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Banking and Finance (with Foundation Year)

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

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Bristol Business School
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
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Programme leader:
Dr Kobil Ruziev

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.

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 that 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



In the Foundation year (Year zero), the content is designed to develop your academic skills. It also raises awareness of the relevance law, economics, accounting, plus business and management, will play in your future, professional lives.

You are encouraged to develop as reflective learners and will gain an understanding of the attributes that graduates of UWE Bristol attain, such as being self-reliant, enterprising, future-facing, collaborative and globally responsible citizens.

Much of the scheduled class time will be spent in rooms equipped for technology-supported work in groups.Teaching methods will be engaging as staff use the latest techniques and technologies to enhance the learning experience.

The four modules will have three hours of teaching each week (12 hours of scheduled class time in total). On four occasions during the year, the whole 12 hours will be spent team-working on a joint project. One of the weeks will result in an exhibition of assessed group posters, another will produce individual personal development plans.

Foundation Year (Year zero)

  • Becoming a Professional
  • Introduction to Organisations, Enterprise and Management 
  • Economics and Accounting for the Real World
  • Introduction to Law in a Social, Business and Global Context

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other business and law courses and so you may transfer to another course in one of these areas at the end of a successful Foundation year. The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one. Students seeking transfer to BA(Hons) Business (Team Entrepreneurship) would be required to pass an interview process. Transfer to BSc(Hons) Economics (as distinct from BA(Hons) Economics) would require an A level in Mathematics.

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
  • Understanding Business and Financial Information
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • 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 the placement.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

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, CII etc.

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
  • Behaviour Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Islamic Banking and Finance
  • Business Taxation, Theory and Practice
  • 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

We are currently seeking accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).


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.

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 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 (eg 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

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years1200
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years with placement1500
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: 48
  • 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.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Banking and Finance course.

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