Finance

BSc single honours or in combination with either Business Studies or Marketing Finance 2019/20

Year of entry

With financial issues regularly making headline news, there is no better time to study finance. You will analyse and explore contemporary developments and innovation in corporate finance, econometrics, financial decision making, financial analysis and financial markets.

You will gain an excellent preparation for ‘city’ roles in financial services, banking and accounting as well as in wider business. Additionally, you will 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.

You will explore areas including:

  • business analysis
  • economics
  • financial accounting for professionals.

100% of our most recent Finance students were in jobs or further study 6 months after finishing their course.

DLHE 15-16

With financial issues regularly making headline news, there is no better time to study finance. Our course analyses and explores contemporary developments and innovation in corporate finance, financial decision making, financial analysis and financial markets. It is an excellent preparation for ‘city’ roles in financial services, banking, accounting as well as in wider business.

This course can also be combined with other discipline specific modules so that post graduation you have the flexibility to pursue roles requiring an understanding of finance, without committing to a role in this field.

On all of our finance degree courses, knowledge, critical analysis and interpersonal skills are developed through lectures, seminars, workshops and a variety of assessment modes. These satisfy academic, professional, and commercial requirements. Guest speakers are regularly invited to address our students, with our ‘Business Futures’ weeks promoting student interaction with businesses and with accounting firms, enhancing employability.

Who is this course for? 

This course will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge of contemporary business to enable you to embark on a career in financial services sector of the economy. You will develop a range of transferable business skills including communication, IT, research and team working, which are essential for any career in any organisation. The course will also help you develop the knowledge necessary for postgraduate study and career development within the accounting and finance field.

“Before starting university I wasn’t sure what I specifically wanted to go into, but I knew it was within the spectrum of Accounting and Finance. Since doing this course I’ve realised that I like the investment side of finance and this will help guide and shape my future.”

William Dorrington, Accounting and Finance graduate

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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The first year of study provides the essential foundation on which financial specialisms are based. Year two builds on the concepts and practices learned in year one, exploring a variety of subjects that include econometrics, foundations of finance and financial services. Year three focuses on strategic issues and introduces the global dimension.

Work experience

Our Finance degrees respond to the needs of the contemporary accounting profession. We offer our students opportunity to spend a year on professional work placement which is supported by a dedicated Placement Officer within our Business School.

Students are also have opportunity to take the work based learning module in year two designed to help develop students’ skills in seeking and obtaining a work placement or internship of a minimum of three weeks’ duration.

“As a molecular ecologist with a background in biological sciences, I have been able to study and work in several research institutes in the UK, the USA and in Mexico. Having a broad range of scientific skills, from molecular biology techniques to general ecology and in basic bioinformatics, as well as an interest for combining field work with lab work, has been an important factor in my career prospects.”

Rachna, Commercial Finance Assistant, BrandFuel, graduated 2014

Core modules

Year 1

Financial Accounting for Professionals (20 credits)

The module provides you with an understanding of accounting with a focus on limited liability companies. It introduces you to key accounting topics. A firm understanding of double entry is established and then used to graduate to the preparation of financial statements for primate limited companies. The accounting framework is introduced and its importance to the users of accounts discussed.

Business Analysis (20 credits)

The module is designed to help you develop a range of statistical and computing skills that will be valuable to you during the course of your academic programs and in your future career in business. Although there are no pre requisites for this module it is assumed that you have basic mathematical skills.

Economics (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to introduce you to the fundamental economic issues stemming from the scarcity of resources. The relationship between business and the economic problem is analysed by means of micro and macroeconomic models to equip you with an understanding of decision making at the levels of the market, the firm and the nation.

People Management in the 21st Century (20 credits)

This module focuses on the behavioural aspects of people management in organisations. This is a vital area of study because the ability to understand behaviour in the workplace is a necessary prerequisite for making informed choices and for influencing organisational action such as decision making regarding organisational objectives, and leading and influencing the behaviour of others in order to see that the decisions are implemented. It is anticipated that by the end of the module you will be able to evaluate objectively and understand organisational behavioural situations and determine the best course of action from a range of perspectives.

Contemporary Business Issues (20 credits)

The module will provide an introduction to business concepts and models and the information sources needed to research, analyse and apply these concepts to the practice of business. It includes an overview of contemporary and emerging business themes including the changing macro environment, emergence of new economies and interrelatedness of the global trade, the structure and organisation of different industry sectors e.g. services, SMEs. It will provide an introduction to issues of sustainability, enterprise, innovation, corporate social responsibility and the impacts of globalisation on different business sectors.

