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September 2023 / September 2024
Full time: 3 Years, or 4 if a work placement is chosen
Part time: Up to 8 years
UCAS Tariff Points
BSc (Hons) Economics is an exciting new programme that will equip you with the practical skills and knowledge required to thrive as an applied economist in a variety of topical contexts. The programme will focus on applying theoretical economics models to a variety of relevant topical issues such as:
- financial markets and crises
- the environment
While you transition through the degree, you will be exposed to a range of experiences that will shape you into a graduate who is connected, engaged with society and resilient enough to adapt seamlessly in an age of disruption. You will benefit from deep and active learning that will equip you to be confident and creative in seeking innovative solutions to some of the biggest issues that face our society, such as:
- financial instability
- sustainable development
- climate change
- technological innovation
How to apply
Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.
UCAS Tariff Points: 128
A Level: ABB
IB Points: 32
Specific entry requirements
GCSE: English (grade C/4 or above), Mathematics (grade C/4 or above)
Please also see the University's general entry requirements.
English language requirements
Please see the University's standard English language requirements.
International qualifications and equivalences
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.
Applications are also welcomed for consideration from applicants with international qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility, please see our country pages.
If you don’t achieve the required tariff points you can apply to join a foundation course, like Foundation in Business or an international foundation course to help to reach the required level for entry onto this degree.
Pathways courses for international and EU students
If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.
If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.
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.
Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.
Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.
Full time Home (UK) applicantsApply through UCAS
Part time Home (UK) applicantsApply direct to the University
International applicantsApply direct to the University
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
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Please note, tuition fees for Home 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.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.
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It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.||£20-60 per book|
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Funding your studies
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.
All financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
In your first year, you will take a common set of modules that will provide an insight into the various pathways and employability opportunities that a degree in economics makes available to you. You will apply theoretical economics to the spheres of finance, sustainability, entrepreneurship and innovation.
In year 2, you continue your study of economics, exploring topics such as the economics of enterprise and innovation, international trade, and ways to enhance your employability. Based on your interests, aptitude and career aspirations, you can choose specialist modules that form a focus for the rest of your degree or you have the flexibility to study a varied mix of options spanning finance, sustainability and innovation.
In Year 3 we encourage you to go on a work placement.
Your final year will prepare you to be a well-rounded graduate, capable of demonstrating a critical understanding of the applications of economic principles and policies from an international perspective.
Economics and Society in Context
Economics of Sustainability
Mathematics for Economics and Finance
Statistics for Economics and Finance
Work, Employment and Globalisation
Applied Econometrics OR History of Economic Thought
Economics of Enterprise and Innovation
Exploring and Enhancing Employability
Choose 2 optional modules from this list:
- The Great Derangement: Global Literature and the Climate Emergency
- Financial Marketings and Institutations
- International Finance
- Creativity and Innovation
- International Labour Markets (2 module credits)
Year 3 (optional placement year)
Optional Work Placement Year (includes a Placement Search and Preparation module in your second year)
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 Accounting and Economics have enjoyed exciting and intellectually challenging positions at organisations such as Deloitte, EY, GT, Metro Bank, Investec Bank, Marriott Hotels, Chelsea Football Club, Apple and Bosch. 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. Learn more about how Oxford Brookes Business School supports students secure a work placement.
Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)
Contemporary Issues in Economics
Open Data and Distributed Finance
Perspectives on Global Challenges (2 module credits)
Placement Learning (Compulsory for Sandwich Mode)
Choose 5 optional modules from the list:
- Environmental Economics
- Economic Growth
- Finance and Development
- Contemporary Issues in Finance
- Social Enterprise and Social Innovation
- Behaviourial Economics (1 module credit)
- Advanced Applied Economics (1 module credit)
Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.
Learning and teaching
In this course we use a blended approach, combining face-to-face teaching and e-learning activities.
Teaching and learning methods include:
- seminar discussions
- group presentations
- analysis of numerical data
- case study analysis
- discussions of topical material (such as newspaper articles, videos and websites)
- computer-based exercises.
The e-learning component includes:
- quizzes and diagnostic assessments
- online discussion groups.
Throughout the course you will have close contact with your tutors and academic adviser.
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Assessment methods used on this course
We will assess your progress with a variety of approaches including:
- case study analysis
Each semester, practice assessments help you identify key strengths and weaknesses. You will benefit from ongoing in-depth, specific feedback on:
- your work
- placement year
- voluntary charitable accounting experiences.
This allows you to know exactly which areas you need to focus on to do the best you can in your studies. As well as develop yourself for your future career.
Most teaching and assessment activities take place between Mondays and Fridays, 9am to 7pm. There may be occasions when such activities may fall outside of these hours.
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. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
After you graduate
This course will prepare you for a career in accounting or economics, but will also prepare you to join a general graduate training scheme, set up your own business or study at postgraduate level. You will have the opportunity to enhance your employability by taking part in our successful project which will provide you with an invaluable experience: Accounting for Community: Engaging Students (ACES), where, after free training, you can gain real-world experience by performing voluntary accounting roles at local charities and community groups.
Free language courses
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.
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our changes to programmes page.