The foundation year is designed to help you progress to a challenging and exciting career in economics and finance. Our carefully designed curriculum is particularly suitable for those who want to change direction, perhaps not having taken A-levels in mathematics or economics, and for mature applicants returning to study. You will quickly find that willingness to learn and determination is more important than prior knowledge. The foundation year is hosted by the Department of Mathematics, to reflect the essential role of mathematics in your subsequent studies. Once you have successfully completed your foundation year with the grades needed for your chosen degree course in the Economics & Finance Department, you progress directly into Level 1 of that degree.