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Business and Management and Economics

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

BA (Hons) Business and Management and Economics
Bath Business School
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year. Part time available.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: BE12 or BE13 (with professional placement year)
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. If your qualification is not listed, please email with your specific details.

Explore, analyse and tackle the challenges facing society in this combined business and economics degree.

  • Examine different perspectives on key economic issues facing businesses, such as sustainability and diversity.
  • Take a creative and collaborative approach to problem solving through in-depth research into current global events.
  • Develop the practical skills and knowledge you’ll need to become a professional and socially-aware graduate.

Our combined Business and Management and Economics degree has been designed to give you an in-depth knowledge and understanding of business and economics, while developing practical and professional skills that you can apply to a wide range of industries and careers.

You’ll explore the economic concepts that shape our world, and learn to view current events through a different lens.

This business and economics course aims to incorporate modern approaches to the field of economics, amplifying the voices of those who have traditionally been excluded from economic decision-making based on race, gender or ethnicity. You’ll gain a contemporary perspective through a range of reading materials, videos and case studies.

You’ll develop your understanding of the nature of the global forces that influence contemporary decision making, and gain the skills to think critically, and research the world of business.

You’ll be encouraged to challenge your thinking, take new and innovative approaches to problem-solving, and apply your learning to real-world scenarios.

You’ll have the opportunity to join student-led research groups exploring a range of local, national and global issues, and optional modules in subjects such as leadership, marketing and law will enable you to tailor your studies to your particular areas of interest.

"The best thing about the course is meeting like-minded students who are interested in similar topics and careers. There’s a real sense of community at Bath Spa."

Eleanor Guy, BA (Hons) Business and Management (Economics)

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What you'll learn

This economics and business management course gives you the opportunity to critically analyse the major challenges we face at local, national and global levels. You’ll examine the forces that shape decision making, including economics, politics, technology, alongside social, ethical and ecological issues.

You’ll gain a solid understanding of the main business and economics concepts, and optional modules will give you the opportunity to specialise.

Throughout your studies you’ll be encouraged to question and challenge both your own point of view and that of others.

Through individual and team research, debates and analyses, you’ll develop skills in communication, critical analysis, and problem-solving. As we’re an Adobe Creative Campus, you’ll have access to the Adobe Creative Suite, giving you access to industry-standard programmes as part of your studies.

You’ll apply what you’ve learned to practical projects, and you’ll have the opportunity to take part in work placements to gain real-world experience and further develop your practical skills.

Course structure

Year one
In your first year you’ll gain an insight into the fundamental principles of economics and business. You’ll learn about how businesses are organised and managed, and the roles of different departments within an organisation. You’ll explore topics around professional behaviour and company culture, and discover the importance of data, and how it is managed, within a business.

You’ll also gain a broad understanding of economic concepts, before delving deeper into the theoretical principles that guide consumers, producers, governments and world markets.

The focus on your employability begins now and extends through all three years of your studies; you’ll be encouraged to reflect on your own strengths, performance, and areas for growth and development.

Year two

This year you’ll explore economic perspectives and policies in more depth. You’ll take a global perspective on issues facing businesses, and you’ll be encouraged to take creative and innovative approaches to problem-solving.

At the end of the year, you can choose to embark on a ten-week summer placement, and/or a ten-month business placement – applying what you’ve learned so far in the real world. Students have previously worked at companies such as BMW and Price Waterhouse Cooper, and at local councils.

You’ll be able to tailor your studies to your particular areas of interest, setting you on the path to achieving your career goals, with optional modules including entrepreneurship, law, marketing.

Year three

In your final year, you’ll focus more on real-world applications for your business and economics knowledge.

You’ll demonstrate skills that are valued by employers, such as teamwork, critical thinking and enterprise, through practical tasks, including working on live briefs with local businesses.

You’ll also explore an in-depth topic that’s of particular interest to you through a research project.

How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed in a wide range of ways that test your economics knowledge and business management skills. These could include:

  • critical essays
  • reports
  • presentations
  • work related projects
  • group-work
  • computer based simulations
  • debates
  • exams 
  • research analyses.
How will I be taught?

We offer variety in the way we teach. Timetabled lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials are designed to help establish a foundation of knowledge, build your own opinions through research, and challenge these in debates and discussions with your teachers and fellow students. Ultimately, our aim is that you gain a holistic view of the world around us.

You’ll also learn from guest speakers and lecturers who are experts in the field.

Through our Virtual Learning Environment teachers will introduce you to a variety of resources, from academic papers and texts to movies, videos, news articles and datasets.

To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement.


