Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Economics with Foundation Year

Whether you want to be a financial forecaster, a researcher or even a future leader of industry, our lively and involving economics courses prepare you for success. Develop the ability to analyse economic information through theoretical and practical research-based modules, and gain essential analytical and numerical skills. We also offer a range of named economics courses with slightly different emphases aimed at those with firm career aspirations.

The course starts with a foundation year 0, specifically designed to introduce and develop essential skills for success in Higher Education, including critical thinking and research skills, and the knowledge and understanding of key facets of business, accounting and economics.

Key features

  • All of our named awards share a core syllabus, stressing the integration of theory and evidence in economic analysis and research.
  • Engage with current and past students with our Economics Society, and hear talks from visiting academics and professionals.
  • We are one of a small number of institutions with a modern computer suite containing dedicated Bloomberg terminals giving you access to financial data and information.
  • Join the Devon Junior Chamber and receive training and professional mentoring.
  • Apply your skills in a work environment and take our optional placement year.
  • Think sustainably – in your final year you may choose to take modules covering environmental and resource economics, analysing the issue of environmental and resource scarcity and the possible policy responses to market failure.

Course details

  • Year 0
  • In this year, you’ll experience a supportive environment to assist in the transition to successful study in higher education. You will learn about academic writing, critical thinking skills and begin to develop your research skills, as well as develop your knowledge and understanding through an introduction to key aspects of business, accounting and economics. You’ll also have the opportunity to do independent research into an area of your studies that interests you, with a supervisor to guide and support you through the process.

    Core modules
    • ECN001 An Introduction to Economics

      This module provides an introduction to the key theories and concepts of modern economics, and essential mathematical modelling and statistical analysis skills in order to explore contemporary economic issues.

    • STO001 Introduction to Academic Writing

      The module will provide participants with an introduction to the themes of Being Enterprising, Education for Sustainable Development (EfSD) the international context, and governance/ citizenship and within this thematic context will develop a range of academic and professional skills including: researching (multimedia); critical thinking, academic writing; feedback and reflection. The module will provide a thorough underpinning to working and learning in a higher education context and will provide opportunities for reflecting on formative and summative feedback.

    • STO002 Introduction to Business and Accounting

      The module will introduce the components, functions & context of a business including contemporary organisational constructs. Participants will explore the impact of different models on purpose, values, stakeholders & reporting. Globalisation, sustainability, ethics and entrepreneurship are core themes. Accounting principles including cash-flow, income statements & balance sheets will be introduced & the relationship between management theories accounting explored.

    • STO003 Research Skills

      The module will enable students to experience research skills at an introductory level and to develop a range of academic and professional skills within the area of research. Students will work as part of small teams within research topics that will develop their understanding the importance of effective collaboration to deliver sound outputs. The module also aims to bring students mathematics ability to the required level for undergraduate level.

    • STO004 Supervised Research Project

      The student integrates subject specific knowledge and skills to develop a specialist area of knowledge in depth and - with supervision from a subject specialist - conducts their own research investigation and reports their findings.

  • Year 1
  • Explore the world of economics and learn how to interpret economic data. Gain a comprehensive overview of economics in action or other related business subjects.

    Core modules
    • ACF103 Business Accounting

      Business Accounting introduces accounting as the measurement, recording and communication of financial information for the purpose of business decision making in the context of risk, sustainability and liquidity. Business Accounting exposes the practical application of a range of relevant accounting techniques which enable effective decision making process. On successful completion of the module students should be able to prepare, report and analyse the key financial statements for decision making purposes.

    • ECN1005 Contemporary Economics

      This module provides an introduction to selected contemporary economic topics and the basic tools of economic reasoning.

    • ECN1008 Economics in Action

      This module explores the application of basic economic concepts to a range of contemporary issues.

    • ECN1014 Introduction to Business and Financial Economics

      The module provides an introduction to the subject of business and financial economics it combines an understanding of theory and frameworks with the practical skills necessary to apply acquired knowledge to a business, industrial or financial context.

    • ECN1015 Principle of Microeconomics

      This module provides an introduction to the theories and concepts of modern microeconomics and mathematical techniques, and applies them to a range of contemporary issues.

