Business with Financial Services (Top-up) BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

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Start date

23 September 2019

13 January 2020

Duration

1 year full-time

UCAS Code

N1NH

About the course

Are you looking for a career in business or the financial services sector? Or, do you already know the basics but you want to build on your understanding to develop your skills and knowledge to degree level? This one-year top-up course gives you the chance to specialise in this area and gain some invaluable practical experience too.

This top-up degree course is designed to help you build a greater understanding of central banking, financial markets and regulatory practice. We’ll look at the theory and policy behind the financial services sector.

You will also have the opportunity to explore the stock exchange and try your hand at investing, with our simulation trading tool ‘The Portfolio Game.’

During your studies we’ll focus on the role of strategic management in organisations. And we’ll give you the chance to look at the key strategic management approaches that help managers deliver to their business objectives for both short term and long term scenarios.

For a business to be successful all the different functions need to operate effectively in conjunction with each other. By studying strategy you will develop the skills and knowledge to be a business leader of the future. Through your specialist study relating to the financial services you will understand how the financial markets operate. In addition to your core modules you will be able to select options to gain a deeper insight into specialist subjects that interest you. 
 
Due to the wide range of subjects studied on the course you will have lots of different career opportunities upon graduation. Former Business with Financial Services students have become sales executives, account managers, project managers, banking executives, and insurance professionals to name to just a few. Our degrees will help you shape your own future.

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Ruth Brooks, Course Leader

Course detail

Core modules:

Monetary and Financial Framework

This module helps you to develop an advanced understanding of central banking, financial markets and regulatory practice. Theory, policy and practice are explored to keep apace with fast moving and ever changing business environments.

Investment and Portfolio Management

You will have an opportunity to study investment analysis and portfolio management, using an innovative experiential learning environment – “The Portfolio Game”. This providing you with the opportunity for personal development whilst developing a critical appreciation of the features of managing a successful investment portfolio.

Business Responsibility & Sustainability

This module explores how social, economic and environmental responsibilities are incorporated into the business organisations. It adopts a complementary approach and builds upon existing management and strategy modules, focusing specifically on corporate responsibility and sustainability dimensions in global business organisations. This module consists of two distinct but related elements, the first will examine the concept of corporate responsibility, its applicability in the context of a business organisation and the challenges of managing it in a globalised world. The second will address sustainability and sustainable development and its implications for business operations. This module is part of the University of Huddersfield’s commitment to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME).

Strategy in Context

This module will help allow you demonstrate a broad and rigorous understanding of the frameworks and models associated with strategic management, understand the strategic directions that can be chosen by organisations through the application of relevant theoretical concepts, assess the importance of strategic management processes and define the process of strategy implementation and its links to strategic change.

Option modules:

Choose two from a list which may include:

E-Commerce

E-commerce is the buying and selling of goods and services, over an electronic network, primarily the Internet. For many organisations e-commerce has become an essential aspect of their business allowing them to provide value and services that are different from their offline counterparts. In order to understand the e-commerce environment this module will develop your understanding of online business, the importance of developing business and revenue models, the rise of electronic commerce in the knowledge economy and the changing face of marketing to support your business awareness.

Business and the Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship, enterprise and innovation are all key words in contemporary business. This module considers the theory and practice of entrepreneurship in the current world business climate. Together we range from the large corporation to the small business and from the UK to the Far East.

Environmental Policy

This module considers the issues relating to Business and the Environment in a European context. It relates to the role of legislation and market forces in the important area of sustainable development. As it is a current issue, presentation topics are selected by you bringing in current articles from the press related to environmental issues and we group them into relevant topic areas.

Advanced Operations Management

In this module you’ll study operations and processes management as well as gain an understanding of the nature of improvement implementations in organisations. This will be achieved through the assessment of different business improvement methods and performance measurement models, such as: TQM, BPR, Six-Sigma, Lean and JIT and also look at methods such as the EFQM, Shingo and Malcolm Baldrige. You’ll explore these concepts through case studies, simulations, group tasks videos.

International Business

This module considers the fundamental issue of competitiveness and helps you to consider a strategic perspective on globalisation. You'll explore the benefits of location (such as costs, consumer preferences and technology) and the internationalisation of business through the impact of multinationals and global supply chains. In term 2 you'll focus on international business functions such as marketing and human resources.

Business and the Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship, enterprise and innovation are all key words in contemporary business. This module considers the theory and practice of entrepreneurship in the current world business climate. Together we range from the large corporation to the small business and from the UK to the Far East.

You will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, assignments, exams, individual projects and a management training programme. Assessment will include exams, short-answer questions, essays, in-class tests, verbal presentations, group projects, clinical case studies, reflective portfolios and a dissertation.

If you are concerned about adapting to study at university level, then our Learning Development Group, (LDG) based in the Huddersfield Business School building offers a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing, research for essay preparation and how to prepare effectively for examinations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Entry requirements

To find out if you are eligible for this course, please call our Clearing helpline on 0330 123 227701484 472777.

What our students have to say


The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment, located on one central town centre campus site. The Business School provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop, located right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal it's in a leafy and picturesque location at the heart of the campus.

Watch our profile video to hear Loren describe why she chose the University of Huddersfield.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your Career


Previous graduates from this subject area have gone on to roles such Business Development Executive, Accounts & Audit Junior, Financial Officer and Account Executive in organisations including Company Shop, Simpson Wood, Nestle S.A, Mediacom and Tesco PLC. ** 

*  Percentage of graduates from these subject areas at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).


**Source: LinkedIn

93-95% Graduates employed from these subjects*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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