Finance with a Language BSc

Accounting and Finance

Key information

Duration:
3 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
AAB-ABB
UCAS code:
N3RY
Start date:
September 2017

Gain the specialised skills that are crucial in today’s financial industry, alongside an in-depth knowledge of a language.

You develop your understanding of the core areas of modern financial markets and by studying Finance with a language, you also gain communication skills that could lead to a career working abroad or within a global organisation.

Choose one language from Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish.

Entry requirements

A-level

Typical offer

AAB-ABB

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade B (or grade 6 in the new grading scale).

Other UK qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer

Pass in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 level 3 credits at Merit or above, including 24 at Distinction.

Subjects

The Access to HE Diploma would preferably be in Business/Finance Studies or include a Business/ Finance pathway. If not, it should be in the humanities or social sciences and applicants may be asked to write a Business-based essay as part of the selection process.

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade B (or grade 6 in the new grading scale).

Advanced Diploma

Typical offer

Pass with grade B in the Diploma and A in the Additional and Specialist Learning.

Subjects

The Additional and Specialist Learning must be an A-level (ideally in a humanities or social science subject).

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade B (or grade 6 in the new grading scale).

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Typical offer

DDD-DDM

Subjects

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma would normally be in Business (although applicants in other subject areas can be considered).

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade B (or grade 6 in the new grading scale).

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

34 points overall.

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

AABBB

Additional requirements

You will also need Mathematics at Standard Grade, grade 1 or 2.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma

Typical offer

Grade B and AB in two A-levels.

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade B (or grade 6 in the new grading scale).

International baccalaureate

Typical offer

34 points overall.

European baccalaureate

Typical offer

Overall result of at least 77%

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and over 85% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER. Or a Queensland OP of 5 or below.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Austria

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of 2.2 or better for first-year entry. A result of 2.5 or better would be considered for Foundation Year entry.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Belgium

Typical offer

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) or Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs with a good overall average. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bulgaria

Typical offer

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with excellent final-year scores (normally 5.5 overall with 6 in key subjects).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Typical offer

High School Graduation Diploma. Specific requirements vary between provinces.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Typical offer

We usually don’t accept Senior High School Graduation for direct entry to our undergraduate courses.

However, we do accept one of the following qualifications for our International Foundation Years:  

  • Senior High 2 at an average grade of 75% with a minimum of five academic subjects including key subjects
  • Senior High 3 at an average of 70% or above in a minimum of four academic subjects including key subjects.

If you successfully complete the International Foundation Year you can progress on to a relevant undergraduate course at Sussex. 

Check which qualifications we accept for the International Foundation Year.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Croatia

Typical offer

Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of at least 4-5 depending on your degree choice.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Typical offer

Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Czech Republic

Typical offer

Maturita with a good overall average.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Denmark

Typical offer

Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) or studentereksamen with an overall average of at least 7 on the new grading scale.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Finland

Typical offer

Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto with an overall average result in the final matriculation examinations of at least 6.0.

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with an overall final result of at least 13/20.

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 2.0 or better.

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation years.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Typical offer

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 5, 4, 4 from three subjects including two electives. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hungary

Typical offer

Erettsegi/Matura with a good average.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results from Central and Metro Boards with an overall average of 75-80%. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Typical offer

High School Diploma and Pre-University Certificate.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ireland

Typical offer

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) at AABBBB.

Additional requirements

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Israel

Typical offer

Bagrut, with at least 8/10 in at least six subjects, including one five-unit subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Typical offer

Italian Diploma di Maturità or Diploma Pass di Esame di Stato with a Final Diploma mark of at least 81/100.

Japan

Typical offer

Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate is suitable for entry to our Foundation Years. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Latvia

Typical offer

Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu with very good grades in state exams.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lithuania

Typical offer

Brandos Atestatas including scores of 80-90% in at least three state examinations (other than English).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM). As well as various two or three-year college or polytechnic certificates and diplomas.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Netherlands

Typical offer

Voorereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO), normally with an average of at least 7.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Typical offer

You are expected to have one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma
  • One year at a recognised Nigerian University
  • Professional Diploma (Part IV) from the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria
  • Advanced Diploma

You must also have a score of C6 or above in WAEC/SSC English.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Typical offer

Norwegian Vitnemal Fra Den Videregaende Skole - Pass with an overall average of at least 4.

Pakistan

Typical offer

Bachelor (Pass) degree in arts, commerce or science.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Poland

Typical offer

Matura with three extended-level written examinations, normally scored within the 7th stanine.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Portugal

Typical offer

Diploma de Ensino Secundario normally with an overall mark of at least 16/20. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Romania

Typical offer

Diploma de Bacalaureat with an overall average of 8.5-9.5 depending on your degree choice.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Typical offer

A-levels, as well as certain certificates and diplomas.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovakia

Typical offer

Maturitna Skuska or Maturita with honours, normally including scores of 1 in at least three subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovenia

Typical offer

Secondary School Leaving Diploma or Matura with at least 23 points overall.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Typical offer

National Senior Certificate with very good grades. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Typical offer

Spanish Título de Bachillerato (LOGSE) with an overall average result of at least 8.0.

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg with good grades.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Typical offer

Devlet Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme is normally only suitable for Foundation Years, but very strong applicants may be considered for first year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Typical offer

We look at your full profile taking into account everything you are studying. You must have your high school graduation diploma and we will be interested in your Grade 12 GPA. However, we will also want to see evidence of the external tests you have taken. Each application is looked at individually, but you should normally have one or two of the following:

  • APs (where we would expect at least three subject with 4/5 in each)
  • SAT Reasoning Tests (normally with a combined score of 1300) or ACT grades
  • and/or SAT Subject Tests (where generally we expect you to have scores of 600 or higher). 

We would normally require APs or SAT Subject Tests in areas relevant to your chosen degree course.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component

IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

If you are applying for degree-level study we can consider your IELTS test from any test centre, but if you require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for an English language or pre-sessional English course (not combined with a degree) the test must be taken at a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)-approved IELTS test centre.

Find out more about IELTS.

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: Grade B or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language. 

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

 

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% or Grade 3

 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

Admissions information for applicants

InterviewNo
Transfers into Year 2

No

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

Why choose this course?

  • 100% of our Accounting and Finance students were in graduate-level jobs six months after graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015).
  • Strong links with the financial markets, including partnerships with Bloomberg and the chance to opt in to Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) membership, as well as cutting-edge software and trading-room simulations led by practitioners.
  • Immerse yourself in a different culture while perfecting your language skills as we help you understand social and cultural aspects of the countries in which your chosen languages are spoken.

Course information

How will I study?

You spend 75% of your time studying Finance. You gain a solid grounding in the principles of accounting and finance and the theories of investments. This, along with introductions to statistics and mathematics for finance and economics, provides you with the understanding and techniques that you'll apply throughout your course.

You spend 25% of your time studying your chosen language. Depending on your starting level, you:

  • learn basic script/s of your target language
  • develop language for general and professional purposes.

Modules

Core modules

Options


Customise your course

Our courses are designed to broaden your horizons and give you the skills and experience necessary to have the sort of career that has an impact.

Gain programming skills and apply them to areas such as digital media, business and interactive design. Find out about our Year in Computing

How will I study?

You spend 75% of your time studying Finance. You focus on corporate finance, financial institutions, markets, derivative products and banking, as well as more specific aspects of accounting and econometrics.

Through a large variety of core finance modules, you have the opportunity to explore your specialism in more depth.

You spend 25% of your time studying your chosen language. Depending on your starting level, you:

  • consolidate language for general purposes
  • study target language media 
  • prepare your graduate employment profile.

Modules

Core modules

Options


Customise your course

Our courses are designed to broaden your horizons and give you the skills and experience necessary to have the sort of career that has an impact.

Gain programming skills and apply them to areas such as digital media, business and interactive design. Find out about our Year in Computing

Study abroad (optional)

Apply to study abroad – you’ll develop an international perspective and gain an edge when it comes to your career. Find out where your course could take you.

Placement (optional)

A placement is a great way to network and gain practical skills. When you leave Sussex, you'll benefit from already having the experience employers are looking for. Find out more about placements and internships.

Employers, BMEc staff and students discuss the benefits of placements

Please note

If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t transfer to the version of this program with an optional study abroad period in any country or optional placement in the USA. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

How will I study?

You spend 75% of your time studying Finance. The final year of your degree offers a wide range of modules and plenty of scope for independent study and research. Through your choice of options, you consolidate and extend your conceptual and practical knowledge of finance, while tailoring your degree towards your career preferences.

You spend 25% of your time studying your chosen language. You focus on use of language for professional purposes. In the final term, you complete an independent study project in your target language.

Modules

Options

Find out what it’s like to study business and management at Sussex, including finance, accounting and marketing

My research is in quantitative finance. I collaborate with power companies to tackle challenging risk-management and investment decisions.Dr Michael Coulon
Lecturer in Finance

Fees

UK/EU students:
£9,250 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£9,250 per year
International students:
£15,100 per year
Study abroad:
Find out about grants and funding, tuition fees and insurance costs for studying abroad
Placement:
Find out about tuition fees for placements

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Find out about typical living costs for studying at Sussex

Scholarships

Our focus is personal development and social mobility. To help you meet your ambitions to study at Sussex, we deliver one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university.

