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BA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance

BA (Hons) 3 or 4 years Lincoln Business School Lincoln Campus [L] Validated 320 points N400

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University of Lincoln Excels in Finance

Accountancy and Finance at Lincoln received 95% student satisfaction in the latest NSS survey. Our Finance courses are ranked in the top 5% nationally for academic support, and the top 6% for personal development and overall satisfaction.


Accountancy is the global language of business and those who learn to speak it are able to shape the way corporations and industries operate. At Lincoln, teaching is informed by theory, practice and the latest developments in industry.

Recognised as the best Accountancy course in the UK for the fifth year running according to the National Student Survey 2013, this degree is taught by leading experts in the field who put students at the heart of the learning experience.

The Accountancy and Finance programme at Lincoln introduces you to the practical skills and theory of accountancy and finance. The course provides a technical and critical understanding of the key financial and management accountancy techniques, as well as the critical thinking skills, tools and problem-solving ability that you will need as a senior leader and decision maker in business.


The course provides exemption from:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Association of International Accountants (AIA).

Students may achieve various exemptions based on completion of the degree programme; others require you to have chosen specific elective modules.

Download the full list of exemptions here:

Is This Course Right For Me?

The Accountancy and Finance course combines intellectual rigor with personal development. It provides an academic grounding in topics such as financial accountancy, management accountancy, financial management, marketing, taxation and strategic management.

How You Study

Most modules include some lectures. These are designed to inspire and motivate students, introduce them to particular topics and give an overview of current issues and debates within the discipline. Some are given by visiting practitioners.

How You Are Assessed

Within the BA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance, staff assess their students in creative and equitable ways which address the range of course and module outcomes.

The course follows a pattern of 70 per cent summative assessment by unseen examination and 30 per cent formative coursework assessment. Assignments allow students to manage their own time, develop their research and analytical skills, and explore subjects in greater depth. They take a range of forms including essays, reports and oral presentations prepared individually and in groups.

What We Look For In Your Application

Curiosity, energy, interest and commitment.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of 320 UCAS tariff points, including at least two full A-Levels, preferably three (or equivalent). Students will also need at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, which must include English Language and Maths.

We also accept a wide range of other qualifications including the BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma, the European and International Baccalaureate Diplomas, and Advanced Diplomas. You can find tariff values on the UCAS website

We encourage applications from mature students and we will give special individual consideration to those who are in this category and do not have the standard entry requirements.

Students whose first language is not English will also need British Council IELTS band 6.0 or above or equivalent.

For international students who do not meet criteria for direct entry to this degree we offer the International Year One in Business and Management. Depending on your English language level you will study 3 or 4 terms then progress directly to the second year of this degree.

Degree preparation courses for international students:

The University of Lincoln offers international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the direct entry requirements for an undergraduate degree course the option of completing a degree preparation programme at the university’s International Study Centre. To find out more please visit

Level 1

Analysis of Business Data

This introduces some quantitative techniques fundamental to the analysis of business data. It promotes a critical awareness and understanding of some of the processes, techniques and technology by which numerical information can be collected and communicated. Students practise the systematic use of appropriate industry-standard computer technology for the acquisition, analysis and presentation of data (for example, Excel or SPSS).

Contemporary Business Analysis

Students are introduced to a range of economic concepts and basic analytical techniques. Upon successful completion students are able to:

  • Explain the workings of the price mechanism, the labour market and various forms of market failure
  • Explain the relationship between the firm’s costs, revenues, prices and outputs within various market structures
  • Analyse the interaction between entrepreneur, the firm and its external environment
  • Analyse the inter-relationships between government and key macro-economic indicators
  • Understand the links between the internal and external economy and how this impacts on the firm and its external environment.

Introduction to Accountancy and Finance

Students are introduced to the nature and mechanics of financial information. This is done in a manner which encourages a critical reflection upon the construction and uses of such information. Both management and financial accounting are considered. In particular, students are introduced to the detail of double entry book keeping and the associated financial reports of sole traders, partnerships, limited companies (including those in a manufacturing environment) and simple not for profit organisations. The module will examine the role of financial information for the variety of possible users and explore the different, often conflicting needs of these groups. Subjectivity is discussed through stock valuation and depreciation methods and the development of accounting theory and concepts from a social perspective is then introduced. Finally the conclusions that may be drawn from an interpretation of the contents of annual reports will be considered. Throughout the unit students are sensitised to issues of codes of professional conduct and ethical behaviour.

