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Accountancy exemptions

Find out how you can avoid some of the professional accounting exams once you graduate.

If you opt for the BA (Economic and Social Studies) – or BAEcon - and choose specific accounting and finance units as part of your studies, you may find that you are exempt from some of the exams that are set by the professional accountancy bodies.

This will be the case if you choose to take one of the following pathways.

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics and Finance
  • Finance
  • Business Studies

Choose your units carefully

The precise exemptions will depend on the professional body you join.

If you don’t yet know which professional body you would like to join, don’t worry. As a general guide think about taking the course units that cover accounting and finance, rather than the more specialised courses, since these are more likely to meet exemption criteria across the different bodies.


  • Employers will be much more interested in your degree classification than the number of exemptions that you managed to get.
  • You are more likely to perform well if you opt for the subjects that interest you – not the ones that exempt you from further study.
  • Be aware that professional syllabuses change from year to year. Check with the professional body you wish to join

The following bodies accredit students on the BAEcon.

You may also apply with a transcript of your studies for exemptions from: