Aberystwyth University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Aberystwyth University (Prifysgol Aberystwyth)

Economics and Politics

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Course summary

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The BSc Economics and Politics degree at Aberystwyth University offers an enriching experience with exciting intellectual challenges from two departments that have strong reputation for teaching and research. The combination of Economics and Politics will allow you to develop a solid understanding of global markets and how they are affected by pandemics, natural disasters and how political systems respond and shape that response to them. Why study Economics and Politics at Aberystwyth University? Economics is the study of how individuals firms, markets, governments and other institutions combine to produce and distribute goods and services in order to achieve desired outcomes for society, and how effective they are in doing so. The application of economic theory has also evolved to explore contemporary issues such as the causes and impact that pandemics such as COVID-19 has on society at domestic and international levels, the subsequent financial crisis and the proposed solutions to ameliorate the impacts upon trade, globalisation, corruption and ultimately climate change. Politics explores how society tackles challenges. Politics stands at a fascinating but difficult historical juncture, one that as political beings, we all need to understand, explain and, in part shape. The politics element of this degree offers you the opportunity to study the concepts, practices, policies, histories and regions that make up politics as a discipline and to explore the ways in which, all these factors influence their economics. What will I learn? The holistic approach of economics in your first year explores the foundational elements that allow you to discover and understand the fundamental principles of business, these include the mechanisms by which management is discharged in various industry, the impact of the business environment and macro-environmental elements (such as Brexit, COVID-19) have on management. Finally, the contemporary economic concepts, models and frameworks are introduced allowing you to explain impacts to customers and markets. Within Politics, you will be immersed in political theory, key political ideas and how they are applied to international and domestic politics. You will also explore key political issues facing the world and economics will compliment and expand your understanding of the wider social and financial consequences of such issues. In your second and third years you will undertake core economics concepts that include organisational behaviour and theory, impacts of market structures and pricing strategies, the effective development and utilisation of industry specific techniques for operation management, such as econometrics in addition to macroeconomic behaviour and systems. To solidify your understanding, you will have the opportunity to apply the theories identified above into an independent research project allowing you to explore the analytical skills associated with economics and politics excellence. Within politics, you will be given the opportunity to delve deeper into political themes such as nationalism, devolution, global inequality and multiculturalism. Employability Your Economics and Politics degree will provide an excellent foundation for a professional career within business, financial or political settings. Aberystwyth Business School offers a dedicated consultancy employability module where students apply as consultants within industry.

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Course codeLL13
Institution code A40
Campus nameMain Site (Aberystwyth)
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 120 - 96 points
A level BBB - CCC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM - MMM
Access to HE Diploma Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 - 26 points
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Level 3 KS/FS Communication may be acceptable in lieu of GCSE English or Welsh. For this degree scheme minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics is also required. GCSE Mathematics-Numeracy is acceptable in lieu of GCSE Mathematics.

Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed above represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. If you cannot find the qualifications that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: [email protected]) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.

Additional entry requirements

Other

A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Business, Mathematics, Psychology and Science degree schemes also require a minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent).


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedB
Cambridge English ProficiencyC
IELTS (Academic)6.5With minimum 5.5 in each component.
PTE Academic62With minimum scores of 51 in each component.
TOEFL (iBT)88With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.

If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000* Year 1
England £9000* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000* Year 1
Scotland £9000* Year 1
Wales £9000* Year 1
Channel Islands £9000* Year 1
International £13600 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Tuition fees may rise for any successive years of study, mapped according to any inflation-linked maximum tuition fee permitted by the Welsh Government. These increases would also apply for the proportional fees charged for Year Abroad and Year in Industry. The latest fee information is available via the University's website. We recommend you check the updated fee information before applying. Up to date details of the relevant fees will be set out in our offer documentation, and your terms and conditions with us will describe how we may be entitled to increase or otherwise change fees during the period of your study with us. The fees position is different for overseas students. Costs not included in the tuition fee: The academic provision of the University includes certain elements of study away from Aberystwyth. These involve activities such as field trips in science degrees and visits to theatres, galleries and museums in humanities-based courses. The additional costs of such activities are not included in the overall University fee and you should, therefore, note the need to budget for them. Details of courses that have additional costs can be found on the Aberystwyth University website. These costs are given as an indication of likely cost and will vary as will the location and duration of the activity. Fuller details will be available from the department organising the activity.

Sponsorship information

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Examination competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine that with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers/Estranged Students and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.

Economics and Politics at Aberystwyth University - UCAS