Education provided by ARU is Gold standard
ARU is among the 20% of universities in the country who have been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework – a reflection of the outstanding education we offer our students.
You're ambitious, and you understand the kind of skills you need to get ahead in the banking, financial and commercial sector.
We know you’re determined, and that you want to have a strong grasp of what it’s like to work in banking and finance after you graduate.
Our BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance degree course offers a practical, hands-on learning experience. With our Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab, industry connections, and optional placements and internships, you’ll learn in a unique university environment.
Here at ARU, we understand the importance of collaboration in today’s financial world. So develop your cooperative skills and ideas generation with course-based student societies – and become a stronger player on the job market.
Our Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab in Chelmsford offers you the chance to enhance your employability, through virtual trading and live financial information on global stock exchanges. We believe that the sooner you start, the more you’ll get out of it. That’s why you’ll be using Bloomberg, with full support, from Year 1.
Networking is a smart move for your career, and you’ll be able to make the most of our industry connections. We encourage you to engage at regular seminars and talks led by experts, offering you valuable insights into the business world.
We know that your future career is important, and you want to build your CV. So we’ll encourage you to grab every opportunity for real-world experience – this could mean a placement year in industry as part of your degree, or taking the chance to study abroad.
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As well as our extensive library and IT facilities, you can expect the following as part of your Banking and Finance degree course:
There are exciting career opportunities across the banking and finance industries, in both private and public sectors. With your Banking and Finance degree, you may wish to move into a role in the financial markets, in areas such as FX management, derivative markets or equity fund management, or you could opt to gain experience in the banking sector in areas such as credit risk management, or mergers and acquisitions. You may even decide to start your own business.
Throughout your degree you’ll come into regular contact with a number of professional bodies which will allow you to network and create contacts.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore an ARU Certificate for Professional Development, placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
"I cannot say enough how much the support provided and the co-curricular activities has helped throughout uni and will continue to be of use in the future."Dawn
BSc (Hons) Accounting and FinanceDawn's story
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You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.Your guide to placements
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