Banking and Finance (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (1 year)

Chelmsford

September 2018


Overview

Gain a full honours degree in just one year. Our course is perfect if you already have a relevant degree or equivalent qualification, and want to specialise in banking and finance. You’ll go straight into Year 3, enhancing your numerical analysis skills and improving your career prospects in an international market.

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Careers

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There are exciting career opportunities across a range of banking and finance disciplines, in both the private and public sectors.

You may wish to move into a role in the financial markets, in areas such as FX management, derivative markets or equity fund management. Or you could opt to gain experience in the banking sector in areas such as credit risk management, or mergers and acquisitions.

Our graduates have moved directly into careers with the prestigious ‘big four’ auditors, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, as well as Barclays and Bank of China.

You might choose to enhance your education and career prospects further still by taking a postgraduate degree, such as our MSc Finance or MSc Management.

We have strong, established links with a number of professional bodies across the banking and finance sectors – including ACCA, Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA), Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Institute and Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIB). We’ll give you regular access to guest speakers from industry, commerce and the City.

Through our Business School Intern programme, around 35 students each year get a business mentor, work experience, exclusive training and development, and a reference from our Dean.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Banking Regulation
    The recent banking crisis has motivated heightened discussion of the merits of bank regulations used to minimise the risk of bank distress and intervention tools to mitigate its effects. In this module you’ll study technical aspects of bank regulation, supervision and intervention to resolve crises. This module also introduces and explains the legal and regulatory environment in which financial institutions operate and explain the legal and enforcement powers of financial regulators effectively. You’ll be taught to address the following questions: Why do banks and financial institutions have to employ such extensive compliance departments? Where does banking risk arise in financial markets and transactions? How is banking failure managed? As well as making reference to and explaining the genesis of the international standards, in particular Basel I, II and III and Dodd-Frank Act, reference is made to their implementation, interpretation and enforcement within the banking and regulatory systems of the U.S., EU and the UK as well as emerging markets. You’ll learn to use the Bloomberg Trading Terminal to access Banking-related data. You’ll be assessed by group wiki and essay.
  • Monetary Policy
    This module encourages you to recognise the importance and special role of money in an advanced industrial society. The module seeks to give you a thorough understanding of monetary theories and of the monetary policies that Governments enact based on these theories. While special emphasis is given to contemporary issues, such as the role of the single currency, the module seeks to understand how we have arrived at the current situation. To this end the module investigates our understanding of money and alternatives to traditional money supplies. The module will then explore how monetary policy work and the links between this policy and the macro-economy. Following the most recent financial crisis the role of intermediation in monetary policy is also explored. The theories behind monetary policy, from Keynes to those contemporary alternatives, and their practical application will also be investigated. The role of the central bank in the setting and managing of monetary policy will also be reviewed. Finally this module will consider the implementation of the single currencies, its aims and impact, as well as the issues surrounding such a monetary union. This module will be assessed via both a 1,500 word report, intended to develop critical thinking and writing skills and a 1.5 hour examination that will encourage independent study and time management skills.
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
    This module will provide you with a rigorous grounding in the theory and practice of corporate finance at an advanced level, and a thorough synthesis of the most important current research in corporate finance, with an emphasis on the applications of the principles. Both normative and positive aspects of the theory are examined, together with supporting descriptive and empirical evidence. This module extends, develops and applies some of the materials introduced in previous modules and focuses on key aspects of the financial operations related to maximising the valuation of a corporation in an international environment. Principles that corporations use in their investment and financing decisions making are reviewed and practices evaluated. This includes portfolio management, fisher's separation theorem, and arbitrage pricing theory technical analysis, fundamental valuation and relative valuation investment strategy.
  • Business Forecasting and Simulation
    Managers often make decisions without knowing exactly what will happen in the future. The purpose of business forecasting is to reduce the uncertainty and to make better estimates or statements about events whose actual outcomes (typically) have not yet been observed. This module provides students with a sound understanding on forecasting models, including qualitative and quantities techniques, in particular time-series methods that have wide applications in business. Computer simulation methods are among the most commonly used approaches to assist in making decisions in investments, sales forecasting, scheduling, inventory control etc. This module teaches students the skills required to apply simulation to imitate a real world business problem, then to study impacts of changes, and finally, to draw conclusions and make action actions based on the results of simulation. Students will be taught how to use commercial simulation software such as Simul8 and Microsoft Excel.
  • Exploring Business Research
    This module aims to provide an introduction to contemporary business research in the areas of accounting, finance and other relevant disciplines. It is designed to stimulate and excite as you explore a detailed area of contemporary research in modern business world. Your studies will include the introduction of theoretical frameworks, targeted literature searches, data collection using professional business database and data analysis utilising different methods. The final business report allows you to engage in a substantial piece of individual desk-based/secondary research focussed on a field relevant to their degree award and subject area under the supervision and guidance of members of academic staff. With guidance you will conduct business research based on theoretical frameworks, evaluate and critically appraise a range of information, investigate and adopt suitable desk-based methodologies to work with data, and determine solutions to those business research problems.
  • Big Data Fundamentals
    This module will provide an introduction to Big Data analytics and explain key concepts, theories and issues of working with big data. You will develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of big data analytics and how the methods employed in analysis of big data differ from those used in analysis of small data sets. This module will equip you with tools and techniques that are essential to turn constantly expanding data to meaningful information. Big data fundamentals will enhance your skills in data extraction, interpretation of data structure, identification of patterns and trends within the data available within enterprise, external and in a variety of media resources, to provide a better solution to the relevant business problems. At the end of the module, you will develop an understanding of the strategic implications of big data analysis, and will be ready to face the challenges of work in contemporary data-rich business environments. The knowledge and skills in this field are increasingly in demand, therefore this module will help you become more competitive in the job market.
  • Financial Investment Analysis
    Financial Investment Analysis provides finance academics and practitioners alike with a powerful tool to understand the financial investment world. This module equips you with the prerequisite background to comprehend investments by looking into the fundamentals and try to capture the salient features of financial data. This module extends, develops and applies some of the materials introduced in Financial Management and Foundations of Finance with rigorous grounding in the quantitative methods taught in Business Analytics I and II as well as Quantitative Methods for Banking and Finance. The module introduces and reviews statistical techniques and proceeds rapidly to model building and applications with financial securities from the Bloomberg Terminal. By the end of this module, you will have an appreciation of the difficulties and complexities of the financial world whilst concurrently will be ready to apply the tools and techniques to the art of value investing.

