Financial Services BA (Hons) 2019/20 entry

Course code:

N391 - Degree
193N - HND
093N - HNC

Study options:

3 year - Degree
2 year - HND
1 year - HNC

Location:

CU Coventry

Starting:

September 2019
November 2019
January 2020
March 2020
April 2020
June 2020

Fees:

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Overview

If you are passionate about helping individuals and organisations to manage their wealth and achieve their financial goals, then the BA (Hons) Financial Services degree course could be for you.

Financial services are a necessary component of every successful business around the world. Studying the subject can help you launch your career in a fast-paced, exciting and profitable industry.

This hands-on course aims to give you the academic knowledge and practical experience required to begin a career in financial services. This will give you the potential to work for global banks, investment houses, stockbrokers, wealth managers and local banks and building societies.

Alongside learning, you will have the chance to conduct critical research with our experienced staff, learn from guest lecturers and take part in invaluable practical modules. 

Why CU Coventry

We offer a style of education which is flexible and designed to fit around your life, allowing you to benefit from a modern, forward-thinking higher education institution, reinforced by the quality and reputation of Coventry University. We aim to provide career-focused courses, wherever possible, coupled with placement opportunities to help prepare you for the world of work. We are dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we keep our fees low and made it a policy to cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.

Employability

Dedicated Careers & Employability department who will assist you in finding employment

Top Quality Courses

Taught by industry professionals, awarded by Coventry University

No End of Year Exams

Our modern teaching techniques mean no last-minute cramming and less stress

Professional Recognition

Specific courses contain additional industry recognised qualifications from awarding bodies

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Accreditation and Professional Recognition

The Chartered Insurance Institute

On completion of the course, our graduates are eligible for recognition of prior learning towards CII qualifications. Graduates can apply for credits towards CII’s insurance and financial planning qualifications and can progress on these courses quicker. Students can join the CII’s free Discover membership course while studying for the degree and convert this to student membership on graduation.

What our students say...

The course leaders have an open-door policy that I value greatly. It means I can build a really good relationship with my tutors and consult them on any issues I have – big or small.

Alexi Kousoulas - Financial Services

Course information

This course focuses on providing you with the knowledge required for a successful career within financial services.

A wide and varied industry, we will provide you with the theoretical insights and the practical knowledge needed to effectively deliver financial services. This course covers a comprehensive range of financial themes including, regulation, risk management, financial planning, financial economics, investment practice and portfolio analysis.

In this course, you’ll become confident in your ability to assess, risk and critically appraise existing theories and practices for the successful implementation of financial practice. With a degree in financial services behind you, you can progress onto career routes such as investment banking, financial advisory and financial economics.

94%

of our Financial Services students were satisfied with the teaching on their course.

National Student Survey (NSS) 2016

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Mapped to the Level 4 Diploma of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), this introductory year examines the regulations and practices that cover financial services and products. You’ll cover key topics, from the decision-making processes of individual investors and borrowers, to the most effective methods of communicating information. Students who complete year one are eligible for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Financial Services.

Modules

  • Financial Markets and Regulation

    The first module of the course focuses on providing you with a strong understanding of financial markets. You will look closely at the UK financial market and examine the powers and responsibilities of the regulators and the protection of UK retail customers. You’ll also discuss the global financial crisis of 2008 and the subsequent regulatory reforms.

  • Financial Protection

    Taking total control from the outset, you’ll be identifying the relevant areas of need for financial protection planning for individuals and businesses. Additionally, you’ll analyse the range of protection products available for both the public and private sector.

    To demonstrate academic knowledge, you will be required to complete a written assessment (coursework).

  • Investment Theories and Risk

    This module focuses on reviewing and examining the principles of investment planning for UK retail clients. You’ll learn to estimate the risks, behaviour and correlation of asset classes and investment products. To ensure a full understanding of the concept of investment products and their risks, you will also explore taxes and the law.

  • Pension Management and Analysis

    The aim of this module is to provide an explanation of the legal frameworks applicable to pension schemes and the concepts of pension management using the ISO22222 fact-finding process. You’ll look at how to establish clients’ goals and provide exceptional service levels and practice, such as regular monitoring reviews, thereby improving pension arrangements for UK clients.

