BA (Hons) Finance with Business Communication (Top-up) - University of Portsmouth
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BA (Hons)

Finance with Business Communication (Top-up)

UCAS codeN3N1

Full Time (Top up)2yrs

Full Time (Top up)1yr

Study global finance issues and become skilled business communicators

Course Overview

Why take this course?

This top-up degree programme is designed specifically for students who have a strong interest in finance, but for whom English is a second language.

  • Join the course at either the second year or final year stage depending on your level of relevant previous study.
  • The strong reputation of finance in the UK has always made it an attractive place in which to study this subject.
  • This course will provide you with a blend of the analytical, technical and commercial knowledge and skills required in today’s business environment.
  • By working with an international cohort of students you will improve your English language skills.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Experience being taught by a mixture of professionally qualified staff with real-world experience and expert academic researchers.
  • Use the University’s Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and trade.
  • Apply the concepts and skills you learn in real world situations.

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course combines the study of major business disciplines, finance and communication within a business context. This fusion of knowledge will enable you to pursue a career in commerce or allow you to use your financial expertise to forge a career within the financial sector.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • commercial banking
  • corporate finance
  • financial planning
  • investment banking
  • money management


Abdullah Alnafeisi, finance student

I like my course because I enjoy the excellent teaching. I also find the applied exams and the module lecture hand-outs very helpful.

Abdullah Alnafeisi, finance student


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Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • How they apply theory to real-world issues by looking at current affairs 
  • The ability to gain relevant work experience in the local community as well as through a placement year
  • The friendly and challenging environment that will enable you to gain the skills and knowledge employers need

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Structure & Teaching

Year one

Develop your understanding of finance and gain an awareness of the different roles within the sector. You will cover topics such as business accounting, management and economics.

Core units in this year are:

  • Financial Management
  • Business Accounting for Finance
  • Business Communications
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • English Language Grade 5

Year two

Strengthen your knowledge through more advanced study of certain themes and continue to develop your English language and business communication skills. You will also undertake an individual business research project on a topic of your choice.

Core units in this year are:

  • Advanced Financial Management
  • Business Communications
  • International Financial Management
  • International Accounting
  • Independent Study for Accountants
  • English Language Grade 6

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Teaching and Assessment

Our teaching approach involves a varied structure of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. We aim to provide a stimulating environment that encourages use of IT teaching methods, as well as participation in group discussions and projects, alongside individual study.

How are you assessed?

To suit different learning styles we ensure a balance in assessment approaches including:

  • analysis of topical case studies
  • written reports
  • essays
  • presentations
  • examinations
  • group work
  • your choice of independent research

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Facilities & Features

Bloomberg Suite

You can use this essential business research tool and gain real-life financial experience. Created by the Mayor of New York, Mike Bloomberg, the system is used by over a quarter of million finance professionals globally. You too can virtually access the same data, analytics and software used by city traders via one of our Bloomberg terminals.

International Office

We are a very cosmopolitan community with more than 4,000 international and EU students from over 100 different countries. The role of the International Office is to provide you with extensive support to make your time here as stress-free and enjoyable as possible, enabling you to focus on your studies.


We have invested heavily in open access computer suites across campus. Great working spaces with high-spec PCs (multimedia and CAD), Macs and printing facilities. There is also more specialised software and equipment available such as large format printing, audio-visual equipment and language laboratories. Should you need any assistance, there are specialist technicians on hand to support you in using the facilities.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
Where next?

Financial management is a key function in any company, and therefore you will benefit from a range of roles available to numerate and commercially astute graduates. Along with the different areas of finance, you can also widen your career focus to industry and commerce, in fields such as banking, consultancy, fund management, insurance, investment and law. By combining the study of finance with developing effective business communication skills, you will be highly sought after in the international job market once you graduate.

Overall, this course provides a variety of opportunities including the option to continue with further study such as the MSc in Forensic Accounting and the MSc Finance at Portsmouth. You will also be eligible to apply for graduate schemes with major accounting firms and many large multinational companies.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • commercial finance analyst
  • bid pricing executive
  • finance interns

Career planning

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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Apply for 2018 entry

To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.

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