Economics and Management BSc (Hons)

Course overview

  • Course level
  • Course type
  • Duration
    4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for international students
  • Course options
    Placement year (UK/abroad)
  • UCAS code(s)
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A-levels (2020 entry)
    BBB-BCC (depending on EPQ, Core Maths or Contextual offer)*
  • BTEC extended diploma
    DDD to DDM (contextual offer)*
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    31 Points overall and above with 5,5,5 at Higher Level (Minimum score of 5 in SL Maths.)
  • Further requirements
    GCSE: 5 GCSE grades A*/9 – C/4 to include: Maths Grade B/5 and above and English Language OR English Literature Grade C/4
More information
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Key Dates

Gain experience for your CV with the integrated placement year

Economics at Aston is ranked Top 20 in the UK (Guardian University Guide, 2020)

Five years after graduating, employed Aston business graduates earn an average of £35,900 (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO), 2018)

Graduate Prospects for Economics at Aston is ranked 5th in the UK (Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2019)

Course summary

Develop a theoretical and an applied approach to the world of business economics. Understand how macroeconomics underpins everything we do, while getting down to the detail with microeconomics in specific business cases. Our graduates go on to work at companies such as HMRC and KPMG.

This course offers a double degree option. Achieve two degrees for the price of one, and study abroad at one of our partner institutions.

Entry requirements and fees

4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for non-EU students

UCAS Code: LN12
Typical offers:
A Levels:
BBB – standard offer
BBC (with EPQ or Core maths minimum grade B)
BCC (Contextual offer)*

IB: 31 points overall in the IB diploma with 5,5,5 at HL. Minimum score of 5 in Maths at Standard level.

BTEC, Access & other:
BTEC Extended Diploma DDD – standard offer.
BTEC Extended Diploma DDM – Contextual offer.
We accept the QAA-recognised Access Diploma which must consist of 45 credits at Level 3. You must obtain a minimum of 30 distinction and the rest must be at merit or distinction. Please note that we do not accept the English and Maths components within the Access qualification and you must meet the GCSE entry requirement.

Further requirements:
5 GCSE grades A*/9 – C/4 to include:
GCSE Maths – grade B/5
GCSE English Language OR English Literature – grade C/4
Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

View our Admissions Policy.

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).
Entry onto our Foundation Year maybe offered as an alternative to the degree course if lower entry grades are achieved.

* For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here.

Tuition fees: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £15,600* (£2,500 during placement year) for International students (2020/21). More on fees

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

International students:

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an Engish language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Course outline

The Economics and Management course looks at different aspects of economics and management, combining them to enable our graduates to excel in their professional lives and broaden their career options. 

The First Year studied on all Aston Business School undergraduate degree programmes is designed to give students a broad knowledge of business and management. Many employers seek graduates with good 'all round' knowledge of a range of business functions. The broad range of subjects studied ensures that our graduates are some of the most employable in the country, whilst also allowing a transfer between certain programmes.

Those who pursue a more management orientated career are equipped with skills to analyse how changes in the economic environment affects their organisations and therefore make more informed and better decisions.Those who pursue a more economics orientated career are equipped with practical management skills that enable them to effectively manage the teams they lead.

Subject guide and modules

Year 1

In your first year you will study a wide range of modules designed to ensure you have a broad foundation and knowledge of management.  You will consider the economic, financial, human and legal issues managers deal with and the tools and techniques that they use. The core modules are:

  • Introductory Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Mathematics for Economics
  • Statistics for Economics
  • Introduction to Marketing Management
  • Applied topics in Economics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics


Year 2

In the second year, you will begin specialising in Economics and Management subjects. These modules will lay a solid foundation towards your final year studies.  In addition to developing a good understanding of theories, there is also an emphasis on application of the theories towards understanding how businesses and economies operate and subsequently devise polices to enhance how they function.The core modules are as follows: 

  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Business, Government and Society
  • Business Management Simulation
  • Corporate Financial Management  

Optional modules:

  • Markets, Games and Strategy
  • Introduction to Econometrics 1 
  • Introduction to Econometrics 2 
  • International Business and Emerging Market Economies
  • International Business Economics 
  • Sports Economics and Finance

Year 3 - placement year

You will spend this year in professional placement, or you may choose to take up an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions. This placement year is compulsory for all UK and EU students. 

