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Full-time Degree

BSc (Hons) in Banking Practice
and Management

Covering all the essential areas for a successful career in banking and financial services management, crucially reflecting what employers tell us they are looking for from recent graduates.

About the course

This programme gives you insight into the industry as a whole whilst allowing you to tailor the course to subjects of interest and your career aspirations. It’s designed to provide you with the foundation knowledge for a career in banking.

You will get to grips with the workings of the sector both from an organisational point of view and in respect of the financial markets, covering the essential concepts of risk that underpin financial decision making.

Building on this, you will gain specific understanding of the commercial environment in which banks operate, the principles of management and organisational effectiveness. There is also an opportunity to build specialist knowledge in retail or corporate financial services or to undertake a work placement within the industry.

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Careers

Graduates go on to careers in retail financial services or corporate banking and are particularly well-placed to enter executive and management trainee schemes. Typical roles for graduates include leadership positions in large institutions, branch or regional management, relationship management, product development, and corporate lending and credit.

This course is also an excellent foundation for higher level study such as MSc in Banking Practice & Management.

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Modules

Each module is taught through a variety of lectures and tutorials. Throughout the programme, senior industry practitioners will give guest lectures and seminars and provide insight on the latest developments in the industry.

First-year modules

Financial Markets and Risk

This module provides an overview of the monetary and financial system and its functions and looks at the importance of financial institutions, markets and instruments within this system. Included within this are the processes of financial intermediation and disintermediation.

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Assessing Financial Performance

This module focuses on financial performance information and performance indicators within a corporate (or business) environment. Topics such as the balanced scorecard, analysis and evaluation of financial statements, budgetary processes and operational performance targets are covered.

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Fundamentals of Leadership and Management

This module covers the principles of management in terms of the management of people, systems and self. It also identifies the importance of management skills in the strategic context, personal skills for the delivery of quality customer service, the impact of ICT and the increasing importance of ethical issues.

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Marketing in Financial Services

This module will focus on how financial services organisations identify customer needs, deliver products to meet those needs and promote them in the marketplace. A key aspect is understanding the importance of being aware of changes in the marketplace which, whilst outside the control of the organisation, will have a significant impact on its customers and the way it interacts with them.

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Second-year modules

Financial Services: The Commercial Environment

This module is concerned with the external environment in which financial services organisations operate. The module maintains a focus on the economic environment, financial markets and institutions, competition, regulation and other ethical and social considerations that can impact on an organisation's management and marketing strategies. 

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Organisational Management in Financial Services

This module focuses on the key operational areas that are crucial to the successful day-to-day management of an organisation. Careful consideration and analysis is given to financial management, human resource management, operational management and marketing within the financial services industry.

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Commercial and Corporate Financial Services

This module has been designed to provide an understanding of and an ability to analyse the detailed relationship between a financial institution and its commercial and corporate customers, including both the legal and practical aspects of the relationship.


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Retail Financial Services

This module provides an overview of the retail financial services environment and aims to provide the student with the necessary skills to handle responsibilities in a broad range of customer-facing activities. These include transaction-based banking facilities, then at a later point, borrowing, protection, investments and specialist services.

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Third-year modules

Strategic Management in Financial Services

This module focuses on the strategic management of financial service organisations, covering both strategic management concepts and skills with reference to case studies and empirical evidence. The module aims to give the student an understanding of the nature of strategic management by providing a comprehensive analysis of pertinent issues, both theoretical and practical.

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Research-based Dissertation

This module enables you to undertake a piece of independent work which involves the collection, interpretation, analysis and presentation of information and data. It provides the opportunity to present key findings within an evaluative and balanced argument, developing a critical approach to research methodology and the interpretation of the outcomes.

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Option modules

Advanced Work-based Learning

This module helps you to enhance their subject-specific and generic skills, embedding direct employment-related skills. You will have opportunities to reflect on your academic learning and gain relevant practical experience by applying this learning in a workplace setting, looking particularly at strategic issues and their impact upon the business environment.

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Globalisation of Financial Markets

This module provides an analysis of the global financial system in tandem with specific components from the theory of finance. It encourages the student to make use of finance theory and history to draw / develop conclusions about the future direction of the global financial system in general and individual markets in particular.

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Risk Management in Banking

This module is builds on previous knowledge of risk by critically evaluating the risk management process within a contemporary banking context. The content of this module takes a very practical approach structured around a risk management framework; ensuring you develop a good approach to risk management. 

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Corporate Lending

This module focuses on corporate analysis and lending, with an aim to build an understanding of bank lending techniques and credit analysis. Consideration is given to the analysis and evaluation of corporate business models, cash flow drivers, debt structure, security analysis and risk awareness.

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Wealth Management

This module examines the core features of a typical wealth management division, including investment services, brokerage and financial planning as well as international and private banking. You will examine the various categories of client, identify and assess their needs, develop solutions and justify advice.

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Lecturers and Tutors

We ensure a blend of academic and practitioner experience within our lecturing team. Our faculty are drawn from both the academic and professional worlds, qualified to the highest levels and committed to enhancing the student experience. 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.

Course Requirements

We normally make offers of BBB/BBC 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.

We accept the BTEC Extended Diploma at DDM and the Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma along with other qualifications. The International Baccalaureate is also accepted (28 – 30 points) and holders of the AAT/ACCA diplomas are encouraged to apply. Offers may vary.

Certificate and Diploma in Financial Studies - remember that our Financial Capability 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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