Business and Finance - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
NN13
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years)
Starting:
September 2015
Campus:
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Please choose how and when you would like to attend the course...

See the UCAS website for help and guidance with your application.

Places on this course are available through Clearing

Our Clearing hotline (0121 331 6777) is open. You can also contact us with your results on our web form.

As a Platinum Approved Learning Partner of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Birmingham City Business School is a recognised centre of excellence in finance education. Combining this specialist training with a more general, practical approach to business, this business and finance course enables you to develop a portfolio of relevant skills and knowledge that are sure to impress potential employers.

What's covered in the course?

As a Joint Honours degree student, you follow a core first year before going on to take subject-specific modules.

This first year includes modules on economics, marketing, accounting, finance and management.

The second year allows you to explore concepts such as contemporary business issues, business logistics, business finance decisions, financial markets, and tax and financial planning.

You could spend your third year with a placement company, developing a greater understanding of the business world, picking up key transferable skills, and putting theory into practice.

The final year includes modules in Business Operations and Systems, Comparative Financial Systems and International Corporate Finance, Financial Management and International Business Strategy. You also undertake either a placement project or a research dissertation on an area of your choice.

“The University has provided me with more than an education, with all the extra activities, events, competitions and societies available. Birmingham City University has helped me gain more employability skills and made me more confident as an individual.” Navdeep Dhillon

Why Choose Us?

  • It offers the skills and knowledge that employers value: sharp, practical insight into financial markets and planning, with an understanding of effective business operations and decision making.
  • Finance focuses on the application of skills and theory to real-world situations. It has an excellent employment record with many students going on to complete professional examinations.
  • The business pathway prepares you for fast-track training and entry-level management posts, or even to set up your own entrepreneurial venture.
  • Spend a year working in industry between your second and third years on an optional placement year, getting essential, hands-on business experience.
  • Reflecting current practice, your studies consider the published results of real companies, and high-profile guest speakers share their experience and insight.
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This course is open to International students

Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Exclusive Cars
  • Jaguar Land Rover

And in jobs such as:

  • Marketing Assistant
  • Purchasing Graduate

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for Clearing 2015

200 points (or equivalent) are required for this course in Clearing.

Use the UCAS Tariff Tables to work out your points.

Our Clearing hotline (0121 331 6777) is open.

Alternative options

If you do not have 200 UCAS points, you may like to look at these alternative courses:

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2015/16
GCE A Level/ AS Level 280 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (BBC offer made in grades). This may also include General Studies and Critical Thinking. Remaining points can be made up with AS Levels in different subjects. AS Level in the same subject of an A Level will not be accepted.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 Credits Level 3, 15 credits Level 2 including Level 2 English Language and Maths for all programmes
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 280 UCAS points
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate Diploma 28 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate Minimum of 280 UCAS points
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher Minimum of 280 UCAS points
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2015/16
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 28 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

Non-standard entry

The programme welcomes applications from students who have significant relevant work or life experience but who may not necessarily meet all of the published academic requirements for their chosen course. The University must be satisfied that your work or life experience is equivalent to the qualifications that other applicants will be studying. We want all of our students to succeed and will only offer a place where we believe that an applicant is capable of completing their chosen course with a strong final degree classification.

The admissions team will be pleased to discuss individual circumstances with prospective students.

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for the 2015/16 year, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.

To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:

280 tariff points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBC or above)
or
be predicted DMM profile at BTEC level

Learn more about unconditional offers >>

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2015 FT 3 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years See below Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2015 FT 3 years £11,500 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years See below Apply via UCAS

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office.You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is not available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

First year

Accounting and Finance
30 credits
Marketing in Business
30 credits
Managing Organisations People and Self
30 credits
Economic Environment (Autumn term)
15 credits
New Venture Creation (Spring term)
15 credits

Second year

Tax and Financial Planning
30 credits
Creative Problem Solving (Autumn term)
15 credits
Business Operations and Logistics (Autumn term)
15 credits
Business Finance Decisions (Autumn term)
15 credits
The Business Entrepreneur (Spring term)
15 credits
Contemporary Business Issues (Spring term)
15 credits
Financial Markets - Risk and Returns (Spring term)
15 credits

Final year

In the final year you undertake a choice of modules totalling 60 credits from the list below. (The modules stated as 'core' are compulsory).