Introduction to Business Law

This serves as an introduction to the English legal system and English contract law. The module is designed to give students a basic understanding of contract issues in England and will enable students to appreciate when a legally binding agreement comes into existence, the obligations involved and the consequences of breaking such agreements. Contract law underpins a company’s dealings with its customers, employees and suppliers. It is important that students appreciate the legal context in which everyday business decisions are made.

Organisational Behaviour 1: Evolving Perspectives of Management

(Option) It is suggested that organisational structure affects human behaviour in organisations and that strategy, structure and culture are closely related, although rarely considered together. To set contemporary management behaviour in context, an understanding of the evolution of management theory is necessary, together with a consideration of organisational structure. Accordingly, a number of competing and contrasting perspectives of past and present thinking on management are explored, together with an acknowledgement that some approaches are complementary, whilst others are in conflict and recognition that 'new' management thinking and methods may simply be repackaged familiar, old ideas. The term 'organisational behaviour' relates to the activities and interactions of people in organisations. Organisational behaviour has been defined as the 'inter-disciplinary body of knowledge and field of research, concerned with how formal organisations, behaviour of people within organisations and salient features of their context and environment, evolve and take shape, why all these things happen the way they do and what purposes they serve'. In considering the changing and evolving roles of management and managers, the module acknowledges that the study of organisational behaviour is multi-disciplinary and draws in particular from psychology, social psychology, sociology, economics and political science.

Principles of Marketing

This module is designed to provide an introduction to the theory and practice of marketing. We aim to familiarise students with the key concepts and issues of marketing, giving them a thorough grasp of the sort of marketing decisions there are to be made and what factors affect them. To start with, learning will be fairly directive - e.g. compulsory reading, and tutor led seminar discussion. Progressively students will be required to become more independent in their work by making their own reading selections and actively presenting during seminars. Students will also experience two different assessment types: individual essay writing and a group presentation. In addition to the course contents, this training will help students become better prepared for some of the other modules they take in the future.

Level 2

Contemporary Issues for Business

This module explores a range of issues that emphasise the increasingly international business environment. These issues are underpinned by appropriate theory so that students can explain and analyse them using appropriate conceptual tools. For operational efficiency, the module is split into two elements. The first focuses on the international business environment and the second on domestic contemporary issues.

Financial Accountancy

This module provides students with an introduction to the more complex areas of financial accountancy and financial reporting under International GAAP. It commences with the role and requirements of corporate financial reporting in the UK and explores the increasingly important subjects of ethics and corporate governance. Students also gain a solid foundation in the techniques of accounts preparation and a critical understanding of key areas of financial accounting. Single level group structures are introduced which will help lay the foundation for more advanced study.

Financial Management

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the role of the financial manager. The module focuses on the key issues surrounding investment, financing and distribution decisions, specifically:

  • The identification and evaluation of investment opportunities in the context of shareholder wealth maximisation
  • Appraisal techniques used in the evaluation of investment opportunities
  • Issues of risk evaluation and determination in the identification, selection and evaluation of investment opportunities
  • The principal financial products available to government, companies and individuals
  • The markets in which these financial products are traded.

Management Accountancy

The purpose of this module is to provide students with a solid technical and critical understanding of the key management accountancy techniques and issues that relate to planning and performance reporting.

The major areas of study are:

  • Cost accounting systems
  • Standard costing
  • Budgeting
  • Performance measurement.

Level 3

Advanced Financial Accountancy

This module provides students with an introduction to the more complex areas of financial accountancy and financial reporting under International GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles). It builds upon the concepts and techniques of Financial Accounting, developing some of the themes introduced at that level. The module commences with corporate financial reporting under International GAAP in the UK and continues with the increasingly important subjects of non-financial reporting. It will provide students with a solid foundation in the techniques of complex accounts preparation and a critical understanding of short comings in financial reporting.

Advanced Financial Management

This module introduces the more complex areas of financial management. It is designed to familiarise students with the major theoretical developments and practices in the areas of corporate finance and risk management. Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of diverse practices in the areas of corporate finance and risk management.

Advanced Management Accountancy

More than ever before, today’s businesses need prompt, accurate and relevant information to compete in an increasingly global market place. The management accountant plays a vital role in providing the information that organisations need to survive and prosper. The purpose of this module is to provide students with a solid technical and critical understanding of the key management accountancy techniques and issues that relate to managerial decision making. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of management accounting information to support strategic decision making.

The major areas of study are:

  • Short-term decision making
  • Long-term decision making
  • Risk and uncertainty and decision making
  • Management accountancy for competitive advantage.

