The Foundation Year in Economics is offered as an entry route to a business degree for those who don't yet meet the entry requirements for degree-level study.
The Foundation Year in Economics is taught by the same lecturing staff who teach on our degree courses and you are taught in small group seminars, workshops and lectures. You will be able to develop transferable skills in business, communication and problem-solving.
You will enrol on a four-year course, which includes the one-year foundation course. If you complete this year successfully you progress directly onto one of our three-year degree courses in this subject area.
The Foundation Year is for you if:
If you are interested in studying the Economics foundation year you must apply to one of our four-year degree courses. Please have a look at the How to apply tab for further information. Successful completion of the foundation year guarantees entry onto your chosen economics degree.
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This module will give you the fundamental written and oral communication skills required for studying at degree level. You'll develop analytical skills through problem solving, build your confidence working individually and as a member of a team, and gain appreciation of research techniques by using a range of library and e-learning resources.
This module introduce you to the notion of business, its environment,and its domains through literature. The module will develop your ability to source, read, understand and utilise business knowledge effectively. You'll also gain an introduction to business and develop your communication, study and team work skills.
This module introduces fundamental mathematical topics and concepts that are required in a range of business subjects studied at degree level. You'll begin to develop an appreciation of the importance of mathematics as an aid to understanding and describing abstract ideas. You'll cover introductory areas of mathematics including numbers, algebra, financial mathematics and index numbers in a structured and supportive environment. Software will be used to demonstrate and elucidate material and to motivate its use in real world situations.
This module aims to cultivate your learning and transferable skills by undertaking and managing an economics project through structured supervision. You'll gain experience in a range of project tasks that reinforce learning in other foundation year modules and opportunities to develop decision-making, problem-solving, planning, critical thinking, synthesis, research, analysis, evaluation and presentation skills to foster employability and further learning in higher education.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
You'll attend lectures to introduce new concepts and theories and to form the basis for discussion. Seminars and workshops are also used to reinforce the learning materials covered in lectures where you'll be given more time and opportunities to express your views and share your findings relating to the seminar works.
You'll be assessed using a variety of methods including group and individual project or reports, written and oral presentations, bite-size revision type quizzes and end of term exams.