Our Business and Finance BA focuses on teaching and training you, as well as ensuring you get work placement experience at home or abroad.
This degree aims to provide you with sound ﬁnancial knowledge, placed in a business context. We hope to provide you with a firm understanding of the role of business in society and how finance can impact on and be used to improve business performance.
Professional experience and skills development are embedded throughout the course with different opportunities. You’ll hear from current practitioners, take part in trade games and discuss contemporary issues, such as sustainability, financial crisis and technological innovation.
Coventry has excellent links with national and international employers, like Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), Grant Thornton, Ernst & Young, IBM and Jaguar Land Rover. Our teaching is grounded in the corporate world, using real-life international case studies and providing a range of exciting work placement options.
Throughout the course, teaching is designed to embed the professional skills required by business and finance sector employers. We draw on real-world case studies and use a range of innovative practical exercises, such as trade games. You may be tasked, for example, with advising a UK company with overseas subsidiaries to gain experience of international strategy and financial planning.
You’ll have access to one of largest academic trading floors in Europe, which incorporates analytical, news and data platforms to give you first-hand experience of these industry-standard tools. For example, previous students have used Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters Eikon, Thomson Reuters Datastream or Fitch Connect.
We enjoy close links with many professional accounting and finance bodies, such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), CFA Society of the UK (CFA UK) and Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). Guest speakers often deliver sessions in commercial awareness, employability and working in the business sector. Past students have undertaken placements and gone on to work for prestigious companies including Microsoft, IBM, Tesco Graduate Scheme, Jaguar Land Rover and the NHS.
You’ll be taught by highly qualified staff with substantial experience in practice and industry, many with active research interests in areas such as auditing, banking, corporate finance and financial markets. They regularly bring contemporary practice into the classroom, for example, monitoring relevant news stories like the furore around public pensions or executive bonuses, to stimulate debate and discussion.
There are opportunities to take part in a number of overseas field trips, some of which have previously been subsidised by the University. In the past, our students have visited universities in China and Malaysia to study alongside students, see how finance is taught internationally, appreciate the issues in different countries and broaden their perspectives. Future field trips are planned to India and Hong Kong.
You will also have the opportunity to study or work abroad and may be supported by schemes such as Erasmus, Marco Polo and Vasco da Gama
Our close links with major employers ensure the course remains responsive to the need of potential employment sectors. A degree in business and finance gives you the opportunity to access a range of graduate positions around the world – in financial management, investment banking, advertising, marketing, e-commerce, human resources or project management.
The strong vocational element and use of case studies should give you a good grounding in real business situations. We aim for our students to benefit from a wide range of desirable professional skills, including: team working; critical evaluation; self-directed learning; problem-solving; action planning and organising; written and oral communication; presentation; questioning and listening. The following personal qualities will also be addressed in each of the skills modules: achievement orientation; initiative and creativity; self-confidence; decisiveness; reflectiveness; adaptability and flexibility.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.