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Business Economics BA (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Course code:

BESU038

Study options:

3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


+44 (0) 24 7765 2152


Overview

A Business Economics degree can teach you how to help a business make massive savings, making you an extremely valuable future employee.

This course covers topical issues in the UK and world economy, including the impact of energy prices on consumers, pay and reward in the banking sector and business pricing strategies. This degree develops skills which will enable you to take up key decision-making positions in a rapidly changing business

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)


Chartered Association of Business Schools

What our students say...

I really enjoyed how easily real world situations are applied to topics and how factors can be avoided / repeated. I feel as though knowing theories and practices can help me to create a better future, either by learning from mistakes or from repeating successes.

Sophie Kalumba

Course information

This course applies the principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics to business orientated decision making, covering issues such as the impact of firms outsourcing jobs from the UK, the difference in wages between workers and the regulation of business to ensure competition.

This course, one of four pathways offered in the field of economics, aims to give you a thorough grounding in economic concepts and principles, along with all the mathematical, computing and statistical tools you will need to make informed financial decisions. We aim to train you to think like an economist; you can become adept in numeracy, IT and the use of statistical methods, developing advanced skills in problem solving and decision making.

90%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Principles of Economics 1 and 2

  • Mathematical Techniques for Economists

  • Introduction to Statistics for Economists

  • Current Issues in Applied Economics

  • Developing Academic and Professional Skills for Economists 1

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Intermediate Economics 1 and 2

  • Introduction to Econometrics

  • Managerial Economics

  • Developing Academic and Professional Skills for Economists 2

  • Optional modules (1 from the following):

    • International Trade and Global Economic Issues 
    • Quantitative Economics 
    • Principles of Financial Investment

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Optional Enhancement Year:

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Advanced Economics Issues

  • Advanced Economics Dissertation

  • Developing Academic and Professional Skills for Economists 3

  • Economics of Human Resources Management (HRM)

  • Optional modules (2 from the following):

    • Economic Policy in the European Union 
    • Applied Econometrics 
    • Development Economics 
    • Corporate Governance and Ethics 
    • International Economics

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

5th

Our economics courses are ranked 5th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • experienced teaching staff who bring professional or research expertise into their teaching;
  • specialist knowledge and evaluation techniques as preparation for postgraduate study and professional training;
  • learning through economic experiments including a trading pit game, international trading game and the chance to run your own production line;
  • links with overseas associated institutions in Hong Kong, China, India, Tanzania and Singapore, with opportunities for student and academic staff exchanges;
  • the opportunity to apply for a year in industry offering rewarding work experience, where you can exercise your technical skills in a professional environment;
  • studying with Coventry Business School who are currently a member of European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Association of Business Schools (ABS).
  • computer lab work based on various statistical packages which allow you to consider important relationships such as the link between unemployment and inflation, interest rates and the demand for mortgages;
  • strong links with the Government Economic Service (GES), PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Barclays and the Bank of England. Some of our recent students have secured highly competitive placements with the Government Economic Service, including working in HM Treasury;

You will study issues such as: the impact of firms outsourcing (moving) jobs from the UK to other countries such as India; and being able to answers questions like: what determines the differences in wages between workers? Do bosses of firms get bonuses for failing? Are regulators doing their job in ensuring competition?

Teaching is through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and classroom games. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • Formal examinations: 70%
  • Coursework, tests, essays: 10%
  • Practical or project work: 10%
  • Group work etc: 5%
  • Presentations, posters etc: 5%

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.

70% assessed by exams

In a typical week you will have up to 14 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as: 

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: up to 2 hours each week including academic tutorials, employment tutorials, project supervision, online tutorials and pastoral support
  • Medium group teaching: 6 hours of workshops or seminars each week
  • Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week
  • Personal study: 22–24 hours each week studying and revising in your own time each week

 

 

This course can be taken as a three year full-time or four year sandwich option. The sandwich year can be taken as work experience with an employer in the UK or as a study abroad year where we have many associated universities teaching in English throughout Europe, USA and the Far East.

Our overseas partner network continues to expand, especially in China, India and the USA.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

I really enjoyed how easily real world situations are applied to topics and how factors can be avoided / repeated. I feel as though knowing theories and practices can help me to create a better future, either by learning from mistakes or from repeating successes.

Sophie Kalumba

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: BESU038
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB DDM 30 points 5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say...

I really enjoyed how easily real world situations are applied to topics and how factors can be avoided / repeated. I feel as though knowing theories and practices can help me to create a better future, either by learning from mistakes or from repeating successes.

Sophie Kalumba

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£11,927 (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.


The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

What our students say...

I really enjoyed how easily real world situations are applied to topics and how factors can be avoided / repeated. I feel as though knowing theories and practices can help me to create a better future, either by learning from mistakes or from repeating successes.

Sophie Kalumba

Career prospects

Economics graduates are on average some of the highest earners.

A new economics graduate can expect to earn £26,146 a year, £5,556 more than the average graduate and £10,310 more than a non-graduate*. On average males earn 42% and females 68% more than people who leave school with 2 or more A-Levels.

* Source: The Complete University Guide. April 2014

96%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates from our economics courses have found employment in a wide variety of careers at managerial level with a number of prestigious employers including PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Bank of England, Government Economic Service (GES), Vodafone and HSBC. A number of our graduates have also gone on to postgraduate study and professional training such as teaching.

£22K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £22,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

I really enjoyed how easily real world situations are applied to topics and how factors can be avoided / repeated. I feel as though knowing theories and practices can help me to create a better future, either by learning from mistakes or from repeating successes.

Sophie Kalumba
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.