Economics BSc (Hons)

3 years, starting in September 2019

You can apply for this course from September 2018.

Gain the skills you need to solve a variety of complex economic issues. You’ll learn core economic theory and become acquainted with chosen specialist areas.

In this degree, you will study the foundation of economic theory and its application to decisions to the real world. You’ll explore the connections between economic issues, such as business and rational human behaviour.

The course will teach you how to manipulate economic theory, enabling you to solve complex economic problems. You’ll develop your knowledge of UK and global economics which will enable you to understand how economic decisions and policies are made.

Your first year is concerned with key concepts in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory. You’ll further your skills in core mathematics, statistics and data analysis. In Year 2, you’ll build on this through intermediate study of economic theory. The study of econometrics will enable you to understand economic systems. The final year will teach you advanced economic theory. A selection of optional units will enable you to tailor your expertise.

Teaching

You’ll learn from academics with expertise across the breadth of economics. Their international collaborations and research activities feed into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience.

Facilities

Our computer network enables you to access the up-to-the-minute data on economics. You will use the latest economics based software to improve your ability to conduct analysis.

Careers

Our economics graduates are very successful in today’s competitive labour market. They pursue a range of careers in both the private and public sectors.

Many of our graduates work as economists, financial or business analysts, researchers, accountants and tax professionals. They have worked for organisations such as:

  • Deloitte
  • Google
  • Bank of England
  • Morgan Stanley
  • AXA

Find out what our graduates go on to do.

Course structure

This course lasts 3 years. It starts in September 2019 and ends in 2022. Induction week starts on 23 September 2019.


Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Units

At Bath, our courses are made up of units of study. Compulsory units cover core concepts that you'll need to understand as part of your degree programme. Some of our courses also offer the opportunity for you to study optional units. These allow you to specialise in particular areas of knowledge that interest you.

As an undergraduate, you will be expected to take 60 credits (ECTS) in each academic year. These are usually split into 30 credits for each semester you study. Sixty credits are the equivalent of 1200 notional hours of study; this includes contact time with staff and your own independent learning.

Compulsory course units

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

Optional course units

You can choose from a number of optional units in years 1, 2 and 3. Here are some examples of the units currently being studied by our students.

Learning and assessment


Learning

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Written examination

Typical assessment breakdown

This average assessment breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Your specific unit choices will determine the actual breakdown of assessment methods that you will experience.

% written exam

% practical exam

% coursework

Year Written Exam Practical Exam Coursework
Year 1 69% 0% 31%
Year 2 67% 0% 33%
Year 3 91% 0% 9%

Typical contact time breakdown

This average contact time breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Scheduled learning and teaching may include: lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Your optional unit choices will determine your actual personal contact hours.

% time in scheduled learning and teaching

% time in independent study

% time in placement/year abroad

Year Scheduled Independent Placement
Year 1 24% 76% 0%
Year 2 26% 74% 0%
Year 3 28% 72% 0%
‘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 Business before to be suitable for this course. You will need a strong performance in Mathematics as part of your entry qualifications.

Origin of qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

British qualifications

A level Typical offer

A*AA

A*AA in three A levels including Mathematics

If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

A level Alternative offer

AAA

AAA in three A levels including Mathematics plus one of:

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

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Typical offer

36 points

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

We have a strong preference for applicants who are studying Higher Level Mathematics. If you are studying Standard Level Mathematics we may be able to consider you. In this case the typical offer is 36 points overall and 7, 6, 5 in three Higher Level subjects plus 7 in the Standard Level Mathematics.

BTEC and Cambridge Technical Typical offer

D*D*D*

D*D*D* in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF), BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) or Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma plus A in A level Mathematics.

We prefer the above qualifications in Business and you must also be studying A level Mathematics. We can also consider BTEC or Cambridge Technical qualifications in Engineering or Science, but we would expect you to demonstrate evidence of strong essay-based skills, such as strong GCSE performance in English and humanities subjects.

