BSc Business Management (Finance) with year work placement

2017 Clearing and Adjustment Availability

We expect to have a limited number of places available for Late, Clearing and Adjustment applicants for 2017 on a range of programmes. Entry requirements might vary from those shown below. For up to date information on vacancies and applying through Clearing or Adjustment, visit our dedicated 2017 Clearing and Adjustment pages.

  1. UCAS code:
    4yrs Full-time (with a year in Industry)
  2. Typical offer:
  3. 93% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

Designed for students who are interested in finance or a finance career but who do not want to take a full Accounting & Finance degree, this programme provides students with a broad range of expertise across the main areas of business and management (such as marketing, operations management, accounting, strategy and human resource management) together with a specific focus on topics such as corporate finance, financial innovation and risk management, financial services and international financial management.

The four year option offers students the opportunity to undertake either a year-long or two six-month industrial placements. These will be invaluable in helping the student to gain real-world experience and network with leading business thinkers and many companies go on to hire their placement students on graduation. Students do not need to decide on application which placement route they prefer – they can choose their preferred option in their first year of study.

Key Features

  • All modules are taught by our world class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge
  • Opportunity to undertake work placements in both three year (single week or summer internship) and four year (year in industry) variants
  • 93% of Swansea students in employment six months after graduating
  • High contact time – our modules come with a lecture (in classes sizes capped at approximately 150 students) and seminar/tutorial (in classes sizes capped at 30) every single week
  • Fully refurbished facilities – we have invested half a million pounds in a recent refurbishment to our student facilities
  • Scholarships available for outstanding students – click here for more details. 


For our BSc Business Management programme, the first year is the same for all students and serves as a core foundation that covers all areas of business and management. You will study a range of business topics that include: marketing, operations management, accounting, finance and strategy. In addition, we provide a range of modules that cover the basics for all areas of business, including quantitative methods and statistics as well as academic and professional skills.

After the first year, students pursue either a specialist pathway (which pre-selects half of the modules to be studied but still allows students to pick from a wide range of optional modules for the remainder or the time) or a generalist pathway (giving students complete freedom to choose optional modules for the entirety of their studies).

Entry Requirements

A-level Qualification

The School of Management will make offers to students with predicted (or achieved) A-Level grades of ‘ABB-BBB’ or better.   No A-level in Business, Economics, Maths or Accounting/Finance is required. We do not however consider General Studies as an A-level subject for offer purposes. Students may combine A-levels with other qualifications below. GCSE Maths and English minimum grade is also required. 

International Baccalaureate 

The School of Management will make offers to students with predicted (or achieved) IB of 32-33 or higher.

BTEC (18-unit)

The School of Management will make offers to students with predicted (or achieved) BTEC results of DDM or better.

English Language

Non-native English speakers must achieve 6.0 overall with no component less than 5.5 in IELTS or equivalent tests.

For students who fall short of only the English language requirement we offer a range of pre-sessional training programmes that you may take before starting your degree programme. Further details can be found here.

International Qualifications

View the international qualifications that we accept, and the level required, for International Students (non EU) and EU Students.

How To Apply

If you are a UK or EU student, you should apply here.

Students from outside the UK or EU should apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time (with a year in Industry) £9,000 £14,550

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Recommended textbooks for this course are available in the library. All software needed for the course is available on the School of Management network, for use within our PC rooms at Swansea University.

Free wireless internet access is available across the whole of the University campus and halls of residence.

Fees for Work Placement

During a placement year (e.g. year in industry or year abroad) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

Location and Facilities

 For more information on what's available to you on the Bay Campus visit our Location and Facilities page. 


Swansea University offers a range of scholarships to help fund your studies, including: 

Excellence Scholarship - awarded to students achieving AAA or above at A-Level (or equivalent) - £3000 over 2 years. 

Merit Scholarship - awarded to students achieving AAB at A-Level (or equivalent - £2000 over 2 years. 

For more information on scholarships and other funding opportunities available at Swansea, please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

The School of Management also offers the Developing Futures Scholarship package, which encourages students to develop a number of professional skills whilst working with the School throughout the academic year.

Undergraduate scholarship of £2000 towards tuition fees.

Available to non-EU (International) students holding an offer to study at the School of Management. 

