Economics and Finance - BA (Hons)

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Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years)
September 2016, September 2017

Our economics and finance degree will equip you with the knowledge to look at the current economic climate and understand the challenges that businesses face. You’ll learn about business finance decisions and economic development on a global scale.

As a student on our economics and finance course, you’ll look at real situations happening in the world today to understand the impact you can have on them. It’s an exciting, fresh-thinking degree that’s grounded in all-important skills like financial planning and macroeconomics.

It gives you the freedom to move into the areas that motivate and interest you. Our students have taken their knowledge into a wide mix of roles for companies such as Nissan Europe, Royal Bank of Scotland and Unlimited Fashion.

New for 2017/18

Financial Economics - BA (Hons)*

If you’re looking to start this course in 2017, it's important to know that the content and structure are undergoing a substantial review and are likely to be different to what is outlined here. Next year’s course will also have a new name: Financial Economics. We’ll publish more detailed information about the changes over the next few months. If you’re starting in 2016, the course content/structure won’t be affected by the review.

*This course is subject to approval.

Summary of our new course

Taught by academic staff with direct experience of industry, this course provides you with a practical knowledge of business, management, risk management and the financial markets. Through hands-on workshops and real-time analysis of financial institutions and markets, you will develop your understanding of the financial system, with key insights from the discipline of economics.

You will work collaboratively with tutors, practitioners and researchers, developing the analytical skills to critically illuminate and diagnose the complex workings of financial and economic instruments and systems.

The range of modules on offer helps to gather an extensive knowledge of fundamental aspects of business and management, before moving into more in-depth areas such as risk management, real estate economics and financial markets. You will also benefit from work experience opportunities which will help you to complete your studies prepared and equipped for the real world. 

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What's covered in the course?

Economics and Finance are inextricably linked. You'll study the fundamentals of accounting, marketing and management, before moving into more in-depth areas such as financial markets and labour economics.

You'll learn how economics can solve, not just business problems, but also social and political issues across the globe. It's a fast-changing and essential area, key to any industry you might want to move into - and we help you get there.

Alongside focusing on theoretical knowledge will be a lot of practical work, ensuring you get the best of both worlds.

We involve industry professionals within your group projects and presentations. They'll also engage with you about their experiences and give you insights into how to get the job you want.

You have the chance to do a whole year of work experience before your final year, with no extra fees. Our students have found placements with many big names Worcester Bosch Group among others.

You’ll be taught and supported by expert staff with strong global industry links and experience. They have experience working in multi-national conglomerates, managing start-ups and advising the likes of Vauxhall.

Why Choose Us?

  • When applied to real-life situations, subjects like economics and finance and incredibly exciting and illuminating so that's just what you'll do - apply the concepts and theories you learn to live briefs, case studies, work placements, competitions and more.
  • You'll get to hear from high profile guest speakers who'll share their wealth of experience and industry insights with you. Previous speakers include Sir Ranulph Fiennes, finalists from The Apprentice, the Chairman of Unilever and Chief Executive of Marks and Spencer.
  • We’re one of only three universities in the UK to have accreditation from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) as a platinum level tuition provider. This means we’ve been assessed against one of the highest benchmarks in the world, so you know you’re getting the highest level of teaching.
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Please note: we are currently reviewing our entire course provision for 2017/18. Details will be included in your registration email.

This course is open to International students

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Network Rail
  • Rocks and Co
  • RBS

And in jobs such as:

  • Capacity Planner
  • Mortgage processor
  • Data Analyst

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students

At the point of enrolment you must have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2016/17
GCE A Level/ AS Level 280 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (BBC offer made in grades). This may also include General Studies and Critical Thinking. Remaining points can be made up with AS Levels in different subjects. AS Level in the same subject of an A Level will not be accepted.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 Credits Level 3, 15 credits Level 2 including Level 2 English Language and Maths for all programmes
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 280 UCAS points
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate Diploma 28 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate Minimum of 280 UCAS points
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher Minimum of 280 UCAS points
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2016/17
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 28 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.


