Financial Management BA (Hons)

Overview

The business world is more complex and diverse than ever, and the demand for financially literate graduates has never been higher.

This BA (Hons) Financial Management degree course gives you a thorough understanding of the business world, and is ideal if you want a career in business finance.

You’ll develop a thorough knowledge of financial decision-making, learn analytical skills valued by both the corporate world and the finance industry, and develop commercial awareness.

This degree shares a common first year with several other business courses. This gives you the flexibility to transfer to another course if you develop an interest in a different subject area.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Learn skills in areas such as business accounting, managing people, corporate governance and working as a team
  • Be taught by a mixture of professionally qualified staff and expert academic researchers
  • Use our Bloomberg terminals, where you’ll analyse real-time financial market data, and get the Bloomberg Certificate
  • Have the chance to network with potential employers and work with real businesses on projects

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, you can carry out auditing, accounting and finance projects for local charities in your final year. Our Careers and Employability service can help you find other relevant other work experience during your course, including placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that complement your studies and enhance your CV.

Your personal tutor also supports you with your career planning and helps you develop your workplace skills.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Business Accounting
  • Economics for Business
  • Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis
  • Marketing Principles and Practice
  • Managing People in Organisations
  • Business Operations and Systems Management

You can also get the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Introductory Certificate in Marketing, which is highly sought after by employers for both marketing and non-marketing roles.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting for Business
  • Management Accounting
  • Critical Issues in Accounting and Finance

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Personal Finance
  • Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
  • Accounting Packages and Systems
  • Taxation
  • Business Law
  • Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Advanced Corporate Financial Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Strategic Management Accounting

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Dissertation
  • Independent Study Project
  • Financial Investment Project
  • International Financial Management
  • Business Improvement and Creativity
  • Professional Accounting Practice

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • small-group seminars
  • practical workshops
  • one-on-one tutorials

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • analysis of topical case studies
  • written reports
  • essays
  • presentations
  • a self-led project
  • an optional dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 60% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 27% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 28% by written exams and 72% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

After the course, you can use the financial expertise you’ve developed to further your career.

What can you do with a Financial Management degree?

Many of our graduates have gone onto managerial-level roles. Routes they’ve pursued include:

  • commercial banking
  • corporate finance
  • chartered accountancy
  • investment banking
  • financial management
  • real estate
  • financial planning
  • insurance
  • further study at postgraduate level

After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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