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BA (Honours) Accounting and Economics

Gain a detailed knowledge of accounting and economics and the links between them, along with a wider understanding of the corporate and business world. There is a strong focus on employability throughout the course, with the practical application of theoretical concepts helping you to prepare for your future career.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS NL41 Course code

Course description

Accounting involves the recording, reporting and communication of financial information about a business to help managers, investors and other stakeholders make appropriate decisions. Modern economics integrates a wide range of major topics from decisions that consumers make to strategic decisions that firms make and the impact of government polices on market outcomes. Studying these broad topics enables you to develop a set of analytical tools that can be applied to a broad range of problems.

This course is aimed at students seeking a career in either accounting or economics. As well as developing technical accounting and economics knowledge, you also gain vital numerical, decision-making and communication skills to understand and explain financial and economic information. You learn using case studies and real world information that enable you to apply your learning to real-world situations.

The core modules help you develop the academic skills required by both accountants and economists, such as financial accounting, management accounting, microeconomics, and macroeconomics. As the world economy is continually evolving, the course content evolves, which keeps teaching fresh and engaging. Each year you study an employability module. This helps you consider the career options available to you, prepare for your placement and apply for graduate roles.

In your first year you learn the main principles of accounting and economics and familiarise yourself with the business and economic environment within which companies and individuals work.

During your second year you deepen your understanding of the role and scope of accounting and economics through greater specialisation, while having the opportunity to study other related areas.

In final year, you broaden your knowledge and develop skills to interpret and think critically about the issues that affect individuals, organisations and the global economy.

Work placements
In your third year, you have the opportunity to apply the skills you've gained by taking a one year paid work placement.

This is a great way to improve your industry knowledge with real insight and experience. It enables you to build an eye-catching CV to impress future employers, and substantial salaries are possible. Many students find jobs with their placement companies after graduation.

Due to our strong relationships with regional, national and international employers, we can help you to secure a great placement opportunity and support you while you are there.

Previous students on related courses have gained placements with organisations such as • Astra Zeneca • GE Capital • IBM • Metropolitan Police • Oxford Economics.

Exemptions, additional qualifications and opportunities
You are entitled to free registration with ACCA as part of their Accelerate initiative. Other benefits include free initial annual membership fees and reduced exemption fees.

In your second year, you have the opportunity to gain industry-recognised qualifications from Sage and Excel.

On successful graduation, you can apply to the professional accountancy bodies to claim exemptions from their examinations.

We are one of only a few universities to invest in Bloomberg terminals housed in a dedicated Bloomberg Suite. The terminals deliver data, news and analytics to global financial professionals and you have the opportunity to gain practical experience of using this industry-standard technology.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

We expect you to demonstrate through your personal statement an interest in and awareness of accounting and/or economics or some level of practical experience.

Normally, five GCSEs at grade C grade 4 or above including English language and mathematics*, plus one of the following

• 120 UCAS points, including at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels and General Studies.
Or
• 104 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept General Studies.

• 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 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

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.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

2018 entry requirements

We expect you to demonstrate through your personal statement an interest in and awareness of accounting and/or economics or some level of practical experience.

Normally, five GCSEs at grade C grade 4 or above including English language and mathematics*, plus one of the following

• 120 UCAS Points, including at least 64 points from two A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications We accept AS levels and general studies.

Where an applicant has not taken AS Level qualifications we may make a lower offer.

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 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

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.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one core modules

• introduction to microeconomics • introduction to macroeconomics • maths for economics • management accounting • financial accounting • professional skills in economics

Year two core modules

• intermediate microeconomics • intermediate macroeconomics • management accounting applications • financial accounting and reporting • financial management • understanding and managing financial roles

Year three core modules

• industrial economics • advanced topics in macroeconomics • strategic management accounting • corporate reporting • consultancy project

Year three options

Choose one from • corporate finance • enterprise management • behavioural economics • business in the european economy • foreign language

Assessment
  • examinations
  • coursework
  • computer-based assignments
  • group assessments
  • presentations
  • multiple choice tests
  • case study assessments

Employability

You graduate well-equipped for a range of careers, as the course provides you with skills required by a broad range of industries in both the private and public sectors.

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 research • business/data analyst • management accountant • financial accountant • business manager.

Top undergraduate employers for economics students and employers where past graduates have found employment include • 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.

You also can go on to further study by using your professional body exemptions to progress to the higher level of these qualifications and gain professional recognition more quickly.

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.

You also benefit from our team of specialist recruitment advisers and a range of careers and recruitment events.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2018/19 academic year

£12,750 a year

Additional course costs

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

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