Accounting and Financial Studies

Accounting and Financial Studies BA (Hons)

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.


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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.


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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years. Four years with optional 48 week 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: with 106-112 points
International Baccalaureate : Pass Diploma with 104-112 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

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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Course Overview

Year 1

  • 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 2

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 3

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

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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.

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.

Strong 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.

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Important Information

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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.