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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:N392
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

This course offers a structured and integrated approach to studying international finance and banking beginning with a comprehensive understanding of the economic and business environment in which finance professionals operate, through to the application of technical and strategic concepts and frameworks. It provides an introduction to the theory of financial markets with an emphasis on corporate governance and financial regulation.

Examine the role accountancy plays in corporate behaviour and look at how financial intermediation can best be regulated. Explore regulation and risk management to see how traders manage risk, how share prices are determined, and what makes global financial markets crash.

A cross-disciplinary qualification in international finance and banking is a gateway to a range of professional careers in finance, banking and insurance. The organisations you can work for range through financial institutions, small and large private sector companies, local and international not-for-profit organisations.

Embedded within the course are personal development and employability skills to enhance your CV and ensure you can demonstrate to potential employers that you are ready for a graduate position.

Graduates of the course can claim ACCA and AIA exemptions on a paper per paper basis.

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We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more.


  • The globalisation of financial markets and deregulation and technological advances in banking have brought an increasing demand for careers in the financial and banking sectors
  • Study the Business Practice Explored unit in the first year which looks at how your subject relates to other business areas and gives you the chance to work with students in other business-related courses
  • Develop your understanding of theory of financial markets, and the role they play in the macro-economy
  • Study corporate banking and investments, risk management, financial markets and institutions, financial regulation and corporate governance, data analysis and financial management
  • Learn from a team of highly qualified researchers and practitioners in international finance, with additional opportunities to visit the Bank of England and the London Stock Exchange
  • Meet staff from our business partners, who will set practical and real-life business questions for you to answer
  • During your three years’ study, you will learn a wide range of subjects in International Finance, Banking, Economics and, Financial Management; this unique type of integrated cross-disciplinary learning further improves your employability that diverse financial institutions need, from financial services and banking to insurance and financial advice
  • Graduates typically progress to careers in banking, accountancy, corporate governance, regulation, insurance and international finance or into further study opportunities
The campus where this course is taught

A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course.

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire.

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

Why study a degree with a Foundation Year?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.

 


Units

  • Business Practice Explored (BSS005-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Accounting And Finance (AAF005-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Economics (AAF010-1) Compulsory
  • Numerical Skills For Finance And Economics (AAF015-1) Compulsory
  • Banking Theory And Practice (AAF029-2) Compulsory
  • Corporate Governance And Financial Regulation (AAF019-2) Compulsory
  • Data Analysis For Finance And Economics (AAF022-2) Compulsory
  • Financial Markets: Theory And Practice (AAF031-2) Compulsory
  • Personal Development And Employability (AAF004-2) Compulsory
  • Social And Environmental Reporting (AAF033-2) Compulsory
  • Banking And Financial Intermediation (AAF007-3) Compulsory
  • Corporate And Investment Banking (AAF034-3) Compulsory
  • Financial Management (AAF002-3) Compulsory
  • Specialist Project Unit (Accounting, Finance And Economics) (AAF036-3) Compulsory
  • Economics Of Globalisation (AAF035-3) Optional
  • Introduction To Econometrics (AAF038-3) Optional

The assessment strategy on this course is bounded to some degree by units that must meet PSRB requirements, thus, unseen tests and examinations dominate the types of assessment employed on the course. However, their format and type vary from online objective tests to written multi-task examinations. Compulsory and objective questions will be used to encourage you to study across the breadth of the syllabus, whereas the multi-task questions will assess your ability to simultaneously, assimilate a wide range of information, apply and justify your chose of several ideas and concepts to make informed decisions or recommendations. International Finance and Banking is not only about numbers and the manipulation of numbers, rather, it is a systematic way of preparing, reporting, presenting and analysing financial data to inform business or investment decisions. You will develop a number of transferable skills including the ability to present your findings, both verbally and in writing, in a professional, clear and concise manner. Written reports are designed in a way that promotes critical thinking as you move up the stages of the course; from knowledge, comprehension and simple explanations in the early stages to application, analysis, appraisal and synthesis as you get closer to graduation. In your final capstone (specialist project) unit, you will be required to produce an individual and independent piece of work which will place demands on your academic judgement and integrity whilst being the most challenging but yet enjoyable and rewarding experience you will encounter.

Reasons to study in the Bedfordshire Business School

  • A BSIS school - Business School Impact System
  • Holder of the Bronze Award among 21 Business Schools in the country for start-up and business growth advice
  • CIPD approved
  • Professional body exemptions, ACCA, AIA

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

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Entry Requirements


We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details


Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

Direct entry with advanced standing

Applicants with entry qualifications other than the standard will be assessed individually by the course coordinator for recognised prior learning (RPL). This might include applicants with complete or partially complete AAT, CAT, ACCA, CIMA or other professional qualifications. Non-UK qualifications will be assessed in a similar way. In general, RPL will not be allowed for any unit achieving a PSRB exemption.


You could progress to a career in banking, accountancy, corporate governance, regulation, insurance or international finance. The degree can open the door to a wide range of opportunities both in the public and private sector and typical careers include:

  • Management within banks, building societies and insurance companies
  • Stockbroker
  • Independent financial advisor
  • Investment administrator
  • Investment fund manager
  • Financial ombudsman
  • Financial conduct authority
  • Local government finance roles

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2021/22 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

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Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2021/22 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

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How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student