Programmes

Double Bachelor’s in Economics and Business & Leadership

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Our Double Bachelor’s (BSc²) combines academic excellence with the practical skills that will make you stand out in the workplace of tomorrow. It brings together a Bachelor’s in Economics – designed by the LSE (#1 in Europe, #6 Worldwide) and awarded by the University of London – and a Bachelor’s in Business and leadership from Forward College. Taught by Forward’s world-class faculty on our three campuses, this highly demanding programme will position you at the forefront of international undergraduate education.

Drawing inspiration from the “Oxbridge” tutorial system, Forward College tuition programme includes:

  • 100% small-group teaching
  • Weekly one-on-one tutoring for individualised feedback and guidance
  • Frequent evaluations to track your progress throughout the year and ensure your success at the final exams
  • Induction programme where you will better understand your learning style and adopt the most relevant learning methods for you
  • Demonstrate your ability to tackle a highly demanding double programme
  • Gain a solid expertise in economics and quantitative methods combined with digital skills that are highly valued by recruiters 
  • Develop personal skills that are in high demand among recruiters worldwide such as teamwork, emotional intelligence, social intelligence, web marketing, or design thinking
  • Display unparalleled experiences through a set of three projects

The Double Bachelor’s pathway will prepare you for highly competitive Master’s in economics, data science, management, or finance. Further down the road, a combination between economics and business education opens a wide array of careers both in finance, start-ups, corporates, universities, government, or international organisations.

The building blocks of
the programme

The study of economics is an excellent first step for a professional career in business, research, or institutional administration. It also provides a broad basis for further studies in many areas within social sciences. Developed by the London School of Economics and Political Science, this degree will give you a thorough grounding in the principles of individual decision-making, firm strategy, and the overall functioning of an economy. 

As with all Bachelor’s Programmes designed by the LSE (London School of Economics), students take four courses each year, made up of a combination of compulsory and elective classes. 


NB: availability of courses depends on student interest, and not all of the above courses may be available for study during year 3. Some courses carry pre-requisites – please refer to the UoL course list for additional information.

As with all double bachelor’s programmes, there is an overlap between the two bachelors’: Some courses from the academic Bachelor’s above accounting for 100 ECTS are also validated as part of the Bachelor’s in Business and Leadership.
 
The other part (80 ECTS) gives you the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice and equip you with the mindset and skills that fit your career aspirations. Business acumen and leadership develop mainly through guided practice and reflection, not lectures.
 
It consists of 3 blocks: Entrepreneurship & Project Management, personal development, foreign languages and an internship.
 
Entrepreneurship & project management: 3 year-long projects
 

It is time for you to be in the driver’s seat and experiment with entrepreneurship. Each year, you will work in teams on a problem or an opportunity of your choice with the support of a dedicated Forward Leadership Fellow who will guide you and teach you the necessary methodologies and techniques so that you progress step by step towards making an impact.

You will carry out a total of three different projects, one project each year. 

Along the way, you will not only make a concrete difference; you will gain highly valuable skills for your future career such as design thinking, SCRUM, research methods, interviewing, surveying, data analysis, project management, performance management, teamwork, and impact evaluation.

You can choose three of these entrepreneurship modules (research and consulting are mutually exclusive):

Sustainability and Social Impact Entrepreneurship
This certificate is designed for students who wish to make a difference on issues they care about: climate change, inequalities, refugees, education, racism, gender balance.

Expected working time: approx 8-12h/week on average
Read more about Forward’s Sustainability and Social Impact Entrepreneurship
Digital entrepreneurship
This certificate is designed for students who wish to venture into creating a digital solution from scratch to explore a social or business opportunity they have identified.

Expected working time: approx. 8-12h/week on average
Read more about Forward’s Digital entrepreneurship
Research Project
Research is entrepreneurial as it requires courage, creativity, and rigor at the same time. Available in Year 3, you will work individually or in a team in close collaboration with one of our Forward academic Fellows.

Expected working time: approx 8-12h/week on average
Read more about Forward’s Research Project
Consulting projects with external organisations
Working as a consultant is an opportunity to develop professionally and collaborate with an external organisation on a real life problem. Available in year 3, this project is not compatible with the research project.

Expected working time: approx 8-12h/week on average
Read more about Forward’s Consulting projects with external organisations

Personal development

Personal development (15 ECTS) supports you in growing your social and emotional skills and mindsets for adaptive futures. Students develop high self-awareness and resilience, cultural competency, and an approach to leadership that is impact-oriented, practical, empathetic and collaborative.

Students will attend the following 9 modules throughout the 3 years

• Manage my own balance (time management, getting organised and other student skills)
• Manage tensions and conflicts (interpersonal, in teams and in communities)
• Decipher and manage my emotions (motivation, energy levels, anxiety and stress…)
• Networking and building trust
• Impactful communication
• Decipher and respond to others’ emotions
• Making the right decision… and sticking to it
• Leadership, ethics and influence
• Prepare masters’ application

The Forward 360 Skills Assessment consolidates feedback from your peers and tutors on four core categories of skills: cognitive, social, emotional and practical.

This tool allows students to assess their progress and, with the guidance of personal coaches, set your goals and aspirations for the coming year.

This assessment provides Forward Graduates with a Skills Map that supports their applications for master programmes and career options.

Personal development
Personal development supports you in growing your social and emotional skills and mindsets for adaptive futures.

Expected working time: 3 to 5 hours/module over 8 weeks
Read more about Forward’s Personal development

Internship

In the third year of your bachelor’s degree, you will do an internship (10 ECTS). An internship gives you the best opportunities to gain valuable work experience, whilst also exploring and testing a career path. Students who accomplish their research or consulting project with an external organisation will ipso facto validate their internship.

Internship
An internship during college prepares you for the world of work and its challenges.

Expected working time: 6-8 weeks
Read more about Forward’s Internship

Foreign language

As part of their learning expedition, we encourage students to immerse themselves in the local culture. In the quest for cultural immersion, one of the most important factors is the language. Passing this course equates to 7 ECTS. 

As most students are beginners in Portuguese, you will attend weekly classes throughout the year.

In Paris, beginners’ courses will be offered at the start of the year in French. For non-beginners, specific provisions and objectives will be set based on their current levels. Regular feedback sessions to monitor their progresses.

As the Netherlands has among the most proficient English speakers outside English speaking countries, no provisions will be made to teach Dutch to Forward students in year 3.

Foreign language
We encourage students to immerse themselves in the local culture and one of the most important factors is language.

Expected working time: 1h/week (term 1)
Read more about Forward’s Foreign language

In Summary

Scholarship Available

On-campus

3 years

€19,000 (EU/EEA/Swiss)
€21,500 (other international students)

Lisbon (year 1)
Paris (year 2)
Amsterdam (year 3)

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