Accounting and Financial Management

Accounting and Financial Management BA (Hons)

This course will be of interest if you wish to seek a career as an accountant or financial executive in industry, commerce or the public sector or if you want to become a management consultant. The quality of our programme has been recognised by a number of professional bodies which have given their accreditation to our course. It includes subjects which are essential to an understanding of the financial position of an enterprise and will equip you for a successful career.


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UCLan offer a range of Accounting courses: BA (Hons) Accounting, BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance and BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management. These degrees all study the same modules to begin with, however they become different in the further years. Meaning if you have an interest in a particular niche you can switch between courses after studying the initial course modules. This means you can explore accountancy, find your niche and leave University with a tailored degree, specific to your strengths.

Great Opportunities

This course is ideal if you wish to pursue a career as a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). CIMA – the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants is the world’s largest professional body of management accountants; it is the most relevant accounting qualification for a career in business. If you have a degree in a relevant subject, you could be entitled to exam exemptions from the CIMA qualification. That means you can start your CIMA studies at the right level for you and qualify sooner.

Take advantage of the optional 48-week paid placement within industry. Providing a great opportunity to experience the real work and put theory into practice in a professional business environment.

You’ll also be offered the opportunity to study overseas for at least one semester. In recent years students on similar courses have studied at Central Connecticut State University and the University of Western Sydney.

There are opportunities to progress to a wide variety of postgraduate courses such as Accounting and Finance (CIMA), Human Resource ManagementMarketingBusiness Management and MBA.

BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management 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.

In each year of the course, you will study compulsory accounting modules (such as financial accounting) and these are supplemented by modules from other disciplines (such as economics). For some years of the course, you can choose one option from the selection of non-compulsory modules.


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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Three years, or four years with work/international placement

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)

  • View 2018/19 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104-112 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
BTEC Diploma : Distinction, Distinction*
Pass Access course : 106-112 Points
International Baccalaureate : 104-112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS : 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSEs : Maths and English Grade C/4

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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Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

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Course Overview

Year 1 and 2

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Information Systems and the Business Environment
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Law for Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Business Mathematics

The first year of study for this degree is common to all single honours accounting programmes, thereby giving students the flexibility to transfer between courses at the end of year 1.


  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Finance for Managers
  • Accounting Information Systems and Control Issues
  • Enterprise Operations for Financial Managers
  • Option 1

Year 3 and 4

  • Work Placement/International Study Year or
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Auditing Theory and Practice
  • Corporate Finance
  • Taxation Theory and Practice
  • Option 1

If a work placement or international study is taken then:

  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Auditing Theory and Practice
  • Corporate Finance
  • Taxation Theory and Practice
  • Option 1

Six modules per year are taken over three years. All modules, apart from 'options', must be passed with a minimum grade of 40 per cent to obtain full exemptions from CIMA exams.

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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. You can also attend specialist workshops to develop your skills in IT, web searching, social media, advanced excel, and specialist Microsoft packages.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including 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.

Strong Industry links

You will be able to take advantage of our strong business network with local and national businesses, including guest speaker events 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.

CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)

CIMA is the largest professional body of management accountants in the world. We offer the most relevant accounting qualification for a career in business; something our 229,000 students and members in 176 countries are proud to be a part of.

Management accountants aren’t number crunchers – they are quite the opposite. You’ll find them in all types of organisations, in top positions, analysing trends and behaviours to make informed business decisions.

Every top 100 global brand employs CIMA students and members. They know the CIMA qualification equips people with the skills and knowledge they need to be truly successful in business. CIMA has the power to enhance your degree, kick start your career, and improve your earning potential.

CIMA is the natural progression for people with finance and business degrees. If students have a degree in a relevant subject, they could be entitled to exam exemptions.

Find out more about the university to CIMA route.

CIMA’s Undergraduate Club

CIMA’s Undergraduate Club is open to all UK students from any degree discipline and free to join. Undergraduate club members will be the first to know about the latest graduate jobs and employer events and will also get exclusive access to industry updates, salary surveys, interview tips and more.


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.

To find out more about ACCA, and how you can start a successful career straight out of university, visit ACCA.

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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.

Accounting and Financial Management is accredited by a number of professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

This programme is primarily aimed at students who wish to gain accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) but also includes accreditation for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW). We also offer a number of electives and options that provide students with an opportunity to gain an additional professional body qualification.

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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry | 2019 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 2018/19 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.