Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

School of Business and Economics

Undergraduate study

Econonomics with Accounting student profile

Econonomics with Accounting student profile

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Economics with Accounting - 2017 entry

L1N4 - BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time
L1NL - BSc (Hons) DPS/DintS* 4 years full-time sandwich

*Diploma in Professional/International Studies

  • About the course
  • Course structure
  • Career opportunities
  • Entry criteria
  • Next steps

This is a specialist degree, specifically designed for those anticipating a career in accountancy. This course offers most of the core elements of an economics degree combined with modules in law, accounting and finance, which are recognised by the major accountancy professional bodies.

About the course

Economics relates to every aspect of our lives, from the decisions we make as individuals to the structures created by governments and companies. By combining the study of economics with accountancy, you will gain skills in how to interpret and present financial statements that can be used to assist business planning and decision making.

You will develop hands-on skills in modern financial software which are highly prized by professional institutes and accountancy firms. The course is a great way to combine the core of economics with the essentials of accounting skills.

In addition to the technical training needed for a career in accountancy you will also study a range of subjects in corporate finance, law and financial economics.

Professional recognition

This course meets the accreditation requirements of the professional accountancy bodies ACCA and AIA, who will grant exemptions for some of their examinations.

Optional Year on Professional placement or Studying Abroad

You can choose to extend your degree to a four year degree to include a year on professional placement, a year studying abroad, or six months of each.

  • salaried Professional Placement helps you test drive a career and stand out to employers. Our dedicated Placements Office work with over 400 leading employers of all sizes around the world to help you secure a placement. Typically around 1/3rd of placement students are offered a job by their placement employer.
  • Studying Abroad at one of our partner universities around the world also boosts your employability and helps you develop intercultural skills highly prized by employers.

Satisfactory completion of either of these options results in either a Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) or a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) in addition to your degree.

The core subjects and options may vary from year to year. For the latest information please email us.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Data Analysis I
  • Quantitative Economics
  • Skills for Study and Employment
  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Law
  • Financial Accounting and Analysis
  • Accounting in Context

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Financial Economics
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Reporting
  • Economics of the Financial System
  • Company Law

Optional year on placement or studying abroad (or 6 months of each)

Final year

Compulsory modules

  • Research and Communication Skills for Economics
  • Financial Reporting: Theory and Practice
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Financial Economics and Asset Pricing
  • Strategic Management Accounting and Practice
  • Auditing
  • Corporate Finance and Derivatives

Teaching and learning

Our extensive and regular interaction with major companies around the world ensures all our teaching is commercially relevant. Many of our teaching staff are invited by governments, the media and companies around the world to advise on issues of policy and practice. Their insights keep our courses up to date with the latest thinking and best practice.

In the first year, students can expect class contact time comprised of lectures, tutorials, computer workshops or clinics. There are also weekly Maths tutorials available for those students who do not have A-level Maths. Assessment is by a mix of coursework and examinations at the end of each semester. Coursework typically accounts for between one-fifth and one-third of the available marks for a module, although a few modules are assessed totally by coursework. Coursework assessment is based on individual essays, projects, multiple choice tests, computer-based exercises, class tests and group work.

Career opportunities for Economics graduates

Our great all-round student experience develops well-rounded graduates who are highly employable:

  • All our courses offer the opportunity to include a year on professional placement or studying abroad to help you stand out to employers
  • 97% of our 2015 Economics graduates who are employed are in professional/managerial roles, 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2015).
  • The average salary for employed Economics graduates from 2015 is £28,000+, 6 months after graduating (DHLE 2015)
  • Loughborough is one of the Top-15 universities most targeted by leading employers (The Graduate Market in 2016, High Fliers Research)

 *Source: High Fliers Research, ‘The Graduate Market in 2016’, January 2016

Example BSc Economics with Accounting graduate destinations:

Loughborough University’s reputation for high calibre students means that graduates often take up accountancy positions with major recruiters

  • BDO - Business Assurance Graduate Trainee
  • Deloitte - Associate Auditor
  • EY - Consultant
  • Grant Thornton - Trainee in International Tax
  • Hanleys - Trainee Accountant
  • KPMG - Tax Accountant
  • McLaren Cars - Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Montpelier Professional Limited - Trainee Chartered Accountant
  • National Grid - Graduate Trainee
  • O2 - Treasury Analyst
  • Santander - Adviser

Entry criteria – 2017 entry

Information about the entry requirements for this course are below. 
A-level AAB (Excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Communication and Culture). In some circumstances we may ask applicants to achieve specific grades in certain subjects
SQA AH AB Advanced Highers plus AAB Highers
IB 35 points minimum with Grades 6 6 5 at HL
Other BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD profile in relevant subjects
Additional Strong GCSE profile including minimum grade B in Maths and English Language (or equivalent)

All applications must be made through UCAS. To find out what to do next, please read our how to apply section.


SQA AH
 = Scottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers 
IB = International Baccalaureate Diploma 
BTEC = Business and Technology Education Council (UK)

Next steps

If you are interested in studying our Economics with Accounting BSc please follow the links for further useful information:


Contact details

To enquire about any of undergraduate courses please contact:

Charlotte Connor
Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment Officer
Tel: +44 (0)1509 223393 
Email: sbe.ug@lboro.ac.uk 



 

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