Careers

Graduate destinations

Our graduates are highly employable – 100% of Accounting and Finance students were in graduate-level jobs six months after being awarded their degrees. Recent students have started work as:

  • associate in financial services assurance, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
  • auditor, BDO
  • trainee accountant, Sloane & Co.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015)

Your future career

You develop ethical awareness, independent thinking, leadership, self-confidence, and problem-solving and teamwork skills. You could work in: 

  • corporate or public-sector accounting and finance
  • management, consultancy and human resources
  • advertising, marketing and PR.

At Sussex, you can attend specialist careers talks and workshops. Recent events have included a recruitment presentation by Constantin (a member firm of Deloitte), an interview skills session with PwC and tips on landing your dream job from Brandwatch.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

My modules and the placement taught me so much more about working in a financial services industry.”Andrea Kilaris
Accounting and Finance (with a professional placement year) BSc 

Introduction to Economics

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of economics. The first half of the module deals with micro-economic issues, including the behaviour of individuals and firms, their interaction in markets and the role of government. The second half of the module is devoted to macroeconomics and examines the determinants of aggregate economic variables, such as national income, inflation, and the balance of payments, and the relationships between them.

Introduction to Mathematics for Finance and Economics

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module introduces you to the basic mathematical methods and techniques used in economic analysis, and will enable you to use these skills independently and with confident. These skills also have a transferable content and are useful in other disciplines and applications.

Principles of Finance

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

You are introduced to financial markets, instruments and concepts. 

You are given an overview of the roles of different financial institutions, and the products they most commonly provide and trade.

During the module you discuss historical events in the financial markets and how this illustrates their importance in the wider economy. 

You focus on finance concepts related to equity and bond markets, beginning with:

  • interest rates
  • returns
  • time value of money
  • discounting
  • present value.

Other topics include:

  • LIBID and LIBOR
  • cost of capital
  • bid ask spreads
  • no-arbitrage relationships, for example between stocks and futures or forwards.

You are also given an insight into the idea of hedging with derivative products.

Introduction to Accounting

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module is designed as an introduction to accounting and financial management for managers.

The module introduces accounting and financial management topics gradually, examining basic principles and underlying concepts before demonstrating how accounting statements and financial information can be used to improve business decision-making.

The module focus is for students of business and management as decision-makers and users of financial information.

Introduction to Statistics

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You study the statistical techniques used in economics, and computer-based applications.

You study topics including:

  • summarising and plotting data
  • basic probability theory
  • hypothesis testing
  • correlation analysis
  • bivariate and multiple regression analysis.

You learn how to use EXCEL,which you will use for your assessed module work.

Theory of Investments

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You explore the common types of investment and gain a thorough grounding in the analysis of investment portfolios.

You learn about:

  • the investment environment
  • the investment process
  • mutual funds and other investment companies
  • risk-return-based asset allocation methods
  • popular index models
  • theoretical and empirical asset pricing models and their applications to investment analysis
  • security analysis
  • performance measurement.

Arabic Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module acts as an introduction to the foreign language for those with little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across various topics to practise understanding and communication in the TL using the four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through contextualised activities, texts and audio, audio-visual and digital media.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Chinese Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This acts as an introduction if you have little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

French Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module is for:

  • beginners with no previous knowledge
  • false beginners with prior experience of the language at an elementary level, including those who have up to grade C at GCSE

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

French For Professional Purposes 1A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module is designed for advanced learners who have a good A level pass, or equivalent.

The module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts;
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, including common professional themes, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level;
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL;
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, professional, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include presentations and discussion, text handling and writing activities such as summarising and reporting etc., based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials.
Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

French Intermediate A Year 1

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This stage 3 module is for students with some basic knowledge and experience of the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference [CEFR] the module aims to:
- enable you to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level
- provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
- consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
- present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, e.g. text; audio; audio-visual; digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

German Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This acts as an introduction if you have little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Italian Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This acts as an introduction if you have little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Japanese Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This acts as an introduction if you have little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Spanish Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module is for:

  • beginners with no previous knowledge
  • false beginners with prior experience of the language at an elementary level, including those who have up to grade C at GCSE.

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Spanish for Professional Purposes 1A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module is designed for advanced learners who have a good A level pass, or equivalent.

The module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts;
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, including common professional themes, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level;
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL;
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, professional, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include presentations and discussion, text handling and writing activities such as summarising and reporting etc., based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials.
Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Spanish Intermediate A Year 1

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module is designed for:

  • lower-intermediate learners who have a recent grade A/B at GCSE, or a D/E pass at AS-Level, or equivalent
  • intermediate learners who have a good AS grade, or perhaps a low D/E pass at A-Level, or equivalent

The module aims to:

  • enable you to understand key information and to communicate effectively in Spanish, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in Spanish using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level 
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of the structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation of Spanish, to allow progression
  • present the background culture and society of the Spanish-speaking world through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media, eg text, audio, audiovisual, and digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Arabic Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You will already have a basic prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), this module aims to:

  • enable you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provide opportunities across a variety of general topics for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduce fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continue to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • present the background culture of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and text, audio and audio-visual materials.

