BA(Hons) Economics (Top Up)

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Entry year
Course code
Tariff points
Bristol Business School
One year
Programme leader
James Korovilas

This course is open for applications.

Page last updated 21 October 2020


Top up your existing qualifications to an honours degree. This one year top-up degree is equivalent to the final year of undergraduate study, and is aimed at students who have previously completed a relevant qualification, such as a Higher National Diploma or equivalent.

Why study economics?

Economics impacts every aspect of our lives and studying it is essential to understanding the world in which we live and work.

This course is for those who want to explore how economic theory is applied in real world practice and helps to understand and challenge the broader social and political context shaping today's world.

As an economics graduate, you'll enjoy some of the best job prospects and high earnings across several career paths.

Why UWE Bristol?

This course focuses on applying the latest contemporary economic theory to real and relevant problems.  You will analyse numerous real-world issues, including the challenges of trade in international markets, sustainability and the cost of continued economic growth. You will learn about alternative economics schools of thought that are shaping future policy and explore a contemporary problem in depth through an extended project. You can choose from a range of challenging options including issues in labour and migration, developing countries and behavioural and gender economics.

We embrace pluralism (addressing issues using multiple theories or approaches at the same time) to help you debate complex questions, form opinions and look at things from different perspectives.

Learning this way gives you a deeper understanding of real-world economic relationships and makes you attractive to future employers.

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 government and  non-governmental organisations (NGOs), investment, banking, finance and accountancy with organisations including Hargreaves Lansdown (stockbroker), the Ministry of Defence (MoD), HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, and Rolls Royce.



The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

You will study:

  • Business Project or Project
  • Economic Theory and Policy
  • Economics of International Markets
  • Sustainable Business
  • Academic and Professional Development.

Plus, one optional module from: 

  • Economics of Labour and Migration
  • The Economics of Developing Countries
  • Econometrics
  • Behavioural Economics
  • 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

You'll be taught 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.

You will develop key skills such as communication and presentation skills, IT and numeracy skills, and project and time management skills. Your improved problem solving, critical thinking, analysis, evaluation and innovation skills will help you stand out as a graduate.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


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.


Study facilities

In our £55m Bristol Business School, 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.

Designed with student input, the Business School offers learning spaces for individual and group study plus conference rooms you can book. It's a space for students and businesses to come together, collaborate and form new partnerships.

In our specialist library, business librarians manage vast collections to support your research. Attend workshops to develop your information skills or visit Study Skills

You'll have access to recommended books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases on and off campus.

You'll also use exclusive databases and specialist software used by your future employers.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

UWE Bristol Trading and Investment Society (UWETIS)

Founded in 2011, this society brings together students who want to share knowledge and interest in finance and investing.

Through the virtual money fund, members can apply financial theory and analysis in real-life settings. Members also attend 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.

UWE Bristol Economics Society

This society is open to students with an interest in economics. Members attend subsidised field trips, networking events and talks from guest speakers, as well as regular socials. 


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 government , non-governmental organisations (NGOs), banking, investment , management, accountancy, corporate finance, and postgraduate studies.

Examples of graduate roles include Financial Analysts, Business Analysts, Stockbrokers and Accountants. They work across private and public sector organisations including Hargreaves Lansdown (stockbroker), the Government Economic Service, Ministry of Defence (MoD), Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC, and Rolls Royce.

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.


Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for 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.


Typical offers

  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Mathematics or Statistics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If English is not your first language, you will need to meet the UK Border Agency's and the University's minimum English language requirements such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.

Entry requirements

You should normally hold an HND or Foundation Degree (or equivalent), or have successfully completed the equivalent of 240 UK credit points (120 ECTS credits) in a related subject discipline.

International applicants

For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Informationpages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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