Coventry University

Economics Coventry University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Economic forces are at play in almost every aspect of modern society, from the taxes we pay and the price of anything we buy to the stability of our government and the demand for products and services.

Economics affects us all, whether it is as students, parents, consumers, workers, producers, politicians or investors.

This course focuses on contemporary economic debate and real-world applications of economics. Whether you choose to pursue a career in banking, investment, retail, accountancy, civil service or management, we aim to give you a solid understanding of key economic concepts, such as supply and demand, developing a range of transferrable skills valued by employers, including enhanced research and analytical skills, the ability to make reasoned and rational decisions and take a ‘big picture’ perspective, considering local, national and international contexts.

As one of the largest Business Schools in Europe, Coventry is rated ‘excellent’ by Eduniversal and the 6th best in the UK for Economics by the Guardian University Guide 2019. You’ll benefit from industry-standard facilities, including the largest academic trading floor in Europe. Our experienced teaching team will share their professional or research expertise, having worked for organisations such as the Financial Service Authority, run national training courses for the Economics Network and published in leading journals, including The International Journal of Economics and Business Research.

This Economics degree is one of three pathways we offer in the field of economics; the others being Business Economics and Financial Economics.

For greater flexibility, all of our Economics degrees have a common first year. This gives you the chance to experience and achieve a thorough grounding in economic concepts and principles, along with relevant quantitative techniques and skills, before you make your decision about which area you’d like to specialise in, depending on your interests or career aspirations.

Year 1
In the first year, we will have the chance to look at core subjects including microeconomics, macroeconomics, mathematical techniques for economics and data analysis skills for economics. Then, if you choose to continue the pure ‘Economics’ pathway, we will introduce managerial economics, taking a more in-depth look at how economics affects individual firms, their environment and the decisions those businesses subsequently have to take in both a national and international context.

We may examine issues such as mobile phone pricing or competitiveness in the English Premier League, the changing patterns of world trade and how market traders in the city make use of futures, derivatives and options.

Year 2
We will have the opportunity to investigate the development of the market-based model of public services, together with essential welfare economic concepts and principles.

You should be able to draw from case studies across the public services including education, healthcare and social housing, for example, the re-emergence of quasi-markets within the NHS, the crisis in the state pension scheme, government strategies for reducing tax avoidance and evasion, the case for and against harsher prison sentences and whether voting should be compulsory. We also adopt an international perspective, highlighting the experiences of the UK, EU countries and the US.

Optional Placement Year
You also have the opportunity to take an optional placement or study abroad year after completing your first two years.

In the past, our students have gone to work for NBC Universal, Ford Motors and the Government Economic Service (GES). Others have opted to study economics for a year at California State University San Marcos, and Charles III University of Madrid.

Final Year

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15 January

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Points of entry

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  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BBB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM
Access to HE Diploma The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points

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

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Coventry University
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