Top 20 in the UK for graduate prospects (Accounting and Finance) Complete University Guide, 2022
23rd in the UK for graduate prospects (business and management studies) Complete University Guide, 2022
The placement year gives you invaluable professional experience
Ranked 8th in the UK for graduate prospects on-track (Accounting and Finance) Complete University Guide, 2023.
Course outline and modules
Prepare for a career in the finance industry. Our BSc Finance degree will develop your understanding of finance, economics and management to equip you with the knowledge, skills and applied experience that makes our graduates some of the most employable in the country.
What you’ll learn
You will unpack many aspects of finance and management throughout the course, from capital markets and derivatives, through to asset pricing and international finance. You’ll also develop excellent financial literature skills, from interpreting small scale to large financial data and apply these to real-world company performance questions.
As well as class-based learning, students on our BSc Finance will enjoy study trips such as the recent visit to the London Stock Exchange. Given the global demand for graduates with finance degrees, you can also study a language alongside your degree as well as explore our study abroad opportunities and double degree route.
Our BSc Finance has five professional accreditations and exemptions:
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).
The Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI).
The Chartered Market Technician Association (CMT)
Aston University has won an Honorary Mention at the CIMA Global Excellence Award. This award recognises academic partner institutions that achieve CIMA pass rates above the global average in the same calendar year.
- Read Senior Lecturer of Accounting and Finance, Sara Saynor’s comment.
Thank you on behalf of Aston University for the Excellence award. We have collaborated with CIMA for a number of years now to promote the value of the CIMA qualification to Aston students and to embed the excellent CIMA case studies into our Management Accounting Curriculum. Our 2nd and Final Year students have CIMA cases and research reports as part of their coursework assessment criteria and have really developed invaluable knowledge to support their placement and graduate job searches. The success of our collaboration is evident from the excellent CIMA pass rates that Aston students have achieved.
This means you’ll not only graduate with a degree and experience, but a well-positioned finance career path for you to develop in whatever direction you choose.
HSBC now has its retail HQ in Birmingham, and Deutsche Bank has expanded its trading operations at its Birmingham office alongside the presence of PwC, KPMG, Deloitte and Ernst & Young, making our course well-placed for placements and job opportunities.
CISI Accreditation: Aston Business School pays for your membership to the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI), as well as your study guide and a professional exam. You’ll also get the chance to take part in a national competition and gain valuable networking opportunities.
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.
Two undergraduate degrees
This course offers an Exchange Partnership Second Degree Pathway, meaning you could study overseas at one of our partner institutions during your placement year and graduate with two undergraduate degrees for the price of one. Find out more about the Exchange Partnership Second Degree Pathway here.
“I strive to achieve as much as possible and that is why I chose to undertake the Exchange Partnership Second Degree Pathway. This opportunity seemed to be a natural progression in my foregoing studies and a great complement to it. I also thought the course was very well structured and the lecturers were always happy to help with any issues.” Read more
Jakub Lawrenz, Bachelor in Finance and Accounting (Kozminski University) and BSc Finance (Aston University)
- Information for international applicants
Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students. Students from over 120 different countries chose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.
Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and, as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability. Our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.
For more information on applying as an international student, visit our webpage: www.aston.ac.uk/international/students-applying
Post-study work visa
Graduate Immigration Route
Aston University welcomed the creation of a new Graduate Immigration Route which enables international students to remain in the UK for two years after you complete your studies to find work. This new post-study work visa applies to international students completing full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme in business will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. During your foundation year, you’ll have excellent support from academics while group projects will give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey. We also have a Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support and offer pre-sessional English language programmes.
For International Students intending to do a foundation year, visit ONCAMPUS
- Year 1
You will study a range of topics, designed to give you a solid foundation for your business degree. The core modules are:
- Introduction to Finance
- Introductory Accounting for Business
- Law for Business
- Mathematics for Economics
- Statistics for Economics
- 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
- Intermediate Microeconomics
- Trading Strategies
- Financial Services, Regulation, and Crisis
- Corporate Finance
Students must also choose one module from the following options:
- Business Management Simulation
- Sports Economics and Finance
- Econometrics 2
- Business Tax
- Principles of Macroeconomics
- Financial and Management Accounting for Managers
*Availability of any optional modules will be subject to staff availability and a minimum number of students who express an interest in studying the optional modules.
- 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 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:
- Further Derivatives
- Behavioural Finance and Portfolio management
- Financial Economics
- Advanced Corporate Finance
- International Finance
Students must also choose two modules from the following options:
- Financial Analysis
- Risk Management
- Tax Policy and Personal Tax
*Availability of any optional modules will be subject to staff availability and a minimum number of students who express an interest in studying the optional modules.
- A Levels
BBB (standard offer)
BBC (with EPQ or Core Maths minimum grade B)
BBC (contextual offer*)
31 points overall in the IB diploma with 5, 5, 5 in 3 higher level subjects.
Minimum score of 5 in Maths at Standard level.
- BTEC, Access & other
BTEC Extended Diploma - DDD (standard offer)
BTEC Extended Diploma - DDM (contextual offer*)
We accept the QAA-recognised Access Diploma which must consist of 45 credits at Level 3. You must obtain a minimum of 30 distinction and the rest must be at merit or distinction. Please note that we do not accept the English and Maths components within the Access qualification and you must meet the GCSE entry requirement.
The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate/BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that are equivalent to three full A2 Levels.
