October 10, 2015 at 8:41 pm
I have completed my F-level papers and I passed my f4 in December 2014. Since I completed my f4 exam after June 2014 and I did not provide ACCA any English proficiency before completing F7, 8,9 so I would not be eligible to do OBU (although OBU has been opted in myACCA )
So I was wondering if anyone could explain to me the importance and use of OBU as an advantage for employment purposes? ( Does it really affect me if I do not hold any degree and only depend on my ACCA certificate for getting employed)
Best of regardsOctober 11, 2015 at 8:02 am
Have you actually checked with the OBU Office on this one? I know the rules on English language are now more complex but your English comes over as fairly proficient to me so it may be worth an email to them.
Regarding whether it is worth it:
Big accountancy firms tend only to take on graduates and insist on a 2.1
If you want to get on some educational courses you will have to hold a degree
See also my answer to elsie2009 on p.2 of this forum topic where I answered a similar questionOctober 11, 2015 at 10:11 pm
I request you that if you could please try and help me out, It will be of great help if you can contribute any relevant information you have regarding my queries as below;
Firstly, I want to go to Canada during september, 2016 for further studies after I am done with the 9 ACCA papers, that is in June, 2016 and I shall as well apply for the OBU degree, which hopefully if I pass, I shall be awarded with it on 21st September, 2016. (Period 31)
Since there are no universities or institutions that teach ACCA in Canada, therefore, I will need to opt in for a bachelor’s degree, but I will if all goes fine, I will have a OBU degree in September, but it will be late because I will need to have applied before If I wish to join for September intake to give time for student visa procedures as well.
Therefore, my question is, should I wait for January, 2017, & apply for masters after this degree or should I try and get admissions in another degree and try to claim transfer credits/ exemptions because bachelor’s are 4 years. Regarding masters, I am unaware if I will be eligible for masters after this degree because their system is totally different, as their requirements are very many, they need 4 years bachelor’s, 150 credit hours!! Which I don’t know if the OBU is equivalent to or not! Plus most even need 2 year work experience which unfortunately I lack. As well I am sure they won’t give me a direct entry, because I will have to study some courses like their tax and law papers before masters And the list just goes on!
Hence, please suggest me what should I consider doing? Another bachelor’s or I wait until 2017 and apply for masters, I dont even know if OBU degree is of any value in Canada or not, anyones in canada who’s really got knowledge about this, please share any information or advice because I am really confused. Or should I apply in another country if not Canada?! Any ideas or advises on what I can do will be of great help.
Thank youOctober 14, 2015 at 9:03 pm
@Jahnvi – well done for thinking ahead.
You have highlighted a problem area – the OBU degree is not recognised everywhere and neither is ACCA in the USA and most of Canada. Obviously you don’t really want to spend time and have to re-study the same subjects to just get the North American equivalent of what you already have. So this may call for an ‘out of the box’ solution.
I think you really need to stand back and ask yourself where realistically do you see yourself career-wise in 5 or 6 years time? What do you really want to do with your life and career? I don’t want to be a scaremongerer but I found the attached quite interesting
The inevitable fact is that many who are currently training as accountants will find themselves in the Western world at best struggling to find work and at worst replaced by artificial intelligence. The real survivors will be those with specialisms that artificial intelligence will find hard to replicate.
So my advice is to develop new skills and qualifications rather than mere alternatives that are basically the same as what you have or hope to have in a year’s time. The other thing to remember is that just because you intend to live in Canada doesn’ t mean you have to physically study there unless your mind is firmly set on being a CPA. Personally I think an MBA or other appropriate masters degree would advance your long term career prospects and this could be done distance learning. Choosing a distance learning Masters from a UK University solves the recognition problem. Another recommendation is going for the CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) qualification. ACCA is recognised by ACFE and if you wanted to do a Masters subsequently you could choose one that include aspects of criminology such as forensic accounting, fraud management or financial investigations. These types of specialist investigative roles are likely to increase going forward and unlikely ever (at least in the foreseeable future) to be replaced by machinesOctober 15, 2015 at 2:55 pm
I need help in formulating question 2 self reflection. I don’t think I have done it correctly in the pass and I want it to be correct this time.
Thank youOctober 22, 2015 at 12:12 am
Please select an appropriate forum or give your problem a more accurate title when posting a query – this whole forum is ‘Oxford Brookes’!!
The SLS is about looking at your learning and development and Q2 should be approached by considering what the challenges were in doing your work. Reflect on what were your strengths and weaknesses and what went well, what you could have done better, what you might do differently in future or have changed with the benefit of hindsight. Was your approach appropriate what else you feel you could have done / have liked to have done? What has it taught you about project work and consider if you think your skill set was sufficient or deficient when it came to meeting your objectivesOctober 26, 2015 at 10:25 am
hello, trephena i would want to determine the class of degree i would end up with, i got exempted from paper f4, my question is would my class of degree be based on my scores from papers f5-f9 or be based on scores from paper f7-f9,
thank you.October 26, 2015 at 2:29 pm
It is based on the average of papers sat and passed so rather than the normal 6 papers it will be based on the average of F5-F9. The actual class of honours can also be determined by the grade from the RAP – the higher the average exam mark the less the actual impact of the RAP grade itself though. All this is explained in the Info Pack.November 17, 2015 at 9:48 am
I just received my BS Degree certificate together with a letter, but the transcript is NOT in it. I wonder if anyone else has received transcript yet.December 1, 2015 at 11:50 am
Hi. I wasn’t aware of the graduation ceremony.When and where is it held??December 8, 2015 at 10:09 am
I wanted to ask what happens if I get a pass grade in my RR (A, B or C) but I fail my SLS (skills and learning statements) then will I be awarded the OBU degree or pass my RAP? Or what will happen? And will I need to resubmit the RR and SLS all again or just the SLS will have to be resubmitted?December 8, 2015 at 11:10 pm
This is covered in both the OBU Information Pack and the OBU Resubmission Guide. So please consult thoseDecember 30, 2015 at 4:12 pm
As Trephena said, it is covered in information pack. For your help, please note as per information pack, if you fail SLS, you will just be required to submit SLS again in your re-submission and similar rule for research report if anyone fails.
