Economics and Finance BSc (Hons)





About the course

The contemporary professional and economic environment of globalised markets commands persistence on quality, the immediate adjustment to the rapidly changing conditions and opportunities, as well as the need for a long-term vision. The world is recovering from a very severe economic crisis which originated in the financial sector and very quickly affected the economies of most countries in the western world.

In the aftermath of this and in a globalised world, the study of finance proves to be essential in understanding the way businesses operate, governments exercise policies and countries cooperate and compete with each other.

Economics on the other hand is the foundation of modern finance. It offers students the opportunity to acquire the cognitive knowledge and skills required to understand the structure of the world we live in.

This course will provide students with an intimate knowledge of the structural issues economies are facing and the way they are being realised in today’s economic affairs through the dominance of financial institutions. Student will be able to apply economic analysis to real-life issues while the technical and analytical skills that are necessary to understand key developments in the global markets will be developed.

The Department of Law and Finance has a critical number of academic staff who will support the delivery of this course. They are highly qualified academics and experienced professionals whose research achievements in the areas of economics and finance and real-life experience promise a unique student experience.



Economics and Finance - BSc (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - L1N3
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Economics and Finance with Foundation Year - BSc (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 Economics and Finance with foundation year





Why choose this course?

The contemporary professional and economic environment of globalised markets commands persistence on quality, the immediate adjustment to the rapidly changing conditions and opportunities, as well as the need for a long-term vision. A number of students are willing to pursue a degree in Economics, driven by the need to understand how the western world is structured and how the environment, in which businesses and financial institutions operate, is working.


At the same time, the world is recovering from a very severe economic crisis, which originated in the financial sector and very quickly affected the economies of most countries in the western world. In the aftermath of this and in a globalised world, the study of Finance proves to be essential in understanding the way business operate, governments exercise policies and countries cooperate and compete with each other. Economics on the other hand is the foundation of modern finance. It offers you the opportunity to acquire the cognitive knowledge and skills required to understand the structure of the world we live in.


This course will fill the gap by providing you with an intimate knowledge of the structural issues economies are facing and the way they are being realized in todays economic affairs through the dominance of financial institutions. You will be able to apply economic and financial analysis to real life issues. All necessary technical and analytical skills that are desired by employers in economics and finance relevant institutions will be developed.



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Units

  • Business Pod (BBS001-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Economics (AAF010-1) Compulsory
  • Applied Economics (AAF016-2) Compulsory
  • Corporate Governance And Financial Regulation (AAF019-2) Compulsory
  • Data Analysis For Economics And Business (AAF022-2) Compulsory
  • Intermediate Banking And Financial Intermediation (AAF018-2) Compulsory
  • Intermediate Financial Management (AAF014-2) Compulsory
  • Macroeconomics (AAF021-2) Compulsory
  • Microeconomics (AAF020-2) Compulsory
  • Practice Weeks: Career Planning (BSS008-2) Compulsory
  • Advanced Financial Management (AAF014-3) Compulsory
  • Economic Policy In The Age Of Globalisation (AAF021-3) Compulsory
  • Economics Of International Trade (AAF023-3) Compulsory
  • Economics Of The European Union (AAF024-3) Compulsory
  • International Finance And Markets (AAF022-3) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Econometrics (AAF026-3) Compulsory
  • Specialist Project In Economics And Finance (AAF033-3) Compulsory



Discover the Department of Law & Finance

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.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.



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 given back in due time so it is integrated in the learning process. Some of the different kinds of assessment are listed below and in some cases they will be used in combination. In addition to the assessment strategies followed in each Unit, your knowledge and skills will be also formatively assessed through problem solving sessions or case study discussions, in order to ensure that your development of your comprehension of the underlying concepts is appropriate to your level of studies and continuously supports your overall achievement. A full list of how each Unit will be assessed is presented in the assessment map following this section.


Unseen examinations: Questions are formed in a way that promote critical thinking and as you progress in your course they will reflect all those elements and attributes that are relevant to your level: From knowledge, comprehension and simple manipulation in the early stages, to application, analysis, appraisal and synthesis as you get closer to graduate.

However, the study of Economics and Finance is the process through which you will develop problem solving and other transferable skills that will prepare you to enter the workplace and enhance your competitiveness in the labour market. Developing and assessing a range of skills is a key objective of this courses assessment strategy. It is designed to develop your knowledge and skills and there is a clear sense of progression, as you evolve during the course.

Individual Written Reports: Your enterprise is developed and assessed along with your knowledge and skills. You will be required to collect information evaluate and analyze it and proceed to recommendations in a clear, concise and professional way.


Data Exercises: Skills relating to data handling, application, numeracy, computer literacy and analysis are going to be developed and assessed.


Portfolio: Very important in the first year of your studies, an overarching assessment method which is designed to develop and assess, among others, higher education learning skills, presentation and reflection.


Case Study Coursework: Will help you apply and contextualize your knowledge.


Project Report: An individual, independent piece of work, which besides being one of the most enjoyable and productive experiences throughout your course of study, it will help put everything in the perspective of independently producing a complete piece of work.


Reflective Writing: It will make you aware of your progress, strengths and limitations and will contribute to your on-going development as students and individuals.


Group audio Presentation: along with presentation skills and professionalism, it will enhance your computer literacy and collaboration skills.

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?

The teaching you will experience represents the University of Bedfordshire Business Schools commitment to practice based education which is provided to our students while maintaining the high academic standards that underpin the transformation of a student to a knowledgeable, well informed individual and a valuable asset for every business or institution.

The Business POD is an integrated, project based unit which will set Economics and Finance in the context of the real world and will give you the chance to work with your peers in other business-related courses. You will face questions asked by our business partners, often real questions they want to get answered.

Practice weeks: you will have practice weeks in Years 1, Year 2 and 3 where the whole timetable focuses on the application of Economics and Finance to real life situations as well as on to how to secure a position in the labour market. Institutional or company visits, guest lectures and talks, one to one advice on developing a good CV, will be vital in preparing you for entering the workplace.

Final Year Project: This will be your opportunity to show the creativity and independence required in the work place. With all the support needed from your tutors, you will have to act as an independent analyst or consultant in identifying an area in Economics or Finance which you believe needs further investigation, familiarize yourselves with the relevant literature and use your skills and knowledge to thoroughly investigate in order to provide suggestions and recommendations. Besides being one of the most enjoyable experiences during your course of study, the final year project is also a very useful task which will demonstrate to potential employers your ability to start and finish an independent piece of work yourselves, something that is considered an invaluable skill in todays business world.

Reuters Icon: An invaluable tool for data collection, and real time simulation exercises

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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