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The global finance industry offers a whole range of dynamic, rewarding career paths, from banking and investments to financial markets. It’s a fast-moving sector that influences how businesses and societies work all over the world. Here at Hertfordshire Business School, our BA Finance degree is designed to help you become part of it.

You’ll learn from our inspiring, supportive teaching team, made up of experienced practitioners and research-active academics at the forefront of new thinking. With the option of studying abroad, taking a year-long paid work placement or learning one of six languages, it’s an incredible opportunity to realise your potential and launch a really successful career.

The University of Hertfordshire’s unique relationship with the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) means every part of this degree course is based on what today’s industry needs, making you a highly employable graduate who’ll be sought-after by forward-thinking employers. Our collaboration with ACT also means you’ll be exempt from some of their professional exams, helping your career move faster once you finish your degree.

We’ve carefully designed our BA Finance to give you the in-depth knowledge and abilities you’ll need to become a sought-after industry professional. You’ll develop a firm foundation in general business and finance, as well as economics, quantitative methods, law, banking, investments and financial markets.

We focus on giving you powerful, productive skills, including the ability to learn independently, give successful presentations, work well in a group, research your subject online and communicate effectively. It’s a strategy that works – 95.8% of our Business School graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation. 

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Why choose this course?

  • Study for your degree at one of the UK’s leading business-facing university.
  • Develop the skills and knowledge to work in the dynamic, high-reward finance industry.
  • Learn from inspiring, supportive teaching staff with innovative research records and extensive professional experience.
  • Benefit from Hertfordshire’s unique collaboration with the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT), earning exemptions from professional exams.
  • Gain incredible experience by going on a year-long, paid work placement or studying abroad.

Key staff

Ms Helen McCormick
Programme Leader: Finance and Finance & Economics

Professional Accreditations

At the University of Hertfordshire, we have a unique link with the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT). It means that our BA Finance gives you exemption from the ACT’s Certificate in Treasury Fundamentals exam.

We also work closely with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), giving you exemptions from the CIMA foundation and ACCA part one exams, as well as some level two papers.

You may also be exempt from other exams, depending which modules you choose.

ACT - Leading Treasury Professionals

Careers

At Hertfordshire, our BA Finance graduates have a great track record for going into high-performing, high-salary roles throughout the sector. In fact, 95.8% of Business School graduates are in work or further study just six months after they graduate. 

Where you take your career is up to you. From banking to accounting, trading to investments, with your BA you’ll be exceptionally qualified for a whole range of career paths. In fact, Hertfordshire finance graduates work for all sorts of organisations, all over the world.

You could join an innovative small business or a major international corporate, start your own business or stay on to study a Master’s with us.

Teaching methods

You will be studying four 15 credit modules in each semester (this may vary between double modules) and your contact time varies between modules, but usually you will have two sessions per week for each module, a one-hour lecture following by a one-hour seminar/tutorial. Typically, a new topic or theory will be introduced in each lecture and will be followed up with class discussion and feedback in the subsequent seminar. In addition, as part of your study time, you will be collaborating with your peers on tasks and group assignments. Module leaders also offer weekly drop in and feedback sessions, usually 2 x 1 hours per module as well as revision sessions.

The University’s ‘online learning environment’ means you can access all your course resources, literature and timetables from anywhere in the world.

Usually, assessment is split between coursework and examinations. The style of coursework can vary from presentations to business reports, essays depending on the taught topics. 

Work Placement

Between your Second and Final Years you can add an optional extra year to your degree and spend it taking a year-long, paid work placement in the UK or overseas. Or, if you prefer, you can go on a six-month placement and spend another six-months studying abroad.

A placement is a great chance to see first hand how the finance industry operates. You’ll put your knowledge into practice and build up impressive work-based skills. Your placement employer might even offer you a job once you graduate, using the placement to test you out as a future employee. Recent students have worked with companies including Lloyds Bank and GE Capital.

Study Abroad

By its very nature this is an internationally focused BA course. Finance is global industry and the trends and events happening in one country will affect other financial markets all over the world.

Our highly respected academic team has extensive international experience and their insights have shaped every element of this exciting degree. The course also attracts students from all over the world, creating a rich international student community where you’ll share diverse ideas, experiences and perspectives.

While you’re working towards your finance degree, you’ll have the option of studying abroad for a semester – or even a year – at one of our partner institutions around the world.

There are exciting opportunities in North and Latin America, Europe, Asia and Australia, any of which will make a really positive impact on your confidence, employability and skills, as well as being an unforgettable, life-changing adventure.

You’ll also have the opportunity to develop sought-after foreign language skills by choosing language options alongside your core accounting modules. Options currently include French, German, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese. 

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Economics for Business - 15 Credits
  • The Finance Professional - 30 Credits
  • Analytical Techniques for Finance - 15 Credits
  • Principles of Finance - 30 Credits

Optional

  • Ethics, Governance and Law - 15 Credits
  • Economy and Society - 15 Credits
  • Mandarin Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Mandarin Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 4a - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 4b - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 4a - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 4b - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 4a - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 4b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 4a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route B-4A - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route B-4B - 15 Credits

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Macro Foundations for Finance - 15 Credits
  • Financial Markets and Instruments - 15 Credits
  • Business Finance - 15 Credits
  • Enhancing Employability in Finance - 15 Credits
  • Quantitative Analysis for Finance - 15 Credits
  • Analysing Financial Statements - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Exploring Business Ethics - 15 Credits
  • Business Life Cycle - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 5a - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 5b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 5a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 5b - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 5a - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Mandarin Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Mandarin Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 5a - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 5b - 15 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Money, Banking and Finance - 15 Credits
  • Analysis of Current Issues in Finance - 30 Credits
  • Corporate Financial Strategy - 15 Credits
  • Financial Aspects of International Business - 15 Credits
  • Behavioural Finance - 15 Credits
  • HBS Placement - 0 Credits

Optional

  • Dissertation - Finance - 30 Credits
  • International Production and Governance - 15 Credits
  • Issues in Global Economy - 15 Credits
  • Information Systems and Knowledge Management - 15 Credits
  • Islamic Banking and Finance - 15 Credits
  • Research Methods - 0 Credits
  • Corporate Treasury Management - 15 Credits
  • Industry Practice in Accounting and Finance - 15 Credits
  • Advanced Financial Decisions - 15 Credits
  • Public Finance - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Mandarin Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Mandarin Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 6a - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 6a - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route B 6a - 15 Credits
  • Japanese Route B 6b - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

96-112 UCAS points from qualifications which include a minimum of two 4 unit qualifications (e.g. A Levels), one 8 unit qualification (e.g. Pearson BTEC Diploma) or one 12 unit qualification (e.g. Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma).

GCSE Maths and English at Grade C (Grade 4 if completed from 2017 onwards).

‘All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.’

For more details on the University of Hertfordshire's entry requirements, please visit our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page.

N.B. We have expressed our entry requirements within a tariff range. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (if applicable) together with your applications as a whole, including work experience and personal statement, and may make an offer at any point within the stated tariff range.

How to apply

2018

Start DateEnd DateLink
17/09/201824/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
17/09/201824/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
17/09/201824/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
27/09/201924/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
27/09/201924/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
27/09/201924/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)