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BA (Hons) International Finance - Top-up

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This inspirational one-year course offers you the opportunity to successfully achieve an Honours degree in International Finance and the prospect of going on to enter a business and finance related Masters course.

This top-up course builds on finance foundation subjects that overseas students will have studied at their previous HE institutions. It is designed to appeal to overseas students who are interested in areas of international finance.

You'll study core units as well the opportunity to choose three optional units. Each unit is designed to build upon existing finance knowledge and skills, as well as developing interpersonal skills and effective study techniques. It is an intensive course that requires total commitment and a high level of motivation. The teaching team works closely with you to ensure you achieve your maximum potential.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


1 year

Required subjects:

Accounting, economics or finance

Entry requirements:

Foundation degree or HND with 55% in a required subject.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) or above with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

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

  • Corporate Finance: This unit recognises the dynamic and changing environment the financial manager works in, and applies key principles to the areas of decision-making.
  • 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.
  • 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.

If English is not your first language and you do not have IELTS 7.0 or above, you must complete the below unit plus one unit from the list of option units.

  • 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)

  • Microeconomics 2: Quantitative techniques and how they're used for business, management and economics. You'll develop your understanding of microeconomic analysis and how it's used for business decision-making.
  • Macroeconomics 2: Critically analyse macroeconomic problems in the global economy. You'll learn to understand macroeconomic activity and policy in a global context.
  • 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.
  • Perspectives on Business Strategy: The perspectives for developing and executing business strategy. From its roots in finance and economics, strategy has developed its own language, tools and methodologies, which are used throughout businesses and organisations in many parts of the world. You'll be introduced to that language and gain experience working in the toolkit, and understand its limits.
  • International Taxation: The rise of the multinational company has been an outstanding feature in business history since the 1960s. It's no longer enough for a tax specialist to understand of a single country’s tax system. Knowing about business opportunities and risk in cross-border trading and the measures countries take to protect their jurisdiction to tax is essential. You'll examine issues in international taxation faced by multinational corporations and individuals, and apply the principles of international taxation to a wide range of situations.
  • Research Study: Improve your independent learning, critical thinking and reflective skills. You'll have an opportunity to effectively lead a research project and gain specialist knowledge.
  • Advanced Accounting Theory & Practice: Learn about the theoretical basis for financial reporting and how it's applied to complex technical issues.
  • Company Study: An opportunity to apply accounting theory to a complex real example. This unit is a medium for the merging of accounting and finance.

Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

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) International Finance - 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.

Your application

Background and experience

For this course we are looking for applicants who are:

  • Aspiring to enhance their knowledge of business-related disciplines and develop critical appreciation of effective implementation strategies
  • Keen to develop their competencies in analysing and managing the contemporary business environment
  • Dedicated to their studies and can take responsibility for their personal and professional development
  • Self motivated and have the ability to manage their own time and learning environment effectively.

This intensive one year course offers Foundation degree and HND students the opportunity to build upon previous study and gain an Honours degree, further developing their business competencies.

We consider applicants with a variety of previous qualifications and relevant work experience. A successful candidate would demonstrate a passion for business and the enthusiasm to hone their transferrable personal and professional skills.

If there’s anything in here that isn’t clear, or we don’t answer your questions, get in touch with the Future Students Team.

Unconditional offer scheme

Exceptional applicants who are predicted to achieve top academic results may receive an unconditional offer from us. We believe that unconditional offers will reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible. Further information for students applying in 2018 will be available in September.

Full entry requirements

This course requires a Foundation degree or HND with 55% in a required subject.

Required subjects: Accounting, Economics or Finance.

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.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course. Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.

Academic entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students' page.


This course will give you the chance to hone your business management skills after completing a Foundation degree or HND and will prepare you for work in a variety of corporate environments.

Our International Finance graduates perform well once they enter the world of work, thanks to the focus on practical skills as well as business theory. They work for a wide range of companies, including Bravissimo, Ceuta Healthcare, Enterprise, Lloyds Bank, Opus Recruitment, Pentalever, Savills and Tesco, among others.

You will be able to apply for a range of positions after graduating, including:

  • Account manager
  • Admin manager
  • Consultant
  • Relationship manager
  • Team leader.

Industries worked in

  • Business
  • Corporate
  • Finance
  • Retail
  • Recruitment.

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.

*All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) and BU institutional data unless otherwise stated.

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
  • 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
  • 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 Students section of the website.

Repeat units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies, 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.

Date Changes to this course Where the change was made Previous text

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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