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Business and Financial Management

BSc (Hons)

School - Salford Business School

Subject area - Business and Management

UCAS Code: N1N3 (three years), N1NH (four years with placement)

Start Dates(s): September


Three years full-time
Four years with work placement

UK - £9250 per year

International - £12,000 per year

In Brief:

  • Opportunity to manage a virtual company as a group competing against fellow students
  • Opportunity to gain a paid placement with organisations such as NatWest, Barclays and The Cooperative Bank
  • Average starting salary of £18,000 six months after graduating (source: UNISTATS)
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This course provides you with the knowledge, insight and skills needed by employers in today's global economy.

You will be able to specialise in areas including Financial and Management Information Systems, Financial Planning, Software Applications and Business Taxation.

You will gain exemptions from some Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) exams, and the professional experience year is also recognised by ACCA as one of the three years of postgraduate experience required for formal certification.

The Professional Experience Year will give you the opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding you have gained in the first two years of the course. There are different entry requirements and course codes for the Professional Experience Year option.

This degree is also offered with a Foundation Year, visit for details.

Awards and Accreditation

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE Minimum of five, to include Maths and English at grade C or grade 4
UCAS tariff points BSc: 104-112 points
With Professional Experience: 112-120 points
GCE A level BCC-BBC with a minimum of two A2 passes. With professional experience year: BBC-BBB with a minimum of two A2 passes
BTEC National Diploma DMM
International Baccalaureate Indicatively 30 points for International Baccalaureate Diploma (31 points with experience year)

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

Fees and Funding


Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9250 per year
Full-time International £12,000 per year


Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials using a wide range of learning activities. All students will experience small group tutorials during your first and second year modular studies. These ensure you are highly skilled in time for your placement or year abroad and final year studies. In the final year, you may choose to manage a small virtual company in a small group, competing with others.


The majority of modules are examined. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.


Graduates have gone on to work with companies like Ernst & Young, Dixons Group plc, British Airways, Cooperative Insurance Services, BMW, American Express, BBC, Citibank, Ladbrokes, Numberica, Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers, Premier Travel Inn, BUPA, Thomson Holidays, BT, DTS Logistics, Greater Manchester Police, and the NHS.

Recent graduate careers have included personnel management, accountancy, marketing management, publicity, market research, corporate planning, operational research, systems analysis, computer programming, purchasing, banking and the City.

Career Prospects

Alumni Profile

Jaya Patel, Business Studies with Financial Management (Professional Experience), Greater Manchester Commissioning Support Unit, says

"Lecturers and staff are very helpful in assisting with any queries.  The consultation hours offered by Lecturers was very helpful because it may you aware of when the lecturer was free so you could drop in without making an appointment.  Studying at Salford Business School has improved my confidence and because I learnt so much, I wasn't afraid to try new thing at work. I completed a one year paid work placement,  I cannot even describe how valuable this was.  I think the work experience gained from a placement is very appealing to employers.  As a result of my placement I was offered a full time job with the company who originally employed me for my placement year."

Links with Industry

Placement Opportunities

Taking a placement between your second and final year helps to further develop your management skills and enhances your CV and employment prospects. A placement also provides a real context for the subjects studied on the course and helps in the preparation for your final year.

Students at Salford have been placed in a large number and wide variety of organisations, from global corporations to small enterprises, from financial services to manufacturing. You will receive considerable assistance from the industrial placements tutor and team in obtaining a placement.

Current and recent students have enjoyed placements with: NatWest, Barclays and The Cooperative Bank; BP, Esso and Shell; IBM, Hewlett Packard and Compaq; Ford, Vauxhall, Jaguar and Nissan; Marks & Spencer, Selfridges and Sainsbury's; Eli Lilly, Glaxo and ICI.

Other placements have included the NHS, the education sector, environmental, arts and cultural organisations.

Further Study