Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Financial Management

**Starting in September 2018** Exploring the major challenges of today’s global financial community, BSc (Hons) Financial Management will provide you with inspiring opportunities to acquire real world knowledge in modern finance and investment frontiers. You’ll master high-level management, employability and research skills to pursue a progressive career in financial markets, financial institutions, treasury management, strategic investment and corporate leadership.

Built on our robust pedagogical strengths, you’ll be offered a range of contemporary approaches to learning, research and enterprise, to become the most engaged, entrepreneurial and competent professional. After graduation, you’ll be able to enrol in the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) Programme to begin earning the CFA credential, the most respected and recognised investment management designation in the world.

Pre-register now to apply through Clearing 2018

Clearing

If you’re worried about your university place, you don’t have to wait until A level results day to apply for Clearing.

If you haven’t yet applied to the University of Plymouth, you can register in advance to receive priority treatment on Thursday 16 August 2018 with our dedicated team of advisors.

Key features

  • Explore the latest developments in global financial markets - you'll be equipped with up to date knowledge in finance theory and practice, quenching your curiosity in grasping the real world events as they unfold.    
  • Develop rational thinking and professional competence in implementing investment strategies pursued as benchmark in the Finance industry. 
  • Gain a practical focus - you'll develop practice-driven skills in the use of financial databases. Our bespoke Bloomberg trading room is embedded in the curriculum, which exposes you to a real-world environment to examine and analyse financial information and activity, helping prepare for employment prior to graduation. 
  • Choose to take an optional placement year, providing you with a great opportunity to gain real-world experience in your chosen area of study and career. 
  • Develop workplace competencies, with opportunities to compete in University Business Challenge and at the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Successful completion of these activities leads to certificates being awarded and recorded in Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). 
  • Benefit from research informed teaching. Built on robust pedagogical strengths, the latest developments in finance research on real world issues will be communicated in the process of research informed teaching, enriching your learning experience. 
  • Take part in a range of programme ‘enrichment’ activities, such as educational field visits and invited guest speakers from both external academia and industry. 
  • Improve your graduate employability with the option to progress onto postgraduate studies.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you’ll develop an understanding of the professional challenges, opportunities and requirements of finance professionals. You’ll be trained to build a foundation of knowledge of the key concepts in finance and financial market investment. You’ll be introduced to accounting essentials and economics principles and broaden your horizon with the opportunity to acquire knowledge in organisation and enterprise.

    Core modules
    • ACF1002PP Understanding Financial Markets

      This module explores the role of financial markets in a capitalist economy. The module provides an introduction to the nature and operation of financial markets and the risks and opportunities that investors, including banks and insurance companies, face when using financial markets. The module also covers, at a basic level, some key financial concepts, including risk and return and market efficiency.

    • ACF105 Fundamentals of Accounting

      This module provides an introduction to accounting for students, who mainly intend to specialise in this area. The module largely deals with the double entry bookkeeping system and the means by which transactions are recorded in businesses. In addition the module explains the basic accounting framework and emphasises the professional skills needed by those in the accounting and finance profession.

    • ACF107 Fundamentals of Finance and Investment

      This module provides an introduction to finance for students who intend to develop their career in this area. It aims to provide students with fundamental knowledge of financial markets, financial planning and capital budgeting. It introduces essential concepts in modern finance, including risk and return when investors face in their investment in financial markets and business ventures.

    • ECN1012 Principles of Economics B

      This module provides an introduction to the theories and concepts of modern macroeconomics and statistical techniques, and applies them to a range of contemporary issues.

    Optional modules
    • ACF102 Introduction to Financial Accounting and Reporting

      This module provides a continuation of accounting understanding into the reporting requirements of limited companies and the more complex aspects of the double entry system. It further develops the regulatory needs and the need for good quality information. Students will refresh studies of the double entry system, but will become more familiar with journal entries and amending information that may be incorrect. In addition the module deals with the developments in the frameworks of an accountant or finance professional by illustrating essential professional skills.

    • ELC102 English for Academic Purposes

      This module develops students¿ level of English in order to operate effectively in an academic context at stage one.

    • FREX01 French 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • FREX02 French 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • FREX03 French 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • FREX400 French Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from French 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • GERX01 German 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • GERX02 German 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • HRL100 Organisational Behaviour

      This module introduces you to the study of individuals and groups within the organisational context.

    • MANX100 Mandarin 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • SPNX01 Spanish 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • SPNX02 Spanish 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • SPNX03 Spanish 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • SPNX400 Spanish Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from Spanish 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • STO101 Information for Business Decisions

      This module introduce students to the key concepts of digital organisation, the interaction between the different roles of Information Management and business processes, especially problem-solving and decision-making at individual, work group, and organisation levels.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of financial institutions and financial assets and their roles and functions in financial markets. You’ll acquire contemporary knowledge in portfolio theory and asset pricing and apprehend the relevance of risk management, while being trained to master econometric modelling for financial analysis. You’ll develop a fundamental understanding of, and analytical skills for exploring real world issues in, corporate finance and policy.

