Business and Economics - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
NL11
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years)
Starting:
September 2016
Campus:
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Our dynamic business and economics course is packed full of contemporary opinions and global context. It teaches you how business practices affect the global economy and gives you hands-on industry experience.

You’ll get involved in live briefs and collaborate with other students to really learn how to work in a business environment. That’s why our students have gone on to pursue careers with major companies such as Royal Mail, Barclays and online investors TD Waterhouse.

What's covered in the course?

This Business and Economics course covers a wide range of subject areas, including organisational management, finance, new venture creations and marketing before moving on to international topics such as politics, problem solving, logistics, and micro and macroeconomics.

We’ll provide the support and flexibility to allow you to develop in the areas that interest you, picking the modules to benefit your future career as you progress.

You’ll work on your own and in groups to analyse real case studies, deliver presentations and build your understanding of how the theory relates to real situations. You’ll also have the opportunity to present to and get feedback from industry professionals and see incredible guest speakers such as Sir Ranulph Fiennes and the Chairman of Unilever.

We’ll also encourage you to enter national and international industry competitions. Our students recently won an award at the Uni Popshop competition in London’s Spitalfield Market.

You’ll be taught and supported by expert staff with strong global industry links and experience. They have experience working in multinational conglomerates, managing start-ups and acting as advisers for companies such as Vauxhall.

“A learning environment that gives a vast amount of communication between the students and lecturers. This has helped reduce my difficulties with assignments liaising, involvement opportunities and much more. More than a teachlearn relationship.” Sukaina Al-Husseiny

Why Choose Us?

  • You’ll get to hear from high-profile guest speakers who’ll share their wealth of experience and industry insights with you. Previous speakers include Sir Ranulph Fiennes, The Apprentice finalists, the Chairman of Unilever and the Chief Executive of the world's leading beverage company, Diageo.
  • Our industry connections have helped our students to secure placements at places such as National Grid and Premier Inn and with a focus on getting you real business experience our graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Capgemini, HSBC, Jaguar Land Rover, NHS, Mini BMW and Natwest.
  • Our students are continually recognised for their skills during their studies. They have incredibly high contact with professionals and experts in the industry, reaching the National Apprenticeship Finals in London, winning grants to fund start-up ideas and pitching social enterprise ideas to the likes of newspaper Trinity National.
  • You get the option of a year-long placement after your second year. This gives you a chance to apply everything you’ve learnt to real, paid work experience.
  • You’ll get the skills and confidence to apply for the jobs you want when you leave us. That’s why 90 per cent of our students are in work or further study six months after finishing this course [Source: Unistats, 2014].
  • Our graduates have secured jobs as personal advisors and account executives – as well as more diverse roles such as company directors, data analysts and recruitment consultants. They work for companies such as Barclays Bank, Nationwide, N Power, Arcadia Group Ltd and Royal Bank of Scotland.
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Grants and Scholarships

Want to join us in September 2016? UK undergraduates can receive up to £4,000* in non-repayable financial support.

Grants for UK students

*(criteria will apply)

This course is open to International students

Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Royal Mail
  • BCD Travel

And in jobs such as:

  • Graduate Operations
  • Sales Executive

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

At the point of enrolment you must have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2016/17
GCE A Level/ AS Level 280 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (BBC offer made in grades). This may also include General Studies and Critical Thinking. Remaining points can be made up with AS Levels in different subjects. AS Level in the same subject of an A Level will not be accepted.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 Credits Level 3, 15 credits Level 2 including Level 2 English Language and Maths for all programmes
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 280 UCAS points
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate Diploma 28 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate Minimum of 280 UCAS points
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher Minimum of 280 UCAS points
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2016/17
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 28 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

Non-standard entry

The programme welcomes applications from students who have significant relevant work or life experience but who may not necessarily meet all of the published academic requirements for their chosen course. The University must be satisfied that your work or life experience is equivalent to the qualifications that other applicants will be studying. We want all of our students to succeed and will only offer a place where we believe that an applicant is capable of completing their chosen course with a strong final degree classification.

The admissions team will be pleased to discuss individual circumstances with prospective students.

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for the 2016/17 year, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.

To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:

280 tariff points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBC or above)
or
be predicted DMM profile at BTEC level

Learn more about unconditional offers >>

New UCAS tariff

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office.You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is not available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Grants and Scholarships

Want to join us in September 2016? Undergraduate students can receive up to £4,000* in non repayable financial support.

*(criteria will apply)

First year

In your first year you’ll explore core modules in everything from management to economic environments, and marketing to accounting and finance. You’ll have around 12 hours of contact time a week with tutorials, seminars and lectures, and get to learn with students from other business courses.

During the first year all of our students get to create a business plan in teams and pitch it Dragons’ Den-style to industry experts. You’ll get invaluable feedback, and some of our industry speakers have even taken on board your ideas!

Accounting and Finance
30 credits

This module provides an introduction to cost classification, cash budgeting and financial statement analysis. You’ll also look at the modern financial system and its importance to individuals and business organisations.

 
Marketing in Business
30 credits
Managing Organisations People and Self
30 credits

The module is designed to offer you the opportunity to develop and gain management skills and knowledge about yourself, about others and about organisations. It’s a hands-on module which seeks to relate theory to practice through a range of individual and group activities. You’ll be required to work individually, in groups and in action learning sets to critically analyse and evaluate aspects of your own and your group’s development from a management perspective.

Economic Environment (Autumn term)
15 credits

The module provides an opportunity for you to investigate and develop an understanding of the complexity and operation of the external environments within which businesses operate. You’ll gain an understanding of how markets operate and how those markets are influenced by both the businesses themselves and national governments. This includes both the competitive behaviour of businesses in the management of their markets as well as the decisions made by government agencies both from an economic perspective.

New Venture Creation (Spring term)
15 credits

This module is concerned with helping you identify, understand and respond to business opportunities.

Second year

The second year looks at wider economic themes like contemporary issues in business, creative problem solving and the business entrepreneur. You’ll also dig deeper into business logistics, and microeconomics and macroeconomics.

This is the year we really encourage you to enter industry competitions, and many of our students go on to win, with Sukaina Al Husseiny receiving £1,000 to get her social media enterprise idea off the ground.

 
Microeconomics
30 credits
 
Macroeconomics
30 credits
Creative Problem Solving
15 credits

This module will critically examine the subject of creativity and approaches that purport to encourage and develop creative thinking. This will be applied to the context of creativity in resolving business problems.

Business Operations and Logistics
15 credits

Business Operations and Logistics provides you with a conceptual and practical background into the understanding and evaluation of logistics and supply chain management in various organisations and their operations.

The Business Entrepreneur
15 credits

This module will investigate the factors, which underpin successful entrepreneurship activities for small and medium sized organisations.

Contemporary Business Issues
15 credits

Contemporary Issues in Business investigates the current issues that impact upon business organisations. You’ll assess the major legislative changes and their implications for business, financial markets and credit availability, corporate social responsibility and the critical changes facing key market sectors.

Final year

You’ll have the opportunity to spend your third year in a paid work placement, developing a greater understanding of the business world, picking up key transferable skills, and putting theory into practice.

In your final year you’ll look at business and economics internationally and get to really hone in on what your interests are by picking your own modules. Your final project can be a dissertation, a business start-up venture or a placement project.

You’ll undertake a choice of modules totalling 90 credits from the list below, bar the courses marked ‘core’, which are essential.

International Business Strategy (core)
30 credits

This module draws together all the core aspects of a business degree and contextualises the strategic decisions that organisations make within both rational and non-rational frameworks. The rational frameworks that the module addresses are concerned with the economic, market, finance and resources based constraints that affect this decision-making process.

 
Money and Banking (Economics) - Autumn term
15 credits
 
Empirical Economics (Autumn term)
15 credits
 
Making Sense of Organisations (Autumn term)
15 credits
 
Developing and Demonstrating Employability (Autumn term)
15 credits
 
International Economics (Spring term)
15 credits
 
Industrial Organisation (Economics) - Spring term
15 credits
Business Operations and systems
15 credits

This module encourages you to develop an in-depth understanding of the analysis and re-design of business operations and processes and the systems that support the contribution of these core processes to the core vision of the business.

Developing and Demonstrating Employability
15 credits

Employability is the mix of knowledge, skills, attributes and aptitude which sustain a successful career. As such, the assessment requires you to reflect upon and articulate how your engagement with professional practice and/or co-curricular activity enhances your personal and professional competence.

 
Business Start Up Project
30 credits
Dissertation
30 credits

The dissertation is an opportunity for you to conduct some in-depth study in a topic that particularly interests you. It will entail extensive research and a lot of studying in your time, but you’ll also receive support from an assigned tutor.

Placement Project

The placement project provides an opportunity for a self-directed in-depth work-based study of a topic of interest from the body of knowledge appropriate to the named degree and the placement experience.

Course Structure

You’ll be assessed in a variety of innovative ways. Practical exams and coursework are made up of business reports, academic papers, case studies, presentations, portfolios and projects. You’ll also sit conventional exams to test your knowledge.

About a third of your final mark will be judged on written exams as we believe that showcasing your practical knowledge and individual projects is incredibly important to employers.

Year One

In your first year you’ll explore core modules in everything from management to economic environments, and marketing to accounting and finance. You’ll have around 12 hours of contact time a week with tutorials, seminars and lectures, and get to learn with students from other business courses.

