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Business and Finance

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020



Course length

Full time: 3 years, or 4 with work placement

Part time: up to 8 years


Oxford Brookes Business School

UCAS Tariff Points



On our Business and Finance course you will learn about the key business and financial aspects of the complex global business world. You will develop an international perspective and excellent skills in:

  • team work
  • problem solving 
  • communication.

Our close links with leading practitioners and employers, ensure that what you learn is practical, relevant and up to date.

As you progress through the course and develop your career aims, you can tailor the balance between business management and finance modules

You can opt to include a one-year work placement with one of over 1000 different companies. These range from multinational corporations to SMEs, government bodies and not-for-profit organisations. There is also the opportunity to study abroad and earn credit towards your degree. 

Oxford Brookes Business School is known internationally for its learning and teaching. You'll receive an engaging, vibrant learning experience which prepares you for future employment.

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How to apply

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30


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

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

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics (grade C/grade 4 or above) and English (grade C/grade 4 or above)

The programme welcomes for consideration applications from applicants with non-standard qualifications.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home/EU Full Time

Home/EU Part Time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
Home/EU Full Time

Home/EU Part Time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU 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 and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

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

Additional costs

It's your responsibility to purchase core texts and cover print/binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.

Learning and assessment

A key theme of this course is for you to develop your own:

  • values
  • perspectives and critical awareness
  • sensitivity to diverse global perspectives and values.

In Year 1 you will start to develop core academic capabilities such as:

  • problem solving
  • communication and IT skills
  • a focus on developing your employability skills.

You will focus on the international environment and the application of theory to practice. You will examine contemporary business and financial issues and business and management.

Year 2  will prepare you for your final year. Core compulsory modules build on the knowledge you gained in the first year. And you will take a module to enhance your employability skills.

In the final year you will integrate, extend and critique the knowledge you have gained. The Honours (final year) modules cover business management and finance topics. As well as a module which will bring together your learning from the previous two years in a case study analysis project.

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Study modules

Year 1

Introduction to Business and Management (2 module credits)*

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, Mathematics for Economics and Finance Work, Employment and Globalisation, Plus language options.

Year 2

Business Strategy for Competitive Advantage*

Applied Financial Skills*

Developing Employability Skills*

Financial Markets and Institutions*

Organisational Behaviour and Management*

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, Plus language Options.

Year 3

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.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Business and Finance Synoptic (2 module credits)*

Contemporary Issues in Finance

Leading and Managing Change

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.

* = Required

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.

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.


Assessment methods used on this course

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 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.

After you graduate

Career prospects

This course will enable you to secure positions in a range of settings, such as a multinational business, a major charity, education, health care or government, nationally or internationally. Many of our students go on to graduate training schemes in international companies such as IBM, Virgin Mobile, Intel, Yell Ltd, O2 and Dell. Our Careers Centre will support you in finding the right job for you.

Our Staff

Matthew Topham

Matthew's experience of applying financial theory, skills and techniques in the field assists him to add context to his academic teaching and to illustrate the challenges, contradictions and different perspectives that exist.

Read more about Matthew

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.

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.