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BSc(Hons)

Economics (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2019/20
Course code:
L19F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
48
Department:
Bristol Business School
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich
Study abroad:
Yes
Programme leader:
Dr Jo Michell
Key fact:
We have a strong track record of securing placements with public sector employers like the Treasury, Home Office, and Office of National Statistics; with financial institutions such as Lloyds Bank; and in businesses, charities and international organisations.

Page last updated 13 May 2019

Introduction

Why study economics?

From environmental sustainability to financial stability, and from wages to wealth, economic forces affect every aspect of our lives.

Studying BSc(Hons) Economics will give you a solid understanding of how and why, and the skills needed to analyse issues and effect change across a wide range of areas, including the public sector, think tanks, financial institutions and charities.

Why UWE Bristol?

Along with this economics degree we also offer BA(Hons) Economics. On both, you'll apply the latest economic theories to real and relevant challenges, develop critical thinking and debate ideas from a range of perspectives.

The BSc course gives you the chance to develop your technical skills to a more advanced level and requires A level mathematics. The BA degree provides a rigorous and accessible economics training to those with less mathematical experience.

On both pathways, you'll be taught by a passionate and enthusiastic team of research-active staff with a growing reputation for being at the cutting edge of new ideas in economics.

Learn to analyse a wide range of economic issues, such as where does wealth come from? Is our way of life sustainable? Is global trade a force for good? How does the banking and financial system affect our lives? Will robots take people's jobs? Is inequality getting worse and does it matter?

UWE Bristol takes a unique pluralist approach to teaching economics. As well as using traditional textbooks, you'll draw on ideas from a range of viewpoints and disciplines, placing economics in its broader social and political context.

With an emphasis on developing key skills and critical thinking while gaining real-world experience, you'll get regular access to industry and policy-making through placements, field trips and guest lectures.

Where can it take me?

 As a graduate with a degree that's rooted in realism and application, you'll be highly attractive to employers.

You could pursue a career in government, banking and finance, retail, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or charities.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

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.

Year one

You will study:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Becoming a Practical Economist
  • Statistics and Data Management
  • Model Building in Economics I
  • History of Economic Thought.

Year two

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.

Final year

You will study:

  • Project
  • 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:

  • Econometrics
  • 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

Throughout the course, you'll be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars, independent student-led study, online materials, and group projects including presentations and debates.

Lectures, 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 seminars, reviewing lectures, online work, reading and other research activity. You'll also prepare assessed work and revise for end of module exams.

Developing a solid grounding in core economics concepts and skills, you'll also learn how to conduct quantitative and statistical analysis using industry standard software packages such as STATA and data sources including Bloomberg and Datastream.

In your third year, you'll undertake advanced study in your chosen areas of interest, and complete a dissertation or applied project.

This degree 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.

There's also the chance to participate in Bristol's annual Festival of Economics.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study
024%76%0%
127%74%0%
224%76%0%
321%79%0%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Assessment

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*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment
036%41%23%
152%37%11%
254%37%9%
346%47%7%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Features

Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), giving valuable exemptions from professional exams.

Placements

We encourage you to do a 40-week paid sandwich placement after year two, either in the UK or abroad. This allows you to gain real-world experience and skills that will increase your employability.

Economics at UWE Bristol has a strong track record for securing placements with the Government Economic Service (i.e. the Treasury, Home Office, Department for Business Innovations & Skills, Department of Work and Pensions, and the 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.

Wherever you choose to do your placement, you'll receive guidance throughout from UWE Bristol's award-winning careers service.

Study year abroad

Alongside your studies, 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.

Study facilities

Designed with student input, the Bristol Business School offers state of the art lecture theatres, learning spaces for individual and group study, and conference rooms that you can book.  You'll also have access to cutting-edge learning spaces like the Bloomberg trading room.

In our specialist library, business librarians manage vast collections to support your research. You'll have access to recommended books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases on and off campus. You can also attend workshops to develop your information skills or visit our online study skills area for additional support with learning.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

High demand for economics graduates means you'll have diverse career prospects and a competitive place in the jobs market.

This course is an ideal launch pad for a career in government (for example the Government Economic Service), banking, finance, management, accountancy, marketing, corporate finance, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), charities and postgraduate studies.

Previous graduates have gone on to work as economists in the Government Economic Service, including the Treasury and the Home Office; in finance and banking for organisations such as Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC and Goldman Sachs; and as economists and analysts across industry and the retail sector.

Get inspired

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.

See also:

Prospects - careers for economics graduates

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

Fees

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) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625

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 years1260
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years with placement1575
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year315

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.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

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.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • 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.

Entry requirements

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

If you think you'll achieve a higher tariff score, you may be interested in our BA(Hons) Economics.

If you receive an offer for this course, you may be invited to attend an Offer Holder Day in February or March. These are a great opportunity to find out what it's really like to study here. You'll experience taster lectures or workshops, meet your course tutors, current students and other offer holders.

Read more about entry requirements.

International applicants

If you are an international student your 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 one of the degree.

Offer types

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

UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this course between 25 February and 4 July 2019. We aim to give you a response to your application within 21 days.

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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