Banking and financial services is a highly competitive and rapidly changing sector. In recent years, factors such as globalisation, technological changes, regulatory and international integration have fundamentally transformed the banking and financial services sector.
Banks have responded to growing pressure by diversifying into new activities. Non-bank organisations such as supermarkets and telecommunications firms now compete directly in financial services markets. These new survival tactics now require an increase in talent, a 2018 report by Deloitte with London, home to many of the UK’s largest banks, predicts a 34% growth in jobs in the next 30 years.
Our BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance course has been designed to help meet this need by focusing on your future employability. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of the economics of banking and finance. You will study the theory and practice of financial services and financial markets from a national and international perspective. This course explores in detail the development challenges and analyses the broader role and importance of the financial sector in the national and global economies.
We are committed to providing you with the best learning experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approaches to teaching. You’ll benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help you succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice.
You will develop key skills, such as problem solving, analytical, and decision making which will ensure you are well placed to enter the employment market.
On graduating, you’ll be equipped to pursue a career in a number of sectors related to banking and investment, such as financial regulation, insurance or accounting. This course is also excellent preparation for postgraduate study.
UCAS CODE: BKF1
A key feature of the programme is to blend both academic study and skills development in order to enhance your employability prospects.
This Single Honours degree course provides you with a strong foundation in the disciplines offered in Bucks Business School – data analysis for decision making, corporate law, finance and accounting, strategic thinking, client-focussed projects – together with in-depth study of core topics in the Banking and Finance field. In Years 2 and 3, you will progressively focus on your course’s core field of study. Through some combination of module choice, topic selection and the dissertation or consultancy project, you will have flexibility to tailor the specialisation content in your studies, to match your interests and employment aspirations, whilst gaining a broad understanding of financial markets, its activities, and its products.
You'll be assessed through essays, coursework assignments, individual and group research projects, exams and a final-year dissertation or project. You will have the opportunity to collaborate on projects and live briefs with students from other business management degree programmes, gaining the practical and transferable skills you need for your career.
All our academics who teach on the programme have a wide range of educational and professional experience and have extensive links with industry. With smaller, more intimate class sizes, you’ll have access to one-to-one teaching and support.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 80-104 points. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Management Accounting
- Financial Accounting
- Computerised Accounting
- Global Business Environment
- Economics and Society
- Quantitative Methods
- Graduate Challenge
- Career Viewpoint
Year 2 Modules
- Project Management
- Contemporary Business Economics
- International Auditing
- Financial Reporting (I)
- Corporate Business Law
- Financial Management
- Financial Markets and Institutions
- Banking Theory and Practice
Year 3 Modules
- Research Methods
- Strategic Agility
- Corporate Governance and Ethics
- International Finance
- Risk Management in Banking
- Developing Leadership and Management Skills
- Dissertation (optional)
- Consultancy Project (optional)
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £13,750 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks