BA (Hons) Financial Services

Undergraduate, Distance Learning

Build on your previous experience and skills in financial services on this advanced entry course which equips you for employment in a range of industries.

  • Napier code:

    32307BH

  • Course type:

    Distance Learning

  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    BA (Hons)

  • Location:

    Distance learning

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Course introduction

This course allows you to develop your knowledge and skills in the area of financial services while at the same time preparing you for employment or further professional studies in the field.

You can enter directly into Year 3 or 4 of this advanced entry course depending on your previous experience and qualifications.

This course has been developed after consultation with Scotland’s leading financial institutions to meet the need for staff within the financial services industry.


This programme is designed for those that already have a financial services related professional qualification, such as MIOBS, ACII, and AFPC.

There are a number of pathway options available - the Banking Pathway (for MIOBS qualified entrants), the Insurance Pathway (for ACII qualified entrants) and the Financial Planning Pathway (for holders of FPC and AFPC qualifications).

You'll learn the foundations of financial responsibility, including corporate finance, fund management, banking or insurance broking; as well as time management, project management, communication, collection and management of data and IT.

This flexible course is studied part-time through distance learning for between one and four years, depending on your initial entry qualification. Identical in duration and content to a part-time course, this option replaces campus attendance with specially developed printed and online learning materials. You can study at your own pace, in your own time.

Below you'll find an indication of the subjects you could study on this course. These will be supplemented by choices from a course-specific option pool.

What you study

Level 3

  • Financial Services Decision Making & Planning 1 or Planning Personal Finance
  • Financial Services Decision Making & Planning 2
  • Marketing Financial Services
  • Advanced Personal Financial Planning
  • Corporate Risk Management
  • Risk Management in the Private Sector or Risk Management in the Public Sector (work-based modules)

Level 4

  • Central Banking
  • Dissertation
A choice of options modules from
  • Monetary Theory & Policy
  • Financial Services Risk Management
  • Financial Services Decision Making & Planning 2
  • Marketing Financial Services
  • Corporate Risk Management
  • Economics of Business Strategy
  • Global Financial Markets
  • Management of Financial Institutions
  • Regulatory Risk Management

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

A degree in financial services can open the door to a wide range of opportunities, including:

  • general management positions in banks, building societies and insurance companies
  • Investment fund management
  • stock-broking
  • independent financial advice
  • investment administration


Minimum year 4 (September 2017 entry final intake)

To apply you'll need to be a Chartered Insurance Institute member holding either the ACII or APFS qualification.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students.Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
All students *£305 *£305
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Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.

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