The BSc (Hons) Finance with Accounting with Foundation and Placement Years is aimed at students who have an interest in developing knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of finance and accounting, and in particular, who are looking to pursue a professional career in finance. It seeks to give students a learning experience that allows them to develop proficiencies that create effective finance professionals in today’s changing business environment.
The curriculum and learning and teaching strategy are complemented by guest lectures and ‘live’ workshops to promote independent learning and increase their employability skills for the future. This knowledge and skills will be further developed and expanded in the years following the successful completion of the Foundation Year.
The degree programme is designed so that the Foundation Year provides an underpinning year, incorporating both academic and work/professional related learning, for applicants needing to improve their knowledge and understanding of management and its related skills. The year provides students with knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of social sciences along with the necessary skills needed to participate in the undergraduate business programmes at levels 4, 5 and 6. This includes developing numeracy skills with the aim to develop students’ mathematical knowledge and skills in a way which encourages confidence and appreciation of mathematics as a subject and provides students with the mathematical background necessary for business studies at the undergraduate level. The Foundation Year also offers a literacy skills module that is designed to support students entering Higher Education at Level 3 wishing to progress to a BSc in Finance with Accounting.
Year 1 provides you with a good understanding of the foundations of finance and accounting alongside the fundamentals of business. Years 2 and 3 give you in-depth knowledge of how companies use finance and accounting to make decisions, report performance under conditions of uncertainty and risk.
The programme provides the intellectual underpinnings required for a professional career in a rapidly changing work environment, a rigorous approach to self-awareness and personal development and significant exposure to the world of work and its current demands through work experience opportunities. This degree is ideal for those interested in a future professional career in finance, M&A and trading. It offers an excellent grounding in finance and acts as a foundation for further study in accounting or finance at the postgraduate or professional level.
BSc Finance with Accounting with Foundation and Placement Years
Do you have what it takes to become future finance professional?
Built on a foundation of finance and accounting alongside the fundamentals of business, this degree specialises in all elements of corporate finance including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), portfolio and risk management, trading and introduces FinTech.
This full-time course is designed to increase your employability skills and is delivered in an interactive way with a real-world focus; face-to-face learning is supported by online resources, including the Financial Times, case studies, simulations, learning videos, reading materials, online testing and feedback.
This degree is ideal for those interested in a future professional career in finance, M&A and trading, and offers an excellent grounding in finance to allow for further study in accounting or finance at the postgraduate or professional level.
Optional Placement Year
New from September 2021 – our Placement Year provides the opportunity to spend an academic year working for an employer to gain vital experience to boost your employability. With the supervision and support of our academics, a Placement Year gives you the chance to gain real-world experience, develop leadership skills, and take a significant first step into the highly competitive business world.
On successful completion of an undergraduate degree, our Business School students can progress onto a business Master's with us for free. T&C's apply.
Leadership Summer School
Students can choose to attend our International Leadership Summer School in Berlin at the end of the second year to boost leadership skills and sample Berlin.
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32 UCAS points from the equivalent of one A Level or 40 UCAS points from the equivalent of two A Levels.
Students should also possess GCSE English Language at A-C (9-4), and Grade D/4 or above in GCSE Maths or equivalent qualifications.
An English language level equivalent to IELTS 5.5 or above, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.
Non-standard applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
BSc (Hons) Finance with Accounting
This degree seeks to develop graduates equipped with the knowledge and skills to become highly proficient finance professionals in an ever-changing business world.
During the first year, you’ll develop a good understanding of the foundations of finance and accounting. You’ll then go on to learn how companies make effective business decisions and report performance under conditions of uncertainty and risk.
The teaching style and approach to learning will ensure that you graduate from this course with both the skills and knowledge required by modern business employers. You’ll possess the required level of finance and accounting knowledge to add immediate value to any organisation. You’ll also be well-placed to become a knowledgeable, competent and effective manager and leader from the skills you’ll have acquired throughout the course in planning, presenting, decision making, teamwork and management.
Alternatively, you’ll also be well placed to continue your studies within the field of finance and accounting by undertaking courses such as:
MSc Corporate Financial Management
MSc Financial Risk Management
MSc Financial Compliance and Governance
Our degrees are built around preparing you for the workplace and with that in mind, we encourage students to select the option to undertake a placement year.
Taking place in the 3rd year of a 4-year degree, you’ll have the opportunity to find paid work, putting the learning of your first 2 years into practice to develop and enhance real-world skills to launch your career.
So how does it work?
Whilst you will be responsible for finding your own placement, our dedicated Business Employability Team will be on hand to support you through the process. The hours per week that you work will be determined by your placement organisation, however, expect it to be between 18 hours and 35 hours per week for a minimum of 30 weeks. If you’re not successful in securing a placement then not worry - you’ll simply transfer to a non-placement version of your course. There is no assessment connected to the placement year, though you will be required to deliver a presentation summarising your learning and experience.
Our placement year courses are open to everyone including international students, who can contact our International Office for specific advice and guidance.
You can choose to take an additional Foundation Year before you start this course. This introductory year focuses on developing the key skills required to study at the degree level and covers the same modules across all business and law courses. The modules covered will initially enhance your communications skills, digital and information literacy and ability to think critically. In addition, modules covering the Foundations of Business Management, Law, and Social Sciences will not only support your progression onto your business degree but also give you an introduction to other disciplines. You then have the added flexibility of switching your degree programme if another discipline captures your interest, subject to availability and entry requirements.
Foundation Year: Optional
Academic and Report Writing
Numeracy Skills in Context.
Foundations of Business Management
Foundations of Law
Foundations of Social Sciences
Year 1: 31 study weeks
Essentials of Management
Academic and Employability Skills
Managing and Leading People
Year 2: 30 study weeks
Ethics and Regulations in Finance and Accounting
Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
Economics for Business
Introduction to Taxation
Business Law 1
Financial Markets and Instruments
Placement Year: Optional
Students have the option to undertake a paid Placement Year with a business employer.
Year 4: 30 study weeks
Global Leadership and Change Management
Portfolio and Risk Management
Introduction to FinTech
Mergers and Acquisition
Assessments may consist of individual in-class tests, individual reports, in-class group presentations, group projects and exams.
This course has an innovatively flexible structure, with specific assessments that are conducive to effective learning.
How to Apply
Applications for all our undergraduate Business courses are now open.