Finance (Including Placement Year)

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Academic Year of Entry: 2024/25
Course overview
(BSc) Bachelor of Science
Finance (Including Placement Year)
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Accounting
BSC N304
08/05/2024

Details

Professional accreditation

Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.

Admission criteria

  • GCSE: Mathematics C/4.
  • A-levels: BBB - BBC or 120 - 112 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 2 full A-levels.
  • BTEC: DDM - DMM or 120 - 112 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of the equivalent of 2 full A-levels. The acceptability of BTECs is dependent on subject studied and optional units taken - email ugquery@essex.ac.uk for advice.
  • Combined qualifications on the UCAS tariff: 120 - 112 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 2 full A levels or equivalent. Tariff point offers may be made if you are taking a qualification, or mixture of qualifications, from the list on our undergraduate application information page.
  • IB: 30 - 29 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555-554. Our Maths requirement can be met with either: 4 in Standard level Maths; 3 in Higher level Maths; or 4 in IB Middle Years Maths.
  • IB Career-related Programme: We consider combinations of IB Diploma Programme courses with BTECs or other qualifications. Advice on acceptability can be provided, email Undergraduate Admissions.
  • QAA-approved Access to HE Diploma: 6 level 3 credits at Distinction and 39 level 3 credits at Merit, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided, email Undergraduate Admissions.
  • T-levels: We consider T-levels on a case-by-case basis, depending on subject studied. The offer for most courses is Distinction overall. Depending on the course applied for there may be additional requirements, which may include a specific grade in the Core.

Contextual Offers:

We are committed to ensuring that all students with the merit and potential to benefit from an Essex education are supported to do so. For October 2024 entry, if you are a home fee paying student residing in the UK you may be eligible for a Contextual Offer of up to two A-level grades, or equivalent, below our standard conditional offer.
Factors we consider:

  • Applicants from underrepresented groups
  • Applicants progressing from University of Essex Schools Membership schools/colleges
  • Applicants who attend a compulsory admissions interview
  • Applicants who attend an Offer Holder Day at our Colchester or Southend campus

Our contextual offers policy outlines additional circumstances and eligibility criteria.

For further information about what a contextual offer may look like for your specific qualification profile, email ugquery@essex.ac.uk.

If you haven't got the grades you hoped for, have a non-traditional academic background, are a mature student, or have any questions about eligibility for your course, more information can be found on our undergraduate application information page or get in touch with our Undergraduate Admissions Team.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall, or specified score in another equivalent test that we accept.

Details of English language requirements, including component scores, and the tests we accept for applicants who require a Student visa (excluding Nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries) can be found here

If we accept the English component of an international qualification it will be included in the academic levels listed above for the relevant countries.

English language shelf-life

Most English language qualifications have a validity period of 5 years. The validity period of Pearson Test of English, TOEFL and CBSE or CISCE English is 2 years.

If you require a Student visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

Pre-sessional English courses

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Pending English language qualifications

You don’t need to achieve the required level before making your application, but it will be one of the conditions of your offer.

If you cannot find the qualification that you have achieved or are pending, then please email ugquery@essex.ac.uk .

Requirements for second and final year entry

Different requirements apply for second and final year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a visa to study in the UK. Details of English language requirements, including UK Visas and Immigration minimum component scores, and the tests we accept for applicants who require a Student visa (excluding Nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries) can be found here

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College

Course qualifiers

A course qualifier is a bracketed addition to your course title to denote a specialisation or pathway that you have achieved via the completion of specific modules during your course. The specific module requirements for each qualifier title are noted below. Eligibility for any selected qualifier will be determined by the department and confirmed by the final year Board of Examiners. If the required modules are not successfully completed, your course title will remain as described above without any bracketed addition. Selection of a course qualifier is optional and student can register preferences or opt-out via Online Module Enrolment (eNROL).

  • Applied Data Science: In order to be eligible for the qualifier, you must successfully complete the following modules: Year Two: BE311 - (15 credits) Corporate Finance BE313 - (15 credits) Portfolio Analysis BE314 - (15 credits) Financial Modelling Students must achieve 2:1 or above in one of the modules listed above and no result (from the list above) can be lower than a 2:2. Final Year: BE332 - (15 credits) Options and Futures BE333 - (15 credits) Empirical Finance (take as option in Accounting & Finance, Banking & Finance and Financial Management) BE631- (15 credits) Risk Management and Financial Institutions. Students must achieve 2:1 or above in two of the modules listed above and no result (from the list above) can be lower than a 2:2. Students must also have completed and pass one of the following modules (must utilise data gathering/retrieval, econometric estimation and analysis and a result of no lower than 2:2 must be achieved): BE936 – (15 credits) Accounting Project BE937 – (15 credits) Finance Research Project

Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes

None

External examiners

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

Key

Core You must take this module.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory You must take this module.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 1 - 2024/25

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  BE102-4-AU-CO  Introduction to Accounting I  Core  15  15 
02  BE103-4-SP-CO  Introduction to Accounting II  Core  15  15 
03  BE303-4-AU-CO  Quantitative Methods and Finance  Core  15  15 
04  BE304-4-SP-CO  Introduction to Finance  Core  15  15 
05  BE401-4-AU-CO  Introduction to Management  Compulsory  15  15 
06  BE908-4-FY-CO  Professional and Academic Development (Finance)  Compulsory  15  15 
07  EC111-4-FY-CO  Introduction to Economics  Compulsory  30  30 

