BA (Hons) Financial Services

Undergraduate, Full-time

Financial Services BA (Hons)



Our BA (Hons) Financial Services course is the only undergraduate degree course in this area in the UK

Overview

We have designed the programme to meet the increasing demand from the financial services sector for skilled graduates.

Launched in 1993 the programme continues to provide students with up to date and relevant learning experiences while focusing on developing the skills that are critical to the successful employment opportunities offered to our best graduates.

There is flexibility within the programme structure that allows students to follow individual specialisms, and there is the option of paid work in the financial services sector for six months during the second trimester of Year 3.

Graduating students are typically able to begin their careers with relevant firms within the sector, or use their qualification to allow entry to a wide range of Masters programmes in the UK and overseas.

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Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

4 years

Start date:

Sep

UCAS code:

N340

Placement:

Yes

Study Abroad:

Yes


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Course details

The overall aim of the BA/BA (Hons) Financial Services Programme is to provide you with a range of knowledge and skills that are relevant to the operation of modern financial services organisations.

In order to achieve this aim, you will study a range of Modules which are designed to:

  • Provide a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the operations and issues inherent in the UK and international financial markets, including issues related to their regulation and control.
  • Support this knowledge by developing the ability to use relevant theory and analytical techniques in the investigation of financially-centred issues.
  • Instil a sound knowledge of the legal, organisational, financial and technological environment relevant to the sector, and to develop skills in these areas as appropriate.
  • Integrate learning into an analytical, problem-solving, creative approach in relation to the challenges and changes facing the financial services sector and its role in the wider economy.
  • Develop inter-personal and transferable skills which will enable graduates to contribute effectively in business situations or in broader policy-making and regulatory environments.
  • Promote initiative and enterprise by providing opportunities for students to take responsibility for their own learning.

You will be given the opportunity to acquire and develop many valuable practical skills such as the ability to collect, analyse, interpret and understand data and information. On completing this programme you will have been given opportunities to gain an appreciation of the value of education to society and to you as an individual.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    This is mostly formal lectures to cover the underlying issues and theory. The tutorials involve a more detailed examination of these issues and tend to be linked to how they are applied in practice in real world situations.

  • note and pen Assessments

    Most modules will involve one written piece of coursework and a formal examination at the end of the trimester. In addition many modules will include an oral or visual presentation as part of an assessment.

    There are some exceptions to this where modules are assessed solely by two (or more) written pieces of work without any formal examination. This reflects the more practical focus in certain modules that are best assessed with an applied assessment rather than a summative assessment. Certain assessments will be on an individual basis while others may involve an element of group work.

  • briefcase Work placement

    Students on our Financial Services programme have the option to complete a 24-week work placement in year three. It’s the ideal way to glean real insight into the industry and ensure that you are work-ready.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Introduction to the Financial Services Sector
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Principles of Economics

Year 2

  • Financial Services Decision Making and Planning 1
  • Financial Management
  • Planning Personal Finance
  • Business and Management Challenges
  • Management Science & Statistics

Year 3

  • Financial Services Decision Making and Planning 2
  • Marketing Financial Services
  • Management Science & Statistics (or option)
  • 24 week Work-based Learning (or 3 option modules)

Year 4

  • Dissertation
  • Central Banking
  • Regulatory Risk Management or Management of Financial Institutions
  • Two option modules

Disclaimer

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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement

BBBB

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BCCC

National 5 grade C in English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

BCC

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level and grade C2 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

New Grading System:

H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level and grade O4 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4.

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects.

Grade 6 in Maths and English.

Minimum year 2

HNC

Pass either HNC Business with grade A at SCQF Level 7 in the graded unit or HNC Financial Services with grade B at SCQF Level 7 in the graded unit.

Minimum year 3

HND

Pass HND Business or Financial Services with grade B at SCQF Level 8 in the graded unit(s).

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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by 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 admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Careers

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A Degree/Honours Degree in Financial Services will equip you for careers in:

  • Banking, including personal banking, business banking, investment banking and a range of other specialised functions
  • Insurance and the assessment of risk
  • Independent financial advisory services
  • Stockbroking and funds management
  • General finance across a range of organisations
  • General management across a range of organisations
  • Further professional study and/or Masters degrees
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