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Business and Finance BA (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

BESU043

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2018
September 2018

Fees:

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £11,927)

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


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Overview

Our Business and Finance BA focuses on teaching and training you, as well as ensuring you get work placement experience at home or abroad.

This degree aims to provide you with sound financial knowledge, placed in a business context. We hope to provide you with a firm understanding of the role of business in society and how finance can impact on and be used to improve business performance.

Professional experience and skills development are embedded throughout the course with different opportunities. You’ll hear from current practitioners, take part in trade games and discuss contemporary issues, such as sustainability, financial crisis and technological innovation.

Coventry has excellent links with national and international employers, like Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), Grant Thornton, Ernst & Young, IBM and Jaguar Land Rover. Our teaching is grounded in the corporate world, using real-life international case studies and providing a range of exciting work placement options.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Financial Analyst Society of the UK (CFA UK)

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)


Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)

What our alumni say

I enjoyed the challenging modules and the way the course related to real-life issues and situations. The social life was great too.

Sandra Ibekwe, BA (Hons) Business and Finance, graduated 2013, now Service Officer at Haringey Council

Course information

Do you have an interest in current financial and business issues? Do you find yourself asking questions about how the financial crisis impacted on businesses? Are you interested in the way businesses obtain and manage their financing?

Our degree has been designed to deepen your knowledge of the wider business and finance environment. You’ll explore innovative corporate practices and discover the implications and opportunities of globalisation, all the while developing key business, entrepreneurial and personal skills, such as team working, communication and problem solving.

90%

of our students are satisfied by the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

The first year of the BA (Hons) Business and Finance provides an opportunity to experience all aspects of business and personal finance, before choosing a greater level of specialisation in the later years of the course. You will study the foundation subjects of business and finance, including the fundamentals of business, an introduction to finance, business economics and marketing. Alongside this, you should also be developing your numeracy and IT skills.

Modules

  • Fundamentals of Personal Finance

  • Fundamentals of Business Organisation

  • Academic and Professional Training

  • Introduction to Business Economics

  • Marketing Essentials

  • Statistical Analysis for Accountancy and Finance

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

This theme continues in the second year with a greater emphasis on finance, business management and applied marketing. There is a focus on helping you develop research skills in this year in preparation for a final year research project on a topic of your own choosing. We focus on threshold concepts, for example, the relevant knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external environment in which they operate, books of accounting entry, marginal costing, opportunity cost, finance theory and market forces. These concepts unlock the basic principles of business and finance theory, allowing you to view these functions in a wider real-world context.

Modules

  • Principles of Financial Investment

  • Business Management

  • Financial Services

  • Marketing Planning

  • Research Skills

  • Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • Business Accounting
    • Economics of Banking and Finance
    • Financial Regulation 

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

After the second year, you have the option of taking a sandwich year on an industrial placement or spending 12 months studying abroad to broaden your international perspective. Your dedicated Employment Personal Tutor (EPT) will provide support in finding a suitable placement and, in recent years, we have seen increasing numbers of prestige placements with PWC, Ernst & Young, Deloittes, Microsoft, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover and the NHS, as well as positions with a large number of small firms based in the West Midlands. The placement provides an excellent opportunity to obtain appropriate discipline-specific work experience on a much more significant scale than vacation or part-time work.

Modules

  • Work Placement

  • Study Abroad

Overview

The final year of study offers a wide range of optional modules to enable you to develop specialist knowledge in areas like marketing or human resources management, depending on the path you wish to follow in your career. You will be required to write a dissertation; students often choose a specific contemporary issue of interest to them. Examples of topics chosen include impact of financial crisis on financial markets and effect of regulation on financial services.

