Buckinghamshire New University
Business Economics with Foundation Year BA (Hons)
Buckinghamshire New University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

We are committed to providing you with the best learning experience. With smaller class sizes, you’ll have access to one-to-one teaching and support. You’ll benefit from our multi-disciplinary approach to education and industry-relevant teaching, whilst also regularly attending sessions from industry specialists and academic experts.

Designed in consultation with industry, our BA (Hons) in Business Economics will help you gain the fundamental principles of economics in regards to international finance, public policies and business management. Upon graduation you will be able to walk away with transferable knowledge you can take into various roles, and interdisciplinary skills that will make you attractive to potential employers.

Why study this subject? The ability to analyse and solve business problems in market economies is highly sought after in many types of careers, both in the UK and around the world.

A BA (Hons) Business Economics degree is designed for students who want to combine economics with a focus on how business leaders today make decisions. You'll explore the key areas of economics to understand and put into a business context its role within business, the UK and the wider global economy.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? From day one, your future career is our focus. With modules on employability, and a strong emphasis on flexibility, teamwork and creative solutions, you’ll graduate ready to succeed in your working life.

On our BA (Hons) Business Economics, you’ll learn how to apply economic theories and data handling skills to analyse real-world economic and business problems. Additionally, you will learn to construct arguments and effectively communicate to a wide range of audiences.

On graduating you’ll have a solid understanding and be able to effectively identify and assess the impact of public policy on industry and society, as well as diverse business issues such as digitisation and technological change, the development of market economies, and social inequality, as well as the implications post Brexit. You will have gained skills and knowledge that are attractive to a range of employers across both public and private sectors.

Our graduates pursue careers in a variety of business-related roles in private and public companies, government and non-governmental organisations, as well as smaller specialist businesses.

What will I study? On this course you’ll learn about business and economics in an interconnected world, study contemporary issues affecting these fields and develop the professional skills you need for a successful career.

First year modules will provide you with a solid background in economics and management, while your second and final years provide some choice and flexibility, allowing you to tailor aspects of your degree and your assignments according to your interests and career ambitions.

  • How will I be taught and assessed?

This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

All our academics who teach on the programme have a wide range of educational and professional experience and have extensive links with industry.

We also welcome a wealth of guest speakers; top professionals from across industry come to Buckinghamshire New University to help you understand how your degree applies to working in business, and how you can learn from their experiences.

You'll be assessed through essays, coursework assignments, individual and group research projects, exams and a final-year dissertation or project.

You will have the opportunity to collaborate on projects and live briefs with students from other business management degree programmes, gaining the practical and transferable skills you need for your career.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 49 graduates of Business Economics with Foundation Year BA (Hons) at Buckinghamshire New University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Business Economics.

Overall student satisfaction
79 /100
49 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of Business Economics with Foundation Year BA (Hons) at Buckinghamshire New University

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Business Economics with Foundation Year BA (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £30000 £24500 £28500
25-75 percentile range £20000 - £32000 £18500 - £28500 £22500 - £33500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Business Economics

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £28601 £31974 £42762
25-75 percentile range £24065 - £34160 £24892 - £42048 £30343 - £57314

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Business Economics with Foundation Year BA (Hons) at Buckinghamshire New University

50% Welfare Professionals
15% Caring personal services
5% Administrative occupations
5% Health associate professionals
5% Welfare and housing associate professionals
5% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
0% Skilled trades occupations
0% Elementary occupations

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees

Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Business Economics with Foundation Year, BA (Hons).


Tuition Fees Business Economics with Foundation Year BA (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £14250 year 1
International £14250 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • Foundation

University Rankings

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About Buckinghamshire New University

Buckinghamshire New University, also known as Bucks, was founded in 1893, in the town of High Wycombe, South East England. This university has chosen to divide its academic offerings into seven separate schools, which is reflected in that learning resources such as libraries are located in their relevant areas to reduce crowding and also increase the ease of looking for the materials the student needs. Bucks has been the recipient of numerous awards, among which we can find the Silver Award from TEF.

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Where is this programme taught

High Wycombe Campus
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