Marketing Principles and Practice (20 credits)

The module develops your understanding and then provides a forum for critical analysis of the application of marketing techniques in international, multinational, and global market situations. Emphasis is given to the relative importance of political, economic, sociocultural, technological, legal and regulatory, and environmental issues as they apply to (changing) country specific and regional contexts. Market research techniques and practices develop student understanding of market entry and market sustainability techniques as aspects of competitive advantage.

Year 2

International Financial Reporting (20 credits) 

International Financial Reporting (NFR) extends the scope of Financial Accounting for Professionals to more advanced topics in financial accounting. It aims to develop knowledge and skills in understanding and applying accounting standards particularly in the preparation of financial statements of entities, including groups. Understanding the theoretical framework and how to analyse and interpret financial statements are essential. Financial reporting deals with the preparation of financial statements. These provide information about the financial performance and financial position of the business to which they relate. They are of value to a wide range of users. This module explains the rules that govern the preparation of financial statements for organisations that comply with international standards.

Econometrics (20 credits)

The purpose of this module is to broaden your knowledge and extend your understanding of these econometric methods, through practical application, using appropriate computer software packages to analyse various data. This module follows the standard itinerary of most econometrics textbooks but with more emphasis on understanding how econometric models work through the use of illustrations and how they can be applied to achieve real world solutions in the computer lab. By the end of the module, you will be able to demonstrate the relevance of econometric models in bridging the gap between theory and reality. The range of techniques introduced in the module can be used in business, finance and market research as well as economics.

Foundations of Finance (20 credits)

The module will examine how practical techniques and tools used within a corporate setting forms part of a wider understanding of financial management. This will involve exploring the principles of financial management in maximising shareholder wealth. Its focus on the sources of finance and appraisal techniques of investment projects will be addressed first. Decisions on capital structure and management along with dividend policy are issues that students will cover as key factors in company valuation. Frequent reference to the financial crisis will be a feature of this module. This will be looked at in relation to the constantly changing environment and how this impacts on the financial management of different types of organisations. The nature of financial markets and financial risk faced by corporations will be examined as well as the pricing of financial assets using asset pricing models.

Work Based Learning (20 credits)

The aim of the module is develop your skills in seeking and obtaining a work placement or internship of a minimum of three weeks’ duration. It will also develop your skills in learning from work experience and applying academic learning to the work place.

Year 3

Portfolio Management (20 credits)
(single or combined honours only)

This module will critically evaluate the principles of modern portfolio theory and the key components in constructing a portfolio. It will begin with the application of theory to the development of equity based portfolios. This will then be extended by further diversification of portfolios to include other asset classes such as currency and bonds. The module will examine the role of derivatives in portfolio management and analyse different methods of active portfolio management. This will then be followed by an analysis of portfolio performance using various industry recognised performance attribution measures. Emphasis will be placed on relating real world events to the world of portfolio management.

International and Multinational Finance (20 credits)
(single honours only)

This module requires you to examine the important issues surrounding international financial management. This involves discussing the stylised facts of the international financial markets such as interest rate and foreign exchange market and main drivers of determination. The module will require you to understand issues surrounding international interest rate and foreign exchange rate models of determination such as purchasing power parity, interest rate parity and monetary models. From this starting point, the module will then explore foreign exchange rate risk, ways of managing this risk and its importance to multinational corporations in the light of recent events. In addition, you will gain exposure to the issues surrounding the raising of finance from the international capital markets and international capital budgeting, the cost of capital and capital structure in a multinational context. Further analysis on the implications for financial management by relating case studies real world events to the issues discuss in class.

Financial Markets and Risk Management (20 credits)
(single or combined honours only)

The Financial Markets and Risk Management module aims to develop student understanding on the role of securities in the financial markets and how the economic environment impacts the value of financial securities. It further provides students exposure into the special regulatory requirements and the accounting implications into being an investor in those securities. Students will be exposed to the importance of identifying the greatest source of risk and how this risk can be managed using derivative instruments. It also exposes students to different investment products that are tailored to the needs of different clients.

