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Study accounting part-time

Published: 20th July 2011

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A NEW part-time accounting degree is being offered by Manchester Metropolitan University with professional bodies the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

The flexible programme, designed to widen participation in higher education, will lead to an Honours and a Masters degree, as well as the AAT and ICAEW Chartered Accountant qualifications.

The flexibility of the programme and the circa £15,000 price* tag for the whole course will be attractive to:

  • Students looking to more cost-effective and flexible opportunities to develop their professional skills and careers.
  • Employers who can draw from a far wider and more diverse talent pool, in which they can expect a high level of return and commitment.

Degrees for all

The three partners believe the programme will provide better progression and access to the accountancy profession.

Mark Protherough, ICAEW’s executive director, learning and professional development, said: “Investment in skills is crucial if the UK is to continue to compete internationally. With rising tuition fees impacting on the affordability of higher education it is essential that we provide flexible routes into the profession.

“It’s important for employers to see a return on their investment too. Programmes like this are not only extremely cost-effective but also promote staff loyalty and retention.”

AAT president Hilary Lindsay, said: “By making accountancy accessible and affordable as a career path, a far greater pool of talent will be available from which to support future economic growth.

Higher skills

“This really is a great example of how HE and the professions can work together to increase participation in education while increasing the technical skill levels of those entering, and developing, in the jobs’ market.

Starting in January 2012, the programme will be delivered at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, in two 3-hour weekly sessions. The programme has multiple entry points and delivers a recognised qualification on completion of each stage.

The full AAT Accounting Qualification and BA (Hons) in Professional Accountancy can be achieved in just three years and nine months, while a further two years will result in completion of ICAEW’s ACA Qualification and a Masters in Professional Accountancy.

Entry requirements are comparable with other business-related degree programmes: 280 UCAS points with GCSEs at Grade C or above in Maths and English, or completion of AAT’s Level 3 Diploma in Accounting.


Graham Holt, head of accounting and finance at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, said: “The programme is unique in providing a part time route for students to progressively gain professional and academic qualifications. The development of the programme shows how the University is working with the professions to create new models and new approaches to study.

“Higher Education has to meet market demands and has to become more flexible in its approach. This programme demonstrates how MMU is leading the way in flexible cost effective learning.”

*Based on current academic and professional fee levels.

For full details of how to apply, contact Manchester Metropolitan University on t. 0161 247 6969, e. or visit

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Media enquiries (including photography – which is available on request)

Laura Hampson, ICAEW: t. 01925 594 285 · e.

Kate Martin, AAT: t. 020 7397 3170 · e.

Gareth Hollyman, MMU: t. 0161 247 3406 · e.

Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

  • AAT is a well-respected accounting qualification that develops the skills to do a wide range of accounting and finance jobs
  • With 120,000 members in over 90 countries, AAT contributes at all levels of the global economy. To date, over 500,000 people worldwide have studied with AAT.
  • The AAT Accounting Qualification is the fast-track, non-graduate route into charted accountancy. One in 12 chartered accountants now qualifies via this route
  • The term accounting technician is used to cover a wide range of accounting jobs, ranging from administrative roles through to head of finance positions. Over 3,000 accounting technicians are also self-employed and run their own accountancy business
  • As professional membership body, AAT’s members are regulated according to a professional framework and ethical code
  • For further information about AAT and the qualifications it offers, please visit

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

  1. ICAEW is a professional membership organisation, supporting over 136,000 chartered accountants around the world. Through our technical knowledge, skills and expertise, we provide insight and leadership to the global accountancy and finance profession.

Our members provide financial knowledge and guidance based on the highest professional, technical and ethical standards. We develop and support individuals, organisations and communities to help them achieve long-term, sustainable economic value. Because of us, people can do business with confidence.

  1. ICAEW is a founder member of the Global Accounting Alliance, which represents around 775,000 of the world's leading professional accountants in over 165 countries around the globe, to promote quality services, share information and collaborate on important international issues.