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

D2, D3, D3 in three principal subjects including Mathematics.

Cambridge Pre-U Alternative offer

D3, D3, D3

D3, D3, D3 in three principal subjects including Mathematics plus one of:

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

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer.

Scottish Highers Typical offer

AA in Advanced Highers

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

Access to HE Diploma Typical offer

39 credits at Distinction

A pass in the Access to HE Diploma with at least 39 credits achieved at Distinction including 12 credits from Mathematics units at Distinction.

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, you will be expected to have also completed a significant level of independent study to further develop and refine these Mathematical skills.

Open University credits 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.

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 to discuss your profile.

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.

Combination of qualifications Typical offer

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 LIBF Level 3 Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS)

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 in the same subject area.

GCSE requirements

GCSE English grade C or 4 (or equivalent from category B).

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

American qualifications

Advanced Placement Tests

5, 5, 5 in 3 APs including Calculus BC.

We cannot consider Calculus AB as one of these 3 subjects.

You will also need to pass your High School Diploma and achieve an ACT score of 30 or SATR scores of 740 in both Mathematics and Evidence based Reading and Writing.

SAT Subject Tests

We do not accept SAT Subject Tests for direct entry to our degrees.

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Indian qualifications

Higher Secondary School Certificate (12th Standard)

Average of 85% across 4 subjects with 85% in Mathematics.

We do not accept Physical Education as one of these 4 subjects.

These requirements are for the CBSE and CISCE boards. Please contact us if you are taking this qualification with a different board.

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

European qualifications

European Baccalaureate

85% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics (5 periods).

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

French qualifications

French Baccalaureate

16 overall with 15 in Mathematics.

Option Internationale du Baccalaureat (OIB)

15 overall with 15 in Mathematics.

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Hong Kongese qualifications

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

5*55 in 3 elective subjects plus 5* in core Mathematics and 5 in the Algebra and Calculus extended paper.

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Irish qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H1, H1, H2, H2, H3  in 6 Irish Leaving Certificates with H1 in Mathematics.

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Singaporean qualifications

Singapore A levels

AAA in 3 H2 level subjects including A in Mathematics .

Polytechnic Diploma (3 years)

3.5 overall with a minimum B+ in all Mathematics modules.

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Turkish qualifications

Lise Bitirme Diplomasi

CGPA of 85% with 85% in Calculus or Mathematics from the final year.

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Greek qualifications

Apolytirion

19 in the Apolytirion plus A*A in two A levels including Mathematics .

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels. We do not accept Pan Hellenic examinations in place of an A level.

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Spanish qualifications

Titulo de Bachiller

A score of 9 overall with 9 in Mathematics.

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

German qualifications

Abitur

1.3 overall with 13 in Mathematics in your final examinations.

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Cypriot qualifications

Apolytirion

19 in the Apolytirion plus A*A in two A levels including Mathematics .

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels.

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Fees and funding


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.

How to pay

Tuition fee loans

If you are studying an undergraduate course, you may be able to take out a loan for your tuition fees and living costs.

Read more about tuition fee loans

Scholarships and bursaries

You could be considered for a bursary or scholarship to help you study at Bath. This is in addition to your student loan and you do not have to pay it back.

Read more about bursaries and scholarships

Other 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

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
  • Final award
    BSc (Hons)
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    L100
  • Institution code
    B16
  • Department
  • Location
    University of Bath
    Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2019
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2019
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply
  • Regulator

Selection process

We will usually assess you based on your UCAS application. If you are studying certain qualifications, such as an Access to HE Diploma, you may be invited to attend an interview as part of our selection process so we can better assess your studies and experiences. If you are studying an Access to HE Diploma, please make sure that your UCAS application is submitted by 15th January 2019: if you apply after this deadline, then it may be too late for us to include you in our interview process.

Very exceptionally we may invite you to an interview if you have circumstances we cannot assess from an application alone.

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