Accounting and Economics BSc(Hons)

2021-22 (also available for 2022-23)

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Start date

20 September 2021

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DDM

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Places available (subject to change)

80

About the course

Why Accounting and Economics?

Whatever the economic climate, businesses across the UK always need accountants and economists. Whether you’re hoping to work in the private, public or voluntary sector, this course could help you gain a thorough grounding in accounting and economics to take you to the next step in your career. If you’re going to be an accountant or economist it’s vital you understand how organisations are financed and managed. That’s what’s at the core of our degree. We’ll look at how companies are run, and then give you the opportunity to choose particular topics to study in more detail.

How will you learn?

You will learn through practical application and delivered lectures, workshops, seminars and group work sessions.

  • Here at Huddersfield, you'll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We've been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally qualified teaching staff for three years running.
  • You’ll be able to connect with leading accounting firms thanks to our innovative Partners in Accountancy scheme. The Partners in Accountancy firms will offer accountancy students direct input to their studies from leading case studies on technical and professional areas and providing careers support.
  • The course doesn't just focus on accounting techniques – we also look at some essential skills for the workplace, including communication and presentation skills.
  • In your third year we’ll give you the opportunity to take a placement year that could see you working in a business and gaining real world experience.

What subjects will you cover?

You’ll explore subjects such as Financial Accounting, Accountants in Organisations, Advanced Corporate Reporting, Management Accounting, Quantitative Analysis, Econometrics, Micro and Macro Economics, Decision Science and the Legal Environment of Business and Employment for Accountants.

Studying for a degree on our Accounting and Economics course opens up a range of career opportunities in a variety of industries. Accountants and Economists are at the heart of many organisations and are in high demand. Our courses have been designed to give you the skills, competencies and knowledge valued by industry and the profession and they prepare you for a career in Accounting or Economics. All our courses offer the opportunity to gain real world experience through an industrial placement, as well as obtaining exemptions from professional body exams. Accounting and Economics is a varied subject allowing students to develop their own interests. If you want to learn about this exciting and interesting subject from an enthusiastic staff team with professional accountancy experience and academic expertise, then a course in this area could be right for you. 

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Dr Kay Smith, Course Leader

Course detail

This is a common first year across all Accountancy courses and comprises:

Core modules:

Foundations of Financial Accounting

This module provides you with an introduction to the context and purpose of financial reporting and how to define qualitative characteristics of financial reporting. It helps you to understand how to maintain accounting records, prepare and present financial reports. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about different types of ownership of business organisations, and the sources of authority for financial reporting will be considered.

Foundations of Management Accounting

This module will introduce you to the basic concepts, principles and practices of management accounting. It covers cost classification and behaviour, and the various types of cost and costing systems used for products and services. You’ll explore the basic principles of planning and control in terms of budgeting and variance analysis and also learn the types of decision-making techniques such as cost-volume-profit analysis and pricing.

Foundations of Finance

This module introduces you to the main characteristics of finance and financial management and aims to introduce the key concepts of finance by building comprehensive perceptions and equipping you with different skills related to finance. You’ll explore the foundations of finance to enable you to learn more advanced topics in finance and give you the opportunity to develop clear understandings of the key financial concepts.

Introduction to Macroeconomics

This module helps to develop an understanding of the basic concepts in macroeconomics and provides you with the foundations to develop macroeconomic theory in year two. You’ll have the opportunity to develop and apply analytical skills to understand and explain various macroeconomic events such as such as unemployment, recessions and inflation.

Introduction to Microeconomics

This module enables you to develop an understanding of microeconomic concepts and theories through a critical consideration of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life. You’ll have the opportunity to apply microeconomic concepts and theories in a range of contexts and to appreciate their value and limitations in explaining real world events.

Statistics for Social Sciences

This module will introduce you to statistical methods necessary for the study of applied economics and social sciences. You’ll be introduced to modern economic theory and this will be linked to applied content. Statistical and quantitative techniques will be used to gain a greater understanding of economic data and applied economics and help you develop an understanding of how these might be applied to real world data, as well as giving you the skills and experience to carry out data analyses that are often required in the economics profession.

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level .

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications.

DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma.

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

What our students have to say


The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment, located on one central town centre campus site. Huddersfield Business School provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop, located right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal it's in a leafy and picturesque location at the heart of the campus.

Watch our profile video to hear Danielle describe why she chose the University of Huddersfield.

Placements


The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This paid position provides the opportunity for further personal development and to see accountancy and finance in action, helping you develop the knowledge and skills obtained on the course.

Our Placement Office works with national and international employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to you on placement courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CVs and covering letters.

You can find more information on placements here.

My responsibilities have included managing my own projects, learning new processes and working with various stakeholders and suppliers. Completing a placement has strengthened my communication skills and given me the confidence to work hard and the experience will definitely help me in my final year.

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Sidthra Afzal, Project Management Intern, placement with Rolls-Royce

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Your Career


Previous graduates from this subject area have gone on to roles such as Accounts Assistant, Graduate schemes, Commercial Analyst, Accounting Trainee, Audit and Accounts Assistant, Junior Management Accountant, Financial Analyst Management Accountant and in organisations including Pentagon Vauxhall, HSBC Commercial Banking, Teale Services AT Ltd, Mitha Chartered Accountants, Redcats and BJA Refrigeration.**

 

*Whilst this is a new course and therefore no graduate statistics for this specific course are available, 90-95% of graduates from courses in these subject areas at Huddersfield are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 17/18, UK domiciled graduates).

**Source: LinkedIn.

90-95% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Within Huddersfield Business School, there are numerous student support services that you can access to ensure that you make the most of your time with us. In terms of academic support, we have highly qualified Academic Skills Tutors who are able to provide support to those of you who require help in improving your academic skills in areas such as academic writing, presentation techniques, referencing etc. We also offer additional support to our International students by giving free language support sessions to our Final Year/Top-Up and Postgraduate students and co-ordinate the ‘Bud In Hud ‘ programme which provides opportunities for both International and Home students to meet and socialise in an informal setting.

We also have a team of Student Guidance and Support Officers within the School who can provide support and advice to you with any non-academic issues such as health issues, financial problems or personal issues, you may be facing which are having an effect on your ability to study to the best of your abilities. Drop in sessions are always available so you can pop in and have a confidential chat about how we can help and what support is available to you.

Our support services are here to ensure that you are able to achieve your academic, professional and personal potential during your time with Huddersfield Business School.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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