Business Economics - BA (Hons) 

Course Overview

The unique strength of our course is the clear emphasis on application and critical understanding. As the emphasis is on 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 Economics Service, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland, Roubini Global Economics, The Economist Intelligence Unit and the International Monetary Fund: these links ensure our curriculum is cutting edge and relevant.

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 micro and macroeconomics, 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.

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.

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).

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. The average starting salary for Economics graduates is £25,000 (as at December 2012).

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.

Entry Requirements

Foundation route:
Applicants must have a minimum of five GCSE passes grade A-C including English Language and Mathematics or equivalent and 80 UCAS Tariff Points (or equivalent) from at least one A Level.

Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics (at least grade C) or equivalent, plus one of the following:

  • 280 points from A Levels / Scottish Advanced Higher passes to include grades CC
  • QCF BTEC Diploma / Extended Diploma 280 points
  • 280 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers (C2 minimum grade considered)
  • Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3
  • 280 points from the Welsh Baccalaureate to include grades CC at A level or equivalent, Core counted as third subject

If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

Applicants with less than 280 UCAS points will be considered on their merits and should contact the Programme Director for further information.

Candidates who do not possess 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.

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

Key Facts

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

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Management
Llandaff Campus

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.

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

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

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available please refer to For additional costs please refer to

Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

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

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

Come and see us
If you’d like to find out more, then why not come and see us at one of our undergraduate Open Days. To book a place, click here.

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