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Business Management and Economics (with Foundation Year)

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About this course

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Bristol Business School
Four years full-time; Five years Sandwich
Full-time; Sandwich
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Programme leader:
Dr Lois Duff
Key fact:
This course fuses academic disciplines of economics and analysis, with a practical and vocational knowledge of business. You will be eligible for a placement with the Government Economic Service (GES).

Page last updated 14 August 2017


Why study BA(Hons) Business Management and Economics?

The role of economics in business is becoming more significant in a highly competitive, ever-changing global economy. This course offers a valuable balance giving you a solid grounding in business management, a strong background in economics in a broader business context, and experience of using specialist tools for economic analysis. Sustainability and ethical decision making are also strongly embedded in the course design.

Why study our course?

Develop the practical, real-world skills you need for a future in the public or private sector. If you're interested in a future in business and intrigued by economics, this is the perfect next step for you. Offering a fusion of academic economic analysis and a working insight into business, it will allow you to develop excellent managerial skills, strong analytical expertise and an appreciation of the role of ethics and sustainability in decision making.

Real world experience

Regular guest speakers and case studies mean you'll broaden your knowledge of the industry, and stay on top of the latest developments. And you'll have direct access to real-time business and economic data through our cutting-edge Bloomberg Financial Trading Room, and our specialist library.

You'll also have an opportunity to gain work experience through the 40-week sandwich placement in Year three or through short term internships, paid work as a Student Ambassador, a Peer Assisted Learning Leader, or through volunteering.

Where it can take you

You will develop the skills in high demand in the workplace today, and graduate ready for a career in the public or private sector, or for further education on a postgraduate course.



In the Foundation year (Year zero), the content is designed to develop your academic skills. It also raises awareness of the relevance law, economics, accounting, plus business and management, will play 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, another will produce individual personal development plans.

Foundation year (Year zero)

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 so you may 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 zero modules before progressing to Year one. Students seeking transfer to BA(Hons) Business (Team Entrepreneurship) would be required to pass an interview process. Transfer to BSc(Hons) Economics (as distinct from BA(Hons) Economics) would require 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 success.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Management
  • Becoming a Practical Economist
  • Understanding Business and Financial Information (Accounting, Economics and Finance)
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Understanding Organisations and People (Accounting, Economics and Finance)
  • Statistics and Data Management
  • Understanding the Principles of Marketing
  • Introductory Macroeconomics.

Year two

In the second year, you will study modules relating to the main functional areas of business, where you will also develop your research and enquiry skills.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Managing People
  • Managing Business Processes (Accounting, Economics and Finance)
  • Economic Theory, Policy and Applications
  • Research Methods for Business
  • Management and Cost Accounting
  • Good Business, Bad Business and Sustainability.

In addition, you will study one of the following optional module:

  • Emerging Economies
  • Economics of Money, Banking and Finance
  • International Trade and Multinational Business
  • Introductory Econometrics.

All students are encouraged to spend their third year on placement and the curriculum in the second year provides support for the process of securing this.

Final year

The final year will include a major project, along with modules requiring the integration of the knowledge and abilities gained in the earlier years of study. The final year curriculum also includes a focus on managing change, both in organisational terms and in terms of your own career.

You will study one of the following major final year projects:

  • Applied Business Project
  • Business Project
  • Project.

In addition, you will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Strategic Management
  • Managing Organisational Change
  • Sustainable Business
  • Applied Economics.

In addition, you will study two optional modules from the list below OR one if a Study Year Abroad (SYA) or Placement Year has been complete

  • The Economics of Developing Countries
  • Econometrics
  • Economic Issues in International Business
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Islamic Banking and Finance
  • Political Economy
  • Economics of International Financial Markets
  • Interactive and Digital Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Competing through Quality
  • Organisational Leadership
  • Integrated Business Simulation
  • Global Marketing Management.

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 wide range of modules means that you'll be able to specialise in your areas of interest throughout years two and three. Optional modules include money and banking, international trade and global marketing. You'll be taught in a diverse mix of learning environments including face-to-face tutor-led, independent student-led and group projects.

Lectures, workshops/seminars and group project work account for 12 hours of contact time each week and you will spend at least as much time again in essential independent study including research, online work and preparation for assessment.

There will be a strong focus on data interpretation and analysis. You'll have many opportunities to use exclusive databases and specialist software, as well as the exciting new facilities housed in the new Bristol Business School on our Frenchay Campus.

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


A range of coursework, exams and presentations will be used to assess your learning and performance and help you develop the graduate attributes that employers value. This includes communication, 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.

You'll complete essays and reports, business plans and applied research projects, portfolios and weekly notes, and assessed group and individual presentations and posters. You will also reflect and comment on your own learning and personal development.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.



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.

You will be eligible for a placement with the Government Economic Service (GES), one of the biggest employers of economists in the UK.

Employers highly rate this experience, with one third of students on placement re-employed by placement employers on graduation.

You will receive support in finding a placement and guidance throughout from our award-winning Careers and Employability service and staff within the Accounting, Economics and Finance department.

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

You'll be supported by a range of exceptional study facilities (including the new Bristol Business School) and an excellent specialist library. The library offers zoned space for silent and group study and rooms which can be reserved. You'll also have direct access to electronic databases on and off campus including recommended books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases.

And you will train in the Bloomberg Financial Trading Room on 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.

UWE Bristol Trading and Investment Society (UWETIS)

Founded in 2011, this society run by students brings together like-minded people to share knowledge and interest in finance and investing. Through the introduction of a virtual money fund, members apply financial theory and analysis in real-life settings, supported by our state-of-the-art Financial Trading Room. Members also have access to lectures by industry experts, networking events and trading games. The society has excellent connections with major banks and accountancy firms and organises regular social events and trips. Explore the UWETIS Facebook page and the UWETIS website.

UWE Bristol Economics Society

This newly established society is open to students with an interest in economics. It organises subsidised field trips, networking events and appearances by guest speakers, and arranges regular socials for members.  


Careers / Further study

You'll graduate with the skills and experience that you'll need to succeed (and to help your employer succeed) in a competitive market.

The skills you'll develop are in high-demand in the workplace and this degree is an ideal launch pad for a career in business analysis, management, marketing, personnel, strategic management and planning in either private or public sector organisations. We have an excellent relationship with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which is where a number of our graduates have gone on to start their careers.

You'll also be prepared to go on to further study at UWE Bristol, such as a Masters level course in an area like Financial Management, Economics, Human Resource Management and Marketing.

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.


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

Further information about fees and funding.


Students starting this course in September 2017 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

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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) Business Management and Economics course.

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