(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Economics with a Modern Language
University of Essex
University of Essex
GCSE: Mathematics B/5
If Portuguese is taken as the major language, A Level pass (or equivalent) in Italian, French, Spanish or Portuguese or first language level fluency in Italian, French, Romanian or Spanish is required.
IB: 30 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555, including Standard Level Mathematics/Maths Studies grade 5, if not taken at Higher Level.
We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Please note that Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade B/5 or above or 5 in IB Middle Years Maths. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.
To study Portuguese as your major language, you need a pass in Higher Level Italian, French, Spanish or Portuguese or fluency in Italian, French, Romanian or Spanish.
From 2021, we will accept grade 5 in either Standard Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Standard Level Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation.
Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.
What if I don’t achieve the grades I hoped?
If you select Essex as your firm choice, you will be able to take advantage of a flexible offer. This offer will specify alternative entry requirements to those published on our website.
If your final grades are not as high as you had hoped, the good news is you may still be able to secure a place with us on a course which includes a foundation year. Visit our undergraduate application information page for more details.
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You may be considered for entry into Year 1 of your chosen course. Alternatively, some UK and EU applicants may be considered for Essex Pathways, an additional year of study (known as a foundation year/year 0) helping students gain the necessary skills and knowledge in order to succeed on their chosen course. You can find a list of Essex Pathways courses and entry requirements here
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IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications
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If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.
Rules of assessment
Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.
Mr Pedro David Matos Serodio
External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment.
External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course.
They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards.
External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.
1. To provide students with an academic training in the principles of economics.
2. To produce graduates with at least mastery level of competence in the chosen modern language.
3. To provide students with an awareness of the quantitative methods appropriate for knowledge of economic principles and applied economics.
4. To foster in students an appreciation of the appropriate level of abstraction and simplification needed to explore a range of economic issues.
5. To encourage in students the acquisition of autonomous study skills and the adoption of an investigative approach to tackle economic problems.
6. To develop in students the ability to construct logical arguments, to communicate arguments clearly in writing, and to appreciate, evaluate and respond to potentially conflicting interpretations of economic phenomena.
7. To provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills constructively to one or more specialist areas of economics and the associated policies.
8. To allow students, through the study of economics, to acquire critical, analytical and research skills, problem-solving skills, and transferable skills.
9. To provide students with a foundation for further studies in economics and allied disciplines.
Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods
On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:
A: Knowledge and understanding
A1: Knowledge of the fundamental principles of economics, including microeconomics and macroeconomics.
A2: Understanding of the application of economic reasoning to the study of relevant problems and policies.
A3: Knowledge of the mathematical methods needed to comprehend economic principles.
A4: Awareness of the sources of economic information and/or knowledge and understanding of sources available for historical research.
A5: Knowledge of statistical methods needed for the analysis of economic issues.
A6: Appreciation of one or more specialist areas of economics in depth.
A7: Knowledge at mastery level of a modern language
Economics Lectures are the principal method of delivery for the principles, concepts and arguments in A1-A6.
Students are also assigned readings from textbooks, academic journal papers, unpublished research papers and on-line resources.
Students’ understanding is reinforced by classes, especially for outcomes A1, A2, A3, A5.
Laboratory sessions are provided to support learning of quantitative methods (A5).
Individual supervision of the final year project provides additional support especially for outcomes A4 and A6, and reinforces A2, A3, A5.
Lectures and classes in final year courses are particularly important to enable students to achieve A6.
To achieve A7 high level language skills are acquired in appropriate small-group classes, through homework, coursework assignments and use of computer-based materials. Materials are produced by module directors and combine specially designed materials with on-line and authentic resources.
A6 is reinforced via laboratory work, group discussions, use of computer software packages (including web-based materials) and individual staff contact during office hours or via email.
Economics Achievement of knowledge and understanding is assessed through marked assignments (A1, A2), tests (A1, A2, A3, A5), term papers (A1, A2, A4, A6), project work (A1-A6) and unseen closed-book examinations (A1, A2, A3, A5, A6).
Learning outcomes A2, A4 are assessed by tests and unseen closed-book examinations.
Learning outcome A6 is assessed by term papers and unseen closed-book examinations particularly in final year, EC3xx, economics courses.
Learning outcome A4 is assessed especially via term papers (in second year and final year economics courses) and the final year project.
For A7, methods employed to assess knowledge and understanding on Modern Languages courses typically include: role-play activities; class presentations; oral exams; written coursework, e.g. essays, book reports, translations, project work; unseen written exams; class tests; web-based assignments involving a web search or producing web materials (A6).
B: Intellectual and cognitive skills
B1: Analyse a specified problem and choose the most suitable methods for its solution.
