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BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time, foundation 2017
Ucas points guide

Not Available

% applicants receiving offers

67%

Subjects
  • Finance
Student score
82% MED
% employed or in further study
97% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£22k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Scottish Highers
CCCD

Scottish Advanced Highers
CCCD

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of Not Available and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

67%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Open to international and EU students only, our BSc Finance (including foundation year) is suitable for you if your academic qualifications do not yet meet our entrance requirements for an undergraduate course. This four-year course includes a foundation year (Year Zero), followed by a further three years of undergraduate study. Our compulsory English language and academic skills module supplements your academic subjects. Understanding the financial drivers of business underpins leadership, strategy and planning, and governance and ethics are essential for a fast-paced career. Studying finance at Essex provides you with a thorough grounding in the key issues relevant to todayâ??s global financial institutions and markets, and the skills to evaluate them. You learn about the global financial system from the viewpoint of the investor, the analyst, the academic and the policy-maker. Taught by financial experts with both academic and private sector experience, your introductory modules examine how investors should construct a portfolio of assets, how firms decide to fund their operations, how assets should be priced and whether financial markets work well. As your course progresses, you examine finance in its international context, learn how statistics can be used to make financial decisions and explore the controversial world of derivative markets.

Modules

Year 0: core mathematics and statistics; introduction to business management; introduction to economics; academic skills.

University of Essex

Colchester Campus

We are Essex: home to the daring and the tenacious, a place for the ambitious and the bold. We're a close-knit, supportive and welcoming community, with a powerful and pioneering global outlook.
 
Here you’re taught by world-leading academics in a supportive and research-intense environment. We have been ranked as gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (2017) which means we deliver an excellent educational experience. Our trailblazing research continues to change the world for the better and we’re placed in the top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), in the top 5 for social science, and are consistently housing the highest-rated politics department in the country.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
7%
93%

Year 1

14%
86%

Year 2

8%
92%

Year 3

6%
94%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
40%
60%

Year 1

42%
58%

Year 2

30%
70%

Year 3

15%
85%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 93%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources

94%

Staff made the subject interesting

80%

Library resources are satisfactory

88%

Feedback on work has been helpful

75%

Feedback on work has been prompt

81%

Staff are good at explaining things

95%

Received sufficient advice and support

80%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
78% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
41% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
318 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
48% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 97% HIGH
Average graduate salary £22k MED
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

9%

Graduates who are administrative occupations: finance

18%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

13%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
More than 2,000 students graduated with a degree in finance in 2012, but recent times have been difficult for the finance industry. As things recover, however, we'd expect the statistics to improve, and as so many – over half of the employed graduates from 2012 - go into finance, it's not surprising that London is by far the most common location for graduates from the subject to go into work, although Scotland and the North West also take quite a few graduates. It's also common for finance graduates to go into jobs such as accountancy, which require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications – finance graduates who take further study are more likely to be studying accountancy than finance.
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