Overview

As you progress into your second year of study, the level of complexity increases as you explore the business elements of financial services. Looking at the principles of business lending and financial risk, the year focuses on the micro environment, where you will analyse buying behaviour, international banking and planning investment returns. By the end of this year you’ll have refined your organisational skills in financial planning, ready for progression onto the final year. Students who complete year two are eligible for a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Financial Services.

Modules

  • Marketing and New Media

    This module aims to teach the modern marketing principles such as social media promotion and explores buying behaviour of UK clients, analysing the impact of technology on buying decision, branding, price and promotion.

  • Financial Economics and Risk

    In this module, you will examine the financial environment and learn to differentiate between the types of financial risks, equity capitals and corporate debts. You’ll consider the key issues involved in lending to corporate organisations and have a step by step induction into the process of calculating a clients’ risk, such as assessing creditworthiness.

  • Corporate Governance and Risk

    There are several unique styles of leadership and you will learn and assess their impacts on trusts, culture and ethics. You’ll look at the role of regulatory requirements on significant influence functions, the importance of implementing a governance procedures policy and compare the UK principles-based regulatory approach with the US rules-based regulatory approach.

  • Financial Planning Practice

    This module examines the development and the demonstration of practical financial planning. Working autonomously, you’ll investigate investment returns, international banking and behavioural finances to support the provision of professional advice. By the end of this module, you should be competent in using the ISO22222 financial planning process to achieve a clients' goals.

Overview

An optional placement or sandwich year gives you the chance to gain further insight into the industry or career you are seeking to follow, enabling you to apply your theoretical knowledge to the workplace. You can also choose to take an optional year abroad between years two and three. If you decide to take advantage of a placement year this version of the degree will help you acquire valuable work experience and gain an understanding of what employers seek in graduates. It is your responsibility to find a placement with an employer within your chosen sector. The careers and employability department, alongside the course team, will support you throughout your placement year.

Overview

By the final year, we will have taught you to confidently draw on governance and regulations to give sound, financial advice. This year focuses on refining existing skills such as financial planning while expanding your learning to the wider financial environment, global and strategic. At this level, you’ll look at high-stake financial services, such as portfolio management, trust management and investment practice. Students who complete year three are awarded a BA (Hons) degree in Financial Services.

Modules

  • Business Financial Planning

    You will explore the complex aspects of integrated financial planning and how the process is used to achieve the clients' goals. You’ll discuss key behavioural finance theories and evaluate the application of key concepts in business accounts and financial controls. You will be assessed by formulating suitable financial plans for an organisation.

  • Taxation and Trust Management

    This module focuses on the application of key skills in calculating UK income taxes, national insurance contributions, capital gains taxes, corporation taxes and value added taxes. You’ll examine the principles of trusts and the main types of trusts used in financial services planning, including evaluation of suitable estates and how settlors, trustees and beneficiaries are taxed.

  • Investment Practice

    Working autonomously, you’ll critically analyse the utilisation of financial and non-financial analysis to establish investment performance. You’ll also investigate portfolio management, including portfolio construction, asset allocation and fund selection, evaluating high-risk investments and how they’re used efficiently in the financial planning process.

  • Portfolio Management and Analysis

    A key area of financial services is portfolio management. It can involve helping clients to collate and view all their financial assets on a singular platform and advising clients on strategic financial steps, dependent on risk factors. You’ll examine techniques to assess investors’ behaviour, behavioural finance theories, the benefits of active management and passive management styles.

15th

Coventry University is ranked 15th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2020. CU Coventry is part of the Coventry University Group.

In more detail...

  • Upon completion of this course, you will receive a qualification awarded by Coventry University.
  • An opportunity to study at separate locations across the UK, in Coventry, London and Scarborough.
  • You will receive support with applying for short and long-term placements, to gain the experience employers desire, with our in-house Careers & Employability department.
  • In order to make higher education accessible to as many people as possible, we keep our tuition fees competitively priced.
  • Small tutorial group sessions ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need.
  • We deliver one module at a time during each block. This means you can dedicate your time to specialise in each subject without the distraction of numerous modules and multiple deadlines.

