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Why choose GSM London?

  • Degrees awarded by University of Plymouth
  • Foundation Year makes study accessible
  • Fast track 2 year study option
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Which course is right for me?

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BSc (Hons) Economics

Degree awarded by the University of Plymouth

Next start date

October 2019



Study options

3 years, 2 years accelerated



*All courses and modes are subject to minimum numbers to run


Want to see your stock soar in the job market? With its unique mix of specialist and transferable skills, our degree in Economics will make you a valuable commodity in a range of industry sectors.

Why choose our BSc (Hons) Economics degree?

This degree provides the core knowledge of both microeconomic and macroeconomic perspectives. It also adapts to the new trends in economics, giving you the chance to think critically about economic ideas.

  • Taught by practitioners and specialists in the field, many of whom are research active
  • A distinctive focus on data and stats understanding and analysis
  • Use of industry-relevant quantitative tools and software
  • Opportunity to apply economic concepts and methods to practical problem-solving within business and public policy
  • Visits to key economic institutions such as the Bank of England for economic policy discussions
  • Inclusive teaching using a strengths-based approach to suit different learners’ needs

Where will this degree take me?

This degree is designed to provide you with both subject-specific and transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers in various fields. With a degree in Economics you can find yourself in a variety of roles such as: economic advisor, financial analyst, investment analyst, data and statistics analyst – in both the public and private sectors.

What will I learn?

The programme is designed to enhance self-reflection and personal development. The three stages of the programme are designed to facilitate increasingly challenging learning techniques as students’ progress.

  • At stage zero: embarking on the Foundation course will be the stepping stone towards achieving the degree in which your strengths can be realised. The first semester is the same for all students however in the second semester a choice of two further elective modules will be chosen to prepare for the degree you will be commencing.
  • At stage one: students are introduced to the foundations of economic theory and basic quantitative tools.
  • At stage two: students are able to apply their knowledge and skills gained with the projects incorporated within the second semester practice and policy modules.
  • At stage three: students further integrate economic theory into the application of industry and public policy and undertake an extensive independent economic study. 


To read more about each module in detail for this programme click here >

Please see the module specification for further details; note that the specification represents the latest modules and may be subject to change.

Foundation year:

  • Semester 1 English for academic purposes, Numeracy 1, Introduction to Computer Skills, Effectiveness in the Business World
  • Semester 2 English for Academic Purposes 2, Numeracy 2 Elective Modules (choose two) Understanding Accounting and Finance, Understanding Human Resources Management, Understanding Law, Understanding Management, Understanding Marketing and Events, Understanding Mathematics in Economic Environment’s, Understanding Oil and Gas, Understanding Technology, Understanding Travel and Tourism      

Three and two-year degrees:

  • Semester 1: Academic Skills, Principles of Economics 1, Principles of Economics 2, and Interpreting Economic Data
  • Semester 2: Professional Skills, Quantitative Methods, and Current Economic Issues
  • Semester 3: Econometrics, Employability Skills, Macroeconomic Theory, and Microeconomic Theory
  • Semester 4: Public Policy Evaluation, and Economic Applications in Professional Practice
  • Semester 5: Economics in the International Environment, Industrial Organisation, and Research Methods with Economic Modelling
  • Semester 6: Emerging Themes and History of Economic Thought, and Research Economics Project

Programme specification
Please see the programme specification for further details on this programme; note that the specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be 18 years of age* on registration, hold GCSE Maths, at a minimum of grade C (grade 4) or equivalent, and one of the following (or international equivalents):

Equivalent or lower qualifications**, ELQ, including: HNC/HND, Certificate of Higher Education, BSc/BA etc. can be considered and are subject to University of Plymouth approval.


If you are not a UK passport holder, or a UK passport holder born outside of the UK and not born in a country that appears on the published list, you may need to complete an English language test, such as the in-house GSM London English Language Proficiency Test or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, to demonstrate you have the language skills needed to complete your degree. All of our programmes are taught in English. Once you submit your application to GSM London the Admissions team will assess it. Should your application be successful and if an English Language Test is required it will appear as a condition of offer.

You will need an IELTS score of 6.0, 5.5 in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing) or equivalent qualification.

Further details on English Language requirements are provided here.


*Candidates who are under 18 on registration will need to review and abide by our policy on under 18’s: Young or Vulnerable Applicants

**For further details on Equivalent or lower qualifications, ELQ, please click here

Non-standard entry:

If you do not meet the standard entry requirements, listed above, you may be able to be considered on your individual merits via our non-standard entry process.

To be considered, you will need to be able to demonstrate/pass:

  • Evidence of previous qualifications
  • Minimum one year of good work experience (click here for further details)
  • Personal statement, submitted with your UCAS application
  • A verifiable work reference, submitted with your UCAS application
  • Academic interview (if required)
  • Written essay (if required)


In such cases, the Admissions assessor must be satisfied that the applicant has the necessary potential, knowledge or experience and motivation to follow the programme successfully.

Candidates who do not meet the requirements listed above may be able to apply for our Foundation Year programme.

On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will gain direct entry on to this degree programme.


Accreditation of prior learning:

Partial exemptions from an undergraduate programme may be obtained in accordance with the Academic Regulations dependent on the compatibility of previous study. Each case is considered on its own merit and will be, subject to the approval by University of Plymouth.

You may be required to provide an academic reference and/or personal statement.

We will not normally consider APL’s older than 3 years unless the applicant has a recent experiential learning.


Please see Advanced Standing and Exemptions Based on Recognition of Other Learning for further details.


Tuition fees 



2 years, £8,000 per year (£16,000 total cost)
2 years, £8,000 per year, plus Foundation Year, £6,000 (£22,000 total cost)

3 years, £6,000 per year  (£18,000 total cost)
3 years, £6,000 per year, plus Foundation Year, £6,000 (£24,000 total cost)



2 years, £12,750 per year (£25,500 total cost)
2 years, £12,750 per year, plus Foundation Year, £8,500 (£34,000 total cost)

3 years, £8,500 per year (£25,500 total cost)
3 years, £8,500 per year, plus Foundation Year, £8,500 (£34,000 total cost)


How to apply

If you'd like to study at GSM London, you'll need to apply through UCAS, please click here. Our institution code is G74.

Further details on how to apply can be found here.

Programme Modes:

  • Two year accelerated L100
  • Two year extended (with Foundation Year) L101
  • Three year L102
  • Three year extended (with Foundation Year) L103

Once we receive your application form and supporting documents, we will assess your application and if successful, we will issue you an offer letter detailing your enrolment date, programme cost and duration.

We will usually be in contact with you within two working days.  For any questions or queries please contact

What happens once I submit my application?

Once we receive your fully completed application form and supporting documents, we will assess your application. If successful, we will make you an offer of place.  The offer letter will contain information on the programme cost and duration. 

If you choose to accept the offer you will need to return the acceptance form to the Admissions team and agree and sign the Terms and conditions (student contract).  Once you have accepted your place you will be offered an induction date to commence your studies.  This will be detailed in your acceptance letter.

If you have any questions or queries please contact the Admissions team on

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