UWE Bristol - BA Hons Economics with Foundation Year

UWE Bristol

BA Hons Economics with Foundation Year

We have a strong track record of securing placements with public sector employers like the Treasury, Home Office, and Office of National Statistics; with financial institutions such as Lloyds Bank; and in businesses, charities and international organisations.

Why study economics?

From environmental sustainability to financial stability, and from wages to wealth, economic forces affect every aspect of our lives.

Studying BA(Hons) Economics will give you a solid understanding of how and why, and the skills needed to analyse issues and effect change across a wide range of areas, including the public sector, think tanks, financial institutions and charities.

Why UWE Bristol?

Along with this economics degree we also offer BSc(Hons) Economics. On both, you'll apply the latest economic theories to real and relevant challenges, develop critical thinking and debate ideas from a range of perspectives.

The BSc course gives you the chance to develop your technical skills to a more advanced level and requires A level mathematics. The BA degree provides a rigorous and accessible economics training to those with less mathematical experience.

On both pathways, you'll be taught by a passionate and enthusiastic team of research-active staff with a growing reputation for being at the cutting edge of new ideas in economics.

Learn to analyse a wide range of economic issues, such as where does wealth come from? Is our way of life sustainable? Is global trade a force for good? How does the banking and financial system affect our lives? Will robots take people's jobs? Is inequality getting worse and does it matter?

UWE Bristol takes a unique pluralist approach to teaching economics. As well as using traditional textbooks, you'll draw on ideas from a range of viewpoints and disciplines, placing economics in its broader social and political context.

With an emphasis on developing key skills and critical thinking while gaining real-world experience, you'll get regular access to industry and policy-making through placements, field trips and guest lectures.

Where can it take me?

As a graduate with a degree that's rooted in realism and application, you'll be highly attractive to employers.

You could pursue a career in government, banking and finance, retail, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or charities.

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Mathematics or Statistics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.

Career Prospects

High demand for graduates with this degree means diverse career prospects and a competitive place in the jobs market.

This course is an ideal launch pad for a career in government (for example the Government Economic Service), banking, finance, management, accountancy, marketing, corporate finance, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), charities and postgraduate studies.

Previous graduates have gone on to work as economists in the Government Economic Service, including the Treasury and the Home Office; in finance and banking for organisations such as Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC and Goldman Sachs; and as economists and analysts across industry and the retail sector.

Course Details

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

Year 0 Foundation Year

Becoming a Professional
Introduction to Organisations, Enterprise and Management
Economics and Accounting for the Real World
Introduction to Law in a Social, Business and Global Context.

Year 1

Economic Reasoning
Statistics and Data Management
Evolutions of Economy and Industry
History of Economic Thought.

Year 2

Applied Microeconomics
Macroeconomics: Theory and Applications
Economic Research Methods
Introductory Econometrics.

Two optional modules
Good Business, Bad Business and Sustainability
Emerging Economies
Economics of Money and Banking
International Trade and Multinational Business
The Wellbeing of People and Society.

Placement year

Final Year

Final Year Project
Economic Theory and Policy
Work Integrated Learning
Cross Cultural Learning and Development
Placement Learning
Learning and Development on Study Year Abroad.

Optional modules
The Economics of Developing Countries
Sustainable Business
Economics of International Financial Markets
Economics of Labour and Migration
Behavioural Economics
Political Economy
Feminist and Gender Economics.

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