BSc Economics and Business with a Foundation Year

We guarantee you will be made a conditional offer for 2019 entry on to this course. Please come along to our next Open Day for further information.

  1. UCAS code:
    L12F
    Duration:
    4yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    ABB-BBB

Course Overview

Combining core elements of economics and business, our BSc Economics and Business with a Foundation Year degree, is ideal for students who want a career in politics, policy, business or finance. Providing theoretical and practical understanding of economic principles in relation to business environments, as well as the analytical tools and techniques employed in business decision making and strategy, you will be able to effectively apply your knowledge, investigative and model-building skills to advise everything from private businesses all the way through to the government - having a real impact on economic policy.
The foundation year is taught at The College, on Bay Campus. Located next to the School of Management building, The College is the University’s pathway provider and offers a unique learning environment; designed to fully prepare you for the final three years of your degree.

Key Features

Swansea University

  • 10th in the UK for Career Prospects (Guardian University Guide 2018)
  • 16th in the UK for Value Added (Guardian University Guide 2018)
  • All modules are taught by our world-class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge
  • Swansea is 1st in Wales for world-leading impact - 60% at 4-star level (REF 2014)
  • Opportunity to undertake work placements in both three year (single week or summer internship) and four year (year in industry) variants
  • 85.6% of Swansea University graduates were either in professional level employment or in further study six months after graduating in July 2017 (DLHE 2016/17)
  • High contact time – our modules come with a lecture (in class sizes capped at approximately 150 students) and seminar/tutorial (in class sizes capped at 30) every single week.
  • Interested in our building and provisions? Take a look at them here

The College - Foundation Year

  • Brand-new, state-of-the-art building, situated adjacent to the School of Management on the Bay Campus
  • The College is the University’s pathway provider offering  a supportive and engaging learning environment
  • The College is designed for students that are eager to learn and want to obtain an undergraduate degree but don’t have the necessary qualifications to enrol
  • 18 teaching rooms, designed specifically for our smaller group teaching style
  • 40-seat computer room and a 40-seat study room providing excellent on-site facilities
  • The Foundation Year, undertaken at The College is an effective route to obtaining the degree of your choice

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 0 (Level 3)

Entry Level 3 / Foundation Year
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MN-0001The College - Autumn Term (Sep - Dec)20Interactive Learning Skills and Communication (Advanced)
MN-0002The College - Autumn Term (Sep - Dec)15Business
MN-0003The College - Autumn Term (Sep - Dec)10Principles of ICT
MN-0004The College - Autumn Term (Sep - Dec)15Composition and Style
MN-0501The College - Spring Term (Jan - April)15Statistics
MN-0502The College - Spring Term (Jan - April)15Economics
MN-0503The College - Spring Term (Jan - April)15Critical Thinking
MN-0504The College - Spring Term (Jan - April)15Globalisation

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Undergraduate / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MN-1011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Micro-economics 1
MN-1012Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Statistics 1 for Economics
MN-1013Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Finance for Economics
MN-1510Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Current Issues in Economics
MN-1512Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Macro-economics 1
MN-1515Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Accounting for Economics
MN-1516Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Methodology in Economics
Optional Modules
Maths for Economics Compulsory Module 

Choose Exactly 15 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students need to select one of the following options depending on whether they took A Level Maths

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MN-1018Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Maths 1 for Economics AThis module is for students who completed A-Level Maths
MN-1019Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Maths 1 for Economics BThis module is for students who do not have an A-Level in Maths

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Undergraduate / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MN-2018Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Marketing and Strategy
MN-2021Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Micro-economics 2
MN-2057Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Econometrics 1
MN-2527Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Macro-economics 2
MN-2530Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Economic Policy
Optional Modules
Semester 1 - Optional Business Modules 

Choose Exactly 15 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select 15 credits from the following list. Optional modules will be offered subject to demand, availability and timetable constraints. Students should note and check BEFORE selecting whether modules have any special requirements, such as pre-requisites, co-requisites or incompatibles. NOTE: Pre-reqs need to have been taken in a previous year and co-reqs have to be selected in the current year.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MN-2007Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Strategic Marketing Planning
MN-2009Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Change Management (with Fujitsu)
MN-2010Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15International Marketing
MN-2011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Information Systems
MN-2013Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Organisational Behaviour
MN-2015Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Programming for Analytics
MN-2017Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Management Science 1
MN-2035Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Global Business Environment: International Political Economy
MN-2040Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Strategic Analysis
MN-2054Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Business Planning
MN-2055Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Theory of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
MN-2058Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Contemporary Issues in Tourism
MN-2059Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Marketing Places
MN-2060Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Business and Employment Law
MN-N001Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)0English for Management 1Non-credit module aimed at SoM students whose first language is not English
MN-N002Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)0English for Management 2Builds on the skills developed in MN-N001, which is a pre-requisite
AND
Semester 2 - Optional Business Modules 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select 30 credits from the following list. Optional modules will be offered subject to demand, availability and timetable constraints. Students should note and check BEFORE selecting whether modules have any special requirements, such as pre-requisites, co-requisites or incompatibles. NOTE: Pre-reqs need to have been taken in a previous year and co-reqs have to be selected in the current year.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MN-2508Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Human Resource Management
MN-2509Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Management Consulting 1
MN-2510Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Consumer Behaviour
MN-2511Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15International Business
MN-2512Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Industrial Marketing
MN-2513Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Supply Chain Management
MN-2514Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Business Information Systems
MN-2518Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15e-Business
MN-2520Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Business Analytics
MN-2522Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Social Marketing
MN-2536Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Service Operations Management
MN-2549Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Decision Analysis
MN-2551Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Social Aspects of Organisation
MN-2559Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Applied EntrepreneurshipStudents must also select, and pass, MN-2054 Business Planning before commencing this module.
MN-2563Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Entrepreneurship for Tourism Experiences
MN-2564Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Tourism in Practice
MN-N003Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)0English for Management 1 (TB2)Repeat of MN-N001, delivered in TB2

