Sheffield Hallam University

Accounting and Economics with Foundation Year Sheffield Hallam University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditation from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Obtain a broad understanding of accounting and economics within the business environment.
Learn to practically apply theoretical concepts.
Study from evolving course content to reflect the continually changing world economy.
Undertake an one year optional paid work placement.
Over 90% of our graduates secure jobs or go on to further study within six months of graduation.

This course will help you develop a broad understanding of accounting and economics but give you the ability to specialise in accounting or economics in your final year.

How you learn

The course is suitable if you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Accounting and Economics course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other accounting, banking and finance foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

You will learn within formal teaching sessions and during guided and independent study, including collaborative group work. You will be provided with tasks, exercises, resources, and references to additional useful learning materials to access, utilise and respond to as part of your study programme.

Your learning incorporates real life context to the topics you cover where possible by requiring you to use such skills as independent research, teamwork and presentations. The accounting focus of the course is designed in consultation with the main professional accountancy bodies.

You learn through
•independent and group study
•optional work placement

In the foundation year, you'll study wider business topics, while specialising in your chosen subject area. You'll learn useful skills such as academic writing, work in diverse teams and learn to utilise a wide variety of data sources. In doing so, you'll fully prepare yourself for undergraduate study.

Applied learning
Learning, teaching and assessment activities encourage you to develop key skills such as problem solving, numeracy, IT skills, as well as a deep and critical knowledge of the subject matter of the programme, and are designed to foster those employability attributes (for example, reflection on learning, personal development planning, interpersonal communication skills) identified as important in modern organisations.

All modules make a significant contribution to the employability pathway by providing students with a real life context to the topics they cover and by requiring them to use such skills as independent research, teamwork and presentations. This is done by using case studies, real life examples and scenarios, which form the backbone of the employability policy by engaging you in the study and evaluation of industry sectors and at the same time developing key graduate skills such as literacy, critical thinking, personal organisation and time management.

Previous students have gained placements with organisations such as Astra Zeneca, GE Capitalm IBM, the Metropolitan Police and Oxford Economics. We have an excellent employment record with over 90% of our graduates on related accounting and economics courses securing jobs or going on to further study within six months of graduation.

Future careers
The course is focused on maximising your ability to gain employment in accounting, finance and economics roles, although the skills and knowledge you acquire do not limit you to working in these areas. With this degree, you can pursue a career in roles such as
•economic analyst
•economics researcher
•business / data analyst
•management accountant
•financial accountant
•business manager

Our top undergraduate employers for previous economics or accounting graduates are Asda, BAE Systems, The Civil Service, The Bank of England, Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays, Oxford Economics, PwC Bloomberg Capita

Course details


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1
Compulsory modules
Contemporary Issues 20 credits
Introduction To Business 20 credits
Organisation Management And Delivery 1 20 credits
Organisation Management And Delivery 2 20 credits
Self And Stakeholder Management 20 credits
The Practice Of Accounting, Finance And Economics 20 credits
Year 2
Compulsory modules
Developing Professional And Academic Skills 20 credits
Financial Accounting 20 credits
Introduction To Macroeconomics 20 credits
Management Accounting 20 credits
Maths For Economics 20 credits
Year 3
Compulsory modules
Financial Accounting And Reporting 20 credits
Financial Management 20 credits
Intermediate Macroeconomics 20 credits
Management Accounting Applications 20 credits
Progressing Professional Development 20 credits
Year 4
Compulsory modules
Placement Year -
Final year
Compulsory modules
Advanced Topics In Macroeconomics 20
Corporate Reporting 20
Industrial Economics 20
Strategic Management Accounting 20
Elective modules
Consultancy Project 20
Corporate Finance 20
Economics Consultancy Project 20
Enterprise Management 20
Global Governance In International Business 20
International Strategy 20

Assessment method


Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 points This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications excluding general studies For example:

CC at A Level
MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.
Access to HE Diploma M: 15 credits
P: 30 credits
Access to HE course in a science based subject. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language at grade C or 4 or L2 equivalent

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

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English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 Score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,650 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

Provider information

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Sheffield Hallam University
City Campus
Howard Street
S1 1WB

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