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.

Clearing 2018

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

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Information Systems and the Business Environment
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Legal Obligations in Business
  • Introduction to Personal and Professional Practice

Year 3

You will need to choose one or both of either of the following modules:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting

In addition you will choose a further five modules from:

  • Financial Accounting – if not already selected
  • Management Accounting – if not already selected
  • Enterprise Operations
  • Companies and the Law
  • Finance for Managers
  • Professional Skills Development
  • Accounting Information Systems and Control Issues
  • Taxation Theory and Practice
  • Financial Services Markets
  • International Financial Management Techniques

Year 4

You will need to choose one or both of either of the following modules:

  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Management Accounting

In addition you will choose a further five modules from:

  • Advanced Financial Accounting – if not already selected
  • Advanced Management Accounting – if not already selected
  • Enterprise Management
  • Auditing Theory and Practice
  • Corporate Finance
  • Business Strategy
  • Advanced Taxation Theory and Practice
  • Risk and Capital Markets
  • Research Methods
  • Undergraduate Dissertation
  • International Financial Environment

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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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.

Exciting Opportunities

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.

Fees 2018/19

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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