Economics (including foundation year) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Economics (including foundation year) BA (Hons) degree is a four-year course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It’s the ideal course if you’re interested in studying economics at undergraduate level but you are unable to meet the entry requirements or don't have the traditional qualifications required to start a standard degree.

London Met has an excellent reputation for delivering economics degree courses. The Guardian has ranked London Met's economics courses second in London in its university league tables 2020.

More about this course

The foundation year of this degree course will give you a sound base in economics, accounting and business, ensuring you’re well-prepared to explore more specific areas of economics during your subsequent years of study.

The modules on this foundation year are shared between a number of other courses, allowing you to meet students with other academic interests and share ideas.

Following your foundation year, which is also designed to improve your communication and writing skills, you’ll have the opportunity to examine subjects including economic growth and sustainability, financial markets, banking and financial crises, econometrics and more.

In Year 1, 2 and 3 of the course you will study the same core modules – and have access to the same optional modules – as those who study our Economics BSc (Hons) course. There will also be opportunities to study abroad and gain valuable work experience.

Taught by experts in the field of economics, some of whom are advisers to major financial institutions, you’ll be well-equipped for a career in finance on graduation. You will graduate with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.


You’ll be assessed through individual and group presentations, coursework, mini-projects, placement employer assessments, in-class tests, seen and unseen exams, industry projects, case studies, executive summary reports and computer-based projects.

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UCAS code L110
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of 32 UCAS points
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE grade C/4 (or equivalent)

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

Example Year 0 modules:

  • Introduction to Banking, Finance and Economics
  • Principles of Accounting
  • The Context of Business
  • Using and Managing Data and Information

Example Year 1 modules:

  • Accounting
  • Contextualising Theory
  • Economics for Finance and Business
  • Introduction to Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Quantitative Methods for Banking, Finance and Economics

Example Year 2 modules:

  • Econometrics and Financial Modelling
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Creating a Winning Business 1
  • Learning through Work
  • Bank Lending and the Legal Environment
  • Economics and Ethics
  • Information Technology for Professional Practice
  • International Business and World Markets
  • Money and Banking

Example Year 3 modules:

  • Development Economics and Emerging Markets
  • Empirical Research in Global Banking, Finance and Economics
  • Professional Experience Year Placement
  • Creating a Winning Business 2
  • Learning through Work 2
  • Economics of Multinational Business
  • International Corporate Social Responsibility
  • International Trade and Finance
  • Personal Finance

What our students say

"Access to the Bloomberg facility of market data, news and analysis is amazing. The course also provides a huge range of books. The teachers are friendly and easy to approach about any issues or queries."

After the course

A degree in economics can open up a wide range of careers. Here at London Met, we have economics graduates who have gone on to find roles in consultancy, government, research and international corporations.

You will also be well-prepared to undertake a further study at postgraduate level.

What is a degree with foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

Additional information

Our business and law undergraduate programmes are continuously improving and are currently under review for 2020-21 entry. Please apply as outlined in the how to apply section of this page and If there are any changes to your course we will contact you. All universities review their courses regularly and this year we are strengthening our business and law courses to reflect the ever-changing landscape of the world of business and law.

Discover Uni – key statistics about this course

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How to apply

UK/EU applicants for September full-time entry must apply via UCAS unless specified otherwise.

Applicants for September part-time entry should apply direct to the University using the apply online button.

Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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