BSc (Hons) Financial Services (1 year top up)
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    BSc (Hons) Financial Services (1 year top up)

    Tailored for students with a financial services background to help launch a successful career.

    The financial services industry is one of the UK’s biggest. Learn how to succeed in an international finance career with our course.

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    Why study this BSc Financial Services course with us?

    This is an advanced financial services course designed to provide you with the financial knowledge and skills you’ll need to succeed.

    Your studies will cover the emerging needs of an increasingly global financial services market, including building societies, banks, insurance, investment management, and much more. It’ll build on your existing knowledge to ensure that you’re meeting and exceeding the demands of the financial sector.

    You’ll learn how to apply analytical quantitative techniques to a range of fiscal subject areas. Additionally, you’ll extend your understanding and application of economics theory in finance. Beyond theory, you’ll graduate with a proficiency in financial software programmes like Minitab and SPSS, equipping you with transferable skills for a career in finance.

    Gain transferable skills with our course

    Throughout your time with us, you’ll work with specific software that’s used within the industry to best prepare you for your career. In the Financial Markets Lab, a state-of-the-art facility you’ll have access to, you’ll be trained on how to use Bloomberg and Datastream financial software. You’ll even have an opportunity to gain a CIMA certificate following training on Sage accounting software.

    All this opens a lot of different career doors. Previous graduates have gone on to work as accounting technicians, accountants, financial advisors, insurance brokers, and many others.

    Course content

    What will you study on the BSc Financial Services?

    Building on your financial services background, you will gain a thorough knowledge of finance theory and policy; international monetary theory and policy and the operations of modern financial institutions including services, products, risks, and markets.

    Through studying the course core modules you will explore the issues involved in delivering financial services in a real-world context, examining regulatory and ethical issues. You will also develop an understanding of the theory and practice of financial data analysis and the marketing approaches employed in the sector. Further modules will train you in the marketing function of financial services, and quantitative and computing methods applicable to fiscal sectors.

    What will you gain?

    You will develop a suite of transferable skills including the analytical, numerical (finding and evaluating information) and information technology skills required for financial services professionals. Alongside this you will learn to write effectively for business and communicate more proficiently in both written and spoken form.

    In summary, we aim to;

    • Provide students with an understanding of the theory and application of economics in finance.
    • Provide the opportunity to acquire and develop key skills in financial services.
    • Develop an understanding of a range of economic and finance subject areas.
    • Provide students the ability to apply analytical and quantitative techniques utilised in economics and finance.
    • Develop critical, analytical, problem-solving and autonomous learning skills to prepare students for a range of careers in financial services as well as business generally and their future role in society.
    • Modules

      • Global Issues in Financial Services (30 credits) – Compulsory

        This module primarily aims to provide students with the technical and theoretical knowledge necessary to understand and critically review the global financial system and contemporary issues in the financial services industry.

        The module introduces the structure of domestic and international financial markets, characteristics of market instruments, and gives students an overview of the strategies used to manage risks faced by investors and savers. Students will review the operation of financial institutions and the application of financial instruments and techniques used in managing the financial assets and risks. In addition, they will examine the role of international financial regulation, viz., the Basel Capital Accords from the perspective of global financial and banking crises.

      • Marketing for Financial Services (30 credits) – Compulsory

        This module aims to explore the impact of national and international regulatory and market experiences that impact financial services marketing.

        Drawing on the theoretical frameworks and practical applications of both marketing and the business of financial services, the module enables the student to identify, critically evaluate and apply relevant knowledge and derive viable solutions to complex real life situations that currently impact the marketing of financial services.

        Students will be introduced to a wide range of analytical, managerial and theoretical techniques and concepts which experts in the field believe to be relevant and useful for financial services marketing. They will also be introduced to new developments in the field including issues surrounding the ethics, professional practice and industry standards that affect financial services marketing.

      • Financial Data Analysis (30 credits) – Compulsory

        This module aims to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of financial data analysis techniques used in financial services.

        The module uses mathematical and statistical techniques to develop an understanding of the models underlying finance, and statistical and probability methods used in analysing financial data. Throughout the module, computer software is used to develop a deeper understanding of the techniques.

      • Business Finance (30 credits) – Optional

        This module aims to provide students with a critical understanding of contemporary corporate finance and the tools to solve the financial problems confronting business today. Students will develop their understanding of the main aspects of corporate finance, including investment decision, financing choices, and dividend decision. It will enable a critical appreciation of the interaction between financial decision-making and capital market behaviour.

        Students will be able to rationalise and apply their financial skills to practical problems solving, case studies and coursework to develop their understanding of corporate finance within business environments and prepare themselves for a future career.

      • Investment Analysis (30 credits) – Optional

        The module aims to develop your knowledge of modern investment theory and practice. A detailed study of classic portfolio theory provides the basis for an appreciation of, and further investigation into, themes that are currently at the forefront of reflection and research in investment theory, including sceptical views of the classic paradigm whose status has been boosted by the international banking crisis that began in 2008.

        In tandem with a critical approach to theory, the module offers insights into the quantitative methods (and supporting technology) that are used to inform the construction and management of investment portfolios. Furthermore, you will analyse institutional, product and technological innovation in the sphere of investment management, particularly in relation to a heightened concern with risk control, market liquidity and disclosure of information.

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    Fees and Funding

    Course fees are subject to annual inflation. An international Admin Fee is also applicable for international students. For more details, see link to respective fees and payment plans below.

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    • Teaching

      We are regularly reviewing and updating our programmes to ensure you have the best learning experience. We are taking what we have learnt during the pandemic and enhancing our teaching methods with new and innovative ways of learning.

      We aim to model a wide range of teaching strategies and approaches on the course which you can adapt to your own setting.

      How is the BSc Financial Services taught?

      You will gain knowledge and understanding through guided reading of textbooks, academic journals, computer aided packages, online tests, seminar exercises, workshops and lectures.

    • Assessment

      Your knowledge and understanding is assessed by case study reports, written coursework and presentations. Summative assessment is supported by formative feedback from tutors in seminars and labs and by on-line and in-class activities.

    How can the BSc Financial Services support your career?

    This programme provides a sound academic background for students wishing to pursue a career in the public or private financial services sector, or in quantitative aspects of consultancy, Government or NGOs.

    To support students we run a comprehensive series of weekly employability and skills sessions, which have been recognised as excellent by one of our professional bodies and we have been awarded a CIMA Employability Global Silver Excellence award.

    Previous graduates from our accounting and finance courses have secured roles such as Accounting Technician, Actuary, Accountant, Financial Adviser, Insurance Broker, Investment Analyst, Investment Banker and Tax Adviser. You could be working in organisations like:

    • Citibank
    • Credit Suisse
    • Deloitte
    • AIMS Accountancy
    • Leadenhall Finance

    You can also go on to further study on courses such as MSc International Banking & Development, MSc Banking & Finance, and MSc Technology & Innovation Management.

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