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BA(Hons)

Banking and Finance (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
N30F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
48
Department:
Bristol Business School
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich
Study abroad:
Yes
Programme leader:
Dr Kobil Ruziev
Key fact:
We’re one of the only universities in the UK to offer direct access to real-time global financial data in our cutting-edge financial trading room.

Page last updated 13 September 2017

Introduction

Why study banking and finance?

The UK has 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?

BA(Hons) Banking and Finance is contemporary and broad-based, combining a foundation in economics with specialist banking and finance modules.

This programme will equip you with a unique critical understanding of today's financialised global economic system. It also covers principles and practice of modern banking, ethics and regulation.

Explore tax and investment planning, credit, portfolio and risk management and other practical issues from an international perspective.

Study research methodologies from both economic and finance perspectives and explore new regulations created in the wake of the financial crisis. Develop technical and critical thinking skills in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Learn to answer questions such as: what are the implications of an increasingly complex and globalised financial system? Does finance make the economy more or less stable? Have the lessons of the 2008 financial crisis been learned?

Study research methodologies from both economic and finance perspectives and explore new regulations created in the wake of the financial crisis. Develop technical and critical thinking skills in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Guest speakers, recent case studies and placement opportunities give you access to real business environments and give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Where can it take me?

Banking and Finance at UWE Bristol is designed to meet employers' needs. Our emphasis on skills development and employability gives you a competitive edge in the jobs market.

You could go on to become a successful banker, accountant, or financial planner and analyst.

Our graduates have roles with Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC, investment banks (for example, Arbuthnot Latham), GE Asset Management and Handelsbanken.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

You usually need to pass your foundation year before going onto year one.

Year zero (foundation year)

Development of your academic skills and your understanding of law, economics, accounting, business and management.

You will study:

  • 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.

Year one

A solid grounding in core banking and finance subject knowledge.

You will study:

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

Year two

Development of your finance knowledge and specialist interests, along with your research and enquiry skills.

You will study:

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

Plus two optional modules from:

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

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

Advanced study in the core subject areas and a major applied research project.

You will study:

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

Plus four optional modules (three if you complete a study year abroad or placement year) from:

  • Economics of International Financial Markets
  • International Financial Management
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Credit Risk Analysis and Management
  • Investment Management
  • Further Tax 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

You'll be taught through a mix of tutor-led learning, independent student-led study and group projects.

Lectures, workshops/seminars, group project work and tutoring make up 12 hours of contact time each week. You'll spend at least as much time again studying independently. This includes preparing for workshops/seminars, reviewing lectures, online work, reading and other research activity. You'll also prepare assessed work and revise for end of module exams.

You'll become a reflective learner and begin developing skills you'll need later on, such as self-reliance and collaboration.

You'll go on to develop your communication and presentation skills, IT and numeracy skills, and project and time management skills. And your improved problem solving, critical thinking, analysis, evaluation and innovation skills will help you stand out as a graduate.

You can gain work experience through short-term internships, paid work as a Student Ambassador or Peer Assisted Learning Leader, or through volunteering.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
024%76%0%100%
127%73%0%100%
224%76%0%100%
321%79%0%100%

Assessment

You'll be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations, which assess what you know and can do and help you develop the confidence and skills that employers value.

Coursework can take the form of essays and reports; business plans and applied research projects; portfolios and weekly notes; assessed group and individual presentations and posters. You'll also reflect and comment on your own learning and personal development.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
036%41%23%100%
146%46%8%100%
246%45%9%100%
343%55%3%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

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

Placements

We encourage you to do a 40-week paid sandwich placement after your second year of study. It can be in the UK or abroad.

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees.

Banking and Finance at UWE Bristol is well-connected with local and national employers. We have a strong track record for securing placements with companies such as Rolls Royce and the Government Economic Service.

You'll get help to find your placement and support throughout from our careers service.

Study year abroad

You'll also have opportunities to study overseas on courses that are taught in English and relevant to your degree. The study year abroad is not a paid placement.

Study facilities

In our new £55m Bristol Business School, you'll have access to cutting-edge learning spaces like the Bloomberg financial trading room. Training in this state-of-the-art financial platform will give you a commanding view of global finance.

Designed with student input, the Business School offers learning spaces for individual and group study plus conference rooms you can book. It's a space where students and business come together to collaborate and form new partnerships.

In our specialist library, business librarians manage vast collections to support your research. Attend workshops to develop your information skills or visit Study Skills

The library offers zoned spaces for silent and group study and rooms you can book. You'll have access to recommended books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases on and off campus.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Banking and Finance at UWE Bristol produces graduates who are work-ready and have the knowledge and critical skills to succeed.

This course is 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.

Our graduates have roles with Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC, investment banks (for example, Arbuthnot Latham), GE Asset Management and Handelsbanken.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our Employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

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

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. We don’t accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least 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

If you think you'll achieve a higher tariff score, you may be interested in our BA(Hons) Banking and Finance course.

Read more about undergraduate entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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