Foundation Year (Year 0):
This programme incorporates a foundation year, which is intended for students wishing to enrol onto the three-year honours degree, who fall into one of the following categories:
1. Students who have not achieved the required A-level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.
Further information about the foundation year can be found by
In the first year you will get an introduction into the world of economics, as well as being equipped with the necessary quantitative and academic skills to succeed not only in your studies, but more importantly in your future careers. Furthermore, you will get a wider perspective with an introduction to accounting and the theory and practice of entrepreneurship. Managers need to be able to understand the information provided by accountants and some might opt to found their own business.
Modules (all core):
- The Economy
- Quantitative Methods
- Academic Skills For Business
- Entrepreneurship and Enterprise
- Finance For Managers
- Business Applications
In the second year you study economics at a more advanced level. You learn how to undertake financial planning in a business and how to do research. You also find out how to develop a business. Furthermore, you will study game theory (Where you learn how to act strategically, taking possible actions of others into account.), and how to undertake data research. As with all CSM courses a workplace module is also included in the second year of study to prepare students for their careers after completing their studies.
- Intermediate Microeconomics
- Intermediate Macroeconomics
- Financial Planning for Business
- Developing a Business
- Research Skills for Economists
- Work Experience
- Quantitative Methods 2
- Information Economics
- Investment Markets & Principles
- E-Business Management
- Intercultural Awareness for Business
- History of Economic Thought
- World Economy
- Games in Business and Politics
- Money, Banking and Risk
The third year focuses on applying economics, but also explores strategic management. Again there will be the opportunity to specialise in areas like public economics (which is all about the economic tools important for governments) and monetary economics (Why and how money is important and what central banks do).
- Applied Microeconomics
- Applied Macroeconomics
- Strategic Management
- Macroeconomic Theory
- Enterprise Project
- Money and Credit
- Economic Tools for Government
- Financial Management for Managers
- Investment Management
- Industrial Economics
- International Business and Cultural Diversity
Learning & Teaching
We are committed to providing you with the necessary support to enable you to realise your full potential. Our innovative teaching methods include experiments and the very latest teaching materials.
A wide range of methods are used including tests, presentations, reports, essays, and examinations.
Employability & Careers
Economists are in demand in both the private and public sector. They can be skilled managers, researchers, analysts and strategists. Research shows that Economics students have higher average earnings than most other graduates, including those studying a general business degree. Figures published by the
Complete University Guide in 2015, show an average starting salary of £26,630 for Economics graduates.
The provision of work-placements as an assessed part of your academic programme of learning is so important that we provide you with the opportunity to undertake placement as part of your second year studies. We have strong links with the business community and the work-placement programme is designed to enhance your future employability prospects.
Progression to postgraduate study within the Cardiff School of Management is also an option.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2017 entry and use the new UCAS tariff. Please refer to our Entry Requirements for further information on the new tariff, or contact Admissions if you have any questions.
Applicants must have a minimum of five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) and 32 UCAS Tariff Points from at least 1 A level (or equivalent).
Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), plus 112 points from at least 3 A levels (or equivalent) Typical offers may include:
112 points from at least 3 A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit
112 points from at least 3 Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD
112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 3 x H2 grades. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4
112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma
*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE
Mathematics – Numeracy.
If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking
Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually by members of the course team on the basis of their prior learning or working background. For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels or equivalent, this will be considered along with the rest of the academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff.
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application.
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.