University of Hertfordshire - BA (Hons) Business and Finance

University of Hertfordshire

BA (Hons) Business and Finance

Why choose this course?

  • Open the door to a broad range of amazing career opportunities in finance.  
  • Join an exciting community of like-minded individuals who will not only be your classmates, but friends. 
  • Expand on your knowledge of finance and the financial sector and develop the necessary skills for you to succeed in the dynamic, high-reward, finance and banking industries.  
  • You will be taught by a friendly and supportive group of academics and professionals, who bring their extensive industry and academic knowledge and experiences from different parts of the globe. They are not just here to teach you, but to inspire and motivate you to achieve your full potential. 
  • Access to an excellent range of teaching and learning facilities, including access to a vast range of online business, finance, and economic resources, as well as specialised databases and online discussions with staff and students.    

What's the course about?

Indicative course structure

This degree gives you an in-depth understanding of today’s business world. You’ll explore accounting, marketing, and human resources, as well as the fast-moving international financial sector – from financial markets and investments to banking and economics. It’s an ideal choice if you know you’d like a respected business degree and you’re interested in finance but perhaps not yet sure where you’d like to specialise. It enables you to bring both disciplines together and to understand how they interact and impact society. 

The course will also have modules specifically focused on your employability and developing and enhancing the skill necessary to thrive in your future career. 

The First Year introduces general business and finance modules, namely Principals of Finance and The Finance Professionals, which encompass Economics, Quantitative Methods and Ethics. These modules give our students a firm foundation and help them to build a general understanding of finance in the context of society. 

The Second Year explores employability for our students. We focus on the academic concepts covering the general disciplines and the ongoing development of quantitative analysis skills, namely Econometrics, Business Ethics and Analysing Financial Statements. We enable our students to understand and process financial information in businesses so that they apply those skills in their future careers.  

The Final Year focuses on analytical areas such as Creative Problem Solving for Managers, Contemporary Issues in Business and Management, and Financial Aspects of International Business. These modules are designed to develop the professional skills that our students need to be successful in their future careers  

Work placement/ study abroad option: In this course, students can also have the opportunity of gaining valuable work experience by going on a year-long, paid work placement or studying abroad to polish up their foreign language skills. The Careers and Employment Service on College Lane offers a range of services to students and alumni to help with their career choices, finding employment (including placements), skills enhancement (including CV writing and interview technique), and preparation for the workplace. Also, students can Study Abroad, spending part of their degree course studying, living, and experiencing life abroad at one of our partner universities across the globe. 

Entry Requirements

UCAS pointsA LevelBTEC

GCSE: Grade 4/C in English Language and Mathematics

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

Career Prospects

96.5% of UH graduates are in employment or further study 6 months after graduating from their 1st degree (Source: DHLE 2016-17) In addition to this, the average salary of our finance students after graduation is £21,000 (UNISTATS 2019).   

Many of our graduates have found work in the public sector and private sector, in roles such as:

  • Accountant
  • Finance Administrator
  • Billing Co-ordinator
  • Payroll Assistant
  • Fund Administrator
  • Internship in Finance

Our graduates have gone on to work for reputable employers, such as:

  • HMRC
  • PWC
  • Citibank
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Santander
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Engie Futures

Our aim is not only to teach you the principles of financial theory but how to use those theories in practical business environments. This is the reason why so many of our students thrive in industries after graduation.

Course Details

You will be studying four 15 credit modules in each semester (this may vary between double modules) and your contact time varies between modules, but usually you will have two sessions per week for each module, a one-hour lecture following by a one-hour seminar/tutorial. Typically, a new topic or theory will be introduced in each lecture and will be followed up with class discussion and feedback in the subsequent seminar. In addition, as part of your study time, you will be collaborating with your peers on tasks and group assignments. Module leaders also offer weekly drop-in and feedback sessions, usually 2 x 1 hour per module as well as revision sessions. 

The University’s ‘online learning environment’ means you can access all your course resources, literature and timetables from anywhere in the world. 

Usually, assessment is split between coursework and examinations. The style of coursework can vary from presentations to business reports or essays depending on the taught topics. 

Year 1

Principles of marketing
Economics for business
Quantitative methods for business (UJH)
The finance professional
Principles of finance
People and organisations

Year 2

Managing people
Macro foundations for finance
Exploring business ethics
Financial markets and instruments
Business finance
Analysing financial statements
Enhancing employability
Professional development for business

Year 3

Business and commercial awareness
Money, banking and finance
Leadership and organisations
Business strategy
Corporate financial strategy
Financial aspects of international business
Digital economy
Advanced financial decision making

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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