Economics BSc (Hons)

Economics BSc (Hons)

School of Business




Under- graduate



Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: three years, or four years with 48-weeks industrial placement or international study in Year 3. Part-time: five years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    L101; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

With global economics rarely out of the news, this challenging and rewarding degree provides a thorough grounding in the range of skills required by the modern economist. Through studying a mix of theoretical and applied modules, you’ll be trained to think like an economist and to apply rigorous, tried and tested techniques that give insight and guidance to government and business. You can take a number of optional modules in the fields of development economics, public sector economics and international financial economics.

You can choose to enter either our BA (Hons) Economics or our BSc (Hons) Economics programme, however, transfer between the two is still possible at the end of a common first year.  

Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 points at A2 - General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*Distinction*
Pass Access To HE: 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate: 28P
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: Maths and English grade C or equivalent

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma:
 Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28P
IELTS: 6.0 with no component lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C including Maths & English or equivalent 

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

common to all 3 routes:

  • Introduction to Economics 
  • Introduction to Applied Economics 
  • Business Decision Modelling 
  • Business Relationships 
  • Accounting and Finance for Managers 
  • Personal and Professional Development

Year 2

  • Intermediate Principles of Economics (BA/BSc Econ)
  • Methodology and Diversity in Economics (BA/BSc Econ) 
  • Quantitative Business Modelling (BSc Econ) 
  • Global Environment of Business
  • Business Economics

Plus options including- Economics of the European Union, Social Economics, Business Strategy, European Economic Development.

Year 3

  • Economic Policy (BA/BSc Econ)
  • Philosophical Themes in Economics (BA Econ) 
  • Market Modelling (BSc Economics) 
  • Business Statistics (BSc Economics) 
  • Strategic Management

Plus options including – Labour Market Economics, International Financial Economics, Europe and the World Economy, International Management, Public Sector Economics, Economics Dissertation

Further Information

This course provides a thorough grounding in the range of skills required by the modern economist. Briefly, these comprise: analysis and communication, numeracy and data handling, critical evaluation, conceptual thinking and advocacy and persuasion.

Economists are involved in the most fundamental decisions in the areas of health, education, transport, environment, criminal justice, planning and finance. Their skills are needed in all sectors of industry as well as by international non- and quasi- governmental agencies.

You will develop communication, behavioural and analytical skills through seminar activities. This may include presenting papers, discussing previously distributed papers, group work on case studies or the use of information technology for problem-solving.

Our two degree routes each emphasise a different aspect of the subject:

BA (Hons) Economics is for those who prefer a more reflective approach involving methodological analysis and an examination of the application of theory to policy.

BSc (Hons) Economics takes a more statistical/mathematical approach, giving greater weight to econometric analysis.


As a mature student, having worked in financial services for thirty years, studying economics at UCLan was a rewarding choice.



Economics as a degree places emphasis on numerical and problem-solving skills. This is reflected in the destinations of economics graduates as almost half of those working full-time in the UK enter professions that fall within the category of business, finance and associate professions. Our graduates have pursued a wide variety of careers – market analysts, financial analysts, retail managers, entrepreneurs, civil servants and academics. The subject is recognised as an intellectually demanding preparation for a wide range of professional occupations requiring high levels of both literacy and numeracy.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

Apply Now

You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,500 (per 20 credit module) (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

We have a strong business network between local and national businesses which you will benefit from. The companies we work with offer internships, placements, live projects and mentors to provide you with excellent practical experience. The School also offers a number of electives and options that provide students with an opportunity to gain an additional professional body qualification.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Students are taught by staff with a mix of academic and industry experience. Research interests include; globalisation, regional economics, labour market economics, the economics of the European Union and the economics of the built heritage. In addition, some staff are dedicated to helping students with industrial placements and have extensive links with potential employers. 


At UCLan, our students have a range of international opportunities to further develop their academic and professional development. We actively encourage our students and academics to apply for the University’s exclusive Travel Bursary Scheme, which provides financial support to students wishing to engage in international travel during the course of their academic study. You may also have the opportunity to study abroad.