BA (Honours) Business Economics with Foundation Year

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BA (Honours)

Business Economics with Foundation Year

Full-time Economics

Gain the practical skills to apply economic theory to the real world of business, an exciting and challenging fusion of analytical economics and hands-on business insights.

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    4/5 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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    What are the entry requirements?

    64 UCAS Points

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    What is the UCAS code?

    A061

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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    Placement year available?

    Yes


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Course summary

  • Develop deep analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Gain insights into economics, business and financial markets.
  • Enhance essential communication and teamwork skills for the economist profession.
  • Gain work experience with real-life projects and placements.

You’ll develop a well-rounded knowledge of the subject, exploring the theory and practice of business economics and intertwining them with real-world scenarios. You’ll be introduced to the fundamental concepts in economics that influence the daily choices of individuals, companies and governments – often with far-reaching consequences in global industry and regulatory contexts.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) course, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation course – which has been designed to encourage exploration and experimentation.


How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You’ll study our BA (Hons) Business Economics course at our Sheffield Business School, rated in the top 5% globally for excellence in teaching and research. Here, you’ll join a global community where business leaders, researchers and 7,000 business students all come together to solve problems and make things better. 

Our academics are highly skilled professionals, bringing their cutting-edge knowledge and diverse experience into the classroom. Not only are they academically qualified – they’ve also worked in various industries, with some actively engaged in current research. 

You learn through:

  • Lectures  
  • Tutorials  
  • IT sessions 
  • Regular formative feedback  
  • Teamwork and group-based learning  
  • Practice-based applied learning 
  • Authentic learning experiences  
  • Engagement with guest lectures 
  • Discussions  
  • Self-managed study
  • Problem-solving
  • Self-development activities

Key Themes

You’ll develop a strong understanding of business, economics and the skills you’ll need to evaluate the impact of economic policies on financial markets and businesses. You’ll learn how and when to use appropriate processes, tools and technologies to analyse economic and business data. With these skills you’ll be able to evaluate market trends, make informed investment decisions and measure their economic impact on businesses.  

As you progress, you’ll further refine these fundamentals through real-world projects, collaborating in teams to create reports, presentations and recommendations inspired by real industry challenges. This hands-on approach and our award-winning supportive learning environment will prepare you for careers in professional economic analysis, business, finance and consultancy – as well as many other sectors of the economy where analytical reasoning and economic knowledge are needed. 

Towards the course's conclusion, you'll undertake a consultancy project for a real organisation, guided by a dedicated project supervisor. In this capstone project, you'll conduct research and apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout your studies.

Course Support

You’ll be supported in your learning journey towards highly-skilled, graduate-level employment. This includes:  

  • Access to our student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development  
  • Access to our Skills Centre for support with one-to-ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments and assessment preparation  
  • Industry-specific employability activities, including work placements, live projects, simulated learning environments and networking opportunities

Course leaders and tutors

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Adeola Oyebowale
Lecturer in Finance and Risk Management

Lecturer in Finance and Risk Management

Applied learning

Live Projects

In your final year of the course, you'll engage in real client-based projects, performing research and analysis to generate findings and recommendations that address client business problems. You’ll present your findings to the client, gaining valuable experience of professional practice.

Previous students have undertaken projects for various organisations, including HSBC, the Bank of England, Costa Coffee, Sheffield City Council, Liberty Steel and the RSPCA.

Additionally, many smaller organisations have also benefited from our students' contributions. It's worth noting that students have often secured permanent employment contracts with host companies as a direct result of the outstanding work they've performed on these live projects.

Work Placements

Between your third and fourth years of the course, you'll have the opportunity to embark on a sandwich placement – a vital step in preparing for your future career within the industry you've been studying.

During this placement, you'll gain practical skills, including proficiency in new software, managing marketing campaigns, developing pricing strategies, optimising business processes, achieving sales targets and crafting financial reports. This hands-on experience will equip you with valuable workplace insights to enhance your readiness for your future career – as well as an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV.

Our dedicated placement team will provide guidance and support at every stage, from your initial application to the successful completion of your placement.

Previous students have secured positions at organisations such as Investec, Adidas, Airbus UK, the NHS, the Metropolitan Police, Bosch, Lloyds Bank, PwC, HSBC and Santander.

Networking Opportunities  

Throughout the course, there are numerous opportunities for you to engage with career planning and development, career fairs and workshops, employer presentations, field visits and professional career advisers.  

These are all great chances to enhance your confidence, skills development and future employability.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:  

  • Economics 
  • Business consultancy
  • Business management  
  • Financial consultancy
  • Public services

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for: 

  • PwC
  • GE
  • Lloyds Bank
  • The Civil Service (e.g. Department for Work and Pensions)
  • Investec
  • Airbus UK
  • Adidas
  • The NHS
  • The Metropolitan Police
  • Bosch
  • HSBC
  • Santander

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

Construction of the new Sheffield Business School is underway – providing state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities and social space to students. 

On this course, you’ll have access to: 

  • Our virtual learning environment – Blackboard sites 
  • Updated office software 
  • Accounting software  
  • Bloomberg terminals 
  • Our financial trading floor  
  • A physical and online library with databases and digital books, journals, newspapers, and magazines

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 64

This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications excluding general studies For example:

  • CC at A Level
  • MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • Pass overall from a T level qualification with D or E from core
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language at grade C or 4 or equivalent
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent

ACCESS

  • Access to HE Diploma, with at least 45 level 3 credits.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Accounting In Context
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(70%) , Practical(30%)
Economics, Finance And Investments
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Going Global
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Preparing For Success
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Data Analysis For Economics And Business
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Maths For Economics
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Principles Of Micro And Macro Economics
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Understanding People And Cultures
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 3

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Economic Analysis And Policy
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(40%) , Exam(60%)
Multinational Enterprises And Foreign Direct Investment
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(40%) , Exam(60%)
Principles Of Management Decision Making
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Alternative Perspectives In Economics
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Cyber Crime
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Fraud Analytics
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Global Climate Emergency
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 4

Optional modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Placement Year
Credits -
Assessment
Final year

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Advanced Issues In Economics
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(40%) , Exam(60%)
Behavioural Economics
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Consultancy Project
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Strategy In The Global And Digital Environment
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Financial support for home/EU students

How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Economics courses (PDF, 263KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

 

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