Economics and Accounting

BSc, 3 years

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

Course Description

This degree 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.

The Economics and Accounting BSc has been especially designed for students who have studied Maths at A-level and attained a grade B. The degree will involve further, more rigorous training in maths and statistics than the BA so a strong mathematical background is essential.

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

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

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.

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

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. 

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.
Key Facts
Typical offer
ABB (including Maths)
UCAS code
Start date
September 2018
School of Business

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2890

School of Business website

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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


This is the same first year as our other four BAs degrees in Economics, making it possible to switch in your first year to one of these degrees: Banking and Finance BScBusiness Economics BScEconomics BSc or Financial Economics BSc.

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

Core modules

Option modules

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

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Then choose two option modules From:

Plus your Applied Econometrics Project

NB. You cannot choose both Advanced Macroeconomics and International Finance.

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 BSc 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 coursework. In your final year you will complete an Applied Econometrics Project. This will give you the opportunity to work on a topic of your choice that you are particularly interested in.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Overall workload

Typical workload hours for School of Business courses in 2016/17: 

Year 1: 16% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 192 hours
  • Independent learning: 1008 hours

Year 2: 20% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
  • Independent learning: 960 hours

Year 3: 17% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 204 hours
  • Independent learning: 996 hours

While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Research Stories

Entry Requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB including Maths at Grade B or above. 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. A level subjects to include Mathematics at grade B.
  • GCSE: English Language Grade C
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 at Distinction and credits equivalent to A-level grade B in Maths.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Full Diploma with 30 points overall including 5 Higher Level Maths.
  • BTEC Extended National Diploma: DDD in Business diploma with strong GCSE background and A-level 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.

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Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2018

    • £9,250 in your first year. After 2018/19, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation and is subject to government regulations.

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

  • Starting in 2018

    • £15,980 per year
    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.


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 BSc 3 years full-time LN14 Apply Now
Economics and Accounting
3 years full-time

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