BA (Hons) Finance 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

Abigail Alder
There were so many things I loved about the University of Chichester, but mainly the person I became and about how happy the place made me. It was a second home for me.

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. 

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. 

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 knowedge; 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. 

Our facilities

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

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging job market.

As a SEMAL student studying a BA (Hons) Finance and Economics degree, you’ll have a wide range of opportunities to undertake work-based learning (WBL). 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.

Indicative modules

Year One 

  • Enquiry into Economics
  • Management and Organisations
  • Business Decision-making
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Accounting Skills
  • Working with Others and Developing Self
  • Introductory Law for Managers

Year Two 

  • A Critical Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Controversies in Macroeconomics
  • Analysing the Spatial Economy
  • Data Analysis for Research
  • Business Research

Year Three Module Information

  • Business Strategy
  • Your choice of the following modules:
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • International Business Economics
  • Management Project
  • Workplace based learning

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.
UCAS code: 
OU5D
College Code: 
C58

Course length

3 years (4 years with work placement) Full Time

Entry requirements 2017 - 2018

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels: BBB – BCC

A level / BTEC combination (including AS / E.P.): 112 to 128 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC: DDD - DDM

GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Access to HE Diploma to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits at Merit