Business Economics BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry

I had the great opportunity to work for a London-based firm in my Professional Training year, and this proved to be an invaluable life-learning experience.

Why Surrey?

Our Business Economics programme combines a broad basis of economics study with a specific focus on how businesses operate, placing less emphasis on mathematical techniques than other Economics programmes. You will acquire the tools needed to analyse a wide range of business problems such as how businesses interact, their role within the economy, and the strategic decisions taken by management.

Our Economics programmes are ranked top ten in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018. 

Programme overview

As a student of our Business Economics programme you will develop skills that are highly sought-after in today’s challenging economic environment as organisations strive to solve increasingly complex problems. You will build analytical problem-solving capabilities, develop quantitative and data analysis proficiency, improve your computing skills, and polish your written and oral presentation talents.

The student experience at the School of Economics is vital to the success of our programmes and, through a combination of lectures, tutorials, feedback and workshop sessions, you will be encouraged to express yourself and supported to achieve your full potential in a warm and friendly study environment.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Teaching

Teaching on the programme is by lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshop sessions, which absorb about twelve hours each week. The purpose is to use, rather than just study, economics.

In tutorials we encourage you to present your own ideas and develop the verbal skills that will stand you in good stead for the future. Classes and workshops are practical sessions in which you will develop the ability to apply and use economics. For each hour of teaching, you are expected to spend two to three hours in private study. There are also modules where you are required to work in groups.

We pride ourselves on the levels of supervision you receive, creating a warm and friendly environment in which to study.

The student experience at the School of Economics is vital to the success of our programmes and, through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshop sessions, you’ll be encouraged to express yourself and develop your full potential.

Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

We encourage you to add an international experience to your degree by studying overseas during your second year (typically in the autumn if only for one semester).

Our partners complement our commitment to excellence in teaching and research and enable students to enhance their international outlook. If you choose to study at one of the European partners, you will be eligible for an Erasmus grant.

Taking part in the exchange programme is an invaluable experience that will expand your knowledge of economics, broaden your horizons, enhance your CV and enrich your life on a personal and professional level.

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

Our Professional Training placements offer you the opportunity to put your skills and understanding of economics into practice in a real­world environment, gaining invaluable experience for your future career.

Placements are available in a range of organisations, from large corporations to City institutions or government departments.

Graduate prospects

Economic decisions are at the heart of every society, shaping the future of individuals, organisations, regions and nations. This hints at the variety of careers available to economists and the range of skills you can expect to develop by studying one of our programmes.

Graduates from our programmes are highly successful in securing quality jobs. The ‘problem­solving’ nature of the subjects, the topical and applied focus of our programmes and the experience gained on your Professional Training placement greatly appeal to employers.

Recent graduates from the School of Economics have entered employment with organisations such as:

  • British Petroleum
  • Ernst & Young (EY)
  • Fathom Consulting
  • Fitch Ratings
  • Ford Motor Company Ltd
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • HM Treasury
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Office for National Statistics
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • State Street Bank
  • UBS Investment Bank
  • Unilever 

Additional costs

There are no associated costs for this programme.

Optional expenses

Students may wish to purchase a STATA software licence for 6-12 months - £35-75 approx. Students may also want to buy an EViews software licence - £35.

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: AAA.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade A (7) (or equivalent).

Applicants must have achieved these GCSE grades at the time of making their application.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Distinction, and A-level Mathematics.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade A(7) (or equivalent).

Applicants must have achieved the GCSE grades at the time of making their application.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: D*DD.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade A(7) (or equivalent).

Applicants must have achieved these GCSE grades at the time of making their application. 

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 76%.

GCSE or equivalent: Maths 6 and either English Language (1/2) 6or English Language (3)7.

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 34.

GCSE or Equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and either Maths HL4/SL4 or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Scottish Highers

Overall: AAAAB.

GCSE or Equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C. Maths - Scottish National 5 - A.

Applicants must have achieved the Scottish national grades at the time of making their application. 

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with AAA from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade A(7) (or equivalent).

Applicants must have achieved the GCSE grades at the time of making their application.

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

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Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates may be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years LN11 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years LN12 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

How to apply

Find out how and when to apply to study at Surrey.

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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