Likely optional modules

Year 2

You will need to choose two options from the following modules

Corporate and Business Law (20 Credits)

Corporate and Business Law develops knowledge and skills in the understanding of the general legal framework, and of specific legal areas relating to business, recognising the need to seek further specialist legal advice where necessary; and of compliance with the codes of ethics for professional accountants. This module develops knowledge and skills in the understanding of the general legal framework.  It examines specific legal areas relating to business, and develops an appreciation of the legal environment, particularly promoting the ability to recognise the need for further specialist legal advice where necessary.

Human Resources Management (20 Credits)

This module aims to equip students with the ability to understand and analyse core HRM concepts, operational Human Resource activities and responsibilities and relate these to a range of organisational contexts.

E Business (20 Credits)

The aim of this module is to explore the business paradigm shift that arises from application of emerging information and communication technologies. The module is aimed at anyone wishing to gain an understanding of business activities and interaction between business and the business environment (customers, suppliers…) and how technologies can be deployed to enhance these activities.

Project Management (20 Credits)

This module aims to examine critically the role of Project Management within a contemporary business context. It also explains how specific project management applications play an important role in producing successful business outcomes and examines the philosophies, principles, structures and methodologies of Project Management.

Developing Sustainable Enterprise (20 Credits)

The aims of the module are to introduce students to the relationship between business and the challenges and opportunities of business sustainability, and to encourage the development of enterprising skills to meet these challenges

Research Methods (20 Credits)

This module is designed to enable students to develop their skills and expertise in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and to independently design and conduct an effective piece of research.

Innovation and Enterprise Management (20 credits)
(combined honours only)

The aim of the module is to provide an understanding of creativity, innovation and problem-solving processes in organisations and how these contribute to business sustainability and competitiveness. It aims to develop students’ awareness of how entrepreneurial skills and capabilities impact on and relate to business start-up, development and management.

Year 3

You will need to choose three options from the following modules

Audit and Assurance (20 Credits)

Audit and Assurance plays a vital role in accounting.  This module (AUD) introduces the students to key auditing techniques.  The importance of the audit function with regard to the independent examination of financial information of any entity, whether profit oriented or not, and irrespective of its size or legal form, is explained.  The skills necessary to carry-out such an examination are applied, with a view to developing the knowledge necessary to express an opinion thereon.

Taxation (20 Credits)

Taxation plays an important role in society.  This module (TAN) provides an introduction to the most common taxes in the UK; Income Tax, Corporation Tax, VAT and Capital Gains Tax.  The basic rules are explained, and the taxes are discussed in the context of Government policy. 

Contemporary Accounting Issues (20 Credits)

Contemporary Accounting Issues (CAI) develops a critical perspective of the developments in company accounting and disclosure.  It explores the evolution of International Accounting Standards and their implications for users.  The module reviews controversial issues in the treatment of accounting transactions and develops the skills required for the interpretation of accounting and other relevant information. 

The module will build on students existing knowledge of the preparation and analysis of financial reports for business entities.  It will contextualise the role of the accountant as a professional steward and analyst by exploring the professional and ethical duties and responsibilities of the accountant to the stakeholders of an organisation.  The financial reporting framework and financial reporting requirements in accordance with generally accepted accounting practice and relevant standards will be examined.  The accountant’s role in assessing and advising on the implications of accounting regulation will be discussed.  The module will critically evaluate current developments in corporate reporting.

Strategic Management (20 Credits)

The aim of the module is to provide students with an understanding of the impact of the business environment and the resources of the organisation, both human and material, on strategic planning and choice.  This will enable students to consider strategic alternatives, evaluate their suitability and make them aware of the complex issues involved in implementing strategy and managing strategic change.

Business Ethics (20 Credits)

The module will consist of a broad syllabus addressing practical considerations of the nature of ethics, progressing through learning of a range of traditional and post-modern ethical theories, and the appreciation of these theories in the practical setting of modern business processes. Students will study topics such as Corporate Social Responsibility, sustainability and the environment, professionalism & integrity, ethics & technology, financial scandals, whistle blowing and other emerging issues, by reference to case studies.

Individual Study (20 Credits)

The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a particular line of enquiry related to a business issue selected by the student.

Service Management (20 Credits)

The module will acquaint students with the complex demands made upon service management organisations and the challenges that staff within them face.  An understanding of the environments in which they operate will be developed and an appreciation of the different constraints placed upon them will be explored. The module will exam the range of alternatives that organisations can draw from and will include an investigation into the issues associated with service management across a wide range of situations.  This will include the process of servitisation, managing the service encounter, service quality, service level, customer management and capacity management.

