Why study this course
Distinctive features of the course include:
- economic principles with an emphasis on issues relating to Banking and Finance;
- the central role of year two core modules of Macroeconomics, Microeconomics and Introductory Econometrics implicit to the Banking and Finance degree course;
- the use of simulated financial trading to understand the behaviour of financial trading markets in the context of different micro financial structures;
- core specialist modules of Money, Banking and Finance (year two) and Economics of Banking, Financial Economics, and International Finance (year three) that explicitly define the degree;
- a study year abroad in France or a French-speaking country.
Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.
The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.
Other UK qualifications may also be accepted, often in lieu of A-levels, but subject requirements must be met. If you are offering non-UK qualifications, our qualification equivalences guide should allow you to calculate what kind of offer you are likely to receive.
Please be aware that this is a general guide, and that some programmes may have more detailed or specific entry requirements which will be reflected in your offer.
Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.
At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.
At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.
At least 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in all communicative skills.
Trinity ISE II/III
II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.
Other accepted qualifications
Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.
Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.
Students from the UK
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.
Students from the rest of the world (international)
Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.
We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.
We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.
In year one you take two compulsory double modules and one further compulsory module per semester (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics) along with a double language module.
In year two you will take 60 credits of core modules in the Business School and 60 credits of core modules in the School of Modern Languages.
Year three: Sandwich year
Year three consists of one year's study at a university in France or Switzerland as part of your degree. The programme of study is subject to approval by Cardiff Business School and will be equivalent to 6 double or 12 single Cardiff Business School modules (120 credits). It will consist of modules in economics, management, business, accounting etc., taught and assessed in French, and will thus provide competency in the language within a framework of economics, accounting, and business specialisations.
Cardiff Business School has developed links with several universities or equivalent institutions in France, Spain, Switzerland and Germany. It is intended that the size of each group from Cardiff Business School at any host institution will be two to four students. Students studying in Europe as part of their degree programme may be eligible for a grant from the Erasmus scheme, operated by the British Council.
Cardiff Business School has international partnership agreements with high ranking institutions in Europe. The School currently has bi-lateral exchange agreements with:
- BBA ESSEC Ecole de Management International
- Audencia Nantes School of Management
- Universite Pantheon-Assas, Paris II
- Toulouse Business School
- ESSCA Ecole de Management
- University of Lausanne
In year four you will take 60 credits of core modules and 30 credits of optional modules in the Business School, alongside a core 30 credit module in the School of Modern Languages. (Note: Module titles may not be duplicated in choosing optional modules).
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Financial Derivatives||BS3515||10 credits|
|International Economic History||BS3556||20 credits|
|Labour Economics||BS3558||20 credits|
|International Trade||BS3568||20 credits|
|Industrial Economics||BS3572||20 credits|
|Economic Statistics in Theory and Practice||BS3578||20 credits|
|Development Economics||BS3595||20 credits|
|Security Analysis and Portfolio Management||BS3615||10 credits|
|Responsible Banking and Sustainable Economy||BS3623||10 credits|
|International Economic History||BS9556||10 credits|
|Labour Economics||BS9558||10 credits|
|International Trade||BS9568||10 credits|
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.
Learning and assessment
In 2015/16, 92% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating. Our business degrees give students a broad range of skills which are valued by a range of employers in the private and public sectors.
The banking and finance degree provides opportunities for careers within banking, accountancy and other financial institutions. Graduates also gain exemption from certain examinations of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
In addition to the University Careers Service, we have invested in our own, dedicated Careers Centre to help students find internships, job opportunities and access business industry specific advice and guidance.
- Business Analyst
- HR Manager
- Marketing Executive
- Production Executive
HESA data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18, published by HESA in June 2020.