Accounting involves the recording, reporting and communication of financial information about a business to help managers, investors and other stakeholders make appropriate decisions. Modern economics integrates a wide range of major topics from decisions that consumers make to strategic decisions that firms make and the impact of government polices on market outcomes. Studying these broad topics enables you to develop a set of analytical tools that can be applied to a broad range of problems. This course is aimed at students seeking a career in either accounting or economics. As well as developing technical accounting and economics knowledge, you also gain vital numerical, decision-making and communication skills to understand and explain financial and economic information. You learn using case studies and real world information that enable you to apply your learning to real-world situations. The core modules help you develop the academic skills required by both accountants and economists, such as financial accounting, management accounting, microeconomics, and macroeconomics. As the world economy is continually evolving, the course content evolves, which keeps teaching fresh and engaging. Each year you study an employability module. This helps you consider the career options available to you, prepare for your placement and apply for graduate roles. In your first year you learn the main principles of accounting and economics and familiarise yourself with the business and economic environment within which companies and individuals work. During your second year you deepen your understanding of the role and scope of accounting and economics through greater specialisation, while having the opportunity to study other related areas. In final year, you broaden your knowledge and develop skills to interpret and think critically about the issues that affect individuals, organisations and the global economy. **Work placements** In your third year, you have the opportunity to apply the skills you've gained by taking a one year paid work placement. This is a great way to improve your industry knowledge with real insight and experience. It enables you to build an eye-catching CV to impress future employers, and substantial salaries are possible. Many students find jobs with their placement companies after graduation. Due to our strong relationships with regional, national and international employers, we can help you to secure a great placement opportunity and support you while you are there. Previous students on related courses have gained placements with organisations such as • Astra Zeneca • GE Capital • IBM • Metropolitan Police • Oxford Economics. **Exemptions, additional qualifications and opportunities** You are entitled to free registration with ACCA as part of their Accelerate initiative. Other benefits include free initial annual membership fees and reduced exemption fees. In your second year, you have the opportunity to gain industry-recognised qualifications from Sage and Excel. On successful graduation, you can apply to the professional accountancy bodies to claim exemptions from their examinations. We are one of only a few universities to invest in Bloomberg terminals housed in a dedicated Bloomberg Suite. The terminals deliver data, news and analytics to global financial professionals and you have the opportunity to gain practical experience of using this industry-standard technology.