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Full-time Degree

BSc (Hons) in Finance, Investment and Risk

Designed for those who want a career in investment banking and related roles, providing the opportunity to learn in a business-like environment that gives unique exposure to, and immersion in, the financial services industry.

About the course

The programme will enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of the core elements of investment, financial analysis, and risk management that underpin sound decision-making. It will provide you with opportunities to investigate and analyse a range of issues relating to financial markets and the financial services sector (particularly investment / corporate banking) and its national and international environment.

Critically, the programme also provides you with the opportunity to evaluate the impact of changing regulatory and operating conditions; and to gain understanding of the local and global tensions in banking and financial services. Ethics and professional standards form a key component of the course and will be taught at each level of the programme.

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Graduates of this course are likely to go on to careers in a wide range of investment banking roles as traders, fund and asset managers, analysts and brokers. You will be supported throughout your studies to gain summer internships to give your career a head start.

The programme is also designed to be an excellent foundation for the CFA Institute's globally recognised CFA award or further specialist studies in Finance at Masters Level.

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You will be introduced to the practical elements of trading a variety of financial instruments within the contemporary market environment by Amplify Trading. You will have the opportunity to attend 'real-life' trading simulation sessions in the city with investment experts. These sessions provide a crucial practical skill-set and many financial institutions now actively seek candidates.

First-year modules

  • Financial Markets and Risk
  • Assessing Financial Performance
  • Introduction to Financial Market Instruments
  • Economics
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods

Second-year modules

  • Financial Services: The Commercial Environment
  • Interpretation of Financial Statements
  • Corporate Finance
  • Debt and Equity Investments and Valuation

Third-year modules

  • Fixed Income Markets
  • Derivatives and Risk Management
  • Research-based Dissertation

Option modules

  • Advanced Work-based Learning
  • Globalisation of Financial Markets
  • Wealth Management

Lecturers and Tutors

We ensure a blend of academic and practitioner experience within our lecturing team. Many of our lecturers have themselves worked in the financial services industry and keep up-to-date with industry regulations and news, enabling them to help you understand how the theory relates to practice.

Experts will guide you on risk management protocols and the psychology of trading and its effect on the management of risk and will provide you with personalised 'trading reviews' of your performance.

Course Requirements

We normally make offers of AAB/ABB at 'A' level (this excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking, Extended Projects and Citizenship Studies). All applicants are usually required to hold a minimum of GCSE Maths grade B and English Language grade C or equivalent.

Ideal applicants will have studied one of the following 'A' levels: Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Economics, Statistics or Physics.

We accept the BTEC Extended Diploma at D*DD and the Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma along with other qualifications. The International Baccalaureate is also accepted (30 – 32 points) and holders of the AAT/ACCA diplomas are encouraged to apply. Offers may vary.

Certificate and Diploma in Financial Studies - remember that these qualifications can contribute to our entry requirements, helping you to stand out from other applicants.

Additional information

Before teaching starts, we will be hosting a Summer Maths Programme which focuses on the fundamental math skills you will come across during your studies. It's a great opportunity to boost your numerical skills, get a head start on your studies and begin your first year with confidence.

If you do not meet the entry requirements or if you are applying as a mature students, please contact Full-time Programmes on +44 (0)20 7337 6293/4 or email us.

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