Finance BSc

3-4 years

Finance BSc, 3-4 years

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Course information

Typical offer ABB

UK/EU fee £9,250

UCAS code N300

International fee £17,500

Institute code L34

Taught by School of Business

This is for you if... you want a professionally-orientated degree taught by researchers and academics with professional and industry experience and designed to equip you with the confidence you need to succeed in a variety of roles in the finance sector.

Course description

Course description

On our BSc Finance degree you will learn the main theories, concepts, and practices related to finance, as well as appreciate fundamental concepts in related disciplines.  The course provides hands-on coverage of practical finance with a focus on investments, data analytics and trading.  In addition you will have the opportunity to improve your professional skills.  You will gain knowledge and skills to appreciate and critique finance techniques and practices.

Your first year is designed to equip you with the fundamental knowledge and study skills to succeed in your academic career.  The first year is shared with the following programmes:

This means that after a firm foundation in many disciplines, you will have the opportunity to make an informed choice and switch from BSc Finance to either of the other programmes at the end of your first year.

The close relationship between research and teaching, as well as the practical focus of delivery are great advantages of studying with us. You will be taught by active and renowned researchers and academics who have professional practical experience in the accounting and finance sector.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB. All subjects accepted.  Two AS-levels may be considered in place on one A-Level.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB+ EPQ at grade B.
  • GCSE: Maths at grade B (5) plus English Language at grade C (4).
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points overall including a minimum of grade 5 in SL Maths Analysis and Approach, grade 4 in HL Maths or grade 6 in SL Maths Applications and Interpretation if not held at GCSE.
  • BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with DDD, Diploma in Business preferred.

Other national and international qualifications considered.  if you do not need the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year - Economics and Management run by the Global Study Centre.  The GSC provides academic support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the School of Business.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries List

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK Students

Starting in 2022

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year
  • Year in Industry: your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in that year

If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2022

  • £17,500 per year
  • Year Abroad: £4,375, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee
  • Year in Industry: £2,625, which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee

You will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

From 2022 onwards, EU nationals will pay the International fee. If you are an EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme, you may qualify for the UK fee (subject to criteria).

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Whether you want to reach the top in an organisation, start your own business or make a difference in the voluntary sector, there are specially designed programmes and activities at Leicester that will support you in gaining the right skills, experiences and exposures you need.  Employability is embedded in our courses with all offering a year in industry opportunity.  In addition, the School of Business has a dedicated Careers Team who work to make sure you get support to achieve your aspirations.

We work with the Leicester Innovation Hub in launching great ideas and providing dedicated incubation and innovation space, making it easier for both students and companies to utilise innovation support, expertise and facilities.  We also have a student entrepreneurship academic lead who provides links with our students and the Innovation Hub.  Support is available through the Innovation Hub not only whilst you study with us but also after you graduate.

Graduate destinations

Our accounting and finance graduates have gone onto work for employers such as:

  • Santander
  • PWC
  • Virgin Media
  • Deutsche Bank
  • JP Morgan
  • KPMG
  • Deloitte

Career Development Service

Get career-ready at Leicester with guidance from our award-winning Career Development Service. We're here to give you a lifetime offer of support, even after graduation. Our team of specialist careers advisers and mentors will help you every step of the way. From supporting you with CVs and interviews, to volunteering opportunities and placements, we're here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year you will learn about the foundations of finance, accounting, management and economics, and begin to acquire the basic statistical skills to prepare you for your research project in your final year.  The modules that you will take this year will provide you with a solid base for the more specialised modules of your second and final years.


At the very beginning of your course you'll take the short, non-credit bearing Academic and Study Skills.

This is the same first year as the Accounting BSc and Accounting and Finance BSc, so it is possible for you to transfer to these courses at the end of your first year.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

In your second year you will begin to specialise in areas of finance.  You will learn the essentials of financial reporting, corporate finance and investment management.  You will also choose an option module, allowing you to start to tailor your studies to your interests.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Abroad or Year in Industry (optional)

Year Abroad or Year in Industry (optional)

On a ULSB course you have the option of spending your third year gaining work experience on an industry placement or studying abroad at one of our partner institutions.  Alternatively you can continue studying and complete your degree in three years.

Year in Industry

A Year in Industry is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience of a working environment within the sector of your choice.  It is normally a paid position, more than offsetting the additional cost of your extra year and can take place either in the UK or overseas.

If your decide to undertake  a Year in Industry you will be responsible for securing your own placement, with support from the School and the University Career Development Service.  Please note that deciding to search for a Year in Industry does not guarantee you a placement.

During your Year in Industry you will be supported by the School of Business Careers Team.  This will include communication with you and your manager and a visit to your place of work, which may be face-to-face or virtual (depending on location).  You will also undertake written work to capture the learning from your experience, which will include reflection on your personal and professional development.  This work will be assessed to allow you to gain recognition for your Year in Industry.

Your Year in Industry effectively begins in Year One when you will be introduced to various opportunities to develop your skills, your understanding and experience.  In Year Two you will be supported through guided sessions, such as:

  • Introduction to the Year in Industry programme
  • Researching opportunities
  • Making successful applications
  • Effective interview techniques
  • Preparing for my Year in Industry

A Year in Industry is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the types of professions you can choose after your graduate, and can also point you towards postgraduate studies that may help you on the path to your chosen career.

Year Abroad

We'll make sure you have everything you need for your future career: not just by awarding you a high quality degree, but also by helping you to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to make your mark in the world as a Citizen of Change.  On way you can do this is by opting to take a Year Abroad between years two and three of your degree.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people.  It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. 

For more information, including a list of destinations, please visit our Study Abroad website.

Please note

  • A year spend abroad or in industry still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester.  See the Fees and Funding tab of this page for details.
  • For studying abroad you may be eligible for a travel grant from Student Finance England.
  • Places for Study Abroad are offered on a competitive basis, and eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in years one and two.
  • Language courses, at beginners or advanced level , are available through our Languages at Leicester scheme.


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

In your final year you will study a range of core advanced modules, including your research project - a piece if independent research supported by one-on-one support from an academic tutor.  You will also choose from a selection of option modules, giving you further opportunity to shape your degree around your interests.

Core modules

Option modules

Chose one option module from:

Choose two option modules from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and learning

During your first year you will typically have 11-12 hours a week of timetabled sessions - around 8 hours of lectures and 3-4 hours of seminars or small group work.  Lectures will provide you with the framework and foundation knowledge for each subject, whilst seminars, held in smaller groups, provide you with the opportunity to discuss key ideas with your tutor and peers.  A variety of teaching methods are used with the aim of creating a stimulating environment in which you are encouraged to develop your learning skills and to actively engage and participate in your learning process.

Assessment methods vary to allow you to develop a range of academic and transferable skills throughout your programme and these include individual essays, examinations, presentations and group activities.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library, our social study spaces in halls of residence and our learning spaces at Brookfield. 

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

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Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Start Dates Availability
Course Finance Qualification BSc Duration 3 years UCAS Code N300 Start Dates September 2022 Availability How to apply
Course Finance with a Year Abroad Qualification BSc Duration 4 years UCAS Code N300 Start Dates Availability How to apply
Course Finance with a Year in Industry Qualification BSc Duration 4 years UCAS Code N300 Start Dates Availability How to apply
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