This course is delivered by the AACSB-accredited Business School, an accreditation which places us within the top institutions globally for business degrees. Less than 5% of business schools worldwide have attained this hallmark of excellence which recognises a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching and student learning.
This inspirational one-year course offers you the opportunity to successfully achieve an Honours degree in International Finance and the prospect of going on to enter a business and finance-related Master’s course.
This top-up course builds on finance foundation subjects that overseas students will have studied at their previous HE institutions. It is designed to appeal to overseas students who are interested in areas of international finance.
You’ll study core units as well the opportunity to choose three optional units. Each unit is designed to build upon existing finance knowledge and skills, as well as developing interpersonal skills and effective study techniques. It is an intensive course that requires total commitment and a high level of motivation. The teaching team works closely with you to ensure you achieve your maximum potential.
Foundation Degree with 60% or above in a required subject or HND with Merit or above in a required subject.
Required subjects: Accounting, Economics or Finance.
GCSEs: This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.
Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes GCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application, please contact the Future Students Enquiry Team to find out more.
Apprenticeships: We recognise the transferable knowledge and skills gained through apprenticeships and welcome applications from students with the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Mature applicants: We recognise that mature applicants may have a wealth of experience rather than formal qualifications, so we’ll consider your application on these merits if it’s included in your application. You’ll need to apply to BU in the usual way through UCAS and you may be invited to an interview to discuss your suitability for the course based on the experience you tell us about in your application.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.
Corporate Finance: This unit recognises the dynamic and changing environment the financial manager works in, and applies key principles to the areas of decision-making.
Investment Management: The theories underpinning investment management and their practical application. You´ll learn about the current features of capital markets and savings products which will prepare you for business and personal investment.
Financial Regulation: An insight into key financial regulatory theories, forms and rationale in the financial sector. You´ll engage with and analyse regulatory concepts and systems that meet the needs of the regulator and the regulated.
If English is not your first language and you do not have IELTS 7.0 or above, you must complete the below unit plus one unit from the list of option units.
Advanced Academic English (AAE): Combine and refine your language and study skills. This includes accessing oral and written information, note-taking, participating in seminars, learning strategies for formal assessments and using reference materials.
Option units (choose two)
Microeconomics 2: Quantitative techniques and how they´re used for business, management and economics. You´ll develop your understanding of microeconomic analysis and how it´s used for business decision-making.
Macroeconomics 2: Critically analyse macroeconomic problems in the global economy. You´ll learn to understand macroeconomic activity and policy in a global context.
Risk Modelling & Management: Gain an understanding of risk in a modern business environment and the risk management processes needed for controlling such risks. You´ll develop skills for analysing risk scenarios and solutions.
Perspectives on Business Strategy: The perspectives for developing and executing business strategy. From its roots in finance and economics, strategy has developed its own language, tools and methodologies, which are used throughout businesses and organisations in many parts of the world. You´ll be introduced to that language and gain experience working in the toolkit, and understand its limits.
International Taxation: The rise of the multinational company has been an outstanding feature in business history since the 1960s. It´s no longer enough for a tax specialist to understand of a single country’s tax system. Knowing about business opportunities and risk in cross-border trading and the measures countries take to protect their jurisdiction to tax is essential. You´ll examine issues in international taxation faced by multinational corporations and individuals, and apply the principles of international taxation to a wide range of situations.
Research Study: Improve your independent learning, critical thinking and reflective skills. You´ll have an opportunity to effectively lead a research project and gain specialist knowledge.
Advanced Accounting Theory & Practice: Learn about the theoretical basis for financial reporting and how it´s applied to complex technical issues.
Company Study: An opportunity to apply accounting theory to a complex real example. This unit is a medium for the merging of accounting and finance.
This course will give you the chance to hone your business management skills after completing a Foundation degree or HND and will prepare you for work in a variety of corporate environments.
Our International Finance graduates perform well once they enter the world of work, thanks to the focus on practical skills as well as business theory. They work for a wide range of companies, including Bravissimo, Ceuta Healthcare, Enterprise, Lloyds Bank, Opus Recruitment, Pentalever, Savills and Tesco, among others.
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