Successful completion of the module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the CEFR for languages.

Chinese Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You will have basic prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

French Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You will have completed the ab-initio A module.

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

French For Professional Purposes 1B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module is designed for advanced learners who have completed French for Professional Purposes 1A.

Building on existing levels of proficiency, the module aims to:

  • enable you to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in French with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity in a variety of contexts;
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, including common professional themes, for practice of understanding and communication in French, using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary in French to allow further accuracy and control in use
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, professional, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio,visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (speaking, listening, reading and writing), and to encourage autonomous use of French. These will include presentations and discussion, text-handling and writing activities such as summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills.

Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of Francophone countries, society, and communities, through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audiovisual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on a topic or text of special interest to you.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

French Intermediate B Year 1

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module is desigend for intermediate learners who have completed an intermediate A module.

The module aims to:

  • enable you to understand key information and to communicate effectively in French, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in French, using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation of French, to allow continued progression
  • present the background culture and society of French and the Francophone world through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media, eg text, audio, audiovisual, and digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

German Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You will have basic prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Italian Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You will have basic prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Japanese Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You will have basic prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Spanish Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You will have completed the ab-initio A module.

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Spanish for Professional Purposes 1B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module is designed for advanced learners who have completed Advanced for Professional Purposes 1A.

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in Spanish with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, including common professional themes, for practice of understanding and communication in Spanish using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex the structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary in Spanish to allow further accuracy and control in use
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, professional, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media, eg text, audio, audiovisual, and digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and to encourage autonomous use of Spanish. These will include presentations and discussion, text-handling and writing activities such as summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills.

Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of Spanish-speaking countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audiovisual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on a topic or text of special interest to you.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Spanish Intermediate B Year 1

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module is desigend for intermediate learners who have completed an intermediate A module.

The module aims to:

  • enable you to understand key information and to communicate effectively in Spanish, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in Spanish using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of the structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation of Spanish, to allow continued progression
  • present the background culture and society of the Spanish-speaking world through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media, eg text, audio, audiovisual, and digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Accounting for Managers

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module will help you to develop the knowledge and skills required to evaluate the various managerial roles which accounting information plays within organisations.

You will learn how to:

  • interpret financial statements
  • apply and evaluate techniques of financial statement analysis
  • explain, prepare and interpret budgets and standard costing information

The module will also help you to develop important work place and employability skills, such as teamwork within small groups.

Financial Institutions and Markets

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module introduces the various types of financial institutions and their role in society including banks, insurance companies and investment managers. It then provides an overview of the major financial markets and products and how these are related to each other and to the institutions introduced earlier. Finally, behaviour of financial institutions and ethical principles of finance are discussed. A provisional outline of lectures, including one revision lecture at the end, is as follows:

  1. Introduction and purpose of module: overview of lectures, textbook, interplay with other courses, finance as an occupation, philanthropy and origins of finance
  2. Commercial banks: origins, adverse selection and moral hazard, operational risks, capital adequacy, regulation, deposit insurance and Sharia/Islamic finance
  3. Investment banks: importance in markets and society, secret of high profit, divisional analysis, shadow finance and leasing
  4. Insurance: origins, life and health, principal-agent problem, AIG blow-up and regulations
  5. Investment managers: 40 Act, mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity and venture capital
  6. Debt markets: term structure, leverage cycle, rating agencies, usury and consumer finance protection
  7. Equity markets: corporations, stock exchanges and capital raising
  8. Real estate:REITs, mortgages, securitisation, boom and bust cycles and specialty finance
  9. Derivatives:options, forwards, futures, arbitrage and hedging risks
  10. Crises and regulation: recent financial crisis, historical perspectives and attempts at regulatory reform
  11. Capitalism and ethics: morality of finance, 'doing God's work' and different political frameworks
  12. Revision

Introduction to Econometrics (level 5)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

You study the application of statistical methods to economic data and focus on regression analysis based on the ordinary least squares (OLS) principle. 

You look at model specification and the analysis of regression disturbance problems, such as autocorrelation and heteroscedasticity.

Corporate and International Finance

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

During this module you: 

  • learn the important ideas and analytical tools used in corporate financial decision making
  • explore the challenges of implementing these ideas and tools through reading corporate finance literature and events in the financial press.

Topics include:

  • the nature of financial decision making
  • interest rates
  • investment decision rules
  • capital budgeting
  • valuing stocks
  • capital markets and the pricing of risk.

