Accounting and Financial Studies (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Accounting and Financial Studies (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:

    F524; Short form: BA/AFSfe

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. 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.

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

Year 1

  • Managing Business Information (Year long)
  • Skills for HE (Year long)
  • Business in Context (Semester 1)
  • Introduction to Enterprise Skills (Semester 1)


Choose two from:

  • Accounting and Economics (Semester 2)
  • Managing People and Organisations (Semester 2)
  • Marketing and Retail (Semester 2)

Year 2

  • AC1003  Business Economics
  • AC1130  Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • AC1230  Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • AC1330  The Business Environment
  • AC1513  Business Law
  • AC1600  Introduction to Personal and Professional Practice

Year 3

  • AC2210  Financial Accounting for Managers
  • AC2210  Management Accounting Techniques
  • AC2300*Professional Skills Development
  • AC2420  Finance for Managers in Business
  • AC2800  Professional Ethics
  • AC2810  Introduction to Accounting Information Systems for Entrepreneurs & Enterprise
  • BC2002*Learning and Development for Business and Management Education

*AC2300 is not available to international students entering directly into Year 2 of the programme
**BC2002 is compulsory / only for international students entering directly into Year 2 of the programme

Year 4

  • AC3110  Financial Reporting for Managers
  • AC3210  Decision Making for Business
  • AC3310  Accounting Information Systems for Entrepreneurs & Enterprise
  • AC3410  Financial Management for Business
  • AC3800  Professional Ethics for the Manager
  • AC3810*Fit 4 Work
  • BC2002*Learning and Development for Business and Management Education

*AC3810 is not available to international students entering directly into Year 3 of the programme
**BC2002 is compulsory / only for international students entering directly into Year 3 of the programme

Further Information

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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.


All students have the opportunity to study Abroad on completion of year 1 or to undertake a work placement at the end of year 2.

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


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

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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