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Banking and Finance

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Bristol Business School
Three years full-time, Four years sandwich
Full-time; Sandwich
Study abroad:
Programme leader:
Dr Jo Michell
Key fact:
UWE Bristol is one of only a few Universities in the UK to offer direct access to real-time global financial data through our cutting-edge Financial Trading Room.

Page last updated 18 July 2017


Why BA(Hons) Banking and Finance?

The UK hosts one of the largest and most competitive financial sectors in the world offering diverse career opportunities, attractive salaries and scope to work overseas.

Why study our course?

Our BA(Hons) Banking and Finance course is contemporary, applied and broad-based, combining specialist and practical Banking and Finance modules with relevant modules from Economics and Accounting. A number of the modules are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) giving valuable exemptions from CIMA exams.

This course covers various contemporary issues in banking and finance including principles and practice of modern banking, ethics and regulation. You will learn about tax and investment planning, credit, portfolio and risk management and many other practical and topical issues from a truly international perspective. You will also broaden your knowledge of research methodologies from both economics and banking and finance perspectives and explore new rules and regulations in the wake of the financial crisis.

Real-world experience

Cutting-edge teaching from research-active experts and practical training modules using the financial trading room ensure students are up-to-date and well connected with industry. In addition, guest speakers, real life case studies and a valuable placement year give students access to real business environments and a competitive edge in the job market.

There are opportunities to develop both technical skills and critical thinking in a supportive and nurturing environment with a strong emphasis on employability from day one.

Where it can take you

The high-level demand for graduates with this degree makes it an ideal launch pad for a career in banking, accountancy, insurance, financial planning and analysis, investment and pensions and advisory roles in both the public and private sector.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



Year one

The first year provides a foundation in core banking and finance subject knowledge, as well as additional skills and attributes necessary for your future success.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Financial Institutions and Markets
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Understanding Business and Financial Information
  • Macroeconomics
  • Statistics and Data Management
  • Academic Development for Accounting and Finance.

Year two

In the second year, you will build your knowledge in core banking and finance areas and begin to develop your specialist interests and your research and enquiry skills. All students are encouraged to spend their third year on placement and the curriculum in the second year also provides support for the process of securing this.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Principles and Practices of Banking
  • Management and Cost Accounting
  • Governance and Ethics in Banking
  • Investment Banking
  • Introductory Econometrics.

In addition, you will study two optional modules from the list below:

  • Credit Management: Theory and Practice
  • Market Analysis for Private Investors
  • Economic Research Methods
  • Economics of Money and Banking
  • International Trade and Multinational Business.

Final year

The final year will include advanced study in the core subject areas and a major applied research project, integrating and applying the knowledge gained in the earlier years of study. You will also have a number of optional module choices to further your specialist interests and/or accumulate exemptions from professional examinations with bodies such as CIOB, CIMA and CII.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Final Year Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Banking and Finance.

In addition, you will study four optional modules from the list below OR three if a Study Year Abroad (SYA) or Placement Year has been completed:

  • Economics of International Financial Markets
  • International Financial Management
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Credit Risk Analysis and Management
  • Investment Management
  • Business Taxation, Theory and Practice
  • Behaviour Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Islamic Banking and Finance
  • Financial Crime.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The course is taught through a diverse mix of learning environments including face-to-face tutor-led, independent student-led, online and group projects.

Lectures, workshops/seminars, group project work, and tutoring account for 12 hours of contact time per week and you will spend at least as much time again in essential independent study. This includes preparation for workshops/seminars study, reviewing lectures, online work, reading and other research activity, as well as in the preparation of assessed work and revision for end of module exams.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Learning through experience

All students are encouraged to gain high-quality work experience, ideally through the 40-week Placement in Year 3 (see Features) but if not, then through short-term internships, paid work e.g. as a Student Ambassador or as a Peer Assisted Learning Leader, or through volunteering.

Guest speakers, real-life case studies and the cutting-edge Financial Trading Room (see Features) broaden knowledge of the industry and ensure graduates are work-ready.  


You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations, all of which aim to assess not only what you know and can do but also develop the graduate attributes that are valued by employers. These attributes include communication and presentation skills, IT and numeracy skills, team work, project and time management skills as well as the intellectual skills of problem solving, critical thinking, analysis and evaluation, creativity and innovation.

Coursework comes in many different forms: essays and reports; business plans and applied research projects; portfolios and weekly notes; assessed group and individual presentations and posters. You will also be required to reflect and comment on your own learning and personal development.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This degree offers a number of modules which are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) giving valuable exemptions from CIMA exams.


You are encouraged to undertake a 40-week paid sandwich placement, relevant to your degree. Placements are taken after the second year of study and could be based in the UK or internationally.

This is a valuable and rewarding aspect of your course allowing you to gain real-world experience, develop key skills and increase your employability on graduation.

UWE Banking and Finance is well placed and connected with local and national employers and the department has a strong track record for securing placements with companies such as Rolls Royce, and the Government Economic Service.

Employers highly rate this experience, with one third of students on placement re-employed by placement employers on graduation.

You will receive support in finding a placement and guidance throughout from our award-winning Careers and Employability service and staff within the Accounting, Economics and Finance department.

Study year abroad

As an alternative to a sandwich placement, there may be opportunities to undertake a study year abroad where courses are taught in English. Employers look favourably upon graduates who have studied overseas on account of them having acquired a global perspective which is becoming even more valuable with increasingly globalised markets.

Study facilities

Your learning is supported through the provision of high quality study facilities and an excellent library. Dedicated business librarians manage vast collections of materials to support all your curriculum subjects and independent research through information skills sessions and the University's Study Skills website.  There is also an extensive programme of regular workshops including referencing management. 

The library offers zoned space from silent to group study and student bookable rooms.  You will benefit from direct access to electronic databases on and off campus including recommended books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases.

The Bloomberg financial trading room is used by students from across Bristol Business School and provides the opportunity for training in this state of the art financial platform that provides a commanding view of global finance.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

UWE Bristol Trading and Investment Society

Founded in 2011, this society run exclusively by students aims to bring together like-minded people and share knowledge and interest in finance and investing. Through the introduction of a virtual money fund, members get to apply financial theory and analysis in real-life settings, supported by our state of the art Financial Trading Room. Members also have access to stimulating lectures by industry experts, networking events and trading games. The society has excellent connections with major banks and accountancy firms and organises regular social events and trips.  Explore the UWETIS Facebook page and the UWETIS website.


Careers / Further study

Banking and Finance at UWE Bristol is designed to meet the needs of employers and strong emphasis on skills development and employability ensures graduates are work-ready and have the knowledge and critical skills to succeed in a competitive job market.

The high-level demand for graduates with this degree makes it an ideal launch pad for a career in banking, accountancy, insurance, financial planning and analysis, investment and pensions and advisory roles in both the public and private sector. UWE Bristol graduates have secured roles with Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC, Investment banks (e.g. Arbuthnot Latham), GE Asset Management and Handelsbanken.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year13000
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1625
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11375

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 years900
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 Years with Placement1200
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year300

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If English is not your first language, you will be required to meet the UK Border Agency and Universities minimum English Language requirements such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component. For further details visit our English Language requirements page.

  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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