Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year, 4 years with placement)
You can choose to study this course over four years, with a foundation year. If you choose this option, the first year of your study will be delivered by our partner, Cambridge Ruskin International College (CRIC) on our Cambridge campus. In years 2 to 4 you'll study with us in Chelmsford.
You want to be a manager who makes critical business decisions. You have an entrepreneurial mindset, and you’re eager to develop your leadership abilities and financial know-how. Our full-time Business with Finance degree gives you the skills and confidence to excel in your career. With a strong focus on strategic thinking and financial management, our course also embraces hands-on learning. Get practical experience with our Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab in Chelmsford, and an optional placement year.
Get all the prowess of a business degree, with the financial discipline to make big, informed decisions. The structure of this course brings together the entrepreneurial approach and analytical mindset you need to succeed.
The world of finance never stands still, which is why – with input from our students and employers – we're refreshing this course. Taking real-world challenges as our starting point, there'll be even more of a focus on practical, hands-on learning – and more opportunities to ignite your career. This page has details of the modules we'll be introducing from September 2020.
ARU’s teaching facilities include our Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab, where you’ll be able to practice your skills from the first year. It will be your safe space to try, fail, and eventually learn all the tricks of the trade – without the stress of doing it on the job. This way, you’ll be ready for your first graduate role with proficiency in contemporary platforms used around the financial world. And receiving an industry-recognised Bloomberg certification upon graduation will only increase your pool of career options. From chartered management accountant and credit analyst, through management consultant and corporate investment banker, to bank manager, marketing executive, project manager or environmental manager – the routes after this degree are immeasurable.
From an employer’s perspective, the confidence you will gain in understanding the financial side of the business — and being able to think critically at this level — makes you an ideal candidate for a more senior role.
Industry leaders want graduates they can hire, so they work with us to design courses that will mould you into the kind of employee they’re looking for. Your problem solving skills will be tested as you’re presented with actual business challenges, giving you a taste of real world business management and a chance to prove yourself. These are the experiences you come to university for — to learn new skills, expand your social network, and get your career off to a flying start.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Throughout our BSc (Hons) Business with Finance course, you’ll benefit from lectures and seminars on career-relevant issues, such as CV preparation, job-hunting, obtaining work experience and using social media.
Our dedicated placements and employability support team will give you access to information that’s directly relevant to business management and finance graduates. Through our Intern programme, around 35 students each year get a business mentor, work experience, exclusive training and development, and a reference from our Dean.
We’ll encourage you to reflect on your strengths and areas for development, and to make plans to strengthen your skills and experience in preparation for employment.
Studying Business with Finance is perfect if you want to become an accountant, or go on to further study in financial management. It can also be the basis for a wide range of careers in industry, business and the public sector. Or you might choose to enhance your education and career prospects further still by taking a postgraduate degree.
You’ll be assessed by examination, coursework, essays and activity based assignments. Your coursework could include problem-solving activities, consultancy projects, presentations, computer-based exams, a portfolio based on Bloomberg trading and group or individual reports. You'll also be able to access support materials through our Learning Management System (Canvas).
Alongside your core modules you will pick a number of optional modules. Please note that modules are subject to change and availability.
You have a highly active mind and see opportunity everywhere. Now you need theory and life-changing skills to sharpen your approach to management. At the Faculty of Business & Law, you will immerse yourself in a multicultural environment where technology blends with teaching to create a dynamic and innovative learning environment. An environment to help you gain those skills.
UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
You can pay your tuition fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
Full-time, full-time with placement undergraduate (2 years, 3 years, 4 years with foundation year, 4 years with placement)
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