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BA(Hons)

Banking and Finance (Top Up)

This course is open for applications

About this course

Entry year:
2019/20
Course code:
N310
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Department:
Bristol Business School
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
One year
Delivery:
Full-time
Programme leader:
James Korovilas
Key fact:
Top up your existing qualifications to an honours degree. This one year top-up degree is equivalent to the final year of undergraduate study, and is aimed at students who have previously completed a relevant qualification, such as a Higher National Diploma or equivalent.

Page last updated 6 March 2019

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 (Top-up) will equip you with a unique critical understanding of today's global economic system,  exploring contemporary issues and allowing you to develop an in depth project in the field, alongside specialist modules in subjects such as investment and international finance. On successful completion you will be awarded a full BA(Hons) degree.

You will develop technical and critical thinking skills in a supportive and nurturing environment, addressing some of the key challenges of an increasingly complex and globalised financial system.

Guest speakers and recent case studies give you access to real business environments and give you a competitive edge in the job market. Our modern facilities including the Bloomberg Trading Suite, will give you real-world insight and unrivalled practical experience.

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.

Structure

Content

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

You will study:

  • Business Project or Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Banking and Finance
  • Academic and Professional Development.

Plus, three optional modules from: 

  • Economics of International Financial Markets
  • International Financial Management
  • Investment Management
  • Islamic Banking and Finance.

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 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.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

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.

Features

Study facilities

In our £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

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 (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
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 Per year315

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for 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

  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above 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 need to meet the UK Border Agency's and the University's minimum English language requirements such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.

Entry requirements

You should normally hold an HND or Foundation Degree (or equivalent) in business, management or a related discipline. Or have successfully completed the equivalent of 240 UK credit points (120 ECTS credits).

For advice about entry requirements visit our country-specific information pages.

You can also contact your local British Council Office for advice.

English language support

If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.

Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

How to apply

UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this course between 25 February and 4 July 2019. We aim to give you a response to your application within 21 days.

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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