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Business Economics BA (Hons)


This course runs in 2017/18. 

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.


This course aims to give you a thorough grounding in economic concepts and principles along with all the mathematical, computing and statistical tools you will need. Importance is always placed on training you to think like an economist. Emphasis is also placed on real-world applications of the theory
being taught.

If you choose this course you may benefit from:

  • 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;
  • experienced teaching staff who bring professional or research expertise into their teaching;
  • learning through economic experiments including a trading pit game, international trading game and the chance to run your own production line;
  • the opportunity to apply for a year in industry offering rewarding work experience, where you can exercise your technical skills in a professional environment;
  • 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;
  • specialist knowledge and evaluation techniques as preparation for postgraduate study and professional training;
  • links with overseas associated institutions in Hong Kong, China, India, Tanzania and Singapore, with opportunities for student exchanges;


Association of Business Schools (ABS)  European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)


Memberships shall be reviewed in accordance with the relevant body’s standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.



In your first year you will study fundamental issues and concepts underlying business decision-making including: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Applied Economics, and Quantitative Analysis. In the second and final years you specialise in economic subjects in the business area of your choice, which will provide you with a deeper knowledge, and understanding of the business sector.

You will study issues such as: the impact of firms outsourcing 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.


Our Economics courses are ranked 5th by Guardian University Guide 2018


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 5%; presentations, posters 5%.

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


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.

Entry Requirements

Essential entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels: BBB

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM

Access: The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit, plus GCSE English Language at grade C, or specified equivalents.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 30 points

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Recent graduates from our economics courses have found employment in a wide variety of careers 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.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

* Source: The Complete University Guide, April 2014


Included in the fees

  • Specified core reading material;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year. 

Additional costs not included in the fees

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

This will be updated with more specific information on the books and equipment you will receive as soon as it becomes available.

For more details about the No Hidden Extras programme, click here for further details.

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students' employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

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

Click here for further details.


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. You will have the opportunity to apply for a work placement or study abroad for a further year in Europe through the Erasmus Socrates scheme and there will be staff on hand to help you do this.


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid 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 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

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.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.

What our students say – Sophie Kalumba

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.


Please note that all international visit/opportunities and placements are subject to successful student application and criteria being met. Locations, conferences and work experience are all subject to change. Please contact the Faculty for up to date information.

Course code:
  • 3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich

  • Undergraduate Degree

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Sandwich course


Contact Details:

International Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152