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Economics and Finance

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted. Find out more at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/128005/applying/33/alternative_admissions Typical Access to Leeds offer A level: ABB GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or higher including Mathematics grade A/7 and English Language or English Literature grade C/4 Access to Leeds: Pass

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

Applicants must complete a Business-related diploma of 60 credits with 45 credits at Level 3. A minimum of 30 Level 3 credits must be awarded at Distinction level and 15 at Merit. Applicants are expected to meet the GCSE Maths and English Language minimum requirements for their chosen degree programme. Please note that applicants presenting this qualification may be called for interview (where they must also present a recent piece of academic writing for review) - this requirement is assessed on a case-by-case basis upon receipt of the application.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35

17 points from Higher Level subjects. 5 in Maths (Standard Level) or 4 (Higher Level) and 5 in English (Standard or Higher Level).

Applicants offering the RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma in Business must obtain a minimum of Distinction* Distinction (Distinction/Merit) having studied this qualification alongside one academic A Level at grade A (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking). Applicants offering the QCF BTEC National Extended Diploma in Business must obtain grades at Distinction* Distinction* (Distinction/Merit) having studied this qualification alongside one academic A Level at grade A (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,A

For acceptable Scottish Higher and Advanced Higher combinations, please visit the Business School web site.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,A,A

For acceptable Scottish Higher and Advanced Higher combinations, please visit the Business School web site.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A

Alongside AA at A-Level (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking)

UCAS Tariff

144-198

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Full-time with year in industry | 2022

4.0 years | Full-time with time abroad | 2022

Subjects

Economics

Finance

This course allows you to combine a specialised study of economics with knowledge of the financial foundations of firms, financial markets and institutions, preparing you for a range of exciting careers.

You’ll cover the core concepts, practices and techniques of each subject, gaining an understanding of microeconomics, macroeconomics, corporate finance and accounting.

Diverse optional modules will allow you to tailor the programme to suit your own interests and career plans, with topics ranging from economic development to international banking and finance and auditing.

You’ll learn in a challenging and supportive environment, where you’ll have access to active researchers.

You’ll explore the intersection between economics and the world of finance, while developing the analytical, quantitative, computing, presentation and other transferable skills required of economists working in finance and by private and public sector employers.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Leeds

Department:

Leeds University Business School

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Economics
71%
med
Finance

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Economics

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
66%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

77%
Library resources
76%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
65%
Male students
35%
Female students
97%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

Finance

Teaching and learning

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

72%
Library resources
69%
IT resources
72%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

46%
UK students
54%
International students
57%
Male students
43%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
5%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Economics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£26,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
82%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Business, research and administrative professionals
29%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

This is a degree in demand, as business increasingly needs workers who can examine and explain complex data. And yet the number of economics graduates fell by nearly 10% last year, which means demand is even greater. As so many economic grads go into banking and finance, it's not surprising that over half of all 2015's economics graduates who did go into work were working in London. And don't think it's just the finance industry that's interested in these graduates - there's a significant number who enter the IT industry to work with data as analysts and consultants. It's quite common for economics graduates to go into jobs such as accountancy and management consultancy which may require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications - so don’t assume you won’t have to take any more exams once you leave uni. And the incentive to take them, of course, is better pay, which will be on top of an already healthy average starting salary of over £30,000 for graduates working in the capital.

Finance

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,500
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
88%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

38%
Business, research and administrative professionals
37%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
7%
Administrative occupations: finance

Over 2,000 students graduated with a degree in finance in 2015, and a sign of the strength of the finance industry, numbers are on the up. Over half of finance graduates go into the finance industry, with accountancy and financial advice roles particularly popular. It's also quite common for finance graduates to go into jobs which require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications — finance graduates who take further study are more likely to be studying accountancy than finance. About a third of graduates start their careers in London - but Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham are other popular locations for finance graduates to work.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Economics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£27k

£27k

£36k

£36k

£48k

£48k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Business and management

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£24k

£24k

£33k

£33k

£40k

£40k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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