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Our BA (Hons) Business Finance degree is designed to help you build on skills in investment and commercial banking, insurance, consultancy and financial markets. With student satisfaction at the heart of everything we do, we’re proud to have achieved 100% overall satisfaction in the most recent National Student Survey (NSS 2020).
Recognised by a range of professional bodies such as, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and CIMA, you’ll have the opportunity to gain a prestigious accounting and finance degree at the same time as qualifying as part-qualified accountants. Demand for qualified specialists in accounting and finance has always exceeded supply. Graduates can, therefore, expect a rewarding career and unlimited choice of the industry they wish to work in.
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
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Why study this subject?
In the industry, business and finance are inextricably linked. Having a good understanding of one area enhances your knowledge of the other
If you want to pursue a career in the finance sector and you’re keen to apply a range of general management skills, then this degree is for you. It is particularly relevant if you’re interested in a management role in banking or financial services.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
Being successful in business starts with having a broad range of skills, and our BA (Hons) in Business and Finance will help prepare you for your future career.
You’ll learn how to manage profit-making or providing value to stakeholders. Knowing how to communicate your business strategies is crucial and we’ll help you to confidently make decisions.
There will be opportunities for you to explore your own business ideas and launch your own enterprise. You can also take work-based learning to enhance your understanding and gain credits towards your degree.
We have a strong practical element to our business courses with real live briefs set by our contacts in the industry. We’ve had students consulting major companies and helping start-ups to get their businesses on the move.
Our focus on recreating the industry on campus gives a boost to your employability. Some of the companies we have worked with include Initials, Jargon PR, Medico, Mindshare, Primal, Scannappeal and Simpler PR.
At Bucks we want you to get the most out of your time with us. Studying a course with a professional accreditation gives you the opportunity to get workplace experience, learn about new developments in the industry and apply for membership with the accrediting body. When you graduate, you’ll be exempt from some exams, and will be even closer to your chosen career.
The following professional bodies currently accredit this degree:
- ACCA – Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
- ICAEW – Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
- CIMA – Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
- IFA - Institute of Financial Accountants
BA (Hons) Business and Finance graduates are also eligible for membership at various levels for the IFA and ICAEW.
What facilities can I use?
We’ve invested in a range of state-of-the-art facilities across our campuses to support your learning.
Our library is the perfect place to find the resources you need and a quiet place to study, filled with four floors of books, journals, computer suites and study rooms. Or, if you’d rather work off campus, e-Journals and resources are only a few clicks away using our Virtual Learning Environment.
What will I study?
Our BA (Hons) Business and Finance introduces business and finance theory. Modules have been designed to help you apply your learning to practical situations, gaining the vital skills you need for a successful career.
We cover a mix of financial accounting, management accounting, financial management, auditing, taxation and strategic management modules that blend together to give you an understanding of the financial world and the topical issues affecting that world.
How will I be taught and assessed?
This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
We have a bustling business department with lots of expertise. All our business courses cross over, with some modules being shared across the degrees. We believe in breaking down barriers and giving our students every opportunity to expand their network while with us. With smaller class sizes, we give our students one-to-one teaching and around-the-clock support.
Our lecturers have extensive industry and academic experience. They’ll help you mix theory with practice, informing your teaching with their knowledge. We attract many guest speakers, including former students who share their business acumen. We make sure that you’ll always know about the latest trends in the world of business.
Every year we run BizFest, where successful business leaders come to BNU to share their thoughts on business ventures and the future of their industries.
Being so close to London gives us some amazing industry links, giving you the chance to gain experience in the real world. Our focus on real life experience gives you that competitive edge when heading into employment.
Delivery across the programme will take the form of a combination of interactive lectures and seminars as well as one-to-one workshop and tutorial sessions.
Outside of formal scheduled tuition you will be expected to undertake independent learning completing assignments, preparing for sessions and taking increasing responsibility for your personal and professional development.
You will have the opportunity both to work on your own as well as part of a team through small group projects.
The University’s Virtual Learning Environment will support delivery of the programme by providing 24/7 access to core and supplementary learning materials, additional resources such as journal extracts, facilitating dialogue through online discussions boards, and submission of assignments.
You'll be assessed through:
- essays and reports
- projects and enterprise activities
In your final year, you will undertake either a Dissertation or a Consultancy Project, which is a major piece of independent research focused on strategic business issues.
You will have the opportunity to collaborate on projects and live briefs with students from other business management degree programmes, gaining the practical and transferable skills you need for your career.
Professional accreditations and exemptions
At BNU, you have the opportunity to gain exemptions from seven of the nine ACCA papers at the Fundamentals level. This will help enable you to gain an accounting and finance degree at the same time as qualifying as part-qualified accountants.
- F1 - Accountant in Business
- F2 - Management Accounting
- F3 - Financial Accounting
- F4 - Corporate and Business Law
- F5 - Performance Management
- F7 - Financial Reporting
- F9 - Financial Management.
In addition, graduates can also obtain exemptions from up to 7 modules at the Certificate and Operational Levels from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
ACCA is the largest and fastest growing professional accountancy body in the world, so this will help bolster your career prospects.
You can also obtain membership at various levels for the IFA and ICAEW.
Transcripts must be provided by students to confirm the award of membership/exemptions.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 32 - 56
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
Inquiry Based Learning
Introduction to Business Studies
Year 2 Modules
Data Insight for Business Decisions
Accountant in Business Organisations
Global Business Environment
Year 3 Modules
Advanced Management Accounting
Contemporary Business Economics
Consulting in Practice
Financial Reporting (I)
Corporate Business Law
Year 4 Modules
Corporate Governance and Ethics
Financial Reporting (II)
Developing Leadership and Management Skills
Consultancy Project (optional)
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
This qualification opens doors in management in a variety of sectors. There is also the opportunity to study to become a professional accountant with a number of exemptions from initial exams.
Graduates will be able to progress to a range of opportunities and careers in general business and finance, such as:
- Business information systems
- Human resource management
- Accounting and financial management.
This course will help prepare you for a range of roles, such as:
- Business manager
- Communications manager
- Financial manager
- Marketing manager
- Retail manager
- Sport manager
- Tourism manager.
You will also be equipped to develop and manage your own businesses, be this sole proprietorships, partnerships or companies.
Recent graduates from this course have gone onto jobs such as:
- Accounting Assistant
- Personal Banker
- Financial Analyst
- Payroll Assistant and Graduate / Trainee Accountant.
Having achieved exemption from specific ACCA and CIMA papers, graduates can also progress their professional qualifications through the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants or indeed through other equally prestigious accountancy professional bodies, such as the ICAEW.
You may also choose to stay at Buckinghamshire New University and study a postgraduate programme.
Did you know?
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