At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We proudly rank 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for the last three years. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too. The Business Foundation Year gives an excellent preparation for a wide range of subjects relating to business, management, accounting, finance and economics. The programme consists of a set of modules that has been approved by Keele Management School. After you have completed your Business Foundation Year, you will begin the Economics and Finance course. Economics and Finance students graduate with both subject specific technical skills as well as numerical, analytical and problem solving transferable skills, making them highly attractive to employers. According to High Fliers research, graduates enter a buoyant jobs market with industries and businesses such as investment banking, banking and finance reporting the largest number of graduate vacancies. You will study techniques used to address real world problems, learn about investor decision making, the roles of the markets and explore concepts such as moral hazard, adverse selection, information asymmetry, arbitrage, optimal risk sharing and informational efficiency. The programme studies the behaviour and performance of households, businesses and governments, analyses markets and consumers' behaviour and evaluates fiscal and monetary policies from both a micro and macro-economic perspective. You will also consider wider contemporary issues such as the problems currently faced in banking and lending markets as well as the ethics of business and corporate citizenship. With access to professional software tools such as Bloomberg and Stata, you will gain confidence in analysing and interpreting real economic data and using this data to understand, interpret and manage financial situations in a range of private and public sector contexts. You will have a foundation for many careers in business and government. You might work as an economist in the City or with the prestigious Government Economic Service. You could go into banking, accounting or work as a tax advisor, or work as an investment banker, in the civil service or within the NHS for example. You could go on to study at postgraduate level within these fields.