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Top Up - Financial Services BA (Hons) Degree


The financial services sectors play a large part in the British economy. In fact, business wouldn’t happen without them. CU Coventry offers a range of courses focused on the wider financial services sector. They have been designed to provide a balance of academic depth and professional practice that will help you develop the knowledge and understanding necessary to operate in various sectors and at different levels within the industry. You will also have the opportunity to go onto professional accreditations.


This course focuses strongly on developing deep knowledge and understanding of management in the wider financial environment and global and strategic leadership in the financial services sector. It covers a broad range of topics, from the decision-making processes of individual investors and borrowers to the structure and requirements of financial products, services and strategies. The course also covers the syllabus for the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning in year three of your degree.


  • Advanced Financial Planning (part 1)
  • Advanced Financial Planning (part 2)
  • Managing the financial environment
  • Strategic leadership

On successful completion of the programme you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The structure and requirements of financial products, services and strategies – you will develop an understanding of the full range of products and services currently available to individuals and businesses including; trusts, pension products, debt investments, equities and alternative investments. You will also examine the main principles of portfolio risks and returns. This also includes CII Diploma elements: Financial Protection, Pensions and Retirement Planning;
  • Effective methods of communicating – how to communicate information about Financial Services products, services, and strategies. You will develop a critical understanding of marketing strategies related to the Financial Services industries;
  • Decision-making processes – you will look at legislation and governance as well as the CII Diploma elements: Investment Principles and Risk;]
  • The contexts in which financial services can be seen as operating– examples of contexts include the regulatory, economic, financial, demographic and social environments. At this level you will critically evaluate external environments, including the interrelated nature of environments and their impact upon the Financial Services sectors. This module also covers CII Diploma elements: Personal Taxation, Investment Principles;
  • Current technical language and practices of Financial Services in the UK – this module includes CII Diploma elements: financial planning practice, business financial planning and investment planning;
  • Alternative theoretical models – for example, alternative approaches to investment management, asset valuation, and risk management. This also includes CII Advanced Diploma elements in business financial planning and investment planning;
  • Leadership and management – you will learn the skills and competencies required in Financial Services organisations. You will also develop an understanding of the role of supervision within a regulated environment, including the characteristics and roles of a supervisor. You will develop a critical appreciation of leadership and behavioural models, including the role of compliance in the sales process, the setting and measuring of objectives, management information and quality standards as well as critically evaluating the legal and regulatory aspects of strategic leadership in Financial Services, within the European and Global context. This also includes CII Diploma elements financial services, regulation and ethics.



This course will be taught through a variety of methods – lectures, tutorials, self-directed learning, textbooks, module webs, scenario-based learning sets, professional libraries and resources, journals and case studies, seminars, discussion forums and peer-to-peer learning.


Assessments will take the form of individual and group coursework, which is vocationally relevant. The wide range of assessment techniques used at CU Coventry will ensure that you have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in full.

There are no traditional final examinations to worry about. Instead, we’ll assess your learning through course work and phase tests. Assessments take place during and at the end of each six-week block.


As a full-time student a normal learning block will mean that you get 18 hours of teaching each week in groups of approximately 25-50 students. Depending on the course you have chosen, you’ll attend morning (9.00-13.00) or afternoon (14.00-18.00) sessions. You will also need to attend one two-hour tutorial each week.

Entry Requirements

UK/EU Students

Level 4 and 5 qualifications (Foundation Degree or HND) and 260 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

If you don’t fulfil the entry criteria your application may be considered on an individual basis, taking in to account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Please call or email for further information.

International Students

To apply for this course as an international student you must:

  • Meet the above entry criteria with either UK or equivalent qualifications.
  • Be trained to English language proficiency level IELTS 6.5.


Full-time course is: £6,009 per year

For the academic year 2017/18, each six week block will cost £1,502.25. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £6,009. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Coventry Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials. 

The part-time course fee is dependent on how many modules you choose to study in an academic year.

You can study up to four blocks in one academic year or study at a slower pace (usually three academic blocks per year). Please note if you do study at a slower pace you will need to re-enrol to complete your studies in the next academic year.

For the academic year 2017/18 each block for part-time students will cost £1,502.25. Therefore, the total fee per stage of your qualification if completed in the academic year 2017/18 is: £6,009.

International course fees is: £8,725


As a full-time student or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Coventry from Student Finance England.  


You can make your application in two ways:

• If you’re interested in a full-time course your application must be submitted via UCAS. Once you’ve registered you can start the application process; you’ll need our unique institution code C85, the code for your preferred course and the campus code 5.

Part-time/International Students

If you're looking to apply for a part-time or International course you can submit your application directly to CU Coventry via our online application form.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

With a BA (Hons) Degree qualification, your chances of employment could be improved, and the level at which you enter the jobs market could mean a higher salary. This degree aims to equip students to enter a range of financial services organisations, aiming for management development programmes. Alternatively this course can give a strong core for students seeking a wider business career.


We plan to support you on your journey from student to graduate and hopefully employment by facilitating and encouraging work placements and internships to help you stand out from other graduates.

Sandwich years and placements give you the opportunity to gain further insight into the industry or career you are seeking to follow. This enables you to contextualise the theoretical models and concepts discussed in the classroom in the work place. Furthermore, if you choose to take advantage of a placement or sandwich year this version of the degree will help to increase your employment prospects by acquiring skills and gaining an understanding of what employers expect of graduates.


Modules within the degree include units based on the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 Award, Certificate or Diploma in Management and Leadership. Upon successful completion of these elements you’ll have the opportunity to take the examinations to complete these professional qualifications. This is not, however, a condition of academic credit: assessments for the professional qualification will be independent from that undertaken for the academic award. Should you decide to take these professional qualifications, there are additional student membership fees and assessment fees

Course code:

  • 1 year full-time; 14 months part-time (UK/EU only)

  • Top-up Courses

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Part time


Contact Details:

CU Coventry

+44 (0) 24 7765 8787