Finance BSc (Hons)

 

Course Code

UCAS Code: N300
International Code: FBLU036

Location

Coventry University (Coventry)

 

Study mode

Full-time
Sandwich

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement

Start date

September 2022


Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate

This specialist course aims to provide you with the essential knowledge required to succeed in today’s highly competitive and dynamic world of finance. 

This course will interest you if:

  • You are looking for a career path that requires an understanding of budgeting and financial administration.
  • Want to gain a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in accounting and finance within a financial context.
  • Understand the financial world.
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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

The Finance course offers an insight into the world of finance. By studying this course you will have the opportunity to:

  • Dedicated employment support team, the Talent Team, to work with you throughout your course to offer support and potential future career guidance.  
  • Coventry Business School is an active member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS). Please refer to the Memberships section for further information.  
  • Teaching benefits from research and insight from corporate partners, including the regulatory bodies and leading consultancies. Examples include Bloomberg and Fitch Connect. 
  • Impressive industrial placement opportunities*, which have previously included: Lloyds Banking Group; Mattioli Woods (Pensions and Wealth Management); HM Treasury; Allianz Indonesia; PwC; The Boots Company; and Jaguar Land Rover.   
  • Opportunity for professional certification of key financial database skills. You will have the opportunity to take the Bloomberg Market Concepts examinations during your first year (subject to availability). Students are expected to pass this assessment in accordance with Bloomberg’s set regulations, and the certificate can help assist your potential future employability as many trading floors around the world are reliant on Bloomberg technology.  
  • Outstanding facilities include our Trading Floor, which is currently one of the largest academic trading floors in Europe, featuring 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals. 
  • Ability to call upon the maths and statistics support offered by the university’s sigma centre, which runs drop-in sessions led by experienced academics (subject to availability). 

Accredited by:

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CFA UK Investment Management Certificate (IMC)

This course is recognised 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.  If the accreditation of this course changes, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.  


Exemptions

Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)

This course is recognised 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). If there is any change to the recognition of this course by the CII, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.


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. There is currently no intention for either of these memberships to lapse however if either of these memberships were not to be renewed we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.


What you'll study

You will need 120 credits to pass the year.

Modules

  • This module aims to develop students’ ability to apply appropriate mathematical techniques to financial problems. It starts by applying basic mathematical methods, and then introduces students 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

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

    Compulsory

  • The principal aim of this module is to introduce students to the main financial statements produced by businesses worldwide. The systems and techniques required by businesses to produce these statements, and the core concepts underpinning these statements are also addressed. Students will also learn how to use accounting ratios to critically evaluate financial statements and business performance.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to provide students to acquire statistical reasoning and thinking skills and to relate those skills to financial problem solving and conducting business research.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to introduce students 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.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to provide students 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

  • You will also be able to take an Add+vantage module which can allow you to develop your CV by taking credits in an area of study that doesn’t have to be related to your degree. The assessment type will depend on the type of Add+vantage module you wish to take.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework and exam

Your second year will give you the opportunity to further develop knowledge gained the previous year. Modules include a number of mandatory modules, together with one optional module, which can be selected from a range of choices, and can be used either to develop a specialisation with an eye on your potential future career, or to broaden your approach into various applied topics. You will need 120 credits to pass the year.

Modules

  • This module aims to introduce students to relevant concepts in finance. Students will 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 students 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 students with a theoretical framework which can be used to assess the rationale for financial regulation in general and the effectiveness of specific regulatory initiatives across the financial system.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of this module is to enable students to analyse the nature and functions of financial institutions, to equip students with the necessary tools and concepts to be able to explain and interpret the process of financial intermediation, and to understand the system of regulation in financial markets. The module also examines the underlying principles and characteristics of money and banking that are the foundation for understanding their role in the economy.

    Compulsory

  • Successful completion of this module would provide students with the ability to understand, and to critically evaluate, the role of financial derivatives and the determinants of their prices. The derivatives considered will be those relating to stocks, stock indices, bonds, short term interest rates, and currencies.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to ensure students 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 students 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, students 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

  • The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of statistical techniques. 

    Compulsory

  • You will also be able to take an Add+vantage module which can allow you to develop your CV by taking credits in an area of study that doesn’t have to be related to your degree. The assessment type will depend on the type of Add+vantage module you wish to take.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework and exam

After your second year, you have an opportunity to take a sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement.

Placement years are subject to additional costs, application, meeting applicable visa requirements and availability. Further costs incurred as a result of the professional work placement or study abroad shall be borne by the student.  

Modules

  • Optional

  • Optional

In your final year, your studies should reflect an increased specialisation in your chosen field of financial economics. The course now offers two optional modules for you to select, alongside four mandatory modules which are designed to give you the opportunity to become a well-rounded graduate, and include conducting a project in the field of business economics.

