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Accounting and Economics

BSc (Hons) - single

Oxford Brookes Business School

On this course you will develop a solid grounding in accounting and economics and will be well placed to enter careers in accountancy or economic policy, or to continue to study at masters level.

These complementary disciplines give you a great combination of academic study with a strong vocational emphasis. On this course you will gain a broad range of commercial and personal skills that are highly valued by employers.

This programme offers flexibility. The first two years of study offer a broad and solid grounding in core Accounting and Economics areas. You then have the option in your final year to focus more on one discipline or maintain a balance of both, depending on your interests and career aspirations. Another option is to include some modules in a new area such as finance.

You may also be interested to have a look at our Accounting and Finance and Economics, Finance and International Business courses.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for our degrees, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take one of our pathway programmes.


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Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years, or 4 if a work placement is chosen
  • Part time: up to 8 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • This programme offers flexibility. The first two years of study are structured to offer a broad and solid grounding in core Accounting and Economics areas. You then have the option in your final year to focus more on one discipline or maintain a balance, depending on your interests. An additional option is to include some modules in a new area such as finance.
  • You can experience working in a local charity to assist with their basic accounting by being part of our Accounting for Community: Engaging Students (ACES) project in your second or final year.
  • The variety of teaching and assessment approaches on this course will enable you to develop a broad range of valuable skills and attributes such as commercial awareness, an international perspective, an analytical approach to problem solving, and the ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively.
  • It is an exciting time to join our Business School as we have recently moved to new premises at our Headington Campus. The university has invested £30m to provide a new home for the Business School, including a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, social learning space and a café. This gives you first-class learning spaces close to university facilities, student halls and the city centre.

Year 1 will start with a week-long induction programme where you will meet fellow students. You will also meet with your academic adviser and course managers to discuss your first year programme of study. Core modules will introduce you to micro-economic and macro-economic theory as well as the fundamentals of accounting. First year core modules will also equip you with key skills, including primary research, sourcing and evaluating secondary data, academic referencing with emphasis on avoiding plagiarism, quantitative methods, and manipulation and critical evaluation of numerical data.

In Year 2 you extend your study with intermediate level modules in both disciplines.


  • Your economic study will continue with intermediate level macroeconomics (eg fiscal and monetary policy) and microeconomics (eg firms’ behaviour in different competitive markets) as well as a statistics module that will introduce you to the world of data analysis.
  • Intermediate level accounting study splits into financial accounting (eg preparing and analysing financial statements) and management accounting (eg providing and interpreting costing, budgetary and control information for managers).


A research methods module will prepare you for your final year synoptic or dissertation study and there are sessions providing help and guidance in sourcing and applying for the most suitable work placement positions for you.

In Year 2 you will also take a module which will enable you to develop the skills and competencies you will need for your career development, including the transition into graduate employment.

In Year 3 there is the option of a work placement which will enable you to graduate with highly valued graduate-level work experience alongside the academic knowledge and transferable skills gained throughout the course.

In your final year you will study either a synoptic module in accounting or in economics that will enhance your ability to synthesise various areas that you have studied.

You will also choose from a selection of modules in IM, accounting and economics, depending on your preferences.

Study modules

Please see the course structure chart.

As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the module lists you choose from may differ from those listed here.

Work placements

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.

For more information about the fees please go to the Fees/Funding section.

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.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:

  • Improving your employment prospects within an international market
  • Boosting your language skills
  • Building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • Improving your knowledge of different cultures.

While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.

We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.

There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

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.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Essential purchases

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.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Teaching and learning

Your learning experience on this course will be varied as well as challenging. Throughout the course you will have close contact with your tutors and academic adviser and you will be taught through workshops and seminar discussions supplemented and supported by lectures. You will be able to participate in activities such as group presentations, analysis of numerical data, case study analysis, discussions of topical material (for example newspaper articles, videos and websites) and computer-based exercises.

Lectures, seminars and workshops will be supplemented by a range of activities undertaken outside class. These will include an e-learning component, providing the opportunity to undertake self-study such as quizzes and diagnostic assessments and to participate in online discussion groups. These e-learning activities will be complementary to face-to-face learning, forming part of a blended approach.

Approach to assessment

The course uses a variety of assessment approaches including reports, essays, case study analysis, presentations and examinations. Practice assessments help you identify key strengths and weakness during each semester. You will benefit from ongoing in-depth, specific feedback on your work, placement year and voluntary charitable accounting experiences. In this way you will know exactly which areas you need to focus on to do the best you can in your studies and develop yourself for your future career.

The majority of 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.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

Home/EU - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £1,380. 2019/20: £1,380.

International - full time: 2018/19: £13,360 2019/20: £13,630

International - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £3,920 2019/20: £4,000

*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 in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

A-Level: BBC

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.

IB Diploma: 30 points


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.

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

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.

How to apply

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take a foundation course or an international foundation course. 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

International applicants

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

Oxford Brookes operates 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.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

As one of the most famous cities in the world, Oxford is a great place to be a student. One in five people in the city is a student, so places, events, amenities and facilities are geared towards university life. Find out all about being a student in Oxford on our Student Life pages.

Oxford has a growing hi-tech community with many businesses located in the city and surrounding area. It is just over an hour from the hub of business life in London, The City, with easy access to international airports.

Specialist facilities

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

The Clerici Building has undergone a huge redevelopment creating a new home for the Business School, including a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, social learning spaces and a café. It also provides a new Main Hall and a vibrant gateway into the Headington Campus. With these innovative spaces, students and staff can interact and collaborate in first-class facilities.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

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.

Course downloads

  • Course Structure Chart: Accounting and Economics
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