International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

Non-standard entry

The programme welcomes applications from students who have significant relevant work or life experience but who may not necessarily meet all of the published academic requirements for their chosen course. The University must be satisfied that your work or life experience is equivalent to the qualifications that other applicants will be studying. We want all of our students to succeed and will only offer a place where we believe that an applicant is capable of completing their chosen course with a strong final degree classification.

The admissions team will be pleased to discuss individual circumstances with prospective students.

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for 2016/17, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.

To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:

280 points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBC or above)
predicted DMM at BTEC level

You will also be required to attend an interview.

More about unconditional offers

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
Sep 2017 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £12,000 per year
SW 4 years £12,000 per year
Sep 2017 FT 3 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students


UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is not available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

First year

You'll study modules that are also studied by other business courses, to get a broad overview of economics and finance. These include looking at the economic environment, accounting, marketing and management.

Our students have about 12 hours contact time a week with lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. The rest is your time for your private study, revision, work experience and coursework.

We set you off into the business world straight away. You'll put together a first year business plan that you pitch Dragon's Den-style to industry experts. You could even win £1,000 to develop your plan further.

Accounting and Finance
30 credits
Marketing in Business
30 credits
Managing Organisations People and Self
30 credits
Economic Environment (Autumn term)
15 credits
New Venture Creations (Spring term)
15 credits

Second year

Your second year delves into more specialist modules like making business finance decisions, financial markets risk, tax and financial planning and microeconomics.

We get you to test these out in real life, by working on live company briefs and signing up to national and international competitions.

30 credits
30 credits
Tax and Financial Planning
30 credits
Business Finance Decisions (Autumn term)
15 credits
Financial Markets - Risk and Returns (Spring term)
15 credits

Final year

All of our students can do a year-long placement before entering their final year. This means you learn on the job for a whole year at no extra cost, giving you a fantastic edge on other graduates - with valuable real work experience.

In your final year you'll look at strategy, banking, international economics and markets. This is where you really get stuck in to what interests you in the world today and find out how you can impact and change a business - or even an entire society.

Financial Management (core)
30 credits
Money and Banking (Autumn term)
15 credits
Labour Economics (Autumn term)
15 credits
Comparative Financial Systems (Autumn term)
15 credits
Developing and Demonstrating Employability (Autumn term)
15 credits
International Economics (Spring term)
15 credits
Industrial Organisation (Spring term)
15 credits
International Corporate Finance (Spring term)
15 credits
Developing and Demonstrating Employability (Spring term)
15 credits

The modules below run across both terms. Only one can be chosen.

Business Start Up Project
30 credits
Management Consultancy Project
30 credits
30 credits
Placement project
30 credits

Course Structure

Nearly half of your degree will be assessed on course work as this reflects the more hands-on, personalised journey of our students.

Coursework and practical exams include business reports, academic papers, case studies, individual and group presentations, portfolios and projects. You’ll also undertake written exams to test your knowledge and theoretical abilities.

Learning from business

Birmingham City Business School regularly welcomes high profile guest speakers so on this course you can hear first-hand the thoughts of successful business minds.

Trips and visits

Our Business School gives students the opportunity to take part in a number of extra-curricular trips and visits to businesses and industry events. There are also a number of student projects, challenges and competitions that you can take part in both at home and overseas.

Local opportunities include our Leadership Challenge which sees students boost their skills with briefs from real companies. You could help to improve big local brands or even take on paid project work.

You’ll get the chance to be involved with the nationwide Uni Popshop Enterprise challenge. Recently a team of business school students went to London’s bustling Spitalfields Market to trade goods for a social enterprise project. Our students attend every year and as well as developing real life accounting skills, there’s even a chance to win some great prizes.