Financial Derivatives

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

You examine the markets and look at the trading and valuation of common derivative products such as forwards/futures, swaps and options, as well as equity and interest rate markets.

You look at practical applications of derivatives for hedging or investment purposes, including risk-return profiles, advantages and limitations.

You also explore fundamental concepts of no arbitage and risk neutral pricing and examine the Black Scholes formula. 

Principles of Banking

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module is an introduction to both theoretical and practical issues related to the modern banking business.The module begins with an overview of the role and genesis of the financial system and the nature of financial intermediation.

It covers the main characteristics and types of banks (e.g., commercial and mutual; retail and wholesale; role of central banks) and analyses recent trends and developments in banking markets.

The module also explores the main items contained in banks' financial statements and explains how to assess bank performance by using basic financial ratios.

The second part of the module focuses on the main risks of banking, with particular reference to credit risk and liquidity risk, and outlines elementary risk management and asset and liability management techniques.

It examines the rationale for bank regulation and distinguishes between the different types of regulation, especially in relation to the recent financial crisis. Particular reference is made to the latest development on Basel III and Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

The following topics will be covered:

  1. Banking Activities and the type of banking
  2. Theory of central bank and monetary policy
  3. Banks' balance sheet and income structure
  4. Managing Banks
  5. Banking Industry: Structure and Competition
  6. Banking risk management
  7. Banking crisis in 2008
  8. Bank regulation and supervision

Arabic Intermediate A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This stage 3 module is for students with some basic knowledge and experience of the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference [CEFR] the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Chinese Intermediate A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This stage 3 module is for students with some basic knowledge and experience of the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference [CEFR] the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand basic information and to communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provide opportunities across a variety of general topics for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

French Advanced A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for students who have completed both intermediate A and B modules.

The module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

French for Professional Purposes 2A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for advanced learners who have completed Advanced for Professional Purposes 1B.

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow consistent accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context, through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text handling and analysis, writing activities such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting, etc. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on your employment profile and/or workplace simulation activities.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

French Intermediate A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for:

  • lower intermediate learners who have a recent grade A/B at GCSE, or a D/E pass at AS level, or equivalent
  • intermediate learners who have a good AS grade, or perhaps a low D/E pass at A level, or equivalent.

The module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

German Intermediate A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This stage 3 module is for students with some basic knowledge and experience of the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference [CEFR] the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Italian Intermediate A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This stage 3 module is for students with some basic knowledge and experience of the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference [CEFR] the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Japanese Intermediate A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This stage 3 module is for students with some basic knowledge and experience of the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference [CEFR] the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Spanish Advanced A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for studens who have completed both intermediate A and B modules.

The module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Spanish for Professional Purposes 2A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for advanced learners who have completed Advanced for Professional Purposes 1B.

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts;
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level;
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow consistent accuracy and control in use of the TL;
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context, through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, e.g. text; audio; audio-visual; digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text handling and analysis, writing activities such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting etc. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on your employment profile and/or workplace simulation activities.
Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies. This module is at level B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Spanish Intermediate A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for:

  • lower intermediate learners who have a recent grade A/B at GCSE, or a D/E pass at AS level, or equivalent
  • intermediate learners who have a good AS grade, or perhaps a low D/E pass at A level, or equivalent.

The module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Arabic Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This stage 4 intermediate module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some independence in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2-B1 (Basic/Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference [CEFR] the module aims to:
- enable you to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level
- provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
- consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow continued progression in the TL
- present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, e.g. text; audio; audio-visual; digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Chinese Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module will build on the skills and structures studied in part 2A. Your aim is to improve elementary/intermediate skills inreading, writing, speaking and listening. You study Chinese characters, Pinyin and grammatical functions in more depth. Essential elements of cultural awareness in Chinese society are studied within the framework of the language module and using authentic materials. This part of the module will involve more independent learning.

French Advanced B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for students who have completed and advanced A module.

The module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in French, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in French, using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary of French to allow further accuracy and control in use
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of French and the Francophone world through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audiovisual, digital.

Successful completion of the course is equivalent to level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

French for Professional Purposes 2B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for advanced learners who have completed Advanced for Professional Purposes 2A.

Building on existing levels of proficiency, this module aims to:

  • enable you to understand the main ideas and detail within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in French with fluency, confidence and spontaneity in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in French using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary in French to allow consistent accuracy and control in use
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media, eg text, audio, audiovisual, and digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and to promote autonomous use of French. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text-handling and analysis, writing activities such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills.

Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of Francophone countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audiovisual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to specialise and report on professional matters or on topics in your field of expertise.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2-C1 (Independent-Proficient User) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

French Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2
You will be introduced to more complex grammatical structures. You will improve grammatical accuracy, oral and written fluency, lexis, and listening and reading comprehension through the study of a variety of topics and integrated grammar. There is an emphasis on the summarising and handling of authentic texts and a chance to study the literature, culture and society of France.

German Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

You will be introduced to more complex grammatical structures. You will improve grammatical accuracy, oral and written fluency, lexis, and listening and reading comprehension through the study of a variety of topics and integrated grammar. There is an emphasis on the summarising and handling of authentic texts and a chance to study the literature, culture and society of Germany.

Italian Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2
You will be introduced to more complex grammatical structures. You will improve grammatical accuracy, oral and written fluency, lexis, and listening and reading comprehension through the study of a variety of topics and integrated grammar. There is an emphasis on the summarising and handling of authentic texts and some chance to study the literature, culture and society of Italy.

Japanese Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module will build on the skills and structures studied in part 2A, aiming to improve elementary/intermediate skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. You study Japanese characters in more depth and grammatical functions are studied in greater detail in this part. Essential elements of cultural awareness in Japanese society are studied within the framework of the language module and using authentic materials.

Spanish Advanced B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for students who have completed and advanced A module.

The module aims to:

  • enable you to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in Spanish with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in Spanish using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of the complex structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary in Spanish to allow further accuracy and control in use
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media, eg text, audio, audiovisual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Spanish for Professional Purposes 2B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for advanced learners who have completed Advanced for Professional Purposes 2A.

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable you to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in Spanish with fluency, confidence and spontaneity in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in Spanish using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary in Spanish to allow consistent accuracy and control in use
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media, eg text, audio, audiovisual, and digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (speaking, learning, reading and writing) and to encourage autonomous use of Spanish. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text-handling and analysis, writing activities such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting.

Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of Spanish-speaking countries, society, and communities through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audiovisual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on your employment profile and/or workplace simulation activities.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Spanish Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module is desigend for intermediate learners who have completed an intermediate A module

The module aims to:

  • enable you to understand key information and to communicate effectively in Spanish, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in Spanish using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level 
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of the structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation of Spanish, to allow continued progression
  • present the background culture and society of the Spanish-speaking world through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media, eg text, audio, audiovisual, and digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Alternative Investment Funds

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

You study investment funds and the investment management industry. You examine the process involved in creating and investing in funds, focusing on alternative investment funds such as hedge funds and private equity. 

During the module you look at the parties involved, processes required and key documentation that is entered into, during the creation of a fund and during a typical investment.

You gain an insight into how various parts of a financial institution (such as a bank or asset/fund manager) work together and the roles different departments and functions serve along the lifecycle of any investment. 

Arabic Advanced A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This stage 5 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL).

Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Chinese Advanced A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This stage 5 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Entrepreneurship and Small Firms (ENT)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

The module provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the entrepreneurial process and the development of new ventures.

Entrepreneurship is viewed as a process to provide sustainable economic, social and institutional change. Module content is limited to entrepreneurship in a small business context.

Financial Econometrics

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

Financial Risk Management

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

You learn about a wide range of market risks including currency, interest rate, equity and commodity. You also look at credit risks. 

During the module, you learn to map portfolios to risk factors, compute risk metrics (value-at-risk, and credit value adjustments), and look at rudimentary model validation and stress testing.

Topics include: 

  • credit risk, credit derivatives and other mitigation
  • financial risks and hedging principles
  • hedging with forwards, futures and swaps
  • market risk, volatility and correlation.

French Advanced A (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 5 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include presentations and discussion, text handling and writing activities, such as summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills.

Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B1-B1+ (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

French for Professional Purposes 2A (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 7 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow consistent accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context, through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text handling and analysis, writing activities, such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on your employment profile and/or workplace simulation activities.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

French For Professional Purposes 3A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

Gain the language skills for your professional career.

In this module you:

  • learn specialised vocabulary and complex language structures
  • develop your knowledge of, and analyse, the language's social, political and cultural background, by looking at a range of media
  • effectively communicate in French in both formal and informal contexts
  • take part in translation and interpretation activities including presentations and discussions
  • practise oral and written skills for a variety of professional purposes, including reports, meetings, and speeches.

You will take part in a variety of activities to help develop your practical skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

German Advanced A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This stage 5 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Information Systems

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

In this module, you are introduced to the application and management of information systems in an organisational environment.

Your studies adopt a management perspective to appreciate the identification, analysis, development, organisation and impact of appropriate information systems.

You also examine foundations of intra- and inter-organisational systems, along with their economic, social and organisational impacts.

International Business Environment

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This module examines the nature of the operating environment for international business today.  You will review the scale, scope and trends in international business activity and evaluate the various methods that firms can use to assess, enter and develop non-domestic markets. You will  consider the relevance of factors such as culture, psychic distance, host and home country perspectives and 'green' issues on the organisation and management of international business.

