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Accounting and Economics

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020



Course length

Full time: 3 years, or 4 if a work placement is chosen

Part time: up to 8 years


Oxford Brookes Business School

UCAS Tariff Points



Our Accounting and Economics course gives you a great combination of academic study and a strong vocational emphasis.

In the first two years you will get a broad and solid grounding in core accounting and economics topics. In your final year, depending on your interests and career aspirations, you can then choose to:

  • focus more on one discipline or 
  • maintain a balance of both or
  • include some modules in a new area such as finance.

In your second or final year you can experience working in a local charity by helping with basic accounting. This is part of our Accounting for Community: Engaging Students (ACES) project.

By the end of the course you will have developed a broad range of valuable skills and attributes such as:

  • commercial awareness
  • an international perspective
  • an analytical approach to problem solving
  • the ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively.

And you will be ready for a career in accountancy or economic policy, or to continue to study at masters level.

Students in a lecture

How to apply

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30


Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

If you don’t achieve the required tariff points you can apply to join a foundation course or international foundation course to help to reach the required level for entry onto this degree.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics (grade B/5 or above) and English (grade C/4 or above)

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

It's your responsibility to purchase core texts and cover print/binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.

Learning and assessment

In Year 1 you will meet fellow students during induction week. You will also meet your academic adviser and course managers to discuss what you will study. Year 1 modules will introduce you to micro-economic and macro-economic theory and the fundamentals of accounting. And you will develop key skills, including:

  • primary research
  • sourcing and evaluating secondary data
  • academic referencing with emphasis on avoiding plagiarism
  • quantitative methods
  • manipulation and critical evaluation of numerical data.

In Year 2 you will take modules in:

  • intermediate level accounting and economics topics
  • research methods to prepare you for your final year synoptic or dissertation study
  • career development including the transition into graduate employment.

We will help you to find and apply for a suitable work placement. 

In Year 3 you will:

  • study a synoptic module in either accounting or economics
  • choose from a selection of modules in IM, accounting and economics.

You can also can choose to do a work placement.

Students in the library

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Macroeconomics I

Microeconomics I

Introduction to Accounting I (2 module credits)

Mathematics for Economics and Finance

Introduction to Accounting II

Optional modules

Choose 2 Level 4 modules from this list

Economics and Society in Context; Evolution of Global Business; Essential Information Skills; Foundation of Business

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Macroeconomics II

Microeconomics II

Statistics for Economics and Finance

Management Accounting

Financial Accounting and Reporting (2 module credits)

Research Methods in Economics OR Research in Accounting

Personal and Professional Development

Year 3 (optional placement)

Optional modules

Optional Work Placement Year (includes a Placement Search and Preparation module in your second year)

You can spend your third year on a work placement, which is a great opportunity to enhance your CV, preparing you for future employment. You will gain commercial and practical experience, and many students are offered graduate positions by their placement employer. Students from Accounting and Economics have enjoyed exciting and intellectually challenging positions at organisations such as Deloitte, EY, GT, Metro Bank, Investec Bank, Marriott Hotels, Chelsea Football Club, Apple and Bosch. During your placement there is a fee which is paid to the university. It covers the cost of your placement tutor, and the support we provide whilst looking for a placement position and during your placement role. Whilst on your placement you will still be classed as a student. You will be paid a financially sustainable salary which will vary depending on your role, company and location.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Optional modules

Economics Honours modules

Choose minimum of 2 modules from this list: Applied Econometrics; Contemporary Issues In Economics; Econometrics; Economic Growth Economic Policy; Environmental Economics; Industrial Organisation

Accounting Honours modules

Choose minimum of 2 modules from this list: Business Aspects of Management Accounting; Contexts of Accounting; Financial Accounting Theory

Dissertation or Synoptic in Accounting or Economics (Honours)

Choose 2 modules from this list

Accounting Information Systems; Advanced Taxation; Applied Game Theory; Auditing Practice; Auditing Theory; Corporate and Business Law; Corporate Finance; Financial Markets and Institutions; History of Economic Thought; Independent Study; International Finance; International Labour Markets; International Markets and Competition; International Trade; Introduction to Econometrics; Mathematics for Decision Making; Personal Taxation; Revenue Management and Pricing; Applied Econometrics; Contemporary Issues In Economics; Econometrics; Economic Growth; Economic Policy; Environmental Economics; Industrial Organisation; Business Aspects of Management Accounting; Contexts of Accounting; Financial Accounting Theory; Advanced Financial Management; Contemporary Issues in Finance; Finance and Development; Independent Study; The Developing Business

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Your learning experience on this course will be varied and challenging. We use a blended approach, combining face-to-face teaching and e-learning activities.

Teaching and learning methods include:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminar discussions 
  • group presentations
  • analysis of numerical data
  • case study analysis
  • discussions of topical material (such as newspaper articles, videos and websites)
  • computer-based exercises.

The e-learning component includes:

  • quizzes and diagnostic assessments
  • online discussion groups.

Throughout the course you will have close contact with your tutors and academic adviser. 


Assessment methods used on this course

We will assess your progress with a variety of approaches including:

  • reports
  • essays
  • case study analysis
  • presentations
  • examinations.
  • Each semester, practice assessments help you identify key strengths and weaknesses. You will benefit from ongoing in-depth, specific feedback on:
  • your work
  • placement year
  • voluntary charitable accounting experiences. 

This allows you to know exactly which areas you need to focus on to do the best you can in your studies. As well as develop yourself for your future career.

Most teaching and assessment activities take place between Mondays and Fridays, 9am to 7pm. There may be occasions when such activities may fall outside of these hours.

Study Abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate

Career prospects

This course will prepare you for a career in accounting or economics, but will also prepare you to join a general graduate training scheme, set up your own business or study at postgraduate level. You will have the opportunity to enhance your employability by taking part in our successful project which will provide you with an invaluable experience: Accounting for Community: Engaging Students (ACES), where, after free training, you can gain real-world experience by performing voluntary accounting roles at local charities and community groups.

Our Staff

Dr Yan Huang

Yan teaches finance-related courses to both undergraduates and postgraduates. For instance, Financial Markets and Institutions, Corporate Finance, Financial Management, Financial Modelling, and International Finance. She has extensive experience in financial databases and programming in STATA.

Read more about Yan

Free language courses

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Information from Discover Uni

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For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.