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Economics with Foundation Year

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

48

48 UCAS points, including 24 points from one A level, or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2021

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2021

Subject

Economics

**Course summary**

- Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.

- Study a course balanced between theory and practice to understand the disciplines of economics.

- Acquire key analytical, problem solving, communication, quantitative and computing skills to address business problems.

- Undertake relevant work experience with an optional one-year work placement to prepare for your career.

Gain economic insights by exploring the economic modelling approach and by challenging your way of thinking. Work closely with real world economic data, statistical packages and econometric software such as IBM SPSS and Stata. Develop your professional competencies, employability skills and career development potential, through activities that use the context of work and real world experiences.

**How you learn**

The course is suitable if you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Economics course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other Sheffield Business School foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

Our lectures are informative and engaging, and you are encouraged to be an active participant via our electronic voting system or by using free apps, such as Socrative, on your smartphone. The seminars address an in-depth exploration of issues covered in lectures, where you can improve and develop self-confidence, teamwork and interpersonal communication skills.

**You learn through**

- lectures

- seminars

- IT sessions

- workshops

- work experience

- guest speakers

- coursework

- Examinations

In the foundation year, you'll study wider business topics, while specialising in your chosen subject area. You'll learn useful skills such as academic writing, work in diverse teams and learn to utilise a wide variety of data sources. In doing so, you'll fully prepare yourself for undergraduate study.

**Applied learning
Work placements**

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your third and fourth years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.

Your academic and professional advisor helps you in your third year, and a placement officer supports you while you are on placement. You can also apply for a 6-12 week summer vacation placement scheme with the Government Economic Service that could help you secure a job in the civil service.

**Live projects**

In your final year you get a chance to apply your specialist knowledge and develop your research, analysis and communication skills in the consultancy module. You work in groups to investigate and propose solutions to a specific economics related issue for a client company or local authority body.

Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1-
Module: Contemporary Issues Credits: 20
Module: Introduction To Business Credits: 20
Module: Organisation Management And Delivery 1 Credits: 20
Module: Organisation Management And Delivery 2 Credits: 20
Module: Self And Stakeholder Management Credits: 20
Module: The Practice Of Business Credits: 20
Year 2-
Compulsory modules-
Module: Developing Professional And Academic Skills Credits: 20
Module: Introduction To Macroeconomics Credits: 20
Module: Introduction To Microeconomics Credits: 20
Module: Introduction To Statistics Credits: 20
Module: Maths For Economics Credits: 20
Elective modules-
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20
Module: Foundations Of International Business Credits: 20
Year 3-
Compulsory modules-
Module: Alternative Perspectives In Economics Credits: 20
Module: Intermediate Macroeconomics Credits: 20
Module: Intermediate Microeconomics Credits: 20
Module: Introduction To Econometrics Credits: 20
Module: Progressing Professional Development Credits: 20
Elective modules-
Module: Financial Fluency For Management Decision Making Credits: 20
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20
Module: International Entrepreneurship Credits: 20
Module: Leading And Managing Teams Credits: 20
Year 4-
Module: Placement Year-
Final year-
Compulsory modules-
Module: Advanced Topics In Macroeconomics Credits: 20
Module: Applied Econometrics Credits: 20
Module: Economics Consultancy Project Credits: 20
Module: Industrial Economics Credits: 20
Elective modules-
Module: Behavioural Economics Credits: 20
Module: Business In The European Economy Credits: 20
Module: Financial Performance Management Credits: 20
Module: Global Financial Markets Credits: 20
Module: Global Supply Chain Management Credits: 20
Module: International Economics Credits: 20
Module: Uls French Stage 2 Credits: 20
Module: Uls French Stage 3 Credits: 20
Module: Uls French Stage 4 Credits: 20
Module: Uls French Stage 6A Credits: 20
Module: Uls German Stage 2 Credits: 20
Module: Uls German Stage 3 Credits: 20
Module: Uls German Stage 4 Credits: 20
Module: Uls German Stage 6A Credits: 20
Module: Uls Spanish Stage 2 Credits: 20
Module: Uls Spanish Stage 3 Credits: 20
Module: Uls Spanish Stage 4 Credits: 20
Module: Uls Spanish Stage 6A Credits: 20

Assessment methods

Coursework
Exam

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£13,995
per year
International
£13,995
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

92%
high
Economics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Economics

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

81%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
81%
Male students
19%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Economics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
low
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
31%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
20%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
13%
Business, research and administrative professionals

This is a degree in demand, as business increasingly needs workers who can examine and explain complex data. And yet the number of economics graduates fell by nearly 10% last year, which means demand is even greater. As so many economic grads go into banking and finance, it's not surprising that over half of all 2015's economics graduates who did go into work were working in London. And don't think it's just the finance industry that's interested in these graduates - there's a significant number who enter the IT industry to work with data as analysts and consultants. It's quite common for economics graduates to go into jobs such as accountancy and management consultancy which may require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications - so don’t assume you won’t have to take any more exams once you leave uni. And the incentive to take them, of course, is better pay, which will be on top of an already healthy average starting salary of over £30,000 for graduates working in the capital.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Economics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£28k

£28k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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