What Will You Study
Taught by the Department of Accounting and Finance and the School of Computing and Communications, both internationally recognised for the quality of their research, Lancaster’s degree in Accounting, Finance and Computer Science will allow you to explore the connections and applications between these key fields.
You’ll study the core elements of Accounting and Finance, including investment management, financial strategy and the preparation of information for internal and external reporting. Our degree is accredited by CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) and allows exemption from certain professional examinations. You will also develop key skills from Computer Science, including programming, web technology and systems architecture.
The key modules in your first year are the Introduction to Accounting and Finance; Principles of Economics, and Introduction to Computer Science. In your second and third years, you’ll move on to subjects such as the Principles of Financial Accounting; Statistical Methods for Business; Software Design, and Financial Accounting.
- Accounting and Economics : BSc Hons
- Accounting and Finance : BSc Hons
- Accounting and Finance (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Accounting and Management Studies : BSc Hons
- Accounting, Auditing and Finance : BSc Hons
- Accounting, Finance and Mathematics : BSc Hons
- Computer Science : BSc Hons
- Computer Science (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Computer Science (with Industrial Experience) : MSci Hons
- Computer Science and Mathematics : BSc Hons
- Computer Science and Mathematics : MSci Hons
- Computer Systems Engineering : BEng Hons
- Computer Systems Engineering : MEng Hons
- Finance : BSc Hons
- Finance and Economics : BSc Hons
- Finance and Management Studies : BSc Hons
- Financial Mathematics : BSc Hons
- Financial Mathematics : MSci Hons
- French Studies and Computing : BSc Hons
- German Studies and Computing : BSc Hons
- IT for Creative Industries : BSc Hons
- IT for Creative Industries (with Industrial Experience) : MSci Hons
- Management and Information Technology (4 years including placement) : BSc Hons
- Software Engineering : BSc Hons
- Software Engineering (with Industrial Experience) : MSci
- Spanish Studies and Computing : BSc Hons
Lancaster degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their degree. The following is an example list of modules which our previous students have studied.
- Introduction to Accounting and Finance
- Principles of Economics B
- Software Development
- Fundamentals of Computer Science
- Principles of Financial Accounting
- Management Accounting for Business Decisions
- Principles of Finance
- Statistical Methods for Business
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Software Design
- Computer Science Group Project
- Financial Accounting I
- Financial Accounting II
Lancaster University offers the chance to follow a structured study programme or the option to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into 2 sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). In Part 1 you will take three units of assessment which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects, a higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
A-level: AAB (to include Maths at grade A)
General Studies: Accepted as one of 3 A-levels
Key skills: Not included in offer
Preference: Two or more A-levels
GCSE: Maths (minimum grade B), and English Language (grade B/C)
Scottish Highers: ABBBB
Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher level subjects. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information
International Bacc: 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 HL subjects
Mature students: Applications welcome. Interviewed if offer considered.
Many of Lancaster’s Accounting, Finance and Computer Science graduates go straight into the accounting profession, taking up training contracts with accountancy firms. However, your degree also places you in a very strong position for careers requiring technical and financial knowledge, such as banking and financial management and consulting.
Your deep understanding of business, along with transferable skills such as logical thinking, analytical acumen, computer knowledge and project management, will increase your employment potential for any career path you choose.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability awareness, career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Lancaster Management School has an award winning careers team to provide a dedicated careers and placement service offering a range of innovative services for management school students. Our high reputation means we attract a wide range of leading global employers to campus offering you the opportunity to interact with graduate recruiters from day 1 of your degree.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments which include the traditional lecture-tutorial , interactive workshops, laboratory and practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, poster sessions, group work assessment and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Students are supported in the production of final year project reports and dissertations. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue.
In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
Lancaster University has committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries to help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualifications
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600
*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.