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Develop a solid foundation in accounting

Prepare for success in accounts, business or finance with a BSc Business Administration in Accounting from UCC – an ASIC Premier Institution.

Taught by lecturers with extensive qualifications and many years of industry experience, this degree will give you the knowledge you need to succeed in gaining professional accounting certification for global success.


If your career ambitions lie in accountancy, UCC is accredited by ACCA and this degree will give you exemption from some Level 1 courses upon successful completion.

What you'll learn

Combining theoretical and practical skills, this degree is designed to provide the skills and knowledge you need for a career in accounting.

Alongside business modules that will prepare you for the modern world of work, this degree has specialist modules in accounting to further your knowledge in the field.

Develop a broad-base of business knowledge alongside specialist accounting skills

Explore the role of accountancy within the fast-paced modern work environment

Receive exemption from some Level 1 ACCA courses on successful completion of this accredited degree


Alongside the core modules below, throughout your degree you will also choose two additional elective modules to study from other bachelor's programmes.
Modules 1 - 20

Modules 21 - 38

Academic Writing I

This is a writing course focusing on expository writings. Basic editing principles are covered and applied to all writing. Selected essays are read and examined as examples of the expository styles to improve critical reading skills, grammar skills, and essay writing. Research techniques and documentation are also emphasised as methods to enhance writing.

Computer Information Systems

This introductory course provides the necessary background for understanding the role of information systems in organisations and for using computer tools and technology in solving business problems. The main concepts covered include: types and categories of computers; software and hardware components; storage; computer networks; and operating systems, with an emphasis on analysing problems and creating solutions. In the practical section of the course, you will gain hands-on experience using Office productivity tools.

Introduction to Business Administration

This course will introduce you to the fundamental principles of business administration. It examines the factors that lead towards the successful administration of a business, and the leadership skills and behaviours necessary for achieving organisational goals and objectives. It is designed to examine modern management challenges organisations face, and provides an explanation of various types of planning and decision-making tools that can aid in attaining success. The course will cover both the traditional and current thinking relating to management concepts and theories. Additionally, the course is structured to increase your knowledge of the fundamentals of organising, influencing, communication, motivation and human resource management.

Introduction to Sociology

This introductory course seeks to provide an overview of sociology as a discipline. It lays the foundation for you to apply the various theoretical perspectives to contemporary social problems, especially relating to the world of work.

Financial Accounting

This course seeks to provide you with the capacity to indulge in professional accounting work. It is particularly important for students who intend to continue with further accounting studies. The aim is to provide you with the requisite financial accounting skills necessary for progress in personal and private business. This course will form the bridge for studies in modules such as Cost Accounting, Management Accounting and Financial Management.

Introduction to Psychology

This introductory course in psychology is designed to give you a basic understanding of human behaviour. You will learn the major psychological theories that will allow you to explain and predict human behaviour. The emphasis will be on examining your behaviour and the behaviour of others within an organisational context.

Principles of Microeconomics

This course introduces you to basic microeconomic principles. It also provides an understanding of how prices are formed in markets, how markets function, the behaviour of individual buyers and sellers, models of decision making for individuals and companies and the application of basic economic theories to real-life situations and problems.

Academic Writing II

This module is an introduction to the analysis of critical thinking. The module aims to impart a skill in the ability to recognise and to construct common types of cogent and non-cogent reasoning in a structured and written way.

Public Speaking

The course is designed to integrate theory and practice in preparing professionals for public speaking assignments. You will be provided with the opportunity to develop skills in the preparation and delivery of speeches for specific types of professional occasions.

Principles of Marketing

The aim of this course is to enable you to understand how to develop a marketing plan for new ventures. The skills and knowledge learnt will enable you to identify which marketing techniques and theories are most suitable for new ventures, whether they are for creating a new business or within an existing organisation. This course examines the theory and practice of marketing for entrepreneurial ventures. This course provides a roadmap for you to employ the tools and techniques of entrepreneurial marketing to create a sustainable competitive advantage.

Introduction to Politics

This course exposes you to the nature and main forms of Caribbean political institutions and government, as well as the region’s significant culture manifestations. This course does not assume prior knowledge of core concepts. It introduces you to the major methods, approaches and issues of political science, helping to give you grounding in the conceptual and practical fundamentals of the discipline. It provides a comprehensive overview of the following areas of study: the nature of politics and its phenomena; the major processes and arrangements which shape political behaviour; involvement and perspectives; the challenges posed to and adaptations made by existing political systems; and, through a comparative approach with the Caribbean, the organisation of political systems in other countries and an evaluation of how well their structures and processes work.

