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Business Economics

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

A maximum of three subjects are considered. A levels and other level 3 qualifications

AS

A,A-C,C

A maximum of two subjects along with two A levels or level 3 qualifications

Pass 60 credits overall At least 45 credits at level 3.

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language and Maths grade C/4 or above or equivalents level 2 qualifications. All level 2 quals must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Acceptable Maths and English equivalents considered in lieu of GCSE:- - City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy - Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Maths and English - Key Skills level 2:- Application of Number and Communication Maths and English Language grade C or above:- Scottish Intermediate 2 Scottish National 5 Maths and English Language grade 2 or above:- Scottish Credit Standard Grade

Pass with 120 credits at level 4. Must be in a related pathway

Pass with 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5. Must be in a related pathway

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

Overall For Students who do not already hold GCSE in Mathematics at grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted. For Students who do not already hold GCSE in English Language at grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not Literature) English A-grade 4 or above or English B - grade 5 from IB Diploma will be accepted.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H5,H5,H5,H5

This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 or A-C/A1-C3) or Higher level minimum grade H5/D1

See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D*

Considered with one A level or equivalent level 3 qualification

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

D*D*

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A level or equivalent level 3 qualification

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DMM

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D*

Considered with one A level or equivalent level 3 qualification

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A level or equivalent level 3 qualification

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

Scottish Advanced Higher

C,C,D

Where a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers are taken you must achieve grades CD in two Advanced Highers and grade CC in two Highers

Scottish Higher

B,B,C,C,C

Where a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers are taken you must achieve grades CD in two Advanced Higers and grade CC in two Highers

UCAS Tariff

112

Contextualised reduced tariff offer: 96 tariff points or equivalent e.g. A-level CCC, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

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 | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Financial economics

The applied nature of our BA (Hons) Business Economics degree prepares you to work across all areas of the economy, especially the private sector.

Specifically, your degree combines the study of economics, with a wide variety of applicable business-related theories/models such as E-business, sustainability and innovation among others.

In this course the focus lies on three key pillars: it is applied enabling you to make sense of the impact of policies; it centres on enhancing your employability; finally, it provides you with a global outlook critical to sustainable growth within an organisation. The international focus of the course is derived through a variety of means including the student body, the teaching team and the use of international teaching materials. In addition to this you’ll also have the opportunity to gain industry experience by going on a professional placement, or to travel overseas to study abroad at one of our partner universities.

Economics is a major social science which studies the economy and its impact on society and the natural environment. Economics draws on and influences other social sciences and it is also a core business discipline, which is integral to understanding organisational behaviour, strategy and corporate performance. This course will equip you with a firm foundation of economics through a unique pluralist approach, which will bring to life diverse economic ideas and empower you to understand the relevance of competing economic theories and their application to business decision-making.

In order to do this effectively, this course equips you with a vast analytical toolkit, which includes mathematical and statistical analysis, critical thinking and the use of business tools and techniques to provide a richer understanding of the challenges contemporary businesses face within both the UK and International economies. During your study here you will have the chance to access to our Trading room and to work on a live client project with our Business Advice Centre. Finally, you will also gain critical communication and IT skills with our expert teaching team that has industry experience.

As Business Economists work in a number of settings: you will be prepared for a wide-ranging data-driven career in both the public and private sector, therefore, providing you with a range of options dependent on the graduate role you subsequently seek. The technical skills within this course, alongside your engagement with our Graduate+ employability programme and extra-curricular awards, will further enhance your development as a work-ready graduate.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Curzon Building Campus

Department:

Birmingham City 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%
low
Financial economics

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

63%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
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

91%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
59%
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?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
80%
Male students
20%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
17%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

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.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
66%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

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.

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.

£21k

£21k

£22k

£22k

£27k

£27k

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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