Accounting BA (Hons)

Accounting BA (Hons)

School of Business




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full Time: Three years, Part Time: Five years.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    N400; Short form: BA/A

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Get a valuable insight into the nature of the accounting process and its varied applications in business life, enabling you to pursue a career as a professional Chartered Certified Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). It is also a great choice if you wish to pursue other professional accounting qualifications or are aiming for a career in management. 

Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 points at A2 - General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*Distinction*
Pass Access To HE with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate: 28P
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: Maths and English grade C. Will NOT accept GCSE Maths Equivalence

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 Points at A2 - General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access to HE with 112 Points
International Baccalaureate: 28P
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English. Will NOT accept GCSE Maths equivalence

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Information Systems and the Business Environment
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Legal Obligations in Business
  • Fundamentals of Business Mathematics

Year 2

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Accounting Information Systems and Control Issues
  • Companies and the Law
  • Finance for Managers
  • Option

Year 3

  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Auditing Theory and Practice
  • Taxation Theory and Practice
  • Elective

Further Information

UCLan offer a range of Accounting courses: BA (Hons) Accounting, BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance and BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management. These degrees have exactly the same first year, they become different in the second and third years. Meaning if you have an interest in a particular niche you can switch between courses after year one. This means you can explore accountancy, find your niche and leave University with a tailored degree, specific to your strengths. 


The BA (Hons) Accounting course was excellent in every respect – not only do I feel I excelled academically, but I also feel much stronger as a person and certainly more confident for undertaking the degree.

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NSS Results

Students who studied the BA (Hons) Accounting at UCLan were 100% satisfied with their course, with access to learning resources scoring highly (based on 2015 National Student Survey results).

BA (Hons) Accounting will provide you with a valuable insight into the nature of the accounting process and its varied applications in business life. It includes subjects which are fundamental to an understanding of the financial position of an enterprise and equally importantly examines other disciplines which recognise that business success cannot simply be measured in financial terms.

The course recognises the challenges and limitations encountered by placing excessive reliance upon financial information as the major source of information for business and personal decisions. The subjectivity and flexibility which underlies much financial and management information is examined and their consequences explored.


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This course is ideal if you wish to pursue a career as a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). CIMA – the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants is the world’s largest professional body of management accountants; it is the most relevant accounting qualification for a career in business. If you have a degree in a relevant subject, you could be entitled to exam exemptions from the CIMA qualification. That means you can start your CIMA studies at the right level for you and qualify sooner.

As a graduate of this course you will be equipped to assume a responsible role early in your career. Students have gained jobs in a wide range of business areas throughout industry and commerce, typically in business and finance professional roles, e.g. trainee chartered accountant, and associate roles, e.g. trader, and also in the public sector and other non-profit making organisations.

You’ll be offered the opportunity to study overseas for at least one semester. In recent years students on the course have studied at Central Connecticut State University and the University of Western Sydney.

There are opportunities to progress to a wide variety of postgraduate courses such as Accounting and Finance (CIMA), Human Resource ManagementMarketingBusiness Management and MBA.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

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Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links


CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)

CIMA is the largest professional body of management accountants in the world. We offer the most relevant accounting qualification for a career in business; something our 229,000 students and members in 176 countries are proud to be a part of.

Management accountants aren’t number crunchers – they are quite the opposite. You’ll find them in all types of organisations, in top positions, analysing trends and behaviours to make informed business decisions.

Every top 100 global brand employs CIMA students and members. They know the CIMA qualification equips people with the skills and knowledge they need to be truly successful in business. CIMA has the power to enhance your degree, kick start your career, and improve your earning potential.

CIMA is the natural progression for people with finance and business degrees. If students have a degree in a relevant subject, they could be entitled to exam exemptions.

Find out more about the university to CIMA route.

CIMA’s Undergraduate Club

CIMA’s Undergraduate Club is open to all UK students from any degree discipline and free to join. Undergraduate club members will be the first to know about the latest graduate jobs and employer events and will also get exclusive access to industry updates, salary surveys, interview tips and more.

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We have a strong business network between local and national businesses which you will benefit from, for example, there is an opportunity to attend guest speaker events, which are organised in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Chartered Institute of Marketing (CiM). The companies we work with offer internships, placements, live projects and mentors to provide you with excellent practical experience.

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the fastest growing, most supportive gateway to your career in accountancy, finance, business and management. The ACCA Qualification will arm you with the skills and experience to build a successful career anywhere in the world. With strong presence in 181 countries around the world, your skills will be in demand internationally.

ACCA offers you flexibility through unique option papers. This gives a broad, yet thorough set of skills as well as an opportunity to specialise in whichever area you wish, from audit to management accounting. You don’t have to choose your specialism until later in your studies, giving you time to decide where your interests lie.

Depending on your degree, you will most likely be eligible for exemptions from some of the ACCA exams.

To find out more about ACCA, and how you can start a successful career straight out of university, visit ACCA.

Professional Accreditation

If you wish to pursue an accounting qualification you will receive partial exemption from professional examinations as this course is designated a relevant degree programme.

The School offer a number of electives and options that provide you with an opportunity to gain an additional professional body qualification. Successful completion of this course will lead to exemption from 9 papers from ACCA plus some accreditation from CIMA and ICAEW, depending on options chosen and grades achieved.

Most university courses obtain students ‘Introductory’ stage exemptions, but thanks to UCLan’s close tie-in with several institutes/professional bodies, our students get out of the ‘Intermediate’ exemptions as well. Meaning you will leave with a highly specific degree, tailored to your strengths with the maximum number of professional exemptions possible, which sets you apart from your fellow graduates.

Learning Environment and Assessment

You will benefit from a variety of teaching and learning methods including: lectures, seminars, practical workshops, group activities, personal research and case studies. Personal study and independent research also form an integral part of the course. Some modules are part web-based with links to organisations such as professional bodies.

Assessment includes essays; reports; oral presentations; group assessments; investigating companies and tackling briefs from industry. In your final year you will have the opportunity to undertake an independent dissertation or company project. Exams account for no more than 50 per cent of the final mark (with exception of the accounting modules).

During your first year you will, on average, attend between 12 and 14 hours of formal study per week. In the second and final year attendance will vary depending on which options are chosen but typically between 10-12 hours per week. During the optional placement you follow the normal work pattern of your chosen company. You also have the opportunity develop your skills in IT, web searching, social media, advanced excel and specialist Microsoft packages.

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