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From day one, your future career is our focus. With smaller class sizes, you’ll have access to one-to-one teaching and support. Our academics have a wide range of educational and professional experience as well as extensive links with industry.
Our BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance degree will help prepare you for a career in a number of sectors related to banking and investment, such as financial regulation, insurance or accounting. With modules on employability, and a strong emphasis on flexibility, teamwork and creative solutions, you’ll graduate ready to succeed in your working life.
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
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Why study this subject?
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.
By studying a Single Honours degree in Banking and Finance, it opens up a wide range of career options.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
Our BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance degree focuses on your future employability, giving you a thorough understanding of the economics of banking and finance.
Our strong links with industry helped to shape this programme and we will help you gain ‘employable knowledge’, which can be applied to real-world situations, providing you with the skills you need to find the right role after you graduate.
On this course, 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. Our team of dedicated and supportive lecturers have strong links with industry. We also welcome a wealth of guest speakers to help you understand how your degree applies to working in business, and how you can learn from their experiences.
You will graduate safe in the knowledge that you have the skills employers want.
What facilities can I use?
We’ve invested in a range of state-of-the-art facilities across our campuses to support your learning.
Our library is the perfect place to find the resources you need and a quiet place to study, filled with four floors of books, journals, computer suites and study rooms. Or, if you’d rather work off campus, e-Journals and resources are only a few clicks away using our Virtual Learning Environment.
What will I study?
This Single Honours degree course provides you with a strong foundation in the disciplines offered in BNU 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 two and three, you will be able to develop your skills further. Through the combination of module choice, topic selection and the dissertation or consultancy project, you will have the flexibility to tailor the content in your studies to match your interests and employment aspirations, whilst gaining a broad understanding of financial markets, its activities, and its products.
How will I be taught and assessed?
This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
A key feature of the programme is to blend both academic study and skills development in order to enhance your employability prospects.
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.
You will also 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.
You'll be assessed through essays, coursework assignments, individual and group research projects, exams and a final-year dissertation or project.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.
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.
Year 1 Modules
Introduction to Business Studies
Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity
Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility
Inquiry Based Learning
Year 2 Modules
Global Business Environment
Economics and Society
Year 3 Modules
Contemporary Business Economics
Financial Reporting (I)
Corporate Business Law
Financial Markets and Institutions
Banking Theory and Practice
Year 4 Modules
Corporate Governance and Ethics
Risk Management in Banking
Developing Leadership and Management Skills
Consultancy Project (optional)
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
Many graduates from BNU Business School pursue careers in areas such as:
- risk management
- human resource management.
You can also choose to stay on at BNU and study for a postgraduate degree.
Did you know?
We are one of the top 10 UK universities mostly likely to produce graduates who go on to own or manage a business (Capital on Tap, 2021), find out more about this excellent news.