Economics Birmingham City University

Take advantage of Birmingham’s distinctive and diverse economic profile with our brand new Economics degree. On our BA (Hons) Economics programme, you’ll be prepared for a career in government, business and financial institutions with our comprehensive curriculum, as well as being taught the transferable skills you’ll need to stand out from the crowd when it comes to securing employment. On all of our programmes you will gain a professional focus and real world experience of economics, ensuring you are equipped to make an immediate impact in the business world. You have the opportunity to embark on a year-long sandwich placement as part of your degree course. Many of our previous placement students have worked at big name companies such as BMW, Rolls Royce, Mercedes, Intel, IBM and Disney. Recognising the global scope of business, all our programmes have an international focus. This is embedded throughout the curriculum, giving you the opportunity to transform your experience with us into a global one. There are a variety of exciting possibilities open to you, ranging from our successful international travel scholarships scheme, through which you can spend a summer working for a charitable organisation overseas, to one of our many overseas study exchange programmes. Birmingham City University has just launched the UK's first Centre for Brexit Studies, researching all aspects of the UK's vote to leave the EU, including the impact it has on British and European economies. The Economics team at Birmingham City University have a wide range of experiences in industry and these will be enhanced by the unique contributions which colleagues in strategy, finance and enterprise can offer. You will develop the relevant subject-specific and key transferable skills you need to excel in a wide variety of sectors and roles. Your course will foster your intellectual development and encourage your personal commitment with the purpose of preparing you for work as an economist, both locally and abroad thanks to our international focus. We will provide you with the fundamental knowledge and skills base from which you can proceed to further studies in economics or in multidisciplinary areas that involve economics. For full details, visits our website.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Location

    Curzon Building Campus

  • Start date

    September 2018

  • Duration

    3 years


How to apply

Application deadlines

To guarantee the university or college will consider you for this course, you must apply by:

15 January

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code L100
Institution code B25
Campus name Curzon Building Campus

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level BBC A maximum of three subjects are considered. Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma DMM
Access to HE Diploma D: 45 credits . 60 credits overall - 15 credits at level 2 and 45 credits at level 3. GCSE mathematics and English language at grade 4 or above or equivalent qualifications must be offered. GCSE science is not required for Access students.
Scottish Higher CC One or two Higher subjects only considered if offered along with two Advanced Highers.
Advanced Subsidiary (AS) AA - CC Must be in different subjects to the A levels (and only if applicant is holding at least two A levels).
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate B Must be offered along with either two A-levels (grades B and B), two 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas (grades D and M) or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma (grades DM).
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate – Principal subjects In combination with other acceptable level 3 qualifications.
Extended Project Qualification Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for.
Can be considered along with a GCE AS-level plus either two A-levels, two 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language and Maths grade 4 or above or equivalents.
Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subjects are covered.

Acceptable equivalents considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C:
- City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy
- Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Maths and English
- Key Skills level 2 Application of Number and Communication
HNC (BTEC) D Overall Distinction profile Must be in a related subject.
May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4. A transcript will be required.
HND (BTEC) D Overall Distinction profile Must be in a related subject.
May be considered for advanced entry onto the third year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at levels 4 and 5. A transcript will be required
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme For Students who complete the full IB Diploma obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher level subjects. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates. A combination of GCSEs, A-levels and IB certificates will be considered on a case by case basis
Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) and English Group A – Grade 4 or above or English Group B and Ab initio – grade 5
Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level H3, H3, H3, H3, H3
Irish Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level O3, O3, O3, O3, O4, O4 Must include Mathematics and English language.
Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D*
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma D Must be offered along with either two A-levels (grades B and C), two 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas (grades D and M) or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma (grades DM).
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma D*D* Can be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate 112 tariff points Not including Early Years
Must be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma 112 tariff points Not including Early Years
Must be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.
Scottish Advanced Higher BBC Maximum of three Advanced Highers can be considered together.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) with no less than 5.5 in any level

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

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