Why Herts?
  • Over 95% of students said that they were satisfied with the learning community on the course (NSS 2019)

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).

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) Finance 2019 Course fact sheet 2 Finance with a European Language 2019 Course fact sheet 3 Finance with an Eastern Language
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) Finance 2019 Programme specification 2 Languages Programme Specification

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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

Careers

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. 

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Economics for Business 15 Credits Compulsory
    The Finance Professional 30 Credits Compulsory
    Analytical Techniques for Finance 15 Credits Compulsory
    Principles of Finance 30 Credits Compulsory
    Ethics, Governance and Law 15 Credits Optional
    Economy and Society 15 Credits Optional
    Mandarin Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Mandarin Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route C - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route C - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route C - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route C - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route B-4A 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route B-4B 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Macro Foundations for Finance 15 Credits Compulsory
    Financial Markets and Instruments 15 Credits Compulsory
    Business Finance 15 Credits Compulsory
    Enhancing Employability in Finance 15 Credits Compulsory
    Quantitative Analysis for Finance 15 Credits Compulsory
    Analysing Financial Statements 15 Credits Compulsory
    Exploring Business Ethics 15 Credits Optional
    Business Life Cycle 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route C - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route C - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    Mandarin Route A - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    Mandarin Route A - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route C - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route C - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 5a 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Money, Banking and Finance 15 Credits Compulsory
    Analysis of Current Issues in Finance 30 Credits Compulsory
    Corporate Financial Strategy 15 Credits Compulsory
    Financial Aspects of International Business 15 Credits Compulsory
    Behavioural Finance 15 Credits Compulsory
    HBS Placement 0 Credits Compulsory
    Dissertation - Finance 30 Credits Optional
    International Production and Governance 15 Credits Optional
    Issues in Global Economy 15 Credits Optional
    Information Systems and Knowledge Management 15 Credits Optional
    Islamic Banking and Finance 15 Credits Optional
    Research Methods 0 Credits Optional
    Corporate Treasury Management 15 Credits Optional
    Industry Practice in Accounting and Finance 15 Credits Optional
    Advanced Financial Decisions 15 Credits Optional
    Public Finance 15 Credits Optional
    French Project 30 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    Mandarin Route A - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Mandarin Route A - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route C - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route C - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    Italian Route A - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Italian Route A - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Italian Route B - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Italian Route B - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route C - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route C - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route B 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route B 6b 15 Credits Optional
  • 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.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    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.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    UCAS points A Level BTEC
    104 BCC DMM

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2019

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    27/09/201924/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
    27/09/201924/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    27/09/201924/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    27/09/202024/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    27/09/202024/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    27/09/202024/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    27/09/202124/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    27/09/202124/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    27/09/202124/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students