BSc (Hons) Business Economics

Course summary

Students in a lecture Overview
Business Economics is a vibrant area of study, as it focuses on issues that impact on everyday life. This course will give you a sense of how important it is for businesses to understand 'the economy'  in order to increase their chances of success. No prior knowledge of business or economics is needed to enrol on this course.

The course will assume that you have an interest in both business and economics, but no formal knowledge of either. It is designed to give you a solid basis in business and economics concepts, and to equip you with skills that will give you an edge in the Business Economics sector. You will learn about business and economics in a globalised world, study contemporary issues affecting these fields and develop the professional skills needed to embark on a rewarding career.

Why choose this course?
You will study diverse modules to help you find your specialism, so you can identify and work towards your career goals. There are options in a range of fascinating topics such as:

  • fashion business
  • urban economics
  • global markets
  • behavioural and happiness economics
  • real estate investment and Islamic finance
  • Entertainment economics
  • Innovation, start-ups and business social networks.

With the dissertation on the final year, you could choose between doing a more traditional academic dissertation or a capstone project incorporating industry visits on a practical business economics-related problems. This is a gateway course, which can launch your career in business economics without the need for a degree in a heavily mathematical subject.

Career and study progression
Your degree can take you anywhere, and the knowledge and expertise gained on this course will prove valuable in a range of institutions within the private and public sectors. Popular careers for graduates include consultancy, research and marketing.

You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you've already studied, or to explore something new.

For more details please see the Career and study progression section.

Course detail

During this course you will learn about:

  • 'boom and bust'
  • business decision-making
  • fashion or entertainment economics
  • globalization and trade
  • politics and smart economics
  • economic decisions faced by business and managers
  • how to analyse the economic and social environment that inform those decisions.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Becoming an Economist
    • Introduction to macro and micro economics
    • History of Capitalism
    • How to read economics data
    • Research skills: Understanding qualitative and quantitative paradigms, principles of data collection and analysis
    • Introduction to ICT
    • Group learning and personal development planning.
  • Understanding Business: Exploring the natures, structure and operations of contemporary business organisations
  • Exploring Microeconomics
  • Principles of Business Law
  • Introduction to Researching in Business Economics
  • Exploring Macroeconomics.

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Going Global: Multinational Enterprise 
  • Public Economics for Business Leaders
    • Public policy and the marketplace
    • Alleviation of social problems.
  • Enterprise Risk Management: Exploring companies risk management strategies in a global economy
  • Research Methods for Business Economics.
    Plus two of the following
  • Fashion Business: Developing creative and strategic thinking through the lifecycle of a fashion company
  • Energy, Urban Economics and Climate Change: Focus on the economics and politics of the interlinked fields of energy and environment
  • Financial Markets and Global Finance Centres
  • Globalisation and Trade: Exploring macroeconomic business issues and the rules regulating international trade.

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Dissertation or Capstone Project
  • Inclusive Leadership: Politics and Smart Economics
    • Exploring leadership models
    • What makes an effective leader
    • Focus on the issues of women empowerment
  • Development Economics, with a focus on emerging markets.

Plus two of the following

  • Innovation, Start-ups and Business Social Networks
  • Behavioural and Happiness Economics: Examining the power of new economic models based on analysis of human behaviour and consumerism to inform business strategies
  • The Economics of Entertainment: Studying business economics of major entertainment industries in Show Businesses, Sports and Media
  • Real Estate Investment and Islamic Finance: A financial option looking at contemporary forms of investment in a globalised financial market.

Entry requirements

112 UCAS points

We accept the following qualifications:

  • BTEC Level 3 Qualifications or a combination of A Level and Level 3 BTEC qualifications, or Level 3 BTEC and Access courses in Social Care
  • All Level 3 qualifications, including the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 21 Level 3 credits at Merit
  • Equivalent international qualifications
  • If your combined qualifications fall short of the required UCAS points (as may be the case for applicants returning to studying as mature students) your application may still be considered if there is strong evidence of experience working in an educational setting. In this case you will be invited to interview and required to undertake a short written paper in order to assess your suitability for the academic demands of the course. An offer of a place may subsequently be made
  • We also consider applications from those who have gained relevant skills through a wide range of vocational qualifications or responsible experience. Similarly, you will be invited to interview and required to undertake a short written paper in order to assess your suitability for the academic demands of the course. An offer of a place may subsequently be made.

You must hold GCSEs in English and Mathematics at Grade 'C' and above. If you intend to apply for PGCE to attain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) GCSE Science at Grade 'C' or above is strongly recommended.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
We will also consider students for direct entry into Level 5 (Year 2) and Level 6 (Year 3) providing they meet our criteria for APL.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses


Fees for home and EU students

Main fee

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
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Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

We welcome applications from people who are open-minded, inquisitive and curious about the world around them. Being well travelled and culturally aware is a definite advantage when working in this industry. The industry continually looks for individuality, self-determination and a questioning approach to management. Of paramount importance is an understanding of your industry and how it is growing on a global stage.

If in doubt about your eligibility feel free to contact the course leader Nazia Ali ( including a letter of introduction and a CV, identifying any relevant work-related experience roles or responsibilities that you have held in the past. You should also explain why you are applying for the course and how you feel you would benefit from your studies. Be prepared to explain what you will bring to university life and what you feel you might be able to contribute to your industry.

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UK and EU students

Apply for this course at when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

If the UCAS deadline has passed, you can apply through Clearing by calling our hotline on 0800 036 8888 (or +44 8231 2468). Clearing takes place over the summer months (July to September).

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International students

Apply at or complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form or you can download the print version.

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

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Career and study progression

The BSc Business Economics aims to equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes that will prepare you for a career in the following areas:

  • economic, financial and real estate consultancy
  • market and business research
  • e-commerce
  • marketing, advertising, pr and sales
  • the civil service
  • intergovernmental organisations
  • management positions in the private and public sectors
  • the business of entertainment, media and sports.

Study progression

We have an extensive portfolio of Masters level courses, which provide excellent study progression routes.

See our Masters study page to view the full range of postgraduate courses on offer by our Claude Littner Business School.

Careers support

Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that’s right for you. 97% of our graduates are in work within 6 months of graduating.

With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the BBC, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Ltd, Middlesex Law society and the Savoy Education Trust. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors’ scheme.

Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.