Coventry University has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.
Our Business and Finance BA focuses on teaching and training you, as well as ensuring you get work placement experience at home or abroad.
This degree aims to provide you with sound ﬁnancial knowledge, placed in a business context. We hope to provide you with a firm understanding of the role of business in society and how finance can impact on and be used to improve business performance.
Professional experience and skills development are embedded throughout the course with different opportunities. You’ll hear from current practitioners, take part in trade games and discuss contemporary issues, such as sustainability, financial crisis and technological innovation.
Coventry has excellent links with national and international employers, like Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), Grant Thornton, Ernst & Young, IBM and Jaguar Land Rover. Our teaching is grounded in the corporate world, using real-life international case studies and providing a range of exciting work placement options.
The first year of the BA (Hons) Business and Finance provides an opportunity to experience all aspects of business and personal finance, before choosing a greater level of specialisation in the later years of the course. You will study the foundation subjects of business and ﬁnance, including the fundamentals of business, an introduction to ﬁnance, business economics and marketing. Alongside this, you should also be developing your numeracy and IT skills.
This theme continues in the second year with a greater emphasis on ﬁnance, business management and applied marketing. There is a focus on helping you develop research skills in this year in preparation for a ﬁnal year research project on a topic of your own choosing. We focus on threshold concepts, for example, the relevant knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external environment in which they operate, books of accounting entry, marginal costing, opportunity cost, finance theory and market forces. These concepts unlock the basic principles of business and finance theory, allowing you to view these functions in a wider real-world context.
Optional Placement Year
After the second year, you have the option of taking a sandwich year on an industrial placement or spending 12 months studying abroad to broaden your international perspective. Your dedicated Employment Personal Tutor (EPT) will provide support in finding a suitable placement and, in recent years, we have seen increasing numbers of prestige placements with PWC, Ernst & Young, Deloittes, Microsoft, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover and the NHS, as well as positions with a large number of small firms based in the West Midlands.
The placement provides an excellent opportunity to obtain appropriate discipline-specific work experience on a much more significant scale than vacation or part-time work.
The final year of study offers a wide range of optional modules to enable you to develop specialist knowledge in areas like marketing or human resources management, depending on the path you wish to follow in your career. You will be required to write a dissertation; students often choose a specific contemporary issue of interest to them. Examples of topics chosen include impact of financial crisis on financial markets and effect of regulation on financial services.
For details about individual modules please visit the course page on our website.
How to apply
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15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|A level||ABB - BBB|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM|
|Access to HE Diploma||The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 or above.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||31 - 30 points|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Course contact detailsVisit our course page
UK Admissions Office
024 7765 2222
European and International Admissions Office
+44 024 7765 2152