International Finance and Banking BSc (Hons) Top Up 2020/21 entry

Course code:

FBLU060

Study options:

1 year full-time (Entry at level 6)
1 year full time (entry at level 5)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
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Overview

The finance and banking sectors continue to play major roles in the global economy – with the world’s top 1,000 banks having assets worth over $124 trillion as of 2017. Get the opportunity to learn the skills needed to enter the industry by studying International Finance and Banking.

Aimed primarily at international students, this course can be entered in Year 2 (Level 5) or Year 3 (Level 6), and allows you to explore the function of financial markets and the banking system in an international context, while also having the opportunity to learn about major banking theories and how they can be applied to solve practical problems. The course also features two modules (depending on entry point) dedicated to the growing area of Financial Technology, with topics covered including cryptocurrency, blockchain and peer-to-peer lending.

By studying at Coventry Business School, you will get the opportunity to learn on our Trading Floor, which is currently one of the largest academic trading floors in Europe. Through using industry standard software, such as Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters Eikon, you can tackle problems in a close to real-life environment, which should help you in your future career.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)


Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

Course information

Designed to help you develop the skills needed for a career in the finance and banking sectors, this top-up course covers core finance modules, along with relevant banking modules, while also incorporating important elements of the economics and accounting disciplines. This approach should give you the opportunity to gain knowledge across a variety of areas, while also specialising in the skills needed to become a finance and banking professional.

With a strong focus on applying learning to practical situations, this course involves rigorous banking and regulation-based modules which should help to prepare you for work in the sector. Modules such as ‘Applied Banking Case Study’ should allow you the opportunity to work on real case studies, tackling specific issues faced by banks in the global banking environment, and using the skills you have learned to propose recommendations on how to solve the problems.  

There are also modules covering contemporary developments in the industry, such as two dedicated to Financial Technology, or FinTech, which give you the opportunity to gain insight into recent technological developments (such as blockchain and cloud computing), new emerging sectors (such as crypto-currencies and peer-to-peer lending), and take a look at the main players driving the growth of the FinTech industry.  

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

The below modules are studied in your first year, when entering the course at Level 5.

Alongside modules covering key areas of finance and banking, you will also study a module focused on employability skills, to help you as you progress into the world of work, and a module on academic English, to help further develop the English language skills needed in the globalised economy.

Modules

  • Principles of Finance and Banking

  • Banking Regulation

  • Academic English for Finance and Banking - 1

  • Employability Skills in Finance and Banking - 1

  • Ethics in Finance and Banking

  • Financial Technology (FinTech) - 1

  • Quantitative Analysis for Finance

Overview

The below modules are studied in your first year if you enter the course at Level 6, or in your second year if you enter the course at Level 5.

Further focus is placed during the year on your personal development, with a module on employability skills, and a module on academic English. There is also the module Applied Banking Case Studies which allows you to utilise your knowledge to solve problems presented through real life case studies.

Modules

  • International Financial Markets

  • Investment Analysis

  • Financial Technology (FinTech) -2

  • Academic English for Finance and Banking -2

  • Risk Management in Banking

  • Applied Banking Case Studies

  • Portfolio Management/Behavioural Finance

  • Employability Skills in Finance and Banking -2

In more detail...

  • Modules developed by academic staff with professional experience in the finance and banking industry
  • An employability focus, with modules dedicated to trying to improve your employability skills in a finance and banking context through mock interviews or dummy assessment centres (subject to availability)
  • Course content informed by research conducted by the Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity, based within Coventry Business School
  • Opportunity to gain hands on experience of market leading financial databases in our Trading Floor, currently one of the largest academic trading floors in Europe
  • Two modules (depending on entry level) focused on Financial Technology, a growing area of importance within finance and banking – covering topics such as cryptocurrencies, challenger banks and the usage of blockchain technology
  • Study at Coventry Business School, which was ranked ‘Excellent’ by Eduniversal, an annual ranking of business schools, in 2018

The key study themes covered by this course are below;

  • The function of financial markets, banks and financial institutions. The course will seek to develop a comprehensive insight into the function of financial markets, banks and other financial institutions along with a critical awareness of contemporary financial principles, theories, FinTech (Financial Technology) and products for a career in financial institutions and other finance-related fields.
  • Interpreting and applying financial data and techniques. The course will seek to develop the ability to locate, extract and interpret finance-related data and be able to apply appropriate financial, theoretical, quantitative and evaluation techniques to analyse a range of banking and finance related issues.
  • Understanding of professional, ethical and regulatory issues. The course will give you the opportunity to explore the professional, ethical and regulatory issues relevant to banks and other financial institutions in a local, national and global context.
  • Development of key professional skills. The course will give you the opportunity to gain competency in numeracy, communication, information literacy, independent thought, creative problem-solving, analysis and sustainable conduct.

