BSc single honours Finance with foundation year 2019/20

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The Foundation Year provides you with a gateway to higher education and offers you the building blocks to introduce you to your chosen subject pathway in Level Four, and also introduces you to study at university. The programme is designed to support and help you to develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding you need to prepare you for the remainder of your academic journey.

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.


The Foundation Year provides you with a gateway to higher education and offers you the building blocks to introduce you to your chosen subject pathway in Level Four, and also introduces you to study at university. The programme is designed to support and help you to develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding you need to prepare you for the remainder of your academic journey.

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 post­graduation 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.

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 team­working, 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

Year 0 - Foundation Year

Core modules

Communication and Academic Skills for HE

The aim of this module is to provide and support students with the necessary skills base for engaging with Foundation Year modules, and to help students identify and develop a range of transferable skills in preparation for studying at degree level. The module aims to develop a reflective approach by helping students identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and plan for their personal, educational and career development.

Personal and Career Development

The aim of this module is to provide and support students with the necessary skills base for engaging with Foundation Year modules, and to help students identify and develop a range of transferable skills in preparation for studying at degree level. The module aims to develop a reflective approach by helping students identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and plan for their personal, educational and career development.

Contemporary Issues in Business, Management and Marketing

To prepare students for the academic study of business, management and marketing by developing a knowledge of contemporary and emerging business issues to support students’ personal, academic and professional development to prepare for work in the modern business environment. This will be achieved through addressing key questions concerning current business issues. Students will begin to put into practice the study skills that are required at university level and begin to use tools of analysis to discuss important contemporary issues. The module further aims to help students to understand the importance of issues around work and people in organisations by looking at basic HRM functions, activities and issues.

Contemporary Issues in Law

The aims of the module are to provide students with a basic understanding of contemporary issues in law. Students will be introduced to a number of contemporary issues through the perspective of different areas of legal study. Students will be able to look into a range of contemporary issues that require the application of legal rules and structures to develop their awareness of the implications and limitations of different areas of law in regards to specific issues.

Individual Project

This module gives students the opportunity to investigate, under supervisory guidance, a particular topic or issue related to material covered in the subject-specific modules. A major aim of the project is to help students prepare for their chosen subject-specific study at Level 4.

Contemporary Issues in Accounting – Business Foundation Years

The aims of the module are to introduce students to the basic mechanics and processes of financial accounting in both theory and practice and so prepare them for degree studies in Business Studies and Accounting and Finance. The module also aims to help students to understand the importance of financial and management accounting procedures in running a business effectively and the contemporary issues that are currently affecting these disciplines.

Year one

Core modules

Business Analysis (Semester 2)

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.

Contemporary Business Issues (Semester 1)

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 inter-relatedness 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. 

Economics (Semester 2)

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 macro-economic models to equip you with an understanding of decision-making at the levels of the market, the firm and the nation.

Financial Accounting for Professionals (CIPFA, ICAEW) (Semester 1)

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. 

Marketing Principles and Practice Economics (Semester 1)

The module develops your understanding and then provides a forum for critical analysis of the application of marketing techniques in international, multi-national, and global market situations. Emphasis is given to the relative importance of political, economic, socio-cultural, 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.

People Management in the 21st Century (Semester 2)

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.  

Year two

Core modules

Econometrics (Semester 1)

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 (Semester 2)

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.

International Finanical Reporting (Semester 1)

The focus is on financial statements of listed companies prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards issued by the International Accounting Standards Board.  It is truly an international study of accounting as almost 120 countries have required or permitted the use of these standards. In your working life in business you may be involved in preparing financial statements, analysing them, or simply understanding them. You may even use this information in a personal capacity in understanding the business news, or even as an investor.

Work Based Learning (Semester 2)

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.

Likely optional modules

Corporate and Business Law (ACCA, ICAEW, CIPFA) (Semester 2)

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.

Developing Sustainable Enterprises (Semester 1)

The aims of the module are to introduce you 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.

E-business (Semester 1)

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.

Human Resources Management (CMI) (Semester 2)

This module aims to equip you 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.

Innovation and Enterprise Management (Semester 2)

The module will consider the role and definition of innovation in organisations of all types and sizes, including the concept of Intellectual Property and its contribution to competitiveness. It will explore the concepts and theories of innovation, the tools and techniques for innovation management and review how these are used in practice. 

