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Banking and Finance (BSc Econ)

  • Subject area: Economics
  • UCAS code: N300
  • Next intake: September 2023
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Mode: Full time

Entry year

Why study this course

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Learn from the best

Benefit from expertise and support of research-active staff in a school with the highest possible score for research environment.

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New generation thinkers

Delve into contemporary stock market influences including technology, regulation and policy.

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State of the art trading room

Prepare yourself for trading and risk management in a controlled environment equipped with Investor Simulations, TRETS and Bloomberg.

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Placement opportunities

Develop the skills, confidence and connections to accelerate your career.

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Marked for excellence

Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Professionals with the tools and techniques to anticipate financial market behaviour are central to the success of contemporary banking and finance sector organisations. So you’ll be in high demand for roles in the public, private and third sectors with competitive salaries and excellent prospects for career progression.

Our BScEcon Banking and Finance is designed to equip you with practical skills and professional confidence for a successful career in investment, banking and finance or in preparation for postgraduate study and research.

You’ll work with our team of international researchers and finance professionals to apply micro and macroeconomic theory in financial contexts. They’ll introduce you to ethical issues and dilemmas in business while encouraging you to consider the social, economic and environmental implications of your professional behaviour.

Opportunities to evaluate the implications of financial crises on the global economy and appreciate how policy, regulation and technology influence the stock market or train in our state-of-the-art trading room means your learning environment is wide-ranging and varied helping you to prepare for a career where you can make a difference.

Accreditations

Subject area: Economics

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Entry requirements

We accept a combination of A-levels and other qualifications, as well as equivalent international qualifications subject to entry requirements. Typical offers are as follows:

A level

AAB-ABB

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.


This grade range reflects our typical standard and contextual offers. We carefully consider your contextual data (the circumstances in which you've been studying) upon application. Eligible students applying for this course will be given an offer at the lower end of the advertised grade range.

International Baccalaureate

34-32 overall or 666-665 in 3 HL subjects.

Baccalaureate Wales

From September 2023, there will be a new qualification called the Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales (level 3). This qualification will replace the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (Welsh Baccalaureate). The qualification will continue to be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

Other qualifications from inside the UK

BTEC

DDD-DDM in a BTEC Extended Diploma in Business.  

T level

D in T Level Accounting or Finance.

Qualifications from outside the UK

See our qualification equivalences guide

Additional entry requirements

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

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

PTE Academic

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.

You must have or be working towards:
- English language or Welsh language at GCSE grade C/4 or an equivalent (such as A-levels). If you require a Student visa, you must ensure your language qualification complies with UKVI requirements.
- GCSE Maths grade B/6 or equivalent qualification (subject and grade). If you are taking A-level Maths (or equivalent), GCSE Maths is not required. Core Maths may also be accepted in place of GCSE Maths.
 

We do not accept Critical Thinking, General Studies, Citizenship Studies, or other similar equivalent subjects.
We will accept a combination of BTEC subjects, A-levels, and other qualifications, subject to the course specific grade and subject requirements.

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.

If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.

Tuition fees for 2023 entry

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.

Learn how we decide your fee status

Fees for home status

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2023/24 academic year. Fees for the previous year were £9,000.

Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2023/24 academic year.

Fees for island status

Learn more about the undergraduate fees for students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

Fees for overseas status

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2023/24 academic year.

Additional costs

Accommodation

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

Living costs

We're based in one of the UK's most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.

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 2023/2024 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2023.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

We are committed to helping you achieve your professional ambitions, providing you with the skills, curiosity and confidence to make your mark in a competitive job market. Whether you have a clear idea of what you’d like to do after university, or no idea at all, we have the tools and support to guide you.

Our graduates go on to a range of industries and professions including banking and finance management, logistics and supply chain management, UK Government and Civil Service, and data analysis.

Within the Business School we have a dedicated Careers Centre offering bespoke business-specific support, including 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.

Graduate careers

  • 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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HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2021. 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 2019/20, published by HESA in June 2022.