Business Economics with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS

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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary

  • Develop deep analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Gain insights into economics, business and financial markets.
  • Enhance essential communication and teamwork skills for the economist profession.
  • Gain work experience with real-life projects and placements.
You’ll develop a well-rounded knowledge of the subject, exploring the theory and practice of business economics and intertwining them with real-world scenarios. You’ll be introduced to the fundamental concepts in economics that influence the daily choices of individuals, companies and governments – often with far-reaching consequences in global industry and regulatory contexts. If you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) course, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation course – which has been designed to encourage exploration and experimentation. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. You’ll study our BA (Hons) Business Economics course at our Sheffield Business School, rated in the top 5% globally for excellence in teaching and research. Here, you’ll join a global community where business leaders, researchers and 7,000 business students all come together to solve problems and make things better. Key Themes You’ll develop a strong understanding of business, economics and the skills you’ll need to evaluate the impact of economic policies on financial markets and businesses. You’ll learn how and when to use appropriate processes, tools and technologies to analyse economic and business data. With these skills you’ll be able to evaluate market trends, make informed investment decisions and measure their economic impact on businesses. As you progress, you’ll further refine these fundamentals through real-world projects, collaborating in teams to create reports, presentations and recommendations inspired by real industry challenges. This hands-on approach and our award-winning supportive learning environment will prepare you for careers in professional economic analysis, business, finance and consultancy – as well as many other sectors of the economy where analytical reasoning and economic knowledge are needed. Towards the course's conclusion, you'll undertake a consultancy project for a real organisation, guided by a dedicated project supervisor. In this capstone project, you'll conduct research and apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout your studies. Applied learning Live Projects In your final year of the course, you'll engage in real client-based projects, performing research and analysis to generate findings and recommendations that address client business problems. You’ll present your findings to the client, gaining valuable experience of professional practice. Work Placements Between your third and fourth years of the course, you'll have the opportunity to embark on a sandwich placement – a vital step in preparing for your future career within the industry you've been studying. During this placement, you'll gain practical skills, including proficiency in new software, managing marketing campaigns, developing pricing strategies, optimising business processes, achieving sales targets and crafting financial reports. This hands-on experience will equip you with valuable workplace insights to enhance your readiness for your future career – as well as an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. Previous students have secured positions at organisations such as Investec, Adidas, Airbus UK, the NHS, the Metropolitan Police, Bosch, Lloyds Bank, PwC, HSBC and Santander.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information. Year 1 Compulsory modules Accounting In Context Economics, Finance And Investments Going Global Preparing For Success Year 2 Compulsory modules Data Analysis For Economics And Business Maths For Economics Principles Of Micro And Macro Economics Understanding People And Cultures Year 3 Compulsory modules Economic Analysis And Policy Multinational Enterprises And Foreign Direct Investment Principles Of Management Decision Making Elective modules Alternative Perspectives In Economics Cyber Crime Fraud Analytics Global Climate Emergency Year 4 Optional modules Placement Year Final year Compulsory modules Advanced Issues In Economics Behavioural Economics Consultancy Project Strategy In The Global And Digital Environment

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Coursework , Exam, Practical

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The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16655 Year 1
International £16655 Year 1

Additional fee information

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2025/2026 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/2025 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found at under student fees regulations. Our tuition fees for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees:

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Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Business Economics with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS