BA (Hons) Business Economics

Business Economics - BA (Hons)

Key Facts

​​​​UCAS Code: L101
Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Management

Course Length:
Three years full-time. Four years full-time if undertaking foundation year.

Also available part-time and can take up to six years.


Course Overview

​The unique strength of our BA (Hons) Business Economics degree is the clear emphasis on application and critical understanding. Therefore, we are proud to be the first new university to adopt the new CORE curriculum. As one of the main aspects of the programme is business you will also be taught management techniques to give you the edge in the business world. 

Our Economics tutors work with organisations such as the Government Economic Service to ensure our curriculum is cutting edge and relevant. ​​

Economics degrees at Cardiff Met were ranked as the best in Wales according to the Guardian University League Table 2016 and 2017.

Course information on this page relates to September 2017 entry.

​Course Content​​

​Foundation Year (Year 0):​

This programme incorporates a foundation year, which is intended for students wishing to enrol onto the three-year honours degree, who fall into one of the following categories:

​​1. Students who have not achieved the required A-level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.

Further information about the foundation year can be found by clicking here.


Year One:
In the first year you will get an introduction into the world of economics, as well as being equipped with the necessary quantitative and academic skills to succeed not only in your studies, but more importantly in your future careers. Furthermore, you will get a wider perspective with an introduction to accounting and the theory and practice of entrepreneurship. Managers need to be able to understand the information provided by accountants and some might opt to found their own business.

Moduels (all core):

  • The Economy
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Academic Skills For Business
  • Entrepreneurship and Enterprise
  • Finance For Managers
  • Business Applications

Year Two:
In the second year you study economics at a more advanced level. You learn how to undertake financial planning in a business and how to do research. You also find out how to develop a business. Furthermore, you will study game theory (Where you learn how to act strategically, taking possible actions of others into account.), and how to undertake data research. As with all CSM courses a workplace module is also included in the second year of study to prepare students for their careers after completing their studies.

Modules (core):

  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Financial Planning for Business
  • Developing a Business
  • Research Skills for Economists
  • Work Experience
  • Quantitative Methods 2

Modules (optional):

  • World Economy
  • Information Economics
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Games in Business and Politics
  • Money, Banking and Risk
  • Creativity and Innovation Management

Year Three:
The third year focuses on applying economics, but also explores strategic management. Again there will be the opportunity to specialise in areas like public economics (which is all about the economic tools important for governments) and monetary economics (Why and how money is important and what central banks do).

Modules (core):


  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Applied Macroeconomics
  • Strategic Management

Modules (optional):

  • Dissertation
  • Econometrics
  • Enterprise Project
  • Money and Credit
  • Public Policy Economics
  • Financial Management for Managers
  • Investment Management
  • Business Structures and Regulation
  • Doing Business in East Asian Countries
  • Ethical and Moral Leadership
  • Knowledge Management
  • International Business and Cultural Diversity

Learning & Teaching

We are committed to providing you with the necessary support to enable you to realise your full potential. Our innovative teaching methods include experiments and the very latest teaching materials.


A wide range of methods are used including tests, presentations, reports, essays, and examinations.​

Employability & Careers​

Economists are in demand in both the private and public sector. They can be skilled managers, researchers, analysts and strategists. ​Research shows that Economics students have higher average earnings than most other graduates, including those studying a general business degree. Figures published by the Complete University Guide in 2015​, show an average starting salary of £26,630 for Economics graduates.​

Work Placements:
The provision of work-placements as an assessed part of your academic programme of learning is so important that we provide you with the opportunity to undertake placement as part of your second year studies. We have strong links with the business community and the work-placement programme is designed to enhance your future employability prospects.​

Progression to postgraduate study within the Cardiff School of Management is also an option.​

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2017 entry and use the new UCAS tariff.  Please refer to our Entry Requirements for further information on the new tariff, or contact Admissions if you have any questions.

Foundation route:

Applicants must have a minimum of five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England)​ and 32 UCAS Tariff Points from at least 1 A level (or equivalent).


Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England)​, plus 112 points from at least 3 A levels (or equivalent)  Typical offers may include:

  • 112 points from at least 3 A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma considered as the third subject

  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit

  • 112 points from at least 3 Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD

  • 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 3 x H2 grades.  Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4

  • 112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search​ for entry requirements.​

Candidates who do not posses​s normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually by members of the course team on the basis of their prior learning or working background.

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit ​

Selection Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application.

How to Apply:​
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Marco Gundermann: 
Tel: 029 2041 7142 ​

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting