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BA (Hons) Business Studies and Economics

If you think that economics influences almost everything you hear about in the news then you're right, and it has enormous impact on business. By studying economics alongside finance or business studies at Chichester you get the chance to see business from a different perspective and to gain insight into the way economists think. You won't need to do clever things with algebra but you should find numerical data interesting - the big rise in the number of self-employed people in the UK since the 2008 financial crisis, for example. 

Employers continuously tell us that they prefer students who have work experience and therefore we would encourage you to undertake the one year professional placement option. We have a dedicated placement officer to support you in obtaining a placement. 

Student view

Sarah Feeney
Business Studies
The thought of being a mature student was a daunting one but I needn’t have worried as the staff and students are both accommodating of my situation and are remarkably kind. The structure of the syllabus is flexible to my needs and the content of my degree, whilst challenging, is really good fun.

Course content

We offer two honours degree routes: BA(Hons) Business Studies and Economics and BA(Hons) Finance and Economics. These courses offer the core, vocationally relevant content you would expect from a business studies or finance and accounting programme: human resource management, marketing, accounting skills, business strategy. Combined with this are economics modules designed to help you to develop a critical appreciation of the discipline. You can't expect to cover all the ground encompassed by economics but you will have the chance to explore the way economists tackle important questions and to develop your view of the usefulness and limitations of economic theory. 

There is emphasis on choice and independent enquiry in economics. No matter how much economics you may have studied at A level or BTEC, you will be able to build on your existing knowledge; and if you've never studied economics before you will soon be learning in a supportive student community. Our modules are designed to be open to all. 

In the first year of the programme you will take Enquiry into Economics, assessed by a presentation of your findings in a format of your choice. In the second year there are modules focused on microeconomics and macroeconomics, plus a very 'hands-on' module in which students analyse the effect on economic factors on the location of business activities. Assessment is varied and there is only one exam in these three modules. In the final year, you will study an international business economics module. 

Studying economics with us means no large lectures, and it will suit you if you like to pursue your own interests and discuss the things you're curious about with peers and tutors. Students tell us they benefit from our decision to run small classes (typically 20-25) and we designed the economics modules to capitalise on this. 

Most of your classes will be based in the recently renovated 'Dome' building - Georgian exterior and modern interior. The campus is a short walk away from the beach, town and train station with a rail service to London Victoria and Gatwick international airport. 

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Like all business related degree students, you will be studying on our Bognor Regis campus. Your classroom time will be spent in up to date seminar rooms with touch screen electronic white boards and high speed wifi, housed in what was a terrace of three elegant Georgian mansions – a building now known as ‘The Dome’. Our current students love the learning environment, the camaraderie, and the fact that tutors know them by name so they are more than just a face in the crowd.

For studying outside of classroom meetings we have a brand new library housing the latest books, journals and online resources, an IT centre, and a student zone complete with barrista coffee and snacks. There is a small a gym on campus, and halls of residence with wifi facilities. The Dome, library, residences and Students’ Union building are all located on a beautifully maintained, green and leafy, level campus. If that’s not quite enough to stimulate your intellect, we are just a short level walk from the beach and, for the more energetic, within cycling distance of the South Downs National Park – brilliant for creativity and inspiration.

Further Students’ Union and sports facilities are available at our Chichester campus and there is a regular subsidised bus service between the two campuses.

Where this can take you

Relatively few businesses employ professional economists, though the Government employs a lot and there are many other employers of economists. But lots of businesses employ people with economics degrees. Having the skills and knowledge to understand the discussion about economics that takes place around us all the time is a great benefit to anyone in a management role in private business, the public sector or the third sector. Wherever you see your future, studying economics is likely to turn out to have been beneficial. 

Work placements

You’ll have the option to undertake a four year professional placement programme by completing a one-year internship in year three. Following this placement, you’ll return to university to complete your final year.  The internship is typically salaried and, if you choose this route, you will receive professional placement recognition as part of your degree title. A few placements are listed below:

  • Hays Recruitment
  • Europ Assistance (now Aria)
  • Sussex County Football Association
  • Glaxo Smith Kline
  • Enterprise Rent a Car
  • IBM
  • Rolls Royce Motor Cars
  • West Sussex County Council –Employment and Skills
  • Porsche

Indicative modules

Year One Module Information:

  • Enquiry into Economics
  • Business Decision Making
  • Management and Organisations
  • Accounting Skills
  • Working with Others and Developing Self A
  • Business Information Systems
  • Introduction to Marketing

Year Two Module Information:

  • One of the following two modules: 
    • Management Accounting for Control
    • Corporate Governance
  • A Critical Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Data Analysis for Research
  • Business Research
  • Human Resource Management
  • Controversies in Macroeconomics 
  • Analysing the Spatial Economy
  • Option module 

Year Three Module Information:

  • Business Strategy
  • International Business Economics
  • Management Project/Personal Study
  • One from the following three modules:
    • Strategic Human Resource Management
    • Marketing Communications
    • Corporate Finance
  • 10 Week Work Placement or two from the following four modules:
    • The Professional Graduate
    • Small Business Enterprise
    • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
    • Contemporary Issues in E-Business 

Teaching and assessment

Our approach to supporting your learning, and how your learning is assessed, is designed to enable you to become a confident and enterprising graduate.  It is focused on seeking to support your ambitions, in parallel with ensuring that the needs of employers are met.  With this in mind, key features of our approach to learning and assessment include the following:

  • In place of the more traditional large group lecture method to teaching undergraduate students adopted by most University Business Schools, our approach involves tutors working with relatively small numbers of students at a time.  As well as providing an excellent environment for supporting you in the development of your subject expertise, it also helps you to develop a wide range of soft skills, such as teamwork, communication and time management.  These attributes are highly valued by graduate employers. 
  • Opportunities to work with organisations on current commercial/business problems and projects.  These experiences are used to provide the basis for assessments that enable you to apply your learning within authentic commercial situations.


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Course length

3 years (4 years with work placement)
Full Time