Throughout the module emphasis is placed on the business environment in key regions of the world, notably the European Union, North America, East and SE Asia and the transition economies of East and Central Europe. Finally, you will examine the impact of the evolving world economy, regional integration and globalisation on today's international firm.

Italian Advanced A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This stage 5 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Japanese Advanced A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This stage 5 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Spanish Advanced A (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 5 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Building on existing levels of proficiency at level the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include presentations and discussion, text handling and writing activities, such as summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B1-B1+ (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Spanish for Professional Purposes 2A (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 7 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow consistent accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context, through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW) and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text handling and analysis, writing activities, such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on your employment profile and/or workplace simulation activities.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Spanish for Professional Purposes 3A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B2-C1 (Independent-Proficient User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable you to understand and mediate the main ideas and detail within extended discourse, to organise discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts;
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding, communication and mediation in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level;
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised glossaries to allow consistent accuracy and control in use of the TL;
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context, through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to consolidate autonomous use of the TL. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on translation and interpretation activities. These will include subject-specific discussions, text handling and analysis through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to practise oral and written mediation skills for a variety of professional purposes and contexts (eg communications, reports, meetings, visits, presentations, speeches). Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level C1 (Proficient User) of the CEFR for languages.

Strategy for Finance

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

In this module, you use the knowledge and experience gained in your previous finance modules to look at the broader issues relating to the strategic direction of organisations.

You develop the skills and tools to analyse the competitive position and resources and capabilities of organisations, and use this analysis to make strategic recommendations. 

You learn: 

  • the different approaches to strategy
  • how choices are made between different approaches 
  • how strategies and structures are designed and implemented.

Understanding Global Markets

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

The aim of this module is to give you an understanding of key features of the newly emerging globalised world economy. The module therefore comprises four components. The first of these analyses the conceptual background to understanding global markets, as well as examining the underlying changes in technology, which has transformed economic relations between regions and nation states. The subsequent components then use that background in order to focus on the key characteristics and changes in trade, goods and services, capital flow, and movement of people.

The module structure is as follows:

  1. The context
    1. The emergence/development of global markets and understanding what can be meant by globalisation.
    2. The impact of technological change on global markets (information technology, transport costs, etc).

  2. Goods and services
    1. Why do countries trade and why do countries integrate into regional blocs?
    2. The evolution of patterns of trade:
      • Trade volumes
      • Geographical patterns of trade (North-North, North-South, South-South, regional groupings etc)
      • Vertical spcialisation and value chains, outsourcing, offshoring, supply chaining
    3. The role of services in the global economy ad the evolution of services trade.

  3. International Capital flows: multinationals and foreign direct investment – theory and data.
    1. Short run capital flows: global capital markets and origins of financial and exchange rate crises.

  4. Labour Migration
    1. Why workers migrate: individual and family motives.
    2. The impact of migration on the home market and on the host market.

Valuation of Companies and Cash Flow Generating Assets

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

You explore the different methods of valuing businesses - looking at public companies and private firms. 

You analyse the fundamental drivers of value, and the main approaches, including:

  • discounted cash flows
  • multiples
  • real options. 

You focus on the discounted cash flow approach and discuss in detail how to estimate the necessary inputs, for example cash flows, discount rates and growth, and the importance of selecting the correct data to get accurate estimates. 

Empirical Finance Project

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching, Year 3

You produce a project on a topic in one of the following areas: 

  • investment analysis
  • risk management
  • coroporate finance
  • deriviatives 
  • banking. 

In the first part of the module, you learn basic research methods including literature searches, literature reviews, databases, data collection, and referencing. 

You then work on your research proposal, and in the final part of the module, you work on your project and write a 7,500 word report on your research topic. You will be supported by a supervisor throughout the project.

Applied Finance Project

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

You produce an evidence-based project in the field of finance using the knowledge and skills you have learned from modules such as Priniciples of Finance, Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics.

You choose from a range of project titles and examine relevant literature, collect data and apply appropriate statistical or econometrics methods to obtain results and interpret them. You are assigned a supervisor to support you throughout the project.

Arabic Advanced B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This stage 6 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow further accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Chinese Advanced B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This stage 6 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow further accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

The module aims to provide an investigation of the relationship between organisations and their stakeholder groups, and the social accountability and responsibilities that a corporation holds towards different stakeholders.

The module will introduce you to concepts of corporate governance, socially responsible investment and ethical issues relevant to contemporary business. It will be contemporary, interesting, stretching and relevant, and should build on and integrate with other modules that you have taken and/or are taking.