Management Accounting (ACCA, ICAEW, CMI, CIPFA) (Semester 1)

Management Accounting introduces and develops an understanding of the fundamental concepts and techniques of management accounting and applies these techniques in an appropriate way. It also develops students’ ability to critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of these techniques. The module demonstrates how management accounting information may be used for the purposes of planning, decision making, performance measurement and control within organisations, in order to further the organisation's strategic objectives.

Project Management (apm, CMI) (Semester 1)

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.

Research Methods (Semester 2)

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

Year three

Core modules

Financial Markets and Risk Management (Semester 2)

The aim is 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. 

International and Multinational Finance (Semester 2)

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.

Portfolio Management (Semester 1)

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.

Likely optional modules

You will need to choose three options from the following modules:

Audit and Assurance (ACCA, ICAEW, CIPFA) (Semester 1)

Audit and Assurance plays a vital role in accounting. This module introduces you 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.

Business Ethics (Semester 2)

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. You will study topics such as corporate social responsibility, sustainability and the environment, professionalism and integrity, ethics and technology, financial scandals, whistle-blowing and other emerging issues, by reference to case studies.

Individual Study (Semester 2)

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

Knowledge Management (Semester 2)

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 (Semester 1)

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.

Service Management (Semester 2)

The module will acquaint you 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.

Strategic Management (Semester 1)

The aim of the module is to provide you 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 you to consider strategic alternatives, evaluate their suitability and make you aware of the complex issues involved in implementing strategy and managing strategic change.

Taxation (ACCA, ICAEW, CIPFA, CIMA) (Semester 2)

Taxation plays an important role in society. This module 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.  

Dissertation (40 Credits) (PR) (Semester 1 and 2)

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.

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 work­based 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.


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

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

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.

Each of your modules is typically taught concurrently (‘short and fat’), meaning that you will be studying three modules simultaneously for half of the academic year. This will enable you to become accustomed to the demands and expectations of university in the first term, and then move onto increasingly complicated subject-specific content in the second semester. Consideration is made within the module delivery to ensure that foundational content is taught at the beginning of the module, and that increasingly complex concepts and processes will be encountered as the year progresses. This body of study, twinned with the academic support module that is core to this programme, will ensure that you are well placed to progress onto L4 of your named programme with a sound foundational knowledge of core subject principles, and with essential study and research skills for undergraduate progression.

This programme consists of six modules that run concurrently, enabling you to see the connections between them and to apply your growing skills with increasing confidence. These modules will adopt a range of techniques appropriate to the subject matter and stage of module progression. Typically, core knowledge and understanding is acquired through a number of methods and strategies including Lecture & Discussion; Student-led Seminars; Tutorials; Individual Oral Presentations; Problem Solving Exercises, Case studies and Projects. Intellectual skills are promoted through lectures, practical classes, workshops and seminars. Therefore teaching on the Foundation year is focused on preparing students for the methods employed at L4 study.  Throughout the Foundation Year degree, your will receive academic and personal support from your module lecturers and Programme Director who will act as your Personal Tutor.


Personal Academic Tutorials will be provided by lecturers delivering the modules on the Foundation Year. You will be provided with scheduled slots for your Personal Academic Tutorials, which you are expected to attend. You may also contact the Programme Director for an Academic Tutorial additional to scheduled slots.

Attending Personal Academic Tutorials is a vital component of the Foundation Year and these are set up to review your academic progress during the Foundation Year.

You will have Personal Academic Tutorials in Induction week and as part of your modules.  You will be provided with a tutorial appointment slot which you must attend. You can also request a tutorial in a lecturer’s office hours. Your lecturers will provide you with these.


Your knowledge and understanding is assessed via examination and coursework including essays, practical project work, group and or individual work, Oral presentations, Computer based assessment, Seminar presentation, Paper presentation, Seminar papers, Case study and Audio or video presentation. Intellectual skills are assessed by coursework (including computer-based assessment), presentations and examination.

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 an accounting 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 riskprofile as part of your hands­on learning experience here in the Business School.

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.

The Business School recognises the importance of professional body accreditation, to ensure that not only do we deliver well­researched 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 post­graduation, 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.


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.


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UCAS course code

  • N305 Finance with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 4 years full-time


  • September 2019

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