    Core modules

    ACF201 Financial Institutions and Markets

    ECN2005 Econometrics

    ACF207 Asset Management

    ACF208 Corporate Finance and Policy

    Optional modules

    ECN2008 Contemporary Business Economics

    STO201 International Logistics and Supply Chain Operations

    ACF203 Corporate Governance

    ECN2011 Financial Economics

    ELC202 English for Academic Purposes

    Various Modern Foreign Languages (refer to the modern foreign language portfolio for details)

    EPIE300 Placement Year (preparation module)

  • Optional placement year
  • Gain valuable hands-on work experience through an optional placement year, taking the opportunity to earn a salary. You’ll be supported to find the most suitable private or public sector organisation. With the guidance of the host organisation and support from academia throughout the year, you’ll develop your financial flair and a range of skills that will be invaluable to your future career.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you’ll develop a solid understanding of financial market investment methods and strategies and deepen your knowledge in corporate financial strategies and practices, building up problem solving skills and competence in implementing strategies. You’ll develop acute awareness in investment ethics and financial sustainability and apprehend risk management in all financing and investment decisions. Enriching your learning experience, the latest developments in finance research will be communicated to you in research informed teaching, and you’ll be guided to carry out your own research embedded in the curriculum.

    Core modules

    ACF317 Managerial Finance and Corporate Strategy

    ACF316 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management

    Optional modules

    ACF302 Investment Management

    ACF315 International Financial Management

    ECN3013 International Trade and International Finance

    ELC315 Professional and Academic Communication

    ACF306 Business Research

    ACF308 Risk Management in International Banking, Insurance and Finance

    ACF310 Financial Modelling

    ELC314 International Business Communication

    Various Modern Foreign Languages (refer to the modern foreign language portfolio for details)

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Financial Management Mar18 6081

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

112

A levels: Including a minimum of two A levels. Excluding general studies.

BTEC: 18 Unit BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM in any subject. 

BTEC National Diploma modules: If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Access: Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction.

GCSE: All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and English at grade C or above. 

International Baccalaureate: 28 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level.

Other:

Other combinations and non-A level qualifications also considered.

Short of the entry requirements for this course? Don’t worry you may be eligible for a foundation year to prepare you for possible entry onto this course for the following year.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Learn more about foundation years with the Faculty of Business.

English language requirements

Fees, costs and funding

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How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Head of School Financial Management Scholarship

We are offering a scholarship of £1,000 for all UK students who achieve a 120 UCAS tariff points or more and have applied for BSc (Hons) Financial Management for the 2018/19 academic year.

Find out whether you are eligible and how you can apply

Stock market learning for financial professionals of the future

“The Bloomberg Interactive Learning Suite allows students to research fields such as corporate finance, derivative markets, portfolio and risk analytics, real time data and investment simulations. Using the latest technology, the students are able to undertake real world learning which both deepens their research and enriches coursework. It enables them to develop their analytical skills, enhance their decision making using real time data and prepares students for a challenging employment marketplace.”

Hilary Duckett, Director of the Plymouth Business School 

Find out more about the Bloomberg partnership

Study sessions for students by students: Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS)

To complement your formal learning we offer regular sessions that provide the opportunity for you to learn with and from your peers. Share knowledge, discuss ideas, and ask questions in a relaxed and friendly environment

If you are a first or second year take the opportunity to study in a relaxed environment, along with other students on the same programme.

Find out more about how PALS can benefit your studies

Management, Government and Law Foundation Route

Worried about not meeting the entry requirements? You may be eligible for entry onto the foundation route for this degree or any other degree within the Faculty of Business.

Our foundation route covers management, government and law and is integral and common to our degree courses in management, law, criminology, sociology, international relations, politics and tourism.

The foundation route is designed to help you find the best possible direction for your studies and to provide the grounding necessary to progress with your chosen course.

Find out more about the foundation route.

International study pathways with the University of Plymouth International College

The University of Plymouth International College (UPIC) offer university foundation, first year degree and pre-masters pathways to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees within the Faculty of Business. With 96 per cent of all students progressing on to their chosen Plymouth University degree, the UPIC pathways are an excellent alternative entry point for international students.

Find out more about your study opportunities with PUIC

Faculty of Business Potential High Achievers Scheme

We recognise that our students are the future business leaders of the world. We know that our applicants will thrive in this environment, and we want to ensure our best applicants believe in this.

We will be contacting applicants who are not only on course to achieve top marks but who have an outstanding personal statement. 

As recognition of the potential we think an applicant has we will then change their offer to unconditional. Your place at the University of Plymouth will then be confirmed and you can go ahead and make arrangements for your accommodation and move to Plymouth in September.

Find out all the details

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