Economics (Foundation Year)

Economics shapes everything from business to politics. A foundation year is just the start of your journey to a rewarding career in this field.

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Overview

Whether you dream of working in business or want to shape policies in government, an economics degree can get you there. 

Economists play a central role in everything from banking to government. You’ll have a host of career options once you complete your full degree.

You’ll learn from economics experts. Our team includes a former Treasury adviser and a leading expert in Brexit and European politics. It’s an exciting time to study economics. You’ll explore the economic challenges, trends and opportunities of today to prepare you for work in the sector tomorrow.

We work closely with employers such as AJ Bell and local governments to develop our courses. That means you’ll graduate from your full degree with the skills you need to get ahead.

Laying strong foundations

This course is designed to prepare you for studying on any of our economics pathways.

It will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to study for an honours degree, even if you don’t currently meet the academic requirements.

Once you’ve passed, you’ll be ready to start your degree course. That means your degree will take four years, or five years if it includes a work placement or year studying abroad.

Features and Benefits

  • Triple crown - study in a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • Adapt to university life – develop your study skills, prepare for a full degree course and familiarise yourself with our city centre campus.
  • Funding support – you can apply for student finance (e.g. tuition fee loan, student loan and student maintenance grant) in the same way as other students.
  • Latest research and practice – learn from leading economists who are shaping economic development in Manchester, post-Brexit Britain and fast-growing European economies.
  • Unique subjects – this course goes beyond mainstream economics. You’ll learn about non-conventional approaches, cryptocurrencies and the impact of Brexit.
  • Free access to Bloomberg Terminal & Strata – leading global platforms used by the world’s banks, corporations and government agencies for news, data, analytics and research.
  • Broaden your horizons – make the most of our industry connections and experience what it’s like to work in the field of economics or study overseas during your fourth year.
  • Regular industry events – attend guest talks and masterclasses delivered by industry experts and network with recruiting organisations.

“The Business School has many opportunities to network with large companies, such as KPMG, Bupa and Aldi. It was quite eye opening to see what they were looking for in their management trainees.” Mardiyyah Islam, BA (Hons) Economics.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“The Foundation Year gives students the perfect environment to advance academic abilities prior to continuing onto their link degree. Key skills and knowledge gained during the year give an excellent grounding for students to go on and successfully complete their degree.”

Garry Blair, Link Tutor

Career Prospects

Successfully completing your Economics Foundation Year will allow you to study for one of our full economics degrees.

These develop a host of skills employers are looking for. Problem-solving, analytical skills and the ability to interpret data are highly sought after.

We work closely with employers and they know that our graduates are ready for work in this fast-paced sector.

A foundation year is a stepping stone to further qualifications and an exciting career in the field of economics.

Graduates from our full economics degrees have gone onto careers in:

They are working in high-profile roles in the likes of the Cabinet Office, the Government Economic Service, PwC and the UN.

Completing a work placement or studying abroad in year four of your course will give you invaluable experience and strengthen your CV.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

72-80

A levels ­– DDD-CDD

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma – MMP

Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade D/3 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English

and

GCSE grade D/3 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 74 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

24 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

5.5 overall with no individual element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

MEET THE EXPERTS

“We teach a mainstream core curriculum in economics, international business; the impact of sports governance and the development of sport as a business.  But as a modern university, we go much beyond that…”
 
Listen to what Donna Lee, Head of Department, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

Students on the Economics (Foundation Year) will take the following units:

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Core Units

Study Skills

Upon completion of this departmental unit, students will have the skills, understanding and attributes to bridge the gap from Foundation year to an undergraduate degree programme of their choice. The unit aim is to equip students with the knowledge and understanding in such areas of academic writing, personal and professional development. During the unit students will be able to make connections between theory and practice and gain awareness of the importance of increasing a proficient approach to their academic and personal skills, behaviours and attitudes relating to further academic studies.

Business Intelligence

The main aim of this unit is introduce students to the vital role that data analysis plays in modern organisations and equip them with related fundamental skills. Students will develop skills in the areas of data handling and processing, analysis and presentation. The unit will focus on the summary and description of data sets using both graphical and statistical approaches. Consideration will also be given as to how data analysis can enhance the ‘intelligence’ of an organisation and, in particular, support the decision making process.

Fundamentals of Marketing

This unit introduces students to the fundamentals of marketing. The core themes will include marketing orientation and practice, the marketing environment, marketing research and marketing applications of consumer psychology and behaviour, digital marketing and the changing approaches to communication, and operations/systems management for marketing.

Finance for Business

The main aim of this unit is to introduce students to the theories and concepts of finance in a business environment. This should cover the basic definitions of this subject and serve as an introduction to further studies in this area, as required.

Business Economics

This unit aims to provide an applied introduction to key theoretical aspects of microeconomics and macroeconomics through a range of case studies, policy debates and application to topical issues.

Introduction to Management

This unit will introduce students to the importance of creativity and responsible management in business decision-making, before outlining business strategy. The unit will show how these discrete disciplines are harnessed and used by managers throughout all levels of the organisation. The unit touches upon innovation, creativity and opportunity identification, explores aspects of business ethics and sustainability, and illustrates basic strategies developed by organisations in response to external and internal challenges.

Understanding and Managing People

The main aim of this foundational unit is to enable you to appreciate introductory topics related to understanding and managing people at work. Through studying organisational behaviour, students will cover selected topics at three main levels, comprising individual, group and management level. Academic theory is explored through organisational examples.

Customer Service Management

There is a critical need in all business sectors for the delivery of good customer service and for managers within the service industry this is particularly challenging. This unit will focus on the challenges and strategies for managing customer service particularly in the economic sectors of Events, Hospitality, Sport and Tourism. 

Placement options

If you choose the placement route of the linked honours degree you will include a minimum of 36 weeks work experience as part of your degree studies. Our dedicated placement team has over 25 years experience of matching students to employers and will help you find a placement.

Department of Economics, Policy and International Business

Our Economics, Policy and International Business Department advances knowledge on the issues that matter on a contemporary global stage.

The department is committed to teaching excellence and is led by world-class professionals and academic economists. Reacting to the global needs of the digital age, its aim is to enable students to explore the vast areas influenced by economics and policy.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

Meet our expert staff

Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

There may be the opportunity to attend visit days with local business organisations, the cost of which will usually be covered by the University. These trips are optional.

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

M102

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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