 5: MSc Professional Accounting
You join the Stage that is appropriate to your current qualifications and experience. For example, if you have completed all of your ACA studies, you can study for the MSc in Professional Accounting in just 12 months.

The programme has been designed for people who are working either in a finance or accountancy role or in another sector. To minimise your time away from the office, classes are delivered in the evenings or as day-release. The pace of learning is measured and there are opportunities to take a study break and re-join the programme if your circumstances change.

Choosing to make your career in accountancy, business and finance can be a very lucrative decision. A typical graduate starting salary in accounting and professional service firms is £26,000 (Source: the Graduate Market in 2010) and the typical average salary for newly qualified accountants (under one year’s experience) is £36,000 (Source: Accountancy Age Finance Salary Checker).

Special Features

. This part-time programme, developed in partnership with AAT and ICAEW, provides an accelerated route to achieving your professional accountancy qualifications and a Master’s award.
. This programme has an ‘advanced standing’ route for mature students who have relevant professional qualifications or who have previously studied for a postgraduate certificate or diploma. Through advanced standing we can give you academic credit for your current qualifications. Consequently you only need to study selected units and can achieve an MSc in a shorter timeframe. The tuition fees for this route are also lower because you only pay for the units you need to take rather than having to study all the units for the MSc.
. If you have completed all of your ACA studies, you can study for the MSc in Professional Accounting in just 12 months.
. You will be taught in the Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters on All Saints Campus.
. Day-release and evening classes at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, enable you to enjoy studying at university whilst fitting your studies around work commitments. Classes are taught as two, three-hour sessions per week during the day or evening.

Visit the Professional Accounting page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Stage 1 UCAS tariff points 280, including 200 at A2 . AAT Level 3 Diploma. Non tariff qualifications, Access to HE Diploma will be considered for entry to this course. Specific subjects required, GCSE Grade C in English language and mathematicsStage 2 Applicants with AAT Diploma in Accounting Level 4 or equivalent ICAEW Professional Stage Knowledge module will be considered for Stage 2 entry. To fulfil the full membership status of AAT, you will need to be employed within a finance function.Stages 3 to 5 All applicants are considered individually and recent educational experiences are taken into account.

Course Fees

The fees for this programme are £700 per unit. There are four units per Stage (Stages 1-3) and three units per Stage (Stages 4-5).

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