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Economics and Mathematics with an Integrated Foundation Year

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Mode of study

4 years full-time; 5 years thick-sandwich

UCAS code

L102, L103 with Placement Year

Start date


Location of study

Brunel University London campus


This specialist programme will teach you the prerequisite skills in economics and finance that are needed for undergraduate degrees.

Brunel University London’s impact on the future wages of its graduates is among the best in the country compared to other universities, according to a new analysis of government data by The Economist (2017).

About the course

The foundation year is designed to help you progress to a challenging and exciting career in economics and finance. Our carefully designed curriculum is particularly suitable for those who want to change direction, perhaps not having taken A-levels in mathematics or economics, and for mature applicants returning to study. You will quickly find that willingness to learn and determination is more important than prior knowledge.

The foundation year is hosted by the Department of Mathematics, to reflect the essential role of mathematics in your subsequent studies. Once you have successfully completed your foundation year with the grades needed for your chosen degree course in the Economics & Finance Department, you progress directly into Level 1 of that degree – there’s no need to re-apply via UCAS.

We look forward to helping you develop your learning and setting you firmly on the way to your chosen career.


Economics and Mathematics with an Integrated Foundation Year provides an introduction to a variety of exciting disciplines in economics.

All the degree courses below are linked to Economics and Mathematics with an Integrated Foundation Year:-

  • BSc Economics
  • BSc Economics and Accounting
  • BSc Economics and Business Finance
  • BSc Economics and Management
  • BSc Finance and Accounting

The foundation year will help you clarify where your interests lie.




Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course content

The foundation year covers material that would usually have been covered in A-level mathematics and economics, so that students are well equipped to begin BSc degrees in economics and finance.

All students will take the following modules:

  • Economics
  • Study Skills
  • Calculus
  • Discrete & Decision Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Algebra

The four mathematics modules will all feature the application of mathematics to economics and finance.

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.


If you successfully pass Economic and Finance with an Integrated Foundation Year, you will have the opportunity to progress to one of the following degrees within the University’s Department of Economics and Finance: -

• Economics BSc

• Economics with Accounting BSc

• Economics with Business Finance BSc

• Economics and Management BSc

• Finance and Accounting BSc

For more information on these degrees, please visit  our Economics and Finance web pages.

As a student of these degrees, you will have exclusive access to Brunel Business Life – our professional development programme for students that offers training in a range of skills including customer service, team working, presenting, project management and more.  

Careers and your future

Talented people who have good technical or scientific qualifications, as well as imagination, enthusiasm and communication and organisational skills, are always in great demand. A wide variety of interesting and well-paid career opportunities are available.

Graduates of our BSc degree in Economics and Finance are employed in many fields, with roles at:-

  • NatWest
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • KPMG
  • The Treasury
  • Bank of England.

Additionally, our BSc degrees in Economics and Finance are accredited Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). 

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

» More about Employability

Entry criteria 2019/20

  • GCE A-level CDD, preferably including Maths, Economics or Politics.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM in a related subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject with an A-Level at grade C preferably in Maths or Physics
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with A-Levels grade CC preferably including Maths and Physics
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 25 points
  • Access Complete and pass Access course with 45 credits at level 3.

In addition 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Mathematics and English Language  are required.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU entry requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

Teaching and learning

Economics and Mathematics with an Integrated Foundation Year is hosted by our Department of Mathematics. This friendly department has a well-established reputation for student achievement and success.

We use a range of approaches to help you engage effectively with the subject, ensuring you learn both from your tutors and by working directly with fellow students.

Lectures offer a broad overview of key concepts and ideas, giving you a useful framework from which you can pursue more in-depth study. Smaller tutorial groups enable you to work on economics and mathematics-related problems with guidance from a staff member.

Special features

  • An alternative route into an economics or finance degree if you’re looking to change direction or return to study
  • You will study the prerequisite skills in economics and mathematics that are needed for our undergraduate degrees
  • Four degrees to choose after a foundation year all with accreditation by CIMA and ACCA  

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time; £1,000 placement year

International students: £16,850 full-time

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.

Home/EU undergraduate student fees for this programme are £6,350 for the foundation year (2018 entry) and £9,250 per year thereafter. From 2019, the fees for the foundation year will be £9,250.  UK Government policy currently caps Home/EU undergraduate fees at £9,250, and any future increases will be subject to changes in government policy.  International fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about foundation student funding options.