Accounting and Finance BA (Hons)

Accounting and Finance BA (Hons)

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise




Under- graduate



Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Three years, or four years with work or international placement

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    N4N3; Short form: BA/AccF

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This is one of the best paths into the accounting profession and combines a rigorous academic programme with technical training. Accounting and Finance at UCLan has accreditation from a number of prestigious professional bodies, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). You’ll develop your intellectual capacity, analytical skills and have a strong knowledge and understanding of accounting, enabling you to work in audit, tax and accountancy businesses as well as in financial functions within other organisations.   

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Accounting at UCLan - ranked top in the UK for student student satisfaction.

Entry Requirements

120 Points at A2 - General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit
Pass Access to HE : 122 Points
International Baccalaureate : 30P
IELTS: Grade 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 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. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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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
  • Law for Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Business Mathematics

The first year of study for this degree is common to all single honours accounting programmes, thereby giving students the flexibility to transfer between courses at the end of year one.

Year 2

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Finance for Managers
  • Accounting Information Systems and Control Issues
  • Companies and the Law
  • Option 1

Year 3

  • Optional work placement/ international study year or:
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Auditing Theory and Practice
  • Corporate Finance
  • Taxation Theory and Practice
  • Option 1

Year 4

If work placement or international study is taken in Year 3, then:

  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Auditing Theory and Practice
  • Corporate Finance
  • Taxation Theory and Practice
  • Option 1

Six modules per year are taken for three years. All modules, apart from 'options', must be passed with a minimum grade of 50 per cent to obtain full exemptions from ICAEW exams.

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.

BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance 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.


The Business School's state-of-the-art Greenbank and Brook buildings are in the middle of the campus offering a comprehensive range of study, learning and social facilities including a cybercafé and easy access PC workstation rooms.


Put theory into practice in a professional business environment by taking advantage of the optional 48-week industry paid placement in a company based in the UK or overseas. You will also have the option to study a semester/year abroad or take your second year at our Cyprus campus. We also offer an International Travel Bursary Fund paying for you to take part in week-long international visits. Undertaking a placement year is invaluable and provides a practical introduction to business which will benefit you upon your return to study and also increase your employability upon graduation.

Take advantage of the optional 48-week paid placement within industry in Year 3. Providing a great opportunity to experience the real work and put theory into practice in a professional business environment.

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


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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Apply Now

You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

This programme is primarily aimed at students who wish to gain accreditation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) but is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

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.

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.

Professional Accreditation

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

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.

As well as the core content of the Accounting and Finance degree, studying at UCLan improved my independent learning, reporting skills and business awareness. I have developed an ability to approach work with professional scepticism and critically evaluate everything to form my own opinions. 

Parris Innis-Mckenzie

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