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Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Economics
Student score
77% MED
% employed or in further study
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£24.8k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Typical offer: AAB or ABBB, to include Mathematics at grade B. EPQ offer: ABB or BBBB, to include Mathematics at grade B and grade A in the EPQ. Contextual offer: ABB or BBBB, to include Mathematics at grade B. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Mathematics are excluded for entry. The University of Southampton values the Extended Project Qualification. Applicants taking the EPQ in addition to three A levels, will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ. For more information on the University of Southampton’s EPQ Admissions Policy, please see our EPQ Admissions Policy webpage.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer: Pass, with overall score of 34 points, with 17 points required at higher level: including 5 points in Higher Level Mathematics and and 5 points in Standard Level English. Contextual offer: Pass, with overall score of 32 points, with 16 points required at higher level: including 5 points in Higher Level Mathematics and 5 points in Standard Level English.

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

Economics is a social science and concerns how decisions affect our wealth, well-being and income. Through the BSc in Economics, you will study macroeconomics and microeconomics and can choose from a number of optional modules such as finance, health economics or experimental economics.  You will be able to use the behavioural economics laboratory to run real experiments. You also have open access to the Bloomberg facilities, which are the same trading terminals used in the City. You can take optional modules from the Humanities and Social Sciences and interdisciplinary modules. Single Hons Economics students from the University of Southampton can also take a minor subject, such as a language, web science, criminology, demography, education, sustainability or social policy. There are over twenty minors to choose from.


You can choose between a number of 'pathways' through the degree, to reflect your background and interests. Module choices in year one are dependent on whether you have studied economics at A level. Eight modules are studied each year, with four in each semester. During year three you will study a dissertation, equivalent to two modules, which is a piece of independent research on a topic of your choice spread over both semesters. You may also combine single Honours Economics with a minor subject. You apply for the BSc Economics programme and only have to decide if you want to do a minor once you arrive. You can drop the minor subject at any time. The minor consists of five modules from a particular structured pathway. Usually the minor begins in the second semester of first year.

University of Southampton

The campus

The University of Southampton is a place of transformation. Through education and research, innovation and enterprise, we unlock creative potential and provide opportunities that transform the lives of our students, our community, society and the economy. Did you know...Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, is Chair of Computer Science here.

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 77% 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
26% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
33% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
374 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
80% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
4% 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 96% MED
Average graduate salary £24.8k MED
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
This is a degree in demand, as business increasingly needs workers who can examine and explain complex data. And yet the number of economics graduates fell by nearly 10% last year, which means demand is even greater. As so many economic grads go into banking and finance, it's not surprising that over half of all 2015's economics graduates who did go into work were working in London. And don't think it's just the finance industry that's interested in these graduates - there's a significant number who enter the IT industry to work with data as analysts and consultants. It's quite common for economics graduates to go into jobs such as accountancy and management consultancy which may require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications - so don’t assume you won’t have to take any more exams once you leave uni. And the incentive to take them, of course, is better pay, which will be on top of an already healthy average starting salary of over £30,000 for graduates working in the capital.
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