Why study Accounting, Finance and Economics?

Accounting, finance and economics all deal with the way we view money. To put it simply, accounting is about money going in versus money going out; finance is about how to divide the money you have; and economics begs the question: “what's the bigger picture when it comes to money?”. Studying these subjects generally involves the organization of money within businesses, households and the wider economy of a country.

3 reasons to study Accounting, Finance and Economics

  1. Becoming chartered - many Accounting and Finance degrees offer exemptions from Accounting exams, making your road to certification that much quicker.
  2. Work experience - Finance-related degrees offer some great opportunities for industry experience and some courses even give you the chance to intern at companies such as Deloitte, KPMG, PwC and Ernst & Young.
  3. Salary expectations - Economics graduates are among the highest earners in the UK. In the US, Payscale reported that Economics and Mathematics graduates are in the top 10 highest paying jobs with a Bachelor's degree.
What is Accounting, Finance and Economics?

Accounting and finance are about managing the money of a company or individual, creating budgets and forecasts to ensure that finances are balanced and efficient. Accountants are the backbone of the financial world and vital to the running of businesses across the globe, working in just about every industry imaginable.

Economics concerns the study of financial markets, as well as the flow of goods and services within a national economy. Economists analyze data and study the behavior of people and markets to predict national or global growth rates.

What can I expect from an Accounting and Finance or Economics degree?

As part of your degree, you could:

  • learn how to trade and analyze data on the stock exchange using a Bloomberg Terminal, Thomson Reuters Eikon or equivalent trading tools
  • benefit from connections to industry leaders in finance through workshops, placements and talks
  • gain exemptions from exams for professional accounting qualifications
  • learn how to use specialist IT systems such as Sage
  • pick up key skills such as financial auditing, tax law and risk management
  • work on case studies using real companies and undertake practical projects
What skills will I develop?
  • Analytical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Report writing
  • Organization
  • Presentation
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
What next after graduation?

Popular finance-related careers include:

  • Actuary
  • Banker
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Company Secretary
  • Data Analyst
  • Economist
  • Management Consultant
  • Stockbroker
  • Tax Advisor

Which subject area is right for you?

You can choose from Accounting, Finance and Economics or a finance-related discipline.

Actuaries use mathematical analysis, probability and statistics to measure risk for companies, particularly in relation to insurance. If you enjoy the application of data and statistics to real life this could be the subject for you.

Did you know?

City, University of London boasts the longest established Actuarial Science degree in England.

Student Testimonial

"The subjects taught at INTO have helped me and set me aside from other students at City, University of London. I couldn't have got into the famous Cass Business School without the help of INTO. Actuarial Science is a great degree for students who really like maths."

Linshuo from China

Completed International Foundation in Business and Economics with Accounting at City, University of London

Banking is the study of financial markets and macroeconomics. You’ll learn all about different financial systems, asset management, banking regulations, trading and securities. This could be the ideal qualification for budding traders or stockbrokers.

Student Testimonial

"When I started at university, I was sure I wanted to work in investment banking, but then I had a chance to work in the asset management industry and I absolutely loved it. Being open to other opportunities apart from your 'ideal' choice is very important."

Sabina from Kyrgyzstan

Completed International Foundation in Business and Economics with Accounting at City, University of London

Economists conduct research, collect and analyze data, follow economic trends, and develop financial forecasts. If you’re interested in how money and goods relate to society and people, this might be the subject for you.

Did you know?

Famous Economics graduates include magnate Warren Buffet, former American President Ronald Reagan and Huffington Post founder, Arianna Huffington.

Student Testimonial

"The Foundation has prepared me well for my degree. Now I know what to expect at university and I feel more confident in my English."

Anastasiia from Ukraine

Completed International Foundation in Economics, Finance and Management at University of Exeter

Financial Accountants specialise in bookkeeping, the art of managing the day-to-day finances of a company. They look at costing, receipts and inventory. They also work across all industries and are vital to the smooth running of businesses and their finances.

Student Testimonial

"The Accounting degree is ranked highly at Exeter and the Foundation was the perfect pathway towards a degree. It’s like a bridge that prepares you academically, as well as giving you good language skills."

