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Financial Services HNC/HND/BA (Hons) Degree


The Financial Services honours degree focuses on a wide range of financial themes including: regulation, risk management, financial planning, financial economics, investment practice and portfolio analysis.

If you are passionate helping people and organisations manage their wealth to achieve their financial goals the BA (Hons) Financial Services Degree programme should give you the academic knowledge and experience to begin your career with the opportunity of working for: global banks, investment houses, stock brokers, wealth managers and local banks & building societies.

Once enrolled onto the BA (Hons) Financial Services Degree programme you will have the opportunity to study for the Investment Management Certificate*

Additional costs may apply.


Financial Services HNC

The HNC programme is year one of the Financial Services BA (Hons) degree. This course examines financial products and services and the regulation and practice covering these. It covers a broad range of topics, from decision-making processes of individual investors and borrowers to the most effective methods of communicating information. You should also be able to develop the skills and knowledge that will help prepare you to continue your studies at HND and BA (Hons) degree levels within CU London, should you wish to gain higher level academic qualifications and/or professional qualifications. Part of the course is based on the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) level 4 Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.

Financial Services HND

You can apply to this course directly or it can be a progression from successfully completing the HNC programme with CU London. This HND programme is year two of a degree course. This course focuses on the marketing of financial services and the principles of business lending and risk. It covers a broad range of topics, from developing a critical understanding of marketing strategies to the leadership and management skills required in financial services organisations. You will also be able to develop the skills and knowledge that will help prepare you to continue your studies at BA (Hons) degree level within CU London, should you wish to gain a higher level academic qualification and/or professional qualifications.

Financial Services BA (Hons) Degree

This course focuses strongly on providing you with a 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.


HNC (Year 1)

  • Financial Markets & Regulation
  • Financial Protection
  • Investment Theories & Risk
  • Pension Management & Analysis

HND (Year 2)

  • Marketing and New Media
  • Financial Economics & Risk
  • Corporate Governance & Risk
  • Financial Planning Practice

BA (Year 3)

  • Business Financial Planning
  • Taxation & Trust Management
  • Investment Practice
  • Portfolio Management & Analysis

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

  • Financial Regulation – including the structure and regulation of financial products, services and strategies available to individuals and businesses
  • Marketing strategies – the most effective methods of communicating information about banking and insurance products, services and strategies and managing client relationships
  • Financial Planning – including the decision-making processes of individual investors and borrowers, taxation of individuals and organization, business financial planning and investment practice
  • Wealth Management – including products and services, the application of these to a client base and regulation that governs these
  • Portfolio Management & Analysis – alternative approaches to investment management, asset valuation and risk management, plus business financial planning and investment planning


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.


Modules within the BA (Hons) Financial Services degree programme are mapped to the:

CII Chartered Institute of Insurance

  • The Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.
  • Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning.

CFA\IMC – Investment Management Certificate

  • The Investment Environment
  • Investment Practice

The IMC qualification, awarded by CFA UK, is a first year requirement in most leading investment firms in the UK to demonstrate competence for regulatory purposes, and for those who choose to take the IMC before or straight after graduation it provides a powerful CV enhancement.

Coventry University is an IMC Advantage partner university, which means 70% of the IMC syllabus is covered as a part of the BA (Hons) Financial Services Degree Programme.

Should you decide to take the professional qualification with the CII, there will be additional student membership fees and assessment fee


Assessments will take the form of individual and group coursework, which is vocationally relevant. The wide range of assessment techniques used at CU London 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 coursework 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 will attend morning (9.00-13.00), afternoon (14.00-18.00) or evening (18.00pm-22.00) sessions. You will also need to attend one two-hour tutorial each week. Part-time students study on Saturdays 9.00-18.00. Please note that the availability of these different sessions is subject to student numbers.

Entry Requirements

Financial Services HNC

64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Financial Services HND

80 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Financial Services BA (Hons) Degree

UK/EU Students

104 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Access to HE Diploma

A pass in the Access Diploma. Plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A-C, or specified equivalents. In addition, the need to pass our own internal Maths/English test and interview.

Foundation course

This degree programme has an integral stage 0 attached to it, if you do not meet the entry requirements you may enter at the Foundation level. Successful completion of the following will guarantee you access onto this degree programme: 

We understand that not everyone fits easily into this national framework, particularly if you already have professional work experience. If you’d like to discuss with us what your qualifications and/or experience allow you to study, please get in touch and we’ll try to help.


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 London 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.

Each stage of the qualification (HNC/HND/Degree) will require you to complete four academic blocks. 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.


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 London 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 7.

• If you want to apply for our part-time course please complete our online application form.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Financial Services HNC

Successfully completing your HNC qualification will give you choices about your future. You could continue with your studies to gain an HND or a BA (Hons) Degree in Financial Services, or pursue a variety of jobs across the banking and financial services sector.

Financial Services HND

On successful completion of your HND qualification you are poised to study further for the BA (Hons) Degree in Financial Services at CU London. But if you’d prefer to move into employment, you should find that your new skills are aligned to a variety of roles in banking, insurance and financial services.

Financial Services BA (Hons) Degree

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.

Course code:
093N, 193N, N391
  • 1-3 years

  • Undergraduate Degree

Course type:
  • Full time


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