International Business Strategy (core)
30 credits
Financial management (core)
30 credits
Making sense of organisations (Autumn term)
15 credits
Comparative Financial Systems (Autumn term)
15 credits
Statistical Decision Making (Autumn term)
15 credits
Business Operations and Systems (Spring term)
15 credits
International Corporate Finance (Spring term)
15 credits
Statistical Modelling (Spring term)
15 credits

The modules below run across both terms. Only one can be chosen.

Business Start Up Project
30 credits
Management Consultancy Project
30 credits
Dissertation
30 credits
Placement project
30 credits

Course Structure

As a Joint Honours degree student at Birmingham City Business School, you will study a core first year before continuing onto subject-specific modules in the remaining years of your course. This exciting development is designed to offer you flexibility of subject choice and increase your employability.

Business

The study of business provides a detailed understanding of the way organisations work, how they operate within their specific environment and the impact on individuals working within them.

You learn how to apply business theory, identify types of business opportunity and address a range of business issues in an imaginative way. Investigating the issues confronting individuals within a business, you will develop an awareness of the problems businesses can face in general, and be able to identify a number of possible responses.

Finance

The Finance pathway is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the principles and practice of finance, together with a foundation of business knowledge and personal transferable skills.

The programme develops the intellectual knowledge and technical skills necessary to ensure that, as you enter the profession, you can cope with new developments and business change, and be able to bring critical and analytical problem-solving skills to contemporary challenges.

It offers breadth as well as depth, embracing legal, taxation, regulatory and institutional issues within a national and international context.

In your first year, you get to pitch a business plan in a 'Dragons' Den' and monitor a share portfolio – both for cash rewards.

The finance pathways blends theory with practice, applying it to real-world situations – excellent employment record with many students going on to completing professional examinations.

Birmingham City Business School is a practice-based, ACCA Platinum Approved Business School – your course is highly respected and entirely relevant to today’s business world. Only those institutions meeting the highest standards, such as exceeding the worldwide student pass rate for examinations, are granted ACCA Platinum status.

Interested in a degree that allows you to earn whilst you learn – and combines blocks of study with employment? Take a look at our sponsored work based degree, BA (Hons) Leadership and Management (work based) degree.

Teaching breakdown

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Assessment breakdown

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Erasmus scheme

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Further Study

The University is an Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Platinum Approved Learning Partner and, if you wish to continue studying following graduation, you can make an individual application to obtain exemptions from the ACCA course and some exemptions for CIMA qualifications. We are able to prepare you for the internal and external ACCA examinations on a part-time basis.

Alternatively, you could choose to study MSc Accountancy and Finance or MSc Management and Finance on a full-time basis or you may progress to the University's MA and MSc programmes or complete professional examinations in management or marketing.

Student stories Uzair Delair

Took Part in Uprising Leadership Programme

Studying at the University opens up lots of opportunities as current undergraduate student Uzair Delair discovered when he took part in the Uprising Leadership Programme, which gives talented 19 to 25-year-olds the skills, experience and confidence to create positive change in their communities.

Due to the part time nature of the Uprising Programme, Uzair was able to fit the project work around his university studies, and have gained valuable skills, contacts and experience from the work they have done.

Enhancing your employability skills

If you take the Business pathway, you will be well placed for graduate fast-track training and entry-level management posts in a number of industries, including commerce, government, community organisations and charities. You may also use your knowledge to set up your own entrepreneurial venture.

