Accounting and Finance (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Accounting and Finance (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise

UCAS Code

N415

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston

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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    Full-time:Four years; Part-time: Seven-Ten years. Modules will be timetabled between 09.00 Monday and 18.00 Friday over the standard Academic Year.

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    N415; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • 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.

Please note: students who enter at foundation entry level are not eligible to apply for accreditation by ICAEW.

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

  • Managing Business Information
  • Skills for Higher Education
  • Introduction to Enterprise
  • Business in Context

  • ​Accounting & Economics
  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Marketing and Retail

Years 2 and 3

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Information Systems and the Business Environment
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Law for Accounting
  • Introduction to Personal & Professional Practice

 

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Finance for Managers
  • Accounting Information Systems and Control Issues
  • Companies and the Law
  • Taxation Theory and Practice

 

Years 3 and 4

  • Optional work placement/ study year in Cyprus

If work placement or study in Cyprus is taken, then:

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

Six modules per year are taken for three years.

Students wishing to claim full exemptions from ICAEW exams must pass all modules with a minimum grade of 50%.

Further Information

Why Study this course?

It provides the perfect basis to move forward to becoming a chartered accountant.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Added value is included within the course in the form of practical Sage and SAP workshops.

  • This programme is aimed at students who wish to gain accreditation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW), 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.

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“I chose UCLan because of previous students who provided a positive insight with their journey at the university. The smaller groups in seminars and the support that tutors provided appealed to me. The tutors build good relationship with students where they can get support and help with any concerns and worries they may have.”

Nosheen Ansar, BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance student

Industry links

We have strong links with industry to enrich your learning, including RSM – a local accountancy firm that visits UCLan periodically to present and speak to students about careers in practice and the key skills required to succeed as Chartered Accountants. Astute Wealth Management, a local Financial Services company, periodically presents and speak to students about careers in the Financial Services Sector.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

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).

OPPORTUNITIES

All students have the opportunity to study at the UCLan Cyprus Campus on completion of year 1 (or Year 2 for Foundation Entry) or to undertake a work placement at the end of year 2 (Year 3 for Foundation Entry).

Graduates usually go on to work in industry, commerce and the public sector as accountants or finance officers.

Graduates can complete their ACCA professional qualification at UCLan on the MSc Accounting (ACCA).

Handbook

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

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.

 

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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