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Finance with Business Communication (Top-up)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include Mathematics or equivalent

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2022

Other options

2.0 years | Full-time | 2022

Subjects

English language

Finance

**Overview**
This top-up course is designed to help you improve both your English and your business finance skills. If you're an international, EU or UK student with English as an additional language then you can take this course.

You’ll get an understanding of finance within a business context, develop valuable cross-cultural business communication abilities and improve your English language skills.

This course will prepare you for a career in many areas of business and finance, such as business development and consultancy, financial planning, investment banking, recruitment and marketing.

**Accredited by**
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accounting.

**What you'll experience**
On this top-up course, you’ll:

* Join the course at either the year 1 or year 2, depending on the level of your previous studies

* Get a blend of the analytical, technical and commercial knowledge and skills required in business

* Study with a group of international students to improve your English language skills

* Be taught by a mixture of professionally qualified staff and expert academic researchers

* Use the University’s Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and trade

* Apply the concepts and skills you learn in real situations

* Get all the support you need while living in a new country, from our Global Office

* Join a community with more than 4,000 international and EU students from over 100 different countries

**Work experience and career planning**

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course if you're eligible to work in the UK. We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies.

**Careers and opportunities**

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job or graduate training programme that puts your skills to work. You could pursue a career in commerce or use your financial expertise to forge a career within the financial sector.

Routes our graduates have gone on to include:

* commercial banking

* corporate finance

* financial planning

* investment banking

* money management

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level on courses such as MSc Forensic Accounting and MSc Finance or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Modules

** Year 1 core modules [all worth 20 credits each]: ** Business Accounting for Finance; Business Communications; Business & Markets in a Global Environment; Corporate Financial Management; Financial Markets and Institutions; General Language Grade 5 (English) | ** Year 2 core modules [all worth 20 credits each]: ** Advanced Corporate Financial Management; Business Communications; General Language Grade 6 (English); Financial Investment Project; Independent Study Project; International Financial Management

Assessment methods

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

- analysis of topical case studies
- written reports
- essays
- presentations
- examinations
- group work
- your choice of independent research

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Business and Law

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
med
Finance

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

English language

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

61%
UK students
39%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
E

Finance

Teaching and learning

64%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

79%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

47%
UK students
53%
International students
62%
Male students
38%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

English studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
57%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
14%
Teaching and educational professionals

Finance

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
80%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

48%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
28%
Business, research and administrative professionals
5%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

Over 2,000 students graduated with a degree in finance in 2015, and a sign of the strength of the finance industry, numbers are on the up. Over half of finance graduates go into the finance industry, with accountancy and financial advice roles particularly popular. It's also quite common for finance graduates to go into jobs which require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications — finance graduates who take further study are more likely to be studying accountancy than finance. About a third of graduates start their careers in London - but Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham are other popular locations for finance graduates to work.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

English studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Business and management

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£29k

£29k

£34k

£34k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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