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Banking and Finance - BSc (Hons) Degree

Entry Year

The BSc Banking and Finance degree at Cardiff Met covers the key concepts of banking and finance and provides students with an understanding of the importance of this area in a practical and theoretical context. 

The course will equip students with the tools and analytical capabilities to identify and resolve complex problems in a dynamic and strategic way. In addition, this programme will provide students with highly transferable skills as well as a deep knowledge of a broad range of financial software. 

Banking and finance is fundamental to the world economy as it ensures that new and existing companies can raise the funds needed to undertake profitable investment ideas. This course is ideal if you have no previous experience in banking and finance but want to learn more about this industry. 

In the first year you will gain an insight into how financial institutions fit into the world economy, along with key quantitative methods techniques needed for a career in this industry. You will also be able to choose a language, either Mandarin Chinese, Spanish or French, as part of your programme. The optional language can be continued throughout your three-year degree and would further enhance your employability skills. 

The second year will involve expanding your knowledge by studying the impact of different types of risk on both companies and countries. The final year will enhance your understanding of the importance of remaining informed on contemporary issues in the wider business context by undertaking independent research. 

The teaching will involve lecturers, workshops and seminars which will have both academic knowledge and practical experience. The practical experience will include the use of financial software, to teach you the skills you need for the workplace after graduation.

This programme will undergo periodic review in 2022/23. As such, course content shown below may change to ensure the programme remains current. Any applicants will be informed of any changes once confirmed.

Course Content​​

​Foundation Year (Year 0):​

This programme incorporates a foundation year, which is intended for students wishing to enrol onto the three-year honours degree, who fall into one of the following categories:

​​1. Students who have not achieved the required A-level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.

Further information about the foundation year can be found by clicking here.


This degree in Banking and Finance is comprised of a number of core modules, with a range of options, totalling 360 credits across all years to develop your specific interests and expertise:

Year 1

Students will take 100 credits of compulsory modules and will be able to select 20 credits of optional modules. 

Compulsory modules:

  • Quantitative Methods I (20 credits)
  • Global Financial Services (20 credits)
  • The Economy: Microeconomics (20 credits)
  • The Economy: Macroeconomics (20 credits)
  • Financial Accounting (20 credits)

Optional modules:

  • French / Spanish / Mandarin Chinese/ Communication in Professional
    Contexts 1 (20 credits)
  • Law and the World of Business (20 credits)

Year 2

Student will take 100 credits of compulsory modules and will be able to select 20 credits from the range of available optional modules.

Compulsory modules:

  • Quantitative Methods II (20 credits)
  • Money Banking and Risk (20 credits)
  • Investment Markets and Principles (20 credits)
  • Work Experience OR Volunteering Project (20 credits)

Optional modules:

  • Corporate and Business Law (20 credits)
  • Financial Reporting (20 credits)
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics (20 credits)
  • Intermediate Microeconomics (20 credits)
  • Games and Information Management (20 credits)
  • French / Spanish / Mandarin Chinese in Professional Contexts 2 (20 credits)

Year 3

Students will take 60 credits of compulsory modules and will be able to select 60 credits from the range of available optional modules.

Compulsory modules:

  • International Banking Regulation (20 credits)
  • Investment Management (20 credits)
  • Capital Markets and Derivatives (20 credits)

Optional modules*:

  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Econometrics (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Business and Consumer Protection (20 credits)
  • Behavioural Finance (20 credits)
  • Advanced Financial Reporting (20 credits)
  • Financial Management for Managers (20 credits)
  • Economic Tools for Government (20 credits)
  • Applied Microeconomics (20 credits)
  • Macroeconomics: Theory and Application (20 credits)
  • Macroeconomics: Theory and Application (20 credits)
  • Analytics and Business Intelligence (20 credits)
  • French / Spanish / Mandarin Chinese / Communication in Professional Contexts (20 credits)
  • Industrial Work Experience (20 credits)
  • Money and Credit (20 credits)

*Please note optional modules are delivered subject to demand and availability

Learning & Teaching

A student-centred approach to learning and teaching will be encouraged through the use of specific teaching strategies, case studies, projects, tutorials, practical exercises, supplemented by the use of appropriate support materials, lectures from business experts, videos and computer software. Active engagement with the subject material enhances learning and many of the learning strategies used attempt to promote this.

Lectures are a major part of the teaching strategy for the programme. Lectures are an effective way of delivering core material and establishing a framework for a module against which other material can be set.

Seminars involve a student or students presenting previously prepared work to peers and a lecturer. This strategy is used to extend specific theoretical or practical concepts as well as introducing problem solving exercises. Seminars are used in most modules and provide students with valuable experience in presentational skills as well as providing staff with a method or assessing student-centred learning.

Practical Workshops
Practical workshops are used extensively in a number of modules throughout the programme. In these classes students are able to practise and refine their skills in a supportive environment where they can get feedback from a member of academic staff. Practical workshops represent a valuable transition between theory and practice.

Case Studies
Case studies are a teaching and learning strategy, which are employed in a range of modules; they also are a useful assessment tool. Students are presented with or asked to develop real or simulated complex problems which they are required to analyse in detail and then synthesise/present their own solution in writing or orally.

Business Experts
A key component of the learning experience is the intention to invite business experts, academic and in practice, to provide insights into their research work or business activity. A network of such experts will help provide specialist knowledge as well as bolster and promote the credentials of the programme. Such experts might be invited as guest speakers or requested to provide a more interactive workshop experience where appropriate.

Modular Subject Tutorials
Tutorials are meetings of a student or group of students with a lecturer or lecturers and are used in two ways within the programme:

  • Expanding upon material covered in lectures through an enquiry-driven problem solving approach
  • To offer extra support to improve background knowledge.


The assessment strategy for the programme varies to ensure the most appropriate method for each specific module and subject area. This will be a combination of formal examinations, practical assignments, written assignments, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, peer assessments and work-based placements. Thus, in addition to formal examinations and assessments at the end of the academic year, you will be continuously assessed and given feedback on your progress and development throughout the year i.e. through both formative and summative assessment. Many modules are assessed through a combination of practical coursework assignments and unseen written exams at the end of the term or year.​

Employability & Careers​

The primary aim of this degree programme is to develop theoretical understanding of the key concepts of banking and finance. It will showcase the wider impact and importance of the banking sector the world economy.

Graduates will find a wide variety of career opportunities within the banking and finance sector, as well as the majority of the other industrial sectors (both public and private), including the credit analysis sector, financial and professional services, risk analysis, and institutional investment opportunities.

Real world experience is obtained as part of your study by compulsory work experience, as well as optional sandwich year placements and industrial internships.

On successful completion of this degree programme, there are also further taught postgraduate study options across Accounting, Banking, Economics and Finance here at Cardiff Met, as well as research and PhD programmes

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics or Mathematics - Numeracy at grade C /grade 4 or above, plus 112 points from at least two A-Levels (or equivalent).

Typical offers may include:

  • 112 points from at least two A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject
  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM
  • 112 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers
  • 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4
  • 112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma

If you do not meet the above entry requirements, we also offer a Foundation Programme which allows progression to year 1.

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification may be interviewed and considered individually on the basis of their prior learning or working background.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Mature Students:
A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader Dr Surraya Rowe:
Tel: 029 20 205705

Key Course Information

UCAS Code: N310
Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Management

Course Length: Three years full-time or four years full-time if undertaking year long industry placement. Four years full-time if undertaking foundation year. Five years full-time if undertaking foundation year and year long industry​ placement.