BSc (Hons) Economics

The programme will focus on three core areas - Macroeconomics, Microeconomics and Applied Economics as well as study in management accounting, financial management, investments and risk management. Most modules at Level 4 and 5 will be mandatory to ensure all students have the required subject knowledge and skills to progress to more advanced study.  At Level 6 students will have the opportunity to tailor their studies to suit their individual needs and specific interests. 

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BSc (Hons) Economics at University of Winchester

UCAS code: LL10

Entry Requirements* 

Typical offer: 

2018 Entry: 104-120 points 

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in Mathematics and English Language is required.

Additional Entry Requirements

Direct entry to Levels 5 or 6 is available to students demonstrating the required level of technical skills and subject knowledge.  This will be evidenced by, and dependent upon, the module content studied and the grades achieved.  Students are normally required to have achieved grades at least equivalent to a 2:2 classification in all Economics modules studied prior to the level of entry.

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 4 years full-time (sandwich); 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate: 

26 points

If English is not your first language: 

IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing

 

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2018 Entry Full-time £9,500** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £79.17 and a 15 credit module is £1,187. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £7,125.

Total Cost: £28,500** (3 years)

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £11,900** p/a
Total Cost: £35,700** (3 years)

For further details click here

Funding

Students studying Economics in September 2017, may be eligible for a Subject Scholarship of £500. For more information, click here

Additional costs: 

Optional:

  • Core Text: It is recommended that students purchase the latest editions of all of the core textbooks. Some of these texts relate to extensive online material for which you require an access code supplied with a textbook.  It is possible for students to purchase second-hand copies where applicable. Cost: £50 - £200 per year
  • Volunteering and Placements: Students may incur travel costs on optional volunteering placements in the second or third year of study. Cost: £5 - £30 per day
  • Printing and Binding: Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation printing and binding. Cost: £10
  • Smart Wear: Students may be expected to dress formally for oral assessments. Costs will vary depending on the students existing wardrobe. Cost: £0 - £50

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as text books and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

This is a new course and so there are currently no subject specific data on student satisfaction from graduates, nor any employability statistics. The data supplied have been drawn from wider subject areas.   In addition, information on learning, teaching and assessment for parts of the course, which have not yet been taught, is estimated.

Accreditation:

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW); Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) will offer graduates of this programme exemptions from some professional examinations.

Study abroad (optional):

Students can take part in an optional study abroad exchange in year 3 of the programme.

Work placements:

Students are able to undertake a year-long, non-credit bearing industrial placement between year 2 and year 3 of the programme.

Location:

Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here

**Indicative Fees for 2018/19 Home and EU students are £9,500 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

If you are starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,500. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £28,500 (Home and EU), £35,700 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

The modern business world increasingly requires an ability to understand the driving principles of economics and financial operations. This BSc degree provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding, technical skills and confidence to operate successfully in an international and globalised work environment. On this course you will:

  • Study to advanced level large scale general economic drivers and their influences on wealth creation at national and international levels (macroeconomics) and how economic units make decisions and distribute goods and services (microeconomics). No previous study of economics is required or assumed. The course will enable you to develop a deep understanding of economic principles and the real world practical applications of economic theory and methodology.
     
  • Study finance and management accounting as well as having the opportunity to follow a specific Economics and Finance Pathway.
     
  • Develop quantitative and data analysis proficiency to support your study of economics and applied problem-solving. Mathematical skills will be developed throughout the course and focus on the relevance to applied problems. 
     
  • Develop employability related skills of numeracy, communication skills, computer skills, critical thinking, self-study and research, collaborative team-work, analysis and problem-solving. These skills are highly sought-after in today's challenging economic environment, as organisations strive to solve increasingly complex business problems.

 

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Mathematical Skills for Economists
  • Finance
  • Management Information
  • Programme Focused Assessment

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Macroeconomic Analysis
  • Microeconomic Analysis
  • Econometrics
  • Applied Management Research

Optional modules

  • History of Economic Thought
  • International Economics: Theory & Practice

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Monetary and Financial Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Contemporary Challenges in Microeconomics
  • Behavioural Economics and Finance
  • Public Economics
  • Critical Economics

Optional modules

  • Business Ethics
  • Managing Change
  • Volunteering for Economists
  • Sustainable Strategy in Practice
  • Extended Independent Study

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 360 hours
  • Independent learning: 840 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
  • Independent learning: 912 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
  • Independent learning: 1020 hours
  • Economics: 12 hours

At each level, lectures are utilised to stimulate interest in the modules, to define the syllabus and to guide students in their learning and development of critical analysis. In tutorials and workshops the use of discussion groups, case studies, student-centred activities and multimedia presentations will encourage students' participation in the learning process and foster cohort identity, peer interaction and support. These activities are designed to develop students' specific subject knowledge and understanding and to increase their ability and capacity to analyse and critically evaluate. The learning and teaching strategy is also designed to develop students' professional/vocational skills linked to time management, communication, problem-solving and team work.

Further detail on the learning and teaching methods employed:

  • Lectures provide a framework for discussion of key concepts, research, theories and models relating to the field of economics and explore relationships between these and their application in practice.
  • Seminars and workshops provide students the opportunity to work in small groups on activities which are designed to apply theory to practice and analyse and evaluate implications. Case studies, stimulated business exercises, problem-based learning and real time problems are incorporated into seminar activities.
  • Presentations from guest speakers including professionals from industry and academic researchers. 
  • Individual and group projects to encourage collaborative working. 
  • Student presentations and role-play. 
  • Guided and supported independent study and research. 
  • Website technologies to include use of the learning network and students are encouraged to use virtual forums, such as blogs and discussion forums for collaborative working.
  • Peer review and feedback in relation to formative assessments develop, for example, student understanding of assessment criteria and their ability to provide constructive and developmental feedback. 
  • Year-long work placement and opportunities to volunteer providing opportunities to apply learning to workplace context.

Programme Leader

Teaching Team

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 12 per cent coursework
  • 83 per cent written exams
  • 5 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 52 per cent coursework
  • 45 per cent written exams
  • 3 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 72 per cent coursework
  • 28 per cent written exams
  • 0 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

 

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Economics graduates are in demand by employers, due to the recognised need in the public, private and third sectors for their expertise. Graduates of these proposed programmes will be able to enter a wide range of business careers such as banking, insurance, financial services and accounting. Careers in this field are particularly well paid, recognising the skills utilised and the technical expertise required.  According to The Independent, economics graduates' earnings potential is only bettered by graduates of medicine, dentistry and chemical engineering.

For more information about graduate employment visit - From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement

Employability 

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

 

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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