You’re ambitious. You understand the kind of skills you need to get ahead in the banking, financial and commercial sectors. We’ll help you gain this skill-set through relevant theory, active learning and hands on experience in our Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab. By building your expertise at ARU, you will have the essential knowledge, and practical preparation to get you off the ground quickly in your first job. From mathematics and economics, through banking and risk management, to financial management, business forecasting and investment analysis, our course is designed to align with the modern financial markets. This means our Banking and Finance programme is packed with relevant and up-to-date knowledge you will use throughout your career. This degree will give you options to explore the right path for you; an investment or retail banker, actuary, tax adviser, financial analyst or economist – you’ll get the desirable skills, so the career choice is in your hands.
You want to feel ready to look for a job in the sector when you graduate. This means having a strong grasp of the equipment you’ll use in your career. This is why we grant our students access to our Bloomberg Lab from the first year – so you learn in supportive way that’s unique to the university environment. This way you’ll get proper experience of the trading floor and know your way around the financial world before you graduate.
You understand that networking is a smart move for your career. We aim to make the most of our industry connections, and have established links with a number of professional bodies across the banking and finance sectors. Regularly held talks and seminars with experts and industry professionals offer you an insight into the business, and give you a chance to form your own links. From learning from inspiring external guest speakers to participating in workshops in the City, you will actively experience the finance and banking world. Because you won’t learn all tricks of the trade just by sitting in the lecture theatre.
You’ll be able to test your skills during in-class seminars and take them to the next level with tailored extra-curricular activities. Our student-led Investment Group is a supportive society that encourages collaboration and lifting each other up. Together with your peers, you will exchange your ideas, get constructive feedback, take initiative and most importantly - learn not to fear failure, but to build your success on it instead.
Here at ARU, we understand the importance of collaboration in the contemporary business and financial world. So develop your cooperative skills and idea generation with course-based societies - to help you become a stronger player on the job market.
There are exciting career opportunities across a range of banking and finance disciplines, in both the private and public sectors.
You may find yourself working in a global corporation, a small to medium enterprise (SME) or even for yourself – and it’s not unusual for company CEOs to come from a finance background.
You may wish to move into a role in the financial markets, in areas such as FX management, derivative markets or equity fund management. Or you could opt to gain experience in the banking sector in areas such as credit risk management, or mergers and acquisitions.
You might choose to enhance your education and career prospects further still by taking a postgraduate degree, such as our MSc Accounting and Finance.
We have strong, established, links with a number of professional bodies across the banking and finance sectors, and you’ll come into regular contact with guest speakers from industry, commerce and the City.
Through our Business School Intern programme, around 35 students each year get a business mentor, work experience, exclusive training and development, and a reference from our Dean.
We'll assess your work in a number of ways including exams, coursework, essays and activity-based assignments. Your coursework could include problem-solving activities, consultancy projects, presentations, a computer-based exam, a portfolio based on Bloomberg trading simulation and group or individual reports. You'll also be able to access support materials through our learning management system (Canvas).
This combination of assessments has been carefully designed with your career progression in mind; it gives you opportunities to develop and improve on the transferable skills employers look for.
Alongside your core modules you will pick a number of optional modules. Please note that modules are subject to change and availability.
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.
You’ll study in our Centre of Excellence in Accounting and Finance, supported by academic researchers, professionals and our Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab – a bespoke financial trading platform providing live financial information about companies trading on global stock exchanges. The Lab is integrated into the curriculum to enhance your learning, professional development and employability as well as encourage your interest in the financial markets. It also gives staff and students to opportunity to collaborate. There’s also a Bloomberg app, so you can access the Lab while you’re on the move.
We want to make sure that you’re fully prepared for an increasingly competitive job market, so we offer a four-year degree option which includes a work placement in the third year. It’s an opportunity to apply and enhance your skills while developing new ones. You’ll also build valuable professional networks.
It could be that you have one placement during Year 3, or you could have two or three, giving you the chance to experience different organisations and working practices. Many of our students find that their placement company hires them when they graduate. We have a specialist team to help you find a placement and support you during this year. You might work in the UK or go abroad: our students have worked at leading organisations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), Bosch, BMW, Airbus, BskyB and KPMG. This period of work experience can help set your final-year studies in context and may well help with your dissertation topic. All in all, it’s a fantastic way to stay ahead of the competition!
You could broaden your horizons by spending time living and studying abroad. This could be a short study visit or a semester spent in Europe, Canada, the USA or Malaysia. It will look great on your CV and help you take advantages of opportunities in the international job market.
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.
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.
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.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
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.
Full-time, sandwich-thick undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)
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