About the course

Indicative course structure

The study of Accounting and Economics brings students face to face with the current trends, practices and themes within both the Accounting and in touch with global economies. This practical and relevant course develops students to become confident, knowledgeable and forward thinking graduates ready to take on this growing sector head on. 90% of Accounting and Economics graduates are in employment or further study after 6 months.

Studying economics enables you to gain a sound knowledge of economic principles and to appreciate fully the way in which this knowledge can be applied in 'real world' situations. The field of study emphasises the role of economics in the formation of policy by individuals, companies and governments as well as offering an appreciation of the role played by business in a modern economy.

Studying accounting will provide you with a sound basis for progression to careers in accounting or with an accounting bias, as well as for careers in general management. It will also afford a good preparation for professional accounting qualifications.

This multi-disciplinary and globally focused course has been developed with industry leaders and professional bodies, combining real world scenarios with the academic theory of a university degree to give you a spectrum of skills for when you graduate. The course is taught by leading academics and industry specialists with years of real world commercial experience within the sector.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) Accounting and Economics
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) Accounting

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Why choose this course?

5 Reasons to Study BA (Hons) Accounting and Economics

  • Our Accounting and Economics programme is designed for students who wish to have a greater choice and specialism in their studies. The combination of subjects provides both technical training in accounting and an understanding of the role businesses take in a modern economy.
  • The course will also provide good preparation for advancement through accounting qualifications and, depending on the options you choose, you will graduate with valuable exemptions from the professional examinations of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
  • The course has been developed with industry leaders and professional bodies, combining real world scenarios with academic theory, to give you the wide spectrum of knowledge and skills needed when you graduate. The course is taught by leading academics and industry specialists with years of real world commercial experience within the accounting and finance sectors.
  • All students have the option to study abroad and learn or develop language skills to give you an edge in the job market.
  • The course gives you the opportunities to do a work placement in small or large businesses, developing key employability skills, both domestically and internationally

Key staff

Mr Dominic Keating
Programme Leader

Ms Emma Elkington
Head of Group - Accounting

Mr Jon Easter
Head of Department - Accounting, Finance and Economics

Mr Rex Obeng
Level 6 Year Tutor

Professional Accreditations

With exemptions from the professional examinations of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and the option to take a one year work placement, this course will give you the edge in the job market.

What our
students say

I started my journey as a teenager and have graduated as a young man equipped with the tools and knowledge to succeed in the real world.

Alex Millen

BA (Hons) Accounting and Economics

Course details


Graduates have found employment in fields such as future accounting training with Accountants, local businesses, the public sector or large organisations. Our graduates can leave with key employability, enterprise and strong interpersonal skills. The average salary six months after graduating is £22,000 rising to an average of £28,000 after 40 months. 90% of BA (Hons) Accounting and Economics graduates are in work or full time study after 6 months.

Teaching methods

Alongside traditional teaching methods of lectures, seminars and tutorials, we operate a web-based student support system called StudyNet where you can expect to find a range of material and communications about every module.

The teaching method for most modules on the course is a one hour lecture followed by a one hour seminar. Typically, a new topic will be introduced in each lecture. The seminars provide an opportunity to discuss and obtain feedback on the topic introduced in the previous week's lecture. Usually, assessment is split between coursework and examination. Coursework may take a variety of forms and could be individual or group work.

Work Placement

As with all courses at Hertfordshire Business School, you can undertake a paid work placement in a UK or International business. During this time you will be employed by a business and will be subsequently paid. The Careers, Employment and Enterprise team based on the campus can help you find and tailor applications to maximise your chances of securing a relevant placement. 

As part of our enterprise and employability focus, we give you many options to gain work experience.  You can undertake internships during the summer, engage in multiple work shadowing opportunities, and take on a yearlong placement between your second and third year. 

Study Abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.

Find out more http://www.herts.ac.uk/international/exchanges-and-study-abroad/study-abroad


  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Introduction to Microeconomics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Macroeconomics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Accounting Principles 30 Credits Compulsory
    The Accounting Professional 30 Credits Compulsory
    Economics Tools and Techniques 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Management Accounting for Business Decisions 15 Credits Compulsory
    Consumers, Firms and Markets 15 Credits Compulsory
    Financial Reporting 30 Credits Compulsory
    Macroeconomics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Business Economics Techniques 15 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Development 15 Credits Compulsory
    International Trade and the Open Economy 15 Credits Optional
    Econometrics 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Performance Strategy 15 Credits Compulsory
    Advanced Financial Reporting 15 Credits Compulsory
    Economics of Strategy 15 Credits Compulsory
    Industrial Organisation 15 Credits Compulsory
    HBS Placement 0 Credits Compulsory
    Anatomy of Financial Crises 15 Credits Optional
    International Production and Governance 15 Credits Optional
    Islamic Banking and Finance 15 Credits Optional
    Money, Banking and Finance 15 Credits Optional
    Financial Management in the Public Sector 15 Credits Optional
    Effective Governance 15 Credits Optional
    Public Finance 15 Credits Optional
    Taxation 15 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    UCAS points A Level BTEC
    104 BCC DMM

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students