Accountancy exemptions

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

If you choose a BA Economic and Social Studies degree, you may be exempt from some of the exams set by professional accountancy bodies.

This includes 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 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, as these are most likely to meet exemption criteria across the different bodies.


  • Employers will be more interested in your degree classification than the number of exemptions you 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:

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