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BSc (Hons) - single

Business School

If you want a career in business, government or the not-for-profit sector as an economist, then this course will give you the knowledge, techniques and practical skills that employers are looking for. On this course you will learn about the explanation and applications of theories and principles to various real-world situations, such as the ‘credit crunch’, international trade, interest rates and the housing market. 

This Economics programme will prepare you to be an economist in government and public sector organisations as well as a range of positions in the accounting, banking and finance sectors. The transferable skills you develop will also prepare you for a variety of other business careers including marketing and general management.

You will learn how to apply economic theory to the real world through case studies and the work placement scheme, visits by experts from the world of business and government and the insight provided by our highly research-active staff. 

You will benefit from rigorous training in quantitative skills, logical deduction, clear and concise verbal explanation and applications of theories and principles to various real-world situations. These skills are highly sought after by employers.

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Typical offers

UCAS points: 120

Available start dates

September 2017 / September 2018

Teaching location

Headington Campus / Wheatley Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years, or 4 with work placement
  • Part time: up to 8 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • You will develop the skills and knowledge to confidently give presentations, work in diverse teams, communicate ideas, solve problems in innovative ways and manage yourself and others.
  • Oxford Brookes University Business School is known internationally for its learning and teaching. You will receive an engaging and vibrant learning experience which will prepare you for your future career.
  • It is an exciting time to join our Business School - in 2017 we are planning to relocate the School from its current home in Wheatley to the Headington Campus. As part of the relocation we will be investing £30 million into buildings in Headington especially for Business School use. The redevelopment will provide new teaching and learning facilities for our students, and will enhance opportunities for collaboration with departments across the University.
In Year 1 you will begin with an introductory module that focuses on studying various real-world events and exploring how economics can help analysing these events. At the same time, the first-year microeconomics and macroeconomics modules will introduce you to the theory. You will learn about the analyses of a market system, supply and demand, inflation, unemployment, fiscal and monetary policy. Our first year mathematics module will prepare you for the further study of economic theory and its applications. 

In Year 2 you will extend your understanding of economic theory with our intermediate-level theory modules. Your quantitative training will continue with a statistics module that will introduce you to the world of data analysis. You will also start applying the analytical framework that you have learned in your theory modules more extensively to specific areas of economics, such as labour markets, international trade and financial markets. 

In your final year, you will have study modules that will develop your fluency in economics in a variety of areas, such as environmental issues, economic development, finance and economic growth. You will continue to enhance your data analysis skills in the econometrics module. Other opportunities include a synoptic module that will enhance your ability to synthesize various areas of economics that you have studied, and a dissertation or an independent study project, enabling you to pursue your own research interests in depth. 

You will join a community of learners and will be fully supported in your learning throughout your time at Brookes, developing transferable skills alongside knowledge of macro and micro economics, accounting and finance, international finance and global business strategy.

Study modules

Please see the course structure chart.

As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you choose from may differ from those shown here.

Work placements

You can spend your third year on a work placement, which is a great opportunity to enhance your CV, preparing you for future employment. You will gain commercial and practical experience, and many students are offered graduate positions by their placement employer.

Students from the Accounting, Finance and Economics Department have enjoyed exciting and intellectually-challenging positions at JP Morgan, IBM, the Government Economic Service, Oxford Economics, and a host of other organisations, many of which operate internationally. Many students are offered graduate positions by their placement employer.

During your placement there is a fee which is paid to the university. It covers the cost of your placement tutor, and the support we provide whilst looking for a placement position and during your placement role.

Whilst on your placement you will still be classed as a student. You will be paid a financially sustainable salary which will vary depending on your role, company and location.

For more information about the fees please go to the Fees/Funding section.

Study abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:

  • Improving your employment prospects within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures
  • while on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.

We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.

There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Essential purchases

It's your responsibility to purchase core texts and cover print/binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.

