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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, 4 years with a placement or foundation year
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – York Business School

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

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

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

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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

At level one (year one), the modules are designed to give you a grounding in the key theoretical areas of economics and business. You will study six modules each worth 20 credits and will be introduced to a range of specialist subject areas.


Compulsory modules:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Optional modules:

Developing Analysis Techniques: Mathematical and statistical skills are essential for various academic programmes. This module introduces essential quantitative methods for modelling and analysing financial data. In addition, statistics and probability concepts will be discussed and applied to various events. These theories will then be used to analyse practical situations and contribute to obtain necessary information for problem solving. This module feeds into level – five module “Applied Econometrics”.

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.

All modules are worth 20 credits unless stated otherwise


Level 2


Compulsory modules:

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.

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

Controversies in 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.

Optional modules:

Labour 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.

Financial Analysis and Application: This module aims to develop your understanding of the financial environment.  It will look at key sources of information for decision makers and look at the decision maker’s needs. You will gain an understanding of the key statements in published financial accounts and how to analyse and interpret the information presented.  It will also look at key information for financial decision makers inside organisations. This will include budgetary control, short term and long-term decision making.

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.

All modules are worth 20 credits unless stated otherwise

Level 3


Compulsory modules:

Research Investigation (40 credits): 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.

Critical Economic Policy: This module builds on and applies previous learning in the course to critically examine economic policy issues of contemporary importance. There is some emphasis on engaging with recent research and with methodological debates within the economics discipline – but always with the aim of applying the insights gained to problems of practical importance.

Optional modules:

Operations and Project Management: Understand the theoretical and practical issues relating to project management and operations management. 

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.

Beyond Economics: Understanding the Changing Global Economy: Analyse and evaluate the bridge between politics and economics on an international level.

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

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 Corporate Social Responsibility: 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. 

All modules are worth 20 credits unless stated otherwise



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:

104 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

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements. Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

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 depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry onto this course is £9,250 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

International 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a student visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While 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.

Study Abroad

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

Accommodation and living costs

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

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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