Finance BSc (Hons)

Course overview

  • Course level
  • Course type
  • Duration
    4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for international students
  • Course options
    Placement year (UK/abroad)
  • UCAS code(s)
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A-levels (2020 entry)
    BBB-BCC (depending on EPQ, Core Maths or Contextual offer)*
  • BTEC extended diploma
    DDD to DDM (contextual offer)*
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    31 Points overall and above with 5,5,5 at Higher Level (Minimum score of 5 in SL Maths.)
  • Further requirements
    GCSE: 5 GCSEs at C or above, including Maths Grade B/5 and above and English Language OR English Literature Grade C/4
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Course summary

The course will equip you with the ideal balance of finance, economics, accounting and more general management knowledge to thrive in high pressured environments. Our graduates go on to work at companies such as Ford Motor Company and Airbus.

This course offers a double degree option. Achieve two degrees for the price of one, and study abroad at one of our partner institutions.

Entry requirements and fees

4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without placement year option only available for non-EU students

UCAS Code: N300

Typical offers:
A Levels:
BBB – standard offer
BBC (with EPQ or Core maths minimum grade B)
BCC (Contextual offer)
IB: 31 points overall in the IB diploma with 5,5,5 at HL. Minimum score of 5 in Maths at Standard level.
BTEC, Access & other:
BTEC Extended Diploma DDD – standard offer.
BTEC Extended Diploma DDM – Contextual offer.
We accept the QAA-recognised Access Diploma which must consist of 45 credits at Level 3. You must obtain a minimum of 30 distinction and the rest must be at merit or distinction. Please note that we do not accept the English and Maths components within the Access qualification and you must meet the GCSE entry requirement.

Further requirements:
5 GCSE grades A*- C to include:GCSE Maths – grade B/5 GCSE English Language OR English Literature – grade C/4.

Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).
Entry onto our Foundation Year maybe offered as an alternative to the degree course if lower entry grades are achieved.

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here.

Tuition fees: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £15,600* for International students (£2,500 during placement year) (2020/21). More on fees

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

International students:

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Course outline

Be better prepared for a career in financial services. The course will equip you with the ideal balance of finance, economics, accounting and more general management knowledge to thrive in high pressured environments.

The First Year studied on all Aston Business School undergraduate degree programmes is designed to give students a broad knowledge of business and management. Many employers seek graduates with good 'all round' knowledge of a range of business functions. The broad range of subjects studied ensures that our graduates are some of the most employable in the country, whilst also allowing a transfer between certain programmes.

You will unpack the many aspects of finance and stand out from the crowd in one of the world’s most competitive industries. Subject areas include capital markets, derivatives, corporate finance, exchange rate risks, asset pricing and international finance.

Subject guide and modules

Year 1

You will study a range of topics, designed to give you a solid foundation for your business degree. The core modules are: 

  • Introduction to Finance
  • Introductory Accounting for Business
  • Law for Business
  • Mathematics for economics
  • Statistics for economics
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics

Year 2

From the second year you will explore financial and management accounting in depth, participate in events organised in conjunction with accountancy firms, visit businesses and undertake an interactive business game module. 

Your degree begins its specialist emphasis upon finance and financial management. The core modules are:

  • Financial Markets
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Financial and Management Accounting for Managers
  • Trading Strategies
  • Financial Services, Regulation, and Crisis
  • Corporate Finance

Students must also choose one module from the following options:

  • Business Management Simulation
  • Sports Economics and Finance
  • Introduction to Econometrics 
  • Business Tax 
  • Principles of Macroeconomics 

Year 3

Professional placement year in finance, accountancy or management role or you have the option to undertake an international study placement. This year is compulsory for all UK and EU students.

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year

In this year studies are taken to a more refined level, similar to a professional qualification standard, but retaining theoretical analysis. The core modules are:

  • Derivatives
  • Further Derivatives
  • Investments 
  • Financial Economics 
  • Advanced Corporate Finance 
  • Financial Analysis
  • International Finance  

Students must also choose two modules from the following options:

  • Financial Analysis
  • Risk Management 
  • Macroeconometrics 
  • Microeconometrics 
  • Tax Policy and Personal Tax 
Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning & teaching

You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.

All business students undertake the Business Game module, and compete in teams in a computer simulation exercise that culminates in a presentation to a panel of internal employers.

Aston University has subscriptions to both the Financial Times and The Economist, which you can benefit from whilst studying here.


Assessment is provided by a mix of coursework and examination.

Students who are made an offer will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions. 

Course director

Kalsoom Jaffar

Phone: 0121 204 3246

Personal development 

Our business degrees are designed to also give you a range of transferable and practical skills to succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. Such work develops your team working and negotiating skills.

Our placement year gives you the genuine practical work experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of issues such as office politics which cannot be replicated in the lecture room.

Professional accreditations and exemptions

Finance graduates can claim exemptions from the examinations of a number of professional bodies. Exemptions are dependent upon the options you have followed. 

At present exemptions are available from:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
  • Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI)
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA UK)
Placement year

Our four year course with an integrated placement during the third year gives you the chance to put theory into practice, gain relevant work experience, and develop professional and transferable skills.  

We have a dedicated Employer Team within our Careers and Placements department who have links with local, national and international organisations and advertise vacancies to students through an online platform exclusively for Aston students and graduates.  

The opportunity to undertake a study placement with one of our international partner institutions is also available if you would prefer. 

Find out more about the Aston placement year, and view the careers and placements page.


Study or work in another country

The University has secured Erasmus+ mobility funding for students going on placement during the academic year 2019/20.  For students planning their placement in the academic year 2020/21, Erasmus+ mobility funding will be dependent on the Exit date and whether a Withdrawal deal is agreed. The University’s Brexit information page is regularly being updated and will have the latest information.  

Career prospects

The specialist financial knowledge gained through this degree provides excellent preparation for graduate entry into finance related careers. Our previous graduates have obtained graduate positions in roles such as Finance Reporting Analyst, Area Manager, Risk Assurance, Associate Auditor, Investmest Analyst and Operations Analyst at companies such as Lidl, PwC, JP Morgan, Airbus, Bank of England, Ford Motor Company and KPMG.

However, because this degree also combines broader-based business knowledge, it provides an excellent foundation for careers in general management and imparts skills that will be highly valued by graduate recruiters in both the private and public sectors.

"The teaching quality has been critical, as I now have a clear theoretical understanding which I can implement in a practical environment. My placement year has revealed exactly what I want to achieve in life and how I can pursue my goal."

Prabhat Talwar
Underwriter and Loans manager at Aspen Bridging Limited

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