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3 or 4 years

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BA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance

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Key Information


3 or 4 years

Typical Offer



Brayford Pool

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Subject to Revalidation





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Judith John - Programme Leader

Judith John - Programme Leader

Programme Leader, Judith John, adopts a research-led approach to teaching, utilising active learning strategies and technology in the classroom to engage students in more meaningful ways. These include extensive use of simple methods such as classroom polling, discussion to case study analysis, role-playing, experiential learning, peer teaching, and flipped classroom approaches. Students get to know how to work methodically and systematically around an issue, and develop the ability to think creatively, independently, and critical about problem solving.

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Welcome to BA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance

Accountants play an integral role in the business world, providing the financial information needed to inform decisions at all levels of an organisation.

Blending the fundamental elements of accountancy and finance, this course can open up a world of exciting careers in finance and business around the globe. It allows students to target jobs in fast-moving industries that make the modern world work.

Taught by professionally qualified accountants with a range of experience and industry links you can develop the latest knowledge from those that have applied it in the business world.

This programme is accredited by the main UK professional accountancy bodies including ICAS, ICAEW, ACCA, and CIMA. As a professionally accredited programme, our approach to learning, teaching and assessment is tailored to the needs of the profession and the requirements of the professional bodies.

This degree offers the opportunity for exemptions from elements of examination for a number of these professional accountancy bodies.

Did You Know?

Students can use our Bloomberg Terminal, which gives them access to the data, information, and tools used by today's global business leaders and financial services professionals.

How You Study

Throughout their studies students can develop the critical thinking skills, knowledge, problem-solving abilities, commercial awareness, and communication, which are highly valued by employers

The first year of the programme focuses on developing a solid knowledge of accountancy and finance, as well as introducing key elements of business, economics, and marketing. In the second year students are able to explore financial accountancy, management accountancy, financial management, and international economics, and develop key skills in SAGE accounting.

In the final year, students have the opportunity to examine financial accountancy, financial management, and management accountancy at an advanced level. They can tailor their degree by selecting from a range of options aligned to their individual interests and career ambitions.

Optional final-year modules can include Taxation; Personal Financial Planning; Financial Strategy; Private Banking and Wealth Management; and Behavioural Finance and Economics.

All full-time students on the course have the opportunity to take a year-long work placement after the second year. Those who opt to do this will not pay tuition fees for that year but will be required to cover their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs. Students are expected to source their own placement, and tutors can provide support during the process if required.

Each module is delivered through both lectures and seminars. The seminars will consist of either in-class activities or workshops.

Lectures will normally be supported by material such as presentations slides. Seminars give the opportunity for detailed discussion of a topic under the direction of a seminar tutor. You are normally expected to prepare work in advance for seminars and may be expected to present work from time to time.

On some modules, such as Analysis of Business Data, Financial Accountancy and Advanced Management Accounting, seminars may take the form of practical IT sessions using our PC suites.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

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An Introduction to Your Modules

