48 months
14600 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The BSc (Hons) Economics with Foundation Year course at the University of Plymouth 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.

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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. The BSc (Hons) Economics with Foundation Year  course is offered at the University of Plymouth .

Key Features:

  • The foundation year is an integral part of the extended degree and you will benefit from experienced university lecturers. Whilst completion of the foundation year will not lead to a separate award or qualification in its own right, you will be able to confidently progress to further study within the Plymouth Business School.
  • We emphasise a real-world application based approach in many modules which integrates theoretical and evidence based analysis in order to best support your development as a professional economist. 
  • We recognise that our students are diverse with different backgrounds and interests. Our course offers contemporary electives enabling you to tailor your degree to your personal interests. In addition to our flexible economics pathway we offer a financial economics pathway that allows you to specialise in international trade and finance. 
  • Enhance your employability by completing a placement year. You will be supported by the University's excellent careers service and dedicated placement preparation sessions.
  • A programme not only designed to develop your skills and capabilities as an economist but also to offer numerous opportunities to build your CV in other ways for example through opportunities for micro-credentialing, engaging in real world problem based learning and active researching. We do this because we know it is key to student academic and graduate success.
  • The Bloomberg Interactive Learning Suite allows students to research fields such as corporate finance, derivative markets, portfolio and risk analytics, real-time data and investment simulations.

Careers with this subject:

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.

Programme Structure

  • Lay the foundations for future study by building a comprehensive overview of core economic theory and its use.
  • Study micro- and macroeconomics in depth and improve your quantitative and analytical skills with the study of econometrics and research methods.
  • Get paid for hands-on work experience and develop your economic flair. We support you to find the most suitable private or public sector placement.
  • Learn more about the global economy and specialise in business, finance, environmental or economics topics of your choice, including economic modelling and game theory.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • UCAS tariff


  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tuition Fee

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    • International

      14600 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 14600 GBP per year during 48 months.
    • National

      9250 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 48 months.

    Living costs for Plymouth

    731 - 1387 GBP /month
    Living costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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