Students who wish to study this programme may come from a wide variety of subject backgrounds, including, but not necessarily business. Those with work experience, but few formal qualifications, may also join the programme. A- Levels and Ed-excel awards, as well as a range of other certificates at this level from UK, EU and International bodies are respected.
The programme will be attractive to those who prefer study of a more vocational nature and are interested in innovative teaching and assessment approaches. Those applicants interested in application of business and finance ideas have a number of opportunities on the programme for community engagement and placement or internships to develop the relevant industry based skills.
This programme suits those who prefer to learn a hybrid mix of broad business skills allied with specialist accounting and finance skills. Students would undertake a range of tasks associated with commercial and public sector organisations, and would enjoy developing sophisticated solutions to business and financial problems and opportunities. Students undertake a range of tasks applied to organisations and enjoy developing sophisticated solutions to business problems.
The modular structure is integrated with other business and management awards offered by the Faculty and allows maximum flexibility to students to gain work experience, transfer to other business award programmes or to change their mode of study e.g. to transfer to part time study.
The programme integrates theoretical study and application to real world cases, in each module's teaching strategy but also in direct interaction with the University's external partnerships, including employers' organisations, professional associations, international partners and spin off entrepreneurial activities. In particular our business and finance graduates have analytical, research, information technology, interpersonal, cross cultural communication and empathetic skills.
The skills of managing ICT, communication to peers and external organisations, numeracy, problem solving, interacting in teams, ethical reasoning, critical appraisal, self-management and leadership have been particularly applauded. Students' progress through the programme ensures that they become increasingly self-confident and capable of managing their own learning. Graduates will have developed self-confidence and the ability to work in diverse environments and communicate to a wide variety of levels.
All subjects studied on the programme are relevant to the world of work, across specialist disciplines and sectors. The skills developed to achieve academic success are also those required by employers and for study at higher levels. The flexibility of the programme allows students opportunities to specialise or to maintain their general studies to keep their options open depending on the trends in the job market.
The involvement of employers, visiting speakers and other organisations in the delivery of the programme gives opportunities to students to interact with external networks and see the relevance of their studies.
Year 1 provides an introduction to the key business disciplines and development of vital skills. Students will work with an external organisation to see theory in action and acquire valuable skills.
Year 2 includes management accounting, an entrepreneurship exercise and also data management and business intelligence. It allows a choice of options in contemporary business and finance areas. An internship opportunity exists which will be assessed for credits.
This programme offers an academically challenging, vocational experience which incorporates innovative teaching and assessment methods. Students will be expected to be active in managing their learning experience, to be creative and to take initiatives to develop themselves. The opportunity to study business and management in action is a rewarding intellectual experience which also provides a well-grounded base for future career development.
The University's international perspective and integration with employers and professional associations guarantee relevant and current content. The wide range of extracurricular activities both subject related and social, further enhance the student experience
This programme offers an academically challenging, vocational experience which incorporates innovative teaching and assessment methods. Students will be expected to be active in managing their learning experience, to be creative and to take initiatives to develop themselves.
Graduates exit with significant subject knowledge and up to date skills designed for the modern workplace. Possible careers are very diverse including entry to the management professions, management trainee programmes in financial institutions, services or manufacturing, management in public and 3rd sector organisations, self-employment or further study at higher degree or postgraduate level.
The programme's interaction with employers, the possibility of integration of work based learning and internships further accentuate the employability of graduates and the currency of the programme content. The integration of UK, EU and international students and a strong Alumni association allows networking and the establishment of long standing friendships. Many of our graduates now work outside the UK and EU for international companies.
The friendly approach of the University allows early diagnosis of learning needs and support for skill enhancement. This includes respect for specialist needs. There is a learning support team who run regular workshops and tutorials in basic and advanced skill development. The close working relationships between tutors and students and students and their classmates allows a positive active learning environment.
Current 2016 NSS Results include:
93% of UWTSD's Finance students were satisfied with the teaching on their course NSS 2016.
100% of UWTSD's Finance students agreed that staff are good at explaining things NSS 2016.
93% of UWTSD's Finance students agreed that staff have made the subject interesting NSS 2016.
93% of UWTSD's Finance students agreed that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching NSS 2016.
Assessment and feedback
93% of UWTSD's Finance students agreed that assessment arrangements and marking have been fair NSS 2016.
93% of UWTSD's Finance students were satisfied with academic support NSS 2016.
93% of UWTSD's Finance students agreed that they have received sufficient advice and support with their studies NSS 2016.
93% of UWTSD's Finance students agreed that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to NSS 2016.
93% of UWTSD's Finance students agreed that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices NSS 2016.
Organisation and management
93% of UWTSD's Finance students agreed that the course is well organised and is running smoothly NSS 2016.
100% of UWTSD's Finance students were satisfied with their overall experience NSS 2016.
48 UCAS points.
The course is suitable for those who have studied other subject areas prior to entry as well as those applicants who have studied this subject in the past Applicants with work experience, but few formal qualifications, may also join the programme following assessment of aptitude. In particular, the programme welcomes applicants who have A level and Edexcel awards as well as a range of other certificates at this level from UK, EU and International bodies.
Other equivalent qualifications are accepted and the admissions panel will consider each application on an individual basis. Please note also that our offers are not based solely on your academic achievements; we take into account your full range of skills, experience and attainments when considering your application.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.