Business (Finance)

BA (Hons)

Study level
3-9 years
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BA (Hons) Business (Finance)

Course Overview

Robust financial management is key to any business. As well as developing a broad understanding of business activity and structure, this course will teach you how to harness the major tools and theories needed for successful finance management – and how to apply these to real-life scenarios across a wide variety of sectors. 

Through this business (finance) degree, you'll focus on personal and management skills, management accounting and a range of business processes, alongside financial reporting and auditing. All of this provides a fantastic introduction to a future career in business and finance. All you need to be suitable for this course is a desire to learn and the drive to do your best. Ready to get started?

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This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), so you’ll leave with a CMI qualification in leadership and management alongside your degree. The cost of CMI membership is included while you are actively studying with us, which gives you access to a range resources and events.

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Not only will you master the fundamentals of accounting and economics throughout this business (finance) degree, but you’ll also gain an understanding of crucial business functions such as risk management, financial decision making, system operations and overall business performance. These skills will prepare you to become a well-rounded, forward-thinking professional who can take on all manner of challenges.


You have 3-9 years to complete this business (finance) course, meaning that you can take up to 3 years to complete each level; however, most of our students complete the course within 3-6 years. 

Level 4

  • Developing Personal and Management Skills
  • Understanding the Business Environment
  • Principles of Marketing
  • People in Organisations
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Management Accounting

Level 5

  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Business Processes
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Analysis
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Auditing

Level 6

  • Contemporary Management Issues
  • Strategic Management
  • Managing Self and Others
  • Financial Decision Making
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

How do we assess you?

The way we assess our students gives you regular opportunities to demonstrate your strengths and knowledge in a variety of ways. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to assess and track your progress. These methods include: 

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios of work
  • Exams

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.

That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively.


To be eligible to study this BA (Hons) Business and Finance degree, we need to see that you have: 

  • Two subjects at GCE A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent
  • OR, you must have completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent

We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study this business (finance) course. 

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experience.

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Before you decide to enrol on a degree programme, it’s always nice to know exactly who you’ll be learning from. The School of Business and Management is formed of a group of experienced, qualified and enthusiastic tutors who design the courses alongside leaders from the business community. 

A solid grounding in business management and finance gives you a great advantage when it comes to career options. Candidates with financial planning and accounting skills, as well as a strong grip of general management principles, have high value to many employers in a variety of exciting industries. 

What can an business and finance course do for me?

Studying for a business (finance) degree will equip you with a range of transferable skills. These include:

  • Numerical skills
  • The ability to research, interpret and analyse business and financial data
  • The ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
  • Effective problem solving
  • Analytical and creative thinking skills
  • The ability to engage in professional debate
  • The ability to self-manage and work independently and productively
  • Time-management and organisational skills
  • Presenting information clearly in a variety of formats
  • Confident understanding of problem-solving skills

What can I do after Arden University?

After graduating with a business (finance) degree, you’ll be ready for a role in a wide range of sectors including retail, manufacturing, banking, accounting or finance. Here’s a snapshot of some of the roles you might want to consider:

  • Business Analyst
  • Business Development Executive
  • Buying Assistant
  • Accounting Technician
  • Actuarial Analyst
  • Company Secretary
  • Stockbroker

Your next step into the professional world

Achieving your business (finance) degree will help you to accelerate your career progression. But there’s more! Beyond the core programme itself, Arden students receive additional support and guidance, developing your employability and CV beyond your degree.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to student support advisors who are here for you. They’ll help you enhance your academic skills, guide you through your orientation and offer tailored career support. This means you’ll receive direction at every stage of your degree from our extensive community of students and fellow alumni, who can offer 1-2-1 advice for your future beyond Arden University.

Outside of this, you’ll also have unlimited access to our online platform, iLearn – providing you with all the learning resources and tools needed to excel in your studies. 

At Arden University, we make it simple to achieve your degree, regardless of any other commitments you may have. Our online learning model is designed to fit around your lifestyle, so you can study at a time and pace that works best for you.


"I was already in the working world and running two businesses. Not to mention I also have a young family, so the freedom online learning offered, and the cost effectiveness of the course, was a big draw for me."

Adrian Williams
Adrian Williams
BA Business (Human Resource Management)
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Online Learning

How does it work?

With online learning, you decide when and where you work through your self-guided learning materials, without being held to a set lecture timetable. If you’re interrupted during a lesson, simply pause the materials and continue later. You can also communicate and collaborate with your tutor and classmates through live online forums and email. 

Find out more about how Online Learning works.