Business Economics - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full Time (3 Years), Sandwich (4 Years)
September 2017

Our BA (Hons) Business Economics programme applies the principles of the subject in a variety of settings, using a range of techniques.

You’ll be prepared for a career in government, business and financial institutions with our comprehensive course, as well as being taught the transferrable skills you’ll need to stand out from the crowd when it comes to securing employment.

Economics is of huge importance when it comes to understanding, and contributing to, the effective allocation of resources. You’ll be equipped with a firm foundation of knowledge about the workings of economic systems, with appropriate tools of analysis to tackle the issues the industry faces.

The programme will not just use economics to explain social, financial and business interactions, but will draw back knowledge and understanding from these related areas, using these to challenge and progress your understanding of economic interactions.

What's covered in the course?

The course will support the development of skills throughout the programme. Skills will be developed on a subject-specific basis as you progress through each level. The first year of the programme will provide a solid grounding in principles of economics and its importance in society, as well as ensuring you are fully prepared to make informed decisions as to alternative routes of study. 

Throughout the programme you’ll be developed into a work-ready graduate, equipped with a range of technical and employability skills suitable for a wide range of positions. Your course will foster your intellectual and moral development, and encourage your personal commitment to the social purpose of becoming a professional economist or business professional.

“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 teacher/learner relationship.” Sukaina Al-Husseiny

Why Choose Us?

  • You will develop the relevant subject-specific and key transferrable skills you need to succeed in a range of sectors and roles.
  • You will gain an understanding of the verbal, graphical, mathematical and statistical strategies used by business economists. 
  • We will provide you with the knowledge and skill base from which you can proceed to further studies in economics or in multidisciplinary areas that involve economics.
  • The economics team at Birmingham City University have a range of experiences and these will be enhanced by the unique contributions which colleagues in strategy, finance and enterprise can offer.
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake valuable placements and internships, building your employability skills.

Please note this course has changed name for 2017/18. The KIS data below relates to the previous course title.

This course is subject to approval

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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

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

Typical Offers

A Level BBC or 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 subjects


BTEC D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points


GCSE GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
View Equivalent GCSE Qualifications that will be considered
England, Wales and Northern Ireland
City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates Pass Adult Numeracy / Adult Literacy. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Pass Maths / English. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Key Skills level 2 Pass Application of Numbers / Communication. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) AAABBB or BBBBCC Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scottish Intermediate 2 Only acceptable with Advanced Higher. Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scottish National 5 Only in certain circumstances. Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.

Other acceptable UK Qualifications

Please select a qualification from the drop-down list to view our entry requirements:

If you have a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Course Enquiries Team

EU / International students
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

The UCAS tariff has changed

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

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – has introduced a new system on how points are calculated. This will be different to what you may have seen if you have applied or looked at undergraduate courses previously.

More about the new tariff

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

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2017 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.

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.

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.

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.

Year One

Professional Development
20 credits

You will develop and practice the skills you need to make the transition to higher education. You’ll be encouraged to explore and embrace opportunities available within and across faculties, becoming a more independent learner.

Business Foundations
20 credits

Within this multi-disciplinary module, you’ll work with colleagues studying other programmes within the Business School, exploring how to run a business effectively through a business simulation. You’ll run a virtual business, and – with support and guidance – respond to business issues and challenges, rectifying them as you will when it comes to facing such situations in real life.

Principles of Economics
20 credits

This module will teach you the fundamental economic principles, theories and models. You’ll learn to evaluate the impact that external micro, macro and international environments have on the activities and performance of businesses.

Business Analysis, Methods and Techniques
20 credits

Here you will learn to use data as an aid when it comes to making business-sensitive decisions, demonstrating a good understanding of good practice in the process. You’ll perform basis statistical and mathematical calculations, strengthening your data presentation skills.

Applied Economics
20 credits

Applied Economics will teach you to explain and summarise the contribution of economic theory to real-world economic problems, using scenarios you’ll encounter in real life to enhance your decision-making and problem-solving skills.

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:

  • Marketing Foundations
  • Introduction to Management Accounting 

Year Two

20 credits

Here you will apply knowledge to specific economic situations, solving problems using mathematical and graphical methods. You’ll look at different evidence and arguments, and develop the skills you need to undertake further economic courses.

Business Strategy
20 credits

Strategy is an important part of business, bringing together findings from operations, finance and marketing. In this module, you’ll look at those key strategy concepts while reflecting on the most recent research, discussing key issues and looking at real-life case studies.

Contemporary Business: Practice and Solutions
20 credits

You will choose and apply appropriate conceptual strategic management models and frameworks to analyse differing external environment and organisational scenarios.

20 credits

Appropriate economic models will be selected in order for you to analyse macroeconomic problems. You’ll demonstrate knowledge and understanding of macroeconomic concepts, theories and models at an intermediate level. 

Business Entrepreneur
20 credits

This module provides you with the direct experience in how to conceive, present and communicate an attractive and credible business plan. You’ll become aware of the theory and practice of entrepreneurship in different international contexts.

