This is a four year degree which includes a placement year in industry. The placement year will be taken in year three, where you work for a year in industry before returning to University to complete your final year of study. This programme draws together the strengths of the our accounting and economics departments and enables you to gain an understanding of how banks and other financial institutions are placed in the economy, both in the UK and internationally. You will benefit from a rigorous grounding in economic theory and gain subject specific knowledge of the behaviour and practice of banks. Many of the units on this course are shared with the specialist programmes of BA (Hons) Economics and BA (Hons) Banking and Finance. This course has a common first year with BA (Hons) Economics and Finance meaning you have the flexibility to transfer between courses at the end of your first year. We also offer four year routes where you have the opportunity to spend your third year on industrial placement or studying abroad, after which you will return to study for your final year. You will be taught in the Business School’s state of the art building on All Saints Campus. All of our courses are open to students who have not studied economics before. The option units in Year 2 and Year 3 enable you to tailor your degree to your subject interests. We offer a placement route that provides the opportunity to work for a year in industry. Our award-winning placement team can help you find a placement. Our undergraduate teaching is supported by a strong research base and courses are delivered in a friendly and supportive environment with good access to excellent facilities. An economics degree develops numerous skills for employment including analytical, quantitative, IT, presentation and interpersonal skills, and, because of this, we have an impressive graduate record. The Faculty of Business and Law hosts two Professional Development Weeks annually. Free and open to all students, this includes a festival of skills-development activities, practical support in developing your CV and employability skills, and the opportunity to network with actively recruiting graduate employers. We are a double-accredited business school, having gained the prestigious AACSB accreditation to provide excellence in global management education. This places us among the top 5% of business schools worldwide to have secured this accreditation and means your degree is internationally recognised. A placement year can be an excellent opportunity to acquire high quality work experience and structured on–the-job training whilst earning a salary. There are also opportunities for you to undertake a placement based project where you research a business issue for your employer. This project can count towards one of your final year units and reduces your workload in your final year. The placement must be a minimum of 36 weeks but it will usually last for 12 months and takes place after your second year of study.