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Economics

BSc (Hons) |
An undergraduate Economics degree from City will give you the skills and experience you need for the graduate job market or further study. Learn more here.

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UCAS code: L100UCAS tariff: 300.Applicants with 280 and above may be considered.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016

Duration

3 years or 4 years with work placement option.

Fees

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,000 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £15,000 per year (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)

UCAS code

L100

Who is it for?

This course develops students understanding of current economic theory and practice and the technical mathematics and statistics that underpin them. The degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to apply economic theory to a range of specialisms.

Objectives

Economics is an extremely popular field of study and covers the broad areas of production, distribution, and the consumption of goods and services.

In this Economics BSc course, we further break down the subject into specific economic concepts and theories and provide you with an opportunity to study more specialised subject areas as you advance into your final year.

Of the three undergraduate Economics courses we offer at City, this degree gives you the greatest flexibility in terms of future choices regarding career and postgraduate study. Learn more about our Economics postgraduate courses.

Its structure and content have been designed and updated to strengthen your understanding of key concepts and tools to highlight the practical link between theory and real-world applications.

In addition, it provides you with opportunities to broaden your horizons by taking advantage of our European exchange and placement-year schemes and through the activities of our student-led Economics Society.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A' Level: 340 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades AAB or ABB plus one 'AS' level. Other qualification combinations achieving 340 UCAS tariff points will be considered
  • IB: 33 points
  • GCSE: English Language and Mathematics at grade B (or equivalent).

Access to Higher Education

We welcome Access course applicants from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits.

A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits, 45 of which at Level 3. These Level 3 credits must include at least 27 at distinction and 18 at merit.

It is essential the Access course qualification is supplemented by at least a grade B in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE.

Please be aware that Access students are often asked for further information to supplement their application, this is normally in the form of a questionnaire.

Other UK qualifications accepted include:

  • BTEC National Diploma (DDD required, plus B in Mathematics and English at GCSE)
  • Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
  • Advanced Diploma (plus appropriate 'A' Levels)
  • Scottish Advanced Highers
  • Welsh Diploma (plus appropriate 'A' Levels)

Second-year transfer applicants

If you wish to apply for second-year entry please be aware that you must:

  • have achieved grades equal to the entry requirements for first-year entry ('A' Levels, foundation years, access courses, etc.)
  • be gaining or have gained at least a 2:1 in every module in your current first year. You must provide official documentation of this as evidence (e.g. university transcript).
  • have covered sufficiently similar content to that covered by our first-year students. This is a very demanding requirement. Our first year students spend half their time on mathematics and statistics. The majority of applications for second year entry are rejected because the applicant does not have enough mathematics or statistics.

If you feel you meet these requirements then please apply through UCAS as early as possible (transfer students normally apply when their first semester exam results are published) and we can then assess your eligibility. Please be aware you will need to select your 'point of entry' as year two.

Please note: For direct second-year entrants the overall degree classification will be based on the marks obtained at City University London only, with the weighting of 33/67 between the second and third year. Marks previously obtained will not be used in the degree classification.

If you choose to apply, please make sure you include the following information on your application:

  • the exact name of the degree you are studying towards
  • the institution at which you are studying
  • the modules you have taken
  • any scores you have achieved.

This information will enable us to make a more informed decision as to whether the content that you have studied is to an appropriate level for level-two entry.

Please be aware that you must meet all of the above requirements, otherwise your application is unlikely to be successful.

International

International Baccalaureate (IB)

33 points

European Baccalaureate

80%

International Foundation Programme

The entry requirements for applicants applying having completed such programmes varies in relation to the specific programme completed. Typically, we would ask for applicants to have achieved at least 70% in a programme verified by the university, for an applicant to be made an offer.

INTO City University London

INTO City University London offers:

These courses offer a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose-built study facilities.

International Qualifications

The School of Arts and Social Sciences accepts students from across the globe. Qualifications from where we receive most of our international applications are shown below. If your qualifications are not listed here, we may still accept you, so please feel free to contact our UG admissions team for advice.

