About the course

Indicative course structure

This course gives you a firm foundation for a career in finance. A degree in finance will give you the skills for a career in financial services such as banking, investment management, pension fund management and insurance. During the course you’ll develop the sharp evaluation and analytical skills needed to move into more functional and management roles.

The First Year introduces general business and finance agendas, including economics, quantitative methods and ethics. The Second Year explores employability and the business life cycle. The Final Year focuses on areas such as banking, current issues, and global finance and markets. You can also choose from several specialist options.

This course offers potential exemptions from the professional qualifications of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).

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Why choose this course?

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

Key staff

Ms Helen McCormick
Programme Leader: Finance and Finance & Economics

Professional Accreditations

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

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

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

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Course details


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

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

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

What job can I get?

Our graduates have gone on to work in a range of financial roles with a wide range of organisations such as banks, stockbrokers, investment houses, pension funds and insurance companies. They have found employment with the likes of CBRE Capital Advisors and Intu Properties.

Teaching methods

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

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

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

Work Placement

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

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

Study Abroad

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

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

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

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

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


Level 4

Core Modules


Level 5

Core Modules


Level 6

Core Modules


Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

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

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

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Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

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

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Entry requirements...

2019 Entry

72 - 168 UCAS points. 

Standard IB offer ie 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above.

GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 (C) or above.

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

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

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

 Find out more about International Entry Requirements.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply


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