BSc Finance (N300)

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Course summary

Our core degree in Finance was designed by researchers with industry and regulatory experience to equip you with the skills necessary for a successful career in the financial services industry. You will also be well-placed to pursue careers in economic consultancy, government departments or market regulators, as well as specialist postgraduate studies.

Today's financial sector relies heavily on data analysis. The course provides rigorous training in all areas of finance with a focus on the quantitative skills that are required in every aspect of real-world decision-making. The degree is among the first in the UK to contain coverage of new and disruptive forms of finance at undergraduate level, including cryptocurrencies, FinTech, Big Data analysis, smart beta investing, peer-to-peer lending or high-frequency trading.

You will learn to relate concepts and theories to financial practice through the use of specialist industry newspapers, including the Dow Jones Financial News and data vendors such as Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters Eikon and Refinitiv.

Through core units and a choice of optional units, you will gain exposure to the related fields of economics, accounting, management and business law.

Course structure

The first year of study will consider finance in a mostly non-technical way, while providing training in the quantitative subjects that later modules will build upon. You will also study accounting and economics units.

In the second year, you will deepen your understanding of the theory, evidence and statistical methods relevant to different areas of finance. You will learn to extract, process and combine the extremely diverse data used in financial decision-making in a dedicated unit.

According to your preferences and career ambitions, you will also be able to further your understanding of economics and accounting, building on first-year units, and to develop your knowledge of management or business law.

The final year will feature the most finance content (both via core and optional units) along with advanced options in economics, accounting or management, according to your professional goals. An innovative Digital Finance unit will provide insights into new and disruptive forms of capital raising, trading and new assets and investment strategies.

Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.

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Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.

AAA including Mathematics, or A*AB including A in Mathematics
DDD in any Applied General BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma and A in mathematics at A-level (or equivalent)

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36 points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including Mathematics with either 6 at Higher Level (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations) or 7 at Standard Level (Analysis and Approaches)
32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including Mathematics with either 5 at Higher Level (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations) or 7 at Standard Level (Analysis and Approaches)

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85% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics
Advanced Higher: AA including Mathematics, and Standard Higher: AAAAB
Access to HE Diploma in Engineering, Science, or Computing (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include: at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above; and at least 15 credits from Mathematics units, of which at least 12 (including algebra, calculus and trigonometry) must be at Distinction. Or Access to HE Diploma in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, Psychology, Law or History (or similar titles), with the 45 graded Level 3 credits including at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above, plus A in A-level Mathematics.

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Requirements are as for A-levels, where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/M2 is B, and M3 is C.
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