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BA (Hons) Business Economics with Foundation Year

TARIFF: 32 - 56
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2022

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Studying a BA (Hons) Business Economics degree gives you the building blocks needed to develop the skills needed to work in the fast-paced and adaptive world of business. The course will allow you learn fundamental principles of economics and understand how they affect international finance, public policies and business management.
You will hear directly from industry experts during guest lectures which will ensure you learn the latest developments and top tips to succeed in the workplace. In addition to this you will also have the chance to put your knowledge into action by working with other students on real-life scenarios and business challenges, making sure you are ready for a career in financial consultancy, data analysis, research, risk management or investment.
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We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.

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For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.   

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Why study this subject?

Do you have an inquisitive and problem-solving nature? Do you like to get to the bottom of a question and find the best possible solution for the masses? Then studying economics is an exciting opportunity for you to learn more about how the world around you functions on a logistical level.

This degree allows you the chance to study the factors that influence income, wealth and well-being at a more in-depth level. A BA (Hons) Business Economics degree is perfect for those who want to make a real difference in the world, it provides a solid platform for a variety of careers, including economist, financial analyst, actuary and public sector roles.

You will learn about the allocation, distribution and utilisation of resources, and how such knowledge and skills can be utilised to make a positive impact upon the economy and social well-being.

Having a background in economics is a brilliant opportunity to learn and develop many interdisciplinary skills. It provides a diverse range of careers in government, financial, business, non-profit and technology sectors that make graduates with a Business Economics degree highly desirable in the post-university workplace.

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Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

BNU is a vibrant and diverse university that has student experience at its heart. Our high teacher to student ratio guarantees that you will receive continual and first-hand support throughout your degree, which will allow you to stretch and excel your abilities and graduate with a versatile and in-demand degree.

We pride ourselves on our employer led student focused approach to our courses. A key feature of this programme is that it provides the chance to blend both the latest industry insights with best practice workplace skills, enhancing the employability of our graduates.

This programme has been specially designed by our industry experienced lecturers. Being able to gain the crucial experience and skills needed during your time at university is the intention of this vocationally focused course. The curriculum is strongly influenced by, and based upon, industry expectations of the skills, attributes and competencies needed for graduates to pursue a rewarding career in different roles and sectors.

You will have the opportunity to challenge yourself academically and discover your strengths whilst drawing on the wealth experience of our industry experienced lecturers. There are various modules on this course that will provide the chance for you to engage with real-life scenarios and work-related assignments and activities.

We are all about making sure you gain the relevant experience needed to thrive in a post graduate workplace. We work with industry guest lecturers and companies to create specialised lectures, supervised mentoring, live briefs and events to help you apply your knowledge to business specific situations.

What will I study?

During your foundation year you will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of business and study topic areas like, creativity, self-development, responsibility, business studies and inquiry based learning to provide you with a solid basis for your study of business economics.

From day one you will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of microeconomics and macroeconomics and learn about the impacts of economics on society. The business environment will be examined, with its interconnected business functions, against a context of volatility, uncertainty and change, and a demand for agile and effective decision-making. Basic mathematical and statistical methods of analysis will be utilised. You will start to consider the career opportunities available to you and take control of your own personal and professional development, a responsibility that will crucially remain across the whole degree programme.

In your second year you will explore the concepts, principles and theories of microeconomics and macroeconomics at a more advanced level. The links between economics, the social sciences and other subject areas will be considered, including, finance, law, ethics and politics. You will develop and expand on your mathematical and statistical methods within econometrics, a quantitative and modelling approach to developing or testing economic theories and forecasting future trends.

In the final year, you will become a motivated and independent learner, with the ability to use and critique information from different sources, and to inspect business problems, challenges and opportunities from a strategic perspective. Their understanding of finance will be consolidated and extended, alongside coverage of other business-focused imperatives of corporate governance and change management. The application of both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies will be emphasised, as a basis for analysing complex problems and economic phenomena. The Dissertation or Consultancy Project is a significant and meaningful endeavour, which gives students the opportunity to apply what they have learned on their course to some interesting project or problem.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

At Buckinghamshire New University we like to foster an interactive and student focused teaching style where we blend lectures, workshops, independent study, case studies, live briefs and guest speakers to enhance the learning experience.

Ensuring you are workplace ready is an important part of how we teach our course. Work and activities within each module, including the formal assessments, have a strong focus on real world scenarios. There are a variety of assessments across the course, to allow you to gain exposure to the variety of situations you will face in your professional life, but to also direct and focus your learning of many interesting, and career-relevant, topics.

Our lecturers work hard to design assessments to help you to learn and apply relevant knowledge, concepts and skills, whilst developing those competencies and characteristics needed to be successful in education and employment.

We set a variety of assessments across the three years of the degree; they include:

  • essays
  • reports
  • presentations
  • group tasks
  • exams.

You will complete either a Dissertation or a Consultancy Project in your final year. You will have the opportunity to carry out an individual in-depth investigation on a topic of interest, and to further develop your skills in research, problem solving and critical analysis. The project will be selected by you in consultation with your chosen supervisor and can involve a local company or business sponsor. Other modules, assignments and projects on the course will have strong work-relevance, with potential involvement of external parties or employer engagement.

Placements Plus

BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

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BA (Hons) Business Economics Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 32 - 56

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.



This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Introduction to Business Studies

Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity

Preparing for Success: Self-Development and Responsibility

Inquiry Based Learning

Year 2 Modules

Global Business Environment

Economics and Society

Principles of Macroeconomics

Principles of Microeconomics

Quantitative Methods

Graduate Challenge

Career Viewpoint

Data Insights for Business Decisions

Year 3 Modules

Contemporary Business Economics

Corporate Business Law

Financial Management

Financial Markets and Institutions

Intermediate Macroeconomics

Intermediate Microeconomics

Introduction to Econometrics

International Political Economy

Year 4 Modules

Research Methods

Strategic Agility

Corporate Governance and Ethics

International Finance

Applied Econometrics

Change Management and Organisation Development

Dissertation (optional)

Consultancy Project (optional)

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£9,250 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£14,250 per year

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects? 

Our course team are committed to ensuring that you have plenty of opportunity to pursue your interests outside the lecture theatre. They work closely with the University’s careers advisors to ensure that you are connected to opportunities for volunteering, work experience and internships. The careers team will also be on hand to help support you with any application processes and advise on how selection processes work. Take a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

Student employability is embedded into all that we do at BNU, we want to make sure that you graduate and leave us feeling confident in the discipline knowledge, transferable skills, personal attributes and business awareness that you have developed during your course. We want to give you everything you need to impress employers looking for new recruits. We are proud that our BNU graduates will have certain defining characteristics, in terms of, knowledge and its application, creativity, social and ethical awareness and responsibility, leadership and other skills and capabilities.

As this programme provides a grounding in all areas of business economics, it also offers the opportunity to focus on a particular area of interest for postgraduate study, either on a full-time basis or part-time whilst working.  You may choose to study for the PG Certificate in Business Leadership or the IMBA offered by the University.

Did you know?

We are one of the top 10 UK universities mostly likely to produce graduates who go on to own or manage a business (Capital on Tap, 2021), find out more about this excellent news.