On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.
- Economics for Accounting & Finance: You'll develop an understanding of the operation of markets, including the interaction between related markets along with an understanding of the impact of economic policies on business and society in the context of a global economy.
- Introduction to Accounting: This unit aims to provide you with a sound foundation in the fundamentals of accounting, together with a basic understanding of the regulatory framework.
- Professional Studies and Quantitative Techniques: You'll develop knowledge of the fundamental mathematical processes, techniques and ideas used in the collection, presentation, analysis and interpretation of data.
- Law for Accounting & Finance: This unit will embed the core legal principles and concepts within the legal environment for a graduate operating in the finance sector.
- Business Management: Providing you with an introduction to marketing, human resource management and organisational change in the context of business management in a global environment.
- Basic Statistical Techniques: By the end of this unit you'll be able to calculate a range of basic statistical techniques and interpret the results and perform various significance tests.
The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the first year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
- Learning and teaching: 225 hours
- Independent learning: 975 hours
- Non-assessed learning and teaching: 19 hours
- Management Accounting: Providing you with the practical ability to deal with fundamental cost and management accounting issues.
- Mathematics for Economists: This unit will extend your knowledge of the fundamental mathematical processes, techniques and ideas used in economic analysis.
- Micro-Economics: The unit aims to develop your intermediate level understanding of Microeconomic theory, enabling you to apply Microeconomic principles in the analysis of contemporary issues and problems.
- Corporate Financial Management: This unit explores the dynamic and changing global environment in which financial management decisions are taken, and applies key principles and techniques to assist in corporate decision-making.
- Econometric Techniques: This unit will extend your knowledge of the fundamental statistical processes, techniques and ideas used in the analysis and interpretation of economic data.
- Macro-Economics: The unit aims to develop your intermediate level understanding of Macroeconomic theory, enabling you to apply macroeconomic principles in the analysis of contemporary issues and problems.
- Advanced Academic English: If you don't have IELTS 7.0 or above you must complete this unit, which seeks to consolidate and refine the language and study skills required for effective academic performance at Honours Level in UK higher education.
The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the second year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
- Learning and teaching: 217 hours
- Independent learning: 983 hours
- Non-assessed learning and teaching: 2 hours
- Financial Regulation: The unit provides insight and understanding into key financial regulatory theories, forms and rationale of regulation that are highly relevant to those seeking to operate within the financial services sector.
- Perspectives on Business Strategy: You'll gain insights into the differing perspectives used to develop and implement business strategy.
- Macro-Economics: The unit aims to develop knowledge and the ability to critically analyse macroeconomic problems and issues in the context of the global economy. It seeks to provide you with the theoretical and empirical foundations to understand macroeconomic activity and policy in a global context.
- Investment management: You'll explore the current features of capital markets and savings products which will prepare you for business and personal investment.
- Micro-Economics: The unit aims to develop your knowledge of the fundamental economic and quantitative techniques and your application to business, management and economics.
Option units (choose one)
- Company Study: This unit will enhance your skills in both computerised and non-computerised information retrieval, analysis and presentation.
- Research Study: The aim of the unit is to provide you with the opportunity to develop skills in conducting effectively a research project, and acquire specialist knowledge within an area relevant to your programme of study.
- International Taxation: The aim of this unit is to provide a technically and academically challenging examination of the issues in international taxation faced by multinational corporations and individuals.
- Indirect Tax: You'll evaluate the application of VAT to specific business sectors in the UK and its interaction with the EU and overseas jurisdictions in the context of cross-border trade.
- Law of Personal Tax: The aims of this unit are to enable you to explore and critically evaluate opportunities for mitigating the impact of personal taxation on the decisions of individuals.
- Company Law: You'll extend your competence in the field of Company Law, and gain the necessary knowledge to apply Company Law at an advanced level.
Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.
The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the final year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
- Learning and teaching: 186 hours
- Independent learning: 1014 hours
- Non-assessed learning and teaching: 3 hours
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Download the programme specification for BA (Hons) Finance & Economics.
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At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career, therefore we now offer every new student the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement as part of their course. We will provide a great deal of help and support to ensure you achieve a rewarding and satisfying placement. What’s more, you can also choose to undertake your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.
Although it is ultimately your responsibility to find a placement, we give you all the support you could need; our dedicated Business School Placement Officers circulate job opportunities and offer extensive CV, covering letter and interview coaching to ensure you have the best chance to compete for some of the top placement positions in industry.
Our students perform so well on placement that we have a large number of top firms returning to us year-on-year to source BU placement students.
Our students have previously worked for:
- Ernst & Young
*The above information is taken from BU institutional data.
Background and experience
For this course we are looking for applicants who can:
- Demonstrate excellent problem solving skills
- Demonstrate good written and oral communication skills
- Think logically and have an appreciation of mathematical concepts
- Show self motivation and effective time-management skills.
We encourage applicants who have a real interest in accounting principles and concepts. Students on this course will have a proven ability to work effectively in teams as well as individually when completing assignments.
We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their UCAS applications, there are no interviews or selection activities needed. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out from the crowd, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply web pages.
Our offer making process
Our offer making will typically be based on your three main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.
If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.
How we'll assess your application
We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.
If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 20-60 points below the published tariff.
Unconditional offer scheme - for September 2016 entry
Our Unconditional Offer Scheme seeks to reward exceptional applicants who are predicted to achieve top academic results. The scheme is offered to applicants on all courses who are predicted AAA at A-level/triple Distinction in BTEC Extended Diploma, or above, or equivalent, subject to any course selection measures and meeting other entry criteria (i.e. required qualifications). What’s more we’ll recognise your achievement if you meet these grades with an Academic Excellence Scholarship from £1,500 when you arrive*.
We believe that unconditional offers will reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible. Excellent grades will become a part of applicants’ CVs and are also required for BU’s scholarships. International qualifications are considered in the scheme; however applicants must satisfy the English language requirements. *Our scholarships are subject to terms, conditions and eligibility criteria, detailed on our scholarships pages.
2017 entry requirements
The new UCAS Tariff will be used for September 2017 entry. If you have applied in the 2016 UCAS admissions cycle, you will use the previous UCAS Tariff.
The entry requirements for this course are 120 tariff points, with 80 from two A-Levels or equivalent, with remaining 40 points from other A-Levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma:
UCAS have created a helpful calculator so you can calculate points to use for courses starting from September 2017 onwards.
GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.
Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the askBU Enquiry Service to find out more.
Other qualifications: We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the askBU Enquiry Service – it may be that we can still consider it.
The Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) and Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS) carry UCAS points and are recognised by BU. Please refer to the UCAS tariff tables for further details about the UCAS tariff points allocated to these qualifications. Please note applicants with the IFS Diploma cannot also count points allocated to the IFS Certificate.
Access courses: BU welcomes Access to HE Diploma applicants. This course requires applicants to Pass the Access to HE Diploma (with 60 Credits - at least 45 at level 3, remainder at level 2 or equivalent). Any combination of grades to meet the overall tariff is acceptable.
- Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit.
- Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit in addition to one A-level to achieve the overall tariff.
- 90-credit Diploma: The 90-credit Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.
- Subsidiary Diploma: This course requires a Distinction in addition to two A-Levels to achieve the overall tariff.
A combination of BTEC qualifications to meet the overall course tariff is also acceptable.
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: We welcome applicants studying the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or a combination of Pre-U subjects and A-levels.
European Baccalaureate: Applicants are required to achieve a minimum score of 75% overall.
International Baccalaureate (Diploma): The IB Diploma is welcomed as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB). This course requires 31 points including 5 points from each of the 3 Higher Level subjects
Scottish qualifications: Scottish Advanced Highers, Scottish Highers and other Scottish qualifications are all welcomed providing that your results meet the overall course tariff.
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma: The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is welcomed alongside A-Levels or equivalent, to meet the overall course tariff.
OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Qualification: The OCR Extended Diploma or a combination of one Diploma + one Introductory Diploma is acceptable for entry to this course.
Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit.
Other combinations of OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications to meet the overall course tariff may be acceptable.
Extended Project Qualification: The grade achieved for the Extended Project may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has marginally failed to meet the conditions of their offer.
Deferred entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
- IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course. Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.
Academic entry requirements
You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students' page.
We offer a number of preparatory programmes through the Bournemouth University International College. These courses offer you progression from High School in your home country to a Bachelor’s degree at BU.
- Students in work/further study 6 months after graduation: 93.5%
- Students in managerial/professional roles 6 months after graduation: 68.1%
Combining an understanding of economics with a good grounding in financial principles is a valuable skillset to have in today's corporate environment. When you finish your degree, you'll be well-placed to find a job in this competitive sector - 93.5% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of completing their course.
They have taken on roles with companies such as Barclays, IBM, BMW, Mazars and JP Morgan Chase Bank to name just a few. With this degree you can choose to pursue a range of career paths, including:
- Account officer
- Associate consultant
- Finance executive
- Mortgage case owner.
All of our Accounting & Finance courses are accredited by the relevant professional bodies - The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and the Association of International Accountants, allowing you to demonstrate your high level of skill and knowledge to potential employers.
Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.
*All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.
The National Student Survey
The below information all comes from the National Student Survey completed by some of the students who graduated from this course last year.
- Students agreed staff are good at explaining things - 83%
- Students agreed staff made the subject interesting - 72%
- Students were satisfied overall - 79%
- Students agreed they got sufficient advice and support - 72%
At BU, we take our students’ feedback very seriously. We have reviewed all the responses to the survey, and we are implementing a number of new initiatives for our students. Why not visit us to see for yourself at an open day?
- Relocated course administration and placement teams to be more accessible
- New students welcome pack has much more information about where to go for help and advice
- Inviting more guest speakers from industry to give you an insider’s view
- Continuing investment in new buildings with dedicated study and social spaces on campus
- Recruiting new staff to help you Grow@bu – a Faculty support service run by recent graduates who really understand student issues.
37% of the course is assessed by coursework
Throughout the course, you will be assessed by coursework, group work and written exams. The majority of assessment during the first, second and third years will be in the form of written examination with your final year mostly split between coursework and examination.
18% is scheduled learning and teaching activities
The emphasis of this course is in guided independent learning, which helps you develop into a self-motivated learner. When not attending lectures and seminars, you will be expected to read around the subject. Your typical week’s activities will include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
For those opting to undertake the optional placement year, this will involve working in industry – a vital part in developing you as a well-rounded and industry-ready graduate and giving you a head start when it comes to your future career.