International Finance BA (Hons) top-up
What makes International Finance at Worcester special?
Specifically designed for, but not limited to, international students, this top-up degree enables you to build on your existing qualifications/study and graduate with a specialist degree in Finance in just one year of full-time study. It will help you develop a future career in the well-paid finance or banking sector, as well in broader international management. This course gives you access to specialist academic staff, business leaders, and the professional financial services network including exemptions from ACCA, CIPFA and ICAEW.
Subject expertise in finance, alongside a grounding in contemporary business issues (such as globalisation, global trade, governance and sustainability), signal that you are a numerate, astute and commercially-focused graduate possessing the business knowledge, commercial acumen and professional skills valued by employers.
Our range of fun extra-curricular activities, such as sport clubs, societies, cultural visits and the student social scene further add to your university experience and personal development.
- Gain an insight into general, international and financial management
- Select from a range of specialist modules in finance (eg corporate financial reporting, or audit and ethics) or economics
- Enhance your employability through exemptions from ACCA, CIPFA, ICAEW
- Experience international cultures and develop a global mind-set
- Work with qualified finance specialists who have extensive experience of management (including with KPMG, Grant Thornton and HM Treasury), consultancy or running their own business
- Compete for the IFA Best Final Year Accounting Project
Business at Worcester is changing
This course is part of our new Business portfolio launching in September 2018.
If you are interested in joining us to study Business in 2017, please see our current course portfolio.
What qualifications will you need?
Students must have successfully completed the first two years of a degree, or have obtained an HND or Foundation degree in either International Business or Business plus experience of studying or working in an international environment.
The IELTS score for international applicants is 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each component). Other English Language qualifications will be considered, for more information please click here.
We encourage applications from those who have (or are working towards) appropriate qualifications in business, which would allow entry direct to Year 3
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What will you study?
Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
Teaching and Learning
The University places emphasis on enabling you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching, academic support and the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.
All Worcester Business School courses and modules have been mapped to take advantage of professional body accreditations: see individual course pages for further details.
You are taught through a combination of interactive lectures, seminars and individual/ small group project work with a strong emphasis on real-world scenarios and practical applications.
In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors will take place on an individual needs basis.
In a typical week you will have at least 12 hours of timetabled teaching in lectures, seminars and small-group work. In addition to this, you will spend your time sharing your ideas with your fellow students, taking part in extra-curricular learning activities, engaging with external employers and on independent self-study.
In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 23 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve meeting with individual tutors to discuss progress and feedback, completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.
Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources as well as our network of employers and entrepreneurs.
The precise assessment requirements in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken by you, but we recognise that you like to know in advance how you will be assessed. With this in mind our assessment strategy has been designed so that:
- all modules have both formative and summative assessment elements. Formative assessment allows tutors and you as students to recognise strengths and weaknesses in learning and to address those issues immediately. Summative assessments are graded and count towards the overall module grade by evaluating your learning in a module or a component of a module and comparing it with a standard or benchmark;
- typically 15 credit/ one semester modules will have one assessment item; 30 credit/ two semester modules will have 2-3 assessments;
- across the year the concept of continuous assessment and/or building up expertise in different assessment types applies. This means a variety of assessments (such as reports, portfolios, presentations, essays and a research or consultancy project) will be encountered by you to suit different learning styles;
- there may be some specialisation by subject: e.g. exams are more common in Accounting and Finance and Economics modules because the professional bodies prefer this method of assessment for exemption/ accreditation purposes and many of our modules are linked to those bodies in order to obtain such exemption/ accreditation;
- we develop your employability skills by means of, for example, report writing, presentations, and the development of self-awareness and critical reflection in the tasks set.
You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal coursework assessments. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader.
Feedback is intended to support learning by indicating how you can improve in future assignments and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors to help support your development. We always place you the student at the centre of the learning experience: for example, your written feedback will provide evidence of how you are enhancing your essential academic and employability skills.
Feedback on formal course work assessments is normally provided within 20 working days of hand-in.
Meet the team
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.
The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience and business leaders and employers.
Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy work carried out by staff and you can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.
Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:
Dr Richard Nicholls
Richard’s main teaching and research interests focus on the management and marketing of services. His specialist areas include interaction between service customers; providing services for older consumers; and customer misbehaviour.
Richard has extensive international experience and has taught at a number of European universities, including the European Business School in Frankfurt, Poznan University of Economics and Warsaw University.
Dr Robin Bell
Robin is a Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and your Study Abroad Tutor. His research looks at SME development and the role of entrepreneurship in business growth. He has acted as a peer reviewer for articles in the field of entrepreneurship and international business. Recently he has spent time lecturing in China, France and Germany. He previously worked for Orange PCS and Next PLC, was elected to serve in public office (2007-2012) and continues to act as a governor for a special educational needs school in the South West of England. In his spare time he is a passionate (Bristol) rugby fan and is a RFU qualified referee.
Dr Tim Sellick
Tim began the development of his sales and marketing expertise as the Director of a Direct Marketing agency where he worked for over a decade. He then moved into academia after completing his Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education) delivering programmes for Birmingham City University for Undergraduate, Post Graduate, and for professional participants. Tim then then joined Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford in 2009 to work in Executive Education.
Since 2011 Tim has worked at Worcester Business School where he teaches Marketing Communications, Marketing Strategy, and Sales Management.
Tim is a multi-award winning case writer and has authored a winning case in the EFMD’s Excellence in Practice Awards twice. Tim is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (and a Chartered Marketer), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Association Academy.
Where could it take you?
- Benefit from integrated career coaching throughout your course, where we will support you with preparation of your CV and interview technique
- Develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities needed to make an immediate impact in your chosen organisation
- Develop strategic insight in your chosen specialism so that you can deliver long term value for your chosen organisation
- Gain professional body accreditation, exemptions and recognition
- Create a portfolio of direct business experience through a one-year paid placement, internships, consultancy projects and company visits
- Work on live client projects through the Business School’s Media Lab
- Build your own business network
- Learn a foreign language and experience international cultures through opportunities to work and study abroad
- Develop your own business through the Business School’s Incubator
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How much will it cost?
Full-time tuition fees
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
Part-time tuition fees
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.
If you decide to take up the optional placement year accommodation and travel costs may be incurred dependent on location of placement. As placements are paid by the employer at minimum wage plus these costs can be covered by the student’s wage. During this year you will pay 10% of normal academic fees to the University. You are provided with a placement tutor, and have access to the advice of the full placement team, as well as all University student support and services.
There are also occasional trips which may require you to incur travel costs.
Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.
We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.
For full details visit our accommodation page.
How do you apply?
Applying through UCAS
UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.
The UCAS application code for this course will be available soon.