ACCA celebrates 20-year success of its dual qualification with Oxford Brookes University

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is celebrating 20 years of its dual qualification with Oxford Brookes University, which enables students to gain a globally recognised BSc (Hons) Applied Accounting degree and the ACCA qualification together.

ACCA and Oxford Brookes University jointly designed this unique programme, which can be achieved entirely remotely, to meet both the requirements of a degree and a professional qualification.  

Marking the 20-year anniversary of the partnership, Helen Brand, ACCA chief executive said, ‘ACCA is proud of our long-standing partnership with Oxford Brookes that equips our students for brilliant careers in accounting and finance. Our partnership not only enables our students to demonstrate to potential or existing employers that they possess all the relevant graduate skills, but that these have been gained from a university that has a reputation for excellence.

‘The impact of Covid-19 may have raised anxiety about career opportunities, but a degree and a professional accountancy qualification remain a powerful combination, boosting employability and enhancing job prospects. Over the past two decades, this long-established distance learning option has helped thousands of students achieve their dreams of success.’

Students can apply for the degree once they have completed the Knowledge and Skills papers of the ACCA's professional examinations, and the Ethics and Professional Skills module.

Globally, over 33,500 students have graduated from the programme to date. Testimonials from graduates: 

“Not everyone has the opportunity of having a professional qualification and an Oxford Brookes University degree at the same time. For those who want to achieve it, I think this is a great opportunity.” - Abdul Manan, United Arab Emirates

“Having the ACCA qualification and the BSc, both being internationally recognised, it gives you a great platform to work anywhere.” - Felicia Dumenil, United Arab Emirates.

Professor Tim Vorley, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Oxford Brookes Business School said “We are extremely proud of our longstanding partnership with ACCA which helps people all over the world who are studying their way to a better future.

'The success of the programme is down to the shared vision of Oxford Brookes and ACCA of widening access to education, while ensuring rigorous standards of teaching and assessment. Over the coming years I am looking forward to the partnership with the ACCA continuing to grow as we seek to embark on new initiatives together, with more exciting times ahead!'

For more information on the Oxford Brookes BSc (Hons) Applied Accounting degree visit

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About ACCA

ACCA is the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. We’re a thriving global community of 227,000 members and 544,000 future members based in 176 countries and regions that upholds the highest professional and ethical values.

We believe that accountancy is a cornerstone profession of society that supports both public and private sectors. That’s why we’re committed to the development of a strong global accountancy profession and the many benefits that this brings to society and individuals.

Since 1904 being a force for public good has been embedded in our purpose. And because we’re a not-for-profit organisation, we build a sustainable global profession by re-investing our surplus to deliver member value and develop the profession for the next generation.

Through our world leading ACCA Qualification, we offer everyone everywhere the opportunity to experience a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. And using our respected research, we lead the profession by answering today’s questions and preparing us for tomorrow.

About Oxford Brookes University

Set in a historic student city, Oxford Brookes is one of the UK's leading universities and enjoys an international reputation for teaching excellence and innovation as well as strong links with business and industry. More information is available on the Oxford Brookes website at 

"ACCA is proud of our long-standing partnership with Oxford Brookes that equips our students for brilliant careers in accounting and finance"

Helen Brand OBE - Chief executive, ACCA