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Undergraduate course

Economics and Business BA (Hons)

With a focus on practice, gain the economic skills required to work in a business environment.

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On our Economics and Business BA (Hons), you will learn the principles of economics and business across a range of settings. You will learn how economies work and how to make informed decisions that impact business and the wider society.

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  • UCAS Code – L2N4 | With placement year L3N4
  • Duration – 3 years full-time
  • Start date – September 2020, September 2021
  • School – York Business School

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

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Course overview

This degree challenges you to engage with economic theories and concepts. You will analyse their relevance in the modern day business environment. 

You will begin with a general grounding in business and economics. After this, topics include international trade, contemporary business economics, strategy and leadership.

You will develop an understanding of how economics impacts national and international business. These skills prepare you for work in business, government or the voluntary sector. The course focuses on finding solutions to real-life situations and scenarios.

Why choose this course:

  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of markets and economy.
  • To enhance your CV, we fund your membership of the Royal Economic Society during your study. Membership enables you to access competitions, grants, conferences, job market and symposiums. It also increases your professional profile as a future economist.
  • We invite a range of high profile guest speakers. Our partnerships provide a great opportunity for networking, internships and work related experiences.
  • Field trips, real-life economic projects and live experiments embedded in the programme.
  • Opportunity to compete in economics competitions within the University and further afield.
  • Opportunity to qualify as a Microsoft Office Specialist.
  • Opportunity to take a placement year, giving you chance to gain experience while studying.

Year in industry

All of our business students have the option of adding in a year in industry and / or a semester of studying abroad with one of our partners to their course. A year in industry gives students fantastic experience and is attractive to potential employers. This normally takes place after the second year of the course and extends the course duration by one year (15% of the standard tuition fee is chargeable). Study Abroad normally takes place for a semester of the second year of the course and doesn’t extend the course duration as credits achieved abroad count towards your degree.

You don’t need to decide whether you would like to take either of these options until after you have started the course with us.

Course structure

Level 1


  • Principles of Applied Economics

Develop your understanding of economic principles to learn to apply standard economic techniques. You will explore microeconomic and macroeconomic theories and how they affect business decisions.

  • Economic Policy and Practice

Explore the fundamental concepts and techniques of macroeconomic analysis in more depth. Learn how the Central Bank and Government affect inflation, consumption, economic growth and unemployment.

  • Organisational Behaviour in the Digital Age

Examine and assess key concepts and issues associated with behaviour in organisations. This module discusses the role of contemporary business in the modern digital age.

  • Business Analytics and the Blockchain

Gain a practical grounding in the skills and techniques necessary to conduct data analytics. The module introduces the blockchain and the scope of the blockchain industry. It covers some tasks that you face as a data analyst and give you chance to apply analytical techniques.

  • Understanding Customers and Market

Focusing on customer relationships, this module examines how organisations can analyse and segment markets to improve performance and profitability.

  • Practising Responsible Business Behaviours

This module considers ideas including stakeholder theory, the triple bottom line, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, the role of the state or of supra-national organizations.

Level 2


  • Labour Market Economics

This module explores factors that affect distribution of income, work, opportunities and inequality. We examine changes in the labour market and the effectiveness of government policy. There is a focus on data rather than theoretical models.

  • Industrial Economics

This module covers issues in everyday news. This includes anti-competitive practices and the effect of market power on consumer welfare. Also, incentives for product innovation, and the private and public effects of mergers.

  • Management Practice in Disruptive Times

Gain a broad understanding of the key concepts and principles of management and leadership. You will analyse your own management and leadership skills and devise a plan to improve.

  • Leading and Developing High Performing People

This module looks at management within a legal and ethical framework. You will apply learned theory and skills to improve business performance.

  • International Trade

This module explores international trade by understanding the underlying forces that drive it. International Trade draws upon ideas from economic theory, business strategy and political economy.

  • Research Methods

This module allows you to develop skills in the collection, analysis and reporting of data.

  • Professional Placement

Begin your transition from university into the workplace. It develops skills, knowledge and understanding in personal and professional areas.

  • Business, Creativity and Opportunism Skills for the Workplace of Today

Explore the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. You will establish what makes an entrepreneur, define creativity and innovation. You will learn how to recognise enterprise opportunities.

Level 3


  • Contemporary Business Economics:

This module has a contemporary focus, with the international business economics topics delivered chosen to address current issues of importance.

  • Managerial Economics

Gain a critical understanding of how to use economic concepts to solve business problems.

  • Beyond Economics: Understanding the Changing Global Economy

Analyse and evaluate the bridge between politics and economics on an international level.

  • Developing Organisational Strategy in the Digital World

This module examines theories and models used in strategic management and decision making. You will review existing practice.

  • Operations and Project Management

Understand the theoretical and practical issues relating to project management and operations management. 

  • Strategic Leadership for Innovation and Change

Understand leadership and how it influences innovation and change within organisations. You will identify how leaders may interact with individuals to raise their performance.

  • Business Ethics and CSR

This module provides an understanding of business ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

  • Global and cross-cultural marketing

Gain knowledge of marketing theory and operations at an international level. You will learn about international marketing practice by analysing product development. You will learn about issues relating to marketing across national and world-regional boundaries. 

  • Research Investigation

This module provides you with the opportunity to plan and conduct a piece of research. Choose between a traditional dissertation, an organisation based project, a business research project or a business creation project.

Teaching & assessment

This course including lectures, seminars, guest speakers, tutorials, workshops and a range of events and learning activities.

As a university student, there is an expectation that you will develop from a dependent learner to an independent one. This means you will undertake self-study and group learning.


You can expect to write reports, produce individual and group presentations, and have exams or tests. 

You will have chance for feedback before submission and will receive detailed feedback to help you improve. 

You will have access to study support including academic writing and research skills. This is to enhance your employability and career development.

Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language.

Calculate your tariff points.

Foundation Year

This course is available with a foundation year. This option is ideal if you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto a degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education. A foundation year prepares you for degree level study, giving you the confidence and skills needed to make the most of your course. Passing it guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Foundation courses

Advanced Entry

Considering transferring to join us in year 2 or 3 of our Business Courses?

Please see our Advanced Entry page for information on the courses available and how to apply.

Personal statements

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, either from an academic viewpoint, for example studying an economics related A Level, or through relevant work experience or placements.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Career plans
  • Attending workshops or seminars related to the chosen subject area
  • Showing leadership and teamwork skills through project work or awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh or sports teams, theatre groups etc.
  • Experience of work

Canditates may also look to undertake professional qualifications such as accounting qualifications or CIPD.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website. York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships. There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation

Tuition fees

Home / EU students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.


View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.


Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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