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Business Law, Governance and Ethics 2023-24ACC1003MLevel 42023-24CoreData Analytics for Business 2023-24ECO1031Level 42023-24This module develops some quantitative techniques that underpin research and business analysis. It promotes a critical awareness and understanding of some of the processes, techniques and technology by which numerical information can be collected and analysed. In addition to ensuring that students are competent in relevant numerical techniques, it anticipates the requirements of later modules, such as independent study, that entail analysis of numerical information using statistical tests.CoreFoundations of Macroeconomics 2023-24ECO1030MLevel 42023-24This module aims to provide the non-economist with knowledge of macroeconomic theory and contemporary comment. There is a grounding in basic macro concepts such as inflation and deflation, growth and stagnation, and balance of payment issues and exchange rates. These can be applied to contemporary issues both nationally and globally.CoreFoundations of Microeconomics 2023-24ECO1029MLevel 42023-24This module explores a range of economic concepts and basic analytical techniques. The focus of the module is the Financial Times (FT). The FT covers issues relating to operations management, accounting, HRM, economics, and finance, all of which are relevant to a business degree. Students are encouraged to keep abreast of current events in the commercial environment, which can help when competing for placements and employment opportunities in the commercial world.CoreIntroduction to Accountancy 2023-24ACC1109MLevel 42023-24CoreIntroduction to Finance (Applied) 2023-24ACC1110MLevel 42023-24CoreOrganisational Behaviour 2023-24MGT1022MLevel 42023-24This module is intended for students who are interested in understanding the way people work, as individuals and as group members in firms. The module explores essential topics in a clear, concise and informative manner, aiming to introduce students to the interpersonal perceptual processes in a work environment; the key behavioural factors determining effective and ineffective groups; the usefulness of theories on leadership/management styles; and the difficulties in implementing change in organisations.CorePrinciples of Marketing 2023-24MKT1001MLevel 42023-24This module provides an introduction to the theory and practice of marketing, as well as marketing technologies that will underpin the more specialist marketing modules at higher levels. Students are introduced to the key concepts, terminologies, and issues of marketing not only in specific businesses, but also in a broad social context. The module shows how sustainable market success can be achieved through business environment analysis and customer-centred product/services development. The module will examine the customer journey and stakeholder engagement to evaluate the impact of marketing activities on consumers, the environment, and society. Students will also benefit from gaining insights on the latest marketing thinking, trends, and techniques; learning from experienced marketing practitioners and developing creative mindset, cognitive flexibility, social and emotional intelligence to manage the plethora of opportunities and challenges that will help them to success in future world of work.CoreLincoln Student Managed Investment Fund - Year 1 2023-24FIN1014MLevel 42023-24Initiated from 2015 and officially founded in 2018, the LSMIF is set up with a structure similar to any other professionally run fund management company with students running every aspect of the fund, from CEO to analyst. It is one of only few of this kind in the United Kingdom. The fund uses money raised from donors to invest in shares of companies listed on London Stock Exchange. It is organized, run and managed the same way as an investment company in the real world. The fund has got sponsorship and advisory support from UK leading wealth management companies such as Brewin Dolphin and Mattioli Woods with senior officers from them joining the Board of Advisors. This fund gives students the opportunity to work as analysts, investment managers, CFO, CIO, CEO etc. Students also have the chances to meet, discuss and learn from experts in the field in Quarterly Investment Committee Meetings series. Students are given additional training relating to their works.OptionalFinancial Accountancy 2024-25ACC2021MLevel 52024-25CoreFinancial Management (Exempt) 2024-25FIN2017MLevel 52024-25CoreFinancial Management (Non-Exempt) 2024-25FIN2018MLevel 52024-25CoreFinancial Reporting (exempt) 2024-25ACC2022MLevel 52024-25CoreFinancial Reporting (Non-Exempt) 2024-25ACC2023MLevel 52024-25CoreForensics, Audit & Assurance 2024-25ACC2025MLevel 52024-25CoreInnovations in Finance (Applied Financial Management) 2024-25FIN2019MLevel 52024-25CoreInternational Economics 2024-25ECO2006MLevel 52024-25This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop knowledge of the gains to be made from trading internationally. It focuses also on the gains to be made from economic integration and the globalisation process. The module also seeks to examine the main patterns of trade and exchange and aims