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Undergraduate / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MN-3048Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Advanced Economic Analysis
Optional Modules
Economics - Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 45 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select exactly 45 credits from the following list, and should aim to balance their options over the two semesters. Optional modules will be offered subject to demand, availability and timetable constraints. Students should note and check BEFORE selecting whether modules have any special requirements, such as pre-requisites, co-requisites or incompatibles. NOTE: Pre-reqs need to have been taken and passed in a previous year and co-reqs have to be selected in the current year.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MN-3001Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Economics Independent Study ProjectStudents cannot select this if they have opted for MN-3000 - Business Final Year Project
MN-3002Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Financial Market EfficiencyPre-reqs: MN-1503 or MN-1012 or MN-2517
MN-3027Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Mathematical EconomicsPre-reqs: MN-2056 or MN-2005
MN-3028Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Econometrics 2Pre-reqs: MN-2057 Econometrics 1 or MN-2528 Econometrics 2
MN-3031Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Labour EconomicsPre-req: MN-2021 Micro-economics 2. Incompatible if MN-2546 has been taken previously
MN-3035Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Monetary Economics 1Pre-reqs: MN-2021 Micro-economics 2 and MN-2527 Macroeconomics 2
MN-3057Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15International Economic PolicyPre-reqs: MN-2021 Micro-economics 2 AND MN-2527 Macroeconomics 2
MN-3501Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Financial EconomicsRequires high level mathematical ability. Pre-reqs: MN-2004 or MN-1509 or MN-2028 or MN-2057
MN-3531Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Public ChoicePre-req: MN-2021 Micro-economics 2
MN-3532Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Econometrics 3Student must also select MN-3028 Econometrics 3 in TB1 in order to take this module (co-req)
MN-3533Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Economies of the Middle and Far East
MN-3534Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Monetary Economics 2Student must also select and MN-3035 Monetary Economics in TB1 in order to take this module (co-req)
MN-3552Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Business and Financial ForecastingPre-reqs: MN-1509 Econometrics 1 or MN-2028 Econometrics 1
MN-3566Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15History of Economic Thought
MN-3567Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15International Economics and TradePre-reqs: MN-2021 Micro-economics 2 AND MN-2527 Macroeconomics 2
AND
Business - Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select 60 credits from the following list, and should aim to balance their options over the two semesters. Optional modules will be offered subject to demand, availability and timetable constraints. Students should note and check BEFORE selecting whether modules have any special requirements, such as pre-requisites, co-requisites or incompatibles. NOTE: Pre-reqs need to have been taken in a previous year and co-reqs have to be selected in the current year.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MN-3000Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Final Year ProjectStudents cannot select this if they have also chosen MN-3001 - Economics Independent Study Project
MN-3012Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Marketing Research
MN-3013Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15International Human Resource Management
MN-3014Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Marketing Communications
MN-3015Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Power and Organisation
MN-3016Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Innovation Management
MN-3018Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Sales and Sales Force Management
MN-3019Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Project ManagementStudents cannot select this module if they have previously undertaken MN-2014 Project Management
MN-3022Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Pioneers of Entrepreneurship 1
MN-3023Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Lean Operations
MN-3024Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Data Mining
MN-3026Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Application Development
MN-3047Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Strategic Implementation
MN-3055Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Rheoli Prosiectau (Project Management)Co-taught with MN-3019 and allows students to have seminars through the medium of Welsh.
MN-3512Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Business EthicsThis module cannot be taken with either MN-3517 or MN-3516.
MN-3513Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Leadership
MN-3515Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15International Marketing 2Pre-req: MN-2010 International Marketing 1
MN-3516Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Marketing EthicsThis module cannot be taken with either MN-3517 or MN-3512.
MN-3517Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Corporate Social ResponsibilityThis module cannot be taken with either MN-3512 or MN-3516
MN-3519Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Information Technology Service Management
MN-3521Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15International Standards
MN-3522Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Environmental Management for Business
MN-3524Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Consumer Behaviour 2Pre-req: MN-2510 Consumer Behaviour 1.
MN-3526Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Spreadsheets and Databases for Business AnalysisIncompatible if MN-2523 Spreadsheets and Databases for Business taken at Level 5
MN-3551Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Law of International Corporate Governance
MN-3553Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Sales and Personal Selling
MN-N001Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)0English for Management 1Non-credit module aimed at SoM students whose first language is not English
MN-N002Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)0English for Management 2Builds on the skills developed in MN-N001, which is a pre-requisite
MN-N003Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)0English for Management 1 (TB2)Repeat of MN-N001, delivered in TB2

Description

For our BSc Economics and Business with a Foundation Year programme, the Foundation Year is taught at The College, located adjacent to the School of Management. This year gives you the opportunity to build your knowledge in economics and business, and offers a high level of support through small lecture and seminar classes. The state-of-the-art facilities and world-class teaching help you to realise your full academic potential.

Following the foundation year, you will be taught at the School of Management. You will study a range of modules which are compulsory for all Economic students in Year 1 but will have the freedom to choose from a variety of modules in years 2 and 3; giving you the opportunity to hone in on your developing interests and specialisation.

Entry Requirements

UK / EU Students

A foundation year is available for students who do not achieve the grades necessary for their chosen degree programme.

If you don’t think you meet our standard entry requirements and want more information, please email study@swansea.ac.uk to understand how a degree with a Foundation Year may be suitable for you

International Students

Please visit The College website for course information and entry requirements

You will find the required qualifications to begin the three year, undergraduate degree of your choice here. If you don’t meet these requirements, you can enrol onto the four year programme which includes a Foundation Year.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £15,000

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Recommended textbooks for this course are available in the library. All software needed for the course is available on the School of Management network, for use within our PC rooms at Swansea University.

Free wireless internet access is available across the whole of the University campus and halls of residence.

Year in Industry and Study Abroad Option

The School of Management offers a variety of placement schemes (year in industry) which are coordinated by our in-house Employability Team. Click here to access detailed guidance on the placement process, including recent student success stories.

Study abroad opportunities are managed in conjunction with Swansea University's Go Global Team. You can find out more about your study abroad opportunities here.

