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    With our foundation year you can build your knowledge ready for a career in financial services, banking and accounting or in wider business.

    With financial issues regularly making headline news, there is no better time to study finance. On our Finance with Foundation Year course you'll analyse and explore contemporary developments and innovation in corporate finance, econometrics, financial decision making, financial analysis and financial markets.

    You'll gain excellent preparation for a range of roles. Additionally, you'll have the chance to combine Finance with discipline-specific modules to give you the flexibility to pursue a range of roles requiring an understanding of finance.

    Why Study Finance with Foundation Year?

    Our experienced team has created an engaging course which captures the diversity of finance, so you can develop an understanding of the national and global dimensions of this discipline.

    The foundation year prepares you for study at degree level while giving you a solid grounding in the core aspects of finance and business.

    You'll have the opportunity to learn the language of finance, discover the inner workings of the markets, and stand out to recruiters with "Bloomberg Certification" Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) on your CV. This is free for our students and you can take this during your studies.

      All about the course

      On the foundation year, all students study six core modules which offer an introduction to university study and Finance. 

      Year 1 provides a broad introduction to specialisms in finance. Year 2 builds on the concepts and practices learned in Year 1, exploring a variety of subjects that include econometrics, foundations of finance and financial accounting. Year 3 focuses on strategic issues and introduces the global dimension.

      You'll explore areas including:

      • business information and analysis
      • financial accounting
      • economics.

      You'll have the opportunity to spend a year on professional work placement, which is supported by a dedicated placement officer within the Business School. You can also take the Employability Skills module in Year 2 to help develop your skills in seeking and obtaining a work placement or internship.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels EEE
      BTEC PPP
      Access Pass 45 Credits
      International Baccalaureate 24 points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

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      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      We are committed to your development as a skilled and inquiring student, ethically engaged with the world and its future, and aim to use a variety of methods and approaches tailored to your individual needs in order to achieve this. The modules in the first semester employ a mix of lectures, tutorials, and online material provided via our virtual learning environment (VLE), as well as student-centred workshops and learning exercises. This provides you with a wide range of differentiated activities, and plenty of regular 1:1 feedback and support throughout the first Semester. Building on this, teaching in the second semester uses also includes individual supervision specifically to support your ‘Individual Project’. Study on all these modules is supported by the Communication and Academic Skills for HE module. In this way, basic skills learned and developed in semester 1 are integrated and further developed in semester 2, with appropriate individualised support and scaffolding provided throughout. At the end of this process, you should be a more independent, self-confident learner ready to embark on degree level study at Level 4.

      Our teaching team will share with you their expert knowledge, experience and research insights during stimulating lectures, seminars and practical workshops.

      Teaching is structured to allow for flexibility, and blended learning is widely used to support both teaching, learning and student support. Your actual contact hours will depend on the optional modules you select. However, typically you will have around 12 hours of structured contact time per week. This may be in lectures, where the module leader delivers key material to you in a large group or seminars where you'll discuss and develop, in smaller groups, your understanding of topics covered in lectures. You may also experience workshops, which combine lectures and seminars when the class size is smaller. You'll also be supported by your personal academic tutor.

      Between Years 2 and 3 you'll have the opportunity to gain work experience on a year-long placement with an external organisation. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply to study for a year in one of our partner institutions in North America as part of your degree.

      You can opt to undertake a final year project that will be based on a live brief from a relevant industry.

      All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

      When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions, you'll continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

      Your lecturers will indicate specific readings and/or activities to complete before class. We will also provide reading lists for further study. Seminars are enriched when students have completed their independent reading, allowing everyone to interact with this learning and benefiting the whole group.

      The Individual Study or Dissertation in your final year is a significant piece of independent research, where you may select a topic of special interest. You will be guided by a supervisor, but the main direction of the work will be decided by you.

      Teaching is structured to allow for flexibility. Your actual contact hours will depend on the optional modules you select. However, typically you will have about 12 hours of structured contact time per week. For every hour of contact, you'll be expected to complete three hours of independent study.

      You will be taught by academics at all stages of their careers, from postdoctoral researchers to professors, including others with extensive industry experience.

      Every member of our teaching team is committed to innovative and engaging approaches to teaching, and members hold excellent teaching qualifications (Higher Education Academy accredited) and academic qualifications (PhDs in Finance, Economics or other related disciplines).

      We are also research active, publishing our research in academic journals and books, engaging in work with academic and professional bodies.

      A Business School Advisory Board has been established, including representatives from across the private and public sectors. This encourages employer engagement as the Board engages in discussion about the technical content of the curriculum and the development of wider employability skills, the provision of work placement opportunities, guest speakers, live case studies, and workplace visits.

      Your success is important to us. This is why we designed this course to give you the skills you need to succeed in your career.

      Yen ChenProgramme director, Finance with Foundation Year

      How you’ll be assessed

      The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before completing the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module typically contains at least one piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental, and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

      There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

      To progress from one level of study to the next, you must pass 120 credits (typically six 20 credit modules). The standard pass mark for a module is 40%.

      The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:

      40% coursework
      45% written exams
      5% practical exams
      10% presentation

      Your future career

      Finance is the gateway to careers and further study at professional or Master’s level in a range of areas such as banking, financial services, and accounting. You'll develop a range of transferable business skills including communication, IT, research and team working, which are essential for any career in any organisation.

      With a focus on employability, the Business School has established links with professional and industrial specialists to enrich the course and provide essential support and advice to our students. Excellent mentoring by our experienced team will guide and prepare you for the challenges and demands of working in financial services.


      Tuition Fees for 2023/24 have not yet been finalised. These course web pages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once they have been agreed.

      Professional accreditation

      Finance students at Christ Church can gain Affiliate membership of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) following successful completion of the Introduction to Securities and Investment exam by the CISI. Christ Church is one of the accredited test centres and our Finance students have the option to take this exam after taking the Financial Markets and Risk Management module in their final year.

      We also hold all available exemptions from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), CPA Australia and the majority of exemptions from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

      If you plan to pursue a professional accounting qualification post-graduation, the exemptions expedite your chosen professional qualification and appeal to prospective employers. We also offer modules accredited by the Association of Project Management (APM). Our Project Management module was the first from a university to gain accreditation and exemption for its teaching and assessment.

      The Business School has accreditation with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The year two modules of Project Management and Human Resource Management are accredited by the CMI and on successful completion, you will be eligible for CMI Level 5 qualifications in Leadership and Management.

      Industry links

      We work with industry stakeholders who support the continued development of our teaching, research and knowledge exchange. Some of these stakeholders come in as guest lecturers and we also have masterclasses delivered by visiting professors who are chosen for their continuing expertise in business and management. These established links have helped some of our students to secure placements.A Business School Advisory Board has been established which includes representatives from across the private and public sector. This encourages employer engagement as The Board engages in discussion about technical content of the curriculum and the development of wider employability skills, the provision of work placement opportunities, guest speakers, live case studies, and workplace visits.

      Regulated by the Office for Students

      The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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