Financial Planning & Practice BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    BSc: N390
    BSc with Foundation: N391

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    Full Time: 3 Years
    Full Time with Foundation: 4 Years

  • Starting:

    September

  • UK Fees 23/24:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Foundation: £9,250

  • International Fees 23/24:

    Full Time: £14,750
    Foundation: £14,750

  • Location:

    Waterside

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 893981

Overview


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

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

Accreditation: Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the regulator of the financial services industry.

Updated 05/12/2022

Highlights


  • Optional work placement year.
  • Shape your course to reflect your areas of expertise and specialisms.
  • Progression courses available.
  • Accreditation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

Placement Year Opportunity

You are encouraged to undertake an optional year-long placement in between Stages Two and Three of this financial planning course. 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.

 

Course Content


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

    Unlike many other financial planning courses, at UON 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.

    List of modules

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 22/23. The modules relating to the academic year 23/24 will be available from June 2023.

    • 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.

      • 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: 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: 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. .
    • 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.

      • Module code: ACC2009
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to examine how taxation affects the financial strategy of organisations, commercial and non-commercial, national and international. It develops an appreciation of the effect of taxation on financial decision-making.
      • Module code: ACC2020
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to deliver the core content in line with FCA accreditation guidelines for Investment Principles & Risk. This module will analyse the suitability of investment products in the context of current financial theory. It covers a review and critical appraisal of investment performance in relation to risk and expected return.
      • Module code: ACC2021
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides a deep insight into the financial services market in general and retirement planning advice in particular. The module will develop knowledge and understanding of regulatory issues, the mechanics and purpose of the main retirement products and the process of giving advice to clients.
      • Module code: ACC2022
        Status: Compulsory
        This module focuses on the role of commercial banks in the financial system. It also covers the role of the central bank in monetary policy and how banks assess and manage credit, operational and market risks. Industry key performance indicators and bank performance is evaluated.
      • Module code: ACC2023
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide the necessary knowledge of financial services and regulation within UK and in a global context. This module builds an understanding of financial services regulation and compliance from a consumer, institution and regulator perspective .
      • Module code: ACC2038
        Status: Compulsory
        This module examines the role that finance plays in organisations and the activities that finance professionals perform to fulfil these roles. It focuses on the technologies that define and drive the digital world in which finance operates, and how finance professionals can use data to create and preserve value for organisations. It explores how finance can interact with other parts of the organisation to achieve the objectives of the whole organisation, showing how finance can work collaboratively in a connected (and joined-up) organisation and not in isolation.
    • 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.

      • Module code: ACC3007
        Status: Compulsory
        This module appraises the increasingly important aspect of multinational financial management in dynamic international business. It critically analyses the attractions and limitations of doing business in a global market, identifying the additional inherent risks that global market exposure produces and strategies in managing the global firm.
      • Module code: ACC3012
        Status: Compulsory
        This module will introduce the core aspects of general insurance, with particular emphasis on the UK market, but recognising the place of multi-national insurance programmes. It also covers the role of insurance within the consumer and commercial environments related to distribution, underwriting, claims and management. Application of theoretical knowledge to practical situations is part of the module.
      • Module code: ACC3017
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to examine the practice and key issues of governance within organisations in the national and multinational context. The module combines theories, codes and regulations, corporate social responsibility and ethics in addressing how modern corporations could adopt effective governance to manage their role and place in the society.
      • Module code: ACC3018
        Status: Compulsory
        This module develops advanced technical knowledge and understanding in the key advisory areas of personal tax. It concentrates on the technical aspects of investment product taxation.
      • Module code: ACC3019
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides a comprehensive framework to evaluate the role of the banking industry in the global financial makets. Through a combination of case studies and theories, the module covers a wide range of comtemporary banking and financial markets issues, from asset & liability and risk management of financial institutions, through financial crises and regulation, to financial technology and innovation.
      • Module code: ACC4006
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to deliver the core content in line with FCA accreditation guidelines. It brings together all the knowledge and skills gained on the programme and applies these to real life client scenarios. The focus is on real interaction between advisers and clients. It looks in detail at the advice process and achieving best outcomes for clients within the regulatory framework.

    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.

  • A typical offer to study Financial Practice and Planning at UON would be:

    • BCC at A Level or
    • DMM at BTEC or
    • Pass (C and above) at T Level.

    In addition to standard entry requirements Mathematics GCSE at grade C/4 or above, or equivalent, is required for entry to this subject.

    Integrated Foundation Year Entry Requirements

    The standard entry requirements for the Integrated Foundation Year are:

    • DEE at A level or
    • MPP at BTEC or
    • Pass (D or E) at T Level.

    For more information on how to make an application please visit our How to Apply pages for Home and EU, and International students.

    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.

  • 23/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Full Time: £9,250
    • UK Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
    • UK Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    • International Full Time: £14,750
    • International Integrated Foundation Year: £14,750 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    • Optional Work Placement Year: £1,100

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2023. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    22/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Full Time: £9,250
    • UK Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
    • UK Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    • International Full Time: £14,000
    • International Integrated Foundation Year: £14,000 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    • Optional Work Placement Year: £1,100

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

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

     

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time financial services degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    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 the Northampton 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.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks 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.

  • How will I be assessed?

    The financial planning degree at UON uses a variety of assessment methods including reports, essays, financial plans, presentations, student-led seminars, workshops, e-based assessments and examinations.

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Careers and Employability


The UK is the centre for financial services and the largest sector for employment. As such, graduates from financial planning courses have excellent employment options.

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.

Postgraduate Opportunities

Our postgraduate Accounting and Finance 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.

University Facilities


Discover the facilities that you will use if you study a BSc (Hons) Financial Planning & Practice degree with us. One of our bespoke facilities includes the the Bloomberg Finance Lab, where you have access to specialist analytical computer equipment.

Bloomberg Finance Lab Facilities


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Learning Hub


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Senate Building


The main reception for the University and additional teaching spaces.

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