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Business and Social Studies

Key facts

Start dates

  • September
  • January

Course length

  • Three terms

Course overview

This pathway will prepare you for your chosen undergraduate degree at the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences or Strathclyde Business School.


The modules you will study depend on what subject you are planning to study at the University of Strathclyde.

    Core modules
    • Academic English Skills
    • Business Law
    • Mathematics and Statistics
    Route modules - Business
    • Accounting
    • Economics 1 & 2
    • Finance
    Route modules - Social Studies

      You will also choose two pairs from the following:

    • Economics 1 & 2
    • Law 1 & 2
    • Politics 1 & 2
    • Psychology 1 & 2

    Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

    You will be introduced to basic theories relating to financial management and its importance in the business context and for you to appreciate the technical aspects of the preparation, presentation and interpretation of accounts. You will learn how managers make important decisions about their business, plan future developments, exert financial control and assess organisational performance using management accounting data.

    You will have an opportunity to appreciate the way in which businesses within the UK are affected by the law. The module will refer to more than one legal system, providing an awareness of sources of law, and will address the formation of organisations, the law of contracts and consumer protection.

    You will gain an introduction to the principles, concepts and models of micro-economic analysis providing a framework upon which further economic analysis can be developed. You will be able to apply your knowledge base as well as learn basic skills relating to data analysis and evaluation of economic issues.

    You will be introduced to the principles of investment and value and to the various sources of business finance. You will study instruments such as securities and financial derivatives and will be introduced to the operation of financial markets and of the banking system. Financial models, including for the management of risk, will be examined as part of this module.

    These modules explore concepts of law and of justice, legal systems (domestic and international), sources of law, legal structures and processes (both civil and criminal) and require students to become familiar with working with cases.

    Develop and demonstrate core mathematical, statistical and analytical skills relevant to degree studies in business and social studies, and broaden your knowledge base, deepen your understanding of mathematics and statistics, and practise appropriate study skills. This includes developing practical and problem-solving skills, through regular assignments and a project.

    These modules explore notions of State and constitution and of democracy. You will be introduced to alternative forms of party organisation and alternative forms of electoral system. You will be asked to analyse issues associated with Government (national and supra-national; elected officials and public servants), legislature, pressure groups and media. You will be expected to keep up to date with developments in national and international political arenas.

    The first psychology module provides you with an introduction to the main approaches to psychology and gives exposure to key psychological theories. You will be encouraged to analyse and evaluate these theories, with reference to both psychological concepts and methods of research (experimental and non-experimental). In the second module, you will focus on the areas of social, cognitive & developmental psychology and how these impact upon individual and society.

    Entry requirements


    • Only available to overseas students, non-UK and non-EU


    • You must be 17 years old before the start of the first term

    English language

    • Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 (minimum 4.5 in writing)*

    Additional English language training is available if you need it. Our English Language Preparation course will improve your English language skills up to the level of IELTS 5.0. There are 1 term or 2 term options available, dependent on your IELTS level.

    1 term

    • Start: June or September
    • Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall (4.5 in writing)*
    • Term dates:
      September 2017: Term 1: 11/09/2017 to 01/12/2017
      June 2018: Term 1: 11/06/2018 to 24/08/2018

    2 terms

    • Start: June
    • Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.0 overall (4.0 in writing)*

    * If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.


    • Good high school graduation grades or equivalent academic study

    For full entry requirements information, please visit entry requirements page.



    How much will my Foundation course cost?

    2017/18 tuition fees are valid from 13 February 2017 for programmes commencing from 1 September 2017 and are in £ sterling. The enrolment fee will be £200 for UK International Study Centres.

    Undergraduate Foundation Programme

    • £13,050 (three terms)

    English Language Preparation

    • £4,430 (per term)

    The fees shown may be subject to change. For full fees and payment information, please visit fees and payments page.

    Degree progression

    Once you have completed the Undergraduate Foundation Programme, and subject to satisfying the progression criteria, you can proceed to the second year of your four-year degree at the University.

    University Programme Award English grade Subject grade
    Accounting ** BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Business Administration *** BBA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Business Analysis & Technology BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Business Enterprise BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Business Law BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Business Law & Hospitality & Tourism BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Business Law & Human Resource Management BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Business Law & Business Analysis & Technology BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Business Law & Marketing BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Economics BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Economics & Business Enterprise BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Economics & Business Law BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Economics & Business Analysis & Technology BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Economics & Finance BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Economics & Human Resource Management BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Economics & Management BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Economics & Marketing BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Economics & Maths & Statistics BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Economics & Psychology BA (Hons) 60%  65% 
    English Law ^ LLB (Hons) 65% 65%
    Finance BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Finance & Business Enterprise BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Finance & Business Law BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Finance & Business Analysis & Technology BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Finance & Human Resource Management BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Finance & Management BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Finance & Marketing BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Finance & Maths & Statistics BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Human Resource Management
    BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Humanities & Social Sciences
    BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Law & Economics BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Law & Politics BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Law & Psychology BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    English Law ***
    LLB (Hons) 65% 68%
    Management BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Marketing BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Politics & International Relations BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Politics & Economics BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Politics & Psychology BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Psychology BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Psychology & Economics BA (Hons) 60% 65%
    Speech & Language Pathology
    BSc (Hons) 75% 65%
    Sport & Physical Activity ^
    BSc (Hons) 60% 65%

    ^ Students can only progress to first year
    † By exceptional case, placements integral to degree, Uni may interview applicants
    ** For students wishing to study BA (Hons) Accounting or Architecture, progression is into Year 1 only
    *** Progression into Year 1 of this 3 year degree may be available at the discretion of the University

    These degrees and grades are subject to change.