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BSc Accounting (REVISED 2015/16)


Persons trained in accounting are essential in all types of businesses across the private and public sectors. As the role of the accountant expands, accounting professionals are no longer only specialists in financial matters, but are also contributors to policy and decision-making. This programme prepares individuals to advance in the field of accounting, and seeks to strengthen their professional competencies and capabilities. Qualifying as a Chartered Accountant can be achieved within two years after graduation from this BSc Accounting programme. This is a significant saving in terms of money and career advancement, as well an opportunity to contribute to economic development in our Caribbean region.  

About the Programme
The BSc Accounting programme integrates the theory and practice of accounting and provides a solid foundation for students going into any career in business and finance. The programme is also of value for persons wanting to pursue professional accounting designations. The BSc Accounting programme is geared, in part, towards enabling persons who aspire to become professional accountants to achieve this goal. It is also designed to protect the interest of the public by ensuring that the persons who eventually hold themselves out as accountants have the requisite technical competence, professional skills, professional values, ethics and attitudes.

Who is this programme for?

The BSc Accounting programme seeks to target persons who are currently working in any of the numerous areas in accounting, business or finance within governments, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, private entities and other individuals, including school leavers with an interest in the field. 

Programme Structure

Duration of Programme
The programme will be offered over 3 years (full-time) and 5 years (part-time).

Award of Degree
In order to be awarded the BSc Accounting degree, students must successfully complete the 90 credits as specified in the programme structure.

Delivery Mode
All courses will be delivered fully online. However, some courses may have face-to-face final examinations.

When will the programme start?

 This offering of the programme begins in August 2015.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the University’s normal matriculation requirements in order to be accepted into the programme. They must satisfy the requirements in either (a), (b), (c) or (d) below:

(a)  Holders with CXC/CSEC and CAPE/GCE A Level qualifications having:
An acceptable pass in CXC/CSEC English A or CAPE Communications Studies; AND 
An acceptable pass in CXC/CSEC Mathematics or its equivalent; AND
One of the following minimum qualifications:
  •  either five subjects (at least two GCE A Level or CAPE) and the remainder acceptable passes in CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level; OR
  •  four subjects (at least three GCE A Level or CAPE) and the fourth an acceptable pass in the CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level
Note: Grade requirements for CXC/CSEC subjects are General Proficiency - Grades I or
II prior to June 1998 and Grades I, II, or III from June 1998  
(b)  Holders of five (5) CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level passes or equivalent, not necessarily obtained at the same sitting
(c) Entrants with a Diploma, Certificate or Associate Degree from UWI or an approved Caribbean tertiary level institution, having attained a B+ average or a minimum GPA of 3.3
(d) Persons over the age of 21 who have been out of school for at least five years, on the basis of their overall academic and professional attainments 

English Language Proficiency Examination

The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is used to assess whether persons applying to pursue

undergraduate degree programmes at the UWI Open Campus possess a satisfactory level of writing

and reading proficiency in English for university academic purposes. For detailed information on the

ELPT, see English Language Proficiency Test.

Academic Preparation

OOL1001 Orientation to Online

IYRS1001 Improving your Reading Skills

IYSS1001 Improving your Study Skills

IYMS1001 Improving your Math Skills (if applicable)

ECON0001 Remedial Mathematics (if applicable)

Course of Study
Level 1 
Mathematics for the Social Sciences II
Elements of Banking and Finance
Principles of Management
Introduction to Computers
Caribbean Civilisation
Introduction to Sociology
Introductory Statistics
Introduction to Macroeconomics
Introduction to Microeconomics
Cost and Management Accounting
Introduction to Financial Accounting
English for Academic Purposes
Mathematics for Social Sciences
Level 2 
Managing Financial Institutions
Government Accounting
Financial Accounting II
Financial Accounting I
Introduction to International Business
Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
Financial Management I
Management Information Systems I
Level 3 
Practicum/Work Based Project
Principles of Caribbean Tax and Tax Management
Advanced Financial Accounting
Accounting Information Systems
Advanced Management Accounting
Accounting Theory
Advanced Auditing
Business Strategy and Policy
Financial Management II