Modules

  • Corporate Strategic Management

  • Investment Analysis

  • Advanced Study for Accounting and Finance

  • Advanced Seminar in Accounting and Finance

  • Optional modules

    2 from the following:

    • Corporate Financial Management
    • Portfolio Management
    • Corporate Governance and Ethics
    • Advanced Issues in Banking
    • Services and Retail Marketing
    • International Finance
    • Insurance and Pensions
    • International HRM

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

12th

Coventry University has climbed the rankings again to 12th in the UK Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • With around 5,000 students and 300 staff, Coventry Business School is one of the largest in Europe, rated as ‘excellent’ by Eduniversal.
  • Facilities include our trading floor featuring 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals.
  • Coventry Business School is an active member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS).
  • Course is recognised by the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of the UK (CFA UK) and provides exemptions from the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).
  • Opportunity for all students to apply for an internship or sandwich placement with national and international companies as well as a large number of small to medium-sized firms and organisations.
  • Designated Employment Personal Tutor (EPT) available to work with you throughout your course. High levels of student satisfaction - 90% overall in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016, 91% for the quality of teaching and 95% for academic support.

Coventry Business School is one of the largest in Europe, rated as ‘excellent’ by Eduniversal.

Our main study themes are:

  • Business policy and strategy: The development of appropriate policies and strategies within a changing global environment to meet stakeholder interests.
  • Finance fundamentals: The basic principles, rationale and methods used in analysing, planning and managing finances.
  • Operations: The management of projects and day-to-day business operations, including scheduling, resource planning, quality assurance and operations.
  • Markets: The development and operation of international markets for resources, goods and services, including considerations of customers and their expectations.

  • Statistical analysis and quantitative methods: Essential numeracy skills and analysis including the use of specialist software such as SPSS.

This course is available on a three-year full-time basis or a four-year sandwich basis, where between Years Two and Three there is one year of supervised work experience or a 12-month period studying abroad. The Faculty’s Employability and Placements Unit will assist you in applying for a suitable placement, preferably in a business- or finance-related position in a private, public or charitable organisation. 

Wherever possible, we try to incorporate topical issues from the news and introduce professionally relevant coursework and experiences. An example includes a group coursework which student undertake that is based on a topic which is of current interest to the banking industry. Students take on the role as consultants who have been asked to complete a project for a client and are expected to present in front of a panel consisting of professional bankers and/or members of professional bodies which requires for them to carry out significant amounts of independent research.

The School has excellent links with employers including Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), Grant Thornton, Ernst & Young, IBM and Jaguar Land Rover. We offer various career development events, providing exposure to these and other local and national businesses. In the past, for example, ICAEW Coventry has held a workshop on employment, while PwC have provided guidance to students on the application process for graduate jobs.  

Throughout your studies, your academic personal tutor (APT) will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice. We enjoy high levels of student satisfaction and, in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016, 100% of students felt staff were good at explaining things and 95% felt good advice had been available when they needed it.

Teaching methods include: weekly lectures, small group seminars and tutorials.

Meet our staff

Dr. Jacek Niklewski

Jacek Niklewski is a senior lecturer in finance.

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You will be assessed using a variety of methods, however, the close alignment with professional body requirements means that there is a higher proportion of formal examinations. Other forms of assessment include: time constrained tests; multiple choice tests; reports or essays; group work, such as presentations or reports; and quizzes. Some of this will depend on the options selected, but clear information on assessment techniques will be available before you make a choice about optional modules. 

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Formal examinations: 50%
  • Coursework, tests, essays: 40%
  • Group work: 5%
  • Presentations, posters: 5%

In order to achieve the award of Bachelor of Arts (Honours), a student must satisfy the University requirements of 360 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits.

50% assessed by exams

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Understand and analyse the nature and context of business organisations.
  • Formulate and suggest solutions to business problems.
  • Analyse and produce financial solutions to complex business decisions.
  • Critically evaluate relevant qualitative and quantitative data in the areas of business and finance.
  • Apply numeracy and quantitative skills including data analysis, interpretation and extrapolation.
  • Use effective communication, oral and in writing, using a range of media which are widely used in business, such as the preparation and presentation of business and financial reports.
  • Identify assumptions, evaluate statements in terms of evidence, detect false logic or reasoning, identify implicit values, define terms adequately and generalise appropriately.
  • Create, evaluate and assess a range of options together with the capacity to apply ideas and knowledge to a range of situations.
  • Conduct research into business, finance and management issues, either individually or as part of a team for projects/dissertations/presentations.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 14 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours of tutorials or, later, project supervision, each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 22-24 hours of self-directed studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities etc.

