Economics and Accounting

BA, 3 years

This is for you if... you want to understand how companies work from both the inside and the outside.

Course Description

  • As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as taking into account student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff where this will impact on the delivery of the course.  As a result, if there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible and will ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

The Economics and Accounting BA will provide you with the opportunity to study two interrelated subjects, providing you with a comprehensive knowledge of the key areas of economics and accounting. You will be introduced to techniques of accounting, such as financial reporting, management accounting, auditing and taxation.

If you choose to take the Economics and Accounting BA you will have the excellent opportunity to gain exemptions from certain professional exams such as the CIMA, ACCA and ACA (offered by the ICAEW). These exemptions are dependent upon the satisfactory completion of certain modules.

The first year of this degree is common to the following BA degrees:

This means that you will have the option to switch to one of the BA degrees in this list during your first year.

At the beginning of your first year there will be a four day induction programme. This will give you the opportunity to become familiar with the department and get to know you tutors and fellow students, giving you the best possible start to your time at Leicester.

Our staff are internationally renowned and have acted as advisers and consultants to many international and national organisations, including the European Central Bank, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the Central Bank of Poland, the Central Bank of Greece and a number of UK Government departments.

To help you develop the skills that leading employers ask for, and let you see how traders work, we have 12 Bloomberg terminals in the University Library. 

The close relationship between research and teaching is one of the great advantages of studying with us. We welcome talented students from countries all over the world.

What's the difference?

The Economics and Accounting BA differs from the Economics and Accounting BSc in the topics that you will study, as well as the entry requirements.

For the BA:

  • You will need to have achieved a GCSE in Maths - at least a grade B.
  • You will focus on the development of your skills as an economist through their application to a wide range of real world issues.

For the BSc:

  • You will need to have achieved an A-level in Maths - at least grade B.
  • You will gain experience in the use of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques in economic analysis and its applications. 
Key Facts
Typical offer
UCAS code
Start date
September 2018
School of Business

Admissions enquiries
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Course enquiries
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Why Leicester?

Our 12 Bloomberg terminals let you see how traders work and also access financial news and information, including real-time stock quotes 24/7. By using this industry standard platform, you will develop skills that top employers ask for.

You will have the opportunity to gain a global outlook and real-world experience through our year abroad and year in industry opportunities.

The School’s dedicated in-house Career Development Manager works closely with the University’s Career Development Service to make sure you get support to achieve your aspirations.

All first year Economics students can sign up for a peer mentor who can provide help and support with coursework, exam tips, study skills, careers and how to make the most of your time at Leicester.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year, you will be introduced to the core areas of microeconomics, macroeconomics and the economic application of basic mathematical and statistical techniques to the solution of economic problems.


    First year modules are common to the following BA degrees Banking and Finance BA, Business Economics BA, Economics BA, Economics and Accounting BA and Financial Economics BA. There is flexibility to switch between these degrees during your first year.

    Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Year 2

    Year 2

    Your second year will see you continue to build upon your knowledge of microeconomics and macroeconomics, whilst also bringing in elements of accountancy and econometrics.


      Plus either Principles of Finance or Principles of Personal Taxation.

      Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

      Year 3

      Year 3

      Core modules

      Plus your Dissertation

      Option modules

      Choose one option module from:

      Plus either Corporate Finance or Principles of Business Taxation

      Plus either Advanced Macroeconomics or Investment Management 

      Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

      Additional Information

      CIMA logoACCA accreditation logoIf you take the BA Economics and Accounting you will be eligible for exemptions from professional exams CIMA, ACA, and ACCA. This is subject to satisfactory completion of certain modules.

      ICAEW logo

      We are a partner in learning with the ICAEW.


      Teaching and Assessment

      You will usually have eight hours of lectures and four hours of classes or tutorials per week, although this may vary between modules. The lecture programme is supported by small-group tutorials, seminars or practical classes, designed to encourage discussion, exploration and application of issues arising from lecture material.

      During the course of your degree you will be assessed by a mixture of exams and course work. In your final year you will complete a dissertation - an independent research project. This will give you the opportunity to work on a topic of your choice that you are particularly interested in.

      Research Stories

      Entry Requirements

      • A/AS-levels: ABB. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies or Critical Thinking not included. Own language may be considered.
      • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A level. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted. Own language may be considered.
      • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with some credits at distinction.
      • GCSE: Grade B in Mathematics.
      • International Baccalaureate: Pass Full Diploma with 30 points overall including 5 in Standard Level Maths.
      • BTEC Extended National Diploma: DDD in Business diploma with strong GCSE background including Mathematics at grade B.

      Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

      Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

      Selection Process

      When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

      Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the School of Business.

      English Language Requirements

      IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

      International Qualifications

      Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

      Countries List

      Fees and Funding

      • Starting in 2017

        • £9,250 in your first year. After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations. (RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)

        Starting in 2018

        • TBC

        Find out more about scholarships and funding.
      • Starting in 2017

        • £15,290 per year

        Starting in 2018

        • TBC

        Find out more about scholarships and funding.

      Career Opportunities

      An economics degree from the University of Leicester will provide you with numerous career opportunities. Alongside your academic work we recognise that it is also important that you gain experience and develop your skills. You have the chance to undertake project work with student societies and employer-led organisations.

      The School’s dedicated in-house Career Development Manager works closely with the University’s Career Development Service to make sure you get support to achieve your aspirations.

      Studying here will help prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities in government, business or the financial services sector, as well as for future study at postgraduate level. Typical job roles our graduates have entered have included; Marketing Executive, Business Development Consultant, Trading Assistant, Risk Analyst, Tax Associate etc. Past employers of our graduates have included; Next, NHS, Mazars, Deloitte, Jaguar etc.

      Read about some of our recent graduates.


      Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

      Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
      Economics and Accounting BA 3 years full-time L1N4 Apply Now
      Economics and Accounting
      3 years full-time
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