Accounting, Finance and Mathematics (Industry)

BSc Hons

  • UCAS Code NG42
  • Entry Year 2023 or 2022
  • A Level Requirements AAB
  • Duration Full time 4 Years

Overview

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Introduction

BSc Accounting, Finance and Mathematics (Industry) is a flexible, career-focussed degree programme that lets you take control of your studies as your interests change over the course of your time at Lancaster University. Our students leave prepared to take on challenging roles in Big-Four accounting firms, investment banks, consulting and beyond.

Programme overview

You will learn from leading academic researchers and expert practitioners in finance, investing, accounting and mathematics. The degree provides the perfect blend of theory and practice, taking you to the heart of key questions around the nature of business performance, price/earnings ratios, accountancy and mathematics skills, investment strategies and case-studies.

Throughout your degree, we encourage you to pursue your interests, develop your strengths, and move towards your ideal career. To enable that, this degree programme is highly flexible, letting you specialise your studies based on your strengths and interests.

You will study investor decision-making, reporting and market analysis, acquire the skills to build a strong investment portfolio and calculate financial risk.

We will teach you the foundations of economics, accounting and finance. You will use real-world data to develop your financial reporting skills, and learn key mathematical elements, such as calculus, probability and statistics.

The second year builds on your mathematical knowledge, and introduces you to statistical computer programming. You will study auditing, financial accounting, management accounting and finance.

In your final year, you will develop your understanding of advanced accounting methods, financial reporting standards and statistics, and may choose to study options including investments, taxation and corporate finance.

Our Finance, Accounting and International careers coaches are experts in their fields. They help students gain access to employers and help prepare them for success their future careers.

Key Facts

The degree is accredited by globally-recognised accountancy bodies:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and CPA Australia).

These accreditations provide graduates with exemptions from many core professional examinations, depending on your module choices, and mean, on graduation, you will be further along the route to qualifying as an accountant than many of your contemporaries.

Your third-year industrial placement provides you with a positive, practical experience of working in a graduate role, allowing you to gain priceless business skills. You will have the chance to see how well academic theories work in real-life situations, and gain a real insight into where your talents and interests lie for your future career.

The University will make all reasonable effort to support you in finding a suitable placement for your studies. While a placement role may not be available in a field or organisation directly related to your studies or career aspirations, all roles offer valuable experience of working at graduate level, gaining a range of professional skills.

If you are unsuccessful in securing a suitable placement, you will be able to transfer to the equivalent non-placement degree scheme and would continue with your studies at Lancaster, finishing your degree after your third year. The University advertises a range of shorter placement and internship opportunities for which you would be welcome to apply.

Our careers team will provide you with expert support and guidance in securing a third-year industry placement. Past students have worked with companies such as Deloitte, Lloyds Bank, PwC and Samsung in roles ranging from finance, auditing and accounting to operations, consulting and risk.

Programme outcomes

At the end of your time with us, you will be equipped to work in the fields of finance and accounting, and be ready to progress your studies with further, required professional examinations. Our graduates have gone on to work for big-four accounting firms, international consulting firms, blue-chip corporations, and global banks and hedge-funds. Read more about Lancaster graduate destinations below.

Careers

The skills you develop in your subject areas will open up exciting careers in accountancy, management and finance-related fields of work. You may choose to follow in the footsteps of many previous Lancaster graduates who have gone straight into professional accountancy with a training contract at a professional firm. Alternatively, you may prefer to use the transferable skills you gain - such as analytical ability, logical thinking and project management - to successfully enter a career in fields including banking, general and financial management and consulting.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with 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/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.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB

Required Subjects A level Mathematics grade A

GCSE English Language grade C or 4

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Mathematics HL (either analysis and approaches or applications and interpretations)

BTEC Considered alongside A level Mathematics grade A

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualifications. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules 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 please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

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Fees and Funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2023/24 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2022/23 were:

UK International
£9,250 £23,365

Scholarships and bursaries

At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.

Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2023/2024 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

More information on limits to the University’s liability can be found in our legal information.

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