• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

In the industry, business and finance are inextricably linked. Having a good understanding of one area enhances your knowledge of the other. This course is ideal if you are interested in developing business knowledge and financial management skills.

Make your mark in the UK’s business industry

Business in the UK is the driver of economic success and growth. To ensure the future success of UK companies, highly skilled managers are required to provide businesses with a competitive edge in a global marketplace. Every business needs competent management to ensure that it can function in today's economic environment.

Learn a wealth of skills to prepare you for your career

Being successful in business starts with having a broad range of skills. We’ll equip you with the ones you need. You’ll learn how to manage profit-making or providing value to stakeholders. Knowing how to communicate your business strategies is crucial and we help you to confidently make decisions.

There will be opportunities for you to explore your own business ideas and launch your own enterprise. You can also take work based learning to enhance your understanding and gain credits towards your degree.

Course Details


We have a bustling business department with lots of expertise. All our business courses cross over, with some modules being shared across the degrees. We believe in breaking down barriers and giving our students every opportunity to expand their network while with us. With smaller, more intimate class sizes, we give our students one-to-one teaching and around-the-clock support.

Being so close to London gives us some amazing industry links, giving you the chance to gain experience in the real world. Our focus on real life experience gives you that competitive edge when heading into employment.

Make the most of our industry links

Our focus on recreating the industry on campus gives a boost to your employability. Some of the companies we have worked with include Initials, Jargon PR, Medico, Mindshare, Primal, Scannappeal and Simpler PR.

We have a strong practical element to our business courses with live briefs that our friends in the industry trust our students with. We’ve had students consulting major companies and helping start ups to get their businesses on the move.

Learn about Business from well-seasoned experts in management

Our lecturers have extensive industry and academic experience. They’ll help you mix theory with practice, informing your teaching with their knowledge. We attract many guest speakers, including former students who share their business acumen. We make sure that you’ll always know about the latest trends in the world of business.

Every year we run BizFest, where successful business leaders come to Bucks to share their thoughts on business ventures and the future of their industries.

Recognition by Institute of Financial Accountants

On successful completion of this degree programme, you will be eligible to apply for exemptions from the Institute of Financial Accountants for the following units:

  • Management Accounting/Advanced Management Accounting - exemption from 5MA
  • International Finance - exemption from 5MA
  • Completion of the optional unit UK taxation - exemption from 4TX Tax for SMEs
  • Completion of the optional unit Financial Reporting and Management - exemption from 5FR Financial Reporting Skills for SMEs

If you have completed the degree programme, as well as the optional tax and financial reporting unit as part of your degree, you will be eligible to apply for access to Associate (AFA) membership upon completion of the ethics programme.

Transcripts must be provided by students to confirm the award of membership/exemptions.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning. The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.

Year 1: 26 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 312 hours
Independent learning: 888 hours

Year 2: 30 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 360 hours
Independent learning: 840 hours

Year 3: 24 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 289 hours
Independent learning: 911 hours


You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.

Balance of assessment

The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose. Assessments are broken down into coursework, written exams or practical. Coursework covers both written work such as essays and reports and practical work such as the preparation of a portfolio and project outputs completed on many art and design programmes. Exams include both formal written exams and in-class time-constrained assessments or TCAs. Practical assessments largely consist of oral presentations and contributions to seminars, and competency-based activities such as clinical or lab skills.

Year 1

65 percent coursework 30 percent written exams 5 percent practical

Year 2

70 percent coursework 25 percent written exams 5 percent practical

Year 3

60 percent coursework 40 percent written exams 0 percent practical

Please note: The percentages above do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.


You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.

Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • Accounting Systems in Business Organisations
  • Management Accounting

Year 2 Modules

  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Business Analytics (optional)
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance (optional)
  • Economic Analysis
  • Enterprise Projects
  • Future of Work (optional)
  • International HRM (optional)
  • Project Management (optional)
  • Small Business (optional)

Year 3 Modules

  • Negotiated Work Based Learning (optional)
  • Business Information Systems
  • Consultancy Project (optional)
  • Dissertation (optional)
  • Financial Reporting and Management (optional)
  • International Finance
  • International Marketing Management (optional)
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Strategic Human Resource Management (optional)
  • UK Taxation (optional)


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year

Full Time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow

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What are my career prospects

This qualification opens doors in management in just about every sector. There is also the opportunity to study to become a professional accountant with a number of exemptions from initial exams being available to you due to your degree.

Recent graduates from this course have gone on to work as accountants, operations managers and bankers. You can find work as:

  • Business manager
  • Communications manager
  • Financial manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Retail manager
  • Sport manager
  • Tourism manager

Some of our students use the skills and knowledge gained on the degree programme to set up their own business with the support of the University and its partners.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

We run work placements for our students, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work background. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.