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What will I learn?

Our Finance IFP is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to be able to progress on to a range of Accounting and Finance related degree courses at university.

You will have the opportunity to further develop your mathematical skills and will look at applying these in the world of Business, Accounting and Finance. You'll also be supported to develop your communication and team-working skills, which will be vital for your undergraduate degree studies, as well as throughout your career.

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars, which is the same type of teaching you can expect at undergraduate level in the UK.

Lectures are where all students on a module are together (this can be up to 100 students on the IFP), and the academic tutor introduces the topic of study. Seminars are much smaller groups (typically no more than 15 students), where you have the opportunity to explore a subject in more detail with your academic tutor and classmates. In your seminars, you will be expected to engage in discussions and debates around the subject matter.

How will I be assessed?

Across your modules you will be assessed through a range of methods including presentations, tests, reports and examinations.

The modules on this programme have been developed to give you a thorough preparation for a range of related undergraduate degrees.

Business Mathematics and Statistics
This module provides you with the mathematical and statistical training necessary for successful degree-level study of Accounting and Finance. During the module you will deepen your understanding of mathematics in a way that builds confidence to apply these techniques to ‘real-world’ problems. You will be introduced to fundamental statistical concepts, including measures of central tendency, variation, correlation and regression. You will also be encouraged to critically appraise statistical data and to assess the accuracy, validity and reliability of reported results.

Global Economy
No longer is any nation’s economy isolated from developments that take place in other economies. Understanding the ongoing developments abroad and their impact on the domestic economy and business environment is an important aspect of modern global economics. With emphasis on the business environment in different countries, our Global Economy module will introduce you to the basics of international trade, international finance and development economics. Designed for students with a global outlook and international aspirations, this module offers preparation for a wider range of degree-level courses including Management, International Management and Accounting & Finance.

Microeconomics
Our Microeconomics module focuses on developing your skills in understanding complex microeconomic problems and building, applying and reviewing models which analyse these problems and issues. You will develop a strong core of microeconomic knowledge, with an awareness of debates and developments in the subject and will be able to apply microeconomic models to these key problems and debates. The module will develop your understanding of the intuition behind more mathematical models and the uses of these in more advanced study of microeconomics. This module will prepare you for a wide range of courses, specifically those relating to economics and finance. .

Our Inquiry and Research Skills for Business is a core module on this course, and is delivered in two parts to complement your other modules. The first part of this module looks at developing core research and inquiry skills including academic searching, using sources, teamwork, reflection and problem based learning inquiries. The second part of the module allows you to put everything you have learnt into practice through a research based project.

All students will also study an English for Academic Purposes module. This module is not about developing your conversational or everyday English skills; instead, it will develop your Academic English skills. You will consider how academic essays should be written, including looking at appropriate referencing and paraphrasing, as well as thinking about how presentations should be delivered in an academic context.

Those students who require additional support to improve their IELTS scores will also study one of our IELTS modules. Students joining the course as native speakers or with an IELTS of 7.0 with 6.5 in components will not be required to take an IELTS module.

Please note that given the interval between the publication of these modules and enrolment, some of the information may change. You can find out more by reading our terms and conditions.

A list of our entry requirements, according to country, is available on our Application Information pages.

If you apply to this course, your Mathematics (or related) grades will be required to be at a high level and achieving a specific grade in Mathematics may be a condition of your offer.

If you have any questions about your qualifications and whether they are suitable for this course, please contact the team.

Students on this course would typically be looking to progress to a range of undergraduate degrees, such as Accounting and Finance.

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