Educational aims and learning outcomes of the programmes
Each of the programmes within the fields of Economic, Management, Finance and Social Science aims to offer a challenging, flexible scheme of study invigorated by research, which advances a student's ability to develop academic and practical insights into the subjects studied. It is intended that students will be encouraged to develop a broad range of transferable and in some cases technical expertise.
Graduates of the programmes will have a sound basis for careers in a wide range of areas from major corporations to small businesses, government organisations, the voluntary sector, international organisation and the media.
Successful completion of a degree, with Honours, may allow a student to progress to postgraduate study in the degree field or a related area or to undertake further professional qualifications. Successful completion of the Diploma for Graduates may allow a student to progress onto a related postgraduate degree.
The Diploma in Economics and the Diploma in Social Sciences are specially developed to allow students who do not have the necessary academic background to develop and demonstrate the analytical and communicative competence needed to undertake further study at degree level.
Within the programmes there is a natural progression between the levels. A student who passes the Foundation units will have the essential introduction to that subject. The Further units build on the foundations and provide opportunity to develop a more detailed understanding. Although the units may not in themselves be more difficult, students will develop a greater understanding and a sophistication of thinking as they work through the units.
The programmes aim to:
- promote independent critical and evaluative skills, and intellectual curiosity for life-long learning;
- expand knowledge and understanding of the chosen discipline;
- promote analytical, creative and imaginative engagement with theory, research and practice in the chosen discipline;
- encourage self-development into professionally organised and interactive individuals by practicing skills of selection, assimilation and communication.