BA (Hons) Business Studies with Finance (Sandwich)

Undergraduate, Full-time

Develop an understanding of the business and financial worlds and gain one year of valuable work experience on this course.

  • Napier code:


  • UCAS code:


  • Course type:


  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    BA (Hons)

  • Location:

    Craiglockhart campus

Ask about this course
About you
Enter first name
Enter last name

Course introduction

Combine a degree in business with on the job experience and graduate with excellent prospects.

Similar to our BA (Hons) Business Studies (Sandwich) course, this route allows you to specialise in Finance.

You'll benefit from studying in Edinburgh, home to many international financial services companies, with whom Edinburgh Napier has many links.

This four-year course will provide you with a sound understanding of business and financial management theory, including excellent numerical, statistical and analytical skills and includes a year-long industry placement.

Students in a computing lab

This course will provide a broad understanding of the business world, both domestically and internationally, giving you a major advantage as you seek to enter the employment market. You’ll also have the valuable opportunity to put theory into practice with a year-long industry placement. 

By specialising in finance you'll gain excellent numerical, statistical and analytical skills required for a career in finance and accounting. 

You'll develop transferable skills in communication, presentation, group working and analysis. You'll also get the opportunity to study abroad for a trimester, preparing you for an international business career.

This is a full-time course studied over four years. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and through independent study.

What you study

Year 1

  • Principles of Economics
  • Accounting for Business
  • Research and Business Skills
  • Introduction to the Financial Services Sector
  • Behavioural Studies
  • Marketing

Year 2

  • Business and Management Challenges
  • Managerial Finance
  • Financial Management
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Appraisal
  • World Economy

Year 3

  • Work-based Learning (48-week placement)

Year 4

  • Corporate Financial Management or Taxation
  • Issues in Finance or Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Leadership in a Changing Environment
  • Business Strategy and Sustainable Development
  • Dissertation

Work placement

A compulsory approved work placement in Year 3.

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Our graduates enjoy great success in their careers and many go on to their first jobs in their work placement company.

The broad course opens up more employment opportunities in commercial business and the public sector.

Career opportunities

  • financial services
  • graduate training schemes
  • marketing
  • human resources
  • logistics

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement


National 5 grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement


National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies. 

A Level


GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B3, B3, B3 at Higher Level and grade C2 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

New Grading System:

H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level and grade O4 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject. 

GCSE grade C in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 27 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4.

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects.  

Grade 6 in Maths and English.

Minimum year 2


Pass HNC Business, Management or Marketing with grade B at SCQF level 7 in the graded unit.

SQA Advanced Higher


A Level


There is no direct entry onto year 3 of this programme.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £11,950 £12,350

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Find out more