The Finance pathway integrates theory with practice to produce graduates who have a broad knowledge of finance and can apply it in real-world situations. Our alumni have an excellent employment record, with many successfully completing professional examinations following their degree.

Business courses are one of the top 12 degree subjects for getting a job according to a recent article in the Telegraph, with 85 per cent of business graduates nationwide going into work or further study within six months of finishing their degree.

You will also have the opportunity to increase your employability skills and experiences with the Leadership Challenge (a series of events, projects and competitions mirroring real-life business) and take advantage of ASK@BCU, our online employer mentoring which teams students up with alumni and employer mentors to provide industry insight, employability skills and contacts.

Find out more about the Leadership Challenge

Placements

You will benefit from the opportunity to spend a year working in industry between your second and third study year, allowing you to acquire invaluable, hands-on experience ahead of your career in business.

It is an excellent opportunity for you and your placement company. Your work experience allows you to develop a greater understanding of the business world, pick up key transferable skills, and put theory into practice, whilst your placement company can gain from your fresh ideas and enthusiasm.

Local companies respect - and often recruit - Birmingham City Business School's graduates. As well as helping you find a suitable place for your work experience year, the Placement Office advertises around 1,000 jobs each year.

A note for all full-time students starting a Bachelor's degree in 2013/14:

If you commence your studies in September 2013 under the new fees regime, and decide to undertake a placement year (making your degree a four-year sandwich course), please note that you will not be charged a tuition fee for that particular year.

More about our placement opportunities...

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

Our graduates have secured jobs as auditors and data analysts – as well as more diverse roles such as business development managers, sales executives and investment administrators. They work for companies such as Virgin Media, Bristol Council and Shanghai Zhenghe tax office.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our business and finance course is most popular with international students from:  

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. It’s no surprise that the Complete University Guide placed us in the UK top 10 for spending on facilities in both 2012 and 2013.

Moving to the Curzon Building

In September 2015 all business, English, law and social sciences courses will move to our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building.

The £63m building will offer students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Curzon Building will also feature:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which will be located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

What do our students think?

"It's shaping out to be a great futuristic building."

English student Isaac will be moving into the building in September and had an exclusive tour of the new facilities.

Read Isaac's blog >>

Dora Hancock

Dora Hancock

Senior Lecturer in Finance

After her degree in Maths, Dora trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and then took a PGCE in further and higher education. Since then she has taught at a number of institutions including Leeds Metropolitan University and Birmingham City University for nearly 30 years.

Dora has taught undergraduates, postgraduate and professional students and has been a personal tutor for the Business and Finance degree for the last 10 years. Her main teaching interests are international finance and comparative financial systems. She wrote a book on tax for several years.

Dora's main academic interests are current issues in finance, including the global financial crisis and banking scandals, and canal restoration. She particularly enjoys dissertation supervision and has supervised many hundreds of dissertations throughout her career.

Michael Gubbins

Consultant/Business Analyst at SampoMedia / Guest Speaker

Michael Gubbins is a consultant and business analyst at SampoMedia and the chair of the Film Agency for Wales.

He is an experienced journalist and is the former editor of 'Screen International', 'Music Week' and business technology journal 'Computing'.

His work at SampoMedia has been focused on understanding the development of film and film businesses in an on-demand era, with particular expertise in new financial and economic models and understanding audience behaviour. It works with businesses, film and media bodies and governments around the world. Clients have included BFI, Swedish Film Institute, Curzon Film World, Film London, Media Business School and Film 4.

He has led the Film Agency for Wales through a period of successful restructuring, working to maximise the potential of new on-demand trends.

Gubbins has written influential reports on business change for businesses, industry organisations and government bodies around Europe. He's also a frequent speaker at industry events around the world, particularly focused on digital and audience-driven change; and he chairs major events, including Europa Cinemas and the European Audiovisual Observatory conference in Cannes.

He is a member of the British Screen Advisory Council, on the advisory board of Met Film School and Power to the Pixel, and a lecturer at the Media Business School.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295