This degree is accredited the ACCA and CIMA offering exemptions to some of their papers after you graduate. Please see below.
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About the course
The distinctive feature of this programme is that it allows students to develop the fundamental analytical techniques of micro- and macroeconomics, while also developing knowledge and understanding of the core concepts and issues in financial and management accounting. When you graduate you’ll be equipped with the core theoretical and practical skills necessary to understand and analyse economic and accounting issues in the business world, and be prepared for a variety of potential careers including management consultancy, accountancy and banking.
Economics courses at Brunel combine an understanding of theory with the practical skills necessary to apply your knowledge to a business, industrial, financial or government environment. It is this combination together with a strong background in accounting that distinguishes the Brunel courses from other degrees in economics.
- You will be provided with a strong intellectual and practical grounding in both economics and accounting.
- You will develop core skills and attributes that will enable you to understand and analyse economic and accounting issues in a variety of contexts.
Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
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The BSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.
- Mathematics for Economics and Finance
- Microeconomic Principles
- Macroeconomic Principles
- Financial Markets
- Introduction to Financial Accounting
- Professional Skills and Statistics
- Microeconomic Principles II
- Macroeconomic Principles II
- Financial Accounting and Statement Analysis
- Company Law and Regulation
- Introduction to Econometrics
- Management Accounting
- Economics Project
- Managerial and Industrial Economics
- Financial Accounting
Choose 1 from
- Auditing and Assurance
Plus choose 1 from
- The Economics of Labour Markets
- Behavioural Economics and Finance
- International Money and Finance
- Further Econometrics
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and what you will learn on the course.
This course seeks to equip graduates with the core theoretical and practical skills necessary to understand and analyse economic and accounting issues that arise in the business world.
You will be prepared them for a variety of potential careers after graduation, including management consultancy, accountancy and banking. Depending on the modules selected, students will also be able to earn exemptions from some ACCA and CIMA exams.
Careers and your future
Our students have excellent career prospects. Graduates have gone on to work for prestigious companies including:
- Merrill Lynch
- Morgan Stanley
- JP Morgan
- Ernst & Young
- the London Stock Exchange
You can choose to study either a traditional three-year course, or the prestigious four-year sandwich course. Sandwich course students have the chance to undertake paid, professional work experience in industry, the public sector and commerce in the UK or overseas, as well as in the heart of the UK’s financial sector.
The positive impact of a sandwich placement on graduate employment outcomes across Brunel is considerable. Those who have done placements are also much more likely to be in employment for which their degree was a formal requirement or where they believe their degree gave them a competitive advantage in recruitment.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Entry criteria 2019/20
- GCE A-Level BBB (all subjects considered excluding General Studies).
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a related subject.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject AND an A-level at Grade B.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject AND A-levels Grade BB.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points, including 5 in Standard Maths or 4 in Higher Maths.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3, with Merit or higher AND GCSE Maths Grade B.
A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE Mathematics Grade B or Grade 5 and GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU entry requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.
Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.
We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.
Teaching and learning
How many hours of study are involved?
You will have about 12 to 14 hours of directed study a week in Level 1. This number decreases in Levels 2 and 3. Students are also expected to undertake substantial independent study.
How will I be taught?
Lectures – These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas relating to your course and establish a framework from which to carry out more in depth study.
Workshops – These are generally used for modules in finance or quantitative subjects. They often take the form of working through answers to a previously distributed assignment sheet of exercise questions.
Seminars – These relatively small groups are used to examine the lecture material in more detail, and to analyse and apply theoretical concepts in specific contexts.
One-to-one – You will have one-to-one supervision for your final year dissertation, and at all levels you will have a personal tutor who is available to discuss personal and academic problems. If you go on placement, you will also be allocated a work placement tutor who will monitor your progress and provide further support if you need it.
Other – This may include guest speakers from prominent organisations, research seminars and external site visits.
Assessment and feedback
In your final year you will undertake a dissertation which is linked to your degree. This is a piece of personal research which is often seen by prospective employers and which may stem directly from a work placement. Otherwise the subject will be stimulated by topical issues such as directors' pay, regulation of utilities or European monetary union. Our staff have extensive research expertise in these and other areas, leading to a Research Assessment of 4 in the last Government exercise.
Each subject is assessed in the term when it is studied. The proportion of exam to coursework is approximately 75% to 25%, but some courses have a higher proportion of continuous assessment. Level 1 does not count towards your final degree mark. Level 2 is worth a third, and Level 3 is worth the rest. The final year dissertation is worth a third of Level 3 marks.
As a graduate of this course, you will be exempt from some professional accountancy exams. Not only is this a fast-track way to professional qualifications, but it is also a symbol of the quality of the programme.
Graduates of our BSc degrees in economics and finance can look forward to the following exemptions from professional accountancy bodies, depending on degree and module choices.
ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
Our graduates enjoy exemptions from all FIA papers and up to 8 out of 9 ACCA Papers depending on the programme of study and module choices at level three.
CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)
3 exemptions are offered to graduates of the following degrees:-
- Economics BSc
- Economics and Business Finance BSc
- Economics and Management BSc
6 exemptions are offered to graduates of the following degrees:-
- Finance and Accounting BSc
- Economics and Accounting BSc
The use of computers is an integral part of all our courses. You will make extensive use of computers attached to a powerful network. You will then be linked to other UK and international information sources. You will also become familiar with the analytical packages widely used by business and financial institutions.
We have good links with organisations which means:
- High-quality work placements
- up-to-date course content
- opportunities for finding a good job after you graduate
Fees and funding
Fees for 2019/20 entry
£9,250 full-time; £1,000 placement year
Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.
UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.
Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).
Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.
There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about undergraduate student funding options.