Finance and Investment with a Foundation Year at University of Kent - UCAS

University of Kent

Degree level: Undergraduate

Finance and Investment with a Foundation Year

Course summary

Study Finance and Investment at Kent Business School to gain a strong knowledge of financial principles and techniques, and the confidence necessary to work the trading floor via our real-life simulator, The Bloomberg Lab. Our degree is accredited with the CFA to ensure that you’ll graduate with the necessary expertise, skills and experience to put a sought-after career in banking, investment or risk management within your reach. You’ll learn about finance and investment, its role in business and society, and explore core elements of the subject such as financial fundamentals, principles and markets, and explore topics such as data analysis, econometrics, derivatives, portfolio and risk management. You can also choose to focus on specialist areas such as business law and corporate strategy or learn more about new and developing areas of finance like FinTech. The Foundation Year is for students whose school-leaving qualifications are below the level required. It offers one year of full-time study prior to the start of your chosen course to prepare you for study at a degree level. Reasons to Study Finance and Investment at Kent

  • Gain access to our Bloomberg Lab to use industry standard trading floor simulation software.
  • Our course is accredited by the CFA Institute
  • We feature in the top 1% of business schools globally with triple accreditation status from AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS
  • Gain employability support during your studies and for three years after you graduate.
  • Add a Year Abroad or Year in Industry for real-world experience or take a 'Selfie Year' and launch your own business through ASPIRE.


Stage 0: The Foundation Year aims to extend access to university education to students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds and age groups and prepares these students for our three or four-year degrees. On successful completion of your Foundation Year, you move on to the first year of our BSc (Hons) programme, with the option to undertake a Year Abroad or Year in Industry as part of your course. Stage 1 Your first year is designed to provide you with a solid foundation in the understanding of finance and investment such as economics for business, quantitative methods, an introduction to data analysis and statistics, the fundamentals of finance and investments and the fundamentals of accounting. Stage 2 Your second year becomes more specialised, allowing you to develop your critical thinking of accounting and finance with greater emphasis on the key concepts and theories to develop intellectual agility and provides an opportunity to apply theory to practice. Stage 3 Your final year allows you to develop your specialist knowledge of finance and investment with flexibility to choose modules covering topics such as business law and employment rights, behavioural finance and consultancy skills and practice. There is also a detailed research project as an option as part of this final stage.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • The Chartered Financial Analyst Institute

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

Applicants should have grade C or 4 in English Language GCSE or a suitable equivalent level qualification.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £13500 Year 1
International £18000 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Please see the programme page at for further information on fees and funding options. Please be aware that if the Government permits, the UK fee quoted may increase in line with inflation. Full-time fees for 2023/24 for international students are £21,900 for laboratory programmes and £18,000 for non-laboratory programmes
Finance and Investment with a Foundation Year at University of Kent - UCAS