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University of Portsmouth

Financial Management

UCAS Code: NN31

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


112-128 Tariff points from 3 A levels.

112-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 54-60.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29-30

29 points from the IB Diploma, with 655/754 at Higher Level - 30 points from the IB Diploma. 665 at Higher Level.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM-DDM

112-128 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

112-128

112-128 points from 3 A levels 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

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Accounting

**Overview**
The business world is more complex and diverse than ever, and the demand for financially literate graduates has never been higher. This BA (Hons) Financial Management degree course gives you a thorough understanding of the business world, so it’s ideal if you want a career in business finance.

You’ll develop a thorough knowledge of financial decision-making, learn analytical skills valued by both the corporate world and the finance industry, and develop commercial awareness. After the course, you’ll have all the skills you need to work in the finance industry including managing the financial functions of a business. This degree shares a common first year with several other business courses. This gives you the flexibility to transfer to another course if you develop an interest in a different subject area.

**What you'll experience**
On this course you'll:

* Learn skills in areas such as business accounting, managing people, corporate governance and working as a team

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

* Use our Bloomberg terminals, where you’ll analyse real-time financial market data, and get the Bloomberg Certificate

* Have the chance to network with potential employers and work with real businesses on projects

After the course, you can use the financial expertise you’ve developed to work in finance or manage the financial functions of a business.

**What can you do with a Financial Management degree?**
Many of our graduates have gone onto managerial-level roles. Routes they’ve pursued include:

* commercial banking

* corporate finance

* chartered accountancy

* investment banking

* financial management

* real estate

* financial planning

* insurance

* further study at postgraduate level

After you graduate, 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 units in this year include:

- Business Accounting
- Economics for Business
- Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis
- Marketing Principles and Practice
- Managing People in Organisations
- Business Operations and Systems Management

Year 2

Core units in this year include:

- Corporate Financial Management
- Financial Reporting for Business
- Management Accounting for Operational Control
- Corporate Governance
- Financial Crime
- Ethics and Controls

Optional units in this year currently include:

- Financial Markets and Institutions
- Personal Finance
- Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
- Accounting Packages and Systems
- Taxation
- Business and Employment Law
- Foreign language

Placement year (optional)

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year in the UK or abroad to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. This will also help you stand out from other candidates when you apply for jobs after the course.
Previous students have completed work placements at:

- Microsoft GE
- Aviation
- GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core units in this year include:

- Advanced Corporate Financial Management
- Strategic Management
- Management Accounting for Strategic Analysis and Control

Optional units in this year currently include:

- Dissertation
- Independent Study Project
- Financial Investment Project
- International Accounting
- International Financial Management
- Behavioural Finance and the Psychology of Investment
- Business Forecasting and Data Analysis
- Business Consultancy Project
- Business Improvement and Creativity

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

- analysis of topical case studies
- written reports
- essays
- presentations
- a self-led project
- an optional dissertation

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.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

- Year 1 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 60% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 27% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 28% by written exams and 72% by coursework

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
£14,300
per year
Northern 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

TEF rating:
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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.

81%
med
Accounting

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.

Accounting

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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

85%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

75%
UK students
25%
International students
67%
Male students
33%
Female students
66%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
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.

Accounting

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.

£23,250
high
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
84%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

43%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
30%
Business, research and administrative professionals
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

You don't have to be an accountant if you take this degree, but over half of graduates take a look at the rewards on offer for accountancy trainees and go into the job. Many others go into other parts of the finance industry as advisors or book-keepers, and some go into management or marketing. London is very popular for accountancy graduates going into their first job, but it's also quite common to work in Scotland, with Glasgow a perennial hotbed of Scottish accountancy recruitment. If you want to find a job in finance as an accountancy graduates, recruitment agencies were particularly important last year, so try to get in touch with one as soon as you can to improve your chances.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Accounting

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

£22k

£22k

£28k

£28k

£30k

£30k

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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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