Teaching breakdown

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Assessment breakdown

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47 Coursework FireBrick
18 Practical exams #fece5a


We have been approved as a Platinum Level Tuition Provider by ACCA. This means we have been recognised across the world for our outstanding pass rates. It also means our students get some exemptions from ACCA and benefit from their tools and membership opportunities.


These independent reviews show what our students really think:

"It's a friendly and most especially a quiet environment for me. It's quite comfortable because of the privacy for me where I live."
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Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Further Study

We are an Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Platinum Approved Learning Partner. This means you can study with us to get exemptions from the ACCA course and some exemptions for CIMA qualifications. We can help you prepare for the internal and external ACCA examinations.

Student stories Jonathan Andrews

Managing Director at Remarkable Partnerships

Jonathan Andrews graduated in 1991 and has since seen his career in corporate fundraising for charities go from strength to strength, working in the sales department of Unilever; then onto fundraising at charities such as the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), Age Concern and Alzheimer's Society. At the beginning of the year, utilising his specialism in corporate fundraising, he created ‘Remarkable Partnerships’, a corporate partnerships consultancy. He studied Economics at Birmingham City University.

Employment Opportunities

Our alumni have an excellent employment record and many successfully complete professional exams after their degree.

This course gives you the ability to apply financial skills to business situations and understand current economic issues. It prepares you for a career not only as an economist, but also in business management, commerce, the public sector and in voluntary organisations.

You’ll be able to see new developments and opportunities in businesses and bring creative and analytical problem-solving skills to contemporary challenges.

You’ll also learn from industry standard software such as IBM’s SSPS – statistical software used in many businesses. You also learn your way around the European Label Market statistics which is a great thing to have on your CV, as it’s also used across many different industries.

Everything we teach is taught with real, useful skills in mind, so you can go on to do the job you want. Our graduates have secured jobs as financial advisors and finance officers – as well as more diverse roles such as tutors and company directors, capacity planners, mortgage processors and data analysts.


In your third year you’ll have the opportunity to do a sandwich year placement. This means spending a whole year working in an organisation before studying for your final year. It costs no extra in fees, you’ll get an entire year of work experience on your CV.

Zach Telling took up a placement in the Customer Services Department at Worcester Bosch Group. He got to learn from experts in customer service to give him real confidence in his role.

He advised customers on credit, stock and pricing information so that the company could make informed purchasing decisions. Zach felt his placement set him apart from other graduates applying for jobs and would recommend it to other students.

Our students get many placements locally and further afield, but if a year-long placement isn’t for you, you can take up shorter placements while you study. This means you’ll still get work experience while doing a conventional three year degree.

More about our placement opportunities...


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

This course as it gives you the flexibility to specialise in the area you want to work in during your third year. This means you can tailor your learning to meet your specific career aspirations.

Our graduates move into many different specialist and more general roles. For example, one recent graduate went to work for Network Rail as a capacity planner, while another went to gemstone specialist Rocks and co as a data analyst. You can even go into a career that you might not have thought of, for instance one graduate has gone to Royal Bank of Scotland as mortgage processor.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our visual communication course is most popular with international students from:

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Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

Our Staff

Our staff are at the top of their field, regularly publishing research and with keeping up links with successful businesses all over the world. They’re members of, and work closely with, major accountancy bodies such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

You’ll connect with highly renowned industry professionals, as many continue to work in the industry as consultants, researchers and expert authors. They’ve written for high profile publishers such as Oxford University Press among others.

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Dr Chiara Donegani


Dr. Chiara Paola Donegani brings a wealth of knowledge of economics from a deep study of the subject from a multinational viewpoint through her academic studies.

Within the Business School, Chiara teaches in the following areas: Globalisation, Business, Economics and Law, Economic Environment, Creative Problem Solving, Enhancing Business and Management Skills and Research Methods.

Dr Domenico Moro

Senior Lecturer

Prior to joining Birmingham City University, Domenico Moro worked as a researcher at the Third Sector Research Centre, where he was involved on quantitative analysis, cutting across several research programmes. His focus is on the economic impact of third sector organisations in the UK.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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