Business and Finance BSc (Hons)

 

Course Code

UCAS Code: N290
International Code: FBLU037

Location

Coventry University (Coventry)

 

Study mode

Full-time
Sandwich

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Start date

September 2022


Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate

Develop sound knowledge and skills in areas such as finance, business, management and leadership for a future career in the business and financial sectors.

Employers in the business and financial sector seek a broad range of financial knowledge and professional skills. This course is designed to help you gain a solid understanding of business organisations, finance, operations and management while also developing practical skills to help you succeed in the job market.

  • Cover key topics from business strategy, managing finance, management and leadership, operations and markets.
  • Develop specialist knowledge in areas such as investment analysis and e-commerce, depending on the path you wish to follow in your potential future career.
  • Explore a wide range of professional skills, including team working; critical evaluation; self-directed learning; problem-solving; action planning and organising; written and oral communication; presentation; questioning and listening.
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Global Ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Employability

Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

By studying this course you will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop practical skills in our Bloomberg Trading Floor4
    Develop your skills in our Trading Floor, featuring 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals. You'll also have the opportunity to gain the Bloomberg Market Concepts Certificate, on successful completion of a short course (subject to availability).
  • Benefit from industry-wide recognition with CFA UK accreditation
    Study on a course with professional accreditation from one of the UK’s leading professional investment management and financial bodies.
  • Gain CII exemptions1
    Gain certain exemptions from some professional Chartered Insurance Institute examinations, upon successful completion of this course. For more information, see the Accreditation and Professional Recognition section of the Overview tab.
  • Gain real-world exposure2
    Prepare for a future career in accounting and finance with a work placement. Past students have undertaken placements at companies such as Indivior and Scottish Power Energy Networks.
  • Access our Sigma Maths and Stats Support Centre
    Access maths and statistics support through drop-in sessions with experienced tutors.

Accreditation, Professional Recognition and Exemptions

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Chartered Financial Analyst Society UK (CFA UK)

This course is accredited by the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of the UK for the 2022/2023 intake, recognising the significant alignment between the course content and the Investment Management Certificate.


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Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)

This course is accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) for the 2022/23 intake. CII recognition allows students to gain certain exemptions from some professional examinations, upon successful completion of this course (subject to application, availability, meeting applicable visa requirements and additional fees may apply).  


Memberships

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, which has a membership of over 120 business schools and higher education providers, and supports its members in maintaining world-class standards of teaching and research.

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the European Foundation for Management Development, a global membership organisation dedicated to management development, covering over 900 members across 91 countries.

Coventry Business School is recognised by the above memberships for the 2022/23 intake.

Finance is at the heart of every organisation so a good understanding is crucial no matter what career you decide to choose. At Coventry University, you will be taught by qualified academics and industry experts. We have the largest educational trading floor in Europe with over 40 terminals linked to Bloomberg so our students have access to the latest data and information to help them succeed.

Aqsa Aziz, Lecturer in Finance, 2021
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What you'll study

The main study themes covered on this course are:

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

In the first year, you will have the opportunity to study a range of modules that cover the basics of business and finance alongside professional and mathematical skills.

You will need 120 credits to pass the year.

Modules

  • This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the importance of personal finance and the process for and factors affecting effective personal financial planning.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of the module is to provide you with an introduction to business organisation. The module will give you the opportunity to develop a good understanding of how organisations are structured and managed as well as offering you a pragmatic insight into the role and importance of some of the typical functional areas of organisations (Marketing, Finance, Human Resource Management and Supply Chain Management).

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to provide you with a range of discipline specific and professional skills enabling them to become effective and autonomous learners, with particular emphasis on personal development planning. It will develop a range of transferable capabilities such as research, writing and presentation skills, as well as training on the use of financial databases and spreadsheets. The module thus integrates academic and practical skills to enhance learning and ultimately employability.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to introduce you to the economic environment in which a business organisation operates and to develop an understanding of basic economic concepts that are applicable to careers in business, accountancy, and finance. The module considers how resources are allocated in a market economy; alternative market structures and their implications for business and consumers; the role of government; macroeconomic issues; and the international economic environment.

    Compulsory

  • This module has two main aims: the first is to introduce you to the fundamental theoretical concepts that underpin the marketing function, in particular the role of consumer behaviour, in marketing and selling situations. The second aim is to build the collection of skills required to apply these fundamental concepts to a case study and other scenarios in order to produce basic marketing and sales solutions.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to develop your ability to apply appropriate mathematical techniques to financial problems. It starts by applying basic mathematical methods, and then introduces you to other techniques in the context of financial applications. It will also offer students with A-level mathematics the opportunity to apply their mathematical skills to more complex applications.

    Compulsory

  • The Add+vantage module allows you to develop your CV by taking credits in an area of study that may not be directly related to your degree, enabling you to demonstrate to prospective employers that you are a well-rounded graduate with a wider knowledge base than just your degree subject. Add+vantage modules are arranged around themes including Global Perspectives; Professional Development; Creativity and Enterprise and Entrepreneurship; Work Experience, Global Experience Field Trips, Projects and Skills; Languages; Professional Accreditation and Research Skills2. These additional skills and experiences give you a wider perspective, develop independence and can set you apart from other graduates. (The Add+vantage module is subject to change and availability.)

    Compulsory

In your second year there is a greater emphasis on finance, business management and leadership. There is also a module designed to give you the opportunity to gain employability skills specific to finance. 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 the opportunity to view these functions in a wider real-world context. You will need 120 credits to pass the year.

Modules

  • This module aims to introduce you to relevant concepts in finance. You will seek to learn about the workings of the equity and bond markets, gain quantitative skills to price stocks and bonds, acquire techniques to exploit the trade-off between risk and return to an optimal effect, develop critical understanding of theories and empirics of asset pricing models and market efficiency hypothesis, and become aware of key financial decisions taken by firms. The module elucidates the basics of the financial theory and how they are applied in the real world. It also provides you with structured opportunities to develop quantitative and analytical skills for more advanced undergraduate studies in finance.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of this module is to provide you with an appreciation and in-depth understanding of the key and practical issues in management within global organisations. These areas will include the role management plays within an organisation, the development and motivation of people and the management of a culturally diverse workforce.

    Compulsory

  • This module intends to provide you with an understanding of the functions and operation of retail financial services in the UK. It aims to provide an advanced knowledge of the main financial products offered by UK financial service industry. These will include investment, savings, borrowing, insurance and pension alternatives available to individuals. It also provides a background to financial advice at the personal level through an understanding of the regulation framework and the decision-making process.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to ensure you have a clear understanding of the expectations internships and placements employers have and how to best prepare to face the job market at this level. The module begins with an opportunity for self-evaluation where you complete a skills audit in order to identify strengths and weaknesses relative to the applications for relevant internships and placements. Once this reflective exercise is completed, you will address and enhance the areas of weaknesses identified and also be supported and mentored towards job opportunities that would best utilise their strengths.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to develop your professional edge and enhance your personal effectiveness. Being equipped with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to manage and lead in a variety of business or finance organisational settings is essential if an individual and their organisation are to succeed. You will evaluate the impact of an organisations structure and governance on management and leadership. You will explore theoretical models, management and leadership styles and approaches designed to promote a culture of mutual trust, respect and support.

    Compulsory

  • This module is designed to develop your understanding of the language, concepts and tools commonly used in financial and management accounting.

    Compulsory

  • The Add+vantage module allows you to develop your CV by taking credits in an area of study that may not be directly related to your degree, enabling you to demonstrate to prospective employers that you are a well-rounded graduate with a wider knowledge base than just your degree subject. Add+vantage modules are arranged around themes including Global Perspectives; Professional Development; Creativity and Enterprise and Entrepreneurship; Work Experience, Global Experience Field Trips, Projects and Skills; Languages; Professional Accreditation and Research Skills2. These additional skills and experiences give you a wider perspective, develop independence and can set you apart from other graduates. (The Add+vantage module is subject to change and availability.)

    Compulsory

In your third year you have the option to apply for a placement, or study abroad year2, which can be spent overseas (studying with one of our partner universities or working) or on a placement in the UK. We currently have active relationships with several employers. Our Talent Team has also previously organised careers events, including TalentFest which hosted a number of speakers from different organisations to give careers advice including KPMG, Natwest, McKinsey & Company, and Fidelity International. Coventry Business School’s employability staff in the Talent Team can provide you with a wide range of support services in order to help you apply for a placement opportunity2, including mock interviews and CV writing workshops.

If you wish to undertake the optional study abroad/placement year2, you will take either the Placement Year module or the Study Abroad Year module which both typically run for a full academic year between years 2 and 3 of your course. You can progress onto the relevant module if you have successfully completed the first two years of the course (i.e., having accumulated 240 credits) and have a confirmed opportunity two weeks prior to the start of the academic year, however we encourage international students to confirm their placements earlier to ensure they are able to meet any applicable visa requirements. Students opting for either the work placement or study abroad module will be registered on a non-credit bearing module and therefore no additional tuition fees apply. While the modules do not bear credits, they do require completion of a marked assessment reflecting on your placement/study abroad or work placement experience. Following successful completion of this assessment, the module selected will appear on your final academic transcript. Students will thus graduate with 360 credits in total, assuming successful completion of their final year.

Modules

  • Optional

  • Optional

The final year of study offers you the chance to pick an optional module, designed to enable you to develop specialist knowledge in areas such as investment analysis and e-commerce, depending on the path you wish to follow in your potential future career. You will be required to conduct a project; students often choose a specific contemporary issue of interest to them. Examples of previous topics chosen include impact of financial crisis on financial markets and effect of regulation on financial services.

Modules

  • Strategic management has now evolved to the point that its primary value is to help the organisation operate successfully in a dynamic, complex environment. To be competitive in this environment, businesses have to become less bureaucratic and more flexible, embracing the ability to shift from one dominant strategy to another. This strategic flexibility also demands a long term commitment to the development and nurturing of critical resources in an environment driven by technical and social change.

    Compulsory

  • The overall aim of this module is to provide you with a deeper understanding of the scope and nature of the financial management issues that exist within modern international corporations. The module covers the major strands of corporate finance theories and applications such as financing of the firm, capital management, and risk management in the context of the current globalisation of financial markets.

    Compulsory

  • This module will provide you with an opportunity to apply and develop your research skills by extending your knowledge, understanding and powers of critical analysis within a specialist domain. You will choose an academic area related to your programme of study and apply your independent learning skills to research this area in depth. You will receive academic support through a series of group supervisions and will be allocated a project supervisor.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to ensure you have a clear understanding of the expectations graduate employers have and how to best prepare to face the graduate market. The module begins with an opportunity for personal evaluation, where you complete a skills audit in order to identify strengths and weaknesses. Once the self-evaluation is completed, you will have the opportunity to develop and enhance areas of weakness and also be guided towards schemes that would best utilise or match your strengths.

    Compulsory

  • Leading individuals and teams to success is arguably the most important skill a manager can possess. This module focuses on the essential management and leadership skills required to fulfil this role in the business and finance context. The module begins with focusing on the theoretical and practical approaches to developing, leading and managing teams. You will look at techniques to assess team capabilities, including the role of recruitment, selection and staff development. On successfully completing the module, you will not only know the principles of managing individuals and teams, but will also understand approaches for supporting, motivating and inspiring teams and individuals to exceed expectations.

    Compulsory

  • Choose one from the following modules:

    Investment Analysis - 20 credits
    The module focuses on the bond and equity markets. You are introduced to discounted cash flow related bond pricing techniques along with bond portfolio managements and the associated risk immunisation methodologies. In respect to equity valuation, you will compare and contrast discounted cash flow methods with fundamental valuation approaches associated with approaches such as value investing and growth investing. Market timing is also explored through the application of technical analysis.

    Insurance and Pensions - 20 credits
    This module provides you with an understanding of the nature and purposes of insurance and pensions. By the end of the module, you should have acquired the ability to critically evaluate alternative insurance and pension products in relation to the needs of individuals. You should also be able to communicate the relative merits of alternative insurances and pensions, and the implications of inadequate cover and provision.

    Management of E-Commerce - 20 credits
    This module aims to introduce you to e-commerce concepts by giving an integrative perspective of front and back end online commerce. Specifically, it provides you with an understanding of e-commerce, different types of e-commerce global business models (i.e. B2C and B2B), e-commerce information systems (i.e. TPS, MIS, ECRM, and DSS), and management of e-commerce issues (i.e. security and trust).

    Optional

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.


How you'll learn

Combining theory and practice, our course is designed to give you the opportunity to gain the practical skills and experience needed for your potential future career. Learning and teaching incorporates lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations, projects, workshops, simulation and practical exercises.

  • Draw on real-world case studies and use a range of innovative practical exercises, such as trade games. You may be tasked, for example, with advising a UK company with overseas subsidiaries to gain experience of international strategy and financial planning.
  • Access to one of largest academic trading floors in Europe, which incorporates analytical, news and data platforms to give you first-hand experience of these industry-standard tools. For example, previous students have used Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters Eikon, Thomson Reuters Datastream or Fitch Connect4.
  • Attend guest lectures with speakers from industry who are invited to give talks on their experiences (subject to availability)2. In previous years these have included speakers from Barclays, CISI and Voyant.

Teaching contact hours

We set out below the typical teaching contact hours that you will receive on this course. Teaching contact hours will vary in different semesters and years of study and may vary due to module selection. In addition to the contact hours below, we offer the opportunity to attend additional optional sessions, including sessions with the faculty’s progress coaches, or to meet with staff during their advice and feedback hours.

Within your first and second year, you will have around 12 contact hours of teaching a week which includes:

  • Medium group teaching: seminars or workshops per week
  • Large group teaching: lectures each week

In your final year, if you are undertaking a project/dissertation, there is a greater emphasis placed on independent study and therefore total contact hours may be reduced. In addition, you will be expected to undertake a significant amount of self-directed studying and revision in your own time each week, which may include, for example, guided study using hand-outs or online activities.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.


Assessment

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods can include:

  • Formal examinations
  • Phase tests
  • Essays
  • Group work
  • Presentations

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.


International experience opportunities

You will have the opportunity to gain an international experience. Coventry is a multicultural university, so our typically diverse student and staff body helps to facilitate a multicultural learning environment.

Coventry University aims to give you the global opportunities needed to become a truly global graduate, enhancing your employability on a global scale. Choose from language classes, studying or working abroad, international field trips, summer schools, leadership development or work experience2.

In the past, our students have had the opportunity to visit 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.

Closer to home, you will have the opportunity to participate in European field trips2 as part of the annual Tax Week initiative or the annual Audit Week, both of which are conducted in collaboration with European universities, and see students work collaboratively on related projects.

International Audit Week

International Audit Week is an annual event, dedicated to helping students develop their auditing skills, with a view to successful careers in the audit and accounting sectors.


Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2022 entry.

Requirement What we're looking for
A level BBB
GCSE Minimum 5 GCSE's graded 9-4 / A* - C including English
BTEC DDM
IB Diploma 30 - 31 points 

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Are you eligible for the Fair Access Scheme?

We believe every student should have the opportunity to dream big, reach their potential and succeed, regardless of their background.

Fair Access Scheme

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:


You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

If you do not have the typical entry requirements, you may want to consider studying this course with an international foundation year. Upon successful completion our International Foundation Year - Accounting and Finance or International Year One (Accounting and Finance) will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress onto this undergraduate degree.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

2022/23 Tuition fees

Student Full time Part time
UK £9,250 per year Not available
International £15,300 per year Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.


Facilities

We have a range of facilities available4 to support our Business and Finance students in putting the theories you are taught into practice.

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The Trading Floor

The Trading Floor is an invaluable facility which allows you to get hands-on with industry-standard software. Housing 42 dual-screen Bloomberg terminals, the facility can add a dynamic practical element to your course.

 

 

 

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Talent Team

Employability is at the forefront of all our accounting and finance courses. Our dedicated Talent Team are also on hand to help. They can assist you in applying for work placements, graduate level jobs and offer skills development workshops, and also organise networking events to introduce you to potential employers and industry contacts.

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sigma Centre

The Sigma Centre is housed in our Lanchester Library and offers maths and statistics support through drop-in sessions and bookable appointments. It is the ideal place to help you navigate any issues you might have while studying an accounting and finance degree.

 

 


Careers and opportunities

Designed to prepare you for a successful career in Business or Finance, this course offers opportunities to gain industry experience, such as field trips, case studies, simulations and work experience2. We currently have active relationships with several employers. Our Talent Team has also previously organised careers events, including TalentFest which hosted a number of speakers from different organisations to give careers advice including KPMG, Natwest, McKinsey & Company, and Fidelity International. 

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Understand how businesses work and suggest solutions to business problems.
  • Formulate and suggest solutions to business problems.
  • Analyse and produce financial solutions to complex business decisions.
  • Evaluate different types of data in the areas of business and finance.
  • Apply numerical skills which will include analysing and interpreting data.
  • Communicate effectively using a wide range of media which will include the preparation and presentation of business and financial reports.
  • Learn how to evaluate statements in terms of evidence and generalise appropriately whilst being able to detect false logic or reasoning.
  • 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.

You should you have the confidence to give sound financial advice and make effective financial decisions, and be well placed to pursue a wide variety of potential future careers options in areas such as:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Banking
  • Personal and corporate finance
  • Business
  • Education in private, public and third sector organisations.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your potential future career options and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. You will have the support of the faculty’s dedicated Talent Team which has an extensive network of employers with a wide range of internship possibilities2. The Talent Team will also support you (subject to availability) with workshops and guidance on the various aspects of the employment process such as preparing your CV, interview practice and mock assessment centres, as well as putting on frequent employer events, which should allow you to network with potential future employers offering graduate roles, internships and placements2.

Where our graduates work

Graduates from this course have gone on to work for prestigious companies including BDO, Fidelity, Santander and Nationwide Building Society.

Typical roles graduates could progress to include Client Services Associate, Business Analyst, Statistician or Audit Graduate Scheme.

Further study

Upon successful completion of our Business and Finance BSc (Hons) course, you may wish to continue to further your studies at postgraduate level with our MSc Finance here at Coventry Business School. You can explore all of your options using our postgraduate course search tool. You may be entitled to an alumni discount on your fees if you decide to extend your time with us by progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study.

Please note that further study opportunities are subject to competitive application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements and additional costs may apply.


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  • Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2021/22 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

    Tuition fees

    The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

    For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

    Accreditations

    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery. 

    Facilities

    Facilities mentioned on this page may not be relevant for every course. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Placements and study abroad opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

    Additional costs

    This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to), equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas).