Finance with Business Communication (Top-up) BA (Hons)
BA Hons Finance with Business Communication Top up
This top-up course is designed to help you improve both your English and your business finance skills. If you're an international, EU or UK student with English as an additional language then you can take this course.
You’ll get an understanding of finance within a business context, develop valuable cross-cultural business communication abilities and improve your English language skills.
This course will prepare you for a career in many areas of business and finance, such as business development and consultancy, financial planning, investment banking, recruitment and marketing.
BA (Hons) Finance with Business Communication (Top-up) degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- Only those who have previously studied at higher education level should apply. Applicants must have completed 1, 2 or 3 years (depending on academic profile) in Higher Education.
English language requirements
- For year 2 entry applicants require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 5.5 with no component score below 5.5. For year 3 entry applicants require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this top-up course, you’ll:
- Join the course at either the year 1 or year 2, depending on the level of your previous studies
- Get a blend of the analytical, technical and commercial knowledge and skills required in business
- Study with a group of international students to improve your English language skills
- Be taught by a mixture of professionally qualified staff and expert academic researchers
- Use the University’s Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and trade
- Apply the concepts and skills you learn in real situations
- Get all the support you need while living in a new country, from our Global Office
- Join a community with more than 4,000 international and EU students from over 100 different countries
Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job or graduate training programme that puts your skills to work.
You could pursue a career in commerce or use your financial expertise to forge a career within the financial sector.
What can you do with a Finance with Business Communication (Top-up) degree?
Routes our graduates have gone on to include:
- commercial banking
- corporate finance
- financial planning
- investment banking
- money management
Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level on courses such as MSc Forensic Accounting and MSc Finance or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Entrepreneurs in Residence
If you're interested in setting up your own business while you study, you can get support on this course from the Entrepreneurs in Residence programme. Our Entrepreneurs in Residence are experienced business professionals who work with us to deliver group workshops and 1-to-1 drop-in clinics to help you plan and market your business idea.
Work experience and career planning
Our Careers and Employability service can help you find other relevant other work experience during your course, including placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that complement your studies and enhance your CV.
Your personal tutor also supports you with your career planning and helps you develop your workplace skills.
I enjoy studying in Portsmouth because the city is beautiful and the University has a good education quality. It's great that we can use the Bloomberg Suite to search for some information which we need.
What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Finance with Business Communication Top-up degree
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
The modules listed below are worth 20 credits each.
- Business Accounting for Finance
- Business Communications
- Business & Markets in a Global Environment
- Corporate Financial Management
- Financial Markets and Institutions
- General Language Grade 5 (English)
There are no optional modules in this year.
- Advanced Corporate Financial Management
- Business Communications
- General Language Grade 6 (English)
- Financial Investment Project
- Independent Study Project
- International Financial Management
There are no optional modules in this year.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Academic skills support
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- Academic writing
- Note taking
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Presentation skills
- Working in groups
- Revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- practical sessions
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- Teaching block 1 – October to January
- Assessment period 1 – late January to early February
- Teaching block 2 – February to May
- Assessment period 2 – May to June
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- analysis of topical case studies
- written reports
- group work
- your choice of independent research
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
September 2021 start
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – £9,250 per year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £15,500 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
How to apply
To start this course in 2021, apply through UCAS. You'll need:
- the UCAS course code – N3N1
- our institution code – P80
If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.
You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
How to apply from outside the UK
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.