- T Levels
The following T levels are accepted qualifications for this course:
- T-Level - Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction Grade D
- T-Level - Digital Production, Design and Production Grade D
- T-Level – Education and Childcare Grade D
- T-Level – Onsite Construction Grade D
- T-Level – Building Services Engineering for Construction Grade D
- T-Level – Digital Business Services Grade D
- T-Level – Digital Support Services Grade D
- T-Level – Health Grade D
- T-Level – Healthcare Science Grade D
- T-Level – Science Grade D
5 GCSE grades A*/9 – C/4 to include:
- GCSE Maths – grade B/5
- GCSE English Language or English Literature – grade C/4
- Learn more about admission to this course
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).
Entry onto our Foundation Programme may be offered as an alternative to the degree course if lower entry grades are achieved. Aston University welcomes applications from students with a wide range of qualifications from the UK and overseas, including combinations of qualifications. If your qualifications are not listed here and you wish to check whether they meet the entry requirements for this course, please contact the university.
Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.
For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.
Aston University provides a range of opportunities for international students to join our community and study on our campus. A key part of our strategy is our relationships with teaching partners, providing multiple pathways to Aston. Find out more.
*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here.
Learning, teaching and assessment
Our close links to industry and our focus on delivering practical business experiences provides a blend of learning experiences to equip you for your future career.
Learning and teaching
You will experience a range of teaching methods on our BSc Finance degree at Aston including lectures, tutorials, group working, case studies and both individual and group presentations.
Traditional teaching is enhanced by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials. For example, 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.
Bloomberg at Aston
Today's economy is rapidly changing, and for students looking to get a competitive edge, the ability to analyse real-time data is vital. You will have access to Bloomberg trading terminals, providing you with a simulation of what it’s like to work in the financial industry, and gain experience of a trading floor environment.
Bloomberg trading software is internationally renowned and used by the world's most influential decision makers, providing coverage of markets and securities as well as offering trading solutions. Find out more.
You will undertake a mix of coursework and examinations as well as group work and presentations.
Our business degrees are designed to also give you a range of transferable and practical skills to help you succeed in your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. This experience will develop your teamworking and negotiating skills.
The integrated placement year gives you 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.
The Aston placement year forms an integral part of your educational journey and is compulsory for all home students. International/EU students can request permission to opt out of the placement year, but we strongly recommend that it is completed where possible.
Find out more about the Aston placement year.
The integrated 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.
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.
Aston University was recognised as the 'Best University Placement Service'.
The Careers and Placements team at Aston University won the 'Best University Placement Service' category at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards 2022. This was achieved by launching Virtual Employability Festivals and recognising the power of peer-to-peer communication by pairing 500 students looking for placements with 500 students who had completed placements.
Fees and scholarships
UK students (2024/25)
Annual tuition fees: £9,250
During placement year: £1,250
International/EU students (2024/25)
Annual tuition fees: TBC
During placement year: £2,500
The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be charged the same tuition rates as home students. Further information can be found here.
Tuition fees for students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law. When undertaking a placement year, a placement year fee applies.
At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.
The specialist financial knowledge gained through this degree provides excellent preparation for graduate entry into finance-related careers.
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.
Many students are offered jobs linked to their placement year. The integrated placement gives you an opportunity to gain experience for your CV as well as an understanding of the areas of finance that you’re interested in, preparing you for the world of work.
Our recent finance graduates have obtained positions in roles such as:
- Finance Reporting Analyst
- Area Manager
- Risk Assurance
- Associate Auditor
- Investment Analyst
- Operations Analyst.
Our graduates have gone on to work at companies such as Lidl, PwC, JP Morgan, Airbus, Bank of England, Ford Motor Company and KPMG.
Frequently asked questions
- Why study Finance at Aston University?
Not only will you develop your understanding across finance, economics, accounting and management, but you’ll gain invaluable, real-world career experience during your placement year. You’ll develop excellent financial literature skills and our BSc Finance has numerous accreditations and exemptions, meaning you’ll not only gain a degree but a career path to progress into a number of settings.
- Is a placement for Finance useful?
Aston has some of the most employable graduates in the UK, and the placement year helps to demonstrate to employers that you are able to transfer your knowledge to a real-world environment. A placement also helps you to understand the type of career you may want to establish once you graduate.
- Does accreditation matter for Finance?
Yes. Accreditation can instantly be applied, whether that’s specifically in an accounting role or more broadly within business. You’ll get theoretical, accredited and practical experiences within this degree.
- What kind of career can a Finance degree lead to?
A BSc Finance degree from Aston Business School will equip you with specialist knowledge that prepares you for a breadth of finance-related careers. Our previous graduates have obtained graduate positions in roles such as Finance Reporting Analyst, Area Manager, Risk Assurance, Associate Auditor, Investment Analyst and Operations Analyst at companies such as Lidl, PwC, JP Morgan, Airbus, Bank of England, Ford Motor Company and KPMG.
- What is the Exchange Partnership Second Degree Pathway at Aston Business School?
You can deepen your learning and stand out from other graduates whilst gaining fantastic learning experience overseas. The Exchange Partnership Second Degree Pathway is similar to an exchange programme, but during your placement year you’ll follow a curriculum that sets you on the track for our partner institution’s degree award. This means, if successful, you will graduate with two undergraduate degrees.
- Why should international students choose Aston University?
Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.
Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and, as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career.
Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme in business will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course.