Loughborough University
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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 - 2016 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

Designed specifically for those anticipating a career in accountancy, this degree 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 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 confront a range of broader range of subjects in industrial economics, corporate finance and law.

Extended four-year degree

You can choose to extend your degree and boost your employability by opting to study abroad for a year between the second and final year of your degree or by taking a year-long, salaried professional placement to build your work experience. Satisfactory completion of either of these options results in a Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) or a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) in addition to your degree.

Exchange opportunities currently exist in Germany, France, Portugal and Spain in Europe, as well as in Hong Kong (China), Montreal (Canada), Montevideo (Uruguay), Perth and Sydney (Australia).

Our dedicated Placements Office has contacts with over 400 companies worldwide who regularly target our students to recruit for salaried placement positions, many of whom are offered a job after their degree.

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

Year 1

  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Data Analysis
  • Quantitative Economics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Law
  • Management Accounting
  • Skills for Study and Employability

Year 2

  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Management Accounting
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • Company Law

Optional modules: Economics of the Financial System, Economics of the Welfare State, Energy and the Environment, Introduction to Finance, International Economic Relations, Transport Economics, Principles of Marketing, Operations Management, The Marketing Mix, Languages, Ministry of Economic Thought.

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

Final year

  • Financial Economics
  • Corporate Finance and Derivatives
  • Industrial Economics
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting and Control
  • Communication and Presentation Skills for Economics

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

Leading employers recognise the value of a Loughborough University Economics degree when recruiting for graduate positions and, as such, Loughborough is among the best universities for graduate employment. The University’s reputation and the quality of its students continue to attract top recruiters.

99% of our 2014 Economics graduates were in work or further study 6 months after graduating, and earning on average £24,600 as a starting salary (DLHE 2014/15). According to research by High Fliers in 2015, Loughborough came 15th in the listing of universities targeted by the largest number of employers*. 

*Source: High Fliers Research, ‘The Graduate Market in 2015’, January 2015

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 – 2016 entry

Information about the entry requirements for this course are below. 
A-level AAB/ABB (General Studies, Critical Thinking and Communication and Culture are not normally accepted). In some circumstances we may ask applicants to achieve specific grades in certain subjects.
SQA AH AB Advanced Highers plus AAB Highers
IB 34 points minimum
Other BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD profile in relevant subjects
Additional Strong GCSE profile including minimum grade B in Maths and English (or equivalent)

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

 = 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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