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:

  • Econometrics
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Study Abroad 

Final Year

Business Process and Systems
20 credits

This module encourages you to develop an in-depth understanding of the analysis and redesign of business operations. A practice-based module, you will look at how real-life business plans are carried out, as well as discussing relevant theories in two-hour workshops. 

The Economics of Trade and Development
20 credits

The module provides you with an introduction to the main issues of international economics. You will undertake econometric analysis as part of your assessment to apply the theories and models. The module will equip you with the analytical skills in economics you’ll need to succeed in employment. 

Industrial Economics
20 credits

Industrial Economics is a field of economics that studies the structure of the markets, the strategic behaviour of the firms and the interactions between them. In this module a number of theoretical microeconomic models learnt previously will be applied to the real-world industries.

Integrative Business Research Project
40 credits

This module gives you the chance to undertake a substantial piece of relevant research in an area that interests you. Once the topic has been agreed with the course team, you will conduct extensive research, form adequate conclusions and showcase the skills you have learnt so far. 

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:

  • Labour Economics
  • Business and Economic Forecasting
  • One Planet Business
  • Project Management

Course Structure

A variety of delivery approaches will be utilised throughout the programme to managing the learning process, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, peer teaching and learning, project-based learning, experiments, games and technology-enabled learning.

For example, blended learning is adopted, using a mix of face-to-face with online and independent study approach. While face-to-face sessions will vary in format, you will be expected to arrive to sessions fully prepared throughout. The application of key concepts during lectures and workshops are explored further during seminars and self-directed study.

A wide variety of assessment methods are used, and throughout the programme you will be expected to deliver both individually and in groups, reports, presentations, essays, project plans, exams (case-based, open-book and closed-book; computer-based and essay-based) and proposals.

Trips and visits

You will have the opportunity to visit a number of leading businesses during your studies, both locally and across the country. Recently, students visited leading brewery company Sadler’s Ales, gaining an innovative insight into how a successful business runs.

International Opportunities

During your second year, you have the option to undertake the Study Abroad module, where you can examine an interdisciplinary topic within an international setting. You’ll create a digital story suitable for a range of audiences, and self-reflect on the impact of an international experience.

You can also gain international insight and experience a new culture with our Erasmus exchange programme. Students have spent a term at a number of incredible institutions, including the University of San Diego in the USA, as well as destinations in Cyprus and Denmark.

Further Study

As an economics graduate, you’ll have the opportunity to progress to one of our MSc Management courses. We’ll provide advice and support to help you to decide what path is right for you based on your interests and career goals.

Enhancing employability skills

Our Business Economics programmes undertake co-curriculum activities such as study trips, internships and placements. These provide you with the opportunity to work with a wide variety of organisations, enhancing your employability, confidence and learning.

Throughout the programme, you will receive assistance for your own development through co-curriculum activities, including our dedicated Employability Challenge Weeks and extended induction programmes.


There’ll be opportunities to try out different graduate roles with a wide variety of placements and internships on offer to complement your studies.

Past students have undertaken placements in companies such as Bosch, Network Rail, the NHS and Emirates.  

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.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

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.

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
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 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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Curzon facilities staircase
Curzon facilities student hub

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 is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

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

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is 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

Bruce Philp Profile Picture July 2016

Dr Bruce Philp

Head of the Department of Strategy, Marketing and Economics

Having left school after his O-levels, Bruce Philp worked in the pharmaceutical industry before returning to education. After roles at several Universities, he is now the Head of the Department of Strategy, Marketing and Economics at Birmingham City University.

Dr Domenico Moro

Senior Lecturer

Prior to joining Birmingham City University, Domenico Moro worked as a researcher at the Third Sector Research Centre, 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.

Steve Harris

Senior Lecturer Business Operations and Strategy

Steve Harris has previously worked for Lafarge as both a design draughtsman and quality controller in their manufacturing plant, and then went on to work as an aircraft engineering manager within the Royal Air Force. His research interests currently include business sustainable enterprise and leadership identity. 

Dr Inge Hill

Senior Lecturer Strategy and Entrepreneurship, SFHEA

Inge Hill has a wide ranging career in government and government agencies, Third Sector organisations, the private sector, running her own consultancy business and working in Higher Education. Inge's focus in her teaching is on sharing her insight into applying strategic thinking to business practice. 

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Cindy Millman

Associate Professor in Business and UG Programmes Coordinator

Cindy Millman joined the Business School in 2004 after completing her MSc in Business Management and Marketing. She has worked on several large projects in the entrepreneurship, innovation and technology transfer fields, with specific focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Martin Hipkiss

Martin Hipkiss

Senior Lecturer

Martin Hipkiss 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.

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Chris Turner

Associate Professor (Accounting and Finance)

Prior to joining the Birmingham City Business School, Chris Turner conducted audit, assurance and consultancy engagements for a wide variety of clients ranging from well-known brands such as BMW, Halfords, Brittany Ferries and Saint-Gobain.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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