Sound financial management is key to any business achieving its strategic objectives. In this course, you will develop a broad understanding of the business activity, as well as learning the major tools and theories of financial management, and how to apply these to real business situations.
This programme covers the major tools and theories of financial management, and how to apply them to real-world situations. Arden University’s online BA (Hons) Business (Finance) (CMI) will develop your financial management skills, central to achieving business success, preparing you for your next professional steps. This programme’s Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accreditation also means graduates will be awarded a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management to help you stand out from the crowd.
Arden’s flexible study mode allows you to develop your financial skills around your existing commitments. This programme will equip you with the financial knowledge needed to take your next steps in the business world, and help you become an asset to a range of organisations.
The full range of programmes offered by Arden features a strong focus on employability, practical skills, and career success. This programme has been developed with a particular focus on the financial skills and knowledge to help you inspire and manage change within your organisation.
Developing Personal and Management Skills You’ll need great management skills whether working in a multinational corporation, or a microbusiness. Starting from your own personal management, you’ll work up to team management, and then learn to apply theories of motivation, conflict management, and empowerment to larger organisations.
Understanding the Business EnvironmentGet to grips with business structure and stakeholder responsibilities. You'll begin to understand core business concepts such as supply and demand, competition, markets, and government effects with this module.
Principles of MarketingThis module starts with basic definitions, after which, you’ll learn to analyse businesses and wider markets. You’ll also learn to break markets down into segments and apply dynamic marketing tools to your marketing strategy.
Introduction to FinanceA basic understanding of finance is a great asset, and this module will take you through how companies manage their books, prepare accounts, and inform business decisions. You’ll be better equipped to have an impact on your organisation.
People in OrganisationsSuccessful organisations know how to lead and motivate their staff, and this module explores the things that make people tick. You’ll learn how teams work best, and how to effectively manage change.
Management AccountingThis module will help you establish a grasp on the numbers at play, and to use terms such as activity-based costing (ABC), absorption costing, and marginal costing. You’ll learn to make the numbers work for you and make smart decisions through accounting techniques such as balanced scorecards.
Managing Across CulturesGlobal business requires us to take into account national cultures. This module asks how our products will work in different markets, how to facilitate a multicultural workforce, and other issues critical to modern business.
Business ProcessesYour way of working should be designed and managed to make the most of your time and money. In this module, you’ll look at issues such as benchmarking, supply chain management, and whether a project has been successful.
Enterprise and EntrepreneurshipEntrepreneurs at all levels need certain tools and techniques to enable them to thrive. This module is about moving forward in big business, from initial innovation through to early growth and beyond.
Business AnalysisThe ways organisations use huge amounts of data they produce can be the difference between success and failure. This module looks at finding, extracting, working with, analysing, and interpreting data, developing the skills to design your own data collection project.
Financial ReportingThis module introduces you to account preparation and the national and international formats in use. You’ll learn to dig more deeply into the numbers, interpret what the figures are really saying, and report these findings to multiple stakeholders.
Financial AuditingExternal audits represent the reality of the business, and demonstrate if the accounts are properly constructed; internal audits ensure control systems are properly functioning, and business resources safeguarded. In this module, you’ll learn which is which, and why.
Contemporary Management IssuesUsing the most up-to-date thinking, this module probes the issues facing managers today, including sustainability, moral and ethical choices, and corporate values. You’ll reflect on the changing world, including globalisation, the communities we live in, and the ways our economic landscape is changing.
Strategic ManagementLearn how to design the roadmap to take your business to succeed in this module, by applying a range of strategic theories and techniques. You’ll look at mergers and acquisitions, working with partners, national and international planning, and the ways organisations deliver their plans by effectively managing change.
Managing Self and OthersThis module continues the theme of supporting and developing yourself and others. Learn stress management techniques, positive thinking, and assertive development, alongside tools for creativity and decision-making. You’ll scrutinise everything from recruitment to team management.
Financial Decision MakingFrom raising finance to short and long-term budget decisions, you’ll learn how to plan for different outcomes, and develop the skills to analyse and interpret a firm’s financial policies and risk management strategies.
Research Methods and Dissertation With your supervising tutor, you will determine an interdisciplinary area related to your degree to research, giving you the opportunity to specialise in an area of the programme that has most interested you.
When you enrol in the BA (Hons) Business (Finance) (CMI) course, you will have the option to participate in the following business skill development programmes:
Cisco Networking AcademyGet a real world grounding in today’s most valuable technical skills. Use real equipment, software, and simulators to gain technical knowledge in at least 1 or 2 high demand job areas.
Salesforce TrailheadsThere are 140 Trails and 520 badges to choose from, covering many aspects of business, computing and using Salesforce as a management tool.
How does it work?Participation with our Industry Partners is completely voluntary. Your participation or decision not to study these additional extras won’t have any effect on your degree or the grades you receive.
What Our Students Say:
"I would definitely recommend Arden because you learn to research and solve problems on your own, and you have a backup with the tutors if needed."
Marcel Wahrhaftig,BA (Hons) Business (CMI)Germany
"Distance Learning has given me lots of flexibility which has been essential. I feel honoured to be studying whilst working and bringing up a family."
Laura Benson, BA (Hons) Business (Marketing)United Kingdom
To be eligible for this course you must normally have:
Two subjects at GCE A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent OR
Completed a recognised Access Programme, or equivalent.
For students whose prior learning was not taught in English: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (no less than 5.5 in any element).
If You Have Work Experience
We positively encourage and consider applications from those able to demonstrate their motivation to study the programme. We will ask for your personal statement, along with your CV and references in support of your application.