Accounting and Financial Studies BA (Hons)

Accounting and Financial Studies BA (Hons)

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise




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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. Four years with optional 48 week placement

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    N420; Short form: BA/AFS

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This degree, accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), is designed to provide you with a sound understanding of accounting and financial studies and is ideal if you’re interested in a financial or related consultancy career within the accountancy profession, industry or commerce. 

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Entry Requirements

112 Points at A2 - General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma : Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma : Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access to HE : 112P
International Baccalaureate : Pass and obtain 112 UCAS Points
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

Year 2

You will need to choose four of the subject streams below.

  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Services
  • Financial Accounting
  • International Finance
  • Information Systems, Control and Audit
  • Management Accounting

Year 3

You will continue to study the same subject streams as previous years.

We also offers a number of electives and options that provide you with an opportunity to gain an additional professional body qualification.

Further Information


This course provides a sound understanding of accounting and financial studies for students interested in a financial or related consultancy career within the accountancy profession, industry or commerce. It would also be of interest to those seeking to service these industries, such as a career in information systems development. Such a course may therefore be described as satisfying the education needs of a student seeking to obtain the skills necessary to become a financially astute professional, making real changes, and contributing to the creation of new systems for business, but who do not see qualifying as an accountant as a necessary prerequisite for such a career.

This course may, therefore, be described as going further than a traditional course in accounting in providing the skills required by finance professionals who are often not provided within the framework of a more traditional undergraduate accounting education. However, this course is also eminently suited to those who think that they may ultimately wish to pursue a career as a professional accountant.

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I chose BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Studies because of the varied range of modules in the first year, such as economics and business law, along with accounting modules. There is a lot of freedom to choose modules to suit your personal abilities and also in consideration of possible professional exemptions later in your career.

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My degree was structured to aid my post-university progression; either through providing exemptions or extensive knowledge which gave me a head start in professional qualifications. 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. Whilst hard work is undeniably needed; by staying on top of my studies, I was able to continue having a social life and even coached a UCLan sports team.

Parris Innis-Mckenzie 
BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance - 1st class


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Graduates who wish to pursue an accounting qualification receive considerable exemptions from professional examinations as this course is deemed a relevant degree programme.

Our academics have extensive business experience and/or research involvement in the field, which brings a real-world learning experience into the lecture theatre. You will also enjoy specialist speakers, company visits, real-life consultancy and projects. We also employ industry-based staff that work for most of their time in industry thus bringing the very latest business ideas and practice to your course.

Work Placement

This course has an optional 48-week paid placement within industry providing a great opportunity to experience real work and put theory into practice in a professional business environment.

Study Overseas

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.


This course is designed to provide you with a sound understanding of accounting and financial studies and is ideal if you are interested in a financial or related consultancy career within the accountancy profession, industry or commerce. It would also be of interest if you are seeking a career in information systems development.

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


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.


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.

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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

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.

The School also offers a number of electives and options that provide students with an opportunity to gain an additional professional body qualification. Although this course is not linked with any particular professional accountancy institute, successful completion of this course may lead to exemption from some ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW papers, depending on options chosen and grades achieved.

Learning Environment and Assessment

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).

You will, on average, attend between 12 and 14 hours of formal study per week. In further years 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 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. You will also have the opportunity develop your skills in IT, web searching, social media, advanced excel and specialist Microsoft packages.

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