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BSc (Hons) in Finance

Mode of Study: Campus Learning | Distance Learning

The Bachelor of Science with Honours in Finance is targeted at those wishing to enter the financial sector, commercial banking sector, investment sector, corporate finance, insurance sector, investment banking, multinational companies, public sector companies, accounting firms, financial analyst, financial planner, financial consultant, venture capital professionals, etc. The programme develops understanding of finance with accounting practices, commerce and industry. Opportunities are widely available. Completing the degree programme in finance is just the beginning. They can measure which industry sectors have greatest need for new professionals. The finance sector is multifaceted, offering various positions catering to different skills and interest. The key to individual success is to research, locate and land the financial job that has the greatest compatibility with your skills and interests. Various career positions available in the market may be Senior Finance Officer, Chief Finance Controller, Chief Financial Officer, Finance Manager, Insurance Broker, Insurance Agent, Treasurer, Stock Brokers, Head, Cashier, Senior Teller, Senior level managerial position, Finance Consultant, Mutual Fund Agent, different roles in real estate sector, Chief Loan Officer, etc.

Programme details: The programme consists of core (required) and elective modules as detailed below. Some modules may have pre-requisites (i.e. may require the student to pass another module or set of modules first). Some modules may be co-requisite (i.e. such modules are required to be taken together). The number at the end of the module in parenthesis indicates the credit load of the module. 1 credit is equal to 10 hours of learning (guided, in-class and independent combined); therefore a 10-credit module requires on average 100 hours of learning from the student.

Core Modules

  • C5-ICO-11: Introduction to Computers (20)
  • A5-FFI-14: Fundamentals of Finance (20)
  • A5-PA1-15: Principles of Accounting 1 (20)
  • A5-FMT-15: Financial Markets (20)
  • D5-CSS-14: Communication and Study Skills (20)
  • B5-LAB-13: Legal Aspects of Business (20)
  • A6-FFM-15: Fundamentals of Financial Management (20)
  • A6-PA2-17: Principles of Accounting 2 (10)
  • A6-FEC-15: Financial Economics (20)
  • A6-CFA-17: Computerised Accounting (10)
  • A6-PEA-13: Principles of Ethics and Assurance (20)
  • A6-POT-13: Principles of Taxation (20)
  • A6-STF-15: Statistics for Finance (20)
  • A7-CFM-15: Corporate Financial Management (20)
  • A7-RMI-15: Principles of Risk Management & Insurance (20)
  • A7-SPM-15: Security Analysis and Portfolio Management (20)
  • A7-INM-15: Investment Management (20)
  • A7-FIA-15: Fixed Income Analysis (20)
  • A7-PFR-17: Professional Practice in Finance (60)
  • A8-IFM-15: International Financial Management (20)
  • A8-BOS-15: Banking Operations and Services (20)
  • A8-FPR-17: Project Finance (40)

Elective Modules

  • Select one from the following:
    • A7-VCF-15: Venture Capital Financing (20)
    • A7-CFR-15: Corporate Financial Reporting (20)
  • Select one from the following:
    • B7-CGO-13: Corporate Governance (20)
    • A8-PRF-15: Project Finance (20)
    • A8-IMS-15: Introduction to Management Science (20)

Recommended full-time study path (4½ years):

Year Sem ModuleCredits
Year 1Sem 1C5-ICO-11 Introduction to Computers20
A5-FFI-14: Fundamentals of Finance20
A5-PA1-15: Principles of Accounting 110
Sem 2A5- FMT-15: Financial Markets20
B5-LAB-13: Legal Aspects of Business20
D5-CSS-14: Communication & Study Skills20
Year 2Sem 3 A6-FFM-15: Fundamentals of Financial Management20
A6-PA2-17: Principles of Accounting 220
A6- STF-15: Statistics for Finance20
Sem 4A6-PEA-13: Principles of Ethics and Assurance20
A6-POT-13: Principles of Taxation20
A6-STF-15: Statistics for Finance10
Year 3Sem 5A7- CFM-15:Corporate Financial Management20
A7-RMI-15: Principles of Risk Management and Insurance20
A7- SPM-15:Security Analysis and Portfolio Management20
Sem 6A7- INM-15: Investment Management20
A7-FIA-15: Fixed Income Analysis20
Elective –I (Select one module form below) 
A7-VCF-15: Venture Capital Financing20
A7-CFR-15: Corporate Financial Reporting20
Year 4Sem 7A7-PFR-17: Professional Practice in Finance60
Sem 8A8- IFM-15: International Financial Management20
A8- BOS-15: Banking Operations and Services20
Elective –I (Select one module form below) 
B7- CGV-13: Corporate Governance20
A8-PRF-15: Project Finance20
A8-IMS-15: Introduction to Management Science 20
Year 5Sem 9A8-FPR-17: Project Finance 40
B8-ENT-13: Essentials of Entrepreneurship20

Admissions Criteria

1) Applicants are expected to have successfully completed secondary schooling. The typical entry requirement is BGCSE or IGCSE (in Botswana), LGCSE (in Lesotho) or other equivalent secondary school qualification. BGCSE or IGCSE (in Botswana), LGCSE (in Lesotho) candidates are required to achieve a minimum grade of ‘D’ in five subjects.

2) The applicant should have passed in a minimum of five BGCSE, LGCSE or equivalent subjects including English and Mathematics with a minimum of a C in Mathematics.

3) Applicants in possession of a Diploma or Higher Diploma in related field may be given exemptions based on the credit point equivalency.

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