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Financial Management

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

120-128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

122-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma

Cambridge Pre-U score of 56-60

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

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDM

112-128 Tariff points.

T Level

M

UCAS Tariff

120-128

120-128 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 | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Accounting

**Overview**
Effective financial management is core to all successful businesses and the demand for financially literate graduates has never been higher.

On this BA (Hons) Financial Management, you'll learn the skills and knowledge you need to plan, organise and control business finances and make good financial decisions. You'll also learn core business skills in areas such as marketing and people management.

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. You'll learn how to manage money and use funds effectively, and apply what you learn using real-life business scenarios and data.

Between years 2 and 3, you can apply your skills on a paid year-long industry placement or experience a new culture by studying abroad.

Successful businesses need people with financial acumen, and the skills you develop on your degree will be valuable in all areas of business. Specialist areas you could go into include corporate finance, investment and commercial banking.

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:

- Develop core transferable skills which employers value

- Be taught by a mixture of professionally qualified staff with experience in industry and expert academic researchers

- Analyse market movements and learn to make fast-paced investment decisions using our Bloomberg Suite, the trading platform used by professionals

- Get the Bloomberg Certificate as part of your studies, demonstrating to future employers that you know your way around the Bloomberg Suite

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

- Get experience with specialist software and resources you'll use in your career – these include the SAP Next Generation Lab and S&P Global Market Intelligence data

- Tailor your studies to focus on the specialist topics that interest you

- Develop transferable skills you can use in any area of your life and career, such as analytical skills, resilience, time management skills and communication skills

You can also:

- Apply your knowledge in the workplace on a year-long work placement, boosting your employability prospects after the course

- Study abroad through our links with overseas universities

- Learn a language while you earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's IWLP

**Careers and opportunities**

This course has great employment rates; the HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey (2019) found 100% of the graduates of this course are in work or further study.

The blend of business skills and financial knowledge you'll develop prepares you for many career options. Many of our graduates have gone onto managerial-level roles in areas such as finance, banking, insurance, real estate and project management. Others have used their financial skills to start their own businesses.

Organisations graduates have gone on to work for include:

IBM
The NHS
Deloitte
Ernst & Young
KPMG
PWC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
Amazon
The Openwork Partnership
Allen Diesels
JSA Services
Foxtons

Some students go on to postgraduate studies. We have a wide range of Master's courses available in finance, marketing, data and business.

**Work experience and career planning**

To help you secure a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course to develop your skills and build links in the industry. You'll get careers support throughout your studies and for 5 years after you graduate.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies and develop your abilities.

Modules

** Year 1 core modules [all worth 20 credits each]: ** Business Accounting; Business Innovation Development Project; Business Operations And Systems Management; Economics For Business; Managing People In Organisations; Marketing Principles And Practice; Quantitative Methods And Data Analysis | ** Year 2 core modules [all worth 20 credits each]: ** Corporate Financial Management; Critical Issues In Accounting and Finance; Financial Reporting For Business; Management Accounting | ** Year 2 optional modules [all worth 20 credits each]: ** Accounting Packages and Systems; Business Law; Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship; Financial Markets and Institutions; Personal Finance; Taxation | ** Year 3 core modules [all worth 20 credits each]:** Advanced Corporate Financial Management; Strategic Management; Strategic Management Accounting | ** Year 3 optional modules: ** Business Analytics (20 credits); Business Improvement & Creativity (20 credits); Collaborative Accounting Community (20 credits); Dissertation (40 credits); Financial Investment Project (20 credits); Independent Study Project (20 credits); International Financial Management (20 credits); Professional Accounting Practice (20 credits)

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
£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.

76%
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

65%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
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

70%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
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?

69%
UK students
31%
International students
67%
Male students
33%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
8%
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.

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.

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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