Your main study themes are:

  • Financial Regulation: 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: The decision-making processes of individual investors and borrowers, taxation of individuals and organisation, business financial planning and investment practice.
  • Wealth Management: Products and services, the application of these to a client base and the regulation that governs these.
  • Portfolio Management and Analysis: Alternative approaches to investment management, asset valuation and risk management, plus business financial planning and investment planning.

This course is available as a full-time three year or optional four-year sandwich course, the latter incorporating a work placement or study year in a related field. Our teaching methods are varied, offering a number of teaching styles to suit the needs of all our students, so in addition to lectures, we also utilise a blended learning approach, including online aspects, workshops and group work.

We also operate an open-door policy, with additional availability via email and our online learning platform, Moodle.

Progression through the modules develops knowledge and skills, including communication (written and oral), study skills, research methods, project management, presentation and career development. We will also encourage you to consider your employability and/or entrepreneurial development.

Unlike traditional institutions, there are no end of year exams. Instead, learning is assessed through coursework and phase tests, which is more reflective of our learning model.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.

Assessment methods vary and include, practical class and project performance, written practical reports, project thesis, presentations, tutorial tasks and assessments which take place at the end of each six-week block.

Course Breakdown (approximately):

  • 70% Coursework
  • 30% Interactive Assessments

On completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of the theoretical, analytical and practical aspects of policies, strategies and processes within a changing environment, to meet stakeholder interests.
  • Critically appraise theories related to the development of financial planning, including the risk factors that need to be considered in the development of a successful strategy.
  • Develop appropriate research and analysis techniques, alongside the ability to undertake reliable market research activities.
  • Operate, lead and collaborate in a team and independently to solve problems of a financial nature and to provide appropriate solutions.
  • Apply appropriate presentation and evaluation tools to establish the significance of research data produced.

Full-time students are expected to attend CU Coventry every day of the week.
The majority of this will be face to face teaching, with the addition of individual and group tutorials and independent/online learning, as well as enhancement activities on Wednesdays.
Classes run daily and students are allocated to either:
Morning - 9am-1pm or
Afternoon - 2pm-6pm

Both morning and afternoon sessions have the addition of Enhancement Wednesdays when students can choose individualised learning activities between 10am-2pm to support their study, providing time in the afternoon to engage in clubs and societies.

We hold tutorials in small groups every week. These sessions are mandatory and ensure you receive detailed feedback about your work, go into depth on specific topics and have any of your burning questions answered.

Groups are kept at an average of 25-50 students per class. This way, students can take advantage of small numbers to increase contact time with lecturers.

We are dedicated to developing global graduates, so we carry out extensive work with the appraised Online International Learning (OIL) project. This allows CU students to undertake international travel and experience financial services in other countries. Recently, students travelled to a university in Dubai to compare Arabic banking with UK practice.

What our students say...

The course leaders have an open-door policy that I value greatly. It means I can build a really good relationship with my tutors and consult them on any issues I have – big or small.

Alexi Kousoulas - Financial Services

Entry Requirements

Financial Services Higher National Certificate (HNC)

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

Financial Services Higher National Diploma (HND)

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

Financial Services BA (Hons) Degree

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

All HNC/HND/Degree courses require at least two A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

What if I don’t meet the entry requirements?

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we offer a number of programmes to help you secure a place. Successful completion of one of the below programmes guarantees you a place on a degree course with us, subject to meeting specified criteria

Foundation Year

This degree programme has an integral stage 0 attached to it, so if you do not meet the entry requirements you may enter at the foundation level. Successful completion of our Accounting & Finance Foundation courses will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

Access to HE

Access to HE courses aim to bring your academic skills and topical knowledge up to optimal standard for higher education study. If you undertake an Access to HE course and then successfully complete a degree programme, the remaining balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off. Successful completion of our Business Access to HE course will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

Financial Services Higher National Certificate (HNC)

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

Financial Services Higher National Diploma (HND)

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

Financial Services BA (Hons) Degree

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

All HNC/HND/Degree courses require at least two A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

What if I don’t meet the entry requirements?

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we offer a number of programmes to help you secure a place. Successful completion of one of the below programmes guarantees you a place on a degree course with us, subject to meeting specified criteria

Foundation Year

This degree programme has an integral stage 0 attached to it, so if you do not meet the entry requirements you may enter at the foundation level. Successful completion of our Accounting & Finance Foundation courses will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

Access to HE

Access to HE courses aim to bring your academic skills and topical knowledge up to optimal standard for higher education study. If you undertake an Access to HE course and then successfully complete a degree programme, the remaining balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off. Successful completion of our Business Access to HE course will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

Financial Services Higher National Certificate (HNC)

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

Financial Services Higher National Diploma (HND)

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

Financial Services BA (Hons) Degree

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

All HNC/HND/Degree courses require at least two A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

CU welcomes international students from all around the globe. If you are an international student and are interested in applying for a Foundation Year, HNC, HND or Degree course you can do so by completing the online application form.

Once your application form has been processed you will receive the outcome of your application via your given email address.

Please be aware you will need the following information in order to make your application:

  • All academic transcripts
  • Copies of degree/diploma certificates or work reference if employed
  • One academic reference
  • Be trained to English language proficiency level IELTS 6.0 (HNC - year 1/HND - year 2) or IELTS 6.5 (Degree/Top Up - year 3
  • Your personal statement
  • Copy of your current passport

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to CU Coventry. We assess an applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course, and we may feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer to CU Coventry. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join CU Coventry.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. Requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made CU Coventry their firm choice.

CU Coventry has assessed that you can achieve the required grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer if you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in the year for which they applied.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we have a number of programmes which upon completion, automatically qualifies you onto a place on this degree course, such as Foundation Years or Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

What our students say...

The course leaders have an open-door policy that I value greatly. It means I can build a really good relationship with my tutors and consult them on any issues I have – big or small.

Alexi Kousoulas - Financial Services

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£6,350 (per year)


November 2019

£6,350 (per year)


January 2020

£6,350 (per year)


March 2020

£6,350 (per year)


April 2020

£6,350 (per year)


June 2020

£6,350 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2019

£6,350 (per year)


November 2019

£6,350 (per year)


January 2020

£6,350 (per year)


March 2020

£6,350 (per year)


April 2020

£6,350 (per year)


June 2020

£6,350 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


November 2019

£9,250 (per year)


January 2020

£9,250 (per year)


March 2020

£9,250 (per year)


April 2020

£9,250 (per year)


June 2020

£9,250 (per year)


Fees & Funding

Full-time (UK/EU)

For the academic year 2019/20, each six-week block will cost £1,587.50. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £6,350. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Coventry Library and Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials. 

Part-time (UK/EU)

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 2019/20, each block for part-time students will cost £1,587.50. Therefore, the total fee per stage of your qualification if completed in the academic year 2019/20 is £6,350.

Funding

As a full-time 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.

International

For the academic year 2019/20, each six-week block will cost £2,312.50. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £9,250. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Coventry Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials.

What our students say...

The course leaders have an open-door policy that I value greatly. It means I can build a really good relationship with my tutors and consult them on any issues I have – big or small.

Alexi Kousoulas - Financial Services

Career prospects

With a BA (Hons) degree behind you, your career options within the financial services is significantly increased.

There are several career routes to go down, such as financial advisors, pension planners or even investment banking. 

97%

of our students were in work or further study six months after they left university.

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016

Where our graduates work

Many graduates choose to progress their academic career by undertaking a Master’s in this field. CU graduates of this course have taken programmes in subjects such as Finance and Investment Analysis.

CU students have also advanced into large, successful companies such as HSBC, Charles Derby and Coventry Building Society.

What our students say...

The course leaders have an open-door policy that I value greatly. It means I can build a really good relationship with my tutors and consult them on any issues I have – big or small.

Alexi Kousoulas - Financial Services
Disclaimer

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.

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