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University of Strathclyde

Finance and Business Law

UCAS Code: NM32
BA (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120-128

% applicants receiving offers

40%

Subjects
  • Law by topic
  • Finance
Student score
87% MED
86% MED
% employed or in further study
99% HIGH
97% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
£22k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB-ABB

ABB-BBB (GCSE English Language B or Literature B, or an essay-based A Level B may be considered in lieu of English; GCSE Maths B; A Level Maths A for combinations with Accounting; A Level Maths B for combinations with Finance)

Scottish Highers
AAAB-AAABBB

1st sitting: AAAB/AABBB; 2nd sitting: AAABBB (Higher English B; Maths National 5 B/Intermediate 2 B; Higher Maths A for combinations with Accounting; Higher Maths B for combinations with Finance)

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
33

33 (no subject below 5 and including English SL5; Maths/Maths Studies SL5; Maths HL6 for combinations with Accounting; Maths/Maths Studies SL6 for combinations with Finance)

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-128 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

40%

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

£1,820

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

Modules

Finance Year 1: The basic principles of investment and value; an introduction to the valuation of bonds and shares; an introduction to investment decisions in business companies; and an introduction to accounting methods. Year 2: Financial decision-making and policies in business; risk and return and the pricing of company shares; portfolio selection and the efficiency of financial markets. Elective classes also available to further develop an understanding of financial statements and how they may be interpreted and increase knowledge of financial markets and the banking system. Year 3: Valuation of bonds and shares; valuation of derivatives such as options and futures and swaps; the operations of derivatives markets; investment strategies; the management of treasury and risk in business. A choice of elective classes cover: Financial statements; financial markets; the banking system. Year 4: Students can either specialise in finance as a single Honours subject or continue to a joint Honours degree in finance and another principal subject. In order to gain entry to the Honours year students must meet specified performance criteria in years 2 and 3. Honours classes include: Corporate investment; corporate financing; asset pricing; portfolio theory; derivatives; international financial management; financial theory; behavioural finance. Business Law Year 1: Law-making in the UK parliament; the devolved parliament in Scotland; court systems and their decision-making; the law of contract and negligence which are essential building blocks of all areas of law. Year 2 and 3: Students have flexibility in a choice of business-related law subjects and can select from a wide range of electives to meet personal interests and tie in with their other principal subject. Year 4: Students can select Business Law as part of a joint Honours degree; studying in greater detail two of the classes already studied as electives.

University of Strathclyde

Students on campus,

The University of Strathclyde was established in 1796 as the 'place of useful learning' and today from the centre of the vibrant city of Glasgow it continues to provide its students with a relevant, high-quality education. The global application of research and knowledge exchange ensures Strathclyde takes its place as a leading international technological institution.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
26%
74%

Year 1

22%
78%

Year 2

13%
87%

Year 3

15%
85%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
52%
48%

Year 1

36%
60%
4%

Year 2

46%
50%
4%

Year 3

33%
67%

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 96%
Student score 87% MED
Able to access IT resources

91%

Staff made the subject interesting

94%

Library resources are satisfactory

93%

Feedback on work has been helpful

56%

Feedback on work has been prompt

49%

Staff are good at explaining things

97%

Received sufficient advice and support

68%

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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
10% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
62% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
20% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
512 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
54% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
9% 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 99% HIGH
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

8%

Graduates who are secretarial and related occupations

7%

Graduates who are legal associate professionals

6%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Law graduates tend to go into the legal industry and they usually take similar routes. Jobs are competitive – often very competitive - but starting salaries are good and high fliers can earn serious money. Be aware though - some careers, especially as barristers, can take a while to get into. If you want to qualify to practise law, you need to take a professional qualification and many law graduates then go on to law school. If you want to go into work, then a lot of law graduates take trainee or paralegal roles and some do leave the law altogether, often for jobs in management, finance and the police force. A small proportion – about one in 17 last year – of law graduates also move into another field for further study. Psychology, business and social studies are all popular for these career changers, so if you do take a law degree and decide it’s not for you, there are options.
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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 91%
Student score 86% MED
Able to access IT resources

95%

Staff made the subject interesting

84%

Library resources are satisfactory

95%

Feedback on work has been helpful

62%

Feedback on work has been prompt

87%

Staff are good at explaining things

90%

Received sufficient advice and support

85%

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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
56% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
44% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
499 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
82% 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 business, research and administrative professionals

32%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

21%

Graduates who are administrative occupations: finance

11%

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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