Year 2 - 2025/26

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  BE110-5-FY-CO  Financial Reporting and Analysis  Compulsory  30  30 
02  BE311-5-AU-CO  Corporate Finance  Compulsory  15  15 
03  BE313-5-AU-CO  Portfolio Analysis  Compulsory  15  15 
04  BE314-5-SP-CO  Financial Modelling  Compulsory  15  15 
05    EBS option(s) from list or outside option(s)  Optional  30  30 
06    EBS option from list  Optional  15  15 
07  BE910-5-SP-CO  Successful Futures  Compulsory 
08  BE917-5-FY-CO  Student Success Tutorial  Compulsory 

Year Abroad/Placement - 2026/27

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  BE731-6-FY-CO  Work-Based Placement  Compulsory  120  120 

Year 3 - 2027/28

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  BE630-6-SP-CO  International Finance  Compulsory  15  15 
02  BE633-6-AU-CO  Alternative Investments  Compulsory  15  15 
03  BE333-6-AU-CO  Empirical Finance  Compulsory  15  15 
04  BE332-6-AU-CO  Options and Futures  Compulsory  15  15 
05    BE937-6-FY or BE947-6-FY or BE944-6-FY  Compulsory with Options  15  30 
06    EBS option(s) from list  Optional  15  30 
07    EBS option from list or outside option  Optional  15  15 

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

  • To provide students with a broad foundation in finance relating to financial decision making of companies, institutional investors, and individuals while devoting specific attention to the nature and role of financial markets and with an opportunity to develop expertise in a chosen specialism.
  • To equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue careers in financial markets or corporate careers that involve financial decision making.
  • To encourage and facilitate critical, analytical thinking by students as a vital foundation for subsequent academic study, employment, professional and personal development, and participation in society.
  • To enable students to acquire the personal and key skills they need to develop as autonomous and reflective individuals with the capacity to continue learning.


  • Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

    On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

    A: Knowledge and understanding

    A1: Fundamental accounting concepts and principles;

    A2: The contexts in which accounting is situated, including the business entity, capital markets and the legal framework;

    A3: Contemporary theories relating to portfolio analysis, asset allocation and the market efficiency debate;

    A4: Contemporary theories relating to issues in corporate finance such as the role of dividend payments and the nature of external finance;

    A5: The context, nature and processes of management and the core theoretical frameworks employed in attempts to explore and conceptualise the management process;

    A6: The application of economic principles to individual decision making and to the performance of the economy;

    A7: The essential consequences of monetary and fiscal policy for the performance of the economy;

    Learning methods

    Lectures and tutor-led seminars

    Directed reading

    Individual and group tasks

    Assessment methods

    Unseen written examinations

    Assessed essays

    Class tests

    Pre-published class assignments

    B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

    B1: Bring together data from a variety of relevant sources in order to support an argument;

    B2: Critically evaluate contemporary theories and empirical evidence, marshal evidence, develop an argument (in writing) and present ideas in a coherent and effective manner

    B3: Manipulate and analyse numerical (including financial) data and appreciate the nature and limitations of basic statistical concepts.

    Learning methods

    Lectures and tutor-led seminars

    Directed reading

    Individual and group tasks

    Assessment methods

    Unseen written examinations

    Assessed essays

    Class tests

    Pre-published class assignments

    C: Practical skills

    C1: Record and summarise transactions and other economic events.

    C2: Analyse and evaluate financial statements.

    C3: Undertake investment appraisal analysis using DCF and other techniques

    C4: Ability to locate, extract and analyse data from multiple sources, including the acknowledgement and referencing of sources.

    C5: Present data in an appropriate format.

    Learning methods

    Lectures and tutor-led seminars

    Directed reading

    Individual and group tasks

    Assessment methods

    Unseen written examinations

    Assessed essays

    Class tests

    Pre-published class assignments

    D: Key skills

    D1: Present ideas and arguments in a coherent and effective manner.

    D2: Use appropriate Information Technology to locate, acquire and analyse data.

    D3: Manipulate and analyse numerical (including financial) data and appreciate the nature and limitations of basic statistical concepts.

    D4: Identify and analyse problems and apply appropriate knowledge and skills to develop effective solutions

    D5: Improving own Learning/Performance.

    Learning methods

    Lectures and tutor-led seminars

    Directed reading

    Individual and group tasks

    Assessment methods

    Unseen written examinations

    Assessed essays Class tests

    Pre-published class assignments


    Note

    The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its programme specification is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to courses may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery of programmes, courses and other services, to discontinue programmes, courses and other services and to merge or combine programmes or courses. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications.

    The full Procedures, Rules and Regulations of the University governing how it operates are set out in the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances and in the University Regulations, Policy and Procedures.

    Contact

    If you are thinking of studying at Essex and have questions about the course, please contact Undergraduate Admissions by emailing admit@essex.ac.uk, or Postgraduate Admissions by emailing pgadmit@essex.ac.uk.

    If you're a current student and have questions about your course or specific modules, please contact your department.

    If you think there might be an error on this page, please contact the Course Records Team by emailing crt@essex.ac.uk.