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Business and Finance

Coventry University
On campus
 1073 Points
3 Years

Program Description

Our Business and Finance BSc (Hons) course focuses on teaching and training you, aiming to provide you with sound financial knowledge placed in a business context. We hope to provide you with a firm understanding of the role of business in society and how finance can impact on and be used to improve business performance.

Professional experience and skills development are embedded throughout the course with different opportunities. You’ll hear from current practitioners (subject to availability), take part in trade games, and discuss contemporary issues, such as sustainability, previous financial crises and technological innovation. The course also features modules that give you the opportunity to develop your employability skills, across both finance and leadership, to allow you the opportunity to explore the skills that may be needed to progress in your potential future career.

Coventry currently has excellent links with national and international employers, like PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Grant Thornton, Ernst & Young, IBM and Jaguar Land Rover. Our teaching is grounded in the corporate world, using real-life international case studies and providing a range of exciting work placement opportunities.

You’ll also have the opportunity to work on our Trading Floor, one of the largest of its kind in Europe, which is equipped with 42 dual-screen Bloomberg terminals and a variety of industry standard software, allowing you the opportunity to explore how to put theory into practice.

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Program Benefits

  • Coventry Business School was ranked ‘excellent’ in 2019 by Eduniversal, an annual ranking of business schools in over 150 countries
  • Facilities include our Trading Floor, one of the largest of its kind in Europe, featuring 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals.
  • Coventry Business School is an active member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS). Please refer to the Memberships section for further information.
  • Course is recognised by the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of the UK (CFA UK) and provides exemptions from the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) additional costs may apply to professional exams). Please refer to the Accreditation and Professional Recognition and the Exemptions section.
  • Opportunity for all students to apply for an internship or sandwich placement with national and international companies as well as a large number of small to medium-sized firms and organisations. Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.
  • Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) this course gives you the option of registering and gaining a Level 5 Certificate, which can enhance your employability skills (registration fees apply). Please refer to the Accreditation and Professional Recognition section for further information.
  • Opportunity to access support from the Faculty’s Progress Coaches, who are able to offer advice and guidance during your course.
  • Access to the university’s sigma centre, which provides maths and statistics support through drop-in sessions with experienced tutors.


The first year of the Business and Finance BSc (Hons) course provides an opportunity to experience all aspects of business and personal finance , before choosing a greater level of specialisation in the later years of the course, providing that each year of the course is successfully completed in order to reach this stage.

You will study the foundation subjects of business and finance, including the fundamentals of business, an introduction to finance, business economics and marketing. Alongside this, you will also have the opportunity to develop your numeracy and IT skills.

In your second year there is a greater emphasis on finance, business management and leadership. There is a focus on helping you to develop research skills in this year in preparation for a final year research project on a topic of your own choosing, and a module designed to give you the opportunity to gain employability skills specific to finance.

We focus on threshold concepts, for example, the relevant knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external environment in which they operate, books of accounting entry, marginal costing, opportunity cost, finance theory and market forces. These concepts unlock the basic principles of business and finance theory, allowing you the opportunity to view these functions in a wider real-world context.

The final year of study offers you the chance to pick an optional module, designed to enable you to develop specialist knowledge in areas like investment analysis or e-commerce, depending on the path you wish to follow in your potential future career. You will be required to conduct a project; students often choose a specific contemporary issue of interest to them.

Examples of previous topics chosen include impact of financial crisis on financial markets and effect of regulation on financial services.



Year 1

Fundamentals of Finance

Fundamentals of Business Organisation

Academic and Professional Skills in Finance

Fundamentals of Business Economics

Marketing Essentials

Mathematical Techniques for Finance

Year 2

Principles of Finance

Business Management

Financial Services

Employability Skills in Finance 1

Principles of Management and Leadership

Business Accounting

Year 3

Corporate Strategic Management

International Corporate Finance


Employability Skills in Finance 2

Managing and Leading Individuals and Teams

Optional modules


Our current close links with major employers ensure the course remains responsive to the need of potential employment sectors. Upon successfully completing this course you can gain a degree in business and finance which gives you the opportunity to access a range of potential graduate positions around the world – in for example:

  • financial management
  • investment banking
  • advertising
  • marketing
  • e-commerce
  • human resources
  • project management

Our past graduates have progressed to careers across a wide spectrum of industry sectors:

  • banking
  • accounting and finance
  • manufacturing
  • marketing

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