What students say about finance
Studying finance, I found it quite challenging. There are lectures and tutorials throughout week, with maybe one day off. We get to write business reports, business-related essays and presentations on a regular basis.2nd year, University of Hertfordshire
The accounting and finance course was varied and interesting. I enjoyed it. People think it's just a calculator and some numbers, but when you're doing economics, law, tax, auditing etc., it's so diverse. I think it was all challenging in a positive way. Different units were assessed differently, but most had a majority exam weighting.3rd year, University of Portsmouth
There are four modules for my course: economics and society, principles of economics, quantitative methods for economics, accounting, financial markets and institutions. All of them very interesting and engaging. For each module you have to write an essay, have some in-class tests, make presentations and have the exams.1st year, London Metropolitan University
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- No Specific Requirements
Useful to have
- Business studies
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- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
- Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
- Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA)
- EFMD Quality Improvement System
- Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
- Association of International Accountants (AIA)
- Institute and Faculty of Actuaries
- Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS)
- Administrative occupations: finance
- Business, finance and related associate professionals
- Business, research and administrative professionals
Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Chartered accountant
- Financial analyst
Other real-life job examples
- Investment banker
- Procurement officer
What employers like about this subject
A finance degree will develop subject-specific skills in areas including financial theories and methods; in the use and preparation of financial information in decision-making and in the operation of financial markets. Useful transferable skills you can gain from a finance degree include numeracy, communication, problem-solving, decision-making, critical thinking and a business focus. Finance graduates are in demand from business across the finance industry, but as many flexible, numerate and business-focused graduates, they are employed all over the economy. Last year, industries that employed finance graduates included accounting, retail and investment banking, insurance, brokerages, fund managers, property development, marketing, IT and the law.