Gain a full honours degree in just one year. Our course is perfect if you already have a relevant degree or equivalent qualification, and want to specialise in banking and finance. You’ll go straight into Year 3, enhancing your numerical analysis skills and improving your career prospects in an international market.
Banking and finance are growth sectors for graduate vacancies. And, with a median salary of £33,000 for graduates in the banking and financial services business sectors in 2013/14, it’s is a great career choice whether you want to go into high street or investment banking, or the wider financial and commercial sectors.
Banking is a dynamic area with many opportunities for talented graduates. Our course combines modules on economics, finance and banking to give you in-depth knowledge of these subjects – as well as good overall knowledge of the industry.
You’ll develop subject-specific skills alongside important transferable skills like communication, enterprise, problem-solving, and quantitative and numerical analysis. These are valuable in any business environment and in both small and larger organisations. You’ll gain the confidence and knowledge you need to develop a career at a managerial level in banking, finance or other related areas.
Studying in Chelmsford, in our Centre of Excellence for Accounting and Finance, you'll be taught by inspiring specialists. They’ll be keen to share their wealth of experience and make sure you gain the skills you need for a successful career. You'll also benefit from our established links with professional bodies. We regularly invite experts from the financial sector to share their tips of the trade with you.
Our students and academics come from all over the world, so you’ll learn to operate in a multi-cultural environment – highly valuable preparation for today's global marketplace.
There are exciting career opportunities across a range of banking and finance disciplines, in both the private and public sectors.
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.
Our graduates have moved directly into careers with the prestigious ‘big four’ auditors, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, as well as Barclays and Bank of China.
We have strong, established links with a number of professional bodies across the banking and finance sectors – including ACCA, Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA), Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Institute and Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIB). We’ll give you regular access to 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.
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.
During the year, you’ll have the opportunity to attend lectures and workshops on career-relevant subjects such as CV preparation, job-hunting, finding work experience and using social media.
Our placements and employability team will help you find out more about the accounting and finance graduate marketplace. They'll also encourage you to reflect on your strengths and make plans for your personal development.
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.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
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)
Full-time, sandwich-thick undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)
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