This course is accredited by a number of professional accounting and finance bodies. You have access to our virtual trading floor, where you make use of real-world Bloomberg data, information and analytics to practise trading stocks and securities in the type of environment found in City finance firms. You study a wide range of topics and develop your quantitative skills, giving you the flexibility to pursue a career in finance, accounting or business management after graduation. You explore areas such as: the preparation of financial statements and budgets; accounting standards and corporate governance; financial theory; portfolio management; options and futures markets and risk management. These are evidenced on your degree transcript, to help give you the competitive edge in the graduate job market. You have the opportunity to undertake a work placement year in your third year. This course includes an introductory first year to familiarise you with wider business topics, such as management, marketing and economics. You are taught at Essex Business School, the largest department at the University of Essex. Our finance group is one of the largest and most respected in the country. We not only teach you how financial information underpins leadership, strategy and planning, but how financial decisions can impact society and the economy. We develop your understanding of governance and ethics, so you can take actions for the good of businesses and society. Through our Q-Step Affiliate Status, we offer you the opportunity to develop your quantitative skills by taking a specialised degree pathway or receiving a student bursary to go on a quantitative work placement. Q-Step is funded by the Nuffield Foundation.