to demonstrate how free trade can be influenced by government and the future risks of protectionism.CoreManagement Accountancy I (Exempt) 2024-25ACC2024MLevel 52024-25CoreManagement Accountancy I (Non-Exempt) 2024-25ACC2025MLevel 52024-25CoreManagement Accountancy II (Exempt) 2024-25ACC2026MLevel 52024-25CoreManagement Accountancy II (Non-Exempt) 2024-25ACC2027MLevel 52024-25CoreCompetition and Regulation 2024-25ECO2103MLevel 52024-25This module explores some key areas of microeconomic policy for business. At its heart it is a consideration of competition theory and industrial structure. This informs the analysis of competition policy in sectors, such as telecoms and airlines. This is extended to a consideration of injecting competition into the state sector. Other areas of state intervention are explored where activities are taxes; prices are regulated; or industry is incentivised to relocate. Throughout, concepts and applications are made relevant to real world examples.OptionalFinancial Markets and Institutions 2024-25FIN2139MLevel 52024-25This module is designed to make students aware of international financial markets and institutions. The need for financial markets and institutions is the underlying scope of the module and students have the opportunity to investigate this importance for their own countries.OptionalLIBS International Year Abroad 2024-25MGT2286MLevel 52024-25Lincoln International Business School (LIBS) believes that an option to study overseas is a valuable educational opportunity for our students. The optional year is intended to: -enable students to benefit from studying similar subjects within a cross cultural environment, by exposing students to a wider academic and cultural experience; -facilitate reflexivity in learning and personal and professional development; -enhance their future employment opportunities by increasing their cultural and professional mobility. This module is optional for all taught on campus undergraduate students within Lincoln International Business School. Study Abroad is a year long module which enables students to spend time studying abroad at one of the Universitys approved partner institutions. During the year spent abroad, students share classes with local students and study on a suite of locally-delivered taught modules which have been approved in advance by the University. As many partner institutions support internships it is anticipated that some students will elect to combine study (minimum one semester equivalent) with work and or a period of volunteering. Eligible students must have completed their second year of study to a satisfactory standard (normally with an average of a 2.2 or above, dependent upon partner requirements) standard and successfully completed the application process. Upon completion of the study period abroad, each student will be required to submit a portfolio including a reflection on the experience of living and studying in a different cultural environment and the skills acquired.OptionalLincoln Student Managed Investment Fund - Year 2 2024-25FIN2146MLevel 52024-25The LSMIF will be designed to provide students with the essential knowledge on the following main knowledge blocks - at intermediate level for Year 2: - How stock markets work and how to read financial data - Valuation techniques including cash flow projections, dividend growth modelling, and comparative analysis. - Market timing and technical analysis. - Asset allocation optimization - Quarterly investment committee meetings with experts from the industry. - Investment discussion meetings.OptionalMacroeconomic Environment for Business 2024-25ECO2110MLevel 52024-25This module provides an opportunity for students to extend their understanding of macroeconomics. It emphasises the role of macroeconomics as an applied discipline, focusing on issues facing the worlds economies featured in the Financial Times. By the end students are expected to be able to use the techniques learned to interpret changing macroeconomic aggregates, events and policies.OptionalProfessional Practice 2024-25MGT2037MLevel 52024-25This module is aimed at those students who have decided to take a year out of formal studies to gain accredited work experience and are registered on a degree programme with an accredited professional practice element. The Professional Practice Year aims to give students a continuous experience of full-time work within an organisation. It should be a three way co-operative activity between employer, student and University from which all parties benefit. Students can choose to pursue a variety of options including a placement year, a consultancy project or a work-based dissertation. Potential costs relating to this module are outlined in the Features tab.OptionalAdvanced Financial Management (Exempt) 2025-26FIN3039MLevel 62025-26CoreAdvanced Financial Management (Non-Exempt) 2025-26FIN3040MLevel 62025-26CoreAdvanced Financial Reporting (Exempt) 2025-26ACC3174MLevel 62025-26CoreAdvanced Financial Reporting (non-exempt) 2025-26ACC3175MLevel 62025-26CoreBusiness Taxation 2025-26ACC3180MLevel 62025-26CoreContemporary Accounting in Practice 2025-26ACC3173MLevel 62025-26CoreCorporate Actions and Risk Management 2025-26FIN3041MLevel 62025-26CoreEnvironmental Management Accountancy and Strategic Thinking 2025-26ACC3178MLevel 62025-26CorePersonal Taxation 2025-26ACC3179MLevel 62025-26CoreStrategic Management Accountancy (Exempt) 2025-26ACC3176MLevel 62025-26CoreStrategic Management Accountancy (Non-Exempt) 2025-26ACC3177MLevel 62025-26CoreBehavioural Finance and Economics 2025-26ECO3003MLevel 62025-26This module aims to widen the concepts and motivations in understanding the economic activities of agents, and develops an appreciation of why these are different from standard/neo-classical economics. The module draws on the recent research from the area of behavioural finance, biology and psychology to present a foundation, upon which to build a more critical understanding of the rational economics foundations. The module covers alternative modus operandi for economic interactions, such as Prospect Theory and other models. The module investigates situations and the assumptions about behaviour which gives rise to certain behavioural biases, which constitute observable phenomena. These are then generalised to the probable effects on markets.OptionalFinancial Strategy 2025-26FIN3033MLevel 62025-26The learnings throughout this module, from strategic analysis, modelling and challenge through to the corporate and financial analysis of organisations will be invaluable in whichever type of organisation a student is eventually employed. The module aims to teach students to challenge and think into the future, whilst ensuring the vision has a firm financial and systems foundation.OptionalIndependent Project - Research 2025-26FIN3042MLevel 62025-26The Final Independent Research Project, allows students to undertake a substantive piece of research in the context of both their chosen degree specialism and Lincoln International Business School's commitment to principles of responsible management. Research areas will be framed by areas of research expertise existing with relevant departments. Students will progress through guided research and workshops to supervised independent study.OptionalIndependent Project - Responsible Enterprise 2025-26FIN3044MLevel 62025-26Students can elect to undertake their final project as an enterprise project, culminating the development of a business plan for a new enterprise. Planned ventures will be framed by Lincoln International Business Schools commitment to Principles of Responsible Management and as such prospective start-ups will need to evaluate their proposed venture in the context of sustainable development. Student will be provided with appropriate academic support and business advice.OptionalIndependent Project- Negotiated Client Based Project 2025-26FIN3043MLevel 62025-26The Negotiated Client Based Project is an elective which develops the skills and understanding of what makes a successful consultant, whilst reviewing industry sustainability issues and what is needed to support a company through change. The Negotiated Client Based Project (NCBP) sits alongside other forms of independent study at Level 6 including (but not exclusively) Independent Research Project, or Independent Responsible Enterprise Project. Students are encouraged to learn and understand the challenges, opportunities and skills required by organisations to make effective decisions on behalf of a client in a live business environment. This module enables students to consider success and failure aspects of business and marketing within the context of LIBS commitment to Principles of Responsible Management and sustainable development.OptionalLincoln Student Managed Investment Fund - Year 3 2025-26FIN3035MLevel 62025-26Initiated from 2015 and officially founded in 2018, the LSMIF is set up with a structure similar to any other professionally run fund management company with students running every aspect of the fund, from CEO to analyst. It is one of only few of this kind in the United Kingdom. The fund uses money raised from donors to invest in shares of companies listed on London Stock Exchange. It is organized, run and managed the same way as an investment company in the real world. The fund has got sponsorship and advisory support from UK leading wealth management companies such as Brewin Dolphin and Mattioli Woods with senior officers from them joining the Board of Advisors. This fund gives students the opportunity to work as analysts, investment managers, CFO, CIO, CEO etc. Students also have the chances to meet, discuss and learn from experts in the field in Quarterly Investment Committee Meetings series. Students are given additional training relating to their works.OptionalPersonal Investment Planning 2025-26FIN3017MLevel 62025-26OptionalPrivate Banking and Wealth Management 2025-26FIN3030MLevel 62025-26Private Banking and Wealth Management is a module targeted at students who wish to build upon their previous knowledge of financial markets and products by analysing and evaluating the core financial service of wealth management. The module aims to both broaden students knowledge and understanding of the financial services industry and further develop their intellectual and practical skills via the analysis and evaluation of the wealth management process.Optional