College Algebra

This course will expose you to principles of algebra for the college level. You will gain an understanding of numerical and algebraic relationships and be able to formulate problems into mathematical terms, select, apply and communicate appropriate techniques of solution and interpret the solutions in terms of the problem.

Legal Concepts for Commerce

The course will examine key legal concepts and elements that govern business structures, business transactions and interactions between persons, companies or a combination of both.

Introduction to Literature

This will introduce you to the traditional genre classifications of literature - prose, poetry, and drama - because these categories provide a convenient and logical structure for an introductory study of literature. Additionally, the course seeks to emphasise the universality and diversity of imaginative literature as an expression of ideas and emotions, readings, culture, ideas and even language itself through works from various cultures and from differing segments of society, as well as from a variety of time periods.

Business Communication

This course works in conjunction with Academic Writing and Public Speaking to provide you with an understanding of the role of the professional as a communicator in the business environment. It introduces you to common forms of professional writing and speaking in specific business situations focusing on how to sell your ideas to audiences, readers and listeners.


This course is designed to ensure that you are aware of the relationship between ethical conduct and business practice and that you know the ethical theories, standards and practices as they relate to the general conduct of business and their interaction with employees, customers and the public at large.

Cost Accounting

This course is intended to expose you to current cost accounting theories and practice, so that you are able to use accounting data in planning and controlling business activities. These concepts are necessary for improving your analytical and critical thinking skills in reporting cost information. The intention is to develop students who are ready and capable to occupy accounting positions in the business world.

Project Management

This course is intended to ensure that you learn the different project management techniques and are able to apply them appropriately as the situation demands in order to meet the objectives, budgetary targets and specifications of the business organisation.

Introduction to Business & Economic Statistics

This course provides an introduction of basic concepts and principles of statistics and the application of these principles in a variety of business settings to assist managers in decision making and problem solving.


This course introduces you to the fundamental principles of entrepreneurship. It examines the factors that lead towards entrepreneurial success, and the skills and behaviours necessary to be a successful entrepreneur. It is designed to explain what entrepreneurship is or is not, its relevance to sustainability in modern societies and its contribution to the success of existing firms, in relation to achieving the bottom-line. The course will cover the theory and practice relating to starting and managing a new business, the development of an effective new venture business plan, and the types of financing available to entrepreneurs. Additionally, the course is structured to increase your knowledge of strategy development, entrepreneurial financing and risk assessment. With this preparation, you will be in a better position to achieve success at entrepreneurial ventures.

Organisational Theory & Behaviour

This introductory course exposes you to the basic theories that attempt to explain how people behave in organisations and the structure and culture of business organisations.

Principles of Macroeconomics

As consumers, workers, students and citizens, economics affect all our lives. The decisions made by government, businesses and society at large affect everyone. It is therefore vital for everyone to have some basic knowledge of economics. When students are aware of the social, political and financial context in which the economy operates, they are able to develop reasonable opinions on a variety of business and public issues. You will find that the study of economics will develop and sharpen your decision-making capabilities by exposing you to logical ways to evaluate alternative decisions. Students doing macroeconomics should have been exposed to the basic principles of microeconomics which would have formed the foundation for entry into macroeconomics.

Calculus I

This module is designed to develop knowledge of differential and integral calculus. Emphasis is placed on limits, continuity, derivatives and integrals of algebraic and transcendental functions of one variable. Upon completion, you should be able to select and use appropriate models and techniques for finding solutions to derivative-related and integral-related problems with and without technology.

Financial Management

Provides not only a knowledge of the terminology, theory and analytical techniques of corporate financial management, but also ethics, interpretation of data using ratio analysis, valuation principles of money and stock, analysis of risk and return, and capital investment decisions.

Company Law

This course examines the increasing significance of business organisations in contemporary society. It addresses fundamental issues of the law affecting these organisations, including the idea that a company is a distinct ‘person’. The course considers the powers and duties of those involved in companies, and the consequences of a company failing to meet relevant legal standards of conduct.

Audit Practice and Procedures I

This course contains audit planning process, audit programming, and the conducting of investigation as well as other forms of internal review. The performance of an audit and the preparation and analysis of an audit report form a major part of the course. An examination of current trends and developments in auditing as well as questions of ethics and a code of ethics form the final part of this course.

Computerised Accounting Systems

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to accounting information systems. It provides an overview of the objectives, the design and the use of such systems in an organisation. In addition, a commonly-used accounting information systems package is incorporated into the course to balance the theoretical concepts with the practical application.

