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 London

Starting:

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

Fees:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

0203 873 0700


cul@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

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

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

This hands-on programme aims to give you the academic knowledge and experience required to begin a career in financial services, with the potential to work for global banks, investment houses, stockbrokers, wealth managers and local banks & building societies. Alongside learning, you also get the chance to conduct critical research with our experienced staff, learn from guest visitors and take part in invaluable practical modules.  

Why CU London

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

Chartered Insurance Institute

On completion of the course, our graduates are eligible to recognition of prior learning towards CII qualifications. Graduates can apply for credits towards CII’s insurance and financial planning qualifications and qualify more quickly. Students can join the CII’s free Discover membership programme 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 - CU Financial Services Student

Course information

This detailed course focuses on giving you the foundation knowledge needed for a successful career within financial services.

A wide and varied industry, we will provide you with not only theoretical insights but the practical knowledge needed to effectively deliver financial services. This programme 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.

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 actively discuss the global financial crisis of 2008 and the subsequent regulatory reforms.

  • Financial Protection

    Taking responsibility from the outset, you’ll be identifying the relevant areas of need for financial protection planning for individuals and businesses. In addition, you’ll also analyse the range of protection products available for both the public and private sector. There will be a written assessment in this module where you will demonstrate academic skills. 

  • 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 inherent 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

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

Thought about a different campus?

CU London, CU Coventry and CU Scarborough come together to form CU, part of the Coventry University Group. Students who study at CU will graduate with a degree awarded and accredited by Coventry University.

All CU students have the opportunity to move between each campus after completing an academic year. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast. 

Overview

As you progress into your second year of study, the level of complexity is increased as you delve into the business elements of financial services. Looking at the principles of business lending and financial risk, this 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

    An explanation of the micro and macro-environment of financial services with a clear focus on marketing regulation. This module teaches you modern marketing principles such as social media promotion and explores buying behaviour of UK clients, analysing the impact of technology on buying decisions, branding, price and promotion.

  • Financial Economics and Risk

    In this module, you will examine the financial environment and differentiate 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 unit looks at the development and the demonstration of practical financial planning. With the ability to work autonomously, you’ll investigate investment returns, international banking and behavioural finances to support the provision of professional advice. At the end of this module, you should be competent in using the ISO22222 financial planning process to achieve a clients' goals.

Thought about a different campus?

CU Coventry, CU London and CU Scarborough come together to form CU, part of the Coventry University Group. Students who study at CU will graduate with a degree awarded and accredited by Coventry University.

All CU students have the opportunity to move between each campus after completing an academic year. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast. Find out more about the CU offering.

Overview

Sandwich and placement years 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. You can also choose to take an optional year abroad between the second and third year of study. If you decide 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.

Overview

By this final year, you can confidently draw on governance and regulations to give sound, financial advice. As you can now calculate risk appropriately, 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. Assessments include activities such as demonstrating your knowledge by formulating suitable financial plans for an organisation.

  • Taxation and Trust Management

    This module concerns itself with 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

    A popular module, this is an exploration of investment performance. Working autonomously, you’ll critically analyse the utilisation of financial and non-financial analysis to establish performance. You’ll also explore 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 enabling 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.

Thought about a different campus?

CU Coventry, CU London and CU Scarborough come together to form CU, part of the Coventry University Group. Students who study at CU will graduate with a degree awarded and accredited by Coventry University.

All CU students have the opportunity to move between each campus after completing an academic year. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast. Find out more about the CU offering.

15th

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

In more detail...

  • Upon completion of this course, you will receive a qualification awarded by Coventry University.
  • 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.
  • You will receive support with applying for short and long-term placements, to gain the experience employers desire, via our Careers & Employability department.
  • You will have the opportunity for multi-campus learning in London, Coventry and Scarborough.

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

Our courses run in six-week blocks and we offer up to six of these each calendar year. Normally you will study four blocks per year.
As a full-time student a standard learning block will include 21 hours each week, in the form of seminars and classes, practical work and tutorials.
Students will also be expected to spend time on independent and self-directed study in the form of further reading/research and assignments. All study is guided so you’ll have plenty of support.

A tutorial programme runs throughout the duration of the course, providing students with the opportunity to enhance academic, personal and professional development. Students will work with academic tutors to set targets and goals and reflect on their academic performance, while having the chance to gain new skills and knowledge to support their academic performance and personal development.

Class groups are kept low. 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 students to undertake international travel and experience financial services in other countries. Recent student visits have included travelling 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 - CU Financial Services Student

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 qualification.

What if I don’t meet the entry requirements?

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, successful completion of the below programme 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 Year 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 qualification.

What if I don’t meet the entry requirements?

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, successful completion of the below programme 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 Year will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

IELTS

EU students will require training in English language proficiency level IELTS 6.0 (HNC - year 1/HND - year 2) or IELTS 6.5 (Degree/Top Up - year 3).

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to CU London. 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 London. 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 London.

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 London their firm choice.

CU London 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 a Foundation Year.

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 - CU Financial Services Student

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)


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Fees & Funding

Full-time 

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 London Library and Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials. 

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 London from Student Finance England.

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 - CU Financial Services Student

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. 

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 - CU Financial Services Student
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.

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