How you are assessed

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year.

Overall there is a strong emphasis on written examinations, to meet the requirements of the Professional Accountancy Bodies. The University of Lincoln's policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Entry Requirements 2023-24

United Kingdom

A Level: ABB (128 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A Levels or equivalent qualifications).

International Baccalaureate: 32 points overall.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit or equivalent.

T Level: Distinction

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 128 UCAS Tariff points.

A combination of qualifications which may include A Levels, BTEC, EPQ, etc.

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 or above, which must include English and Maths. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry. We will also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk


Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.


The University of Lincoln's International College also offers university preparation courses for international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements. Upon successful completion, students can progress to Bachelor's study at the University of Lincoln. Please visit https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/internationalcollege/ for more information.


The course provides exemptions from elements of examination for the following:

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

Depending on the exemptions sought, students may be required to undertake specific modules. Other exemptions are achieved upon completion of the course.

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Student Managed Investment Fund

Lincoln International Business School offers the Student Managed Investment Fund (LSMIF), which is an investment fund created, operated, and maintained by students within the school, with everything running within the real-world environment of finance.

Students will be managing real money with the with objective of positive returns whilst managing risk. Industry veteran and long-time lecturer Hao Quach will help support the students throughout, with many years of experience in all aspects of investment banking and 20 years teaching in multiple countries, Hao will use his experience to ensure the stability of the fund and provide guidance. Find out more about the Student Managed Investment Fund.

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Work Placement Year

All full-time students on this course have the opportunity to take a year-long work placement after the second year. A work placement can allow students to gain valuable experience and apply their learning in practice. Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry and do this independently, although tutors may provide support and advice during this process.

Please note that students who choose to undertake a work placement do not pay tuition fees for that year, but are required to cover their travel, accommodation, and general living costs.

There are also opportunities for relevant work experience and career development as part of the degree course itself, as well as through various other Lincoln International Business School and University schemes. For more information about this please visit LIBS work placements pages. 


Each year the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales awards prizes to second year students who have excelled academically or made significant progress in key areas and skills that are vital for future accountants and business leaders. This award partnership is a recognition of how our degree is specifically designed to help our students develop the skills and techniques required by the accountancy profession, which can help them prepare for the workplace.

"I’ve received great teaching and amazing support over my degree. The lecturers make the content come alive by using real life examples and their own experiences."

Paige Robson, BA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance graduate

Career Opportunities

A degree in Accountancy and Finance can prepare students for a career as an accountant, personal financial manager, tax adviser, chief financial officer, and beyond. Previous graduates have progressed to roles at HMRC and at companies including PwC and Santander.

Working in Partnership

Lincoln International Business School works with students and organisations to enhance the contribution of business to society. For students, that means developing their business skills and knowledge to improve their career readiness.

The University of Lincoln is a member of AACSB, a global nonprofit association connecting educators, students, and businesses to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Find out more.

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Visit Us in Person

The best way to find out what it is really like to live and learn at Lincoln is to join us for one of our Open Days. Visiting us in person is important and will help you to get a real feel for what it might be like to study here.

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Prioritising Face-to-Face Teaching

At the University of Lincoln, we strive to ensure our students’ experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have adapted to Government guidance to keep our students, staff, and community safe. All remaining Covid-19 legal restrictions in England were lifted in February 2022 under the Government’s Plan for Living with Covid-19, and we have embraced a safe return to in-person teaching on campus. Where appropriate, face-to-face teaching is enhanced by the use of digital tools and technology and may be complemented by online opportunities where these support learning outcomes.

We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance make this necessary, and we will endeavour to keep current and prospective students informed. For more information about how we are working to keep our community safe, please visit our coronavirus web pages.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.