Why choose this course?
- You’ll be supported in your studies and preparing for your future
- We are ranked 15th for Economics in the UK
- Gateway to many professions incl. commercial and investment banking
- Open the door to a broad range of amazing career opportunities in the financial sector.
- Join an exciting community of like-minded individuals who will not only be your classmates, but your friends.
- Expand on your knowledge of finance and economics and develop the necessary skills for you to succeed in the dynamic, high-reward, finance and banking industries.
- You will be taught by a friendly and supportive group of academics and professionals, who bring their extensive industry and academic knowledge and experiences from different parts of the globe. They are not just here to teach you, but to inspire and motivate you to achieve your full potential.
- Access to an excellent range of teaching and learning facilities, including a vast range of online business, finance, and economic resources, as well as specialised databases and online discussions with staff and students.
Careers and employability
100% of UH finance graduates are in employment or further study 15 months after graduating (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018- 2019). In addition to this, the average salary of our finance students 15 months after graduation is £24,000 (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017- 2018).
Many of our graduates have also found work in the public sector and private sector, in roles such as Accountant, Finance Administrator, Billing Co-ordinator, Payroll Assistant, Fund Administrator and Internship in Finance.
In the last few years, our graduates have also gone on to work for reputable employers such as HMRC, PWC, Citibank, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Hilton Worldwide.
Our aim is not only to teach you the principles of financial and economic theory but how to use those theories in practical business environments. This is the reason why so many of our students thrive in industries after graduation.
What's the course about?
This course combines two important subjects to gives you a firm foundation for a career in finance. You will develop the skills necessary to be successful in financial services such as banking, investment management, pension fund management, and insurance. During the course, you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the role finance plays in the health of an economy.
The course will also have modules specifically focused on your employability and developing and enhancing the skill necessary to thrive in your future career.
The First Year introduces general business and finance modules, namely Principals of Finance and The Finance Professionals, which encompass Economics, Quantitative Methods and Ethics. These modules give our students a firm foundation and help them to build a general understanding of finance in the context of society.
The Second Year explores employability for our students. We focus on the academic concepts covering the general disciplines and the ongoing development of quantitative analysis skills, namely Econometrics, Business Ethics and Analysing Financial Statements. We enable our students to understand and process financial information in businesses so that they apply those skills in their future careers.
The Final Year focuses on analytical areas such as Banking, Current Issues, and Global Finance and markets. Our students can also choose from several specialist modules such as Public Finance and Behavioural Finance to ready our students if they choose to pursue a unique specialisation. During this year, our students develop in-depth professional skills that are needed for the next step of their intellectual/professional pursuits.
Work placement/ study abroad option: In this course, students can also have the opportunity of gaining valuable work experience by going on a year-long, paid work placement or studying abroad to polish up their foreign language skills. The Careers and Employment Service on College Lane offers a range of services to students and alumni to help with their career choices, finding employment (including placements), skills enhancement (including CV writing and interview technique) and preparation for the workplace. Also, students can Study Abroad, spending part of their degree course studying, living and experiencing life abroad at one of our partner universities across the globe.
Your main campus is de Havilland
You’ll share this campus with students from business, law, sport, education, and humanities subjects. The student housing is close to our Sports Village which includes a gym, swimming pool and climbing wall. You can get breakfast, lunch, or dinner in our on-campus restaurant or bar (in the newly built Enterprise Hub) on days you don’t feel like cooking. You can also use the common room to play pool, video games or just to hang out with friends. Our Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.
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 hour 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 or 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!