Business Economics BSc Honours
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Typical offer for September 2015
|A Levels||BBB (GCSE Maths at Grade B or higher is recommended)|
|International Baccalaureate||28 points|
|Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma||DDM|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction plus Maths and English GCSEs at at least grade C.|
A knowledge of economics and the unique insights it offers into how individuals, ﬁrms and organisations operate and interact is invaluable in a complex and rapidly changing world. So is the ability to communicate this understanding to specialists and non-specialists. This course combines a thorough grounding in the discipline of economics, with a range of practical skills required in professional life and for postgraduate studies.
You will develop your ability to apply economic reasoning to real-world issues. You will become conﬁdent in applying modern methods of economic and business analysis to inform business and organisational decision making, solve business and economic problems, undertake research and consultancy, and to contribute to the design and implementation of economic policy by government agencies. You will also extend your skills in data gathering and interpretation, quantitative analysis and forecasting, become global in outlook and socially, environmentally and ethically aware.
The course will enhance your employability as business analysts or specialist economists, as well as equipping you for careers in management, in an international organisation, in banking, the ﬁnancial sector more broadly, or the voluntary or public sector.
In each year of study you will take a combination of core and option modules.
The course begins with a thorough grounding in economics and an appreciation of the part economic history has played in shaping the evolution of economic thought. At Level 5 the course features core modules in the application of economic theories. At Level 6 you will explore contemporary economic debates and develop your economic forecasting tools.
At each level you will be offered a choice of applied economic option modules as well as more general business modules and the opportunity to study a language.
Teaching methods focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning (including group work) designed to engage your interest. Assessment methods may include essays, reports, case studies, and in-class tests as well as time-constrained exams.
Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
Subjects of study include:
- Crises and Controversies in Economics
- Exploring Microeconomics
- Global Business Environment
- Macroeconomic Framework
- Quantitative Economic Analysis
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
Subjects of study include:
- Analysis of Economic and Business Data
- Applied Economic Research and Appraisal
- Global Economic Issues
- Information and Digital Economics
- Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy
- Managerial Economics: Firms and Markets
- Money Banking and Financial Markets
Professional experience or Study Abroad year
Between Year 2 and Year 3 you may choose to study English-taught courses for a year at one of our overseas partner institutions. Currently, you can take a Year Abroad studying (or combining work and study) in Berlin, Bologna, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris, Valencia, and other European locations including Moscow, as well as Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney (Australia), Japan, Canada and the USA. There are also many opportunities for those with appropriate language skills to study in the local language in France, Germany, Italy and Spain, among others.
Alternatively, between Year 2 and Year 3 you can undertake a one-year, full-time business placement as a Professional Experience Year within the UK. Past students have completed placements in a variety of prestigious organisations, including AMEC, Barclays Bank, Commerzbank, Freshﬁelds Bruckhaus Deringer, GE Capital, HSBC, IBM and the NHS, as well as in smaller businesses.
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
Subjects of study may include:
- Applied Econometrics
- Contemporary Debates in Macroeconomics
- Development Economics
- Economics of Public Policy
- Forecasting for Managers
- Global Strategic Management
- International Economics
As part of your course you can take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable. Find out about Westminster electives.
- Karen Kufuor, course leader
Additional costs information
To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.
International Foundation course
We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements. For more information visit Kaplan International College website
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- explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- plan your career development
- identify your career options
- market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
- develop your enterprise skills
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Find out more about the Career Development Centre.
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