BSc Economics and Accounting (LN14)

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Course summary

This course offers a fully integrated degree combining economics and accounting subjects. The course is designed for students who seek to broaden their knowledge of the economy and understand the linkage with accounting.

The economics units provide you with insight into economic institutions (for example, banks), actors and policies that underpin and influence the financial market. You will be prepared for a career as an economist, studying in a School of Economics run by world-leading experts.

The accounting units explore accounting institutions (for example, audit firms), accounting regulations and accounting techniques that are used by and support organisations both in and outside the market.

Our course prepares you for a career in the accountancy profession or financial markets. The course provides you with access to subjects accredited by several professional accountancy bodies, including the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

This course is unique as it offers you an interdisciplinary perspective. You will learn from academic experts who work with businesses in the financial industry. The knowledge acquired from the field is used to design and shape the curriculum, enabling you to keep on top of commercial and contemporary issues.

This course provides you with rewarding opportunities to participate in a summer internship and the Bristol PLUS Award.

You'll also benefit from the Professional Liaison Network within the faculty, which runs a professional mentoring scheme with alumni, insight talks and internships.

Previously, graduates have gone on to work for the Bank of England, JP Morgan, UBS, PwC, KPMG, EY, Microsoft, IBM and many other blue-chip organisations.


Our Economics and Accounting BSc is approved by major professional bodies in the UK (CIMA, ACCA, ICAS, ICAEW, CIPFA) so as a a graduate you can gain exemptions from a number of their examinations or credits for prior learning.

Course structure

In the first year the focus is on strengthening your problem-solving skills. You will study the fundamental principles across core disciplines in accounting, economics, mathematics, and statistics. You will be able to choose an optional unit in the second semester of the first year.

The second year builds on principles learnt in the first year while advancing your knowledge in accounting and finance subjects. It emphasises problem-solving and application skills. You will study Macroeconomic Analysis, Microeconomic Analysis, Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Applied Quantitative Research methods and Principles of Finance in more depth. A range of core units allow you to focus on building an in-depth knowledge in accounting, finance, and economics.

The final year consolidates your learning from years one and two. You learn more advanced quantitative and qualitative skills. You will have an opportunity to develop your critical skills and deepen your knowledge of complex issues in accounting and finance.

The final year offers greater flexibility and choice in the selection of options. You may choose to tailor the degree to your own interests by specialising in a particular area. You may also choose to keep your options open by selecting units across disciplines. Examples of recent units include Behavioural Economics, International Economics, Management Accounting for Strategy, Advanced Financial Reporting, Auditing, Advanced Corporate Finance, and Financial Markets.

Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.

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Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.

AAA including Mathematics, or A*AB including A in Mathematics
DDD in any Applied General BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma and A in mathematics at A-level (or equivalent)

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36 points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including Mathematics with either 6 at Higher Level (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations) or 7 at Standard Level (Analysis and Approaches)
32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including Mathematics at either 5 at Higher Level (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations) or 7 at Standard Level (Analysis and Approaches)

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85% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics
Advanced Higher: AA including Mathematics, and Standard Higher: AAAAB
Access to HE Diploma in Engineering, Science, or Computing (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include: at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above; and at least 15 credits from Mathematics units, of which at least 12 (including algebra, calculus and trigonometry) must be at Distinction. Or Access to HE Diploma in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, Psychology, Law or History (or similar titles), with the 45 graded Level 3 credits including at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above, plus A in A-level Mathematics.

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Requirements are as for A-levels, where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/M2 is B, and M3 is C.
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