Business and Economics with Integrated Foundation Year BA (Hons)

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This is a four-year version of our popular BA (Hons) Business and Management course, with an integrated foundation year. Gain a solid business education with a focus on economics. Gain skills in evidence-based decision making for financial solutions. Develop graduate attributes that will attract future employers.

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In your first year - the foundation year - you will study 4 modules; a business-related module, a numeracy skills module, a study skills-related module and a foundation project module. After completion of this foundation year, you will then move onto the Business and Economics honours degree course.

BA (Hons) Business and Economics combines key content in business and economics with the opportunity to develop the skills and evidence-based decision making for financial solutions.

You will study specialist modules including global entrepreneurship and innovation, applied econometrics, international economics and innovation management.

The course has a range of employability modules which help you identify your strengths and aspirations, and plan for personal development.

Upcoming start dates
13 December 2018
16 September 2019

Why us?

  • Our Business, Management and Marketing courses are 7th in UK for Satisfaction with feedback according to The Guardian University league tables 2018
  • 'World-leading' research in Business, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • The Sunderland Business School is a member of ‘The Association of Business Schools’
  • 93.4% of our graduates are in employment, further study or training within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on full-time, first degree, home leavers)

Course structure

Teaching methods include, lectures, seminars, group work and e-learning. We encourage you to develop independent study skills.

As well as assessments that count towards your degree, there are also ongoing assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning. Assessment methods include coursework, written examinations, presentations and practical assessments.


Foundation Year

The Business and Tourism Integrated Foundation Year includes five modules: 

  • Essential Study Skills (20 credits)
  • Maths (20 credits)
  • Foundation module (40 credits)
  • Project (20 credits)
  • Subject Specialism (20 credits)


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Essential Study and Employment Skills (20 credits)

Develop your ability to ‘learning to learn’ and to consider the start of your personal and professional development as potential managers and leaders.

  • Introduction to Marketing (20 credits)

Understand the core concepts of marketing including the marketing concept, marketing research, market segmentation and targeting, marketing mix – 4P’s to 7P’s and marketing planning.

  • Introduction to HRM and Talent Development (20 credits)

This module will present the notion that the effective organisation and deployment of human resources is essential to its survival and growth. The module will introduce students to the cornerstones of HRM cycle.

  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance (20 credits)

Examine three key areas within the field of accounting and finance; financial accounting, management accounting, and business finance. Address financial accounting including the fundamental accounting concepts and conventions, and understanding, interpretation, and preparation of key financial statements.

  • Introduction to Managing and Leading People (20 credits)

Develop an understanding of the foundations for the study of management and leadership by presenting the dimensions of the study of management.

  • Introduction to Business Operations and Services (20 credits)

Study the processes, techniques and practices which allow a Business to ‘function’ including decision making and services.

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

At the end of Year 1, you may remain on this course or transfer onto:

Year 2 (national level 5):

  • Personal and Professional Development (20 credits)

This module has been designed to make you career ready and feeds into Sunderland Futures and the employability activities within the Faculty (e.g. Placements and Internships) and wider University initiatives led by the Careers and Employability Service.

  • Quality Management for Organisational Excellence (20 credits)

Develops and builds on from the Introduction to Business Operations and Services.

  • Business ESR (20 credits)

Focus on the ethics and responsible business practices which lead to sustainable business practices.

  • Innovation Management (20 credits)

Examine the role and operations of innovation management and the creation of an innovative and entrepreneurial culture within business organisations.

  • Microeconomics for Business (20 credits)

Evaluate key economic theories, specifically within the context of how the economic models, concepts and theories play an instrumental role within the modern-day international based business organisation.

  • Macroeconomics for Business (20 credits)

Evaluate key economic theories, specifically within the context of how the economic models, concepts and theories play an instrumental role within the modern-day international based business organisation.


Final year (national level 6):

  • Developing the Reflexive Practitioner (20 credits)

This module is research informed and is based on a qualitative study of professional identity and self-image to become and act as a researching professional with the mind-set of a researcher where these values, behaviours and skills are transfer to an organisational setting.

  • Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation (20 credits)

Critically evaluate challenging global economic conditions that have seen the growth of entrepreneurial ventures creating and bringing to market new products and services that make our lives easier and enhance our productivity at work.

  • Economics of Firm and Modern Industry (20 credits)

Explore the economies of industry, structure, conduct and performance within modern industry.

