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Response to Covid-19: Our focus is on providing a safe and welcoming learning environment and ensuring continued access to learning.

As a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and resulting social distancing requirements, we are intending to teach this course using a mix of on-campus and online learning activities. We continue to be guided by the Government to ensure our campus is Covid-secure. More information about our response to Covid-19 and FAQs are available here.

All information is accurate at the time of sharing. Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with restrictions, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

Overview

Hoping to pursue a career in banking and finance, gain first-hand experience of financial market facilities with the chance to touch real-time data taught by experts from the banking and finance industry? Then this Top-Up course may just be what you are looking for.

Key facts

  • Top-up your Level 5 qualification to an undergraduate business degree in 1 year
  • Equip yourself with the skills and knowledge to join the banking and finance industry
  • For those looking to gain a professional qualification, 2 modules are mapped towards the APRM certification allowing easy transition upon completion of the course
  • Part of a select group of business schools worldwide, following accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting – the first in Europe to gain the double accreditation
  • Continue your studies with our ‘MSc Business with’ Masters programmes when you pass with a 2:2 or above and specialise in either Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Human Resource Management, International Management, Financial Management or Marketing Management

What will I study?

Throughout the course, you will engage in topics such as strategic management and corporate responsibility; banking risk management, international finance and financial management. You will have the opportunity to build your portfolio and employability, distinguishing yourself from your competitors with the first-hand experience of current market developments and financial data.

How will I be taught and assessed?

  • Teaching is delivered through tutorials, seminars, workshops totalling around 12 hours per week
  • You’re expected to engage in independent study, around 35 hours per week
  • Assessment takes place through a mix of coursework and a project.
  • Taught by experienced lecturers and academics who use their industry experience to demonstrate how theories translate into real-life situations.
  • Technology-enhanced learning is embedded throughout the course to guide your preparation for seminars and independent research
  • Benefit from weekly academic support sessions designed to build your ability and confidence as an academic learner
  • You will be assigned a guidance tutor at induction who you will meet with regularly during your studies

Careers and further study

Upon graduation, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to join the banking and finance industry in areas such as financial services, financial advisory work, international banking, building societies, insurance companies, credit unions and other financial intermediaries.

For those students wishing to further enhance their CV, 2 modules are mapped towards the Associated Professional Risk Manager (APRM) certification, therefore allowing easy transition (should it be wished) upon completion of the International Banking and Finance course.

If you pass with a minimum of a 2:2 and would like to continue your studies, you may be eligible to progress on to one of our postgraduate business degrees at the London Campus. These programmes include the opportunity for you to specialise in either

  • Business Analytics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Management
  • Financial Management
  • or Marketing Management as part of your Business Masters.

For those wanting to experience study in a different city, you may also be eligible to progress on to one of our Masters programmes at our main campus in Newcastle.

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Academic requirements

  • HND (merit profile)/Foundation Degree in a related discipline
  • GCSE Maths and English language at grade 4 (previously grade C) or above

Students seeking to join the course as either direct or alternative applicants should seek approval of their HND or Foundation Degree prior to applying on UCAS. A list of modules is required as part of this approval process.

Please visit our entry requirements page for country-specific qualifications.

English language requirements

Students require IELTS 6.5 (or above) with no single element below 5.5 or equivalent.

If you have IELTS 5.5 – 6.0, you may be eligible to join our Pre-Sessional English before starting this programme.

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All modules on this course are core and 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

The banking and financial services industry operates in a risk structured environment. The business is about the measurement, management and transfer of risk. It focuses on the specific areas of credit and market risk within the context of the relevant regulatory framework and draws on case study material provided by high profile banking and financial institutions.

The module is assessed by a 3,000-word assignment and a group or individual presentation on contemporary issues in risk management plus a reflective statement.

Responsible financial management is at the heart of business decision making. How much should we spend? How much should raise the money? What sustainable value are we creating? These are all crucial international corporate finance questions. This module takes a holistic and reflective approach to your learning, with you developing a portfolio of your consideration of financial topics. You will engage with financial news stories in the Financial Times or Bloomberg and apply your learning on the module to them, as well as your reflections on financial documentaries, movies and leading applied research in the area which is available on the modules eLP.

This module will develop you to have an awareness of contemporary financial events and the underpinning academic literature surrounding them so that when you go for an interview with an employer you are able to display a reflective, evaluative and critical understanding of the financial challenges modern business face.

Risk Management is fundamental to banks and financial institutions. This module examines and evaluates the interest rate, liquidity and operational risks face faced by banking and financial institutions. In doing so, it examines the sources of these risks and how they may be measured and managed using models. Prominent real-life financial disasters are examined to demonstrate how these issues can impact upon the banking and financial industry. Further, a key aspect of the module is to determine why an effective fraud risk assessment framework is essential to banking and financial institutions. An effective fraud risk assessment framework would be developed as part of the module.

In this module, you will receive support in extending your academic skills so that you can take a critical approach to this module and your wider studies. This module begins by supporting you to understand and demonstrate advanced academic study skills in order to enable you to take a more critical, deeper and more research-informed approach to your studies.

