Finance Programme

Ashbourne’s Finance Programme is designed to give students the best possible chance of getting onto competitive finance, business or economics related degree courses at a top UK university.

Financial challenges

Students are set real life investment challenges where they have to put theories to the test. They gain excellent experience in research, analysis and trading as well as the opportunity to practise their communication skills by pitching their ideas to a live panel. At budget time the Finance Programme leader throws a party for the students to watch it together so they can analyse and debate the chancellor’s proposals and come up with their own verdict.

“The Ashbourne Finance Programme was an insightful introduction to trading before starting university. This helped me in my decision to pursue my degree course as I wanted to understand markets and trading on a deeper mathematical level.” Noor, Investment and Financial Risk Management, City University

Finance Programme students attend regular group sessions and take part in a variety of trips, events and workshops, complemented by a lively Programme blog, that helps deepen their understanding of current affairs and keeps them up to date with the latest issues and developments in the field.

Students engage in debates on current financial issues which push them to consider a range of ideas and challenge their preconceptions. Students are also encouraged to participate in essay writing competitions that require them to conduct independent research and present their findings in an academic-style piece of writing.

I would highly recommend the Finance Programme to anyone who is either studying economics or is interested in the field of finance, business development and economics.

— Malek

Career ambitions and university choices

Students practise researching and scrutinising concepts to prepare them to face the more rigorous demands of university courses. Each student will receive individual, expert guidance and support in their UCAS application including choosing the right university degree course for them, writing a compelling personal statement and any interview practice required.

We take advantage of London’s status as a financial hub to visit leading institutions and an annual trip to the City of London and London Docklands. Students will get the chance to hear inspiring university talks at LSE and UCL and work on reviewing the latest books in the field. External speakers from leading financial institutions in the city come in to give their analysis of trends in the financial world.

Students are offered unique insights into the experiences of knowledgeable professionals from the financial world, helping to shape their own career ambitions. As well as helping students broaden their understanding of how the global economy functions and offering them to tools to examine in-depth economic issues from wide range of contexts, the Programme also create experiences that provide great material for students to include in their UCAS personal statement.

Outstanding results and university destinations

Ashbourne students consistently achieve outstanding A level exam results, 54% A*A (2022-2023), and almost 60% of our graduates go on to study at Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

How to apply

Ashbourne offers an adult-approach to learning which is less formal than most schools yet is demanding and disciplined. We believe this helps nurture confident, self-reliant and independent thinking students prepared for the next stages of their lives. We attract students from all over the world making the college a vibrant, diverse and exciting place to learn.

Please get in touch to apply for a place on Ashbourne’s Finance Programme. Email, [email protected], call +44 (0) 20 7937 3858 or complete the enquiry form below.

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