Banking and Finance BSc (Hons)

UCAS CodeN391
QualificationBSc (Hons)
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer104–120 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

Banking and financial services is a highly competitive and rapidly changing sector in every modern economy and this course prepares you to takle it head on. In recent years, forces such as globalisation, technological change, deregulation and international integration have fundamentally transformed the banking and financial services sector. Banks have responded to growing competitive pressure by diversifying into new activities. Insurance companies and pension funds have also grown rapidly and non-bank institutions such as supermarkets and telecommunications firms now compete directly in financial services markets.

A degree in Banking and Finance offers you the opportunity to study the theory and practice of financial services and financial markets, and to analyse the broader role of the financial sector in the national and global economies.

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • Bangor Business School is ranked amongst the top 25 institutions in the world for Banking research (RePEc, as of October 2016).
  • We have world-renowned experts in Banking teaching on this course.
  • Our staff are active researchers in their subject areas and we enjoy an international reputation.
  • During the course you will study within a multidisciplinary School that employs specialists across a broad range of business subjects, including Accounting, Banking, Finance, Economics, Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
  • All single honours students taking degrees within Bangor Business School, including this course, follow the same modules in year 1, so you are allowed to change to another Business School degree anytime up to the start of year 2.
  • Our students take part in national competitions such as the IBM Business Challenge.
  • We arrange a varied programme of guest lectures. Recent speakers have included the Chief Executive of the Scottish Premier League, the Chief Operating Officer of No. 10 & 11 Downing Street, and the Head of IT Security at HSBC.
  • We have excellent computing facilities and you will have the chance to develop your skills in data analysis and report preparation.
  • Bangor offers an attractive range of postgraduate degrees in business and finance subjects.

Key Facts from UniStats

Course Content

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

You will spend up to 15 hours per week in lectures, seminars and tutorials. There is a mixture of continuous assessment and written examinations. You will complete assignments such as collecting and analysing information from commercial databases or the internet, preparing business case studies, writing essays and completing problem-solving exercises.

The academic school looks after us and each have our own personal tutor.

Wenhao Zhang
Accounting and Finance

What will you study on this course?

Year 1

You take 10 core modules plus 2 options.

Core modules:

  • Quantitative Methods (double)
  • Intro to Business and Management
  • Management & Financial Accounting (double)
  • CORE Economics (double)
  • Business Study Skills
  • Introduction to Marketing  
  • Financial Markets and Institutions

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Probability and Optimisation*
  • Finance (double)
  • Comparative Banking (double)
  • Investment**
  • Statistical Methods*
  • Macroeconomics*
  • Economics for Managers**
  • Investment
  • Personal Finance**
  • Principles of Organisation and Management**
  • Microeconomics (double)*
  • Optional modules

Year 3

You take the following core modules plus 6 options.

Core modules:

  • International Banking
  • Investment Banking
  • Money and Banking*
  • Econometrics*
  • Advanced Corporate Finance (double)
  • Advanced Investment Theory and Practice
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Optional modules. If you choose to follow the Dissertation module you will receive personal supervision from a member of staff.

* Modules available on the BSc scheme only.

 ** Modules available on the BA scheme only.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Banking and Finance Modules page.

Programme Specification

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

Many graduates from Bangor Business School pursue careers in areas such as accountancy, banking, investment, insurance, risk management, marketing, human resource management and retail management.

The University offers great opportunities to develop skills through the Bangor Career and Employability office. I got involved in: Flux, Enterprise by Design and the University Business Challenge.

Benjamin Simmonds
Financial Economics

Employability and the Bangor Business School

As a multidisciplinary School spanning everything from Accounting and Finance to Business and Management, Bangor Business School offers a variety of programmes to meet any career aspiration. If you are undecided on your career path, the flexibility of our programmes enables you to try out different modules and subject areas to work out what appeals to your personal tastes and ambitions.

Extensive links with industry

Our staff have extensive links with industry, being at the top of their fields for research, widely published in books and leading journals and even conducting high level consultancy work for leading organisations such as the World Bank and the UK Treasury. This means that no matter what you go on to after graduating, you will leave Bangor with a degree that is current, relevant and in sync with the latest developments in the business and financial industries.

