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Hey guys... is accountancy and finance considered an easy subject? I've checked the entrance requirements from different universities, and for IB most of them: even ones like durham and nottingham require only 30 and 34 points respectively.

Is it considered a bad subject? Do accounting employers prefer, for example, economics degrees to accounting and finance degrees? Are the entrance requirements generally lower than other subjects because it is not popular and uncompetitive?

Much feedback would be greatly appreciated
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Hey, AccFin isn't THAT easy. We study some of other stuff economics and maths (only to a small degree) students study. Naturally, if you're good with numbers then it may seem easy to you.

AccFIn may be unpopular/uncompetitive depending on where you apply. I know for A levels all the uni's i applied to (LSE, Warwick, Soton and Bath) all asked for AAB and IB 36/37 (Bath and LSE, respectively) . Places like i mentioned AccFin can be fiercely competitive to get into.

And to a certain degree employers may prefer economics students over AccFin students, HOWEVER it depends The AccFin student may have better references, a first degree (the econ may have a 2.1) etc...
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LSE : AAB

Warwick: AAB

Aston

bristol

manchester

All AAB...for me thats a mission to get those grades
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Yeah, it seemed a bit of a mission for me too but i got there in the end! And so can you!
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I will say that AccFin is less acedemically rigourous than subjects like Maths, Econ etc. However, if you are sure Accountancy is for you, it's not a problem, and may be beneficial to have practically knowledge and potentially exemptions for ACA/ACC/whatever.

On the other hand, Maths/Econ grads will still be able to go into Accounting, and most fields, so they have the comfort of a more transferrable degree.

That is my opinion on the matter.
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Its considered one of the hardest which leads you to the highest paying jobs in the world
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Economics would be more respected. Although it can become quite quantitative in Finance. Especially with Econometrics and Financial Engineering. Accounting is softer but by no means easy.
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It's certainly not considered an easy subject. In fact I think people respect the fact that I did choose a challenging course. As people pointed out of course it's easier than subjects like Law, Maths and Economics but some of the finance modules are the hardest modules you could possibly choose at University.

At Kent these days i'm sure you require about BBB/BBC which is less than the likes of Warwick but Kent does have quite a good rep for their Business School. You also have a lot of freedom in the final year as to what you want to study. You can further your knowledge of Economics if you so wish but the Economics module in the 1st year was more than enough to teach me how the economy works, exchange rates etc etc.

I could easily name 10 degrees that are considered easier than accounting and finance but not TOO many that are harder.
Overall I think it's a great degree if you want to go into that sort of work but doing a Maths/Economics type degree would also be a good choice as many big accounting/auditing firms train up graduates anyway. Having the degree in A&F just gives you that edge over everyone else who didn't do a Business degree.
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(Original post by Cool.Zero)
Do accounting employers prefer, for example, economics degrees to accounting and finance degrees?

Are the entrance requirements generally lower than other subjects because it is not popular and uncompetitive?
1. Yes
2. Yes
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Does accounting and finance involve a lot of maths then?
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Also, LSE say they need A grade in GCSE maths atleast.

I have a B grade, do you think they'll allow me on board?
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Probably not, they can afford to be picky.

Accounting does involve stats and general numerical competency, but theres nothing too specific you'll miss from not doing A level Maths.
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Its strange how Brunel require A level maths, and LSE dont.

But yeh, thanks for that info.

Do you reckon I can apply accounting and finance at one uni, and business and management at another? Or are they too dissimilar?
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(Original post by Legend Killer)
Its strange how Brunel require A level maths, and LSE dont.

But yeh, thanks for that info.

Do you reckon I can apply accounting and finance at one uni, and business and management at another? Or are they too dissimilar?

True, but as Adthegreat said, they can afford to be picky, as most of their applicants will have A-level maths (some even having further). But then again if you show a huge interest/enuthusiasm for the course i can't see why they won't consider you.

In answer to your second question, i don't see why not. I applied for AccFin and Economics/finance and got all my offers back.
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Chances are LSE will give major preference to those with A-Level Maths..
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