Taxation Theory & Practice

This course aims to provide a theoretical background for you to understand the basic principles of taxation in the Jamaican environment. In addition, you should be able to do basic tax computations for individuals, partnerships and corporate bodies. After completing this course, you should have an understanding of the tax law and practices as it relates to individuals and businesses, and employees and employers, resident in Jamaica.

Strategic Management

This introduces you to the importance of strategic management for effective and successful leadership. The course will demonstrate the range of analysis required for strategy formulation, show how to align company strategy with both industry and competitive conditions, and how to implement a winning strategy.

IFRS Financial Reporting

This course covers current practices in corporate financial reporting with emphasis on financial statement analysis and interpretation of financial disclosures to help improve risk assessment, forecasting and decision making. The focus is to provide you with the requisite analytical tools to understand the environment in which financial reporting choices are made, what the options are and how financial data is used for various types of decisions, and also how to avoid the misuse of financial statements.

Audit Practice and Procedures II

This course contains audit planning process, audit programming, and the conducting of investigation as well as other forms of internal review. The performance of an audit and the preparation and analysis of an audit report form a major part of the course. An examination of current trends and developments in auditing as well as questions of ethics and a code of ethics form the final part of this course.

Quantitative Methods

This course is designed to expose you to quantitative concepts, basic statistical tools, and mathematical modelling. You will learn how to gather data from numerous sources for problem solving and decision making.

Management Accounting

Management accounting information plays a vital role in the successful operation of every business. The information provided by the management accounting systems supports the operational and strategic needs of the organisation. This requires a course which is broad-based, drawing upon several disciplines. Management Accounting fulfils this need by merging topics from economics, statistics, operational research, management, behavioural science, information systems, and cost and financial accounting.

Risk Analysis and Management

You will obtain the tools used today by corporations, non-profit, and government agencies to manage risks. A systematic process will be learned to help you decide whether or not to retain or transfer an exposure to loss. You will also examine the major concepts in risk identification, including risk mapping and quantifying losses, and risk financing.

Advanced Financial Accounting

This course will focus on advanced topics in accounting. This course is of primary interest to students who intend to pursue a career in professional accounting. It focuses on developing core theoretical and practical issues in respect of financial accounting. Emphasis is placed on key issues that face accountants in practice and the development of an understanding of how different contexts affect accounting and financial reporting. The course builds on technical skills and conceptual understanding developed in earlier courses, particularly financial accounting and cost accounting. Its primary focus is on accounting for long-term inter-corporate investments, particularly methods of consolidation accounting, but there is also coverage of accounting for partnership engagements, and the treatment of events that occur post-balance sheet.

Advanced Taxation

The aim of this course is to facilitate understanding of taxation within various business structures in Jamaica. You will be exposed to the different types of taxes, rules and regulations. At the end of this course you will be able to apply these rules and regulations in calculating and presenting returns for different businesses in Jamaica.

Introduction to Research

This course exposes you to the traditions of research, the concepts of quantitative and qualitative research, the designing of a research question and or the hypothesis, and the main aspects of conducting research.

Corporate Finance

This course is designed to allow all finance majors to master the treatment of corporate finance concepts. Corporate finance is an advanced finance course that covers the essential aspects of corporate financial decisions. These decisions include choosing between competing investment alternatives, how much debt to issue, how much equity to issue, measuring risk and return, determining the level of dividend to payout and working capital policy management.

Career opportunities

Accountancy is a rewarding profession, and skilled professionals are in-demand across multiple sectors.

Tax Accountant

Cost Estimator

Tax Preparer

Entry requirements

Secondary (High) School diploma, GED, OR Certificate of Equivalency / Proficiency OR Passes in 5 GCE O Level / CSEC passes at A, B or C including Mathematics and English OR International Baccalaureate (IB) OR equivalent (subject to UCC Global’s approval).

Secondary (High) School diploma, GED, or Certificate of Equivalency / Proficiency or Passes in 5 GCE O Level / CSEC passes at A, B or C / I,II or III (including Mathematics and English) or International Baccalaureate (IB) or equivalent (subject to UCC Global’s approval)

English language requirements

The language of instruction at UCC Global is English. Applicants whose most recent education was not in English will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency, through the completion of an approved English testing regime such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Both TOEFL paper-based (PBT) and TOEFL Internet-based (IBT) will be accepted.


You have the option to either pay for your degree in full at the start, or pay per module.
Students based in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean will be eligible for scholarships.


Total cost: $2,240 USD
per year

Cost per module: $280 USD