University of Westminster

Course Introduction

Located in one of the world's main financial and business centres, Westminster Business School is an internationally facing, professional and research'engaged business school. Our Accounting and Finance courses provide a detailed knowledge of the conceptual and applied aspects of accounting, an analysis of management processes, and a focus on the development of professional skills to prepare you for the business workplace. Our purpose'built Financial Markets Suite utilises the Bloomberg platform to provide a state'of'the'art teaching resource, giving you exposure to technology widely adopted in leading global financial institutions. We have been selected as a Centre of Excellence in financial markets by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) ' one of only 12 centres worldwide ' and we are an ACCA Gold Approved Learning Partner. The course also offers you the opportunity for a year'long work placement, or to study overseas for a year at one of our partner universities. The course enables you to develop a thorough understanding of key concepts, theories and practices in the area of finance, along with a range of intellectual, professional attributes and transferable skills such as communication, problem'solving abilities, research and critical reasoning. The degree provides you with the knowledge and skills in finance as a platform for critically evaluating existing and evolving theories and practice, and an understanding of the global diversity in business practice, culture and ethics. It offers a specialised route leading to finance qualifications recognised by professional bodies, and the foundation for a career in finance or further postgraduate study. Learning takes place through a range of activities including lectures, seminars, workshops and problem'solving sessions. Assessment methods include closed'book exams, in'class tests, and coursework in the form of essays, reports and case studies, as well as assessed group work.

Course Modules

Year 1: Business context; fundamentals of finance; professional competences; plus an option module available from a range of areas, including economics, data analysis, languages and management. Year 2: Banking and legal compliance; business research and professional practice; financial quantitative methods; financial securities valuation; plus 2 option modules from behavioural finance, management accounting and other disciplines. Year 3: Advanced financial management; corporate governance; financial markets and institutional investment management; risk management; strategic perspectives; plus 2 options from a range of specialist modules in finance (corporate rescue, empirical finance, international capital market law, personal finance), accounting and other disciplines.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Sandwich
BA (Hons) £12,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Sandwich
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £12,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 112
  • GCE A-level BBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBCC
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • European Baccalaureate 75%
  • SQA Higher
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2

Key Course Information

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83% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 83%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 85%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 69%

£23,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

95% Go on to work and/or study

In work 70
Studying 10
Studying and working 15
Unemployed 5
Unknown 0

24% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 45%

Total Coursework: 51%

Total Practical: 4%

£4,700 - £6,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,400 - £9,000
Typical cost of private accommodation