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Banking and Finance (BSc Econ)

Entry year


Check our vacancies to see this course is available in Clearing and Adjustment for 2019 entry.

Acquire specialist economic knowledge of the money, banking and finance sectors on our practice-focused programme.

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Course overview

The Banking and Finance degree course is of particular interest to those wishing to enter the financial sector. It will provide you with the opportunity to acquire specialist economic knowledge of the operation of the monetary and financial sectors.

In addition to providing you with training relevant to the practice of banking and other financial careers, it also provides exemptions from certain examinations of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Distinctive features

  • Learn to anticipate financial market behaviour with real data in our state-of-the-art Trading Room.
  • Apply microeconomic and macroeconomic theory in financial contexts.
  • Critically evaluate the implications of financial crises on the global economy.
  • Appreciate how policy, regulation and technology influence the stock market.
  • Examine ethical issues and dilemmas in business.

Accreditations

UCAS codeN300
Next intakeSeptember 2020
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Typical places availableThe school typically has 425 places available
Typical applications receivedThe school typically receives 2850 applicants

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Prepare to make your mark on the global financial sector as you develop practical tools and techniques for careers in banking, accountancy and finance.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements shown are for students starting in 2019. Entry requirements for 2020 will be available in August 2019.

AAB. Please note, General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies will not be accepted. 

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ 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.

DDD in Business. 

IB 35-32, or 665 in 3 HL subjects.

Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the Cardiff Business School admissions criteria pages.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-score.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

62 with a minimum of 51 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.

You will require GCSE Maths grade B or 6, and GCSE English Language Grade C or 4. 

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Additional costs

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

The Banking and Finance degree is a three year full-time course of study, involving both compulsory and optional modules.  Students normally attain 120 credits each year and 360 in total. 

A significant proportion of the modules included in the course are taught by the School’s Economics Section while certain modules, notably in year 1, are taught by other sections of the School.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Year one

Get to grips with the fundamentals of accounting, statistics and mathematics and jump straight into economic analysis with modules in micro-and macro- economics.

You can discover how these analytical tools intersect with law, management and organisation, historical and contemporary economic issues.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Applied Stats and Maths in Econ and BusinessBS150120 credits
Introduction to AccountingBS150320 credits
MicroeconomicsBS155120 credits
MacroeconomicsBS165220 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Legal StudiesBS150520 credits
Introduction to Management and OrganisationBS151010 credits
Contemporary Economic IssuesBS154520 credits
Economic HistoryBS154620 credits
Fundamentals of FinanceBS161210 credits

Year two

Combine theory and practice as your understanding of the basics grow.

You’ll start to appreciate the theory underpinning economic analysis and practise empirical techniques used by economists in the money, banking and finance sectors.

Choose from modules in law, investment, corporate finance, state and business to complement your knowledge of the fundamentals.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Macroeconomic TheoryBS254920 credits
Microeconomic TheoryBS255020 credits
Money Banking and FinanceBS255120 credits
Introductory EconometricsBS257020 credits

Year three

Put your knowledge to the test as you explore real-world issues affecting global financial markets in your final year.

You’ll become an expert on the role of banks and financial intermediaries in our economy.

Tailor your degree to your career ambitions with optional modules in labour economics, social welfare, trade, development and industry.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Financial EconomicsBS355420 credits
International FinanceBS355520 credits
Economics of BankingBS357120 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Financial DerivativesBS351510 credits
EconometricsBS355120 credits
International Economic HistoryBS355620 credits
Labour EconomicsBS355820 credits
International TradeBS356820 credits
Industrial EconomicsBS357220 credits
The Economics of DevelopmentBS357320 credits
Social WelfareBS357420 credits
Corporate Reporting and FinanceBS359320 credits
Security Analysis and Portfolio ManagementBS361510 credits
Ethics and Morality of BusinessBS372820 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

How will I be taught?

Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. While our internationally recognised faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons learned from their most recent research into the classroom, giving you access to critical business thinking and contemporary real life examples and scenarios.

We will provide your teaching and learning resources, and will be responsive to your needs and views. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and make good use of the facilities provided.

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials). 

Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop your own ideas. Seminars provide an opportunity for you to explore the ideas outlined in the lectures. Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small-group work and student-led presentations.

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

26%

Guided independent study

74%

Placements

0%

Year 2

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

25%

Guided independent study

75%

Placements

0%

Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

23%

Guided independent study

77%

Placements

0%

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree course and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.

Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. You are required to meet with your personal tutor three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.

For day-to-day information, the staff of our Undergraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with regular feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback, personalised feedback on written work, and generic written feedback.

You will be given general feedback following each examination period and will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across your degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects.

Assessment methods (2017/18 data)

Year 1

Written exams

100%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

0%

Year 2

Written exams

93%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

8%

Year 3

Written exams

80%

Practical exams

3%

Coursework

17%

What skills will I practise and develop?

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:

  • grasp complex issues with confidence
  • ask the right questions of complex texts
  • have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
  • identify and apply relevant data
  • develop practical research skills
  • propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
  • communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
  • sourcing, interpreting and presenting relevant numerical information – to support the composition of projects reports and business cases
  • work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
  • work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • use IT programmes and standard software packages, where appropriate
  • take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.

Careers and placements

Career prospects

Our track record speaks for itself. 97% of our students are in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Our dedicated career professionals have got you covered on things like industry placements, internships, work experience and insights.

You’ll benefit from career consultations, interview and CV writing workshops, industry-specific events and specialist psychometric assessment and broad skills training.

Jobs

  • Accountant
  • Business Analyst
  • Economist
  • HR Manager
  • Lecturer
  • Marketing Executive
  • Production Manager
  • Stockbroker

Placements

We recognise the importance of gaining work experience during your studies. Our dedicated Placements Manager offers advice on available work placements, internships, work experience and opportunities to enhance your CV and broaden your horizons. Support with job applications and interview techniques is also available from the Business School’s in-house Careers Consultant.

If you decide that you would like to undertake a year-long placement, you can either apply to one of our ‘with Professional Placement Year’ programmes or transfer into one at any time up until the end of your second year of study. The placement is undertaken in the third year of a four-year degree programme. 

International Study

To give students the opportunity to gain a global perspective, we offer four-year degree programmes “with a Year Abroad”. You may apply during your second year for a place on these programmes and if you are successful you will transfer in to the four year degree scheme. The Year Abroad will become an integral part of the degree.

We have exchange agreements with high ranking Business Schools and universities worldwide where you will study modules taught and assessed in English. A list of partner institutions, all of which offer modules taught in English, can be found on our website.

Our Exchange team and the University Global Opportunity Centre work closely with students in preparation for and during their studies abroad.

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