Immerse yourself in this exciting topic, joining our international community of staff and students. Learn from lecturers who advise UK and International organisations, expanding your global perspective and providing you with the tools to make a difference.
The Foundation Year offers students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds and age groups access to university education and prepares you for our BSc Economics (Hons) programme.
Reasons to study Economics at Kent
You'll gain direct entry to degree level study You'll satisfy your curiosity at a top 20 subject in The Guardian University Guide 2022You'll study in a supportive learning community, ranked 22nd for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2023You’ll learn from inspiring lecturers who advise UK, European and international organisationsYou'll gain ongoing support through our employability team, regular workshops and alumni talks, as well as our dedicated academic adviser and peer mentoring scheme.You'll study in our new Kennedy building, home to our economics community, with excellent facilities, ideal for teaching analytic tools.
What you'll learn
You'll learn how economists think and become familiar with the tools they use for analysing real economic problems. Develop your understanding on macro-economic issues such as inflation and unemployment, international trade, and the debate over where the UK economy sits within the European Union.
The Foundation Year will introduce you to the core learnings within Economics, preparing you for the BSc Economics programme. You will have the chance to develop your academic skills, maths and statistic and even expand your knowledge beyond Economics by choosing an optional module from outside this course.
See what modules you'll study.
All of our modules are taught by a combination of lectures and small group sessions, which include seminars, computing practicals, problem sets, debates and role-play games. On average, you have an estimated 12-14 hours of lecture, seminar and other formal contact time per week.
The School of Economics is committed to making sure that you leave Kent with much more than just a degree in Economics. We put great emphasis on the development of transferable skills, including numeracy, analytical problem solving, data analysis, and written and oral communication, as well as subject-specific skills for further study at postgraduate level.
Some modules are assessed by continuous assessment of coursework throughout the year and an end-of-year exam in the final term. A number of modules at each stage are assessed solely through coursework.
Knowledge and understanding
- The main concepts, principles, theories, models and methods of modern economic analysis and their application in different areas of Economics.
- The history and development of economic ideas and the differing methods of analysis that have been and are used by economists.
- The analytical skills that allow students to formulate and consider a range of economic problems and issues.
- The mathematical, statistical and computing methods used in Economics.
- Economic data and methods used to analyse such data.
- Economic analysis of policy.
- Specific problems, issues and policies in a range of areas in Economics.
- Key concepts affecting decision-making.
- Critical discussion of Economic problems, issues and policies in politics and media.
- An economic topic chosen by the student and submitted as a supervised dissertation or extended essay in final year.
- Cultures, languages and societies of year abroad countries.
- Ability to abstract the essential features of a complex system.
- Ability to think about what are the important variables and fixed parameters in solving a problem.
- Ability to analysis complex issues using deductive and inductive reasoning.
- Ability to organise and use information to analyse complex issues and test different hypotheses.
- Ability to review critically alternative explanations and analyses of a problem.
- Ability to manage a supervised final year dissertation or extended essay on an economic topic chosen by the student.
- Analytical skills in Economics.
- Ability to apply economic principles and analysis to a range of issues, problems and policies.
- Ability to abstract the essential features of an economic issue, problem or system.
- Knowledge of the principal sources of Economic data and information and ability to use and present this information.
- Be able to carry out economic/econometric analysis of economic data.
- Knowledge and ability to make and provide advice on how to make economic decisions.
- Ability to synthesise and compare critically different economic analyses of an economic issue.
- Ability to research the literature on an economic issue.
- Ability to apply economic skills to investigate a supervised final year project on an economic topic chosen by the student.
- Effective communication of analysis and ideas both orally, aurally and in written form
- Ability to assemble, analyse, use and present data.
- Understanding and ability to use economic, mathematical and quantitative methods to analyse issues and problems.
- Ability to analyse and make decisions, using economic concepts, e.g. opportunity cost and strategic behaviour.
- Development of Information Technology skills through using statistical and econometric packages.
- Independence in initiating and executing work.
- Ability to think critically about proposed analyses and solutions to a problem or issue.
- Become responsible for managing own learning and academic performance.
- Manage a supervised final year dissertation or extended essay on an economic topic chosen by the student.
- To provide a flexible and progressive curriculum that is suitable for students who have or have not studied Economics before.
- To provide stimulating education and training in the principles of Economics and their application, in which high quality teaching motivates students to achieve their full potential.
- To stimulate students intellectually through the study of economics and to lead them to appreciate its application to a range of problems and its relevance in a variety of contexts
- To provide a firm foundation of knowledge about the workings of economic systems and to foster an understanding of alternative approaches to the analysis of economic phenomena
- To provide students with the ability to abstract and to develop simplifying frameworks for studying the real world.
- To develop in students, the ability to apply economic knowledge, analytical tools and skills across a range of theoretical, applied and policy problems.
- To provide a range of options to enable students to study selected areas of Economics in depth, the teaching of which is informed by the research and scholarship of teaching staff.
- To provide students with the knowledge and skill base from which they can proceed to further studies in economics, related areas or in multidisciplinary areas that involve economics.
- To develop in all students, through the study of economics, a range of skills that will be of value in employment and self-employment.
- To widen the student learning experience through the provision of a well-organised student exchange programme with high quality partner institutions abroad. To build on close ties within Europe and elsewhere, reflecting Kent’s position as the UK European University.