Postgraduate scholarship of £3000 towards tuition fees.

Available to all UK/EU and International students holding an offer to study at the School of Management. 

More information on Developing Futures Scholarships, including how to apply, can be found here.

Industrial Work Placements

For detailed information visit our placements webpages.

The School of Management has a dedicated placements and employability team, which facilitates the placements process in-house and advertises a range of potential placement opportunities to students.

Students receive extensive help to find a placement including careers workshops, skills training for CV writing and mock interviews, and the School of Management is one of the only UK business schools to have its own dedicated careers advisors for students.

We have worked with a broad spectrum of companies both through placements and graduate recruitment schemes. These range from international blue chip conglomerates to local start-up companies including: Bloomberg, Corus, Cable and Wireless Worldwide, Tate & Lyle, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, L’Oreal, HSBC, Barclays, Julian Hodge Bank, Capgemini, Accenture, Marks and Spencer, Shell, Microsoft, Deloitte and Nike.

Work placements offer enormous benefit to students:

  • discover what work is like in your chosen field of study
  • develop new work-orientated skills
  • build confidence and maturity
  • help you gain relevant experience in a real organisation
  • help you gain breadth of subject knowledge before undertaking the critical final year to inform module choices
  • help you to identify your ideal career pathway
  • provide you with high level work experience to add to your CV for graduate recruitment
  • translate your academic studies into the real world
  • many placements are paid

Most importantly, many companies who take on placement students go on to employ that student permanently after graduation.


Industry Projects

Real world projects help translate ideas learnt in the classroom into real world impact while also helping students meet potential employers. At the School of Management, students have the opportunity to undertake a sponsored projects in collaboration with business and organisations. These range from general consultancy to specific topics. Past projects include:

  • Swansea Market – business students working on a project to support the regeneration of the marketplace and benefit the broader Swansea community.
  • Unsung Hero, Llainpropert – business students working on a marketing project to identify growth opportunities for this family business. At Swansea we are very keen to work with small and local businesses to help them benefit from expertise in the University. 
  • Nexiform – students worked with this company to help launch a new environmentally friendly tile production process. This project included handling proprietary information and confidentiality agreements were signed to support the company.

On the BSc Business Management programme suite all students complete a ‘Final Year Project’ (FYP). This is year long group project sponsored by an external organisation that serves as the capstone to the degree programme, allowing you to bring together all of the areas you have learnt while at Swansea and turn them into real world change. 

Careers and Employability

We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates with major multinational companies and our graduate employment rate is 92%.

From the moment you arrive at the School of Management we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects. During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:

  • Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative
  • Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our visiting speaker programme
  • In conjunction with the International Development Office, undertake an Internship in India, with a company such as GE, Thomson Reuters, 3M, Private Equity or Kanvic Consulting
  • Boost your skills and meet employers during our biannual Employability Week
  • Complete the Swansea Employability Award
  • Participate in one of our student challenges and competitions, such as the Branding Challenge, and CIM student competition ‘The Pitch’

Discover how our in-house Careers Service has supported our students:

Graduate Destinations

Some of our recent graduate destinations:

  • Advanced Analytical Modelling Consultant, AC Neilsen
  • Assistant Tax Consultant, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Business Analyst, Bloomberg
  • Commercial Graduate, Tata
  • Finance Analyst, Cable and Wireless Worldwide
  • Finance Graduate Trainee, Tate & Lyle plc
  • Finance Graduate, Ford Motor Company
  • Financial Accounts Controller, Airbus UK
  • Financial Management Trainee, L'Oreal
  • Foreign Exchange Trader, HSBC
  • Graduate management scheme, Enterprise Rent- a-Car
  • Graduate Trainee programme, Barclays
  • Investment Banker, Julian Hodge
  • IT Consultant, Cap Gemini
  • Management Consultant, Accenture
  • Management Trainee, Marks and Spencer
  • Management Trainee, Shell UK
  • Marketing Assistant, Alfa Romeo
  • Recruitment Consultant, Microsoft
  • Share Dealer, OSTC
  • Trainee Accountant, Deloitte
  • Trainee Auditor, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Contact Details

For more information on this programme, please contact us:

Telephone: +44 (0)1792 205678