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Finance and Investment BA (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Course code:

N341

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222


Overview

A Finance and Investment BA can help you gain the skills and confidence to offer sound financial advice that could change someone’s future.

Currently recognised by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) and the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of the UK (CFA UK) and accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), this specialist course will suit those who intend to pursue a professional career in financial services sector, in areas such as investment advice, insurance, pensions, and wealth management. The revised programme will be seeking recognition from these professional bodies.

We aim to not only equip you with detailed financial knowledge, understanding and skills, but also provide an opportunity to graduate with both a degree and professional qualification. As part of the course, you will study towards the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) professional qualification, namely the Investment Advice Diploma (IAD). This is dependant on the revised programme being successfully recognised by the professional body and the outcome will be confirmed by August 2017.

Graduate career prospects in financial services are excellent and demand is especially high for those with professional qualifications – 93% of our students in work or further study after six months. (DHLE 2014/15)

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI)


Chartered Financial Analyst Society of the UK (CFA UK)


Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)


Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

What our alumni say

I chose to study at Coventry because they offered a hands-on course, and with this my business was created.

Jessica Chai, BA (Hons) Finance and Investment, graduated 2013, now Director at Chai & Chai Limited

Course information

The Finance and Investment degree is one of a suite of finance courses offered by the School of Economics, Finance and Accounting, which will offer students the chance to develop analytical, numerical and financial skills, together with the personal and professional skills vital to the development of good finance professionals.

A key advantage of our programmes is the opportunity to gain knowledge across finance, investment, wealth management, accounting and taxation. You can also choose from specialist optional modules on topics like investment analysis, portfolio management or corporate financial management.

As well as simulation and practical exercises, such as assessing financial investment options or using financial trading software to understand the functioning of financial markets, you will apply theory to real-life scenarios that you might encounter on a day-to-day basis as a professional. In the past, students have produced a report relating to a case study requiring the provision of finance advice in the areas of protection planning, investment planning and retirement planning.

12th

Ranked in the top 12 UK universities

Guardian Good University Guide 2018

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

During the first year we cover a range of subjects including personal finance, financial accounting, statistical analysis and mathematical techniques for finance, as well as numeracy and IT skills for further study in finance and investment.

You will also undertake the first module towards the professional qualification, Regulatory Environment. This is open to all BA Finance and Investment students.

Modules

  • Mathematical Techniques for Finance

  • Fundamentals of Personal Finance

  • Financial Accounting Foundations

  • Statistical Analysis for Accountancy and Finance

  • Regulatory Environment

  • Academic and Professional Skills in Finance

Overview

In the second year, you will begin to specialise in financial topics, including principles of finance, financial services, psychology in finance and economics of banking and finance.

You will continue studying elements of research skills and the second stage towards the professional qualification, Investment and Taxation.

We will examine financial strategies used by businesses and the role played by the external environment on financial decisions, considering, for example, the impact of interest rates or currency differences on borrowing and investment.

Modules

  • Principles of Finance

  • Economics of Banking and Finance

  • Psychology in Finance

  • Financial Services

  • Investment and Taxation

  • Research Skills

Overview

After the second year, you have the option of taking a sandwich year on an industrial placement or spending 12 months studying abroad to broaden your international perspective.

Your dedicated Employment Personal Tutor (EPT) will provide support in finding a suitable placement and, in recent years, we have seen increasing numbers of prestige placements with PWC, Ernst & Young, Deloittes, Microsoft, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover and the NHS, as well as positions with a large number of small firms based in the West Midlands. The placement provides an excellent opportunity to obtain appropriate discipline-specific work experience on a much more significant scale than vacation or part-time work.

Modules

  • Placement

  • Study Abroad

Overview

In the final year of study, a range of optional subjects are available to further tailor your studies. You will be required to write a dissertation to demonstrate your understanding of finance and investment; students often choose a specific contemporary issue of interest to them. Examples of topics chosen include impact of financial crisis on financial markets and effect of regulation on financial services.

You will also undertake the final module towards the professional qualification, Wealth Management. After successful completion of those external examinations students will obtain the Investment Advice Diploma from CISI.

Modules

  • Insurance and Pensions

  • Employability Skills for Finance

  • Wealth Management

  • Advanced Study for Accounting and Finance

  • Corporate Governance and Ethics

  • Optional modules

    1 of the following:

    • Investment Analysis
    • Portfolio Management
    • Corporate Financial Management
94%

student statisfaction with this course (NSS, 2016)

In more detail...

  • Excellent employability – with 93% of graduates in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15).
  • Existing degree carries prior learning recognition for professional qualifications, such as Investment Management Certificate (IMC).
  • With around 5,000 students and 300 staff, Coventry Business School is one of the largest in Europe, rated as ‘excellent’ by Eduniversal.
  • Outstanding facilities include our trading floor featuring 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals, making it the largest of its kind in Europe.
  • Coventry Business School is an active member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS).
  • Designated Employment Personal Tutor (EPT) to work with you throughout your course. All our EPTs have previously worked in industry and they understand the labour market, the skills employers look for and the processes used by employers to select candidates.

Opportunity to study for a professional qualification to improve your employability – the Investment Advice Diploma (IAD.