Please be aware you can apply for a course here before you sit your school leaving qualifications. Any offer we decide to make you will be conditional on you achieving the appropriate score in your school leaving qualifications, in conjunction with your English language qualification. This can be done from September the year before the programme to which you are applying.

Accepted qualifications include:

  • Australian school leaving certificates. (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of 90%)
  • Bulgarian Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of at least 5.8)
  • Canadian school leaving certificates. (Offer typically made on the basis of a score between 80-90%)
  • China (School leaving qualifications are not accepted. Applicants would need to complete a satisfactory International Foundation Programme to be accepted. See below for details)
  • Cypriot Apolytirion:
    Apolytirion 17, + two A Levels, grades A and B minimum, or
    Apolytirion 18, + one A Level, grade A, or
    Apolytirion 19, without A Levels.
  • Czech Matura (Offer typically made on the basis of 1.0 overall, including 1.0 in Maths)
  • French Baccalauréat (Offer typically around 13/20)
  • German Abitur (Offer typically around 1.8)
  • Greek Apolytirion:
    Apolytirion 17, + two A Levels, grades A and B minimum, or
    Apolytirion 18, + one A Level, grade A, or
    Apolytirion 19, without A Levels.
  • Hong Kong Advanced Level (AAB)
  • Indian HSC/ISC/SSC grade XII (Offer typically made on the basis of 80% average, including 80% in Mathematics)
  • Italian Esame di Stato (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of 80% with a grade of 8/10 in Mathematics)
  • Israeli Bagrut (Offer typically made on the basis of a score between 85-90%)
  • Lithuanian Brandos Atestatas (Offer typically made on the basis of an average score of 9/10 from all A and B subjects)
  • Malaysian Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan (STPM AAA)
  • Norwegian Vitnemål  (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of at least 5.0)
  • Pakistani 'A' Levels (offer in line with UK 'A' Levels. Typical offer AAA)
  • Polish Matura (Offer typically made on the basis of an applicant achieving at least 85% across three extended level subjects)
  • Russian (The Atestat is not sufficient for direct entry on to our undergraduate degree. Applicants would have to complete a satisfactory International Foundation Programme, please see below for details)
  • Singapore/Cambridge GCE Advanced Level (AAA at Higher 2)
  • Spanish Título de Bachillerato (Offer typically made on the basis of the applicant achieving between 8-9/10)
  • Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) - Any offer typically made on the basis of AAA.
  • Turkish Lise Bitirme Diplomasi (Most students from Turkey will be required to take an International Foundation Programme, but students from selected schools may be able to apply for direct entry to an undergraduate degree. To enquire about your eligibility, please use the link provided below)
  • USA Advanced Placement and SAT:
  1. 3 x AP with 5,5,4 from group A subjects. If not taking Calculus AB must also have SAT Maths 600, plus SAT Critical Reading and Writing both at 550 or above;
  2. 3 x SAT subject tests with 650 minimum in any two and 600 in the third. If not taking Maths level 1 must also have SAT Maths 600, plus SAT Critical Reading and Writing both at 550 or above;
  3. 2 x SAT subject tests with 650 minimum in each plus 2 x AP group A subjects with 5,4.  If not taking AP Calculus AB or SAT Maths level 1 must also have SAT Maths 600, plus SAT Critical Reading and Writing both at 550 or above;
  4. Applicants with a combination of AP group A and B subjects to be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact the department for further guidance, if required.

All applicants whose education is not in English will be required to achieve the appropriate IELTS score.

English requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

English language programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Find out more about:

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through UCAS. You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
Rosehill, New Barn Lane,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ
www.ucas.com

UCAS Customer Service Unit telephone numbers:

  • For callers in the UK: 0871 468 0 468
  • For callers outside the UK: +44 (0)871 468 0 468
For callers with hearing difficulties
  • From the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0 468
  • From outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0 468.
You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options. UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can only see their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities. You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2016 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2015 and 15 January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 will be considered only at the University's discretion. When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process, please contact the
Admissions Office.

