Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more
Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.
Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.
First-class skills for a future in finance
As financing and investment decisions are being made in an increasingly complex and uncertain business environment, the demand for talented financial professionals has never been higher.
Our BSc (Hons) Finance will develop you as a confident and versatile specialist, ideally prepared to pursue a career as a financial sector professional or as a finance manager in business.
The degree makes meaningful links between economic and financial theories and the practicalities of the business world. It gives you deep insights into financial systems, structures and instruments, risk management and the way financial markets behave.
We place great emphasis on the professional skills, practice and codes of conduct which will help you add value in the workplace. You will become adept in conducting economic research and analysis and in handling information such as financial accounts and statements to assess a company’s health.
You will also gain an understanding of how financial management fits within the overall strategy of an organisation, building a strong business mindset and an international outlook which will take you far.
Real-time data at your fingertips
We have invested in exceptional learning facilities in partnership with Bloomberg, the global business and financial information leader. In our Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab, you will gain vital insights into trading floor activities and will be trained to use the same information and technology harnessed by leading financial professionals across the globe.
You will discover a wealth of data, including company and director profiles, and benefit from analysis of current affairs from Bloomberg Intelligence. In addition, you will have access to the Bloomberg helpdesk and can even work towards the Bloomberg Market Concepts Certificate alongside your degree to enhance your professional profile.
Ideally placed for success
Between stages two and three of the BSc (Hons) Finance, you are encouraged to undertake a placement or internship – at home or abroad. This will introduce you to workplace practices, broaden your networks and build your confidence.
Opportunities range from three-month summer internships to year-long placements. We offer full support and guidance to help you find the right opportunity to match your career aspirations and interests. Thanks to our strong employer and professional links, you could compete for international placement experiences with major names such as PwC, DHL and the Institute of Directors.
You could also consider studying abroad for a semester or a year, usually in stage two of your studies. This would be with one of our international partner institutions. Alternatively, you can join one of the short study visits abroad we organise each year.
Boost your employability with a Futures Award
Our Futures Award scheme is a chance to add substance to your CV and demonstrate to prospective employers that you have an impressive portfolio of transferable skills. A Futures Award recognises any extra-curricular activities you undertake which contribute to your personal and professional development during your time at the University.
The scheme focuses on employability, leadership and consultancy skills. Relevant activities could involve attending workshops on CV design and improvement; developing techniques for interviews, assessment centres or psychometric tests; taking part in networking events; or leading a small project within a student society or voluntary role.
Expertise to help you excel
Our teaching team is dedicated to your study and career success. They combine industry experience with wide-ranging research into some of the most pressing financial issues facing society today. They also publish widely, including one of the main economics textbooks used in universities.
There are numerous opportunities for you to meet and interact with business experts, industry leaders and finance professionals. You’ll hear about latest developments in the City from high-profile figures such as our visiting professor, Lloyds Chief Economist Trevor Williams. Our students have also attended major events addressed by the likes of Dr Ben Broadbent, Deputy Governor - Monetary Policy for the Bank of England.
In addition, you will benefit from our specially designed personal tutor system. You will meet your personal tutor during induction week and have at least three scheduled meetings with them each year. They will help you plan your personal and career development as well as supporting your work towards the Futures Award.
A vibrant learning experience
Our extensive links with the business community – as well as experts at the forefront of the profession – enhance the practical focus and currency of the BSc (Hons) Finance. Employers are closely involved in shaping the course, providing real-world case studies, practical scenarios and consultancy projects.
You could also boost your professional credibility by taking part in prestigious competitions. In December 2016, our students scooped two major awards in the University Trading Challenge, pitting their wits against fellow undergraduates and postgraduate students from leading institutions countrywide.
In addition, there is the chance to join a range of societies at the University such as the Economics, Trading and Investment Society, the Business and Entrepreneurial Society and the Derby University Network of Entrepreneurs (DUNE).
To complete the BSc (Hons) Finance with Foundation Year, you will take modules such as:
You will study modules such as:
- Business Communication and Decision Making
- Contemporary Issues in Business
- Data Analysis for Business
- Study skills for Business
And you will choose two options from:
- Political Studies
- Fundamentals of Human Behaviour
If you don’t have either English or Maths GCSE, you will need to substitute one or two of the above for a module in English and/or Maths.
- Introductory Microeconomics
- Introductory Mathematics for Economics
- Academic Skills for Accounting, Finance and Business Economics
- Introduction to Macroeconomic Concepts and Data
- Market Failure Analysis
- Finance and Business Performance
- Data Analysis
- Applied Intermediate Macroeconomics
- Financial Markets and Instruments
- Financial Management
- Business Taxation
- Corporate Finance
Between stages two and three, you can choose to go on a year-long work placement, undertake a summer internship or take a study abroad option.
- Applied Economics Project (double module)
- Corporate Governance
- Financial Risk Management
- International Banking
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
We use a compelling combination of lectures, expert speakers, problem-solving seminars, group work and discussions, workshops, case study analysis, computer lab work and practical analysis. Throughout your studies, you will also engage closely with businesses and external experts to develop your professional outlook.
You may find yourself analysing news reports, creating strategy documents, interpreting financial reports, undertaking research tasks, harnessing latest software, delivering presentations, videos and broadcast interviews, tracking your own portfolio of investments, or analysing information from Bloomberg on international markets and organisations.
At the start of the course you will benefit from substantial direction from our teaching team. As your studies progress, you are expected to work more independently, taking greater responsibility for your own learning – but always with the support and advice of your tutors.
September 2020 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|UCAS points||72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE|
GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - MPP
- Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
Our BSc (Hons) Finance will help you stand out at a time of growing demand worldwide for highly skilled, versatile and progressive finance professionals. You can show potential employers that you have a strong balance of knowledge and applied skills in economic and financial analysis, together with a capacity for independent thought.
You will be ideally equipped for careers within the global financial sector itself or as a finance specialist in any business or organisation across the private and public sectors. Many Derby Business School students progress to prestigious graduate management and financial training schemes, putting them on the pathway to more senior roles which offer greater responsibilities and rewards.
Further qualifications such as the Bloomberg Certificate and the Futures Award will make an impressive addition to your CV too, distinguishing you from other graduates in the job market.
Ongoing careers support
We’re committed to improving your employability at every stage of your studies. Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with help, guidance and support from day one of your course – and for up to three years after you’ve completed your studies.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
† Additional information about your studies
5 years with optional placement year
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Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- Bloomberg data usage within modules with access to Bloomberg terminals for specified assessments
- Statistical analysis software SPSS for use in modules
- Some taster events - transport costs covered
- Opportunities to enter IBM University Business Challenge, CIMA Global Business Challenge and University Trading Challenge
- Part funded trip to Copenhagen for 2nd and 3rd year students. Optional with limited places available.
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Opportunity to apply for CMI student membership and Institute of Directors student membership
- Some taster events- transport costs
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.