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BA (Hons) Business Economics

Business Economics - BA (Hons) Degree


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 or year-long sandwich placement. Five years full-time if undertaking foundation year and year-long sandwich placement.

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

Part-time fees:
Charges are per single module unless specified: undergraduate = 10 credits. Generally students will study 60 credits per year; to obtain a true costing please clarify this by contacting the programme leader directly.

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 2019 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 finance, law and business in a global context. 

Students will complete 120 credits of compulsory modules in Year 1. 

Modules (compulsory): 

  • The Economy: Microeconomics (20 credits) 
  • The Economy: Macroeconomics (20 credits) 
  • Quantitative Methods (20 credits) 
  • Business in a Global Context (20 credits) 
  • Legal Foundation for Business (10 credits) 
  • Finance For Managers (20 credits) 
  • Business Applications (10 credits) 

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. 

Students will complete 100 credits of compulsory modules and will be able to select 20 credits from the range of available optional modules. 

Modules (compulsory): 

  • Intermediate Microeconomics 
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics 
  • Financial Planning for Business 
  • Business Development and Finance 
  • Research Skills for Economists 
  • Work Experience 
  • Quantitative Methods 2 

 Modules (optional): 

  • Information Economics 
  • Investment Markets & Principles 
  • Digital Business 
  • Intercultural Awareness for Business 
  • History of Economic Thought 
  • World Economy 
  • Games and Organisational Behaviour 
  • Money, Banking and Risk 
  • Contemporary Issues in International Political Economy 

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). Students will complete 60 credits of compulsory modules and will be able to select 60 credits from the range of available optional modules, including a choice of a Dissertation or Project. 

Modules (compulsory): 

  • Applied Microeconomics 
  • Macroeconomics: Theory and Application 
  • Strategic Management 

Modules (optional): 

  • Dissertation (40 credits or 30 credits) 
  • Intermediate Applied Econometrics 
  • Enterprise Project 
  • Money and Credit 
  • Economic Tools for Government 
  • Financial Management for Managers 
  • Investment Management 
  • Industrial Economics 
  • International Political Economy 
  • 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. Modules are typically taught through a mixture of lectures and seminars/workshops and all modules are supported by Moodle, the virtual learning environment.


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 2016​, show an average starting salary of £28,000 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

Foundation route:

Applicants will preferably 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 two A levels (or equivalent)  

Typical offers may include:

  • 112 points from at least two A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject

  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM

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

  • 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades.  Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4

  • 112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

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.​ Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

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

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

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

How to Apply:​
Full-time applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at Part-time applications should be made direct to the University at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at​.

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3
If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Mature students

A mature applicant is anyone over the ago of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

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, Nasir Aminu: 
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