Coventry University Economics

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Coventry University Economics

Coventry University Economics

Economics BA (Hons)

This course runs in 2017/18.

This course can provide you with the ability to apply economic principles and models to a wide range of issues, while also understanding the larger driving forces shaping economic and public policy.


This course will help you to develop problem-solving skills, and encourage you to become adept in numeracy, IT and the use of statistical methods. Employers value economics graduates’ understanding of decision-making, their research and analytical skills, and their experience of viewing problems in their national and international context.

If you choose this course you may benefit from:

  • for successful graduates, the opportunity to pursue graduate-level jobs in a wide variety of careers. Recent graduates have found careers with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Bank of England, Government Economic Service (GES), Vodafone and HSBC;
  • experienced teaching staff who bring professional and/or research expertise into their teaching;
  • the opportunity to apply for a year in industry offering rewarding work experience, where you can exercise your technical skills in a professional environment;
  • excellent National Student Survey (NSS) score, e.g. 100% in 2013, 2014 and 2015;
  • interactive teaching and learning approaches using classroom games and experiments.


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European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Memberships shall be reviewed in accordance with the relevant body’s standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.



During the first year you will study subjects including Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and current economic issues. This year will give you a thorough grounding in economic concepts and principles along with all the mathematical, computing and statistical tools you will need. The emphasis is primarily on training you to think like an economist. Importance is always placed on real-world applications of the theory being taught.

In the second and final year you specialise in your chosen area of study. You may explore issues such as mobile phone pricing; competitiveness in the English Premier League; changing patterns of world trade; how market traders in the city make use of futures, derivatives and options; government strategies for reducing tax avoidance and evasion; the case for and against harsher prison sentences; and whether voting should be compulsory.

Between the second and the final year you will also have an optional placement or study-abroad year.


Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars, workshop and practical classes. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.


Our Economics courses are ranked 5th by Guardian University Guide 2018


An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • formal examinations 70%;
  • coursework, tests, essays 10%;
  • practical or project work 10%;
  • group work etc. 5%;
  • presentations, posters etc. 5%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


In a typical week you will have up to 14 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: up to 2 hours per week including academic tutorials, employment tutorials, project supervision, online tutorials and pastoral support;

Medium-group teaching: 6 hours of workshops or seminars each week;

Large-group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week;

Personal study: 22–24 hours each week studying and revising in your own time.

Entry Requirements

Essential entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

Typical offers

A-Levels: BBB

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM

Access: The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 30 points

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Recent graduates from our economics courses have found employment in a wide variety of careers at managerial level with a number of prestigious employers including PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Bank of England, Government Economic Service (GES), Vodafone and HSBC. A number of our graduates have also gone on to postgraduate study and professional training such as teaching.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

* Source: The Complete University Guide, April 2013


Included in the fees

  •  Specified core reading material;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year. 

Additional costs not included in the fees

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip.

This will be updated with more specific information on the books and equipment you will receive as soon as it becomes available.

For more details about the No Hidden Extras programme, click here for further details.

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students’ employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Click here for further details.


This course can be taken as a three-year full-time or four-year sandwich option.

The sandwich year can be taken as work experience or study abroad where we have many associate universities teaching in English throughout Europe, USA and the Far East. Our overseas associate network continues to expand, especially in China, India and the USA.


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.

What our students says – Coll MacDonald

The Economics course is structured differently to many others because there are so many options to choose from. It provides you with the freedom to adapt your degree.


Please note that all international visit/opportunities and placements are subject to successful student application and criteria being met. Locations, conferences and work experience are all subject to change. Please contact the Faculty for up to date information.