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Year of Entry 2020/21
BA (Honours)

Accounting and Economics

Gain a detailed understanding of accounting and economics, and wider knowledge of the corporate and business world. A strong focus is placed on your employability.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International: £13,650 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 120 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? NL41
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Obtain a broad understanding of accounting and economics within the business environment.
  • Learn to practically apply theoretical concepts.
  • Study from evolving course content to reflect the continually changing world economy.
  • Undertake an one year optional paid work placement.
  • Over 90% of our graduates secure jobs or go on to further study within six months of graduation.

This course will help you develop a broad understanding of accounting and economics but give you the ability to specialise in accounting or economics in your final year.

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How you learn

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Learning, teaching and assessment activities encourage you to develop key skills such as problem solving, numeracy, IT skills, as well as a deep and critical knowledge of the subject matter of the programme, and are designed to foster those employability attributes (for example, reflection on learning, personal development planning, interpersonal communication skills) identified as important in modern organisations.

All modules make a significant contribution to the employability pathway by providing students with a real life context to the topics they cover and by requiring them to use such skills as independent research, teamwork and presentations. This is done by using case studies, real life examples and scenarios, which form the backbone of the employability policy by engaging you in the study and evaluation of industry sectors and at the same time developing key graduate skills such as literacy, critical thinking, personal organisation and time management.

There are specific employability modules identified at each level, which allow you to gain a good understanding of the roles available to you. They help you understand how to go about searching and applying for such roles, and culminating in the final year with a consultancy project that enables each student to demonstrate their critical and problem solving capabilities and the opportunity to be creative and innovative. Between your second and final years, we help and encourage you to complete an optional one year paid work placement. This enables you to apply and develop your knowledge and skills in a real business environment.

Previous students have gained placements with organisations such as Astra Zeneca, GE Capitalm IBM, the Metropolitan Police and Oxford Economics. We have an excellent employment record with over 90% of our graduates on related accounting and economics courses securing jobs or going on to further study within six months of graduation.

Course leaders and tutors

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Drew Woodhouse
Lecturer In Economics

Graduate Tutor in the International Business subject group at Sheffield Business School

Applied learning

You will learn within formal teaching sessions and during guided and independent study, including collaborative group work. You will be provided with tasks, exercises, resources, and references to additional useful learning materials to access, utilise and respond to as part of your study programme.

Your learning incorporates real life context to the topics you cover where possible by requiring you to use such skills as independent research, teamwork and presentations. The accounting focus of the course is designed in consultation with the main professional accountancy bodies.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • research
  • independent and group study
  • optional work placement
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Future careers

The course is focused on maximising your ability to gain employment in accounting, finance and economics roles, although the skills and knowledge you acquire do not limit you to working in these areas. With this degree, you can pursue a career in roles such as

  • economist
  • economic analyst
  • economics researcher
  • business / data analyst
  • management accountant
  • financial accountant
  • business manager

Our top undergraduate employers for previous economics or accounting graduates are

  • Asda
  • BAE Systems
  • The Civil Service
  • The Bank of England
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Barclays Capital
  • HSBC
  • Oxford Economics
  • PwC
  • Bloomberg
  • Capita
  • Ernst & Young
  • KPMG
  • Deloitte


This course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW).

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

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Equipment and facilities

On successful graduation, you can apply for exemptions from a number of professional accountancy body examinations. The vocational nature of this course and the optional work placement, places you in a strong position in the graduate employment market. It also enables you to progress to the higher level of these qualifications and gain professional recognition more quickly.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 120

This must include at least 64 points from 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:

  • BBB at A Level
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies


  • English language or literature at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade D or 3

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

If you do not have any of the qualifications above, but have relevant experience, you are welcome to discuss potential opportunities with the admissions tutor.

* No previous study of accounting or economics is required, as the first year provides a comprehensive introduction to both this subjects.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Developing Professional And Academic Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Financial Accounting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Macroeconomics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Microeconomics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Management Accounting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Maths For Economics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Financial Accounting And Reporting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Financial Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Intermediate Macroeconomics Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Intermediate Microeconomics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Management Accounting Applications Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Progressing Professional Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Advanced Topics In Macroeconomics Credits: 20
Module: Corporate Reporting Credits: 20
Module: Industrial Economics Credits: 20
Module: Strategic Management Accounting Credits: 20
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Consultancy Project Credits: 20
Module: Corporate Finance Credits: 20
Module: Economics Consultancy Project Credits: 20
Module: Enterprise Management Credits: 20
Module: Global Governance In International Business Credits: 20
Module: International Strategy Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Accounting, banking and finance courses (PDF)

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