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NL41 BSc Accounting and Economics (3 years)

 

We take economic decisions every day of our lives, and in turn are affected by the decisions of other people and institutions. Economics is the study of these decisions and actions. Studying the way economic processes work helps us to understand the society in which we live.

This degree combines the study of economics with a thorough working knowledge of accountancy.

 

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Introducing your course

Study a BSc in Accounting and Economics and look towards a fulfilling career in accountancy. An innovative qualification from the University of Southampton, the BSc Accounting and Economics degree is a CIPFA Accredited course. It provides you with a professional degree that focuses on the central concepts of the principles of accounting, finance and economics.

Overview

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This degree combines the study of economics with a thorough working knowledge of accountancy. It provides "blanket" exemptions from certain professional accounting examinations and is therefore an ideal choice for those wishing to pursue a career in accountancy.

The degree is taught in conjunction with Management, and is administered by Economics.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

All applications for full-time study should be made through UCAS - www.ucas.com Applications for part-time study can be made through UCAS or directly to the University.

Accreditation

The Accounting and Economics programme provides a number of exemptions from professional examinations in the accountancy profession. In addition, exemptions from individual papers may be available on a case-by-case basis for students who pass specific units corresponding to those papers.

Programme Structure

Module choices in year one are dependent on whether you have studied maths and/or economics at A level. The programme structure below outlines the modules that you may typically expect to study, although this may vary depending on demand for the modules and staff availability. Eight modules are studied each year, with four in each semester. During year three you will study a dissertation, equivalent to two modules, which is a piece of independent research on a topic of your choice spread over both semesters.

Key Facts

  • Studying Economics at the University of Southampton means joining one of Europe's top Economics departments, with a high profile in both teaching and research.
  • For UK and EU students, there is the opportunity to study within another European Economics department, as part of the ERASMUS scheme, as well as Brazil and the USA.

Associated body

CIPFA
CIPFA

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEs:
QualificationGrade
GCSEGCSE English grade C or above (or an equivalent standard in other  English language qualifications qualifications approved by the University)  
A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

3 A level subjects: AAB (or ABB with grade A in the Extended Project Qualification). Applicants will require a grade B in AS level Mathematics. Where AS level Mathematics is not available or has not been taken we will consider applicants with alternative qualifications. B grade in A-level Mathematics, Physics or Statistics is accepted in lieu of B grade AS-level Mathematics.

4 A level subjects: ABBB (or BBBB with grade A in the Extended Project Qualification). Applicants will require a grade B in AS level Mathematics. Where AS level Mathematics is not available or has not been taken we will consider applicants with alternative qualifications. B grade in A-level Mathematics, Physics or Statistics is accepted in lieu of B grade AS-level Mathematics.

Queries about contextualised offers can be made to: ugapplyfshs@soton.ac.uk . Information about the university’s scheme to widen participation (A2S) can be found here: Access to Southampton

Although an Economics A level is not required, preference will be given to applicants taking at least one analytical A level subject; that is, either Economics or Mathematics or a science-based subject.

Most A level subjects are acceptable with the exception of General Studies. One subject such as those on the following list is accepted if combined with other academic subjects:

  • Art, including Design, Fine Art, Photography, Textiles, etc
  • Critical Thinking
  • Home Economics
  • ICT
  • Leisure Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Music, including Music Technology
  • Sports Studies including all forms of PE, Dance, etc
  • Theatre Studies including Drama and Performing Arts
  • Travel and Tourism

There may be a few places available for marginal candidates who have just missed the grades required by their conditional offer. For these students ONLY, the Admissions Tutor will consider any extra A level subject, including General Studies. Therefore, it is worth taking an extra A level as an insurance policy. There is no guarantee that extra spaces will be available.

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate34 points, 17 at Higher Level and at least 5 points in SL Mathematics (not Maths Studies)
Alternative qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard in other qualifications to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.

Please note that we cannot accept applicants from Greece on the basis of the Apolyterion alone; it must be supplemented by two A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for a score of IELTS 6.5.

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students: if you will be over 21 at the start of your proposed degree programme, you are eligible for exemption from our normal entry requirements. However, you will be required to provide evidence of having completed recent serious and successful study (e.g. Access, Return to Study, Open University Foundation Courses), and of your capacity to pursue the course. Please note - due to the mathematical content of the courses at Southampton, you will be expected to have studied the appropriate level of mathematics relevant to the course.

Contextual Admissions

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is ABB including grade B in AS Mathematics or A level Physics from three A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

Selection process:

We usually make our decisions based on your UCAS form alone. Only candidates who require special consideration, e.g. on grounds of age or non-standard entry qualifications, are interviewed.

All of our degree programmes require modules in mathematics (algebra and calculus) and statistics to be taken in the first year. If you have not studied mathematics for some time, you are strongly advised to prepare for these courses prior to entry.

International Foundation Year

International students who do not currently meet our entry requirements may be able to join this course on successful completion of our International Foundation Year. Find out more about the Foundation Year.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

Eight modules are studied each year, with four in each semester. The programme structure below outlines the modules that you may typically expect to study, although this may vary depending on demand for the modules and staff availability.

Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".

View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course

Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

View the language modules on offer for this course

Year 1

The aim of the first year is to provide you with a firm foundation in the core subjects of your degree and an opportunity, through the choice of optional units, to broaden your field of study. Module choices in year one are dependent on whether you have studied maths and/or economics at A level.

In addition to the compulsory modules listed below, students take one optional module. Students can choose this module from a different academic department (e.g. languages, psychology, politics etc.); from the Curriculum Innovation modules, or from a list of Economics or Management modules. For example, students might choose an option in Commercial Law, Quantitative Modelling in Economics, or Economic Perspectives and Policy.

Semester One

Students who do not have Economics A-level take Module Foundations of Microeconomics, those who have Economics A-level take Module Principles of Microeconomics.

Students WITHOUT A-Level Maths grade B and below will be registered on Introduction to Mathematics for Economics. Students WITH A-Level Maths grade B or above will be registered on Mathematics for Economics.

Core
Financial Accounting 1
Introduction to Management
Compulsory
Economics Skills and Employability 1
Semester Two

 

 

Core
Management Accounting 1
Principles of Macroeconomics
Statistics for Economics
Optional

These modules are only indicative examples of the options available. There is a wide array of option modules to choose from, subject to availability.

Economic Perspective & Policy
Quantitative Modelling in Economics

Year 2

Year 2 comprises a mixture of compulsory and optional modules.

Students choose two or three optional modules. As before, the modules can be from Economics, another department or from the Curriculum Innovation Programme. Economics offers second year modules in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Industrial Economics, Development Economics and International Trade Theory. Please note: Curriculum Innovation modules such as ‘The Management of Risk and Uncertainty’; ‘Health Policy and Economics’, and ‘Economics with Experiments’ may also be of interest.

Semester One
Compulsory
Financial Accounting 2
Applied Microeconomics 2
Macroeconomic Policy 2
Optional

These modules are only indicative examples of the options available. There is a wide array of option modules to choose from, subject to availability.

Organization & Management
Company Law
Statistical Theory 2
Semester Two

If you intend to undertake the Management Dissertation in year 3, you must select Business Research in year 2. If you intend to undertake the Economics Dissertation in year 3, you must select Research Skills for an Economist.

Compulsory
Portfolio Theory and Financial Markets
Management Accounting 2
Optional

These modules are only indicative examples of the options available. There is a wide array of option modules to choose from, subject to availability.

Problem Structuring Methods
European Business Environment
Topics in Macroeconomics 2
Industrial Economics 2

Year 3

During year three you will study a dissertation, equivalent to two modules, which is a piece of independent research on a topic of your choice spread over both semesters.

Students take two optional modules. As before, the modules can be from Economics, another department or from the Curriculum Innovation Programme. Economics offers third year modules in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Finance, Labour Economics and Public Economics.

Semester One

Students must take either an an Economics or a Management Dissertation module.

Compulsory
Applied Microeconomics 3
Financial Accounting 3
Economics Skills and Employability 3
Optional

These modules are only indicative examples of the options available. There is a wide array of option modules to choose from, subject to availability.

Labour Economics
Principles of Finance
Applied Econometrics
Topics in Macroeconomics 3
Semester Two

Students must take either an an Economics or a Management Dissertation module.

Compulsory
Macroeconomic Policy 3
Management Accounting 3
Optional

These modules are only indicative examples of the options available. There is a wide array of option modules to choose from, subject to availability.

Public Economics
Empirical Finance
Futures and Options
International Trade Theory & Policy

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentIT: Software licences - Publicly available software in public workstations and some available via iSolutions, but otherwise purchase.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing/
OtherExemptions: Following the successful performance in the relevant modules, there can be additional costs if students subsequently decide to claim the exemptions.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

Employability is embedded into modules from the first year onwards and right from the first lecture. We explain the degree skills which are taught throughout the modules and offer a number of optional employability modules.

The skills you will acquire are in high demand. Our degrees are a passport to vocational and non-vocational careers alike, with recent graduates employed in a diverse range of professions.

Read more about the careers and employability support we offer.

Learning & Assessment

Our degrees are full-time honours programmes of three years duration, with the exception of the M.Econ. programme, which lasts 4 years. All programmes aim to provide knowledge of the key concepts and arguments in the relevant subjects together with the capacity to apply this knowledge in a variety of contexts. In addition, we seek to ensure that all of our students are able to use data and quantitative techniques appropriately and effectively. The overall programme structure is a flexible one, allowing you to discover and pursue your own interests - either by choice of options or, if appropriate, by changing degree course at the end of year one.
Lectures and classes
Teaching takes place during two semesters, the first running from October to February and the second from February through to June. Eight subject units are taken per year - normally four per semester - some of which are compulsory and others optional. Teaching comprises both lectures (two or three per week, depending on the module) and weekly or fortnightly small group classes. In a typical semester you would spend about twelve hours per week attending lectures and classes; in addition, we expect about twenty-eight hours of self-study (preparing for classes, writing essays and so on) bringing the weekly total to forty hours.

Study Locations

Hartley Library

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