Birmingham City University

Business Economics Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Want a course that allows you to study business and economics? Our BA (Hons) Business Economics degree allows you to take a year-long sandwich placement in industry.

Our degree prepares you to work across all areas of the economy. Specifically, your degree combines the study of economics with a wide variety of business and finance-related topics, helping you to gain an awareness of the business and financial environment as well as current business issues. Our degree provides both the modes of thought and technical skills that have practical applications in business and society.

As economists work in a number of settings, you will be prepared for a career in government departments, in local government, in firms and organisations, and in the financial services industry (for example forecasting), therefore providing you with a range of options dependent on the graduate role you subsequently seek.

You will be equipped with a firm foundation focused on diverse economic ideas and their relevance to business and financial decision-making. You will also gain quantitative skills, as well as communication and IT skills, and learn about their application in business contexts as an economist, or in a related role which is concerned with the allocation of resources across all sectors of the economy.

The course will not just use business economics to explain social, financial and business interactions, but will draw back knowledge and understanding from these related areas, using these to challenge and progress your understanding of their interactions.

The technical skills within your degree, alongside your voluntary engagement with our Graduate + employability course, will aid your development as a work-ready graduate, equipping you with a range of technical and employability skills suitable for a wide range of positions. Your course will foster your intellectual and moral development, and encourage your personal commitment to the social purpose of becoming a professional economist or business analyst.

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Application deadlines

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

15 January

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Points of entry

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 (first teaching from September 2016) 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.
AS AA - CC Must be in different subjects to the A levels (and only if applicant is holding at least two A levels).
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal In combination with other acceptable level 3 qualifications.
Extended Project 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.
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
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H3
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 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 (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 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 (first teaching from September 2016) 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 (first teaching from September 2016) 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.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) 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).


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

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Provider information

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Birmingham City University
University House
15 Bartholomew Row
Birmingham
B5 5JU


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