The lecturers have a wealth of industry experience…the experience you get, the connections, the networking you do, will help and benefit you as you go off into the world.Anne
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.
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.
Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.
Business School students are also required to have GCSE mathematics at Grade C or equivalent.
For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.
On the foundation year, all students study six core modules: Contemporary Issues in Business, Management and Marketing, Contemporary Issues in Law, Individual Project, Communication and Academic Skills for HE, and Personal and Career
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:
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.
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.
Our teaching team will share with you their expert knowledge, experience and research insights during stimulating lectures, seminars and practical workshops.
You'll typically have around 12 contact hours per week, depending on your module choices, in addition to independent learning.
Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures and you'll also be supported by your academic personal tutor.
In Year 2, you'll undertake a minimum of 4 weeks or 120 hours placement with an external organisation as part of the compulsory Work-based Learning module.
Your final year project 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 module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.
You'll also undertake independent research during Year 2 for an Extended Essay and in Year 3 for your Dissertation. You'll work under the supervision of a member of the course team, who you'll meet with regularly.
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
The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally 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.
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:
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 the financial services.
The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time - Foundation Year 0||£9,250||£13,000|
|Full-time - years 1-3 *||£9,250||£13,000|
|Part-time - years 1-3 *||£4,625||N/A|
|Full-time - placement year *||£1,850||N/A|
Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.
* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 / £4,625 / £1,850 relate to 2021/22 only.
Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2021/22 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.
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.
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.
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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