BSc Finance

Aston University Finance
My placement year helped me in deciding what graduate role I wanted to pursue.”

Shayek Miah
Investment Management Associate at PwC

Entry requirements

A Level Entry: AAB/ABB

BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD

The course will equip you with the ideal balance of finance, economics, accounting and more general management knowledge to thrive in high pressured environments.

Integrated placement year
Professional accreditation exemptions
100% Student Satisfaction (NSS, 2016)
Learn how finance underpins the world of business

Course information

4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without placement year option only available for non-EU students

UCAS Code: N300

Typical offers:
A Levels: AAB - ABB 
IB: 35/34 points. Minimum scores of 6,6,5 at Higher level. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths at Standard level.
BTEC, Access & other: BTEC Extended Diploma DDD. Access to HE students are eligible to apply for this course.

Further requirements:
5 GCSE grades A*- C to include:
GCSE Maths – grade B/5
GCSE English – grade C/4
Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

Tuition fees: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,630 for International students (£2,500 during placement year) (2017). More on fees

Be better prepared for a career in financial services. The course will equip you with the ideal balance of finance, economics, accounting and more general management knowledge to thrive in high pressured environments. You will unpack the many aspects of finance and stand out from the crowd in one of the world’s most competitive industries. Subject areas include capital markets, derivatives, corporate finance, exchange rate risks, asset pricing and international finance.

Year 1

You will study a range of topics, designed to give you a solid foundation for your business degree.

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • International Perspectives in Organisations
  • Law for Business
  • Introduction to Marketing Management
  • Introduction to Business Analytics
  • Principles of Operations Management
  • Information Technology for Business
  • Introduction to Micro Economics
  • Introduction to Macro Economics

Year 2

From the second year you will explore financial and management accounting in depth, participate in events organised in conjunction with accountancy firms, visit businesses and undertake an interactive business game module

Your degree begins its specialist emphasis upon finance and financial management. The modules are:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Business Game
  • Operational Research Techniques
  • Business Policy
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Business, Government and Society
  • Introduction to Econometrics I
  • Introduction to Econometrics II

Year 3

Professional placement year in finance, accountancy or management role or you have the option to undertake an international study placement. This year is compulsory for all UK and EU students.

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year

In this year studies are taken to a more refined level, similar to a professional qualification standard, but retaining theoretical analysis. The modules are:

  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Taxation: Policy and Practice
  • Derivatives
  • International Finance
  • Investments
  • Further Topics in Derivatives
  • Financial Economics
  • Strategic Management
  • Applied Econometrics and Forecasting

* double module

Learning & teaching

You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.

All business students undertake the Business Game module, and compete in teams in a computer simulation exercise that culminates in a presentation to a panel of external employers


Assessment is provided by a mix of coursework and examination.

Students who are made an offer will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions. 

Course director

Dr Dudley Gilder

Phone: 0121 204 3358
Email: d.gilder@aston.ac.uk 

Dudley joined Aston Business School as a Lecturer in Finance in September 2010. Prior to this he was a PhD student at Lancaster University.

Personal development 

Our business degrees are designed to also give you a range of transferable and practical skills to succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. Such work develops your team working and negotiating skills.

Our placement year gives you the genuine practical work experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of issues such as office politics which cannot be replicated in the lecture room.

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Assocation of International Accountants
  • Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators

Our integrated placement year course allows you to undertake a professional paid placement, where you will  gain valuable, practical experience within your chosen subject area.

We have links to over 1000 different organisations and advertise around 3000 posts each year to our students.

The opportunity to undertake a study placement with one of our international partner institutions is also available if you would prefer. Find out more about the placement year at ABS.

The specialist financial knowledge gained through this degree provides excellent preparation for graduate entry into finance related careers. Our previous graduates have obtained graduate positions in companies such as:

  • Finance Reporting Analyst - Wincanton PLC
  • Area Manager - Lidl
  • Risk Assurance - PwC
  • Analyst - JP Morgan

However, because this degree also combines broader-based business knowledge, it provides an excellent foundation for careers in general management and imparts skills that will be highly valued by graduate recruiters in both the private and public sectors.

I'd love to hear from you.

Finance course director
Dr Dudley Gilder, Course Director

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