ACCA – OBU Degree | Important Changes from 2016


If you are an ACCA student and planning to get OBU degree, note that Oxford Brookes University announces a number of changes to the BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting:

Changes to the Research Report:

New for 2016 and ongoing:
Topics 8 and 15 new requirements: May 2016 (Period 32), November 2016 (Period 33) and May 2017 (Period 34).
All students submitting a project on topic 8 or topic 15 in either May 2016, November 2016 or May 2017must use sector specific organisations, based on the Industry Classification Benchmark (ICB).

These sectors are:

  • Airlines
  • Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
  • Mobile telecommunications

These sectors will apply to students submitting for the first time or for students changing topic in May 2016 (Period 32), November 2016 (Period 33) and May 2017 (Period 34). Sectors for future periods will be released in June each year and will cover the following two submission periods. The main focus of your project research must be an analysis/evaluation of the project topic area issues in the context of your chosen organisation.

Changes to the SLS:

New for 2016 and ongoing:
SLS new requirements: November 2016 (Period 33) onwards
The assessment is changing and students will be required to write a 2,000-word critical reflection ‘what you have learned from undertaking the Research and Analysis Project’ supported by personal examples. This change will take effect from November 2016 (Period 33 onwards) and not as originally planned in May 2016.

Changes to Eligibility Criteria:

Students must have met all the eligibility criteria at least two months prior to the start of the submission period in which the student is seeking to submit. (In practice, this means that students who have sat the last of their Fundamentals exams in the March ACCA exam session – and who subsequently pass them – will not be eligible to submit a RAP in the May submission period of that same year, and students who have sat the last of their Fundamentals exams in the September ACCA exam session – and who subsequently pass them – will not be eligible to submit a RAP in the November submission period of that same year.)

Changes to Mentor Requirements:

All students must use a registered mentor who has successfully completed the online mentoring course and who is registered with Oxford Brookes University to mentor BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting students. This will apply to students in the following categories:

  • First-time submissions
  • Students resubmitting who have changed their mentor since their previous submission

Students who are resubmitting and who submitted prior to the requirement for having a registered mentor and who have not changed their mentor will be able to use their previous mentor’s details.

Mentors are not permitted to act as mentors if they intend to submit a Research and Analysis project to the university either in the current submission period or in a future submission period.

If you have any further queries, please email Oxford Brookes University atacca@brookes.ac.uk

 – Good Luck –