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Business Economics (Extended), BA Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • This four year programme is identical to the three year course, but has a foundation year with lower entry requirements.
  • Enhance data-handling skills through free Reuter Certification and OANDA trading platforms
  • Study a degree ranked top 5 for student satisfaction in London (Complete University Guide 2018).

L101 G BA/BusEcon

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4 years full time

5 years sandwich programme



Embark on a business economics degree ranked top 5 in London for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2018 league tables.

Course structure

It begins with a foundation year that will give you a solid grounding from which to progress to degree level study. You will gain a thorough introduction to business and an understanding of ethics, enterprise and economics. 

This four-year degree is identical to the three-year BA Hons Business Economics degree, but includes a foundation year, and has a lower entry tariff. As with all economics-based degrees, employers value the transferable skills gained by the students for their use in analysis, decision making and communication.

Our academics adopt a real-world approach to the teaching of economics to prepare you for your career. Sara Gorgoni, in our economics department, was interviewed by the BBC about how universities are rethinking the way they teach economics to offer more practical classes.


Our economics subjects are ranked:

  • Top 5 for student satisfaction in London (Guardian University Guide 2018)
  • Top 5 for student satisfaction and graduate prospects in London (Complete University Guide 2018).

According to The Economist, we are one of only three UK universities taking a broader approach to economics. We are leading the way in which the subject is taught, and are considered a leading model by many universities.

Greenwich is also one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.


The aims of the degree are:

  • To provide expertise and training in the principles of economics and their
    application appropriate for students of business economics
  • To provide students with an understanding of international businesses and the challenges in global economic governance.

Degree re-structure

This degree is currently being restructured in collaboration with employers, professional bodies and student feedback. This ensures we develop degrees that are aligned with latest industry trends and gives you the opportunity for subject specialisms. (This is standard UK practice across institutions).

The degree structure and courses listed will be updated once these are confirmed.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

Applicants would normally apply with the equivalent of 64 UCAS points (or above), plus GCSE English and maths grade C (or above). This might include:

  • Applications from those with an A‐level background if the applicant has two D grades and one E grade (or above) in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with 64 UCAS points including points from at least two AS‐levels in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with an AS‐level background if the applicant has studied three/four AS subjects and achieved at least three C grades (or above) in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with an International Baccalaureate (Certificate or Diploma) background if the applicant has at least 20 points arising from at least three relevant subjects
  • Other qualifications, which will be considered on application.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non‐UK educational background:

International applicants will need to show qualifications equivalent to those required for UK student entry requirements. Further to this, applicants should have:

  • Successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education
  • The ability to demonstrate competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C)
  • A desire to study in the UK university system is expected, but some applicants may need a year to adapt to the UK higher education system
  • Applicants who have the minimum English language requirement of an overall IELTS of 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each skill will substitute 30 credits of the programme with English for Academic Purposes 1 and English for Academic Purposes 2 and study 120 credits
  • Applicants who have an overall IELTS of 6 with no less than 5.5 in each skill will not be required to study the English for Academic Purposes modules and will study 120 credits.

These courses are run by the Department of Literature, Language and Theatre in the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities at the Avery Hill Campus.

For more information, contact or +44 (0)20 8331 8136.

In addition:

  • Applicants would normally be a minimum of 17 years of age, but entry at younger age is a
    possibility for the highest quality applicants
  • We welcome applications from mature students
  • Applicants who have significant work experience relevant to their preferred study path, but who do not have the minimum expected formal entry qualifications, are welcome to apply by citing their relevant work experience to demonstrate their potential capability. Applicants following this method may be asked to complete additional application processes.

What people say

"I will remember the warm and friendly atmosphere from both the students and the staff. But mostly the variety of cultures I came across. My three years at Greenwich were very exciting, full of interesting new experiences and people."

Raissa Sawane (Cote d'Ivoire)   
BA Hons Business Economics Graduate

Extra information


You will be taught using a balanced combination of the following teaching methods:

  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Laboratory sessions
  • Class discussion/debates
  • Independent and group work on case studies
  • Guided research materials and reading
  • Individual and group computer mediated exercises
  • Portfolios and debates
  • Personal tutorship
  • An individual research project under the supervision of a personal tutor.

The assessment methods for each module are given in its course specifications. Each course leverages a specific assessment strategy, combining some of the following: 

  • Individual coursework
  • Group presentation
  • Reflective report and portfolios
  • Research projects
  • Employability exercises
  • Thematic diaries
  • Group debates
  • Business simulations
  • Case studies
  • Written exams
  • Formative assessment: formative assessments will also be included with regular feedback, as well as self and peer assessment.


Graduates from this programme have the same career opportunities as those graduating from our three-year programme. They may go on to become economists or financial analysts, take up posts in business services or business analysis units, or pursue management careers in international business.

Work placement

You can gain the insight and practical skills that employers seek in graduates. Our Employability Office will assist you in securing a placement before the sandwich year. Working with over 200 companies our team also offer a range of mentoring schemes and networking opportunities.

The sandwich year (work placement) will appear as a 30 credit course on your Diploma if completed successfully.


In addition to a placement, you can also do internships during your summer breaks. These will appear on your graduate diploma, showcasing your experience to employers.

Experience abroad

You can participate in the Erasmus+ international exchange programme. This will help improve your language skills and give you experience of living and working in another country. The Erasmus+ Scheme provides a grant towards the cost of studying abroad for a year. 


You will connect with employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Team who focus on developing your employment skills. They also provide you with CV support and will invite you to employment fairs to network with employers and recruiters from industries.

Extracurricular activities

Our Greenwich Employability Passport scheme recognises and rewards your participation in additional activities such as part-time work, volunteering, student societies or industry guest lectures.

We will also encourage you to join groups like the Trading and Investment society, and take part in competitions like the UK Trading Challenge. We are proud that our team of first year students won the competition, beating teams from many other universities.

Business start-up

You will be encouraged to enter the university's Enterprise Challenge which rewards student entrepreneurship and innovation. Previous winners received a prize of £5,000 for their idea of developing an enterprise and study hub.

How to apply 

Full-time, UK and EU students

Full time, home and EU students must apply through UCAS. Please carefully consider the programmes available and apply as early as possible. For further information and UCAS deadlines, please visit

Part-time and international students

Part-time and international students must apply online at
For further information, international students can e-mail

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

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