For students studying a foundation programme, a transfer to selected Year in Industry and Year Abroad schemes is possible at the end of Level 2.

Final Year Project

The Final Year Project scheme connects students with external organisations from all areas of Business, helping translate ideas learnt in the classroom into real-world impact, whilst providing an opportunity to impress potential employers.

You’ll undertake a group project in collaboration with a business, commercial or other organisation, conducting market research and providing recommendations to solve a problem set by the project provider.  You’ll receive consistent supervision and support throughout the process, from a team of highly experienced academic and professional services staff.  

Over the past 3 years, more than 90 businesses have engaged with the School through the Final Year Project scheme, facilitating over 250 students each year with change management projects.

'The group of students assisting us was first class. I would have absolutely no problem giving any of them a personal recommendation for either further education or a job in their chosen profession.' - Fossitt Tremlow Consulting

'The group hit the ground running and were happy to get stuck in with doing the physical parts of the project as well as the marketing and research elements.' - Discovery, a Swansea-based volunteer-led charity.

Professional Accreditation

To find out more about if this course has a professional accreditation and what that means, visit our professional accreditation page.

Location and Facilities

The College

Once enrolled, you will spend the first two weeks attending lectures and seminars at The College, Singleton Campus (Swansea University’s original campus, located in a beautiful park by the beach). You will complete the remainder of your Foundation Year at The College’s brand new facilities; located on the Bay Campus (Swansea University’s Science and Innovation Campus- opened September 2015).

The College’s brand-new, purpose built building with state-of-the-art facilities is located on the beachfront. With space for social and academic activities, it provides the optimum learning environment for students studying pathway programmes that lead directly into Swansea University degrees.

Your Foundation Year will be followed by three years of study at the School of Management, located a stone’s throw away from The College.

The School of Management boasts world class facilities; an impressive Atrium, dynamic teaching spaces, state-of-the-art IT equipment and unrivalled access to top quality careers and student support teams. 

The College

Bay Campus

For more information on what's available to you on the Bay Campus visit our Location and Facilities page.

Careers and Employability

We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates with major multinational companies.

From the moment you arrive at the School of Management we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects.

During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:

  • Get unlimited one to one bespoke careers advice from our dedicated careers team.
  • Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative.
  • Attend our Careers Fair and network with employers.
  • Join our Employability Mentoring scheme and get mentored by an employer who can help you with the transition from student to working professional.
  • Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our seminars and events.
  • Boost your skills and meet employers during our Employability Module, which is run twice a year.
  • Complete the Swansea Employability Award.
  • Participate in our Business in the Bay competition and compete against other university students.
  • Join our Alumni community and meet graduates from previous years who can offer the benefit of their experiences.

Discover how our in-house Careers Service has supported our students:

Graduate Destinations

Some of our recent graduate destinations:

  • Advanced Analytical Modelling Consultant, AC Neilsen
  • Assistant Tax Consultant, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Business Analyst, Bloomberg
  • Commercial Graduate, Tata
  • Finance Analyst, Cable and Wireless Worldwide
  • Finance Graduate Trainee, Tate & Lyle plc
  • Finance Graduate, Ford Motor Company
  • Financial Accounts Controller, Airbus UK
  • Financial Management Trainee, L'Oreal
  • Foreign Exchange Trader, HSBC
  • Graduate management scheme, Enterprise Rent- a-Car
  • Graduate Trainee programme, Barclays
  • Investment Banker, Julian Hodge
  • IT Consultant, Capgemini
  • Management Consultant, Accenture
  • Management Trainee, Marks and Spencer
  • Management Trainee, Shell UK
  • Marketing Assistant, Alfa Romeo
  • Recruitment Consultant, Microsoft
  • Share Dealer, OSTC
  • Trainee Accountant, Deloitte
  • Trainee Auditor, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Contact

For more information on this programme, please contact us:

Telephone: +44 (0)1792 205678

Email: study@swansea.ac.uk