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year

The final year continues the subjects studied in Year 2 with further specialisation in Economics and Management subjects, and a strong emphasis on application of theories towards understanding and enhancing the functioning of businesses and economies.

During your final year you will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Strategic Management 
  • Behavioural Economics 

Students must choose one module from the following options: 

  • Further Topics in Microeconometrics 
  • Further Topics in Macroeconometrics 

Optional modules:

  • Competition Policy
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Environmental Economics      
  • International Trade
  • Regional and Urban Economics 
  • Economics of Entrepreneurship
  • Derivatives  
Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching

You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. 

Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials. 
For example, all business students undertake the Business Game module and compete in teams in a computer simulation exercise that culminates in a presentation to a panel of internal employers

Aston University has subscriptions to both the Financial Times and The Economist, which you can benefit from whilst studying here.


Assessment is provided by a mix of coursework and examination.

Students who are made an offer will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions. 

Course director

Jon Guest

Jon joined Aston Business School as a Senior Teaching Fellow in September 2017 and is also a Teaching Associate at Warwick Business School. He previously worked at Nottingham Trent University, Warwick Business School and Coventry University. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in 2011 in recognition of his work in developing teaching methods that promote a more active learning environment in the classroom. 

Phone: +44 (0)121 204 3196

Personal development

Our business degrees are designed to also give you a range of business skills needed to succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. Such work develops your team working and negotiating skills.

Our placement year gives you the genuine practical work experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of issues such as office politics which cannot be replicated in the lecture room.  

Professional accreditations and exemptions

Economics and Management graduates can claim exemptions from the examinations of a number of professional bodies.

At present exemptions are available from:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

  • Association of International Accountants (AIA)

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

  • Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)

  • Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)

  • Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA)

Accreditation is a stamp of quality and prestige for a business school and its programmes. Aston is proud to be among 1% of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation. 

Placement year

Our four year course with an integrated placement during the third year gives you the chance to put theory into practice, gain relevant work experience, and develop professional and transferable skills.  

We have a dedicated Employer Team within our Careers and Placements department who have links with local, national and international organisations and advertise vacancies to students through an online platform exclusively for Aston students and graduates.  

The opportunity to undertake a study placement with one of our international partner institutions is also available if you would prefer.

Find out more about the Aston placement year, and view the careers and placements page.


Study or work in another country

The University has secured Erasmus+ mobility funding for students going on placement during the academic year 2019/20.  For students planning their placement in the academic year 2020/21, Erasmus+ mobility funding will be dependent on the Exit date and whether a Withdrawal deal is agreed. The University’s Brexit information page is regularly being updated and will have the latest information.  

Career prospects

Graduates from the Economics and Management degree typically find employment in the fields of economics, management, finance and education. Recent graduates have been employed in roles such as Technology Consulting Graduate Scheme, Corporate Finance Associate, Commercial Banking Graduate Scheme, Data analyst, Graduate Risk Analyst, Audit Trainee, Tax professional and Accounting Coordinator at companies such Nestle, KPMG, Accenture, Grant Thornton, RBS, Ernst & Young, DPD Group UK, HMRC, Ernst and Young and Barclays.

Aston Business School students receive prestigious Birmingham Stock Exchange Scholarships

"Aston will not only teach you about your course of interest, but it will prepare you for the real world. The quality of teaching definitely helped me, as well as the constant support from my lecturers."

Preyan Bhayani
Associate, PwC

"My advice would be to not rush into a career straight away if you don’t know what you want to go into. It’s great getting some experience before you start your career to understand what you do and don’t like; which is why the placement year at Aston is so vital."

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