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BA (Honours) Business and Finance (two year top up)

Advance your knowledge and skills in business and finance on this top up course. You can tailor your studies to the career you want to follow and develop your existing qualifications into a degree.

Course length 2-3 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS NN13 Course code

Course description

This course is ideal for students wishing to advance their knowledge, skills and career prospects in business and finance. It enables you to convert your business, finance or accounting related HND or degree credits into an honours degree in business and finance.

The structure of this course is very flexible. You choose which modules to study according to your strengths, interests and career aims.

The range of modules on offer includes • accounting • financial management • marketing • international business • foreign languages.

We emphasise developing practical skills and business understanding alongside academic knowledge. We teach through projects and case studies related to real life organisations and scenarios and current affairs.

You develop your skills and abilities in • problem solving • decision making • numerical calculations and analysis • negotiation • research • project management.

You also build on your analytical, communication and teamwork skills through a range of individual and group projects and presentations. These are core skills employers look for in graduates.

Work placements in the UK and overseas
In year two, you have the opportunity to apply the skills you’ve gained by taking a one-year paid work placement. This is a great way to improve your industry knowledge with real insight and experience. It also enables you to build an eye catching CV to impress future employers, and many students find jobs with their placement companies after graduating.

Due to our strong relationships with regional, national and international employers, we can help you to secure a great placement opportunity and support you while you are there. There are no tuition fees for the placement year and you are paid a salary by your employer.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Typically you need

• 120 year one credits with at least an overall merit from a business, finance or accounting HND, foundation degree or equivalent
• 120 year one credits with a minimum overall mark of 55 per cent from a business, finance or accounting degree

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We welcome applications from people of any age. There may be some flexibility in entry requirements provided you have other relevant learning or experience. This must show that you will benefit from and successfully finish the course.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Three years full-time (including one year work placement) or two years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

Core modules*
• strategic planning: shaping the future • financial fluency for management decision making • academic skills and professional development

List A
Choose two* from
• leading and managing teams • skills for enterprise • planning your own business • strategic marketing planning • responsible and ethical business practice • managing international business • essential IT skills for business • foreign language

List B
Plus one* from
• financial management applications • performance measurement and operations • risk management • credit analysis • principles of investment • global investment banking

* If your offer to join the course requires you to obtain IELTS and you achieve lower than 6.5 overall and 6.0 in all four skills, you then choose two elective modules from List B and study the following four core modules • strategic planning: shaping the future • financial fluency for management decision making • academic and professional development • english for academic and business purposes.

Year two

• optional work placement

Final year modules

Core modules
• implementing strategy and change • decision making and career development

List C
Choose two from • developing people and organisations • leadership in contemporary organisations • marketing in a global context • brand and reputation management • contemporary issues in international business • international strategy • managing the digital enterprise • foreign language**

List D
Plus two from • financial performance management • international financial management • global financial markets • financial fluency for decision making • risk management and investment • strategic issues in financial services • corporate governance, regulations and ethics • foreign language**

** You may only study one foreign language module in your final year.

  • examinations
  • essays
  • calculations
  • individual and group presentations
  • individual and group projects
  • in-class tests


This course enables you to develop both foundation and specialist knowledge and skills in business and finance. It opens up many career opportunities in business areas such as accounting, finance, marketing or general management.

Past graduates have gone on to graduate training schemes in companies such as BP, BMW and Honda.

Some of our graduates go on to postgraduate studies, opening up further personal and professional development opportunities.


Home / EU student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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