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BSc in Accounting
This is a specialized programme designed to build competencies in accounting theory and practice. Accounting is a key component for the successful functioning of businesses and other organizations and in recognition of this; the programme is designed to prepare learners for careers in accounting and related fields in finance and banking.
It seeks to develop and enhance the theoretical and practical accounting skills of junior and middle level accounting personnel in both the public and private sectors and provides accounting practitioners with an understanding of the economic, managerial, organizational, social and cultural contexts within which strategic decision making in organizations takes place. The BSc Accounting is a full degree programme offered via distance. Learners will not be required to transfer to a main UWI Campus to complete the programme.
Currently, to take this programme the candidate must be located in one of the Caribbean countries serviced by the UWI since the programme includes traditional assessment. The UWI Open Campus Country Site (OCCS) facilitates examinations for courses assessed through a traditional face-to-face examination
Who is this programme for?
Junior and middle level accounting personnel in both the public and private sectors will benefit from this programme. Accounting professionals who wish to take individual refresher courses or courses for professional development in key areas such as Auditing and Taxation will also benefit from the programme offer as well as persons in related fields in finance and banking.
Learners in this programme will be exposed to the theory and practice of Accounting needed to commence a career as an accounting professional or advance their career options.
Courses are delivered using the blended learning approach and learners must have access to a computer and the Internet. Online orientation is conducted before the start of the programme.
Award of the Degree
To be awarded an undergraduate degree you must achieve a minimum GPA of 1.0. This means that it is possible to pass all the courses in your programme and not receive your certificate because your GPA is under 1.0.
When will the programme start?
The programme starts in August and January of each academic year.
Applicants should meet normal or lower matriculation AND have an acceptable pass in CXC-CSEC (General Proficiency) Mathematics or its equivalent. For entry into Economics or Accounting degree options, a minimum of a Grade 2 pass in CXC-CSEC (General Proficiency) Mathematics is mandatory.
Applicants should meet normal or lower matriculation AND have an acceptable pass in CXC-CSEC (General Proficiency) Mathematics or its equivalent.
An acceptable pass in English A in an examination of the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC-CSEC), or an acceptable equivalent AND one of the following minimum qualifications:
1. Holders of CXC-CSEC Certificates, General Certificates of Education (GCE) (or the approved
equivalents) who satisfy either Scheme A or Scheme B as stated below:
Scheme A: They possess FIVE (5) subjects of which at least TWO (2) must be GCE
Advanced Level (A’ Level)* passes, while the remainder may be acceptable passes
in the CXC-CSEC or GCE O’ Level examinations.
Scheme B: They possess passes in FOUR (4) subjects of which at least THREE must
be GCE A’ Level** passes, while the fourth may be an acceptable pass in the CXC-CSEC or
GCE O' Level examinations.
2. Holders of Certificates and Diplomas awarded by this University
3. Holders of an Associate Degree from the UWI, or from approved Caribbean tertiary level
institutions with a minimum GPA of 2.5
* Candidates who have passed two two-unit courses in a particular subject area fall
within the two ‘A’ Level matriculation standard (Reference Scheme A).
** Six CAPE units, including the two single-unit courses – Caribbean Studies and
Communication Studies will be accepted under normal matriculation
(Reference Scheme B)
The following are eligible for lower level matriculation for admission to degree programmes:
1. Holders of five (5) CXC-CSEC or GCE O’ Level passes or equivalent, not necessarily obtained at the same sitting, as follows:
(i) English (A), and
(ii) Mathematics or a foreign language, or an approved science (not Health Science),
or additional Mathematics or Geography
(iii) Three (3) other approved subjects not already counted above.
2. 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.
3. Holders of one of the approved certificates from the School of Continuing Studies with an
acceptable pass in English Language
NOTE: The same subject cannot be counted at both CXC-CSEC General Proficiency and
GCE O’ Level.
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.
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