BSc (Econ) (Hons) Business Economics

Entry requirements: A-level: ABB-BBB* 
Full or Part-time: Full-time
School: School of Humanities

Course outline

If you have made up your mind that you wish to pursue a business career, or if you want to work as a consultant or as a specialist business economist in the private sector, this programme offers the spread of subjects that is likely to be most useful. It enables you to supplement the basic economics modules with modules from the Department of Management thus providing a rounded view of business activities.

Modules available on this course

  • BIS 2: Business Applications and IT Management
  • Business Psychology
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • E-Business
  • Econometrics
  • The Economics of Europe
  • The Economics of the Labour Market
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Risk Management
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Industrial Organisation and Strategy
  • International Economics
  • International Marketing
  • Introduction to Business
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Management
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Issues in Developing Economies and the MENA Region
  • Law for Business
  • Macroeconomic Policy
  • Macroeconomic Theory
  • Management Accounting
  • Marketing 1 & 2
  • Mathematics for Economists
  • Microeconomic Policy
  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Money, Banking and Financial Markets
  • Operations Strategy
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Quantitative Methods 1
  • Quantitative Methods 2
  • Regulation and Privatisation
  • Service Management
  • Statistics for Business and Economics
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Taxation B
  • Welfare Economics

Full course information in the University Handbook

Exemptions

Studying Business Economics provides exemptions for further study with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

CIMAFull exemption from Certificate in Business Accounting:

C01 Fundamentals of Management Accounting
Required module: Introduction to Management Accounting
C02 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
Required module: Introduction to Financial Accounting
C03 Fundamentals of Business Mathematics
Required modules: Quantitative Methods 1 AND Quantitative Methods 2
C04 Fundamentals of Business Economics
Required modules: Principles of Microeconomics AND Principles of Macroeconomics
C05 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law
Required module: Law for Business

CIMA Professional qualification, Operational level:

P1 Management Accounting
Required modules: Introduction to Management Accounting AND Management Accounting

Entry requirements

The A-level (or equivalent) requirements for this course are shown in the silver box (above). Applicants must also have GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or above (or equivalent).

If you do not meet our minimum requirements at A-level you may be considered for our Foundation Pathway, depending on grades.

Language minors

Applicants with no previous knowledge of the chosen language must begin in September for a fast-track induction programme. To commence studies in January, applicants must have at least grade ‘C’ GCSE in their chosen language.

Flexible Entry

All of our undergraduate programmes operate a flexible entry process, and the Admissions Tutor is happy to consider entrants from all backgrounds with slightly lower qualifications, if they are able to demonstrate an alternative eligibility for the course. This may be in the form of relevant work experience, keen aptitude and a passion for the subject, or unlocked potential that you feel can be discovered through your studies at Buckingham. If you are uncertain whether you will be eligible to apply for this course, please contact the Admissions Team.

UCAS applications

You may apply either through the national UCAS university admissions system, or at any time directly to the University using our own online application form. Our UCAS code is B90.

Mature students

Because of our two-year degree we find that the age range of our student body varies between those who have recently completed A-levels (or equivalent) to more mature students. Age is no barrier to learning and we welcome all applications from suitably qualified students.

International students

We are happy to consider all international applications and if you are an international student, you may find it useful to visit our international pages for details of entry requirements from your home country.

The University is a UKVI Tier 4 Sponsor.

English levels

If English is not your first language, please check our undergraduate English language requirements. If your English levels don’t meet our minimum requirements, you may be interested in applying for our Pre-sessional English Language Foundation Programmes.

Selection process

Wherever possible, you will be invited to the University to meet the Admissions Tutor for an informal interview and to have a tour of our campus. If you are an international applicant, it may not be possible for you to visit in person, so if the Admissions Tutor has any queries about your application you may be conducted by skype, email or phone.

The Admissions Assistant for International Studies would be happy to answer any questions you may have:

Sally Brown

Sally Brown

Economics and International Studies Admissions Officer
sally.brown@buckingham.ac.uk

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Debbie Millns

Mrs Debbie Millns

Admissions Manager
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Terms and conditions for prospective students

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Quality teaching

We offer high quality, traditional Oxbridge-style teaching, which leads to our degrees being recognised around the world. The standards of degrees and awards are safeguarded by distinguished external examiners – senior academic staff from other universities in the UK – who approve and moderate assessed work.

High calibre staff

Most of our academic staff teach for three terms out of four, with the remaining term used for research. Because of this, we have no difficulty in attracting high calibre, highly respected lecturers, many of whom also have a background in business or industry and can offer networking opportunities for students.

Teaching methods

Teaching is carried out through a combination of lectures supported by seminars and tutorials. A key feature of the Buckingham teaching method is the use of small tutorial groups which provide the most effective means of ensuring that the students benefit from the academic expertise at their disposal. It is also the philosophy of Buckingham’s faculty to be available to students outside the scheduled tutorial times and to encourage good working relationships between staff and students.

A range of activities is pursued within the tutorial groups depending upon the module. Some modules emphasise problem solving as a means of reinforcing and cementing the important ideas – for example the module in Microeconomic Theory. Occasionally we use game playing to encourage discussion and understanding – for example when competing groups of students try to control a computer model of the economy in Principles of Macroeconomics. Other modules place greater emphasis on writing short and accurate technical pieces (Welfare Economics) or longer more discursive papers.

Assessment methods

The assessment of individual modules within each course varies according to the subject. Assessment is usually by examination, assessed coursework, or a combination of the two. Please check module information for more details.

Preparation for work

All our degree courses combine academic challenge with the transferable skills that will stand you in good stead for future employment. Many of our more vocationally-focused degrees offer the opportunity of work placements and experience in industry.

Graduate employment

We have a high graduate employment rate, The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) ranked Buckingham top for graduate employability with 98.1% in July 2015.

Our graduate prospects are excellentOur graduates have gone on to further study at most of the world’s leading universities, including Harvard, London, Oxford and Cambridge and secured jobs in senior positions around the world. Among our alumni we have a graduate who became the head of his country’s civil service and one who became a leading Formula One motor-racing driver. Another secured a position as the Minister of Sabah and one female law graduate became the first British lawyer to become a French Advocate.

The following fee illustrations provide an insight into the cost savings which can be made by studying at the University of Buckingham.

You may also find it useful to visit the following fee related information on our site:

Discounts

Students who graduate from the University and plan to continue their studies with a postgraduate degree at Buckingham can benefit from a very generous automatic discount on their fees:

  • 33%, those with a first class honours degree from Buckingham
  • 25%, those with a Second Class Honours, Upper Division (2:1) degree from Buckingham

Scholarships

The following automatic awards are available to undergraduate Home students:

  • High Achiever Scholarship
    We offer a reduction of £2,500 on your tuition fees if you achieve ABB or above in your A levels (or equivalent) excluding General Studies. This scholarship is dependent on your making Buckingham your firm choice. It will be reviewed after your preliminary and subsequent examinations and will continue if your average mark is in the upper second or first class.
  • Five Counties Scholarship
    If you live in Buckinghamshire (including Milton Keynes), Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire* or Oxfordshire, you will be entitled to a local scholarship of £2,500 per annum providing you meet the conditions of your offer. This scholarship is dependent on your making Buckingham your firm choice. You are not eligible for this award if you hold another scholarship from the University.(* from July 2015)
  • Buckingham Bursaries
    If, when you join the University, you are in receipt of a Maintenance Loan of £5,000 or more from Student Finance, you will receive a further bursary of £1,100 towards your tuition fees. This bursary may not be held with any other scholarship from the University (please note that because of the significant increase in the Five Counties Scholarship, this bursary is no longer awarded in addition).

An International Law Scholarship, worth up to 25% of the LLB international fees is available through our Law School.

Details of other scholarships can be found on our main Bursaries and Scholarships page.

*The University reserves the right to increase course fees annually in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering educational services. If the University intends to increase your course fees it will notify you via email of this as soon as reasonably practicable.

On-campus accommodation

A typical room in University of Buckingham accommodationWe guarantee on-campus accommodation to all new students for their first four terms of study, as long as it is booked and paid for in good time, so you’re assured of a safe and secure home from home when you arrive at the University. Most new students choose this option.

Living on campus enables you to become involved in University activities, make friends, and integrate with the University community. For some of you this will be your first time in the UK; for others it will be the first time living away from home – and independence brings its challenges as well as its excitements. Whatever your circumstances, we know how important it is for you to feel comfortable in your accommodation.

What’s included?

All our study bedrooms are fully furnished, centrally heated, and connected to the internet. With few exceptions they have a wash basin and small refrigerator. We have a large number of ensuite rooms, and are upgrading more rooms each year. There are shared kitchens for when you wish to cook for yourself.

Find out more

If you’d like to find out more, visit our Accommodation pages or get in touch with our Accommodation Team.

We recommend that all prospective students visit our campus if they are able to, and campus tours include a typical student room. Arrange a tour via your Admissions Officer.

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