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Banking and Financial Planning BSc (Hons)

Overview

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If you are seeking a career in the financial sector such as banking, personal financial planning, investments and wealth management, this programme is ideal for you.

This vocationally orientated course helps prepare you for the world of financial planning and banking and provides you with a solid foundation for future employment within this sector or for further academic study.

This course is accredited by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the regulator of the financial services industry.

Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created theNorthampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

Updated 27/07/2020

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    3 year: code N390 Foundation Study: code N391)

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years full time with foundation study

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK/EU:

    £9,250

  • Fees International:

    £12,900

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

Highlights

Course Content

  • This course aims to develop key academic and professional skills in banking, finance and financial services. Banking and Financial Planning differs from Accounting and Finance in that the subject is more analytical, requiring you to be investigative in your problem-solving.

    Stage one

    At Stage one you will develop your skills and will be introduced to the key topics within the subject such as the Principles of Banking. You can also choose to study the law surrounding businesses and companies, or take a work-based learning module based on your chosen career path.

    Stage two

    At Stage two you will take specialist modules in investment, pensions and retirement planning, personal tax, financial intermediation and financial services law. These are core subjects if you are considering pursuing a career in the retail financial services sector. You will then have the opportunity to select modules in the areas of interest to you, such as pensions, taxation and the role of the services sector.

    Stage three

    At Stage three, you will be able to study the more strategic and specialist areas of banking and financial planning. As part of your assessment at this stage, you will be expected to write a comprehensive financial plan based on a true to life case study. This financial plan will allow you to put all of the theory you’ve learnt into practice as you will solve real world problems and will need to offer practical advice and give recommendations to help clients achieve their objectives. Through this project you will also develop your client facing skills which will help to prepare you for the workplace.

    You can shape your course to reflect your areas of expertise and specialisms at this stage by selecting from a range of optional modules in areas such as sales and marketing, insurance and personal tax planning.

    Assessments

    This course uses a variety of assessment methods including reports, essays, financial plans, presentations, student-led seminars, workshops, e-based assessments and examinations.

    • Module code: ACC1011
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to build an understanding of financial regulation to include the role of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) the bank regulatory bodies (the PRA & FPC) and the role of prudence market discipline and supervisory review. It also encourages the development of institutional regulatory and ethical perspectives. The module represents a key component in understanding banking and financial services industry supervision and regulation.
    • Module code: ACC1012
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to develop decision making skills which rely on the proper collection effective presentation and correct analysis and interpretation of numerical data. It introduces the basic concepts of business mathematics and statistical methods and lays the foundation of quantitative techniques.
    • Module code: ACC1013
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to introduce the role of banks and other financial institutions (FIs) and how they connect within the financial system. The products and services that banks and other FI?s provide are covered in detail. It builds an understanding of the history the development and evolution of bank products and their significance in financial intermediation and money creation.
    • Module code: ECN1006
      Status: Compulsory
      This module will enable students to understand the operation of markets and the economy and apply economic principles to material in their other courses. It considers both microeconomics - the analysis of choices made by individual decision-making units and macroeconomics - the analysis of the economy as a whole.
    • Module code: ACC1010
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to deliver the core content in line with FCA accreditation guidelines for Financial Protection. It will build a sound knowledge in all aspects of current financial protection products needs and trends used by financial planners.
    • Module code: LAW1015
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to enable students to acquire a sound understanding of certain fundamental aspects of Business and Company Law. This will include the basic principles of contract law which underpins agency employment and company law contracts. Students will understand how the legal rules operate to maintain harmonious relationships between a range of business and companies. .
  • This course is accredited by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the regulator of the financial services industry.

    You will be encouraged to pursue further qualifications and engage in continuous professional development throughout your course so that you can enhance your future employment opportunities. You can opt to gain chartered status through membership of professional bodies such as the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

  • You are encouraged to undertake a year-long placement in between Stages Two and Three of study. If you meet the entry criteria, and choose to take up a placement year you will find it an invaluable experience that helps you to apply your learning in your final year and prepares you for your career. We offer a lot of support in helping you to find a placement, which can be in the UK or overseas.

  • A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. In addition to standard entry requirements Mathematics GCSE at grade C/4 or above, or equivalent, is required for entry to this subject.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for Banking and Financial Planning we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year Banking and Financial Planning programme which includes a Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

    Please see our Integrated Foundation Year page for more details.

  • UK & EU

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    Foundation Framework: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate).
    Optional Work Placement Year: £950

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2019. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Foundation Study Framework: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)
    Optional Work Placement Year: £950

    International

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,900
    Foundation Framework: £12,900 (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate).

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2019. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500
    Foundation Study Framework: £9,800 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

    Accounting and Finance MSc

    International Banking and Finance MSc

    Financial and Investment Analysis MSc

Careers and Employability

The UK is the centre for financial services and the largest sector for employment.

Those with knowledge in the field of financial services will find employment in the banks and other financial institutions including investment analysts and stockbrokers.

You may typically look at financial adviser/manager roles, investment banker/analyst and roles within the sphere of financial planning (tax, wealth management, investment) as well as compliance roles.

Please see the National Careers Service website for a job description and earnings bands for financial advisers.

Is this course for you?