There are opportunities to take part in a number of overseas field trips, some of which have previously been subsidised by the University. In the past, our students have visited universities in China and Malaysia to study alongside students, see how finance is taught internationally, appreciate the issues in different countries and broaden their perspectives. Future field trips are planned to India and Hong Kong. 

You will also have the opportunity to study or work abroad and may be supported by schemes such as Erasmus, Marco Polo and Vasco da Gama.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our alumni say

I enjoyed the challenging modules and the way the course related to real-life issues and situations. The social life was great too.

Sandra Ibekwe, BA (Hons) Business and Finance, graduated 2013, now Service Officer at Haringey Council

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: BESU043
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
ABB-BBB
DDM 31-30 points 5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

Additional Information

Applicants are expected to show academic attainment at the required level within 3 years of the course proposed start date, and will also be required to attend an interview. All offers are subject to satisfactory health clearance, disclosure and barring service/criminal conviction checks and a successful interview. Try our sample maths test here.

In line with the National Health Service Constitution we use a values based recruitment approach in seeking candidates with the appropriate values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care. 

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English Language at grade C and GCSE Mathematics at grade B, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Table of qualificationsUCASBTEC
GCE A2 Level Tariff points L3 Extended Diploma
A*A*A*       168 D*D*D*
A*A*A       160 D*D*D*
A*A*B
    152 D*D*D
A*A*C AAA     144 DDD
A*A*D AAB BBA*  A*AC 136  
  AAC BBA   128 DDM
  AAD BBB ABC 120  
  AAE BBC ACC 112 DMM
    BBD
108  
      CCC 96 MMM

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our alumni say

I enjoyed the challenging modules and the way the course related to real-life issues and situations. The social life was great too.

Sandra Ibekwe, BA (Hons) Business and Finance, graduated 2013, now Service Officer at Haringey Council

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£9250 (per year)


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£9250 (per year)


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £11,927) (per year)


September 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £11,927) (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

What our alumni say

I enjoyed the challenging modules and the way the course related to real-life issues and situations. The social life was great too.

Sandra Ibekwe, BA (Hons) Business and Finance, graduated 2013, now Service Officer at Haringey Council

Career prospects

Our close links with major employers ensure the course remains responsive to the need of potential employment sectors. A degree in business and finance gives you the opportunity to access a range of graduate positions around the world – in financial management, investment banking, advertising, marketing, e-commerce, human resources or project management.

The strong vocational element and use of case studies should give you a good grounding in real business situations. We aim for our students to benefit from a wide range of desirable professional skills, including: team working; critical evaluation; self-directed learning; problem-solving; action planning and organising; written and oral communication; presentation; questioning and listening. The following personal qualities will also be addressed in each of the skills modules: achievement orientation; initiative and creativity; self-confidence; decisiveness; reflectiveness; adaptability and flexibility. 

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Our graduates have progressed to careers across a wide spectrum of industry sectors, from banking, accounting and finance to manufacturing and marketing. Alternatively, you may decide to continue your studies at postgraduate level to further enhance your employability. Here at Coventry, we offer the MSc Banking and Finance or MBA Finance, for example.

£20K+

Our graduates earn an average salary between £20,000 and £21,000 six months after the course (2014/15)

What our alumni say

I enjoyed the challenging modules and the way the course related to real-life issues and situations. The social life was great too.

Sandra Ibekwe, BA (Hons) Business and Finance, graduated 2013, now Service Officer at Haringey Council
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.