Economics and Politics BSc (Hons)

3 years, starting in September 2018

Understand the complex interactions between economic and political factors. You'll gain the skills to manipulate economic theory to solve global problems.

In this course, you’ll examine the challenges facing individuals, countries and the international community.

You will develop an understanding of government and society through core concepts such as power, justice, order, conflict, legitimacy, accountability, obligation, sovereignty and decision making. You will develop strong numeracy skills in statistics and information technology. You will explore the institutional, UK and global context within which economic decisions and policy formation takes place.

In your first year, you will gain a secure base in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory. You will study the exercise of power in societies, and the resolution of conflict between power and policies. This will be integrated into economic analysis. You will also develop your understanding of international relations, and issues of conflict and security. In the final year, you will be able to choose from a selection of optional units.

By the end of the course, you will have an appreciation of the interface between economics and political science.

Course structure

This course lasts 3 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2021. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Units

As part of your course, you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.

You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.

Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Written examination

Contact time with staff

In your first year, you should expect to spend 22% of your time in a lecture or seminar setting and 78% of your time in independent study. Your unit option choices will determine your future contact hours.

Find out more about contact time with staff
“I find the staff at the Economics department very approachable and it’s nice they can sometimes add their own opinions to the theories we’ve covered. ”
Ludi Wang

BSc Economics (2015)

Entry requirements

Your application, especially your personal statement, should demonstrate your enthusiasm for your chosen degree. This might include relevant reading, involvement in political or debating societies, other extra-curricular or co-curricular activities, work experience or activism for a political party or an NGO.

You do not need to have studied Economics or Politics before to be suitable for this course. You will need a strong performance in Mathematics as part of your entry qualifications. We prefer applicants who can demonstrate a breadth of study across traditional subjects (like English, History or Physics).

If you are taking A levels, we may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

Qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level

A*AA

A*AA including Mathematics.

Alternative offer A level

AAA

AAA including Mathematics plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Typical offers for other qualifications

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall and 7, 6, 6 in three Higher Level subjects including Higher Level Mathematics.

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer: Pass the Access to HE Diploma, with at least 39 credits achieved at Distinction. This must include 12 credits from Mathematics units achieved at Distinction.

Our Economics courses are academically challenging and require solid foundations of knowledge in Mathematics. We are looking for you to be studying a suitable level of Mathematics as part of your Access course (at least 12 units of Level 3 Mathematics) to be able to succeed on our course. However, due to the time-limited nature of Access programme delivery, it is expected that you will have also completed a significant level of independent study in order to further develop and refine these Mathematical skills. For other suitable units, please refer to the A level section for details of preferred subject combinations.

BTEC

Unfortunately BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas (QCF) are not a suitable route for this course.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Cambridge Pre-U typical offer

D2, D3, D3 including Mathematics.

Cambridge Pre-U alternative offer

D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Bacc Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Open University Credits

Typically, we would be looking for you to have studied units worth at least 120 credits, including at least 30 credits at Level 2 in Mathematics. We would ideally be looking for you to be taking units including:

  • MST124: Essential Mathematics 1 and
  • MST224: Mathematical Methods

This information is a guide and all students applying with Open University Credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. We may be able to consider alternative units to those listed. Please contact us at admissions@bath.ac.uk to discuss your profile.

Typical offer: Pass units worth 120 credits, including a minimum of a Pass 2 with 80% in a relevant Level 2 Mathematics unit worth at least 30 credits.

Please note that taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Scottish Highers

AA in Advanced Highers including Mathematics plus AAAAA in Scottish Highers.

Combinations of qualifications

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC.

  • A*A at A level including Mathematics, plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF).
  • A* in A level Mathematics plus D*D in the BTEC Diploma (QCF)/National Diploma (RQF).
  • A*A at A level plus D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject including Mathematics.
  • A*A at A level plus 6 in an IB Higher Level (HL) Certificate including Mathematics. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations.
  • A*A at A level including Mathematics and excluding Accounting, plus A in the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies.

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications if they are in the same subject area.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options.

Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Placement fees

Placement fees vary

You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Economics and Politics
  • Final award
    BSc (Hons)
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    LL12
  • Institution code
    B16
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Course enquiries

Undergraduate Selection
admissions@bath.ac.uk
+441225383019

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