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Bachelor of Arts in Economics (with Honours) - BA Eco (H) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Business studies
Student score
75% MED
% employed or in further study
92% LOW
Average graduate salary
£21.6k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

We do not accept two A/S Levels grades in place of one A-level. Applicants must be studying at least one of the following A-level subjects: Accounting, Anthropology, Business Studies, Classics, Economics, English Language/Literature, Further Mathematics, Geography, History, Law, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Use of Mathematics and World Development. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted for entry

Scottish Highers

AAAAB in Scottish Highers. Applicants taking a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers should contact socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk. Applicants not taking English Language or Mathematics at Higher level must achieve grade C in English Language and Grade B in mathematics at SCQF Level 5.

BTEC Diploma

National Diploma - accepted with grades DM, alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

National Foundation Diploma - accepted with grades DM, alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

The School accepts Pearson BTEC Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and are offered along with A levels. National Extended Diploma - accepted with grades DMM, alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

International Baccalaureate

6,6,5 at Higher level, 35 points overall. Applicants offering Mathematics or Maths Methods at standard or higher level must achieve a minimum of grade 5. Applicants not holding GCSE English Language or equivalent must achieve grade 5 in standard or higher level English Language.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

91% of students on our BA Economic and Social Studies (Business Studies) are satisfied with their course (National Student Survey 2016) Are you interested in examining the roles, structures and functions of business from a broad social science perspective? Are you looking for a flexible course that it delivered in part by the Alliance Manchester Business School? Do you want to develop transferable skills that will prepare you for a wide range of roles or further study? Would you like a chance to study abroad for a semester? The Business Studies pathway of the BA(Hons) Economic and Social Studies degree - or BA(Econ) for short - is a flexible and innovative course that brings together research-led teaching from Accounting, Business, Economics, Finance, Politics and Sociology and offers in-depth insight into the business world. Business doesn't work in isolation and at Manchester neither does the study of it. Only by understanding the environment in which businesses function can you understand commercial behaviour. For example: Politics explores the effects of government policy, regulation and public spending and how these would impact on businesses and the wider economy. Economics encourages you to study the nuances of labour and finance markets and the microeconomic and macroeconomic factors that affect all of us. Sociology gives you a framework to understand how employees and consumers are organised and how they behave. It also explores the demographic changes that will affect how firms must adapt to a changing population. Each of your course units has been developed from the research of specialists in their fields from both the School of Social Sciences (Economics, Politics and Sociology) and the Alliance Manchester Business School (Accounting, Finance, Business Law, Marketing and Human Resource Management). Business Studies (N100), Business Studies and Economics (NL11), Business Studies and Politics (NL12), Business Studies and Sociology (NL13) all share a common first year. In some cases it's possible to swap to a different pathway after the first year. Please only apply for one of these courses to start with. At the end of your course your degree title will be: BA (Hons) Economic and Social Studies, Business Studies. Special features This degree's broad-based foundation year, means that you don't need to have a social science qualification to apply. A chair in political economy was founded at the University in 1854 making it one of the oldest centres for the study of Economics in the UK. Since then many famous names in Economics have worked here, including three Nobel Prize winners. Our students Business Studies BA (Econ) students in figures (2014): Students on the course came from 24 countries Their ages ranged from 17 - 28 The male / female ratio was 60 : 40


The University of Manchester

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As the biggest single-site University in the country, in one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, the University of Manchester gives students an unrivalled and unique learning experience. You'll enjoy studying at a world-class institution and being at the centre of a dynamic student population. The Students' Union has more than 300 student-run societies, from Aikido to Zoology.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 82%
Student score 75% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
68% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
50% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
419 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
70% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
10% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 92% LOW
Average graduate salary £21.6k MED
Graduates who are public services and other associate professionals


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The number of business studies graduates fell significantly last year after a long period of increase. But there were still more than 14,000 degrees awarded and this is the third most popular subject for new graduates. Because so many graduates get business studies degrees, you can find them everywhere in the economy, and very few jobs are completely out of reach for a good business studies graduate. Around 40% go into jobs in finance, sales, recruitment, management (particularly retail) or marketing. There is also a small (but well paid) group who take their technical skills into computing and IT. Thousands of graduates from this subject go into professional jobs every year, and average starting salaries are above the average for all subjects and particularly healthy in London where they top £25k. Graduates with good degree grades in business studies are much more likely to get good jobs, so don’t be complacent, and keep a close eye on your grades.
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