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Banking and Finance BSc

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Mode of study

3-year full-time; 4-year thick-sandwich

UCAS Code

L130, L131 with Professional Development

Start date

Banking and Finance BSc

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Development option

Overview

  • NEW for September 2018
  • Brunel University London’s impact on the future wages of its graduates is among the best in the country compared to other universities, according to a new analysis of government data by The Economist (2017)

About the course

The BSc in Banking and Finance aims to introduce the students not only to the economics of banking and finance but also to establish the links between the changing nature of financial markets, institutions and investors’ decisions. It also covers the key areas of real estate finance and financial regulation, set in the wider context of an understanding of key issues in economics and finance. The course will offer training to pursue a range of exciting careers in City, the Government, in positions as economists, analysts, researchers, traders and managers, or undertake postgraduate studies.

Enquiries

Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)


Course Content

Level 1 (year one)
  • Financial Markets
  • Macroeconomic Principles
  • Microeconomic Principles
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Mathematics for Economics and Finance
  • Professional skills and statistics

Level 2 (year two)

  • Housing Finance 
  • Economics of Information
  • Money and Banking
  • Corporate Finance
  • Introduction to Econometrics

Options

Choose 1 from

  • Macroeconomic Principles II
  • Financial Accounting and Statement Analysis
  • Company Law and Regulation

Level 3 (year three)

  • Economics of Banking 
  • Financial regulation 

Options

Choose two from

  • Risk Management
  • International Money and Finance
  • Managerial and Industrial Economics
  • Behavioural Economics and Finance
  • Financial Engineering
  • Further Econometrics
  • Advanced financial reporting
  • Final Year Project 

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel

Employability

Careers

Graduates of BSc degrees offered by the Department of Economics and Finance at Brunel have an excellent employment record and go on to work in a wide variety of occupations. Some go on to further study and become professional economists or accountants. Others are employed in industry, the financial sector or government. In some cases a job offer comes from a former work placement employer.

Graduates of this department have gone on to work for organisations such as:

  • NatWest
  • HSBC
  • Ernst & Young
  • Morgan Stanley
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Merrill Lynch
  • JP Morgan
  • The London Stock Exchange
  • UBS

Work Placements

If you opt for a work placement year you will have the opportunity to gain high quality professional experience in a commercial, financial, or public sector organisation in the third year of your programme.

Students of this department have secured a variety of placements in industry, the International Stock Exchange and other financial markets, banks, large London-based industrial companies, oil companies, international management consultancies, accounting firms, major retailing and distribution companies and employer organisations. Placements in the public sector have included finance departments at the Treasury, Cabinet Office, Department of Trade and Industry and many other government agencies, as well as with local authorities and health trusts.

The positive impact of a placement year on graduate employment outcomes across Brunel is considerable. Those who have done placements are also much more likely to be in employment for which their degree was a formal requirement or where they believe their degree gave them a competitive advantage in recruitment.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

» More about Employability

Entry Criteria 2018/19

  • GCE A-level BBB including Grade B in Maths (General Studies not accepted).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a related subject AND A-Level Maths at Grade B.

  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject AND an A-level Maths at Grade B.

  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject AND A-levels Grade BB including Maths.

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points, including 5 in Higher Level Maths.

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher AND A-level Mathematics grade B.

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE Mathematics Grade C or Grade 4 and GCSE English Grade C or Grade 4.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.


International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

Hours

You will have about 12 to 14 hours of directed study a week in Level 1. This number decreases in Levels 2 and 3. Students are expected to undertake substantial independent study.

How will I be taught?

Lectures – These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas relating to your course and provide you with a framework from which to carry out more in depth study.

Workshops – These are generally used for modules in finance or quantitative subjects. They often take the form of working through answers to a previously distributed assignment sheet of exercise questions.

Seminars – These relatively small groups are used for subjects where the lecture material is examined in more detail, and theoretical concepts are analysed and applied in specific contexts.

One-to-one – You will get one-to-one supervision on your final year dissertation and at all levels you will have a personal tutor who is available to discuss personal and academic problems. If you go on placement, you will also be allocated a work placement tutor who will monitor your progress and provide further support if you need it.

Other – This may include guest speakers from prominent organisations, research seminars and external site visits.

Assessment

Each subject is assessed in the term when it is studied. The proportion of exam to coursework is approximately 75% to 25%, but some courses have a higher proportion of continuous assessment. Level 1 does not count towards your final degree mark. Level 2 is worth a third, and Level 3 the rest. The final year dissertation is worth a third of Level 3 marks.

Final year dissertation

All degree programmes include a final year dissertation of approximately 10,000 words. This is a piece of project work which is often seen by prospective employers and which may stem directly from a work placement. Dissertation is an important element of the degree and provides you with an opportunity for independent study, original thought and an opportunity to apply accounting and finance theories, concepts and models to practical problems. You are assigned a Dissertation Supervisor who offers guidance on content, level and presentation.

Special Features

  • Covers the key areas of real estate finance and financial regulation
  • Set in the wider context of understanding key issues in economics and finance
  • Offers training to pursue a wide range of exiting careers in the City, the government and beyond

Fees for 2018/19 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time; £1,000 placement year

International students: £14,800 full-time

Additional course related costs

See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase.