ACCA and Oxford Brookes now offer online BSc Honours degree

Budding accountants can now obtain a BSc Honours in Applied Accounting at the same time as studying for a qualification with the ACCA.

The new programme is running in conjunction with Oxford Brookes University. Once students have passed the fundamental ACCA examination papers, plus completed a research and analysis project which will be assessed by the University, they will be awarded the Applied Accounting degree.

The internationally recognised qualification is based on professional, practical, employer-driven accounting requirements and successful students will be able to prove to employers that they have the key skills required in the world of commerce.

The degree programme is designed for the future international business environment and students will receive full online support through Oxford Brookes’ virtual campus.

Contractor accountants who complete the programme will become part of a diverse network of more than 100,000 alumni based worldwide, making the degree a perfect choice for financial professionals who want to travel the world in search of employment.

Meanwhile, the chartered accountants professional body, the ICAS, has found that HMRC is discriminating against small businesses when it comes to customer service. In a survey of its members, 65% said they received a service that was either poor or very poor.

The largest organisations in the UK get good service because HMRC provides them with customer relationship managers but this demand on resources has meant that most smaller firms get a poorer standard of service. Furthermore, small business owners continue to have difficulties reaching an HMRC employee who has the necessary technical knowledge to answer their queries.

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