Knowledge Management (20 Credits)

The module will cover the nature of knowledge. Epistemological issues, including typologies of knowledge, and the distinction between tacit and explicit knowledge will be examined as will the sources of knowledge.  Knowledge as an intangible asset will be explored as will the measurement and evaluation of the contribution of knowledge to the strategic management of the organisation and the role of knowledge in business functions. In addition, the module will examine ethical issues in knowledge management and the nature and protection of intellectual property.

New Venture Creation (20 Credits)

The module aims to provide a practical perspective on the development and planning processes involved in the creation of a new venture, either as a new business start-up or as a new product or service development within a public or private organisation setting.  It aims to develop an understanding and awareness of business models underlying successful new business ventures, and the potential of business model innovation.

It will explore the fundamental building blocks of a business model, the interrelationships between the building blocks and the links to the external business environment, and aims to arrive at a detailed operational and financial feasibility study that assesses the real potential of the new venture creation project.

Dissertation (40 Credits)

The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity for the practical application of theory to a business oriented problem and to develop research skills.

Public Relations (20 Credits)

This module aims to develop in students a theoretical and practical understanding of the role of PR in building relationships with stakeholders and gain an appreciation of the strategic and specialist roles of PR.

Finance is the gateway to careers and further study at professional or Masters level in a range of areas such as banking, financial services, and accounting. 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.

Fees

The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £11,900
Full-time - placement year £1,850 N/A
Part-time £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Professional Body Registration Professional Body qualification is optional and fees range between approximately £100 and £200 depending on the Professional body, the subject and the level of the award.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. You will typically have around 12 contact hours per week.

Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures.  In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor. 

You will use industry-standard software. You will have access to specialist facilities throughout your course.

In year 2, you will 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 based on a live brief from a relevant industry. 

Your actual contact hours depend on the option modules you select.

All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will 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.

For the Extended Essay in year two, and the Dissertation in year three, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of the course team. You will meet with your supervisor regularly.

Overall workload

Your overall workload typically consists of 12 contact hours. You will undertake 15 hours independent learning and assessment activity.

For each 20-credit module, your study time is about 10 hours a week.

Academic input

The team consists of highly qualified academics. They have a range of expertise and experience.

All our team members hold doctoral and teaching qualifications. They are research-active. They have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. You can find out more about the current teaching on our Staff webpage. You should note members of the teaching team might change.

Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, experienced academics teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.

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.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

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

Year 1
  • 40 per cent coursework 45 per cent written exams 5 per cent practical exams 10 percent presentation
Year 2
  • 40 per cent coursework 50 per cent written exams 10 per cent presentation
Year 3
  • 40 per cent coursework 40 per cent written exams 20 per cent presentation

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 10 working days of hand-in (practice assessment) and 15 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

The Business School recognises the importance of professional body accreditation, to ensure that not only do we deliver well researched courses, but also that our students meet the professional expectations of prospective employers and have the opportunity to gain professional body qualifications.

Finance at Christ Church holds 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).

For those who plan to pursue a professional accounting qualification post graduation, the exemptions expedite your chosen professional qualification, and appeal to prospective employers. We also 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.

As a student within the Business School, you will have access to our Bloomberg Trading Room. This offers you the chance to gain practical experience of trade floor activities and financial market analysis. We are one of the few universities in the UK offering direct use of Bloomberg data, information and analytics in a dedicated trading room which provides a simulation of what it is like to work on a real trading floor in the financial district.

As a Finance student, you will have easy access to historical data, asset prices, macroeconomic data and financial statement information. You will also be able to develop your own trading strategies and portfolio management styles tailored to your risk profile as part of your hands-on learning experience here in the Business School.

You also have opportunity 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 résumé. This is free for our students and you can take this during while you are studying with us.

We work with industry stakeholders aligned to the continued development of our teaching programme, research and knowledge exchange. Some of these come in as guest lecturers and we also have masterclasses by visiting professors 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 Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) – selected accredited staff; Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI)

– selected accredited staff; Higher Education Academy (HEA) – accredited staff.

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UCAS course code

  • N300 Finance
  • N301 Finance with Professional Placement (4 years)
  • N305 Finance with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years (or 4 years with Professional Placement) full-time

    4 years full-time including a Foundation Year

    6 years part-time

Starts

  • September 2019

Entry requirements

Location

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