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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.

Core modules

  • Academic English Skills
  • Personal Awareness, Communication and Employability Skills
  • Quantitative Methods

Route modules

Business

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics
  • Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour
  • Marketing and Operations
  • Strategy and the Business Environment

Business and Social Sciences

  • Strategy and the Business Environment
    OR
  • Introduction to Social Sciences

You will choose two pairs from the following

  • Economics, Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour
    OR
    Understanding Education in the 21st Century
  • Law 1 & 2
  • Politics & International Relations
  • 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.

Students will gain an introduction to the principles, concepts and models of micro and macro-economic analysis providing a framework upon which further economic analysis can be developed. Throughout the module they will be able to apply their knowledge base as well as learn basic skills relating to data analysis and evaluation of economic issues at both the micro and macro level.

You will be introduced to the basic theories of finance and gain an understanding of the corporate environment. You will study the time value of money, the securities’ valuation and the investment decision making. In addition, you will explore corporate financing methods and learn the principles of risk - return and the portfolio theory.

Students will gain an understanding of how people behave in organisations, the impact this can have on aspects of organisational performance and how organisations attempt to encourage positive behaviour focused on achieving organisational goals.

In this module you will be asked to analyse issues associated with Government (national and supra-national; elected official 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.

This is a core module for students progressing onto Business and Social Sciences degree. This will introduce students to Social Studies and will provide them with an understanding of social lives. Students will gain an understanding of how people make and are being shaped by society. In addition, students will study how differences and inequalities are produced within society.

Law 1 

This module explores concepts of law and of justice in England, with reference to the legal system, sources of law, legal structures and processes (both civil and criminal). During the module students will become familiar with working with cases.

Law 2

This module builds on knowledge and skills acquired in Law 1 to deepen students understanding of law in the UK. The module explores concepts of law and of justice in Scotland, with reference to the legal system, sources of law, legal structures and processes (both civil and criminal) and builds on the students’ familiarity in working with cases.

Students will gain an understanding of why organisations use marketing, how marketing can contribute to the success of an organisation, what the “tools” of marketing are along with the potential consequences of “getting it wrong”. The module will draw on real examples from the world of business. In the second part of the module students will study operations management looking at ways in which the demand for products and services created by a company’s marketing activities can be met.

Personal awareness, communication and employability skills is a module which seeks to familiarise students with the importance of reflection to develop awareness of the student’s own skills and abilities, increase recognition of strengths and weaknesses, and build on communication to ultimately enhance employability with an additional focus on managements skills.

This module explores notions of State and Constitution and of Democracy. You will be introduced to alternative forms of party organisation and alternative forms of electoral system.

Psychology 1

The main goal of this module is to introduce students to key theoretical approaches through the study of classic and contemporary studies. This module will lay the foundation for those who wish to study psychology in the future and for those who are curious and want to gain a better understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Psychology 2

The main aim of this module is to build on the knowledge and skills acquired in Psychology 1 and to develop a further understanding in relation to social, cognitive & developmental psychology and how these impact upon individual and society.

This module aims to develop students’ statistical data analysis skills. The students will learn about statistical techniques for data analysis and interpretation of qualitative data. A statistical data analysis tool SPSS® will be used in this module for analysing big data sets. Knowledge and ability to use SPSS® will enhance the employability skills of our students

Students will gain an understanding of why organisations engage in strategic planning, the strategy planning and implementation processes and the impact that strategic decisions have on an organisation. The potential influence of the external environments on strategy implementation will be examined along with how organisations can attempt to influence these environments.

This is a core module for students progressing onto Education degrees at the University of Strathclyde. It is an introductory class for students who want to understand more about Education and provides a rich seam of disciplinary knowledge. The module covers key topics including what Education is, the context of Education and Education achievement.

Entry requirements

For a complete list of entry requirements, visit our entry requirements page.

Fees

To learn more about course costs visit our fees and payments page.

Scholarship opportunities are available. 

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 & Business Enterprise
BA (Hons) 60% 65%
Business Law & Hospitality & Tourism Management 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% 
Education & Law BA (Hons) 60% 65%
Education & Politics and International Relations BA (Hons) 60% 65%
Education & Psychology BA (Hons) 60% 65%
Education & Sport BA (Hons) 60% 65%
English Law *^ LLB (Hons) 65% 68%
Finance BA (Hons) 65% 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%
Law & Economics BA (Hons) 60% 65%
Law & Politics & International Relations BA (Hons) 60% 65%
Law & Psychology BA (Hons) 60% 65%
Management BA (Hons) 60% 65%
Marketing BA (Hons) 60% 65%
Philosophy, Politics & Economics * ^ BA (Hons) 60% 65%
Politics & International Relations BA (Hons) 60% 65%
Politics & International Relations & Economics BA (Hons) 60% 65%
Politics & International Relations & Psychology BA (Hons) 60% 65%
Primary Education * ‡ BA (Hons) 60% 65%
Psychology BA (Hons) 60% 65%
Psychology & Economics BA (Hons) 60% 65%
Speech & Language Pathology †*
BSc (Hons) 75% 60%
Sport & Physical Activity *
BSc (Hons) 60% 65%

* Progression to year 1 of this degree.

‡ PVG clearance and interview required for progression.

^ 3-year degree.

† Requires referral. Interview may be required for progression and degree includes work placement.

These degrees and grades are subject to change.