Our main study themes are:

  • Investments: Covers relevant finance and investment concepts. You will learn about the financial products, the function of capital markets, the trade-off between risk and return, how to price financial assets and the importance of the way a firm finances its operations

  • Finance and accounting fundamentals: The basic principles, rationale and methods used in analysing, recoding, planning and managing accounts or finances

  • Statistical analysis and quantitative methods: Essential numeracy skills and analysis including the use of specialist software such as SPSS

This course is available on a three-year full-time basis or a four-year sandwich basis, where between Years Two and Three there is one year of supervised work experience or a 12-month period studying abroad. The Faculty’s Employability and Placements Unit will assist you in finding a suitable placement, preferably in a finance-related position in a private, public or charitable organisation. 

We also use a range of innovative practical exercises, such as trade games. Wherever possible, we introduce professionally relevant coursework and experiences. For example, a group coursework which student undertake that is based on a topic which is of current interest to the banking industry.

Students take on the role as consultants who have been asked to complete a project for a client and are expected to present in front of a panel consisting of professional bankers and/or members of professional bodies which requires for them to carry out significant amounts of independent research.

Your academic personal tutor (APT) will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice throughout your time on the course.

Teaching methods include:
weekly lectures, small group seminars and tutorials.

Meet our staff

Dr. Jacek Niklewski

Dr. Niklewski is a Senior Lecturer in Finance and an Academic Course Director of the Undergraduate Finance Degrees in the School of Economics, Finance and Accounting.

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You will be assessed using a variety of methods, however the close alignment with professional body requirements means that there is a higher proportion of formal examinations. Other forms of assessment include: time constrained tests; multiple choice tests; reports or essays; group work, such as presentations or reports; and quizzes. Some of this will depend on the options selected, but clear information on assessment techniques will be available before you make a choice. 

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Formal examinations 70%
  • Coursework, tests, essays 20%
  • Group work 5%
  • Presentations, posters 5%

In order to achieve the award of Bachelor of Arts (Honours), a student must satisfy the University requirements of 360 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits.

70% assessed by formal examinations

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The functions of financial services.
  • The decision-making processes of individual investors and borrowers.
  • The contexts in which financial services operates (examples of contexts include the regulatory, economic, financial, demographic and social environments).
  • The main current technical language and practices of financial services in the UK.
  • The alternative theoretical models (for example, alternative approaches to investment management, asset valuation, and risk management). 


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Structure and evaluate the retail financial products, services and strategies available to individuals.
  • Analyse and produce financial solutions to client needs. 
  • Structure institutional investment products.
  • Manage portfolios of institutional, and direct, investment products.
  • Monitor financial markets and adjust portfolios and strategies in the light of new information.
  • Communicate information about financial products, services, strategies and solutions.
  • Critically evaluate arguments and empirical evidence concerning financial services.
  • Analyse and draw reasoned conclusions concerning structured and unstructured problems from sets of data.
  • Formulate research questions and select appropriate research methods.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 14 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours of tutorials or, later, project supervision, each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 30 hours of self-directed studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities etc.

You will have the opportunity to take part in a number of overseas field trips, some of which have previously been subsidised by the University. In the past, our students have visited universities in China and Malaysia to study alongside students, see how finance is taught internationally, appreciate the issues in different countries and broaden their perspectives.

The sandwich year can be taken as work experience or study abroad where we have developed relationships with many partner universities teaching in English throughout Europe, China, Hong Kong and India.

Global ready

Did you know that we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA, 2015/16)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our alumni say

I chose to study at Coventry because they offered a hands-on course, and with this my business was created.

Jessica Chai, BA (Hons) Finance and Investment, graduated 2013, now Director at Chai & Chai Limited

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: FBLU007
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
ABB DDM 31 points Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements.

The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our alumni say

I chose to study at Coventry because they offered a hands-on course, and with this my business was created.

Jessica Chai, BA (Hons) Finance and Investment, graduated 2013, now Director at Chai & Chai Limited

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£11,927 (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments. 

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

As well as covering UK field trips, key materials and laser print, the fees for this course also include:

  • Professional Qualification Study Pack


The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

What our alumni say

I chose to study at Coventry because they offered a hands-on course, and with this my business was created.

Jessica Chai, BA (Hons) Finance and Investment, graduated 2013, now Director at Chai & Chai Limited

Career prospects

Our degree is designed to teach practical skills and experience to allow you the opportunity to learn how to give sound financial advice and make effective financial decisions.

You’ll have opportunities to benefit from a wide range of desirable professional skills, including: team working; critical evaluation; self-directed learning; problem-solving; action planning and organising; written and oral communication; presentation; questioning and listening. The following personal qualities will also be addressed in each of the skills modules: achievement orientation; initiative and creativity; self-confidence; decisiveness; reflectiveness; adaptability and flexibility.

On successful completion, you should be well placed to pursue professional positions with financial institutions, including investment advisory services; commercial banks; brokerage firms; insurance companies; and finance companies. You could also enter the finance departments of non-financial corporations, non-profit institutions and governmental agencies. 

Alternatively, you may decide to continue your studies at postgraduate level to further enhance your employability. Here at Coventry, we offer the MSc Accounting and Financial Management.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

93%

of students in work or further study six months after finishing this course

DLHE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Our graduates have obtained roles in financial consultancy, investment analysis and wealth management for companies including Microsoft, IBM, Tesco Graduate Scheme, IBM, Toys R Us and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

94%

student satisfaction with the quality of this course in the National Student Survey (NSS 2016).

What our alumni say

I chose to study at Coventry because they offered a hands-on course, and with this my business was created.

Jessica Chai, BA (Hons) Finance and Investment, graduated 2013, now Director at Chai & Chai Limited
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.