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BA (Hons) Finance
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.
This course includes the sandwich year options of:
*No fees are charged for this year
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.
What's the course about?
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).
You can also study a language with this course. You can be awarded the degree ‘with language’ in the title if you choose to study a foreign language in all years of study.
What will I study?
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.
Kayleigh - Week at a glance
My week at a glance
At the beginning of each week, I write up my lecture PowerPoints ready to take with me to my lectures so I can add notes to it during the lecture. I find that writing up my lectures helps me to take in the information given to us. I tend to do my reading in bits throughout the week to help break it up, but I make sure it’s done before I go to the relevant lecture. I find doing this betters my understanding of the topic that is going to be covered in that lecture!
For each Accounting module, I had an hour lecture and an hour seminar each week! For French, I had a two-hour lectorial, which is a lecture and seminar in one session! I went into university three days of the week for lectures and seminars; I had two days at home!
Towards the end of October, assignments start to get set so you have a lot more work to be doing. I like to start the research for my assignments when they get set. Don’t leave them until the last minute, you’ll do much better when you have time to think about what you’re going to write! Managing your time between assignments and work for your lectures can be difficult but if you make yourself a plan, you’ll be fine!
I lived at university, so I also had to find time to get my weekly food shop. I tended to go on one of my days off in the morning and then in the afternoon, I could get back to my uni work! I would also work for the university on open days and other events as a student ambassador, so I also had to factor that into my schedule. You need to make sure you have some time for yourself so you can wind down, you don’t want to overload yourself! I like to spend a day of the weekend watching Netflix or meeting up with friends!
Kayleigh - Things you should know
Things you need to know before studying Accounting at Herts
There can be some preconceptions of what accounting is; it is NOT all maths! There is a lot of maths involved in the course, but it is not complicated maths so don’t worry, there is also a lot of written aspects too. There are several types of accounting ranging from financial to management accounting, all of which you cover over the three-year course! All the lecturers are chartered accountants, and most have worked in the industry for a significant amount of time and they have so much information for you. They’re always willing to help you as much as they can!
With any degree, there is a lot of reading. You use a different textbook for each module, and they set reading weekly for you. Most of the textbooks are on the online library and so are free to access so don’t go buying the textbooks straight away. For certain modules, doing the reading helps deepen your understanding of the topic significantly. For me, doing the reading for my Taxation module helped me to better understand the topics we studied but don’t try to do it all at once because you won’t take any information in. Remember to break it up so you don’t overload yourself!
You will be assessed in both exams and assignments for the course. Your assignments can range from an essay or a report but could also be a presentation in a group. Most modules have a mixture of exams and assignments so don’t stress too much about doing exams because you have your assignments to fall back on if necessary.
I would highly recommend that future students research what a chartered professional qualification is and the different bodies that offer them. Once you complete your degree in accounting it does not mean that you are a fully qualified accountant; you will need to complete a chartered qualification. The University offers a different amount of exemptions upon completion of the course from ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) and CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants). In your first year, ACCA comes in for a highly informative talk. In this talk, they encourage you to sign up to their ACCA accelerate scheme. I would highly recommend this, the cost savings for yourself in the future is beneficial. They also send you emails keeping you up to date with everything that’s going on.
Accounting can be a difficult degree but don’t stress. Planning your time wisely and being organised with assignments will make an enormous difference. Don’t forget to enjoy your time at university and make as many new friends as you can! Good Luck!
Kayleigh - Why I chose Herts
Why I chose Herts
The first reason being that Herts had the perfect course for me, Accounting with French. Herts allows you to do a language alongside a business degree which not that many other universities offer! Not only do I receive several exemptions from my professional accounting qualification, but I also got to continue studying French, which is something I really enjoyed at college and wanted to continue at university!
Herts is remarkably close to London but it’s not in London. This is perfect for me because I moved from living in a village in the countryside to quite a busy town! I come from north Lincolnshire so Herts is also far enough from home that I would have to be completely independent but not too far that it would take me all day to travel home. Well a three-hour drive to me isn’t that bad anyway. I have lived in halls and off-campus for all three years of university! This has allowed me to meet so many people and some of my best friends! Also, this meant that I was never more than a five-minute walk from the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) on campus that is open 24/7, great for when you have deadlines looming.