Your course will be taught through a combination of formal lectures, seminars, tutorials, self-directed study, computer-based workshops, and the use of software programmes on Coventry Business School’s Trading Floor. Coventry Business School’s Progress Coaches will also be available for advice throughout your time on the course.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods may include formal examinations, in class and/or online tests, coursework designed to focus on real world scenarios, group projects and presentations.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Develop a critical understanding of appropriate research theories and empirical evidence relevant to banking policy, regulation and ethical practice.
  • Assess banking and financial institutions operations within an international context by comparing different approaches to financial regulation and practice.
  • Constructively analyse theoretical and empirical approaches to solving banking and financial problems in an international context.
  • Apply financial modelling and analytical tools when conducting research using a variety of finance and finance related resources such as relevant databases and literature in order to resolve typical finance and banking issues.
  • Demonstrate digital literacy by using information, communication and digital technologies in solving different financial problems and be aware of emerging financial technologies (FinTech) that play a significant role in the finance and banking world now and in the future.
  • Make rational decisions that take into account ethical issues faced by the finance and banking industry today and demonstrate awareness of the role played by ethics in making financial decisions.
  • Understand what is meant by, and what is involved in the risk management of financial issues and relevant factors influential to the investment behaviour of firms.
  • Demonstrate enhanced employability including attributes such as professionalism, interpersonal and communication skills to enable effective oral written presentation of work whilst also showing initiative and the ability to work independently.

We set out below the typical teaching contact hours that you will receive on this course. Teaching contact hours will vary in different semesters and years of study. In addition to the contact hours below, we offer the opportunity to attend additional optional sessions, including sessions with the Faculty’s progress coaches, or to meet with staff during their advice and feedback hours.

Within your first and second years, you will typically have 12 contact hours of teaching a week which includes:

  • Medium group teaching, such as practical classes, seminars or workshops each week
  • Large group teaching, such as lectures each week.


During the study of the Applied Banking Case Studies and Quantitative Analysis for Finance modules, there is a greater emphasis placed on independent study and therefore total contact hours may be reduced.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a significant amount of self-directed studying and revising in your own time each week, which may include, for example, guided study using hand-outs, online activities

At Coventry Business School in 2018/19, over half of our students were from outside the UK and therefore you will have the opportunity to work in multinational teams during your studies, learning about your fellow students’ cultures and building networks of friends throughout the world, who could even become future contacts as you start your career.

In addition, given the nature of the financial and banking sector, which is highly interconnected at an international level, the majority of modules taught on this course seek to discuss topics from an international perspective, with current teaching staff on the course coming from a range of international backgrounds.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

To enter at Level 6 for the one-year programme - 240 credits (Accreditation of prior learning with 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5) obtained in a relevant area, such as finance, banking or economics. A Higher National Diploma in a relevant related area, such as finance, banking or economics, with 240 credits awarded may also be considered for entry into the one-year programme, however this will be subject to approval from the Course Director.

To enter at Level 5 for the two-year programme - 120 credits (Accreditation of prior learning with 120 credits at level 4) obtained in a relevant area, such as finance, banking or economics.

To enter at Level 6 for the one-year programme - 240 credits (Accreditation of prior learning with 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5) obtained in a relevant area, such as finance, banking or economics. A Higher National Diploma in a relevant related area, such as finance, banking or economics, with 240 credits awarded may also be considered for entry into the one-year programme, however this will be subject to approval from the Course Director.

To enter at Level 5 for the two-year programme - 120 credits (Accreditation of prior learning with 120 credits at level 4) obtained in a relevant area, such as finance, banking or economics.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required (subject to additional costs and availability).

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

To enter at Level 6 for the one-year programme - 240 credits (Accreditation of prior learning with 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5) obtained in a relevant area, such as finance, banking or economics. A Higher National Diploma in a relevant related area, such as finance, banking or economics, with 240 credits awarded may also be considered for entry into the one-year programme, however this will be subject to approval from the Course Director.

To enter at Level 5 for the two-year programme - 120 credits (Accreditation of prior learning with 120 credits at level 4) obtained in a relevant area, such as finance, banking or economics.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required (subject to additional costs and availability).

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

TBC* (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

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Fee


September 2020

TBC* (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2020

TBC* (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans
EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans
EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Please note that any field trips, international opportunities or visits may be subject to additional costs, application processes and/or subject to meeting applicable visa requirements and availability

Career prospects

The skills and attributes you should develop throughout this course can enable you to pursue a career in the banking and financial sectors, in roles within organisations such as investment banks, commercial banks, or hedge funds. In addition, the knowledge and skills learnt through the financial modules studied should also support career progression into financial services firms. Our employability and work placement support team are on hand to offer advice, employment opportunities, CV/personal statement checks and placement advice, as well as hosting an annual Employment Fair, dedicated to students studying business and law courses.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. As well as the support available through the employability support team in the Faculty, the University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career, including a regular series of employer events.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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