    • ECN1016 Principles of Macroeconomics and Data Analysis

      This module provides an introduction to the theories and concepts of modern macroeconomics and statistical techniques, and applies them to a range of contemporary issues.

  • Year 2
  • Study micro- and macroeconomics in depth and learn about financial accounting, business economics, international business or global supply chains. Improve your quantitative skills with econometrics, which will help enhance your career prospects.

  • Optional placement year
  • Get paid for hands-on work experience and develop your economic flair during our optional industrial placement. We support you to find the most suitable private or public sector placement. This provides an opportunity to apply and deepen your knowledge and to develop a range of skills that will be invaluable to your future career.

  • Final year
  • Learn more about the global economy and specialise in business, finance, environmental or economics topics of your choice, including economic modelling and game theory.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Economics with Foundation Year programme specification 6223

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

32 - 80

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma

PPP-MMP in any subject.

BTEC National Diploma modules

If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

International Baccalaureate

24-25 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level. English and Maths accepted within: Higher Level = 4, Standard Level = 5.

IELTS

If overseas & not studying English within IB – Must have IELTS: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in all elements.

Access courses

Pass access course (any subject) plus GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4 or above or equivalent.

New Irish Highers: From 2017 32-80 points.

City and Guilds Level 3: We will accept with a minimum of Merit overall alongside a good GCSE profile, including English and Maths grade C / 4.

Cyprus Apolytirion: 15/20 to 16/20 overall to include a pass in Maths and IELTS: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in all elements.

GCSE

GCSE’s or equivalent: Maths and English at Grade C/4 or City and Guilds; Key Skills Level 2 will be considered on an individual basis.

English language requirements

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2019 2020
Home/EU £9,250 £9,250
International £13,400 £13,800
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts and Humanities additional costs.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Assessment breakdown

  • ? Year 0: 86% coursework, 14% exams
  • @ Year 1 – final year: 81% coursework, 19% exams

What can you do with an economics degree?

Careers in economics

Competition for graduate jobs is fierce. The combination of academic excellence and practical knowledge we encourage on this course will help you stand out when it comes to entering the world of work.

Our students graduate ready to take on all sorts of finance and economics roles – from industry economist to financial risk analyst

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Expand your real world experience with a placement

Get paid for hands-on work experience and develop your economic flair during our optional industrial placement. We support you to find the most suitable private or public sector placement. This provides an opportunity to apply and deepen your knowledge.

"The University of Plymouth placements team offered me dedicated and comprehensive guidance throughout. They helped me to find a corporate internship with a profit-driven business in Malta, then supported me through a halfway transition to a diplomatic and analytical position in Paris - amidst Brexit turmoil. This allowed me to broaden my skillset and prepared me for my future career path with an exciting industry year abroad."

Sean Arrowsmith, BD Electronics - International Business Development

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Why I chose Plymouth

Shahana, first year BSc (Hons) Economics Student

"I have always had a real passion for numbers and having an answer for everything – mathematics is the subject I have found the most fulfilling.

I identified early that economics would build upon my love of mathematics and that it was important for me to find a course that would enable me to channel my interest in the humanities, having studied history and geography at A level.

After considering multiple options, Plymouth remained the best choice for me due to the quality of the BSc (Hons) Economics course content as well as the course’s flexible structure of optional modules, which will allow me to carve a personal pathway that will guide me towards graduation and beyond"

Read more about Shahana's experience.

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The Economics Society

The Economics Society brings together current and past students with an interest in the world of economics. We run events throughout the year to enhance your studies and experience at the University of Plymouth.

Run by staff and students we organise social evenings and talks from visiting academics, professional economists and Plymouth graduates

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Careers service

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated careers service supporting you from the moment you start your degree, to three years after graduation.

Careers advice is embedded into your academic programme through workshops, events, placements, networks - working with the academic staff teaching on your course. We also offer materials, networks and resources online through our 24/7 portal, and a wide-range of activities, opportunities and support centrally in the Careers Service space within the Student Hub.

We are here to help you to explore, connect and succeed.

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