BA (Hons) Business (Finance)

Summary

Study level
Award
Part time
3 years+
Location
Online

Course Overview

Employees and managers with robust financial management skills are key to the success of any business. As well as developing a broad understanding of business activity and structure, this course will teach you how to harness the major tools and theories needed for successful finance management – and how to apply these to real-life scenarios across a wide variety of sectors. 

Through our bachelor’s in business and finance degree, you'll focus on personal and management skills, management accounting, and a range of business processes. You’ll also examine and become familiar with financial reporting and auditing techniques. All of this provides a fantastic introduction to a future career in business and finance. 

Additional course modules covering business areas such as operational planning, marketing, and management theory mean that you’ll graduate with universal skills that will make sure you have a flexible career outlook after you graduate. All you need to be suitable for this course is a desire to learn and the drive to do your best. 

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Professional accreditation
This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, supporting your career and connecting you with likeminded professionals. 

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Course details and modules

Not only will you master the fundamentals of accounting and economics throughout this finance degree, but you’ll also gain an understanding of crucial business functions such as risk management, financial decision making, system operations, and overall business performance. These skills will prepare you to become a well-rounded, forward-thinking professional who can take on all manner of challenges.

Toby Bradley

It’s a great way to study if you’re looking for flexibility. It was challenging to balance a full-time job with my degree but once I was in a routine, it was much easier to manage everything. Online learning has actually helped me become very good with time management and given me the ability to prioritise tasks.

Toby Bradley
BA (Hons) Business & Accountancy

Modules

You have 3-9 years to complete this business (finance) course, meaning that you can take up to 3 years to complete each level; however, most of our students complete the course within 3-6 years. 

  • Developing Personal and Management Skills
  • Understanding the Business Environment
  • Principles of Marketing
  • People in Organisations
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Management Accounting
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Business Processes
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Analysis
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Auditing
  • Contemporary Management Issues
  • Strategic Management
  • Managing Self and Others
  • Financial Decision Making
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

How do we assess you?

The way we assess our students gives you regular opportunities to demonstrate your strengths and knowledge in a variety of ways. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to assess and track your progress. These methods include: 

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios of work
  • Exams

Study options

This course is available to students as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere worldwide. 

Adrian Williams

"I was already in the working world and running two businesses. Not to mention I also have a young family, so the freedom online learning offered, and the cost effectiveness of the course, was a big draw for me."

Adrian Williams
BA Business (Human Resource Management)

Online learning

How does it work?

Studying this course online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location.  

Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud.  ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and online library (which when used along with our supplementary library, Perlego, gives you access to almost half a million books and journals – yours for free while you study with us).

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have you Kindle handy. 

Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning. 

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Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

Eligibility

To be eligible to study this BA (Hons) Business and Finance degree, we need to see that you have: 

  • Two subjects at GCE A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent
  • Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent

We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study this business (finance) course. 

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experience.

 

 

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Dilshad Sheikh

Our courses in finance and accounting have been designed with the highest industry standards and forward-thinking practices in mind. We create our modules to reflect professional body standards as well as the critical techniques and skills used today in finance and accounting positions around the globe. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Dilshad Sheikh
Dean of the Faculty of Business 

Career prospects

A solid grounding in business management and finance gives you a great advantage when it comes to career options. Candidates with financial planning and accounting skills, as well as a strong grip of general management principles, have high value to many employers in a variety of exciting industries. 

What can an business and finance course do for me?

Studying for a business (finance) degree will equip you with a range of transferable skills. These include:

  • Numerical skills
  • The ability to research, interpret and analyse business and financial data
  • The ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
  • Effective problem solving
  • Analytical and creative thinking skills
  • The ability to engage in professional debate
  • The ability to self-manage and work independently and productively
  • Time-management and organisational skills
  • Presenting information clearly in a variety of formats
  • Confident understanding of problem-solving skills

What can I do after Arden University?

After graduating with a business (finance) degree, you’ll be ready for a role in a wide range of sectors including retail, manufacturing, banking, accounting or finance. Here’s a snapshot of some of the roles you might want to consider:

  • Business Analyst
  • Business Development Executive
  • Buying Assistant
  • Accounting Technician
  • Actuarial Analyst
  • Company Secretary
  • Stockbroker

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Fast track your career

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) promotes excellence in UK management and leadership. The institute aims to boost career development across the management sector and connect you with likeminded professionals across diverse sectors. 

As the CMI possesses a Royal Charter, they are the only organisation in the UK that can award Chartered Manager status to their members – the gold standard in management. They are also active in business policy making across the globe, and ensure that their more than 140,000 members are represented in policy decision making. 

As an Arden student, you’ll have free CMI Membership throughout your studies, giving you access to a range of additional resources including a mentoring service and invitations to networking events both online and offline. 

Fast-Track Your Career

At Arden University, we’re dedicated to your readiness for the future workplace, and are committed to helping you gain the skills and qualifications you need as you progress in your professional life. Our Fast-Track Your Career promise has been developed to allow you to pursue your master’s degree with us - with no tuition fees to pay - once you have successfully completed your Arden undergraduate degree course. 

On successful completion of your bachelor’s course, you can simply apply for the Arden master’s degree of your choice and you’ll then be able to progress with your postgraduate education completely free of any additional course tuition fees.

We’ll provide you with advice and guidance about which master’s course meets your career needs and provides a meaningful pathway from undergraduate to postgraduate study.

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