International Finance (Top-up) - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full Time (1 year)
September 2017

Global financial and business environments are becoming increasingly intertwined. We use our long-standing links with the world of finance to develop your knowledge and real-world, practical skills in international finance.

With dedicated tutor support we will also help you to select course modules which reflect your own learning needs and career goals.

What's covered in the course?

Studying in our brand new state-of-the-art £63 million Curzon Building on our City Centre Campus, you will choose from a range of modules including international reporting, financial management, globalisation and statistical modelling. You are encouraged to choose areas of study best suited to your future career plans.

You will be taught by industry experienced academics who bring real world practical knowledge to the classroom. They’ve forged careers and worked with renowned companies such as KPMG and Vauxhall. This means you get great contacts and benefit from their industry insights. Our students come to their top-up year from a variety of backgrounds, providing the added opportunity to also gain valuable learning experiences from your peers. While you complete your degree, you’ll be right in the hub of the city and be surrounded by other likeminded students on a variety of business and accountancy based degrees.

Why Choose Us?

  • Birmingham City Business School is a leading practice-based and internationally focussed business school. We have current students from over 80 countries, giving us a truly global perspective.
  • Your fellow students will arrive from different courses, countries and companies, giving your studies the benefit of many different outlooks, standpoints and cultural approaches. Alongside your personal tutor, you can set up your own programme of study in line with your future career plans. Our students get a high level of academic contact time throughout the course.
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Entry Requirements

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

Typical Offers

Foundation Degree

Required grades/ points 240 credits of appropriate prior learning must be achieved (120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5) and minimum of 55% overall must be achieved.
General information on subjects/grades required for entry: Must be in a relevant subject area.


ABE Advanced Diploma

Required grades/ points At least grade B in two modules.
General information on subjects/grades required for entry: Must be in a relevant subject area.


Higher National Diploma (HND)

Required grades/ points Overall Distinction profile for external applicants; Merit profile for Franchise applicants.
General information on subjects/grades required for entry: Must be in a relevant subject area.


GCSE GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
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England, Wales and Northern Ireland
City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates Pass Adult Numeracy / Adult Literacy. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Pass Maths / English. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Key Skills level 2 Pass Application of Numbers / Communication. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) AAABBB or BBBBCC Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scottish Intermediate 2 Only acceptable with Advanced Higher. Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scottish National 5 Only in certain circumstances. Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
EU / International students
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

The UCAS tariff has changed

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system has changed.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – has introduced a new system on how points are calculated. This will be different to what you may have seen if you have applied or looked at undergraduate courses previously.

More about the new tariff

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 1 year £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 1 year £12,000 per year 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.

Guidance for UK/EU students


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

Applications can also be made direct to the faculty for those students without a UCAS account. Please contact our Business School Admissions Team on Email: or call +44 (0)121 331 6565.

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.

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.

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.

Year One

Financial Management

This module seeks to develop the practical knowledge and skills required by a financial manager relating to issues affecting investment, financing and dividend policy decisions. The module provides an introduction to Financial Management for students with limited prior knowledge of, and experience in finance and accountancy. It seeks to develop an understanding of corporate financial management and decision making in the context of an increasingly interdependent, international financial and business environment.

Current Issues in Company Reporting

This module criticise and discuss the continuing debates in corporate financial reporting as evidenced by research in this area.  It provides an opportunity for students to reflect on their previous studies and to place their chosen subject within the wider academic community of academic accounting.

Comparative Financial Systems

The module is intended to provide an understanding of the issues relating to international capital markets including the role of international organisations such as the IMF and the World Bank, Islamic finance, the impact of the 2008 global financial crisis and emerging markets and to enhance the intellectual and personal development of students to the level of an honours graduate.

International Corporate Finance

The module provide students with an understanding of the international financial and business environment that modern businesses operate in. In addition the module will widen the students’ intellectual horizons by extending the financial issues facing companies in the context of the global economy. It focuses on financial issues faced by modern companies including exchange rate risk and management and the benefits of diversification.

Comparative International Reporting

This module provide students with an understanding of the function, practice, development and regulatory framework of accounting and reporting in different social and economic environments across the globe.

International Business Strategy

The module aims in that it draws together all the core aspects of a business degree and contextualises the strategic decisions that organisations make within both rational and non-rational frameworks. The rational frameworks that the module addresses are concerned with the economic, market, finance and resources based constraints that affect this decision making process. The non-rational part of the module provides an in-depth critical review of “rationalism” and questions the limits of the rational perspective in developing successful organisations.


This module explores issues linked to the global business environment and the implications that these issues have on the operations and activities of organisations.

Statistical Decision Making

The module aims to promote good practice in the presentation and analysis of business type data. It provides students with statistical decision making techniques, so that students can meaningfully interpret the results of data analysis and to professionally present them in the form of a technical report.

Applied Econometrics

The module presents a comprehensive coverage of the main techniques of analysis for business-type data involving the application of regression analysis. You will be introduced to the application of statistical modelling software and use this software to carry out your own analysis.

Course structure

Overall you’ll study up to seven modules over the year, with assessments taking place at the end of each term. Assessment will include a range of methods each designed to mirror the real world of finance, so as well as exams, you’ll be asked to produce business reports, portfolios and case studies and also take part in group presentations and projects.

You’ll spend time in lectures, seminars and one-on-one with your tutor, who will help you monitor your progression.

You can pick which modules suit you, so your modules might include comparative international reporting, current issues in company reporting, financial management, comparative and corporate finance, international business strategy and globalisation.

Further Study

Upon graduation, you may wish to continue your studies by joining one of our MA, MSc or MBA programmes.

Study and work abroad

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

Employment Opportunities

This course opens up a variety of career opportunities in finance, management or marketing, depending on your chosen area of specialism.

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


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.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Further Studies

You can continue to study with us when you finish. We have a range of courses available including, MSc Accountancy and Finance, MSc Accountancy and Finance and MSc Management and Finance as well as MBA courses.

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:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

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 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 international finance course is most popular with international students from:

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Curzon facilities staircase
Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

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

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is 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

Our staff

Our staff have worked for a range of high profile companies with many still continuing their professional practice. You'll benefit from being taught by people with real links to industry and a knowledge of what's currently happening in the world of international finance. Many staff are qualified CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) members and continue to be published in a number of renowned journals, and present papers at international conferences.

Becky Bate

Senior Lecturer in Management Accounting

Becky is an engaging and enthusiastic lecturer with a keen interest in financial strategy and decision making for businesses.

After a career in both practice and industry as an ACCA qualified accountant, Becky began teaching at FTC Birmingham (now Kaplan Financial). Teaching a wide variety of qualifications, including CIMA, ACCA, AAT and ICAEW, Becky successfully enabled professional students to gain excellent exam passes, with multiple prize winners across her teaching career.

After several teaching roles in the private sector, with Kaplan, BPP and LSBF, Becky made the move to public sector education and joined Birmingham City University in September 2013.

Chris Turner Profile Picture July 2016

Chris Turner

Associate Professor (Accounting and Finance)

Prior to joining the Birmingham City Business School, Chris Turner conducted audit, assurance and consultancy engagements for a wide variety of clients ranging from well-known brands such as BMW, Halfords, Brittany Ferries and Saint-Gobain.

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