Economics (with Foundation Year)
This course is open for applications.
About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Tariff points:
- Bristol Business School
- Four years full-time; five years sandwich
- Full-time; sandwich
- Programme leader:
- Dr Jo Michell
- Key fact:
- We have a strong track record of securing placements with the Treasury and Department for Business and Innovation, banks like Lloyds and companies like Rolls-Royce.
Page last updated 29 August 2018
Why study economics?
Economics is all around us, and studying it is essential to understanding the world we live and work in.
As an economics graduate, you'll enjoy some of the best job prospects and high earnings across several career paths.
Our BSc(Hons) in Economics is for those who like pure mathematics and want to develop these skills, while learning about the broader social and political context shaping today's world. If you enjoy economics but not pure mathematics you'll prefer BA(Hons) Economics.
Why UWE Bristol?
BA(Hons) Economics is a modern applied course that focuses on applying the latest post-crisis economic theory to real and relevant problems.
Our modules are informed by a pluralist approach to economic thinking and alternative schools of thought that are shaping economics. These include new-institutional economics, happiness economics, and evolutionary economics.
Learning this way will give you a deeper understanding of real-world economic relationships and make you attractive to employers.
Gain the skills to answer questions such as: why do people behave irrationally? Do firms really aim to maximise profits? Does inequality matter? Is growth really sustainable? Are we ready for the next financial crash? What will artificial intelligence mean for job creation?
Analyse numerous real-world issues, including irrational behaviour, how firms really operate, the cost of continued economic growth and sustainability, post-crisis banking, development and migration. Your analysis will include an integral pure mathematics strand.
With an emphasis on skills development and real-world experience, this course gives you regular access to industry through placements, field trips and guest lectures.
Where can it take me?
Economics at UWE Bristol focuses on employability and experience, helping you bridge the gap between theory and practice and develop important workplace skills.
Our graduates go on to successful careers in banking, finance, accountancy, industry, retail, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and government.
They work as Financial Analysts, Stockbrokers and Pricing Analysts. They work across private and public sector organisations including Hargreaves Lansdown (stockbroker), HM Treasury, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst and Young, Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC, Warner Music UK and Rolls Royce.
Watch: The learning and teaching experience
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
Year zero (foundation year)
You will study:
- 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 normally need to pass all your foundation year modules before going into Year one.
You will study:
- Becoming a Practical Economist
- Statistics and Data Management
- Model Building in Economics I
- History of Economic Thought.
You will study:
- Applied Microeconomics
- Macroeconomics: Theory and Applications
- Economic Research Methods
- Introductory Econometrics
- Model Building in Economics II.
Plus, one optional module from:
- Good Business, Bad Business and Sustainability
- International Trade and Multinational Business
- The Wellbeing of People and Society.
Placement year (if applicable)
If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.
You'll complete a placement learning module.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
You will study:
- Economic Theory and Policy
- Work Integrated Learning or Cross Cultural Learning and Development or Placement Learning or Learning and Development on Study Year Abroad.
Plus, three optional modules from:
- The Economics of Developing Countries
- Sustainable Business
- Economics of International Financial Markets
- Economics of Labour and Migration
- Behavioural Economics
- Political Economy
- Feminist and Gender 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
Learn through a mix of tutor-led learning, independent student-led study, online material and group projects.
Lectures, workshops/seminars, group project work and tutoring make up 12 hours of contact time each week. You'll spend at least as much time again studying independently. This includes preparing for workshops/seminars, reviewing lectures, online work, reading and other research activity. You'll also prepare assessed work and revise for end of module exams.
Develop your academic skills and your understanding of law, economics, accounting, business and management. Finish your second year proficient in Excel and able to undertake statistical analysis.
Go on to study modules that extend your understanding of economics and increase your depth of knowledge. Familiarise yourself with statistical and econometric software used by employers.
Become a reflective learner and develop the skills you'll need later on, such as self reliance and collaboration.
Build your communication, presentation, IT, numeracy, project and time management skills. Your improved problem solving, critical thinking, analysis, evaluation and innovation skills will help you stand out as a graduate.
This degree also offers opportunities to gain industry experience through placements, field trips and guest lectures. You can also gain experience through short-term internships, paid work as a Student Ambassador or Peer Assisted Learning Leader, or through volunteering.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
|Year||Scheduled learning and teaching study||Independent study||Placement study|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
You'll be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations, which assess what you know and can do and help you develop the confidence and skills that employers value.
Coursework can take the form of essays and reports; business plans and applied research projects; portfolios and weekly notes; assessed group and individual presentations and posters. You'll also reflect and comment on your own learning and personal development.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
|Year||Written exam assessment||Coursework assessment||Practical exam assessment|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
This degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), giving valuable exemptions from professional exams.
We encourage you to do a 40-week paid sandwich placement after Year two. It can be in the UK or abroad.
Your placement is valuable because it allows you to gain real-world experience and skills that increase your employability.
Economics at UWE Bristol has a strong track record for securing placements with the Government Economic Service (ie Treasury, Home Office, Business Innovations and Skills, Department of Work and Pensions, Office of National Statistics).
Academic staff will support you through the application process, showing you how to complete the Government Economic Service (GES) application form and how to succeed in interview.
You'll also receive guidance throughout from our award-winning careers service.
Study year abroad
You'll also have opportunities to study overseas on courses that are taught in English and relevant to your degree. The study year abroad is not a paid placement.
In our new £55m Bristol Business School building, you'll have access to cutting-edge learning spaces like the Bloomberg financial trading room. Training in this state-of-the-art financial platform will give you a commanding view of global finance.
In our specialist library, business librarians manage vast collections to support your curriculum subjects and independent research. Attend workshops to develop your information skills or visit Study Skills.
The library offers zoned spaces for silent and group study and rooms you can book. You'll have access to recommended books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases on and off campus.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
Careers / Further study
High demand for graduates with this degree means diverse career prospects and a competitive place in the jobs market.
This course makes an ideal launch pad for a career in banking, finance, management, accountancy, marketing, corporate finance, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), government (for example the Government Economic Service) and postgraduate studies.
Our graduates are Financial Analysts, Stockbrokers and Pricing Analysts. They work across private and public sector organisations including the Treasury, the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Hargreaves Lansdown (stockbroker), Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC and Rolls-Royce.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
There is currently no published fee data for this course.
Supplementary fee information
Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.
You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.
Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.
This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.
- Tariff points: 48
- GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics or Statistics, 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: Grade C or above in Maths. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards the overall tariff. You must have at least one A-Level.
- Relevant subjects: Business, Management
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include 6 units in Maths.
- Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; must include 15 level 3 credits at merit in Maths.
- Baccalaureate IB: A minimum grade of 5 in higher level Maths.
If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be able to apply for Foundation Year entry into this or related degree courses.
UWE Bristol's International College
If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through UWE Bristol's International College which, upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year 1 of the degree.
If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.
If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.
To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.
How to apply
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333