Economics BA (Hons)

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.


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National Student Survey 2018

Economics at UCLan - ranked top in the UK for overall satisfaction and top in the North West for teaching on the course and academic support.

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Why study this course?

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 3 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.

Exciting Opportunities

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.

Key Information

  • 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

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

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  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104-112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106-112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104-112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent


Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

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Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

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Course Overview

Year 1

common to all 3 routes:

  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Applied Economics
  • The Business Environment
  • Introduction to Business Functions

Year 2

  • Intermediate Principles of Economics (BA/BSc Economics)
  • Methodology and Diversity in Economics (BA/BSc Economics)
  • Quantitative Methods in Economics (BSc Economics)

Plus options including- Economics of the European Union, Social Economics, European Economic Development, Global Environment of Business, Business Economics

Year 3

  • Economic Policy (BA/BSc Econ)
  • Philosophical Themes in Economics (BA Econ)
  • Market Modelling (BSc Economics)
  • Quantitative Dissertation

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


Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.


Strong 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.


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Important Information

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This course is based in the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry | 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.