Teaching and learning

  • You will develop skills in critical enquiry along with a firm grounding in economics and related subjects which, together, enable you to confidently take on the demands of graduate jobs in leading international professions. 
  • Throughout the course you will have close contact with your academic adviser and you will be taught through workshops and seminar discussions supplemented and supported by lectures. You will participate in activities such as group presentations, role plays, analysis of numerical data, discussions of topical material (for example newspaper articles, videos and websites) and computer-based simulations.
  • Lectures, seminars and workshops will be supplemented by a range of activities undertaken outside class. These will include a substantial e-learning component to the degree, providing the opportunity to undertake self-study quizzes and diagnostic assessments, to participate in online discussion groups and to work in groups to prepare wikis as part of the assessment process. E-learning activities will be complementary to face-to-face learning, forming part of a blended approach. 

Approach to assessment

You will benefit from ongoing, in-depth specific feedback on your work, rather than relying only on summative feedback at the end of modules. You will know specifically what areas to focus on with your academic adviser to develop you for your future career. 

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2017/18: £9,250 2018/19: £9,250 (subject to OFFA agreement)

Home/EU - part time fee: 2017/18: £750 per single module 2018/19: £750 per single module

Home/EU - sandwich placement fee: 2017/18: £1,380 2018/19: £1,380 (subject to OFFA agreement)

International - full time: 2017/18: £13,100 2018/19: £13,360

International - sandwich placement fee: 2017/18: £3,840 2018/19: £3,920

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS points: 120

A-level: BBB
International Baccalaureate: 31 points

AS-levels will be recognised in place of a maximum of 1 A-level (may include 12-unit vocational A-level). Key skills are not required but would be a positive feature of an application, as would free-standing AS-levels such as Critical Thinking.

A new UCAS Tariff point system is being introduced for students applying to start university in September 2017, which uses  a qualification’s size and grades to calculate total Tariff points under a brand new system. Therefore the Tariff points for 2017 entry for this course, calculated on the same A-level equivalence for BBB, are 120 points. Please visit the UCAS website for more information.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics (grade B or above) and English (grade C or above)

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

International and EU applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help students meet the academic and English language entry requirements for their courses and also familiarise them with university life.

Find out more about the international foundation pathways we offer and our pre-sessional English language courses.

Country specific entry requirements

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information and local representatives who can help you to apply, please have a look at our country specific information pages.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

Part-time students, and full-time students for January entry,  should apply directly to the university.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

As one of the most famous cities in the world, Oxford is a great place to be a student. One in five people in the city is a student, so places, events, amenities and facilities are geared towards university life. Find out all about being a student in Oxford on our Student Life pages. 

Oxford has a growing hi-tech community with many businesses located in the city and surrounding area. It is just over an hour from the hub of business life in London, The City, with easy access to international airports. The Business School is currently located at the Wheatley campus, which is easily accessible on the inter-campus Brookes bus.

Specialist facilities

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire university community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building

We're investing over £30m in the Clerici building, creating modern teaching and learning facilities and creating a new home at Headington for the Faculty of Business.

Set to be complete in 2017, you'll see:

  • the Faculty of Business brought together in a modern, professional environment
  • 30 teaching rooms and a collaborative lecture theatre
  • a new Main Hall with soundproof wall, perfect for teaching and events like graduations
  • social learning spaces and a cafe
  • a new gateway into the Headington Campus.

At the Wheatley campus our current facilities include the Simon Williams Undergraduate Centre, an innovative social learning space. It provides a bright, open area, filled with up-to-date technology. Here students and staff can interact, collaborate and share ideas. There are workstations and areas for collaborative working, as well as facilities for practising group presentations.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Career prospects

Through studying economics extensively, you will benefit from rigorous training in quantitative skills, logical deduction, clear and concise verbal explanation and applications of theories and principles to various real-world situations. These skills are highly sought after by employers.

This course will prepare you to be an economist in government and public sector organisations as well as a range of positions in the accounting, banking and finance sectors. The transferable skills you develop will also prepare you for a variety of other business careers including marketing and general management.

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  • Course downloads

  • Undergraduate Business Degrees brochure 2018 - PDF
  • Course Structure Chart: Economics