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Economics BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: L100

How is economics used to identify market trends? How does this influence key decisions made in finance, business, social policy and government? You’ll learn how to answer these questions and more on our economics degree with a focus on sustainable economic policy.

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Course length: 3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Start dates: September 2025
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Economics
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: Business School

Interested in how economics influences and impacts political decision? With a focus on sustainable economic policy, our BSc (Hons) Economics degree draws upon key economic theory and econometric approaches, enabling you to model and evaluate contemporary economic policy in today’s global environment. You’ll gain the skills to review government and political policy and assess the impact on finance, business and social strategies.

You will utilise live data from recognised economic databases and use industry standard software to analyse and evaluate current economic data. This will result in you developing a rational, informed and analytical discussion on contemporary economic situations.

Taking an applied approach, you will build your knowledge in micro-economic and macro-economic theory and strengthen your skills in understanding economic thought.

Economics is about understanding and exploring the dynamic social, business and financial markets that the world operates within. That’s why the modules on the course are designed to provide opportunities for engagement with employment.

As the degree progresses so will your knowledge on economic and econometric theory. There will be an opportunity to carry out a focused research project in an area of interest to further solidify your transferable skills in analysis and evaluation.

Course features

  • Sandwich year option available

  • Studying abroad option available

  • Work placement opportunity

  • Learn a language option available

  • International students can apply

What you'll study

Developing a grounding knowledge in quantitative methods, microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, with an applied economic approach to understanding economic thought, is the focus in Year 1. You will begin to develop your skills in analysing the economic environment.

Compulsory modules:

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Mathematics for Economics
Statistics for Economics
Introduction to Microeconomics
Introduction to Macroeconomics
Development of Economic Thought

One of:

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Introduction to Financial Accounting
Language 1

Year 2 continues with a focus on public economics and sustainable economic policy. You’ll use current econometric approaches to model and evaluate contemporary economic thought. By introducing this sub-discipline of economics, you will develop a range of econometric analytical and evaluative skills. There will be an opportunity to engage with the current economic environment through a work placement or by running a business through graduate enterprise.

Compulsory modules:

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Intermediate Microeconomics
Intermediate Macroeconomics
International Economics
Money, Banking and Financial Markets

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Graduate Enterprise

Year 3 allows you to concentrate on developing your knowledge and understanding of economic theory and advanced econometric theory. There’s also an opportunity to carry out focused research in an area of interest that can help to inform the work environment of your choice.

Compulsory modules:

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Contemporary Issues in Economics
Development Economics
Financial Economics

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Advanced Econometrics
Sustainable Environmental Economics

Where your course includes optional modules, these are to provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

You will study through lectures, workshops and tutorials, group exercises and on the job learning while on your work placement. You will also have the opportunity to learn from external economics professionals who are invited to teach occasional sessions.

The work placement involves a period working in an external organisation which allows you to put your learning into practice. As well as developing your skills and future learning processes, you will have the opportunity to build relationships with potential employers and gain vital experience for your CV.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

We will assess your vocational capability, academic critical thinking and intellectual development throughout the course. Coursework, case studies, problem-solving exercises and exams could be used. You may be assessed individually or in a group.

Who will be teaching you

Edge Hill Business School is home to a thriving research community, hosts a growing international partnership portfolio, and is a member of AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the world’s largest management education network.

You will be taught by highly qualified, experienced and enthusiastic academics, including professionally qualified accountants, who research and regularly engage within the wider business and academic environment. Staff are encouraged to specialise in particular subjects so you will benefit from a wide range of knowledge and experience.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points, including either Economics or Mathematics, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or equivalent.

Please note, for the purposes of economics, a Level 2 numeracy qualification is not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in Mathematics.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BBC-BBB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.


Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Part-time applications require a direct application to Edge Hill. Please select the year of entry that you wish to apply for.

Apply for September 2025 part-time.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Edge Hill Business School.A stunning £8million building provides impressive teaching and learning facilities for students in Edge Hill Business School.

The contemporary three-storey building offers a 100-seat lecture theatre and modern seminar and meeting rooms. There are also social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning, in addition to an attractive roof garden and atrium.

Where you'll study

Business School


Tuition fees

Tuition fees for the academic year 2025/26 are still to be confirmed.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

Our economics degree provides insight into the economics, finance and business sectors.

Focusing on economic and financial implications and aspects, it provides the potential to follow a range of career paths. These include policy-related and finance-related roles within commerce, accounting practice or public or private sector businesses.

This course is ideal if you’re looking to develop careers in any of the following areas:

  • Economist
  • Actuarial analyst
  • Chartered accountant
  • Compliance officer
  • Data analyst
  • External auditor
  • Financial risk analyst
  • Investment analyst
  • Political risk analyst
  • Risk manager
  • Statistician
  • Stockbroker
  • Business development manager
  • Civil Service fast streamer
  • Data scientist
  • Diplomatic service officer
  • Local government officer
  • Management consultant
  • Policy officer

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