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Economics (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
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Bristol Business School
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Study abroad:
Programme leader:
Dr Timothy Hinks

Page last updated 3 March 2017


Why BA(Hons) Economics?

Economic problems are an ever-present and inherent part of our lives and essential to understanding the world in which we live and work. Economics graduates enjoy some of the best job prospects and the highest earnings with vital skills to succeed in diverse careers.

Why study our course?

Economics at UWE is an exciting and cutting-edge applied Economics course which focuses on real and relevant issues using and applying the latest post-crisis economic theory. You will acquire the skills necessary to analyse numerous real-world issues including irrational behaviour, how firms really operate, economic growth, post-crisis banking, development and sustainability, as well as alternative schools of thought that are shaping economics including new-institutional economics, happiness economics, evolutionary economics and behavioural economics. 

Teaching is informed by current research and is led by a strong team of dynamic, supportive and research-active tutors, experts in their field and economics enthusiasts.

Real-world experience

With a strong emphasis on skills development and employability, the degree offers many opportunities to gain relevant and valuable experience and access to industry through placements, field trips and guest lectures.

Where it can take you

Students follow diverse paths in the banking, financial, industrial, retail, government and international communities with recent graduates securing roles in Government and with high-profile companies such as HSBC, Lloyds Group and Rolls Royce.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



In a Year 0 (Foundation Year), the content is designed to develop your academic skills. It also raises awareness of the relevance of law, economics, accounting, plus business and management in your future professional lives.

You are encouraged to develop as reflective learners and will gain an understanding of the attributes that graduates of UWE Bristol attain, such as being self-reliant, enterprising, future-facing, collaborative and globally responsible citizens.

Much of the scheduled class time will be spent in rooms equipped for technology-supported work in groups.Teaching methods will be engaging, as staff use the latest techniques and technologies to enhance the learning experience.

The four modules will have three hours of teaching each week (12 hours of scheduled class time in total). On four occasions during the year, the whole 12 hours will be spent team-working on a joint project. One of the weeks will result in an exhibition of assessed group posters, while another will produce individual personal development plans.

Year 0 (Foundation year)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Becoming a Professional
  • Introduction to Organisations, Enterprise and Management 
  • Economics and Accounting for the Real World
  • Introduction to Law in a Social, Business and Global Context

You will study the Foundation Year alongside students from other business and law courses and may therefore transfer to another course in one of these areas at the end of a successful Foundation Year. The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year 0 modules before progressing to Year one. Students seeking transfer to BA(Hons) Business (Team Entrepreneurship) are required to pass an interview process. Transfer to BSc(Hons) Economics (as distinct from BA(Hons) Economics) requires an A level in Mathematics.

Year one

The first year provides a foundation for the development of the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for your future as an economics graduate. You will be proficient in the use of Excel and able to undertake statistical analysis.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Microeconomics
  • Becoming a Practical Economist
  • Understanding Business and Financial Information
  • Macroeconomics
  • Developing Economic Thinking
  • Statistics and Data Management

Year 2

In the second year, you will study modules that extend your understanding of economics and increase your depth of knowledge. Along with this, statistical and econometric software packages that are readily sought by employers will be introduced.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Economic Research Methods
  • Macroeconomics: Theory and Applications
  • Introductory Econometrics
  • Two modules from the list below (subject to availability):

You will also select from the following optional modules, according to credit requirements:

  • Emerging Economies
  • Economics of Money and Banking
  • Good Business, Bad Business and Sustainability
  • Economics of Happiness
  • International Trade and Multinational Business

Final year

All students are encouraged to spend their third year on placement and the curriculum in the first and second years provides support for the process of securing this. Alternatively, students can undertake a study year abroad (SYA). The final year includes a dissertation or applied project that is informed by the knowledge and abilities gained in the earlier years of study, while the optional modules allow you to focus on particular areas of interest.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Final Year Project
  • Economic Theory and Policy

Plus four optional modules from the list below OR three if a Study Year Abroad (SYA) or Placement Year has been completed:

  • Econometrics
  • Political Economy
  • Economics of International Financial Markets
  • Economics of Labour and Migration
  • The Economics of Developing Countries
  • Sustainable Business
  • Behavioural Economics

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The course is taught through a diverse mix of learning environments including face-to-face tutor-led, independent student-led, online and group projects. Lectures, workshops/seminars, group project work, and tutoring account for 12 hours of contact time per week and you will spend at least as much time again in essential independent study. This includes preparation for workshops/seminars study, reviewing lectures, online work, reading and other research activity, as well as in the preparation of assessed work and revision for end of module exams.

Learning through experience

All students are encouraged to gain high-quality work experience, ideally through the 40-week Placement in Year 3 (see Features) but if not, then through short-term internships, paid work as a UWE Student Ambassador or Peer Assisted Learning Leader, or through volunteering.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations, all of which aim to assess not only what you know and can do but also develop the graduate attributes that are valued by employers. These attributes include communication and presentation skills, IT and numeracy skills, team work, project and time management skills as well as the intellectual skills of problem solving, critical thinking, analysis and evaluation, creativity and innovation.

Coursework comes in many different forms: essays and reports; business plans and applied research projects; portfolios and weekly notes; assessed group and individual presentations and posters. You will also be required to reflect and comment on your own learning and personal development.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

We are currently seeking accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for a number of modules.


You are encouraged to undertake a 40-week paid sandwich placement, relevant to your degree. Placements are taken after the second year of study and could be based in the UK or internationally.

This is a valuable and rewarding aspect of your course allowing you to gain real-world experience, develop key skills and increase your employability on graduation.

UWE Economics has a strong track record for securing placements with the Government Economic Service (ie the Treasury, Home Office, Business Innovations and Skills, Department of Work and Pensions, Office of National Statistics). Economics staff provide regular support in the application process, delivering workshops on completing the Government Economic Service (GES) application form and how to succeed in interview.

You will receive support in finding a placement and guidance throughout from our award-winning Careers and Employability service and departmental staff.

Study year abroad

As an alternative to a sandwich placement, there may be opportunities to undertake a study year abroad where courses are taught in English. Employers look favourably upon graduates who have studied overseas on account of them having acquired a global perspective which is becoming even more valuable with increasingly globalised markets.

Study facilities

Your learning is supported through the provision of high-quality study facilities and an excellent library. Dedicated business librarians manage vast collections of materials to support all your curriculum subjects and independent research through information skills sessions and the University's Study Skills website. There is also an extensive programme of regular workshops including referencing management. 

The library offers zoned space from silent to group study and student bookable rooms. You will benefit from direct access to electronic databases on and off campus including recommended books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases.

The Bloomberg financial trading room is used by students from across Bristol Business School and provides the opportunity for training in this state of the art financial platform that provides a commanding view of global finance.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.


Careers / Further study

Economics at UWE is well connected with industry and designed to meet the needs of employers. The strong emphasis on employability and gaining real-world experience, along with cutting-edge teaching, bridges the gap between theory and practice and helps develop key skills required in the workplace.

The high-level demand for graduates with this degree makes it an ideal launch pad for a career in banking, finance, management, accountancy, marketing, corporate finance, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), government (eg Government Economic Service (GES) and postgraduate studies (recent graduates have undertaken Masters programmes at Cambridge, UCL and Warwick).

Our graduates are employed in a wide range of roles, such as Financial Analyst, Stockbroker and Pricing Analyst. They work across private and public sector organisations including Hargreaves Lansdown (Stockbroker), Ministry of Defence (MoD), Lloyds Group, HSBC and Rolls Royce.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

Guardian - what can you do with a degree in economics?


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Full Final Year Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Reduced Final Year Fee8094
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years1200
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years with placement1500
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year300

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Economics course.

How to apply

UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this programme from 25 February until 4 July 2017. Responses to UCAS Extra applications will be given within 14 working days.

Please see the general information about applications.

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