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BA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance

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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.

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.

Data Analytics 2022-23ECO1023MLevel 42022-23This 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.CoreIntroduction to Accountancy and Finance 2022-23ACC1002MLevel 42022-23This module aims to introduce students 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 can be 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 aims to examine the role of financial information for the variety of possible users and explore the different, often conflicting needs of these groups.CoreIntroduction to Business Law 2022-23ACC1026MLevel 42022-23This module aims to serve as an introduction to the English legal system and English contract law. The module is designed to give students the opportunity to develop a basic understanding of contract issues in England and seeks to 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 companys dealings with its customers, employees and suppliers. It is important that students appreciate the legal context in which everyday business decisions are made.CoreOrganisational Behaviour 2022-23MGT1022MLevel 42022-23This 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 Economics 2022-23ECO1003MLevel 42022-23This module aims to provides the non-Economist with with an amalgam of economic theory and contemporary comment which prepares them for a further study in Economics. There is a grounding in basic tools and concepts. It provides ideas about labour markets and market structure, the market, inflation and deflation, growth and stagnation and balance of payment issues and exchange rates.CorePrinciples of Marketing 2022-23MKT1001MLevel 42022-23This module is designed to provide an introduction to the theory and practice of marketing. Students will have the chance to examine the key concepts and issues of marketing.CoreLincoln Student Managed Investment Fund - Year 1 2022-23FIN1014MLevel 42022-23Initiated 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 2023-24ACC2013MLevel 52023-24This module provides an introduction to more complex areas of financial accountancy and financial reporting. It commences with the concepts and principles of financial accounting & reporting, preparation of financial statements and explores the subjects of ethics and corporate governance. Students have the chance to gain a solid foundation in the techniques of preparing Single Entity and Group Accounts, which will help them understand advanced financial accounting & reporting techniques in the third year. This module also offers students a critical understanding of key areas of financial accounting. This module is designed to enhance students independent active learning as well as problem-solving skills.CoreFinancial Management 2023-24ACC2015MLevel 52023-24Financial Management introduces the role of the financial manager and focuses on the key issues surrounding investment, financing and distribution decisions. As a first introduction to finance, specifically, this covers the identification, appraisal and evaluation of investment opportunities in the context of shareholder wealth maximization, the sources of finance available and the markets they trade in. The issues of risk identification, measurement and evaluation is also explored in this module.CoreInternational Economics 2023-24ECO2006MLevel 52023-24This 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 2023-24ACC2014MLevel 52023-24This module explores both a technical, and a critical understanding of key management accountancy concepts and techniques. This includes the application of these in business planning, performance reporting, and in management decision-making. The module is of particular relevance to those students wishing to pursue a career in accountancy. It also contributes towards exemptions from the professional accountancy bodies including ICAEW, CIMA, and ACCA.CoreCompetition and Regulation 2023-24ECO2103MLevel 52023-24This 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 2023-24FIN2139MLevel 52023-24This 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.OptionalForensics, Audit and Assurance 2023-24ACC2017MLevel 52023-24This module explores the importance of auditing work and the regulatory and ethical requirements of working within an accounting environment. The module therefore offers a practical as well as a theoretical perspective on auditing, providing students with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the type of role they would be carrying out if they were to pursue a career as an auditor.OptionalLIBS International Year Abroad 2023-24MGT2286MLevel 52023-24Lincoln 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 2023-24FIN2146MLevel 52023-24The 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 2023-24ECO2110MLevel 52023-24This 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 Accountancy 2024-25ACC3162MLevel 62024-25This module is designed to provide students with an introduction to the more complex areas of financial accountancy and financial reporting under International GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles). It seeks to build 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 aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop a solid foundation in the techniques of complex accounts preparation and a critical understanding of short comings in financial reporting.CoreAdvanced Financial Management 2024-25FIN3026MLevel 62024-25This module aims to introduce 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 when considering the advantages and disadvantages of diverse practices in the areas of corporate finance and risk management.CoreAdvanced Management Accountancy 2024-25ACC3163MLevel 62024-25This module provides the competencies needed to plan and control in order to support the implementation of the organisations strategies. This module helps students to develop abilities to critically evaluate, interpret and discuss management accounting issues. The module is vocationally relevant and academically rigorous and embraces both technical skills and social science theories which assist in the move towards achieving a professional qualification and satisfying employer needs.CoreBehavioural Finance and Economics 2024-25ECO3003MLevel 62024-25This 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.OptionalConsultancy Project (Business) 2024-25MKT3092MLevel 62024-25The Consultancy Project module provides the opportunity for students to work as Marketing/PR/Advertising consultants on a live company project. The overriding goal is for students to experience real company problems first hand and to work in small groups to attempt to find information and ideas that offer meaningful solutions to the client company. Students will have the chance to apply knowledge gained from the degree programme in a real world environment.OptionalDissertation (Business) 2024-25BUS3019MLevel 62024-25The dissertation is a major independent piece of work intended to develop a students ability to actively engage with core disciplinary issues. The dissertation focuses on analysis, synthesis, and critique. In undertaking dissertation research, students are required to 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.OptionalFinancial Strategy 2024-25FIN3033MLevel 62024-25The 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.OptionalLincoln Student Managed Investment Fund - Year 3 2024-25FIN3035MLevel 62024-25Initiated 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 Financial Planning 2024-25FIN3025MLevel 62024-25Personal 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. Many students will go on to work in the financial services sector. This module aims to provide these students with a fundamental underpinning of the issues they are likely to face when working in this industry.OptionalPrivate Banking and Wealth Management 2024-25FIN3030MLevel 62024-25Private 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.OptionalTaxation 2024-25ACC3165MLevel 62024-25This module is designed to provide an overview of business and personal taxation and the implementation thereof through the planning process. Students have the opportunity to develop their knowledge of incorporating 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.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 Lincolns 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 2022-23

United Kingdom

A Level: BBB (120 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A Levels or equivalent qualifications).

International Baccalaureate: 30 points overall.

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

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 120 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 (C) 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


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 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

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.

Can we help?The University of Lincoln offer a dedicated support service for overseas students. If you have any questions about your qualifications, or would like assistance in submitting your application, please contact our


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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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 Lincoln, we strive to make sure our student experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. That is why, in response to the issues presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been prioritising face-to-face teaching sessions for our new and returning students in areas where they are the most valuable, such as seminars, tutorials, workshops, and lab and practical sessions. Additional online opportunities have been introduced where they support learning and have been shown to be successful and popular with our current students.

Safety remains a key focus. We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance makes 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.