BA (Hons) Financial Services

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Gain knowledge of the financial services sector, develop your understanding of finance and gain business skills that can be applied across a range of industries.

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  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    BA (Hons)

  • Location:

    Craiglockhart campus

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Course introduction

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

It's one of only two Honours degree programmes to be delivered in this subject area in Scotland.

We offer tuition that is supported by highly experienced teaching staff and strong industry connections. Guest speakers from the corporate, government and financial worlds add value to this engaging course.

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.

What you study

Year 1

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

Year 2

  • Financial Services Decision Making and Planning 1
  • Financial Management
  • Planning Personal Finance
  • Business and Management Challenges
  • Management Science & Statistics or an option
  • One option module

Year 3

  • Financial Services Decision Making and Planning 2
  • Marketing Financial Services
  • Management Science & Statistics or an option
  • Work-based Learning or three option modules

Year 4

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

Work placement

An optional 24-week work placement is available in Year 3.

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 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement


National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement


National 5 grade C in Maths and 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


GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

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

New Grading System:

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

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject. 

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 27 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


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


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.

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 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,250 tba
Overseas £12,350 tba

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