When I visited Herts for the first time on my applicant day, I had the best day! I met three of the lecturers that have taught me over the past three years of university, which was reassurance the lecturers were lovely! My French teacher was so encouraging and excited! When I started in September there were only five people in my French class, so it was very one to one which was so beneficial to me overall!
I know that moving away from home for the first time can be very daunting, but don’t worry! Everyone in your halls is in the same boat! Go out and enjoy freshers! Order takeaways together and get to know each other! It will be one of the best things you do! My self-confidence has improved so much because I went to university!
Meet Abbshay Simfukwe who since graduating in 2010 has taken his skills across the world. He is currently working as a Financial Administrator for FSG Zambia and continues to work on this promising career.
|Current job role||Financial Administrator|
|Year of graduation||2010|
|Course of study||BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance|
Throughout his career Abbshay has worked at Ernst and Young as an Audit Assistant and was later promoted to Audit Senior. In his current role, Abbshay develops and maintains accurate financial statements, reporting in accordance to International Accounting standards. He also manages the cash flow of the company.
Abbshay says, 'Studying Accounting and Finance at the University of Hertfordshire helped shape my career due to the facilities and expert lecturers. These were essential, helping me acquire the knowledge needed to succeed in my chosen career. The LRC was a great place to access all the materials I needed and my lecturers made my academic experience engaging and interactive. Since studying I've been able to put this experience into practice professionally.'
He chose to study at the University of Hertfordshire due to our strong reputation and our close proximity to Central London. He also says he considered the University to be one of the most technologically advanced institutions in Europe. These factors were hugely important as they allowed Abbshay to obtain a high-quality education that carried great value back home in the Zambian accounting industry.
Studying provided Abbshay with an internationally recognised degree which he could take all around the world. Accountancy is a truly global industry, presenting opportunities to visit and work in new countries worldwide. This was of enormous value to Abbshay as he intended to establish an international career.
Abbshay says, 'The University of Hertfordshire also provides students with incredible social and educational activities and the close proximity to Central London is perfect for visiting the capital. The University also has a wonderful community of people from all over the world.'
He adds, 'Social events held by the University's Students' Union helped me meet, interact and share knowledge with people from different cultures.'
Aspirations for the future
Abbshay is a strong advocate of continued study and pursuing accountancy as a career. He says, 'I encourage new students and recent graduates to pursue a career in accountancy as it can offer excellent job prospects. With a strong degree graduates can work their way right to the very top of an organisation.' With six years in the industry, Abbshay hopes to obtain his PhD in 2020 in Finance. On this future career, he says 'I wish to be a CFO and contribute to the growth of an internationally recognised company.'
Meet Theresa Lola who turned her secret passion for writing into a career. She has just finished her tenure as the Young People’s Laureate for London which she completed in April 2020.
|Current job role||Poet|
|Year of graduation||2015|
|Course of study||BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance|
University life and experience
While Theresa did not pursue a career which directly related to her course, she believes that her modules in Accounting and Finance taught her a lot about using employability and professionalism.
The ‘balance between student academic life and social life’ is one of the main reasons Theresa decided to study at the University of Hertfordshire. She praises the vibrant campus and the variety of societies and opportunities to get involved in student life. She enjoyed exploring her other passions, like her secret writing, outside of her degree.
‘One of the things I love about the University was the fantastic range of student societies. I joined the Evacreate Society which organised music and poetry events. I eventually had the courage to perform at one of the events.’
Theresa really enjoys her work as a poet and her desire to help people with her writing is evident. Her future plans are to continue to grow and work on different projects by ‘merging with art forms such as film and music and to continue to travel and connect with different people and organisations using this.’.
In June 2020 Theresa was named as the UK Alumnus/Alumna of the Year because of her outstanding achievements and was also a key contributor to the University's ground breaking Festival of Ideas Reimagined event.
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