During the first year all of our students get to create a business plan in teams and pitch it Dragons’ Den-style to industry experts. You’ll get invaluable feedback, and some of our industry speakers have even taken on board your ideas!

Year Two

The second year looks at wider economic themes like contemporary issues in business, creative problem solving and the business entrepreneur. You’ll also dig deeper into business logistics, and microeconomics and macroeconomics.

This is the year we really encourage you to enter industry competitions, and many of our students go on to win, with Sukaina Al Husseiny receiving £1,000 to get her social media enterprise idea off the ground.

Year Three

You’ll have the opportunity to spend your third year in a paid work placement, developing a greater understanding of the business world, picking up key transferable skills, and putting theory into practice.

In your final year you’ll look at business and economics internationally and get to really hone in on what your interests are by picking your own modules. Your final project can be a dissertation, a business start-up venture or a placement project.

Interested in a degree that allows you to earn whilst you learn – and combines blocks of study with employment? Take a look at our sponsored work based degree, BA (Hons) Leadership and Management (work based) degree.

Teaching breakdown

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Assessment breakdown

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Erasmus scheme

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Further Study

If you want to continue to study in a field that interest you, we offer a range of Postgraduate courses such as MBA, MSc Management and International Business, MSc Risk Management and many more.

We also have a number of research opportunities you can explore.

Enhancing employability skills

We provide you with a strong intellectual and practical background to business strategy, behaviour and performance. This means you get a rounded view on how businesses and economics relate and apply this to skills that make you highly employable. Our students have used their knowledge to create a digital marketing campaign for real products that they then sold in London. They won an award for their campaign and gave their profits to charity.

Other students develop their skills further during Employability Challenge Week. Dale Mendez took part in i-connect, a networking event run by our students, for students. He said: “It gives us a great opportunity to actually learn the aspects of networking.”

You’ll also learn from industry-standard software such as IBM’s SSPS – statistical software used in many businesses. You also learn your way around the European Label Market statistics, which is a great thing to have on your CV as it’s used many different businesses.

Our graduates go in a number of different roles and often at entry-level management. For example, a recent graduate went into Royal Mail as graduate operations and another went straight on to become a sales executive for BCD Travel. .

Placements

All of our students have the chance to do a full placement year in between their second and final year of study. This means you get structured and supported hands-on work experience before starting your career, with no extra fees.

You’ll find that these longer placements help you to gain a real understanding of how the business world operates and put everything you’ve learnt into practice. It gives you a real advantage when it comes to job hunting because you’ll already have a year’s experience in the industry.

Our Placements Office will also support you in finding shorter term placements while you study. Many students take these on as part of their final project to support their dissertation. It gives you the experience of working in the industry but without having to take a year out of your studies.

More about our placement opportunities...

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

Our graduates have secured jobs as personal advisors and account executives – as well as more diverse roles such as company directors, data analysts and recruitment consultants. They work for companies such as Barclays Bank, Nationwide, N Power, Arcadia Group Ltd and Royal Bank of Scotland.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
UK
Australia
Canada
NZ
US
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our business and economics course is most popular with international students from:

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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course will be held at our newest facility, The Curzon Building, part of our City Centre Campus.

The £63 million building provides you with a unique learning space, featuring plenty of informal ‘break out’ areas available, creating an open, sociable atmosphere. There is also a new home for the Students’ Union, with its location moving to the restored Victorian pub The Eagle and Ball. Both City North and Millennium Point libraries have moved to the new building.

The dedicated social learning spaces ensure you’ll have the perfect facilities to work independently and confidently, having the time and support you need.

All this ensures that The Curzon Building is a vital support hub and a true central location for students in Birmingham City Centre.

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Dr. Chiara Donegani

Lecturer

Dr. Chiara Paola Donegani brings a wealth of knowledge of economics from a deep study of the subject from a multinational viewpoint through her academic studies.

Within the Business School, Chiara teaches in the following areas: Globalisation, Business, Economics and Law, Economic Environment, Creative Problem Solving, Enhancing Business and Management Skills and Research Methods.

Dr Domenico Moro

Senior Lecturer

Prior to joining Birmingham City University, Domenico worked as a researcher at the Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham, where he was involved on quantitative analysis, cutting across several research programmes. His focus is on the economic impact of third sector organisations in the UK. He also worked as a part-time researcher at Warwick Medical School, where he was involved in a wide range of research on pharmaceutical products and economic evaluation, cost-effectiveness of applications and decision analysis. He also had a post-doctorate grant at Universita’ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza and was a lecturer of Health Economics at Ca tanzaro University and Economics at Politecnico di Milano.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

+44 (0)125 350 2917

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

 

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295