You will develop valuable knowledge and skills of the global graduate labour market drawing upon national and international examples, whilst exploring key aspects of your skills, knowledge, personality, values, abilities and interests to make a well-informed career choice and develop a career plan.

To support an individual investigation into an applied business problem or issue, you will develop a topic based on existing research with the support of a specialist workshop tutor. This individual investigation will draw on relevant academic theories, concepts and frameworks and will result in a critical synthesis of business practice and academic theory.

This workshop programme is supported by directed reading and advice specific to the investigation of the student’s specific business issue/problem and the development of their professional awareness and competence.

In this module you will study areas of academic skills which have been identified as useful to you, this includes academic English writing but also includes computer skills. This module will develop your skills in critical thinking and reflection, develop your ability to undertake a critical review of existing literature on a contemporary issue within the business and management disciplines as well as be able to write a critical literature review.

The overall aim of the module is to teach you how organisations can compete successfully in economic terms while managing their social and environmental responsibility. At the end of the module, you will be able to critically evaluate the factors which underpin an organisation’s success (or otherwise) in managing the triple bottom line and will have learned how to use appropriate frameworks to analyse research material and draw useful conclusions.

The lectures and directed reading will be used to introduce theories, concepts and frameworks and explain how these can be applied to business organisations. Seminars will you students the opportunity to practice the use of the material introduced in lectures to evaluate the extent to which organisations are successful in managing the triple bottom line.

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject-specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject.

The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing as well as to develop your use and application of language and communication skills to a higher level.

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Tuition fee 2021/22

  • UK/Home students: £9,250

This course is eligible for student finance through Student Finance England. For more information, please visit our dates & fees page.

  • International students: £16,000

Please note that your tuition fees do not include the cost of course books that you may choose to purchase, stationery, printing and photocopying, accommodation, living expenses, travel or any other extracurricular activities. As a Northumbria University London Campus student, you will have full access to our online digital library with over 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic journals.

The modules you will study do not require you to purchase additional textbooks although we recommend you allow an additional £150 for the duration of your studies should you choose to purchase any additional reading materials.

Your tuition fees cover far more than your time in class with our expert academics, it covers the cost of providing you with excellent services and student experience.

  • Contact time in class – typically in lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • Access to facilities, including computers, on-campus Wi-Fi, printers, vending machines, quiet study spaces
  • The support of our Careers & Employment Service who help you to become more employable, secure placements and run workshops
  • Academic support – our ACE Team run multiple sessions on academic writing, presenting, exam techniques throughout the semester, as well as 1-2-1 appointments and drop-in sessions
  • Student support services such as our Ask4Help Service. Find out more about the services available to you on our Student Support page
  • Access to online resources, including 24/ 7 Library with over 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic journals.

Scholarships and bursaries for international students

Depending on the country you are from, you may be eligible for a country bursary and/or scholarship when studying this Top-Up programme.

All of our scholarships and bursaries are automatically applied when we process your application and one of our team will be able to confirm your eligibility.

Scholarships and bursaries

Payment plans for self-funded students

If you need support to spread the cost of your tuition, you may be eligible for our payment plan.

Payment plans

How to find out more

Enquire now to find more information about the course, studying with us, the application process, and to ask any other questions you may have.

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How to apply

Once you’re ready to apply, if you are a UK or Home student, you will need to apply via UCAS. If you are an international student, you can apply to us directly following the below instructions.

UCAS applications – UK/Home students

To apply through UCAS, you will need to use the following codes:

Institute UCAS code: N77
Course UCAS code: N4N2

Find out more about applying through UCAS here

Direct applications – international students

We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all of the preparations needed to study in the UK. After receiving an offer it can take time to arrange your finances and apply for your visa and it is important that you arrive in good time to enrol onto your course. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.

You can apply online to study the BA (Hons) International Banking and Finance (Top-Up). This method allows you to upload your supporting documents at the time of application and automatically receive your student application number.

Apply online

If you are unable to apply online, then you can download a PDF application form and email it to london.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk.

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Supporting documents

For us to assess your application in a timely manner, it is important that you provide us with the following documents:

  • Fully completed application form
  • Personal email address must be included on the application form
  • Transcripts and/or certificates (including a certified translation if not English)
  • Passport – copy of personal details page
  • Proof of financial sponsorship if applicable
  • Reference
  • Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable

You can check more information on how to apply here, including guidelines for the application forms.

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Course information

Course code:

UCAS code N4N2

Level of study:

Undergraduate (Top Up) degrees

Fee:

UK/Home Fee: £9,250
International Fee: £16,000

Entry requirements:

HND (merit profile)/Foundation Degree in a related discipline with GCSE Maths and English language at grade 4 (previously grade C)

English language requirements:

IELTS 6.5, with no single element below 5.5 or equivalent

Mode of study:

Full-time classroom

Duration:

1 year

Assessment methods:

Coursework

Scholarship or bursaries:

Available

Student finance:

Available

Payment plan:

Available

Starts:

January, September

Next application deadline

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