Dissertation (Business) (Option)

(Option) The dissertation is a major independent piece of work intended to develop a student’s ability to actively engage with core disciplinary issues. Students should demonstrate the ability to identify, organise and select from a large body of material in order to produce a coherent, well defined and internally consistent representation of their findings. Students work with their supervisor to research, develop and present their study for assessment following the agreed formats as prescribed by Lincoln Business School.

Personal Financial Planning (Option)

Personal financial planning is the process whereby individuals can determine whether or not they can meet their financial objectives through proper management of their financial resources. This module demonstrates and explores the application of a range of techniques used to help achieve this aim. It questions the benefits of schemes proposed by independent experts and critically appraises the plethora of financial products available in the financial services arena. The module focuses on both the process of financial planning and the logic and fundamental principles which drive it. It will provide a forum where students can identify trends and develop an understanding of the changing financial needs of the individual within modern society. It recognises that the secure world of private retirement pensions and state provision of health and social benefits is no longer the norm and suggests that individuals should see financial planning as a social discipline necessary for financial survival in future years. Consideration will be given to the law, and ethics and regulatory influences relating to the financial services industry will feature. The module will also examine in detail the practicalities of the UK Tax system on income and capital and examine ways in which exemptions and reliefs can be used to defer or minimise tax liabilities.

Strategic Management (Option)

Strategic management draws upon and integrates a range of business disciplines in examining both theory and practice. In so doing, it bridges the gap between discrete functionalist perspectives and the broader issues involved in general management activity. The module examines the overall challenges, issues and solutions, which are associated with the running of modern organisations.

Tax and Financial Planning (Option)

Taxation and Financial Planning (Double Module, Elective)

This module is designed to provide an overview of business and personal taxation and the implementation thereof through the planning process. It is designed to give students the knowledge and skills to incorporate the impact of taxation in personal and business decisions. The module is of particular relevance to those students wishing to pursue a career in the accountancy or financial services sector and reinforces the importance of an ethical and professional approach through the distinction between avoidance and evasion.

Special Features & Research Highlights

At Lincoln Business School, we take an international perspective and our research informs teaching on all of our courses. We carry out research with businesses, government and not-for-profit organisations to deepen knowledge and understanding in order to make a tangible difference to industry and society. Areas of research expertise include marketing, supply chain management, entrepreneurship, organisational studies, developing communities and economic development.


You have the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement, called the Professional Practice Year, between your second and final years of study. This is a full-time paid position in a relevant role that enables you to gain valuable workplace experience and to put theory into practice. Many students who complete a work placement are offered jobs before they graduate.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a development of the University of Lincoln's policy of research-informed teaching to research-engaged teaching. Research-engaged teaching involves more research and research-like activities at the core of the undergraduate curriculum. A significant amount of teaching at the University of Lincoln is already research-engaged.

Student as Producer will make research-engaged teaching an institutional priority, across all colleges and subject areas. In this way students become part of the academic project of the University and collaborators with academics in the production of knowledge and meaning. Research-engaged teaching is grounded in the intellectual history and tradition of the modern university.

Please visit the Student as Producer website for further information. []


Lincoln Business School is based in the recently refurbished David Chiddick building, which provides students with teaching and learning spaces including lecture theatres, workshop rooms, and IT labs, along with places to meet and eat with friends and staff.

The building provides high quality spaces for teaching and group learning and is the perfect setting for successful Business School students to learn and develop.

Career Opportunities

Finance is a pathway to senior management positions in business. This degree prepares you for a career as an accountant, personal financial manager, retail or investment banker, insurance broker, underwriter, actuary, tax adviser or chief financial officer. Our graduates have gone on to work in the private and public sectors in financial management roles.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offers qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University and once you graduate.

This service includes one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities. Having achieved new knowledge and skills, you will be fully supported to fulfil your career ambitions.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. []

What's Included?

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus to provide the best learning environment for our students. You can study in style and comfort in our well-resourced library or complete group work and exchange ideas in innovative learning spaces across the campus. There is access to the latest equipment and cutting-edge laboratories for studies in the sciences and social sciences. There are modern studios and well-equipped workshops for practice in the arts, and industry-standard production facilities for a range of media. On some courses, students will need additional, specialist resources or equipment to enable them to pursue their courses. Where appropriate these will be provided by the relevant School.


2015 Entry UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,000 per level £12,084 per level
Part-time £75 per credit point £101 per credit point
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

For further information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [] []

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