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Accountancy exemptions

Graduating with a BAEcon degree from The University of Manchester means you could join a professional accounting body without having to take all of the professional accounting exams.

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.

Deciding which units to take

The exemptions you need will depend on which professional body you would like to 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 since these are the most likely to meet exemption criteria across the different bodies.


  • Employers will be much more interested in your degree classification than the number of exemptions you managed to get.
  • You are more likely to do well if you opt for 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.

Professional bodies

The following bodies accredit students on the BAEcon.

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