Business and Finance (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (1 year)

Cambridge

January 2017

Overview

Do you have an ABE Advanced Diploma in Finance, an HND or a similar qualification? Want to top-up to a full BSc (Hons) in just one year? Our degree course takes you straight into Year 3. It combines modules in business and finance – a sought-after combination that will prepare you for a career in any industry.

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Careers

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By the time you graduate, you'll have the confidence and intellectual capabilities needed to develop a career at managerial level in business, finance and related areas.

Alternatively, you could opt to boost your employability still further with a Masters course, such as our MSc Accounting or MSc Finance.

Through our Business School Intern programme, around 35 students each year get exclusive training and development, a business mentor, work experience, and a reference from our Dean.

We have strong links to major awarding bodies and also host employer visits, speakers and business events; these enhance your knowledge of the job market and give you opportunities to network with employers.

Modules & assessment

Semester 1, core modules

  • Career Management and Employability
    This innovative and exciting career-focused module will help you develop the employability skills and capabilities that are needed to compete successfully in the graduate labour market whilst seeking to provide you with knowledge, support and insight into the contemporary world of work and the business market. The module will also develop your skills and is therefore practical and engages you in case study exercise, real-life scenarios, audit and skills testing techniques and invites external guest speakers and employers to provide insight and input. The lectures and seminars will provide key inputs to help introduce you to fundamental employability concepts, insights and techniques, drawn from the world of business and management, but also from other disciplines such as sociology, social psychology and the humanities.
  • Monetary Policy
    This module encourages you to recognise the importance and special role of money in an advanced industrial society. The module seeks to give you a thorough understanding of monetary theories and of the monetary policies that Governments enact based on these theories. While special emphasis is given to contemporary issues, such as the role of the single currency, the module seeks to understand how we have arrived at the current situation. To this end the module investigates our understanding of money and alternatives to traditional money supplies. The module will then explore how monetary policy work and the links between this policy and the macro-economy. Following the most recent financial crisis the role of intermediation in monetary policy is also explored. The theories behind monetary policy, from Keynes to those contemporary alternatives, and their practical application will also be investigated. The role of the central bank in the setting and managing of monetary policy will also be reviewed. Finally this module will consider the implementation of the single currencies, its aims and impact, as well as the issues surrounding such a monetary union. This module will be assessed via both a 1,500 word report, intended to develop critical thinking and writing skills and a 1.5 hour examination that will encourage independent study and time management skills.
  • Strategic Management Analysis
    This module is designed to provide you with a holistic view of an organisation's strategic position. The content is mainly concerned with the strategic analysis of organisations regarding their competitive positioning and strategic fit. This analysis will provide a springboard for reviewing strategic options in response to the competitive environment and for considering issues involved in strategy implementation. You will learn the concept of strategy, how to analyse and prepare strategy cases, strategic purpose, stakeholder analysis, environmental analysis, resources and capabilities and corporate strategy. The module places emphasis on academic studies and practical cases in strategic management.
  • Practising Sustainable Business
    This module will explore a number of alternative approaches to business which stem from a broader outlook of business value, including social enterprises, and discuss the benefits of business coalitions and networks. This module encourages you to recognise the diverse nature of the current workforce and the advantages this diversity can offer to employers. You will explore both the ethical and social framework underlying the management of diversity and will explore why diversity is important, emphasising the benefits in terms of improving creativity as well as understanding the policies and practices that support the effective management of diversity and ethics within businesses. You will also address the importance of understanding and managing the natural capital within business. It will cover mechanisms for ‘valuing’ this capital within the financial framework of a business and how this can improve the resilience of a company to future environmental risks. It will include the issue of corporate reporting of social & environmental risks and impacts (and the debates about this, e.g. in the EU and around the Rio 2012 conference).

Semester 2, core modules

  • Business Financing
    This module looks at the financial options available to businesses whilst introducing you to the wider financial markets operations, including derivatives and hedging. The main focus will be on ways in which to generate capital financing from the capital markets though shares, debentures and loans building on the core learning co-delivered through the financial management modules. At the centre of the module will be on-going tracking of a portfolio of market investments where you’ll be expected to consider alternative methods for corporate valuations and evaluate changes in market valuations.
  • Corporate Finance
    This module will provide you with a rigorous grounding in the theory and practice of corporate finance at an advanced level, and a thorough synthesis of the most important current research in corporate finance, with an emphasis on the applications of the principles. Both normative and positive aspects of the theory are examined, together with supporting descriptive and empirical evidence. This module extends, develops and applies some of the materials introduced in previous modules and focuses on key aspects of the financial operations related to maximising the valuation of a corporation in an international environment. Principles that corporations use in their investment and financing decisions making are reviewed and practices evaluated. This includes portfolio management, fisher's separation theorem, and arbitrage pricing theory technical analysis, fundamental valuation and relative valuation investment strategy.
  • Exploring Collaborative Research in the Field of Accounting and Finance
    Introducing contemporary research in the areas of accounting and finance to enhance your understanding of the policies and theories that underpin many accounting systems. You will cover the areas of contemporary accounting research, for example taxation policy, often drawing on your tutor's own research projects. This module will stimulate and excite as you explore a detailed area of accounting based research and to follow a research based study programme.

Assessment

We'll assess your progress through a variety of methods including exams, coursework, essays and activity-based assignments. Coursework will include problem-solving activities, consultancy projects, presentations, a portfolio-based on Bloomberg trading simulation and group or individual reports. You'll also be able to access support materials supported by materials accessed through our virtual learning environment (VLE).

All assessments are designed with your career progression in mind, and give you opportunities to develop and improve on the transferable skills employers look for.


This is a 1 year programme

Please note that modules are subject to change and availability.


Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the East of England, with nearly 100 full-time teaching staff and approximately 6,000 students from more than 100 countries.

Our striking and award-winning business school building in Chelmsford, as well as new buildings in Cambridge, offer the most advanced learning technologies. We’re well-recognised for our centres of excellence by students, employers and professional bodies alike.

What makes us stand out is that our courses don't just give you sound academic knowledge – they’re at the cutting edge of current business practice and highly relevant to employers. This is owing to the close links we have with the business community and the partnerships we've developed with a wide variety of businesses and public service organisations. 

We're interested in people who are confident, ambitious and ready to take the challenge of making a difference in the world of business. If that's you, we'd love to hear from you.

Where can I study?

Cambridge
Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)

£9,000

International students, 2016/17 (per year)

£11,000

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For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.

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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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