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BSc Business Accounting with Industrial/Professional Experience / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course description

Why study Business Accounting at Alliance MBS?
The BSc (Hons) Business Accounting with Industrial/Professional Experience is a collaboration between the University of Manchester, PwC, and the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). It combines academic study, integrated professional work placements and progress towards the ICAEW Chartered Accountancy qualification, the ACA.

Special features

The degree programme's unique structure enables you to put classroom theory into commercial practice during your work placement in PwC's Audit department and then relate your practical experience back to your studies.

Throughout your time on the programme you will be supported by a network of dedicated staff at Alliance Manchester Business School, PwC and the ICAEW. In addition, you receive further support including:

  • Paid work placement at a competitive starting salary
  • Paid accommodation on work placement where needed
  • Core learning material free of charge
  • Technical skills training during your work placement

Teaching and learning

You will normally study four or five course units per semester. Each week there are usually two hours of lectures for each course unit and a one hour workshop in alternate weeks, although this varies slightly. You are expected to double this in private study. Group work and group or individual presentations will form a regular part of your assignments.

Coursework and assessment

Essays, multiple choice tests, project reports and presentations, in-class tests and weekly assignments constitute the coursework component of assessment, although the nature and proportion of coursework varies across course units. The remainder of assessment is by unseen examination. Depending on the degree course, in your final year you can choose to do a research-based dissertation or project. We aim to strike a balance between examinations and assessed coursework as well as providing opportunities for feedback on progress through non-assessed work.

Course unit details

The BSc Business Accounting programme is a collaboration between University of Manchester, PwC, and ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). This is a unique and innovative programme that combines academic study, integrated professional work placements and accelerated progress towards ICAEW Chartered Accountancy status.

The degree programme structure enables you to benefit from research led academic teaching and practical professional accountancy experience during your paid placements with PwC. Along the way you will qualify for accreditation for all of the Certificate and Professional stage papers in ICAEW's Associate Chartered Accountant qualification.

Course content for year 1

This is a full year at university so you can enjoy student life, gain a solid understanding of the principles of accounting, and start to develop professional skills. During this year you will liaise with PwC to decide on the location for your placement from year two onwards.

You will take 120 credits each year. You will study Financial Reporting [10], Financial Decision Making [10], Introductory Management Accounting [10], Auditing and Professional Practice I [20], Law for Accountants [20], Quantitative Methods for Accounting and Finance [20], Fundamentals of Management [10], Microeconomics [10] and Macroeconomics [10].

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Fundamentals of Management BMAN10011 10 Mandatory
Financial Reporting BMAN10501 10 Mandatory
Introductory Management Accounting BMAN10512 10 Mandatory
Financial Decision Making M BMAN10522M 10 Mandatory
Quantitative Methods for Accounting and Finance BMAN10750 20 Mandatory
Auditing & Professional Accounting Practice I BMAN10760 20 Mandatory
Law for Accountants BMAN11110 20 Mandatory
Microeconomics 1 ECON10221 10 Mandatory
Macroeconomics 1 ECON10252 10 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

Your second year is a combination of study and work placement. You will study from September until the end of March, after which you will work at PwC with real clients, applying the knowledge you have gained on the programme.

You will study 80 credits of course units in Foundations of Finance [20], Financial Reporting [20], Financial Statement Analysis [10], Tax Principles and Compliance [20] and Business Strategy [10]. Your 18-week placement at PwC from April to July will account for the remaining 40 credits in your second year of study (120 credits in total).

Course content for year 3

This is a further year that combines study and work placement. You will study from September until the end of March, when you leave to take on more challenging roles at PwC and undertake more complex projects. Your studies in this year will help you complete further ICAEW accreditations.

You will study 80 credits of course units in Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting [20], Business Planning [20], Audit and Assurance (including ethics) [20] and Intermediate Management Accounting [20]. Your second 18-week placement at PwC between April and July will account for the remaining 40 credits in your third year of study (120 credits in total).

Course content for year 4

In your final year you will have a block of study in the first term. From mid-December students will begin a longer work placement which will provide the opportunity to develop professional, planning and management skills. Following the placement you will return to university to complete your research project.

You will study Financial Derivatives [10], Financial Analysis of Corporate Reporting [40], a new 20 credit course covering digital content and choose 10 credits from a range of optional course units. Your third placement at PwC will account for the remaining 40 credits in your final year of study (120 credits in total).

Scholarships and bursaries

In recognition of students passing their first year of this prestigious, but challenging programme, students will be awarded a scholarship in years 2-4. This scholarship will be £7,450 over years 2-4 (£2,483 per year). Both home and international students will be awarded the same amount of scholarship.

In addition to this scholarship, some students may be eligible for the Manchester Bursary , which is awarded to UK students who have had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance England.

Finally, Alliance MBS will also award a range of Social Responsibility Scholarships to UK/EU and international students. These awards are worth £2,000 per year across three years of study. You must achieve AAA at A-level (or equivalent) and be able to demonstrate a significant contribution and commitment to social responsibility. The School will also award a number of International Stellar Scholarships to international students achieving AAA at A-level (or equivalent). Additional eligibility criteria apply - please see our scholarship pages for full details.


John Rylands University Library is renowned as one of the most extensive libraries in the world. This is complemented by our specialist business and management Eddie Davies Library which provides a dedicated service to Alliance Manchester Business School undergraduates. There is increasing provision of information via various web-based services and much of your reading material will be available through e-journals. These and other standard computing services, such as access to the internet and word processing, are available through computer clusters across campus in departmental buildings, libraries and halls of residence. Many buildings in and around the campus are also equipped with free wifi access.

Personal development plans

PDPs are aimed at helping you develop awareness of generic transferable and subject-specific skills, improve independent learning and provide a record of your academic learning and achievement.

Academic advisors

All new Alliance Manchester Business School students are allocated an academic advisor who you will meet in regular sessions as part of a first-year course unit. Where possible, you will keep the same academic advisor throughout your time here. Your advisor will support you throughout your studies on matters of an academic nature, from providing feedback on a practice essay in preparation for your `formal' assessment at the end of each semester to discussing your PDP or writing you a reference. We also have a dedicated undergraduate assessment and student support centre within the School, who will be your first point of contact for any ill health or other personal problems which are affecting your work.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: