Bath Spa University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Business and Management (Economics) - Professional Placement Year

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Course summary

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Bath Spa University has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.

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  • Apply your economic thinking to business and prepare for a career in a wide variety of sectors.
  • Choose either a ten-month or ten-week work placement and apply what you’ve learned in the real world.
  • Join our community of close-knit students and supportive and experienced academic staff
Our BA (Hons) Business and Management (Economics) degree offers a diverse programme that will equip you with the business skills to work in a range of sectors. The Economics Pathway will enable students to address global challenges and local opportunities by applying economics to policy problems, focusing on issues such as climate change, sustainability, wellbeing and obesity, inequality and unemployment. Whether you are a budding entrepreneur, a CEO of the future or a Marketing Director in the making our Business and Management course will give you a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of modern business. Along the way, you’ll develop the core skills you need to excel in all kinds of businesses, and start to build a clear picture of exactly where those skills could take you. More about the Professional Placement Year A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where a student undertakes a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between the students' second and third years of undergraduate study. Students can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) themselves with support from the Careers & Employability Team.

Course details


In your first year, you'll take the following modules: - The Business Environment. - Organisational Behaviour and Management. - Economics and Globalisation. - Managing Data. - Design Thinking for Enterprise. - Professional Practice. In your second year, you'll start to specialise in economics. There are 4 compulsory modules: - Creativity for Business. - Innovation Management. - Applying Economics. - Economics in Practice. You'll be able to choose two optional modules: - The Marketing Business. - Human Resource Management. - Financial Accounting. - Operations and Project Management. - Destination Management. - International Business. - Entrepreneurship. - Festival and Events Management. - Law for Business Enterprise. - Fashion Marketing and Management. - Work Placement. - Professional Placement Year. Your third (placement) year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment. By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title. In your final year, you develop your economic thinking at an advanced level : - Economics Project. - Advanced Economic issues. You'll be able to choose 3 optional modules from: - International Marketing. - Management Accounting. - Strategic Human Resource Management. - Enterprise: Creating your Business. - Organisational Strategy. - Managing Sustainability. - New Trends in Management. - Cross Cultural Management in International Business. - Business Placement. - Tourism: Contemporary Issues. - Creating and Hosting Festivals and Events. - Exploring Law in Business. - Business and Academic Skills. - Fashion Marketing Visualisation. - Successful Freelancing. - Leadership and Management.

Assessment method

You'll be assessed in a wide range of ways that will test your business knowledge and management skills. These could include presentations, work related projects, group-work, computer based simulations, podcasts, examinations, essays, videos and business reports.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With at least 5.5 in each component - writing, listening, reading and speaking.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Business and Management (Economics) - Professional Placement Year at Bath Spa University - UCAS