Work placements, industry links and internships

You’ll have fantastic opportunities to work closely with business and industry through placements, projects and internships.


A degree in business and economics will provide you with a range of transferable skills and experience that is highly valued by employers.

You could work in consulting, public administration and policy making, forecasting/data analysis, research and science, business development, enterprise, finance, insurance and marketing, to name a few examples.

Graduates from our Bath Business School have gone on to work at companies and organisations such as PWC, Deloitte, KPMG, FTI Consulting, Arup, Government Economics Service, Treasury, Home Office, ONS, Hargreaves Lansdown and Bath and North East Somerset Council.

Study abroad

As part of your degree, you could study abroad on a placement at one of Bath Spa’s partner universities.

Global Citizenship

If you’re a full-time undergraduate student starting your first year at Bath Spa University, you can apply for the Certificate in Global Citizenship, which you’ll study alongside your degree.

You’ll gain global awareness and add an international dimension to your student experience, and funding is available. On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be awarded a Certificate in Global Citizenship. This is in addition to your degree; it doesn’t change your degree title or results.

Adobe Creative Campus

Develop a wealth of indispensable digital skills that you can take into your future career. One of only three Adobe Creative Campuses in the UK, we provide all Bath Spa students with access to the full Adobe Creative Suite, giving you the tools to communicate creatively, whatever your course or chosen professional field.   

Professional placement year


The Professional Placement Year (PPY) provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.


Before your PPY, you'll work to identify roles of interest and secure a placement. The Placements Team will support through timetabled sessions and 1:1 appointments.

How will I be assessed?

As well as completing a minimum of 900 placement hours, you will complete two assessments demonstrating your skill development, growth in professional behaviours and how the PPY has impacted your future career aspirations.

The PPY Bursary

Aiming to make work experience more accessible, we have introduced the PPY Bursary. Students undertaking a PPY can receive between £500 and £1,500 to be used towards placement costs such as travel, food, workwear or accommodation.

For more information and details of eligibility criteria, please visit the PPY Bursary webpage.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You'll be taught at our Newton Park campus, which is located on the edge of Bath and offers a blend of modern and eighteenth-century buildings, with good access to the city while being nestled in the countryside. From your lectures, you’ll be able to visit the library, the Students’ Union, and access our student information and support teams, as well as many of our cutting edge facilities.  

  • Our Library offers a wealth of learning resources including books, journals, DVDs and an extensive range of electronic services. Our Subject Librarian provides subject-specific support, including help with research.
  • The Writing and Learning Centre provides support for your academic work, including feedback on written drafts and other help with academic writing.
  • Our Virtual Learning Environment provides online access to learning materials such as lecture slides, assessment information, discussion boards and other resources. 
  • The Careers team run networking events and advisory workshops that explore your future options and the essentials of the job application process. They help you get experience by assisting with your search for work placements and paid part-time jobs while you're studying. When you're ready to progress into your chosen career, they can help you secure graduate-level employment, freelance opportunities, and funding for your own business ideas. Career support continues for years after you graduate with the dedicated Grad Support Unit.
  • You’ll have free access to thousands of business, design and tech courses online via LinkedIn Learning.
  • If English isn't your first language, our English Language Unit can help you improve your English, reach your full potential and boost your confidence.
  • Our Student Wellbeing Services are available to support you through your learning.


2024 entry
Student Annual tuition fee
UK full time £9,250
UK part time £4,625
International full time £15,750

Professional Placement Year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. This applies to UK and EU/International students.

  • UK: £1,850
  • International: £3,150

Interested in applying?

What we look for in prospective students

We’re looking for students who are enthusiastic about exploring how economics and business shape the world in which we live. You should be proactive, curious, open minded and have the drive and motivation to learn and discover new perspectives.

You don’t need to have any business or economics qualifications, but you’ll need to be comfortable working with numbers, and a personal desire to engage with society and the issues we all face.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below. 

All applicants will need to demonstrate in their personal statement an interest in Economics and hold GCSE: English (grade C/4 or above), Mathematics (grade C/4 or above), or recognised equivalents. 

  • A Level – grades BBB-BCC preferred.
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades from Distinction Distinction Merit (DDM) to Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) accepted in any subject.
  • T Levels – grade Merit preferred.
  • International Baccalaureate – a minimum of 32 points are required.
  • Access to HE courses – typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, at Merit or higher).

If you don’t meet the entry requirements above, we may be able to accept your prior learning or experience from outside of formal education. See our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) page to learn more.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

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Course leader (Business and Management): Marc Leverton

Course leader (Economics): Anca Baker

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