Assessment

We'll assess your work in a number of ways, including exams, coursework, essays and activity-based assignments. Your coursework could include problem-solving activities, consultancy projects, presentations, a computer-based exam, a portfolio based on Bloomberg trading simulation and group or individual reports. You'll also be able to access support materials through our virtual learning environment (VLE).

This combination of assessments has been carefully designed with your career progression in mind; it gives you opportunities to develop and improve on the transferable skills employers look for.


This is a 1 year programme 

Please note that modules are subject to change and availability.


Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the East of England, with nearly 100 full-time teaching staff and approximately 6,000 students from more than 100 countries.

Our striking and award-winning business school building in Chelmsford, as well as new buildings in Cambridge, offer the most advanced learning technologies. We’re well-recognised for our centres of excellence by students, employers and professional bodies alike.

What makes us stand out is that our courses don't just give you sound academic knowledge – they’re at the cutting edge of current business practice and highly relevant to employers. This is owing to the close links we have with the business community and the partnerships we've developed with a wide variety of businesses and public service organisations. 

We're interested in people who are confident, ambitious and ready to take the challenge of making a difference in the world of business. If that's you, we'd love to hear from you.

Where can I study?

Chelmsford
Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

Explore our Chelmsford campus

Additional study information

You’ll study in our Centre of Excellence in Accounting and Finance, supported by academic researchers, professionals and our Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab – a bespoke financial trading platform providing live financial information about companies trading on global stock exchanges. The Lab is integrated into the curriculum to enhance your learning, professional development and employability as well as encourage your interest in the financial markets. It also gives staff and students to opportunity to collaborate. There’s also a Bloomberg app, so you can access the Lab while you’re on the move.

Work or study abroad placement

During the year, you’ll have the opportunity to attend lectures and workshops on career-relevant subjects such as CV preparation, job-hunting, finding work experience and using social media.

Our placements and employability team will help you find out more about the accounting and finance graduate marketplace. They'll also encourage you to reflect on your strengths and make plans for your personal development.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)

£9,250

International students, 2017/18 (per year)

£11,700

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Fee information

For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.

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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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