Department of Accounting and Finance


Achieve professional status faster with teaching has been recognised by leading finance and accountancy bodies, and accreditations and partnership benefits from ACCA, CIMA, CIPFA, CISI, ICAEW and the CFA Institute.

Speed meetings with the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW)

We have been awarded accreditation from several professional bodies, bringing the following exemptions:

ACCA logoAssociation of Certified and Chartered Accountants (ACCA)

The BSc in Accounting and Finance has been awarded a six paper accreditation from the ACCA. All students who sit and pass the core modules and also choose to study and obtain a pass in the following optional modules: Taxation, Advanced Taxation, and Valuation of Companies, will gain exemptions from the following ACCA papers:

  • Accountant in Business
  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Management Accounting
  • Taxation

CIMA logoChartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

The BSc in Accounting and Finance has been awarded an 11 paper accreditation from CIMA. These exemptions can be used by students passing the core degree:

  • BA1 Fundamentals of Business Economics
  • BA2 Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • BA3 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting Certificate
  • BA4 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law
  • E1 Organisational Management
  • E2 Project and Relationship Management
  • F1 Financial Reporting and Taxation
  • F2 Advanced Financial Reporting
  • P1 Management Accounting
  • P2 Advanced Management Accounting
  • Operational Case Study Exam

CIPFA logoChartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)

The BSc in Accounting and Finance has been awarded all four paper exemptions from CIPFA at their certificate level. To obtain exemptions for these papers, students must pass modules as follows:

  • Management Accounting
    Management Accounting module
  • Financial Accounting
    Introduction to Accounting module
  • Audit and Assurance
    Audit module
  • Company Financial Reporting
    Financial Accounting and Reporting and Introduction to Accounting modules

CISI logoChartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI)

For those taking the BSc in Accounting and Finance, BSc Finance and Technology or BSc Finance: If you’re interested in achieving Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI)  qualifications, you may opt in to CISI membership, sponsored by the University's partnership agreement.

Your CISI membership gives you valuable access to careers events, employability training, on-campus presentations and exam bookings. You also benefit from the subsidised and convenient exam sittings on campus, allowing you to get a step ahead in your career (please note that you'll be expected to pay the exam workbook fee). 

CISI provides official recognition of the Year 2 and 3 finance modules as strong preparation for the selected CISI qualifications.

ICAEW logoInstitute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

The BSc in Accounting and Finance has been awarded a five paper accreditation from the ICAEW. All students who sit and achieve the grades given below will gain exemptions from the following ICAEW papers:

  • Accounting
    A minimum of 50% based on the 1st and 2nd year core Financial Accounting modules
  • Business and Finance
    Achieving Upper second or First degree with a mix of the core Accounting and Business modules
  • Management Information
    A minimum of 50% based on 2nd year core Management Accounting modules
  • Principles of Taxation
    A minimum of 50% based on Taxation module
  • Assurance
    A minimum of 50% based on Audit module

The specific modules that attract the awards from the ICAEW depend on the year that the module was studied and passed.

CFA logoChartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA)

Affiliation from the CFA Institute is related to the BSc Finance, BSc Finance and Business, and BSc Economics and Finance. A minimum of 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge is covered by the syllabus at Sussex. Students on these courses will be able to: access online material from the CFA Institute in preparation for the CFA exams; apply for scholarships towards exam fees; and attend events held by the CFA Institute.