Graduate destinations

Percentage of graduates in employment, further study or due to start work six months after graduating:

  • Undergraduates: 94.5%
  • Postgraduates: 85.6%

This breaks down as follows:

 

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

Full-time work

33.9%

65.4%

Part-time work

4.7%

3.8%

Primarily working and also studying

5.5%

4.8%

Primarily studying and also working

4.7%

1.0%

Full-time study

43.3%

1.9%

Part-time study

0.8%

5.8%

Due to start work

1.6%

2.9%

Unemployed

3.9%

-

Other

1.6%

14.4%

Total

100.0%

100%

Data compiled by the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (2013/14)

Employers

Examples of the employment found by some of our recent graduates include:

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

Executive Support Co-ordinator
The Co-Operative

Banker
Bank of Valletta (Malta)

Trainee Accountant
Chantrey Vellacott

Management Consultant
EY (USA)

Trainee Accountant
Hill & Roberts

Senior Marketing Manager
HSBC (Malta)

Associate in Audit
PwC

Branch Manager
Piraeus Bank Greece

Marketing Executive
Celebrity Cruises

Vice President
Royal Bank of Scotland (Belgium)

Junior Account Manager
Level Marketing

Marketing Assistant
Aqua Marketing

HR Admin Assistant
Wylfa Power Station

Project Manager
Bangor University

Trainee Paraplanner
Heritage Financial Solutions

Retail Banking Trade Sector Adviser
HMRC

Procurement Officer
Anglesey County Council

Senior Manager (Portfolio Management)
Lloyds Banking Group

HM Inspector of Taxes
HMRC

Alumni Relations and Fund Raising Officer
Dar Al-Hekma University

Trainee Financial Manager
Nottinghamshire County Council

Head of Global Corporates
Barclays (South Africa)

Bangor Business Society

Working closely with academic staff, Bangor Business Society aims to facilitate learning experiences for students from all years to build on what is learnt in the classroom and to enhance their CVs. It also arranges visits to graduate fairs, which are an invaluable opportunity to meet and network with prospective employers.

Find out more about Bangor Business Society at the Serendipity Fair during Welcome Week.

Undergraduate Internship Scheme

Bangor University’s Undergraduate Internship Scheme provides opportunities for undergraduate students to gain paid, graduate level work experience in the University's Academic Schools and Service Departments. The nature of the roles can vary from marketing, web design and student engagement projects, to research project support, field work or data management.

 

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

Entry Requirements

For 2018 entry:

  • 120-104 tariff points from a level 3* qualification – all subjects accepted. GCSE Maths at C grade (or equivalent) is essential. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements – IELTS 6.0).
  • If you have relevant prior qualifications, you may be eligible for direct entry to Year 2. 

For 2017 entry (new UCAS tariff for courses starting in September 2017):

  • 120-104 tariff points from a level 3* qualification – all subjects accepted. GCSE Maths at C grade (or equivalent) is essential. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements – IELTS 6.0).
  • If you have relevant prior qualifications, you may be eligible for direct entry to Year 2. 

General University entry requirements

We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com

We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.

EU and International students' entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.

Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.

More information

Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717 

International students (non-UCAS applicants)

Email to International Admissions: internationaladmissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

How to Apply

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

Bangor Business School's Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0) 1248 382085
E-mail: business@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/business

Why study at Bangor Business School?

  • We’re consistently ranked as one of the top 25 institutions in the world for research in the field of Banking (RePEc, as of October 2017).
  • We’re also ranked amongst the top 25% business schools in the UK for research intensity (REF 2014).
  • Bangor Business School is ranked within the top 10 in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the subject area of Finance (NSS 2016).
  • Our top researchers teach on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Students are therefore taught by academic staff who are pushing back the frontiers of research and who will share in lectures their latest findings.
  • We enjoy an international reputation for research in Banking, Finance, Financial Economics and Econometrics.
  • Major text books and articles published in top academic journals have been written by our staff. See our individual staff pages for further details.
  • Our staff have conducted major project and consultancy work for a range of organisations, e.g. the World Bank, the European Commission, the UK Treasury.
  • With support funding from the European Union, local government and the Welsh Assembly Government, we opened a world-class £14 million Management Centre, which delivers high quality management and professional training for North Wales and furtherafield.
  • Our alumni have held senior positions in public and private organisations worldwide, from Deutsche Bank to No. 10 Downing Street.
  • We were the first UK university to offer an MBA in Banking and Finance.

Studying at Bangor

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as a firm choice. Our accommodation has been rated in the Top 5 in the UK at the 2017 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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