Business Economics BA (Hons)





About the course

Studying Economics – the factors that influence income, wealth and well-being – applied to the contemporary business world, will help you to become more well-informed and aware.

Graduates of Business Economics have highly developed analytical, quantitative, communication and information technology skills, enabling them to stand out in an increasingly demanding job market.

Your critical thinking, problem-solving, presentation and team-working experience, developed as you apply theory to discussion of real-world business problems, will all boost your CV.



Business Economics - BA (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - NP85
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Feb,Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Business Economics with Foundation Year - BA (Hons)

  • Our degrees with a Foundation year provides a supportive way for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

    In the Foundation year you will study three days per week. The focus will be on academic writing skills and numeracy, plus subject-specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

    There is a £500 Foundation Year Bursary available to UK students starting September 2017.

    More information about Business Economics with foundation year

Business Economics with International Year Zero - BA (Hons)

  • *International Year Zero (IYZ) is the first stage of a four-year International Incorporated Bachelor's degree. IYZ is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English language, before you continue to year one of your undergraduate degree course.

    IYZ is delivered by London Bedfordshire International College in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire.

    Find out more about International Year Zero

    *IYZ is only available to international students





Why choose this course?

  • Learn the theory needed to understand the structure of our economy and the way the different decision making processes by individuals, firms and governments affect our everyday lives
  • Study units including: Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Applied Economics, International Finance and Markets, Economics of the Public Sector, Economic Policy in the Age of Globalisation, Economics of the European Union, The Economics of Health and Environment, Project Management
  • Develop your understanding of aspects of the current economic conditions: institutional behaviour, firm profitability, globalisation, economic crises and sustainable development
  • Gain skills needed to become a skilled economist, manager, researcher, analyst or strategist
  • Explore real-life problems, supported by academics who are active researchers or experienced executives
  • Benefit from a course that provides an excellent pathway for a career as an economist, in business management, consulting, commerce, financial institutions and banking, the public sector and voluntary organisations, or opportunities for further study

The course will develop an understanding of the relevance of Economics specifically for business practice in the UK and internationally.

It makes full use of the innovative teaching methods developed by the University of Bedfordshire Business School. These include the first year Business Pod where integrated, project based units will set economics in the context of business as a whole and allow you to work with fellow students on other business-related courses. 

The main tasks on these units come from our business partners and are often real questions they want to be answered. The final year project will provide you with an opportunity to apply your knowledge and tackle real life business problems by analysing real data and investigating contemporary economic policy issues.



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Year 1
  • Business Pod
  • Introduction to Economics
Year 2
  • Macroeconomics
  • Data Analysis for Economics and Business
  • Banking and Financial Intermediation
  • Project Management
  • Applied Economics
  • Career Planning
  • Economics of the Public Sector
Year 3
  • Specialist Business Economics Project
  • Economic Policy in the Age of Globalisation
  • International Finance and Markets
  • Economics of International Trade

Optional Units

  • Economics of the European Union
  • The Economics of Health and Environment
  • Development Economics
  • Introduction to Econometrics



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We are daring to be different. This vision is founded on this difference. The imaginative new futures for business education, research and practice will be co-created with our staff, students and other stakeholders and will deliver not only academic impact but also a practice impact in our classrooms and communities alike. This vision reflects our existing School strengths, strategic space opportunities in the crowded and overly competitive and branded business school market and provides staff good opportunity to create a business school that is different. In sum, we will use this vision to drive excellence, change, growth and investment within the School.

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How will I be assessed?

A number of different assessment methods will contribute to your development and will help you achieve your goals and enhance your employability throughout this course. A pivotal element of this is that feedback will be provided in due time so it is integrated in the learning process.

Estimated percentage breakdown of the different assessment methods:

  • Written Examinations: 40%
  • Coursework, Essays, Reports: 40%
  • Portfolio: 10%
  • Presentations: 10%

Entry requirements

  • We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

    UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.


  • For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

    Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

    T: +44 (0)1582 743500
    E: admission@beds.ac.uk

  • As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

    We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

  • Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Studying Business Economics provides an excellent pathway for a career, not only as an Economist but also in Business Management, Consulting, Commerce, Financial Institutions and Banking, the Public Sector and Voluntary Organisations. Economists are in demand in both the private and public sector. You can be a skilled manager, researcher, analyst and strategist.

Research shows that Economics graduates have on average higher starting salaries than most graduates and significantly higher than non-graduates.

Economics graduates are also highly valued when it comes to applying for postgraduate studies. The knowledge and skills acquired during this course qualifies you upon successful completion for entry in a number of postgraduate courses including Masters in Business Administration, Financial Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, Project Management, International Business, International Development and others.

You will examine a range of business and economic policy related issues and apply economic analysis to a variety of contexts in an effort to answer major questions such as: Is globalization desirable or does it increase the existing inequalities among countries? Can governments influence the wellbeing of whole economies and/or that of single individuals? Should the Bank of England or the European Central Bank bailout failing private financial institutions? Are economic crises human driven or inevitable?
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

    You can also apply online

    Find out more about how to apply

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