Haotian from China

Completed International Foundation in Accounting and Finance and Management at University of Exeter

Ideal for careers in investment fields, where you’ll analyse risk in financial markets and asset trading. You could manage investment portfolios, make acquisition decisions or act as risk advisor for banks or global companies.

Student Testimonial

"The International Foundation is fantastic because it's closely connected to City, University of London. Once you've done your studies and passed your exams, you're well prepared for studying at university. By improving my English, integrating me into British society and giving me a solid foundation in Business Studies."

Boran from China

Completed International Foundation in Business and Economics with Accounting at City, University of London

Management Accountants look at the overall financial business strategy for companies and devise a suitable approach. The role includes financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, financial processes, risk management and optimization.

Student Testimonial

"The Accounting degree is ranked highly at Exeter and the Foundation was the perfect pathway towards a degree. It’s like a bridge that prepares you academically, as well as giving you good language skills."

Haotian from China

Completed International Foundation in Accounting and Finance and Management at University of Exeter

Actuaries use mathematical analysis, probability and statistics to measure risk for companies, particularly in relation to insurance. If you enjoy the application of data and statistics to real life this could be the subject for you.

Did you know?

City, University of London boasts the longest established Actuarial Science degree in England.

Student Testimonial

"The subjects taught at INTO have helped me and set me aside from other students at City, University of London. I couldn't have got into the famous Cass Business School without the help of INTO. Actuarial Science is a great degree for students who really like maths."

Linshuo from China

Completed International Foundation in Business and Economics with Accounting at City, University of London

Banking is the study of financial markets and macroeconomics. You’ll learn all about different financial systems, asset management, banking regulations, trading and securities. This could be the ideal qualification for budding traders or stockbrokers.

Student Testimonial

"When I started at university, I was sure I wanted to work in investment banking, but then I had a chance to work in the asset management industry and I absolutely loved it. Being open to other opportunities apart from your 'ideal' choice is very important."

Sabina from Kyrgyzstan

Completed International Foundation in Business and Economics with Accounting at City, University of London

Economists conduct research, collect and analyze data, follow economic trends, and develop financial forecasts. If you’re interested in how money and goods relate to society and people, this might be the subject for you.

Did you know?

Famous Economics graduates include magnate Warren Buffet, former American President Ronald Reagan and Huffington Post founder, Arianna Huffington.

Student Testimonial

"The Foundation has prepared me well for my degree. Now I know what to expect at university and I feel more confident in my English."

Anastasiia from Ukraine

Completed International Foundation in Economics, Finance and Management at University of Exeter

Financial Accountants specialise in bookkeeping, the art of managing the day-to-day finances of a company. They look at costing, receipts and inventory. They also work across all industries and are vital to the smooth running of businesses and their finances.

Student Testimonial

"The Accounting degree is ranked highly at Exeter and the Foundation was the perfect pathway towards a degree. It’s like a bridge that prepares you academically, as well as giving you good language skills."

Haotian from China

Completed International Foundation in Accounting and Finance and Management at University of Exeter

Ideal for careers in investment fields, where you’ll analyse risk in financial markets and asset trading. You could manage investment portfolios, make acquisition decisions or act as risk advisor for banks or global companies.

Student Testimonial

"The International Foundation is fantastic because it's closely connected to City, University of London. Once you've done your studies and passed your exams, you're well prepared for studying at university. By improving my English, integrating me into British society and giving me a solid foundation in Business Studies."

Boran from China

Completed International Foundation in Business and Economics with Accounting at City, University of London

Management Accountants look at the overall financial business strategy for companies and devise a suitable approach. The role includes financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, financial processes, risk management and optimization.

Student Testimonial

"The Accounting degree is ranked highly at Exeter and the Foundation was the perfect pathway towards a degree. It’s like a bridge that prepares you academically, as well as giving you good language skills."

Haotian from China

Completed International Foundation in Accounting and Finance and Management at University of Exeter

The following INTO university partners all offer programs which offer progression to a degree in this subject area:

Helping you to decide

Whatever type of career you're interested in, INTO can help you find the right course. Just get in touch with our enrolment counsellors who will give you the advice and support you need to start your studies. Or, if you've already submitted an enquiry or applied, simply reply to the latest email from your adviser.