Remember, for any area, requirement or section of RAP, if you fail it, you will be required to adjust, correct or rectify that particular area only.
Hammad Ahmed Qureshi – OBU RAP MENTOR.January 2, 2016 at 12:21 am
Ali Farooq OBU Registered MentorParticipant
you have to send request for your transcript. I guess you have to pay GBP 20 to get your transcript. for further information, contact OBU directly.
ALI FAROOQ – ACCA Member USA Chapter, CPA USA & OBU Registered MentorJanuary 3, 2016 at 2:13 am
January 3, 2016 at 2:17 am
Please consider this page :
Hammad Ahmed Qureshi – OBU BSc. RAP Mentor.January 8, 2016 at 2:50 pm
UK GRADUATION CEREMONIES 2016
The above will take place on 22nd June 2016 at 3pm and 5pm at Headington campus ( a short bus or taxi ride from the city centre).
All applicable students will be sent details by OBU shortly. As there are usually a number of overseas students who would also like to attend though not resident in the UK, I suggest that you email the ACCA Office asap to see if it is possible for you too to be able to book a place as places may be very limited for such students.January 20, 2016 at 4:17 pm
@trephena I’m just looking for a bit of confirmation here……
Am I correct in thinking that any pass in F8 and RAP gives me a 1st class degree?
ThanksJanuary 20, 2016 at 8:56 pm
You are right!
Please refer to page 16 of info pack http://www.accaglobal.com/content/dam/ACCA_Global/Students/bsc/IP2015-16.pdf.
“The ACCA average mark will be calculated by taking the numerical average of the marks achieved in the Fundamentals Skills papers (F 4–F9) that you have sat and passed.
Where the calculated average mark is not a whole number, the calculated average will be rounded up or down accordingly. If you have been given an exemption from any of the three papers F4–F6, no mark is available and so will not be included in the calculation of the ACCA average mark. ”
Ensure that you exert full efforts for passing RAP as it requires alot of effort.
Hammad Ahmed QureshiJanuary 29, 2016 at 8:12 pm
I hope you guys are doing well, I know this question might be questioned a lot of times but as an individual I want to confirm myself.
On average of F4-F9 I will be scoring 71% which is First Class degree if I pass my RAP, so is there any student who have applied on OBU degree basis for Post graduation (Masters) in Australia and UK and was accepted without any hurdle?
On simple note will I have any disadvantage ?? or I will be seen as a normal degree holder candidate?
Regards.February 3, 2016 at 10:54 am
You should have no problem if applying to a UK university. I cannot comment on other countries as arrangements and recognition of academic qualifications varies from country to country.
These days many Masters programmes are offered distance learning so I am sure you will be able to find a course that suits your future plans 😀 Although many congrats on an eventual 1st class Hons. Degree remember that the RAP requires a slightly different skill set – independent research and application of critical thought for example (not normally required for exams). For a masters degree these skills are incredibly important so use the RAP experience as an opportunity to develop them.February 3, 2016 at 11:49 am
Thanks a lot for your reply… I will surely take your advise while doing RAP and contact if I require further assistance.
RegardsMarch 4, 2016 at 1:18 pm
In what ways would it be recognized or beneficial?
really curious since we may not get an average of 60March 4, 2016 at 6:05 pm
BSc Hons. in Applied Accounting is a strong degree which add significant value to ACCA qualification if you don’t have degree as many employers now require ACCA graduates especially in middle east which i have experienced and they emphasis that you complete your academic study before opting a professional qualification.
I completed ACCA at age of 19 years along with high school and then i did not had degree so BSc Hons. helped me in completing my academic studies.
Further, Research Analysis Project for this degree is a relaxed version of ICAEW ACA’s Case study exam which develop equal skills required for that exam except for time pressure.
With this degree you may apply for masters in those universities which do not recognise professional qualifications. OBU degree also helps you in English language Exemption if you are required English language test for any purpose.
Lastly, if you already have one bachelors then getting another with just one project and £200 is not a bad deal and adds significant value to your CV in my opinion.
Hammad Ahmed Qureshi – OBU BSc Hons. RAP MentorMarch 5, 2016 at 7:27 pm
Hello Mr. Hammad
I truly appreciate your in depth response
I do know that having a bsc would be beneficial
But I would like to repeat my question
If I got my average of 50 I would be eligible to to attend this bsc?
I’ve heard that people who scored higher average of 70 and passed the RAP
Would get the first rate degree
And for those of 60 would get second rate degree and this would minimize the papers required to complete the masters degree
But for those who’ve got less than 60 and managed to pass the RAP would get the third rate degree and would this rate degree help in he same way
I.e. be recognised and accepted into jobs
And also eligible to attend higher certificates courses having completed this
And I would like to add that if I get this then this would be my only bsc as I shifted to acca directly after highscool and I’m not taking a bsc at a university
I apologise for the inconvenience
Thanks in advance
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