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BA (Hons) Finance & Law – Top-up

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Building on a relevant Foundation degree qualification, this dynamic one-year Honours degree in finance & law will provide you with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge for a future career in the professional and commercial world of finance & law.

Using the extensive resources available from the Faculty of Management will enable you to broaden the technical and interpersonal skills now demanded by the market. The course will provide you with a sound understanding of the broader elements of finance & law, coupled with opportunities for personal and professional development.

Optional units enable you to tailor the course to suit a specialist area of expertise you wish to pursue a career in, or can broaden your understanding of finance & law to open up further career opportunities.

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


1 year

Required subjects:

Previous study of law is essential

Entry requirements:

Successful completion of Foundation degree or HND in Accounting, Economics or Finance with 55%. A typical student profile would include a mix of Distinction and Merits in an HND or 240 credits from a relevant Foundation degree or equivalent qualification.

International entry requirements:

IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Year 1

Core units

  • Company Law: Build on general legal knowledge that applies to the business environment, to extend your competence in Company Law. You'll learn how to apply Company Law at an advanced level.
  • Strategic Management: Develop the intellectual and professional qualities you'll need for performing strategic analysis, making choices between strategies and executing those strategies with desired results.
  • Investment Management: The theories underpinning investment management and their practical application. You'll learn about the current features of capital markets and savings products which will prepare you for business and personal investment.

If you don't have IELTS 7.0 or higher, you'll also need to study the following unit:

  • Advanced Academic English (AAE): Combine and refine your language and study skills. This includes accessing oral and written information, note-taking, participating in seminars, learning strategies for formal assessments and using reference materials.

Option units (choose two)

  • Law of International Trade: Appreciate the relationship between legal principles and commercial practice, and recognise the practices and procedures for trading goods nationally and commercially.
  • Financial Regulation: An insight into key financial regulatory theories, forms and rationale in the financial sector. You'll engage with and analyse regulatory concepts and systems that meet the needs of the regulator and the regulated.
  • Research Study: An opportunity to develop skills in conducting an effective research project. You'll collect and analyse secondary and primary data and evaluate outcomes, showing your understanding of the research environment.
  • Starting a Business: Explore the practicalities of starting a small business. Start-up survival and failure will be examined, along with the suitability of Government and Enterprise initiatives for supporting business start-ups. You'll research legal issues that may affect business ventures.
  • Risk Modelling & Management: Gain an understanding of risk in a modern business environment and the risk management processes needed for controlling such risks. You'll develop skills for analysing risk scenarios and solutions.
  • Commercial Law & Transactions: The institutional and transactional features of business law. You'll explore the transfer of ownership of personal property among companies and individuals, along with legal relationships.
  • Contemporary Issues in Management: Contemporary and universal issues affecting organisations, managers and employees. You'll look at the increasingly globalised environment in which businesses operate, and gain the ability to analyse and reflect on the complexities and uncertainties inherent in modern business and management.
  • Employment Law: Develop your understanding of employment law, contracts and relationships. You'll appreciate the wider issues of the business and the role of the law, and learn about the key features of employment to prepare you for business and the world of work.
  • Family Law: Examine the law as it applies to different members of the family, evaluate forces for change which affect families and how these are reflected in case law and approaches for reform. You'll cover the law in relation to children, domestic violence, the unmarried family, the role of family in society and the pressures for change.

Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may change from year to year.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course. As an indication, 48% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for BA (Hons) Finance & Law (Top-Up).

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Selection criteria

Background and experience

For this course we are looking for applicants who:

  • Are keen to deepen their understanding of the financial and legal environment
  • Are self-motivated and can manage their own time and learning environment effectively.
  • Are numerate and capable of analysing legal judgements
  • Show commitment and dedication to their studies.

This intensive one year course offers Foundation degree and HND students the opportunity to build upon previous study and gain an Honours degree. It may also be relevant for students who would like to progress to a Masters course or to legal and financial professions.

Applicants should be equipped with sound evaluative and numerical skills, and an appreciation of legal practices and procedures. A variety of applications are considered, key skills and personal qualities are taken into account as well as previous qualifications and relevant work experience.

If there’s anything in here that isn’t clear, or we don’t answer your questions, get in touch with the askBU Enquiry Service.

Full entry requirements

This course requires a Foundation degree or HND with 55% in a required subject. Previous study of law is essential.

Required subjects: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Law

GCSEs: This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.

Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes GCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application, please contact the Future Students Enquiry Team to find out more.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.

You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our international entry requirements page.


Combining an understanding of the law with a good grounding in financial principles is a valuable skillset to have in today's corporate environment. When you finish your degree, you'll be well-placed to find a job in a range of businesses.

Our graduates have gone on to work for the likes of Anglo-Continental, Churchill Knight & Associates, Compass Group, Countrywide and Riverview Portfolio Ltd. Among the roles you can apply for are:

  • Account assistant
  • Financial analyst
  • HR & payroll manager
  • Legal advisor
  • Sales negotiator.

Further study

Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.

Our lecturers

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the tourism sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below.

Frazer Ball - Senior Lecturer in Accounting

Frazer graduated from Bournemouth University in 1994 with a BA (Hons) in Accounting and an MSc in Finance with Risk Management in 2010. Frazer is an ACCA Affiliate in Accounting and his research interests include resource economics, green economics and energy economics.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork, and non-financial support whilst on placement
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Optional fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the student section of the website.

Repeat units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies (with or without attendance), you may be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit.

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Course changes

The table below indicates the latest changes to this course.

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GCSE entry requirements have changed to: This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.

Full entry requirements

This course requires a minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.

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