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BSc Economics and Accounting with Professional Placement
4 year(s) full-time
Part-time study is not available for this course
Full-time: Entry by transfer
You must transfer to this course from BSc Economic and Accourding (UCAS code LN14). You cannot apply as an external candidate.
£9,250 per year, home students
£24,500 per year, international students
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This four-year course offers a fully integrated degree that combines 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 through 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).
More importantly, this course ‘with Professional Placement’ allows you to spend your third year gaining experience in the industry. During your placement year, you will undertake a paid placement within the accounting function of a large organisation or within an accountancy firm. Previously, students have secured roles at PwC, Grant Thornton, Hazlewoods, and Milsted Langdon.
Places on the course are allocated on merit depending on first-year examination results and an offer of employment for your placement from a qualifying employer. You can work towards your professional accreditation with ICAEW during your placement year.
You can also benefit from a range of specialist employability services provided by the faculty’s Professional Liaison Network, including a professional mentoring scheme with alumni, insight talks and internships.
This course is accredited by the following organisations
Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS) Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland (ICAS) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.
Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations. The University is recognised as an ICAEW Partner in Learning, working with ICAEW in the professional development of students.
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.
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. A range of core units allow you to focus on building an in-depth knowledge in accounting, finance, and economics.
In your third year, you will undertake a paid placement in an accounting firm or within the accounting function of a large organisation.
The final year consolidates on 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, 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.Go to programme catalogue
A-level standard offer
This course is available by transfer only.
The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students, and we accept a wide range of qualifications for undergraduate and postgraduate study.Search international qualifications
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English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:
- IELTS 6.5 overall with 7.0 in reading and listening,and no score below 6.0
- GCSE English Language grade C or 4
- An alternative English Language Profile G qualification
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