B2: Assess the relative merits of a range of theories, techniques and tools needed to articulate arguments and policies.
B3: Synthesise and interpret information from a range of sources (lectures, classes, journals, books, etc.) developing a critical evaluation of the importance and relevance of the sources to an area of study.
B4: Construct reasoned, informed and concise descriptions and assessments of economic ideas.
B5: Abstract and synthesise information from, and analyse, authentic written and spoken language materials, and interact in the language coherently and articulately
Economics Students’ acquisition of intellectual and cognitive skills, B1-B4, is enabled primarily through lectures and further sustained via classes.
Outcome B1 is developed particularly in exercises designed for core economic theory, mathematical methods and quantitative methods classes.
Outcomes B2, B3 and B4 are key elements in students’ preparation for assignments.
Individual project supervision and guidance for term paper study are especially important in providing opportunities for students to acquire B2, B3 and B4.
Language skills (B5) are acquired via group discussion of topical themes and analysis of authentic materials in class; laboratory work involving use of dedicated software and web materials; and staff advice, feedback and interaction with students.
Economics Achievement of intellectual/cognitive skills is assessed through marked assignments (especially B1 and B3), tests (especially B1), term papers (especially B2, B3, B4), project work (especially B2, B3 and B4) and unseen closed-book examinations (especially B1, B2 and B4).
Methods employed to assess cognitive skills on Modern Languages modules typically include: role-play activities; class presentations; oral exams; written coursework; unseen written exams; class tests and web-based assignments (B5).
C: Practical skills
C1: Identify, select and gather information, using the relevant sources.
C2: Organise ideas in a systematic way.
C3: Present economic and/or historical ideas and arguments coherently in writing
C4: Use and apply economic terminology and concepts.
C5: Organise and present (orally and in writing) ideas and materials in the specialist language
(a) organise and implement a plan of independent study;
(b) reflect on his or her own learning experience and adapt in response to feedback; and
(c) recognise when he or she needs to learn more and appreciate the role of additional research
C6: Apply the necessary organisational and cultural skills for living and working abroad.
Economics Skill C1 is developed via directed reading from textbooks and academic journal articles together with searches for online materials.
Skill C2 is acquired during lectures and classes, and as a consequence of studying course materials.
Skill C3 is articulated in the preparation of assignments and term papers.
Skill C4 is developed in classes and is emphasised in the preparation of assignments, term papers and projects.
C5 is acquired through such methods such as group discussion of topical themes and analysis of authentic materials in class; laboratory work involving use of dedicated software and web materials; and staff advice, feedback and interaction with students.
Skill C6 is acquired through the guided but relatively independent process of organising and successfully completing a period of living and studying abroad
Economics Achievement of practical skills C1, C3 and C4 is assessed directly through marked assignments, tests, term papers, project work and unseen closed-book examinations.
Skill C2 is assessed indirectly via assignments, term papers, projects and final examinations.
Methods employed to assess practical skills C5 typically include: role-play activities; class presentations; oral exams; written coursework; unseen written exams; class tests; web-based assignments.
Skill C6 is developed during the study abroad year.
D: Key skills
D1: Communication in writing, using appropriate terminology and technical language:
(a) the articulation of economic theories,
(b) the description of economic evidence,
(c) the critical assessment of economic arguments and policies
D2: Understanding of quantitative methods, an awareness of the contexts in which the methods are relevant and a knowledge of how they are applied in practice to analyse economic data.
D3: Understanding of how economic reasoning is used to address problems involving opportunity cost, incentives, households' and firms' decision-making, strategic thinking, expectations and market outcomes in equilibrium and disequilibrium.
D4: Capacity to:
(a) organise and implement a plan of independent study,
(b) reflect on his or her own learning experience and adapt in response to feedback;
(c) recognise when he or she needs to learn more and appreciate the role of additional research
Economics Students are guided in lectures, classes and individual advice from teachers in acquiring skills D1-D4
Skills D2, D3 and D4 are reinforced through the quantitative methods course, and courses in theoretical and applied economics.
D1 languages skills are developed both via class discussion and presentations and written coursework/final written exam.
Only minimal formally assessed requirements for the completion of the programme are listed here.
In reality, the overwhelming majority of BA Economics with a Modern Language students acquire a much broader range of key skills, and at greater depth, in ways that are integrated seamlessly throughout their studies of the subject.
Economics Skills D1-D3 are assessed through marked assignments, tests, term papers, projects and unseen closed-book examinations.
Skill D4 is assessed indirectly through students' capacity to construct submitted work (assignments, term papers and projects for which feedback is given) and their study plans for unseen tests and examinations.