Modules

  • The aim of this module is to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of contemporary issues in finance at the moment of delivery. The module will include topics such as behavioural finance, sustainable finance or alternative sources of finance (such as Islamic Finance, crowdfunding or peer-to-peer lending). Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to critically evaluate the recent developments impacting global financial markets.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to apply and develop their research skills and to extend their knowledge, understanding and ability to critically analyse in a specialist area of interest. The student will chose an academic area related to their programme of study and apply their independent learning skills to research this area in depth. Students will receive academic support through a series of group supervisions and will be allocated a project supervisor.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to develop the understanding and application of the techniques of investment analysis and performance measurement. This module focuses on providing the tools necessary to measure, present, and evaluate investment performance and the skill evidenced by the efficient use of risk. To maximise transferability of knowledge and skills, the module also develops the understanding of professional ethics to calculate and report investment results, consistent with the Global Investment Performance Standard (GIPS) and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute approach. Successful completion of the course lays the foundation for students wishing to pursue careers in investment measurement and attribution.  

    Compulsory

  • This module examines how portfolios are structured, monitored and managed for maximum effectiveness. It develops students understanding and ability to apply asset allocation, portfolio strategies, international diversification and performance evaluation techniques. 

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to ensure students 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 students complete a skills audit in order to identify strengths and weaknesses. Once the self-evaluation is completed, students will have the opportunity to develop and enhance areas of weakness and also be guided towards schemes that would best utilise or match their strengths. 

    Compulsory

  • You will also be able to take an Add+vantage module which can allow you to develop your CV by taking credits in an area of study that doesn’t have to be related to your degree. The assessment type will depend on the type of Add+vantage module you wish to take.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework and exam

  • Choose one of the following:

    Applied Econometrics - 20 credits

    The aim of this module is to develop students' understanding of econometric techniques and economics modelling relevant to various Macro and Microeconomic applications. The empirical work covered in the lectures and seminars will be supplemented by students undertaking applied studies (using real and simulated data) using the econometrics packages for example E-views, PC-Give.

    Advanced Issues in Banking - 20 credits

    The overall aim of this module is to build on the basic knowledge gained during the 5000ECN (Economics of Banking and Finance) module in order to undertake in-depth, advanced analysis of a number of current issues in banking. In conjunction with 5000ECN this module will provide an appropriate level of understanding and analytical skills for those students who wish to undertake postgraduate work in this area. It will also provide students with a level of appreciation of current banking issues that should enhance their employability in the sector.

    Corporate Financial Management - 20 credits

    The overall aim of this module is to provide students with a deeper understanding of the scope and nature of the financial management issues that exist within modern corporations.

    Corporate Governance and Ethics - 20 credits

     

    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

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: practical classes, 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 studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using for example, seminar exercises or online activities.


Assessment

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods 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. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.


Job ready

On successful completion of the course, you will have knowledge of:

  • The core functions of the international financial markets and the impact of finance on businesses and the economy.
  • Contemporary finance theories and empirical evidence and their relevance and application to practical problems.
  • The importance of statutory and regulatory financial legislation and their impact on corporate governance structures and the wider business and economic environment.
  • The skills required to undertake an appropriate depth of analysis from undertaking research appropriate to their area of specialisation with the context of finance.
  • The skills required to assess and apply finance models and critically evaluate relevant qualitative and quantitative data in the areas of finance.

On successful completion of the course, younwill be able to:

  • Analyse and interpret financial data using appropriate statistical methods and present it informatively.
  • Communicate financial concepts, models and techniques in a clear and precise style through written and oral work.
  • Analyse and draw reasoned conclusions concerning structured and unstructured problems using information drawn from a range of financial sources.
  • Analyse and discuss contemporary issues in finance using appropriate financial principles.
  • Exhibit an understanding of research methodologies appropriate to undergraduate level study, formulate relevant finance orientated research questions and employ appropriate research methods.
  • Manipulate, treat, interpret and synthesise quantitative and qualitative data from a range of sources.

International experience opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in an overseas study trip, or a full year abroad. 

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 trips* as part of the annual Tax Week initiative or the annual Audit Week, both of which are conducted in partnership with European universities, and see students work collaboratively on related projects.


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 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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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 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.

To be accepted for the programme students must possess 240 credits (120 ECTS) at level 4 and 5 obtained in a relevant subject area, covering either accounting or finance.

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

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The Trading Floor

With 42 Bloomberg terminals, this facility can add a dynamic practical element to your course.

 

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Talent Team

Our dedicated Talent Team can assist you in applying for work placements, graduate-level jobs and offer skills development workshops.

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sigma Centre

The sigma Centre offers maths and statistics support through drop-in sessions and bookable appointments.


Careers and opportunities

In addition to the financial sector, finance graduates are employed in a range of sectors and roles. They work in manufacturing, transport, communications, consulting, charitable organisations and public services such as the National Health Service (NHS).

Where our graduates work

Our past graduates have progressed to careers across a wide spectrum of industry sectors, from banking, accounting and finance to manufacturing and sales. 

Further study

You can choose to continue your studies at Coventry University with the MSc Accounting and Financial Management. 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.


How to apply

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    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

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    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).