Accounting and Business Foundation Entry BA (Hons)

Accounting and Business Foundation Entry BA (Hons)

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise




Under- graduate



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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    N411; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Burnley (Campus code: A)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This course gives you the opportunity to specialise in two disciplines, providing you with a greater career choice and a range of highly transferable skills. Our BA (Hons) Accounting and Business Foundation entry route course offers students an opportunity to gain a solid grounding in accounting, and an understanding of the other aspects of the business environment. Students learn the skills necessary to interpret financial information and make management decisions in a wide range of business situations.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

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

Foundation Year modules

  • Target Award Extended Study
  • Introduction to Chosen Degree Subject
  • Volunteering and Community Action


  • Essential Study Skills for Higher Education
  • Developing Academic Knowledge
  • Learning by Experience

Year 2

  • AC1100 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • AC1200 Introduction to Management Accounting
  • AC1300 Information Systems & the Business Environment
  • HR1025 The Functions of Business
  • HR1026 Business and Management Project

Year 3

  • AC2110 Financial Accounting for Managers
  • AC2210 Management Accounting Techniques
  • MD2135 Operations and Research
  • HR2046 The Business Landscape

Optional Modules choose from either:

  • AC2420 Finance for Managers in Business
  • HR2047 The Business Professional (for students who intend to opt for placement year)

Compulsory Modules for Students on Work Placement Year:

  • MD3004 Work Placement

Compulsory Modules for Students on International Study Year:

  • BC3008 International Study


Year 4

  • AC3110 Financial Reporting for Managers
  • AC3210 Decision Making for Business 
  • MD3135 Business Strategy
  • HR3065 Leadership and Management
  • HR3064 Management Project

Further Information

Why study this course?

The objective of this course is to provide students with a thorough grounding in the core aspects of accounting and to offer opportunities for in-depth study of more specialist areas such as: Financial Management, Management Accounting and Finance Decision Making. Graduates of this award will have accounting skills appropriate for work in the financial area of private or public sector organisations and will have the added advantage of possessing a thorough understanding of the many other functions within business.

You will also have the option to:

  • Study your second year at our Cyprus campus.
  • 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.


This course provides a sound understanding of accounting and financial studies for students interested in a financial career within the accountancy profession, industry or commerce. It would also be of interest to those seeking a broader career in a business enterprise working in operations, management and business development with a strong understanding of financial management that drives business strategy and decisions.

Students interested in further study can choose to seek exemptions from the accountancy professional bodies.  The year 1 accounting modules on the programme are recognised by the professional bodies: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).  On completion of the programme, students will be able to apply for exemptions from professional papers if an individual is interested in pursuing a career in accountancy


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.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

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. All module final assessment, with the exception of the Introduction to Personal & Professional Practice module, are in the form of written exams. Assessment weighting for each module is typically, 30% Coursework, 70% exam.

During your first year you will, on average, attend between 14 and 16 hours of formal study per week. In the second and final year attendance will typically be between 12 -14 hours per week. During the optional placement you follow the normal work pattern of your chosen company.