BSc Applied Accounting – changes to eligibility rules

Relevant from May 2021

Oxford Brookes University (OBU) recognises that 2020 was challenging for many students. OBU has therefore considered how it might support students who wish to participate in the BSc Applied Accounting and have updated the eligibility rules for the programme.

To be eligible from May 2021 onwards, students must:

  • have passed the Financial Reporting (was F7), Audit and Assurance (was F8) and Financial Management (was F9) exams
  • have passed, or gained exemption from, the other six exams at the Applied Knowledge level and Applied Skills level. Note that conditional exemptions do not qualify you to submit the Research and Analysis Project (RAP)
  • have completed the ACCA Ethics and Professional Skills module (or the previous Professional Ethics module)
  • demonstrate currency of knowledge by either
    • passing your RAP within 10 years of the earliest of: the date of your first ACCA examination pass, or the date of your first ACCA exemption being granted, or
    • passing three ACCA (Applied Skills or Strategic Professional) exams in the five-year period before submission of your RAP.

OBU recognises that the pandemic may have disrupted students’ studies and so has introduced another way in which students can demonstrate currency of knowledge.

The new rule is that a student must have passed three ACCA exams in the last five years. The exams can either be Applied Skills or Strategic Professional examinations (or a mixture of both). The award of the BSc Applied Accounting is based on the Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills papers – this has not changed. By passing Strategic Professional exams, you are demonstrating that your accounting knowledge is current.

There is no longer a requirement to have opted in to the BSc Applied Accounting prior to sitting Financial Reporting (was F7), Accounting and Assurance (was F8), or Financial Management (was F9). When you opt in to the BSc on your myACCA account, you are agreeing to receive information about the programme. You can opt out at any time.

Please note a new version of the 2020/21 Information Pack has now been published reflecting these new rules and both ACCA and OBU have updated their web pages.