Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance BA (Hons)

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.

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time:Three years; Part-time: Six-Nine years. Modules will be timetabled between 09.00 Monday and 18.00 Friday over the standard Academic Year.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Accounting at UCLan is 1st in the UK for learning opportunities and 1st in the North West for teaching quality - National Student Survey 2019.
  • This course provides valuable insight into the nature of the accounting process and its varied applications in business, including subjects that are fundamental to understanding an enterprise’s financial position.
  • The programme recognises the challenges and limitations encountered by placing excessive reliance upon financial information in decision-making, acknowledging the subjectivity and flexibility needed in best practice.
  • Put theory into practice with the opportunity to take an optional 48-week industry paid placement, in the UK or overseas.

Course Overview

Years 1 and 2

  • 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%.

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 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: Distinction, Merit, Merit
Pass Access to HE Course: with 104 Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: Grade 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 including Maths and English

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

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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.


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).


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).

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

Many of the tutors are chartered accountants with years of industry experience and several hold PhDs.

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Important Information

This course is based in the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.