BSc

Accounting and Finance / Economics

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Key Facts

Code LN14
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB

  • Course Length

    3 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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This multi-accredited BSc in Accounting and Finance / Economics degree offers you the chance to develop and practise your technical knowledge, skills and expertise, while gaining professional recognition from the world’s leading accountancy bodies such as the ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, CIPFA, CII, ICSA. This degree is designed for students who are clearly focused on working in accountancy and the wide range of issues impacting every-day life including employment, inflationary pressure, international trade issues to name a few. Additional topics covered include financial reporting, management accounting, corporate finance, taxation, audit, and computerised accounting systems. 

Top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Accounting and Finance (NSS 2016)

Aberystwyth Business School: 90% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

96% of undergraduates from the Aberystwyth Business School who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Student Views

Overview

CIMA Accredited ICAEW Accredited CIFPA Accredited CII Accredited ICSA Accredited

Why study Accounting & Finance and Economics at Aberystwyth?

  • This programme will help fast-track your accountancy career by giving you exemptions from key professional examinations.
  • Enhance your career opportunities through our partnerships with businesses, industry and commerce.
  • Become confident with the technical and quantitative aspects of Economics.
  • Fully refurbished facilities- we have invested over 100 million pounds in refurbishment of student facilities.
  • Our degree generates a high and successful level of graduates who enter employment or further training 6 months after graduating.
  • We have arrangements with many partner universities overseas to deliver short academic programmes (2 weeks) to small groups of management and business students (on a self-funding basis), to enable you to experience the impact of the cultural environment when conducting business abroad. We currently have partner universities in India, China, Russia, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Brazil and our portfolio of countries is rapidly expanding.
Our Staff

Students at the Aberystwyth Business School are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.

Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.

Modules

Employability

Career prospects

Our graduates have progressed into these specialist pathways:

  • Chartered Accountant
  • Chartered Certified Accountant
  • Chartered Management Accountant
  • Chartered Public Finance accountant
  • Economist
  • Investment analysis
  • Financial risk analyst
  • Actuary
  • Civil Service
  • Diplomatic Service
  • Local Government 

What skills will I obtain from this degree? 

Studying a degree in Accounting and Finance/ Economics will equip you with the following skills:

  • Understanding of organisational behaviour and structure;
  • Improved numeracy skills and the ability to research, interpret and use business and financial data;
  • Deep understanding of the causes and effects of economic and other external changes;
  • The ability to communicate clearly written and spoken;
  • Effective problem solving;
  • Analytical and creative thinking skills;
  • Decision- making;
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Time-management and organisational skills;
  • Self-motivation and self- reliance.

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In your first year you may discover:

  • The three key areas of financial accounting, management accounting, financial management
  • Quantitative methods
  • The fundamental principles underlying micro and macroeconomics

In your second year you may explore:

  • Financial and Management accounting further
  • Investment analysis
  • Portfolio and risk management
  • How the open economy operates
  • Key concepts in microeconomic theory
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Welfare economics

In your third year you may study:

  • Corporate finance
  • Business law
  • Investments and financial instruments 

How will I be taught? 

Our course is taught through the medium of lectures, small-group seminars and tutorials. All our modules are available online after the lecture or seminar for you to watch in the comfort of your own room.

You will be assessed through:

  • Examinations
  • Assessed essays
  • Reports
  • Projects
  • Presentations
  • Coursework 

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Student Views

It provides a vast array of knowledge applicable to business as well as world markets. I find it challenging, but incredibly rewarding at the same time. The tutors are very approachable and always there to talk to and are ready to help whenever you need some guidance. All the careers advice that I have received so far has really helped me to shape the direction that I would ideally like to take in the future. Harry James Geyton

I enjoy learning about how the economy works. How money isn't just printed out at anytime, but is controlled by the government. Economics allows me to understand the fundamental problems that all societies face. Moreover, it focuses on the interaction of the market and people, how economic agents behave or interact, and how the economy works. Fon Yih Young

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
26 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
75% overall

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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