Three years, or four years with work or international placement
N4N3; Short form: BA/AccF
Preston (Campus code: U)
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.
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.
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.
If work placement or international study is taken in Year 3, then:
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.
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.
Students who studied accounting courses at UCLan were very satisfied with the teaching on their course, with organisation and management of the courses and access to learning resources scoring very highly (based on 2015 National Student Survey results).
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 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:
Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
£680 per year (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
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
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.
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.
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.