Skip to main content

BA (Hons) Business Studies with Economics

Watch our video
  • Late
  • UCAS Code:
    N100
  • Institution:
    B50

Praised for its flexibility, our portfolio of Business Studies courses allows you to apply to our broad Business Studies degree (N100) and then migrate to a specialist field in year two. What’s more, as this course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), you’ll not only graduate with a degree in Business Studies with Economics, but a Diploma in Management and Leadership too.

Our Business Studies with Economics pathway is the perfect choice for those keen to learn the economic, qualitative and quantitative techniques and ideas used in the analysis and solution of business problems in the global marketplace. You’ll develop a critical appreciation of alternative theories concerning the working of both the micro-economy and the macro-economy, alternative economic systems, and alternative economic policy strategies.

Your curriculum, taught by highly qualified lecturers and industry-savvy practitioners, will be peppered with numerous networking events and compelling talks held by guest speakers from a variety of business disciplines. Plus there’s the possibility of travel in year two, as you can study the second semester at one of BU’s international partner institutions, currently in Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United States.

A 30-week period in industry will help to bolster your CV in year three. This will give you essential real-world experience, placing your theory and skills into practice, and enabling you to harvest a network of professional contacts – all of which are vital for successfully launching a career.

According to Unistats, 88% of our students agreed that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning. Join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an Open Day.

You’ll apply to Business Studies (N100) and then in your second year, you can choose to carry on with the broad Business Studies route or choose one of our specialist pathways which include:

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

4 years, including a minimum 30-week work placement

Accreditations:

The Chartered Management Institute

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 120 - 128 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM. For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Accredited by:

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant retail expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, research students. 

You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry including many of our alumni. Previous guest lectures have included the Senior Innovation Manager from Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Adviser from Innovate UK.

Download the programme specification (pdf 2.4mb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. We are proud that our students have played their part in the success of top firms including JP Morgan, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Motorola. The average salary for our business studies placement students is £15,000–£19,999 per annum. 

Your optional placement will begin after your second year of study and must last a minimum of 30 weeks. You could be based anywhere in the UK, or you could choose to undertake your placement abroad – giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

For this course, we are looking for applicants who:

  • Can demonstrate their interest in identifying and solving business problems
  • Are motivated and enthusiastic self-starters looking for a rewarding challenge
  • Can demonstrate good written and oral communication skills
  • Are keen to develop a wide range of interpersonal skills
  • Have aspirations to one day manage.

Students on this course will have come from a wide range of backgrounds but all will have demonstrated their drive to succeed in the business environment. We would encourage applicants who are interested in new ideas, can express themselves well, work effectively in teams and can demonstrate a wide range of interests.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

Our Business Studies graduates perform well once they enter the world of work, thanks to the focus on practical skills as well as business theory. Within six months of completing their course, 94% of our students are in work or further study.

They work for a wide range of companies, including Arcadia, B&Q, Barclays Bank Plc, BSkyB, Citibank, Deloitte, Enterprise, General Electric, Heathrow Airport, Hewlett Packard, IBM, KPMG, L'Oreal, Mercedes Benz, Microsoft, Philips, Siemens, Sony Music, The Walt Disney Company and Valbury Capital, among many others.

Course statistics

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student; see our Belong+ pages for more information.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the business sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course.

Course changes

What our students say

Jamie Seager

My placement at JP Morgan was invaluable. I received lots of support while applying, including specialist advice and tips to prepare me for interview.

Hear from our staff

Caroline Burr

Our students achieve amazing things, both on placement and after graduating. I am very proud to have helped to shape the business managers of tomorrow.

What our students say

Glebs Kiselovs

The academic staff on my course are very friendly, they're always happy to help and we can trust them and feel like we are like a family