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Accounting with Economics (Including Foundation Year)

Course overview

(BSc) Bachelor of Science
Accounting with Economics (Including Foundation Year)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree

UK and EU applicants should have, or expect to have:

72 UCAS tariff points from at least two full A-levels, or equivalent.

Examples of the above tariff may include:

  • A-levels: DDD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: MMP

All applicants must also hold GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above.

Essex Pathways Department accepts a wide range of qualifications from applicants. If you are unsure whether you meet the entry criteria, please get in touch for advice.

Essex Pathways Department is unable to accept applications from international students. Foundation pathways for international students are available at the University of Essex International College and are delivered and awarded by Kaplan, in partnership with the University of Essex. Successful completion will enable you to progress to the relevant degree course at the University of Essex.

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 5.5 overall. Specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels required. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

Our Year 0 courses are only open to UK and EU applicants. If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to your chosen degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College.

External Examiners

Dr Javed Siddiqui
Senior Lecturer in Accounting

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 0 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 IA124-3-PS Mathematics and Statistics Core 30
02 IA191-3-PS Research and Academic Development Skills Core 30
03 IA104-3-PS Introduction to Business Management Core 30
04 IA106-3-PS Introduction to Economics Core 30

Year 2 - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 BE110-5-FY Financial Reporting and Analysis Compulsory 30
02 BE111-5-AU Management Accounting I Compulsory 15
03 EC202-5-FY Microeconomics (Intermediate) Compulsory 30
04 2nd year Accounting, Finance or Economics option(s) from list Optional 30
05 BE113-5-SP Management Accounting II Compulsory 15
06 BE910-5-SP Successful Futures Compulsory 0
07 BE917-5-FY Student Success Tutorial Compulsory 0

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 BE130-6-FY Current Issues in Financial Reporting Compulsory 30
02 BE131-6-AU Advanced Management Accounting Compulsory 15
03 BE133-6-SP Issues in Management Accounting Compulsory 15
04 Economics option(s) from list Optional 30
05 EBS or Economics option(s) from list or outside option(s) Optional 15
06 BE936-6-FY Accounting Project Compulsory 15

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

1. To provide students with a foundation in financial accounting, management accounting and economics, with an opportunity to develop expertise in a chosen specialism;

2. To equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career in accountancy, economics, business or the financial services sector;

3. to encourage and facilitate critical, analytical thinking by students as a vital foundation for subsequent academic study, employment, professional and personal development, and participation in society;

4. to enable students to acquire the personal and key skills they need to develop as autonomous and reflective individuals with the capacity to continue learning;

5. To offer students the opportunity to gain some exemptions from part of the qualifying examinations of the professional accounting bodies enhancing their professional choices.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A11 Fundamental accounting concepts and principles;
A12 The contexts in which accounting is situated, including the business entity, capital markets and the legal framework;
A13 The regulatory framework governing financial reporting in the UK, including the most important requirements of legislation and Financial Reporting Standards;
A14 Quantitative and qualitative management accounting systems;
A15 Advanced planning, control and decision-making models;
A16 Alternative managerial accounting approaches to organisational systems, planning and control;
A17 Contemporary theories and empirical evidence concerning accounting and capital markets, and accounting and society;
A21 Contemporary theories relating to portfolio analysis, asset allocation and the market efficiency debate;
A22 Contemporary theories relating to issues in corporate finance such as the role of dividend payments and the nature of external finance;
A31 The context, nature and processes of management and the core theoretical frameworks employed in attempts to explore and conceptualise the management process;
A41 The application of economic principles to individual decision making and to the performance of the economy;
A42 The essential consequences of monetary and fiscal policy for the performance of the economy;
A43 The contribution of economic theories in explaining consumer and producer behaviour in competitive markets;
A44 The use of fundamental concepts and methods to study various market imperfections and decentralised markets;
A91 Understanding of particular areas of Accounting in which the student has chosen to specialise;
Learning Methods: Lectures and tutor-led seminars.

Directed reading.

Individual and group tasks
Assessment Methods: Unseen written examinations.

Assessed essays.

Class tests.

Pre-published class assignments

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

Learning Methods: Lectures and tutor-led seminars.

Directed reading.

Individual and group tasks.
Assessment Methods: Unseen written examinations.

Assessed essays.

Class tests.

Pre-published class assignments.

C: Practical skills

C11 Record and summarise transactions and other economic events;
C12 Prepare financial statements in accordance with UK GAAP;
C13 Analyse and evaluate financial statements;
C14 Prepare and interpret organisational budgets;
C15 Perform financial analysis and projections;
C16 Prepare costing information;
C21 Undertake investment appraisal analysis using DCF and other techniques
C41 Original model-building of simple microeconomic problems;
C91 Ability to locate, extract and analyse data from multiple sources, including the acknowledgement and referencing of sources.
C92 Present data in an appropriate format.
Learning Methods: Lectures and tutor-led seminars.

Directed reading.

Individual and group tasks
Assessment Methods: Unseen written examinations.

Assessed essays.

Class tests.

Pre-published class assignments.

D: Key skills

D1 Present ideas and arguments in a coherent and effective manner;
D2 Use appropriate Information Technology to locate, acquire and analyse data;
D3 Manipulate and analyse numerical (including financial) data and appreciate the nature and limitations of basic statistical concepts.
D4 Identify and analyse problems and apply appropriate knowledge and skills to develop effective solutions;
D5 Improving own Learning/Performance.
Learning Methods: Lectures and tutor-led seminars.

Directed reading.

Individual and group tasks.
Assessment Methods: Unseen written examinations.

Assessed essays.

Class tests.

Pre-published class assignments.


The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its programme specification is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to courses may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery of programmes, courses and other services, to discontinue programmes, courses and other services and to merge or combine programmes or courses. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications.

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