BSc Economics with Spanish

Start date
September
Duration
4 years
UCAS code
L1R4
Course Type
Undergraduate, Study abroad year
Fees

For 2020/21:
£9,250 (Home/EU students)
£18,780 (Overseas)

More fees and funding details.

This degree will develop your analytical and problem-solving skills, also giving you the confidence to speak another language in a variety of settings. Economics graduates that can apply their skills overseas have never been more sought after, opening up exciting new horizons for a successful international career.

Responsible economics

Every decision we make, as individuals and right up to the level of global business and government, is based on scarcity and choice. The world has limited resources – and they’re becoming more limited every day. ‘Responsible’ means making sure those resources are used strategically and fairly to make people and society as a whole better off.

In the Department of Economics within the University of Birmingham Business School, we teach Responsible Economics. More than that, we teach you to communicate what you have learnt and how it can be applied to prospective employers and to all the people who benefit from the making of informed decisions.

We will teach you the theory and you’ll be involved in our research from the start. We take learning to the next level, applying what is taught in lectures and seminars to real life problems and being able to communicate findings to stakeholders. In your first two years of study you will focus on core theory, applied economics and quantitative techniques. This provides you with the key skills needed to be an economist.

Your third year is spent abroad at one of our partner universities and is conditional upon you achieving the necessary grades. Your tutor will help you to choose the right course for you.

In your final year you will have the chance to focus on areas that reflect your interests, take modules in Economic Theory and Spanish Language and take advantage of the specialist research conducted by our staff.

I was impressed by the quality of teaching staff as they range across a broad spectrum of specialist fields and are all engaged in exciting research projects, of course providing several opportunities for students to help gather research if they are particularly interested. I found the department would often go out of their way to help you reach your potential and get the best knowledge and skills out of the experience. It is clear there is an intention for each student to leave well-rounded and have the advantage of a broad skill-set. After my University experience, I will be moving to London to begin my career with a multi-asset class investment fund where I will be a Financial Analyst.

Sonia Rehman, BSc Economics

Please be reassured that the vote to leave the European Union does not mean there will be any immediate material change to the UK university sector’s participation in EU programmes such as Erasmus and study abroad programmes. Visit our EU Referendum information page for more information.

Modules


First year


Core modules

You must also take one of the following: (dependent on whether you have A level Mathematics)

Second year


Core modules

Optional modules

Choose two modules from the following list:

Third year


  • Study abroad year

Final year


Core modules

You must take one or both of the following:

Optional modules

If taking one of the above, you will choose three modules from the optional modules list. If taking both, then two optional modules will be chosen. Optional modules include:


Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2020. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees

Home/EU students

Undergraduate Home/EU student fees 2020-21
Fee Band Full-time
Undergraduate £9,250

Overseas students entering in 2020-21

Overseas students entering in 2020-21
Fee Band (Undergraduate) Full-time
Band 2 £18,780

Visit our tuition fees page for more information.

Scholarships

At Birmingham we ensure that fears about finance do not constrain prospective students from considering university and that excellence is rewarded.

The University offers a range of additional financial support for students studying at Birmingham in the form of bursaries, grants and scholarships.

Learn more about our scholarships and awards. 

Scholarships

At Birmingham we ensure that fears about finance do not constrain prospective students from considering university and that excellence is rewarded.

The University offers a range of additional financial support for students studying at Birmingham in the form of bursaries, grants and scholarships.

Learn more about our scholarships and awards. 


For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website.

How To Apply

Apply through the UCAS website using code L1R4.

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

View further advice on 'How to apply for undergraduate courses', including advice for UK, EU and overseas applicants.

Standard offer

International Requirements



Number of A levels required:
3
Typical offer:
AAA
Required subjects and grades:
GCSE Mathematics at grade A. A Level Spanish at grade 7/A
General Studies:
not accepted

 

BTEC requirements

BTEC Extended Diploma 

Only the following subjects can be considered: Business, Information Technology (Note that the above are not suitable for LG13 unless offering Maths at A Level.  Not suitable for language options unless also offering a modern language in an appropriate subject and at appropriate level) 

BTEC Diploma 

Only the following subjects can be considered (in combination with 1 A Level): Business, Information Technology 

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma 

Only the following subjects can be considered (in combination with 2 A Levels): Business, Information Technology

International Students

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6,6,6 at Higher Level with a minimum of 32 points overall.

Standard English language requirements apply

Learn more about international entry requirements

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.

As part of the Birmingham Business School, you will be supported to achieve your best and that includes all aspect of your wellbeing. This includes making sure you have access to our extensive welfare services, mentoring programmes, student societies, including the Economics Society, and more. You will be part of a warm and extensive community in a vibrant city, building personal and professional relationships to last a lifetime.

You’ll be taught by an international faculty who research across all major areas of economics, using a combination of lectures and tutorials. We have staff working on Environmental Economics, Economic Theory, Development and International Economics, Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, Banking and Financial Economics. 

Find out more about our economics staff

How you'll be assessed

Your modules will be assessed using a combination of coursework, exams and tests, the mix of which will be dependent upon the modules you choose. During your year abroad, you will write two essays on Economics topics, one of which will be in Spanish.

Your personal tutor

From the moment you begin your economics degree you will have a personal tutor who will help to guide your academic progress and support your general wellbeing. They will meet you on a regular basis either individually or in a small group throughout the year.

Contact hours

You can expect around 15 contact hours per week, depending on your year of study and the optional modules you've chosen. The remainder of the week consists of self-guided study.

Professional Development Module

Our Professional Development Module is an option that offers a learning experience that will help bridge the gap between your studies and your future professional life.

Worth 20-credits in your final year, the module includes a work placement and is a great opportunity to learn in a professional setting related to your interests and your degree. You will have access to support from our dedicated Placements Team to help identify the best opportunity for you.

Responsible for your career prospects

As a graduate of Birmingham Business School and a Russell Group University, you are an attractive prospect to employers, of which there is an impressive pool within Birmingham itself: for example, ONS, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Bank of England, KPMG, Ernst and Young, etc.

Economics also gives you a wealth of transferrable skills that will be desirable if you decide to go on to work in a different field: from strategic, logical thinking to clear communication. 

Careers Network

Our award-winning Careers Network is a dedicated service for you. Our expert professionals can provide you with guidance and support to help you succeed after university. We hold workshops, fairs and 1:1 consultations to help you develop your skills. All the support you need is here for you, it’s up to you to make the most of it.

Visit the Careers Network website for more details

Exclusive to Birmingham - the Capgemini Challenge

Global consultancy firm Capgemini work exclusively with us every year to deliver a second-to-none consultancy training experience that you won’t find at any other UK university. Taking place over one week at Capgemini’s world-renowned facilities, this is an amazing opportunity to make a difference by enagaging in projects for charitable organisations.

Learn more about the challenge here