Business and Economics - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years)
September 2015

Please choose how and when you would like to attend the course...

See the UCAS website for help and guidance with your application.

Places on this course are available through Clearing

Our Clearing hotline (0121 331 6777) is open. You can also contact us with your results on our web form.

Taking account of the diverging opinions of leading contemporary economists, this course grounds your study of economics solidly within a business context. It gives you a practical, hands-on appreciation of economics in the business world, shows how focused business practice has a major role to play in global recovery, and equips you to play your own part in helping to realise business aims.

What's covered in the course?

To bring flexibility to your subject choice and help increase your employability, all Joint Honours degree students follow a core first year before taking subject specific modules in the remaining years of the course.

Your first year involves modules covering the Economic Environment, Accounting and Finance, and Managing People, Organisations and Self. You also explore Marketing Fundamentals and New Venture Creation.

The second year includes Contemporary Issues in Business, Creative Problem Solving, The Business Entrepreneur and Business Logistics and Operations, and Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.

Alongside a core module in International Business Strategy, your final year options might cover areas such as: Business Operations and Systems, Making Sense of Organisations, a dissertation, management consultancy project or a placement project. The economics modules studied during the final year are Empirical Economics, Industrial Organisation, Money and Banking and International Economics.

“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?

  • A year-long work placement means that you get inside the business world, pick up key transferable skills, and put theory into practice.
  • Teaching includes case studies that look at the published results of real companies, and high-profile guest speakers share experience and insight.
  • You will get to put together a first year business plan that you pitch, Dragons’ Den-style, to industry experts.
  • Joint Honours degrees allow you to study two main subject areas and potentially aim for employment in two distinctive areas.
  • Birmingham City Business School collaborates closely with industry, which means your course has currency, credibility and practical business relevance.
  • You have the chance of a six-month exchange programme in the second year at one of our international partner institutes.
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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

Entry Requirements for Clearing 2015

200 points (or equivalent) are required for this course in Clearing.

Use the UCAS Tariff Tables to work out your points.

Our Clearing hotline (0121 331 6777) is open.

Alternative options

If you do not have 200 UCAS points, you may like to look at these alternative courses:

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

UK students

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. 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 2015/16
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
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2015/16
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.

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for the 2015/16 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)
be predicted DMM profile at BTEC level

Learn more about unconditional offers >>

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2015 FT 3 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years See below Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2015 FT 3 years £11,500 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years See below 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


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.

First year

Accounting and Finance
30 credits
Marketing in Business
30 credits
Managing Organisations People and Self
30 credits
Economic Environment (Autumn term)
15 credits
New Venture Creation (Spring term)
15 credits

Second year

30 credits
30 credits
Creative Problem Solving (Autumn term)
15 credits
Business Operations and Logistics (Autumn term)
15 credits
The Business Entrepreneur (Spring term)
15 credits
Contemporary Business Issues (Spring term)
15 credits

Final year

In the final year you undertake a choice of modules totalling 90 credits from the list below. (The modules stated as 'core' are compulsory).

International Business Strategy (core)
30 credits
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 (Spring term)
15 credits
Developing and Demonstrating Employability (Spring term)
15 credits

The modules below run across both terms. Only one can be chosen.

Business Start Up Project
30 credits
Management Consultancy Project
30 credits
30 credits
Placement project
30 credits

Course Structure

As a Joint Honours degree student at Birmingham City Business School, you will study a core first year before continuing onto subject-specific modules in the remaining years of your course. This exciting development is designed to offer you flexibility of subject choice and increase your employability.


The study of business provides a detailed understanding of the way organisations work, how they operate within their specific environment and the impact on individuals working within them.

You learn how to apply business theory, identify types of business opportunity and address a range of business issues in an imaginative way. Investigating the issues confronting individuals within a business, you will develop an awareness of the problems businesses can face in general, and be able to identify a number of possible responses.


The economic standpoint is crucial in any issue which involves deciding the allocation of scarce resources, or the improvement of the well-being of an individual or society.

