Accounting and Financial Studies

Accounting and Financial Studies BA (Hons)

BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Studies 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.

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. The course can provide the education, skills and experiences needed by financially astute professionals, with these professionals able to go on to make real changes and contributions to businesses, without qualifying as an accountant first.

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years; Part-time: 6-9 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.
  • The course takes a realistic view of accounting and financial studies by recognising the challenges and limitations of placing excessive reliance on financial information for business and personal decisions.
  • The subjectivity and flexibility which underlies financial and management information is examined and their consequences explored to provide you with a deep and functional understanding.
  • Put theory into practice with the opportunity to take an optional 48-week industry paid placement, in the UK or overseas.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • 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 2

  • 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 3

  • 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

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 96 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, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: with 96 points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 96 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

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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.

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. Module assessment will be varied and industry relevant.

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.

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

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.

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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.