Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Access to Arts and Social Sciences: Economics ADED11408E

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces students to core concepts from both micro- and macro-economics, developing skills and knowledge for University Level 1 study in Economics, Business, Finance or related Social Sciences. An introduction to basic concepts of supply, demand and equilibrium gives way to detailed study of costs of production and the national income. The course highlights the relevance of the subject to everyday life by concluding with savings, investment and inflation.


Blocks 1 and 2

2 hours per week for 20 weeks

Tuesdays 19.00-21.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Two essays (each of up to 1500 words) (25% each) 


Final 60-minute examination (50%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

■ To put in place the basic understanding and skills needed for Level 1 undergraduate study in Economics or Finance

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate an understanding of core concepts of Economics ;

■ Identify key themes in Economics and analyse economic theories;

■ Use economic theory to explain and analyse a range of economic problems;

■ Communicate economic ideas in a logical and effective manner, as required for University Level 1 courses

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.