BSc Finance

Kishan Mistry Finance Aston University
Upon looking at the course content, Finance offered modules that really interested me. I got a better feel for Aston when visiting, and knew it was the right environment for me.”

Kishan Mistry
Tax Service Line, Deloitte

Entry requirements

A Level Entry: AAB/ABB*
(*variable offers are available)
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.

This course offers a double degree option. Achieve two degrees for the price of one, and study abroad at one of our partner institutions.
Integrated placement year
Professional accreditation exemptions
Five years after graduating, employed Aston business graduates earn an average of £35,600
TEF Gold Award for teaching quality (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017)

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: 32 points overall in the IB diploma with 6,6,5 - 6,5,5 at HL. 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.


UCAS applicants who select this course as their Firm choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.
Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).

Tuition fees: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,950 for International students (£2,500 during placement year) (2018).More on fees

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

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. The core modules are: 

  • Introductory Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisation Behaviour
  • Introduction to Marketing Management
  • Law for Business
  • Principles of Operations Management
  • Introduction to Business Analytics
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics

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 core modules are:

  • Financial Markets 
  • Corporate Financial Management 
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Virtual Business Simulation 
  • Quantitative Methods 
  • Financial and Management Accounting for Managers 

Students must also choose one module from the following options:

  • Introduction to Econometrics 
  • Business Tax 
  • Principles of Macroeconomics 

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 core modules are:

  • Derivatives
  • Further Derivatives
  • Investments 
  • Financial Economics 
  • Advanced Corporate Finance 
  • Financial Analysis 

Students must also choose one module from the following options:

  • International Finance 
  • Risk Management 
  • Macroeconometrics 
  • Microeconometrics 
  • Tax Policy and Personal Tax 

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 internal employers.

Aston University has subscriptions to both the Financial Times and The Economist, which you can benefit from whilst studying here.


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.

Finance graduates can claim exemptions from the examinations of a number of professional bodies. Exemptions are dependent upon the options you have followed. 

At present exemptions are available from:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Association of International Accountants (AIA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

  • Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)

  • Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI)

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW

Accreditation is a stamp of quality and prestige for a business school and its programmes. Aston is proud to be among 1% of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation. 

Our four year course with an integrated placement during the third year gives you the chance to put theory into practice, gain relevant work experience, and develop professional and transferable skills.  

We have a dedicated Employer Team within our Careers and Placements department who have links with local, national and international organisations and advertise vacancies to students through an online platform exclusively for Aston students and graduates.  

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 Aston placement year, and view the careers and placements page.

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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