Energy and Commodity Finance

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

Finance for Development

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This module discusses and analyses the major challenges and current initiatives in the creation of finance industries appropriate to and effective in developing countries. The module focuses on the private financial sector and issues relating to access to finance. After a general overview, the module begins by examining the forms of finance available for larger firms in developing countries, mainly the banking sector and the stock market. Subsequently, it covers the evidence on the effects of financial development on economic growth and the role of institutional factors, such as corporate governance, in financial development. It then moves on to examine the access to finance for smaller firms and households and the implications of a lack of access. Finally, the module touches upon private international sources of finance, namely private capital flows, FDI and remittances to developing countries.

French Advanced B (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 6 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B1+ (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Building on existing levels of proficiency at level the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow further accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include presentations and discussion, text handling and writing activities, such as summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills.

Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on a topic of special interest to you.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B1+-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

French for Professional Purposes 2B (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 8 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas and detail within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow consistent accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context, through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to promote autonomous use of the TL. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text handling and analysis, writing activities, such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to specialise and report on professional matters or on topics in your field of expertise.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2-C1 (Independent-Proficient User) of the CEFR for languages.

French For Professional Purposes 3B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

In this module you:

  • study complex factual and/or literary texts
  • learn to structure and present an argument, description, or narrative logically and clearly in French
  • study complex language structures including specialised terms
  • demonstrate in French, knowledge and analysis of a special subject linked to your chosen field of study, for example, writing a case study, report, or research project. Or you can choose to undertake a creative project including fiction writing, documentary or a web profile for professional purposes. 

 

German Advanced B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This stage 6 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow further accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Innovation Systems

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

Science, technology and innovation (STI) play fundamental roles in our societies. STI are pervasive in our lifestyles and our social organisation and crucial for economic growth. However, until a few years ago science and technology had been regarded as external factors that social actors used at convenience without inquiring how they were created. 

In this module we will explore how science and technology are shaped by social forces and how science and technology shape social phenomena. The processes by which socio-economic and technological phenomena shape each other are complex and dependent on historical circumstances. In order to try to see through this complexity we will adopt systemic approaches taking on economic and sociological perspectives.

Innovation system and network approaches look into how various socio-economic actors (university, small spin-off firms, large corporations, governmental agencies, activist organisations and the wider public) interact with each other. For example, these interactions may lead to knowledge transfer, may result in the construction of new regulatory regimes or may lead to political conflicts. 

This module aims to 'open up' the black box of how science, technology and innovation (STI) to understand their emergence and show that STI can be created, directed and managed for diverse purposes, encouraging critical views on past and current STI uses.

International Financial Management

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

You learn about global capital markets, looking at the decision-making process of international companies, and studying the issues surrounding multinational financial management.

This includes:

  • international monetary systems
  • exchange rate regimes
  • tax rules and legal and institutional complexities.

You study risk factors for multinational companies, including fluctuations in foreign exhange rates and look at key financial instruments.

Other topics include:

  • measuring and managing currency exchange risk
  • capital budgeting for multinational cooperations
  • the implications of the financial crisis (2007-2009) on global companies.

Italian Advanced B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This stage 6 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow further accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Japanese Advanced B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This stage 6 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow further accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, e.g. text; audio; audio-visual; digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

New Venture Development and Planning

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

In this module, you develop a business plan for a new business idea of your choice, which you individually write and submit.

If you are choosing this module, you will need to demonstrate the ability to exercise independent analytical, research and reasoning skills, and excellent levels of clarity in written English.

For this module's project, you need to research the strategic and competitive position of your new business idea. Based on this analysis, you will propose strategies for your new business idea over the next three to five years.

The quality of your final business plan will depend on a thorough understanding of previous course material, specifically strategy, marketing and operations.

Spanish Advanced B (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 6 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B1+ (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Building on existing levels of proficiency at level the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow further accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include presentations and discussion, text handling and writing activities, such as summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on a topic of special interest to you.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B1+-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Spanish for Professional Purposes 2B (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 8 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow consistent accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context, through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW) and to promote autonomous use of the TL. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text handling and analysis, writing activities, such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to specialise and report on professional matters or on topics in your field of expertise.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2-C1 (Independent-Proficient User) of the CEFR for languages.

Spanish For Professional Purposes 3B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

In this module you:

  • study complex factual and/or literary texts
  • learn to structure and present an argument, description, or narrative logically and clearly in Spanish
  • study complex language structures including specialised terms
  • demonstrate in Spanish your knowledge of a special subject linked to your chosen field of study. This can include a case study, report, reseach project or a creative project, such as, fiction writing, documentary or web profile for professional purposes. 

Trading Strategies

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

You study the tools and methodologies used for making informed trading decisions.

You develop an understanding of market variables, such as macro-economic indicators and exchange rates.

You are also introduced to basic technical analysis and risk management - and have the chance to participate in trading sessions using live and simulated data in our dealer rooms.

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