This pathway is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the principles of economics and their application in problem-solving for a wide variety of business, social, and political issues.

The study of economics provides a strong intellectual and practical background to business strategy, behaviour, and performance, as well as developing key personal transferrable skills.

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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63 Time in independent study RoyalBlue

Assessment breakdown

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19 Practical exams #fece5a

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

You may progress to the University’s MA and MSc programmes or complete professional examinations in management.

Enhancing your employability skills

If you take the Business pathway, you will be well placed for graduate fast-track training and entry-level management posts in a number of industries, including commerce, government, community organisations and charities. You may also use your knowledge to set up your own entrepreneurial venture.

Business courses are one of the top 12 degree subjects for getting a job according to a recent article in the Telegraph, with 85 per cent of business graduates nationwide going into work or further study within six months of finishing their degrees.

The Economics pathway provides an excellent foundation for a career not only as an economist, but also in business management, commerce, the public sector and in voluntary organisations.

You will also have the opportunity to increase your employability skills and experiences with the Leadership Challenge (a series of events, projects and competitions mirroring real-life business) and take advantage of ASK@BCU, our online employer mentoring which teams students up with alumni and employer mentors to provide industry insight, employability skills and contacts.


You will benefit from the opportunity to spend a year working in industry between your second and third study year, allowing you to acquire invaluable, hands-on experience ahead of your career in business.

It is an excellent opportunity for you and your placement company. Your work experience allows you to develop a greater understanding of the business world, pick up key transferable skills, and put theory into practice, whilst your placement company can gain from your fresh ideas and enthusiasm.

Local companies respect - and often recruit - Birmingham City Business School’s graduates. As well as helping you find a suitable place for your work experience year, the Placement Office advertises around 1,000 jobs each year.

More about our placement opportunities...


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:

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 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:  

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. It’s no surprise that the Complete University Guide placed us in the UK top 10 for spending on facilities in both 2012 and 2013.

Moving to the Curzon Building

In September 2015 all business, English, law and social sciences courses will move to our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building.

The £63m building will offer students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Curzon Building will also feature:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which will be located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

What do our students think?

"It's shaping out to be a great futuristic building."

English student Isaac will be moving into the building in September and had an exclusive tour of the new facilities.

Read Isaac's blog >>

Dr Peter Hipkiss

Senior Lecturer

Education career: Senior Lecturer in Management at Birmingham City University since 2009. 15 years management experience in further education. Five years lecturing experience in further education.

Public sector career: Seven years as Professional and Technological Officer with the Department of Environment.

Private sector: Managing Director, Exceller Consultants Ltd, since 2004. Seven years in Heavy Engineering industry including indentured technical apprenticeship.

Martin Hipkiss

Martin Hipkiss

Senior Lecturer

Martin began his career as a commercial artist in the printed packaging industry after serving a five year apprenticeship.

During this time he created designs and finished artwork for a wide range of high profile organisations such as Cadbury, Nestle, Marks and Spencer. This experience gave him a fantastic insight into the tensions that exist between the need for creativity and innovation within tightly regulated parameters such as budgets, technical constraints and client expectations.

In a short time he became Studio Manager and over the next 20 years or so held a number of senior managerial positions with responsibilities for line management, organisation development, operations management, change management and establishing and maintaining effective creative and operational links to key customers.

It was during this time he came to have first-hand experience of what we now call the complexity of management, with every day offering a lesson in the significance of concepts such as power, politics, change, emotions, culture, leadership, strategy.

In order to continue his professional development he decided that he wanted to acquire a more critical understanding of these ideas.

To achieve this he completed a Master of Science in Manager and Organisation development.

It was during his study that he became aware of Action Learning, Action Research and Critical management Studies which subsequently drove his decision to use his experience of organisations, integrated with his academic knowledge to help to facilitate the learning and development of both today’s and tomorrow’s managers.

He joined Birmingham City University in 2001 and has worked with a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them to better understand the nature of management and organisations and how to work within them.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

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