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. You will be introduced to the field of finance both in terms of managerial use of accounts to make financial decisions, and also the wider financial services sector, in particular the regulatory and ethical framework adopted in the UK.
- The Economy
- UK Financial Services: Regulation and Ethics
- Finance For Managers
- Business Applications
- Quantitative Methods
- Academic Skills For Business
- Legal Foundation of Business
The economics component of the second year concentrates on the more advanced study of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Whilst in the finance modules you will consider the impact of risk and uncertainty on investment portfolios, as well as studying the UK and international investment institutions in greater depth. To further develop your analytical skills you will be shown how to use statistical and empirical work within your own 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
- Quantitative Methods II
- Research Skills for Economists
- Work Experience
- Financial Planning for Business
- Money, Banking and Risk
- World Economy
- Investment Markets and Principles
- Developing a Business
The third year concentrates on applying the knowledge of microeconomic, macroeconomic and finance theory that students have acquired throughout their first two years of study. In addition, you may choose from a number of alternative finance and economic modules, allowing you to specialise in preparation for your future career. Options will include topics such as: monetary economics (why money matters and what central banks do), behavioural finance, derivatives markets and management of investments. You will also undertake your own research in an area of economics or finance that interests you in the form of a dissertation.
- Applied Microeconomics
- Applied Macroeconomics
- Macroeconomic Theory
- Financial Management for Managers
- Investment Management
- Capital Markets and Derivatives
- Money and Credit
- Behavioural Finance
Learning & Teaching
Your tutors within the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance and staff from the Cardiff School of Management 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.
In your final year, you will be supervised and guided by a member of staff specialising in your area of interest. This allows you to apply the research skills developed throughout your studies in a longer piece of work, which will provide evidence of your skills to prospective employers.
A wide range of methods are used including tests, presentations, reports, essays, and examinations.
Employability & Careers
The course provides a combination of the analytical skills possessed by economists that are demanded in the private and public sector as well as comprehensive specialist knowledge of financial markets.
This will provide graduates of the course with a wide variety of career options, but will be particularly useful to those wishing to work as analysts within the financial services industry.
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.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Applicants will preferably 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 one 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 two A levels (or equivalent).
Typical offers may include:
112 points from at least two A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject
RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit
112 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD
112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 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.
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.
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 on the basis of their prior learning or working background.
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 on the basis of a completed UCAS application.
How to Apply:
Full-time applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at www.ucas.com. Part-time applications should be made direct to the University at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/selfservice. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.