T: +44 (0)20 7040 8716/0223
E: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, you should contact the admissions tutor for that course (please see the course description for contact details).

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Placements

You have the opportunity to undertake a one-year work placement between years two and three of your Economics BSc (Hons) degree at City. Our Careers Service will work with you to identify the best means of finding a placement. We also have a designated member of academic staff in charge of placements. You will stay in close contact with your personal tutor throughout your year on placements, including a visit to your place of work.

Recent Economics placements

Recent Economics undergraduate students have undertaken placements at organisations including:

  • HM Treasury
  • RBS Group
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Financial Ombudsman Service

Students completing a placement during their degree will graduate with a "BSc in Economics with Integrated Professional Training".

Unparalleled careers service for students

Our commitments to our students go beyond providing them with a world-class degree after graduating. Our careers service helps you find work placements, provide CV support and host networking events where you can meet potential new employees and alumni.

Upon graduating from City you will join a global alumni network of thousands which may be invaluable for your future.

Thanks to our central location, the University boasts fantastic relationships with the City of London placing you in the heart of London’s financial and business center.

Study abroad

Students may study for one or two terms at a partner institution in Barcelona, Konstanz, Madrid, Rotterdam or Toulouse through the British Council Erasmus scheme. There are also opportunities to study abroad at partner institutions in Australia, Boston, Istanbul and Seoul. For more information on the Erasmus scheme, seewww.britishcouncil.org/erasmus.

Academic facilities

All Economics undergraduates receive the FT, Economist and Handbooks in Economics


Our students have access to a variety of facilities and resources, including:

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Teaching and learning

On our Economics BSc undergraduate course we teach the basic theoretical or technical points relevant to the module, through lectures and seminars which enable you to actively explore and develop your understanding of these points by means of discussion, problem-solving, computer exercises, and presentations.

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 1: 10%
  • Year 2: 30%
  • Year 3: 60%

Modules

Year 1

The first year lays the analytical and conceptual foundations of economics with examples of real-world applications of economics to important fundamental problems.

Core modules include:

Year 2

The second year builds on these foundations with intermediate-level core modules. You can also see how economics is applied to areas of interest by choosing from elective modules in Global financial markets, International trade, Intermediate mathematical methods and Public economics.

Core modules include:

Year 3

The final year gives you the opportunity to consolidate quantatative foundations and define your fields of interest within economics via elective modules.

Core modules include:

  • Applied econometrics
  • Financial economics.

Elective modules include:

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Career prospects

BSc Economics degree graduates have the professional skills and experience that employers demand.  Economics graduates are in great demand in professions such as:

  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Accountancy
  • Fund management
  • Management consultancy
  • Development consultancy
  • Telecommunications
  • the Civil Service
  • Teaching
  • Central banks such as the Bank of England
  • International bodies like the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Recent employment destinations include:

  • Barclays Bank
  • Barclays Wealth and Investment Management
  • Bloomberg
  • Deloitte
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Government Economic Service.

Find out how studying at City University London helps you to improve your job prospects

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Professional Mentoring Scheme

Your career progression will be supported in many innovative ways. Our Professional Mentoring Programmes match students with experienced professionals to develop their skills, confidence and future employability.

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Economics

UCAS code: L100


Applications for degree courses must be made through UCAS. You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
Rosehill, New Barn Lane,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ
www.ucas.com

UCAS Customer Service Unit telephone numbers:

  • For callers in the UK: 0871 468 0 468
  • For callers outside the UK: +44 (0)871 468 0 468
For callers with hearing difficulties
  • From the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0 468
  • From outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0 468.
You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options. UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can only see their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities. You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2016 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2015 and 15 January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 will be considered only at the University's discretion. When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process, please contact the
Admissions Office.

T: +44 (0)20 7040 8716/0223
E: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, you should contact the admissions tutor for that course (please see the course description for contact details).

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