Business and Economics - BA (Hons)

Course Overview

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UCAS Code:
NL11
Award:
BA (Hons)
Attendance:
  • Sandwich (4 years)
  • Full Time (3 years)
School:
Birmingham City Business School
Campus:
City Centre

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 diffi culties 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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Entry Requirements

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

Typical UK QualificationRequirements 2015/16

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

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

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.

Unconditional Offers 2014/15

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for the 2014/15 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.

Learn more about unconditional offers >>

Typical EU/Non-EU (International) QualificationsRequirements 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 have a serious interest in studying with us but cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

Learn more about 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.

How to Apply

Full Time: Apply through UCAS.
UCAS Code: NL11.
Apply via UCAS

Non-EU (International) students:. There are three ways for international students to apply: direct to the University, through a country representative or through UCAS. Please read our guidance on how to apply.

UCAS Information

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

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

You submit an application via the UCAS website with a list of up to five courses. All choices are confidential during the application process so universities and colleges considering an application cannot see your other choices. Applications must be completed by mid-January of the year that you wish to start university.

You can monitor the progress of your application using the UCAS Apply system.

Fees and Finance

Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2015 FT 3 years BA (Hons) £9,000 per year
Sep 2015 SW 4 years BA (Hons) See below
Fees for students from non-EU countries (International)?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2015 SW 4 years BA (Hons) See below
Sep 2015 FT 3 years BA (Hons) £11,500 per year

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.

UK or EU students

Where a full-time undergraduate student opts to extend the normal length of a Bachelor’s degree by an additional year in order to take a full-year work placement there will be no fee for the additional placement year.

International students

If a full-time international undergraduate student opts to extend the normal length of a Bachelor’s degree (4 years sandwich pathway) to complete a work-placement the following fee structure will apply:

  • Year 1 = £11,500
  • Year 2 = £11,500 
  • Year 3 = TBC
  • Year 4 = £11,500
Additional costs

There are no additional compulsory costs for this course however you may wish to purchase text books or additional materials relating to the subject area.

Financial Options and Advice

We have deliberately tried to set fees that reflect the cost of course delivery in order to help our students avoid debt.

Full-time students won't have to pay for tuition fees until after their studies - there are government tuition fee loans available. If you are a full-time student, after leaving university you will start to pay back your loan once you are earning over £21,000 a year, at a rate of nine per cent on any income above £21,000. So if you were earning £25,000, you would pay back nine per cent of £4,000, or £30 per month.

Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis offers key facts on fees, loans and grants:

Financial Support

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

International Students

International Students at BCU

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 reputation for excellence is soaring globally, thanks to the superb links we forge with industry, our international alliances, and our focus on practical, vocational learning.

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

Open Days

Our next University-wide Open Day is on Saturday 20 June 2015. Registration will open Spring 2015 but in the meantime, why not sign up to BCYou! and receive email updates about the University.

Our Open Days provide you with the perfect opportunity to visit the University and discover just what we have to offer.

You can learn more about our courses, great teaching and links with leading employers - as well as our £260 million investment in facilities.

There is a non-stop programme of events and activities running throughout the day, so we recommend that you arrive at 9am to ensure you get the most out of the day.

Who is it for?

The day will cover all levels of study but is predominantly for undergraduate courses.

15 November Open Day

University Approach to Employability

Birmingham City University is committed to preparing students for successful employability and professional careers. We have an innovative approach to employability that will help you obtain an interesting and well-paid graduate job.

Read our Employability Statement to find out more.

Employment Opportunities

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.

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.

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 the unique facilities at the Concept Factory, our purpose-built social space for enterprising students.

Find out more about the Leadership Challenge

Find out more about the Concept Factory

Placements

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.

A note for all full-time students starting a Bachelor's degree in 2013/14:

If you commence your studies in September 2013 under the new fees regime, and decide to undertake a placement year (making your degree a four-year sandwich course), please note that you will not be charged a tuition fee for that particular year.

Further Studies

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

Full Time

About KIS data

From September 2012, all universities and colleges are publishing standardised information for all undergraduate courses in the form of a Key Information Set (KIS). The KIS data is designed to meet the needs of prospective students and allow for informed decision-making when choosing a university course.

Putting our students first

We pride ourselves on our student satisfaction levels which have risen from 73 per cent to 83 per cent between 2010 and 2012. Our dedication to improving the student experience is illustrated by our award-winning student engagement, our close links with business and industry and our £180 million investment in new facilities.

Employability facts

75.5% of business and marketing graduates from Birmingham City Business School who responded to our survey entered employment (and/or further study), earning an average full-time salary of £18,600. Employers hiring our business and marketing graduates include Stockdale Martin and Morrison's, offering positions such as Account Executive and Commercial Analyst.

Working with your Students’ Union

Improving student satisfaction is a priority commitment shared by both Birmingham City University and its Students’ Union. In its strategic planning, the Union has pledged to be more accessible, more relevant and provide more opportunity to engage with a diverse student community.

The Students’ Union is already a key stakeholder in supporting an excellent teaching experience at Birmingham City University, through joint projects such as the Extra Mile Teaching Awards and the Student Rep scheme, which allows students to share their ideas on how they are taught.

As Birmingham City University moves towards a two campus strategy where it can better support enhanced learning and student support facilities across a two-mile radius, the Students’ Union will also be better able to implement its commitment to improve communication and engage with its valued student membership.

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.

Business

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.

Economics

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.

Course Modules

First Year
AutumnSpringCredits
Accounting and Finance 30
Economic Environment New Venture Creation 15 each
Marketing in Business 30
Managing Organisations People and Self 30
Second Year
AutumnSpringCredits
Creative Problem Solving The Business Entrepreneur 15 each
Business Operations and Logistics Contemporary Business Issues 15 each
Microeconomics 30
Macroeconomics 30
Final Year
AutumnSpringCredits
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
Money & Banking (Economics) International Economics 15 each
Empirical Economics Industrial Organisation (Economics) 15 each
Making Sense of Organisations Business Operations and systems 15 each
Developing and Demonstrating Employability Developing and Demonstrating Employability 15 each
Modules that run across both terms: Only one can be chosen
Business Start Up Project or 30
Management Consultancy Project or 30
Dissertation 30
Placement project 30

Assessment Methods

You encounter a wide range of innovative assessment styles, including business reports, academic papers, case studies, individual and group presentations, portfolios and projects, as well as conventional examinations.

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 City Centre Campus

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.

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Read more about the City Centre Campus

Enquiries

Prospective students from the UK or EU

  • Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
  • If you need further help, you can contact the Course Enquiries Team online by using the Course Enquiry Form.
  • Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)121 331 5595.
Prospective students from non-EU countries
  • International enquirers from non-EU countries may enquire via the International Enquiry Form.
  • Alternatively, call us +44 (0)121 331 6714.

Prospectus

For an overview of our undergraduate courses and a range of other information order a printed Prospectus or download a PDF of our Prospectus (16Mb).

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