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UCAS code: NN23

Start dates: September 2023 / September 2024

Full time: 3 years, or 4 with work placement

Part time: up to 8 years

Location: Headington

Department(s): Oxford Brookes Business School


The business world is full of opportunity. And our business and finance degree keeps your options open. Whether you want to advise small charities or analyse data for a multinational corporation, you’ll have the confidence and the skills to achieve your goals.

Our experienced teaching staff keep up to date with the latest developments in the business world. They use their contacts to organise guest speakers, bringing fresh ideas into the classroom. And with the optional one-year placement, you can gain even more insight into professional life.

Later in the course, you can choose from our optional modules in subjects like Environmentally Sustainable Business or International Finance. That way you can tailor your experience to your interests and focus more on either business or finance. Whichever path you choose, we’ll help you develop the professional skills that employers are looking for.

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Why Oxford Brookes University?

  • Study in Oxford

    The city is full of innovative startups and large corporations. And we have great relationships with many of them.

  • Explore your interests

    Tailor the course with optional modules on topics like ethics or international management.

  • Gain experience

    We believe you should learn through experiences, so much of the course is practical. You also have the option to go on placement to experience business in real life.

  • Free language courses

    Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

  • Study Abroad

    You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

Course Details

Course Structure

We’ve designed the course so you can develop your own values, critical awareness, and sensitivity to diverse global perspectives. You’ll build your skills in problem solving, communication, and IT, suitable for any career destination.

In year one, you’ll examine contemporary business and financial issues and business and management. We’ll look at the international environment and see how the theory applies in real life.

The compulsory modules in year two build on the knowledge you’ve already gained. The Developing Professional Practice module will enhance your employability skills, while the optional modules give you a chance to personalise your course to your interests.

For year three you can choose to go on placement. Business school students have gone to companies like IBM, BMW, Lloyds Banking Group, and L'Oreal.

In the final year you’ll cover more advanced topics within the subject and have a chance to do independent work in the synoptic module. You can choose more optional modules to further specialise in an area that you might be interested in working in.

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Learning and Teaching

On this course your learning experience will be exciting as well as challenging. You will have the opportunity to:

  • take part in case study analysis
  • solve issues for real businesses
  • work with diverse groups to present your analysis and recommendations.

We focus on helping you to develop the skills you will need to succeed in today’s fast-paced and competitive business world. You will also have opportunities to learn from business professionals. Whether it’s guest speakers or working on live cases from the business community.

We are delighted to have launched our new Bloomberg Trading Suite.

Students on our Accounting, Finance and Economics courses can gain certification and experience of trading on the financial markets by making mock transactions using real-world financial market data. Read our in-depth news story to find out more.

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We use a variety of assessment methods and pay particular attention to when and how feedback is given to support your learning. We make use of a range of feedback methods including audio and face-to-face, as well as written feedback.

The majority of teaching and assessment activities take place between Mondays and Fridays, 9am to 7pm. There may be occasions when such activities may fall outside of these hours.

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Intro to Business and Management (double)

Accounting and Financial Information

Digital Technology and Maths for Business

Raising Individual Financial Awareness

Exploring Economics

Choose 2 modules from this list

  • Foundations of Marketing
  • Global Business Communications
  • Maths for Economics and Finance
  • Work, Employment and Globalisation


Year 2

Compulsory modules

Applied Financial Skills

Financial Markets and Institutions

Developing Professional Practice

Organisational Behaviour and Management

Business Strategy for Competitive Advantage

Corporate Finance

Choose 2 modules from this list

  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Environmentally Sustainable Business
  • Independent Study in Business
  • International Finance
  • Management Information Systems
  • Managing the Digital Business
  • *Independent Study in Business

*An independent study needs to be set up and approved in advance. Contact PL or Dissertation module leader for info

**Placement students also complete 'Placement Search and Preparation' as non-counting credit.

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Optional modules

Work placement (includes a Placement Search and Preparation module in your second year)

You can spend your third year on a work placement, which is a great opportunity to enhance your CV, preparing you for future employment. You will gain commercial and practical experience, and many students are offered graduate positions by their placement employer. Recently, Business School students have enjoyed inspiring and intellectually challenging positions at organisations such as IBM, BMW, Apple, Bosch, EY, Deloitte, Metro Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, Harley Davidson and L'Oreal. For more information about the fees please go to the Fees/Funding section. Learn more about how Oxford Brookes Business School supports students secure a work placement.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

Business and Finance Synoptic (double)

Leading and Managing Change

Contemporary Issues in Finance

Advanced Financial Management

Choose 3 modules from this list

  • Business Accountability and Responsibility
  • Business Ethics
  • Business Intelligence and Decision Making
  • Entrepreneurial Business Management (2 module credits)
  • Finance and Development
  • Independent Study
  • Perspectives on International Management

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

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With the broad range of skills you’ll learn on this course, you’ll be a valuable addition to any business. We’ll help you build professional skills to adapt to working life, and our careers office are always there to support you in your search. Job opportunities include:

  • multinational businesses
  • charities
  • education
  • healthcare
  • government

Many of our students go on to graduate training schemes in companies like IBM, Virgin Mobile, Intel, Yell Ltd, O2 and Dell.

Entry requirements

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Further offer details

Applications are also welcomed for consideration from applicants with European qualifications, international qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility please contact Admissions:

If you don’t achieve the required tariff points you can apply to join a foundation course, like Foundation in Business or an international foundation course to help to reach the required level for entry onto this degree.

International qualifications and equivalences

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

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Programme Changes:

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.