  • Applied Econometrics (20 credits)

Understand applied econometrics methods which are used in practice to empirically evaluate economic models and theories.

  • International Economics (20 credits)

Explore the merits of free trade compared to protectionism, explaining the importance of international trade and exporting activities for economic growth and development.

  • Money, Banking and Finance (20 credits)

Explore the merits of free trade compared to protectionism, explaining the importance of international trade and exporting activities for economic growth and development.


The Reg Vardy Centre,
Sir Tom Cowie Campus,


  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    IT provision
  • The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism.

    Added to this, you’ll benefit from a wide range of journals and periodicals in the St Peter’s Library, many of them in an online format. To help you make the most of the wealth of resources, there’s a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections.

    Further resources are available at the main Murray Library, which has a total of over 430,000 books with many more available through the inter-library loan service.

    Library Services - business and tourism
  • The Student Learning Space is designed for business students, and it includes a boardroom as well as bookable areas to hold meetings and to meet with staff and clients from outside the University. There are also areas to facilitate group work and collaboration.

    Student Learning Space
  • This course can be studied anywhere in the world that has internet access. The course is delivered by Canvas - the University's Virtual Learning Environment. You will use learning and reading packs, e-books, e-journals, relevant websites and multimedia.

    You will have full access to our libraries and, as a distance learning student, you will particularly benefit from our web-based ‘Discover’ search tool. This helps you gain remote access to online journals, articles and e-books – whenever and wherever you happen to be studying.

    Virtual Learning Environment


You'll be based at The Reg Vardy Centre, on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. It’s a modern building with great views of the River Wear, and just a few minutes’ walk from the coast.

Entry requirements

The Integrated Foundation Year is specially designed to support you where you have just missed the grades required for direct entry onto a three-year degree, or if you have relevant work experience and are now looking to broaden your subject knowledge but want more time to develop study skills before starting your degree.

Entry requirements are provided for guidance only and we may offer you an entrance interview which will help us determine your eligibility for your chosen degree. This enables us to consider making you an offer if you are perhaps a mature student who has been out of education for a period of time, or you have gained significant knowledge and skills through employment rather than traditional education.

Eligible entry qualifications:

1. Normally a minimum of three Level 2 qualifications (NVQ, GCSE or equivalent ), including Maths and English at grade C or above** and a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications (e.g. A or AS Levels, BTEC certificates/diplomas, access courses or equivalent)
2. Demonstrable evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills acquired from at least three years of post-school work experience.

If you are unsure of whether you think you might be suitable for the course, please contact us!

** If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. Equivalent alternative qualifications are also accepted, such as Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have not achieved a grade C in Maths and English we may be able to work with you to ensure that you are able to gain these in the first year of the course, depending on your experience.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

For more information about Integrated Foundation Year programmes, including more detailed module information, please see our Help and Advice articles.

Fees and finance

If you join us in December 2018, the foundation year will be £4,000.

If you join us in September 2019, the foundation year will be £4,500.

For the following three years, the annual fee will be £9,250 but you will receive £1,250 cash-back in the first and final year of the full-undergraduate course.

In addition, you may receive free travel across the Tyne and Wear region and a University of Sunderland StudyPLUS Card loaded with additional offers up to the value of £200, plus a bundle of study skills books worth £80.

If you are a full-time UK student you may be eligible to receive financial support to cover your fee and maintenance loan for the full four years.

Please note, this course is not available to international students.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

This information was correct at the time of publication.

Student at the graduation ceremony


93.4% of our graduates are in employment, further study or training within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on full-time, first degree, home leavers). Examples of companies that have recruited students from Sunderland include leading names in IT (Microsoft, IBM), consumer goods (P&G, Nike, Adidas), banking (Lloyds TSB), hospitality (Marriott Hotels, Starbucks), and the public sector (NHS).

Guest speakers

Our invitations to guest speakers allow you to listen to people who are already in the type of management position that you may one day hold. Recent speakers include Maurice Duffy, CEO of Global Blackswan, Mike Johnson, CEO of Castrol and Executive Vice President of BP, Uday K. Dholakia, Senior Partner of Global Consulting, Neil Stephenson, CEO of ONYX, James Ramsbotham, CEO of the North East Chamber of Commerce, as well as other representatives from a number of our region’s largest employers.

Visiting speakers help you relate academic learning to the real experience of people who have already progressed in their careers. It’s all part of broadening your learning so that you’re prepared not just for exams but for life.


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