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Banking Practice and Management full time course

BSc (Hons) in Banking Practice and Management Details Page


UCAS Code N310

The BSc (Hons) in Banking Practice and Management draws upon the many years of experience held by ifs University College in educating banking professionals and our unrivalled understanding of the banking and financial services industry.

The programme covers all the essential areas needed for a successful career in banking and financial services management. Crucially, it reflects what employers tell us they are looking for from potential recruits.

In the first year you will get to grips with:

  • the workings of the sector both from an organisational point of view and in respect of the financial markets;
  • the essential concepts of risk that underpin financial decision making;
  • different customer groups and their financial needs.

The second year builds specific understanding of:

  • the commercial environment in which banks operate;
  • the principles of management and organisational effectiveness.

There is also an opportunity to build specialist knowledge in retail or corporate financial services or to undertake a work placement within the industry.

In the final year the focus is on:

  • developing and embedding core strategic concepts;
  • enhancing decision-making ability;
  • growing detailed industry knowledge.

Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to be introduced to, and interact with, financial services employers through visits, industry speakers and practical workshop activities.

View our full-time prospectus.

Programme structure

The BSc (Hons) in Banking Practice and Management is studied via a series of core, compulsory and option modules, giving you essential understanding of the industry as a whole and the ability to tailor your learning to subjects of interest and your career aspirations.

Each module is taught through a variety of lectures and tutorials by our lecturers. Throughout the programme, senior industry practitioners will give guest lectures and seminars and provide insight on the latest developments in the industry.

View the programme specification.


First-year modules

Financial Markets and Risk (Core - 30 credits)

This module provides an overview of the monetary and financial system and its functions and looks at the importance of financial institutions, markets and instruments within this system. Included within this are the processes of financial intermediation and disintermediation. Rather than focusing on categories of institutions, this unit concentrates on the reasons why individual financial institutions choose their particular business model.

Assessing Financial Performance (Compulsory - 30 credits)

This module focuses on financial performance information and performance indicators within a corporate (or business) environment. Topics such as the balanced scorecard, analysis and evaluation of financial statements, budgetary processes and operational performance targets are covered.

Fundamentals of Leadership and Management (Compulsory - 30 credits)

This module focuses on the principles of management in terms of the management of people, systems and self. It also identifies the importance of management skills in the strategic context, personal skills for the delivery of quality customer service, the impact of ICT and the increasing importance of ethical issues.

Marketing in Financial Services (Compulsory - 30 credits)

This module will focus on how financial services organisations identify customer needs, deliver products to meet those needs and promote them in the marketplace. A key aspect is understanding the importance of being aware of changes in the marketplace which, whilst outside the control of the organisation, will have a significant impact on its customers and the way it interacts with them.

Second-year modules

Financial Services: The Commercial Environment (Core - 30 credits)

This module is concerned with the external environment in which financial services organisations operate. The module maintains a focus on the economic environment, financial markets and institutions, competition, regulation and other ethical and social considerations that can impact on an organisation's management and marketing strategies.

Organisational Management in Financial Services (Compulsory - 30 credits)

This module focuses on the key operational areas that are crucial to the successful day-to-day management of an organisation. Careful consideration and analysis is given to financial management, human resource management, operational management and marketing within the financial services industry.

Commercial and Corporate Financial Services (Compulsory - 30 credits)

This module has been designed to provide an understanding of and an ability to analyse the detailed relationship between a financial institution and its commercial and corporate customers, including both the legal and practical aspects of the relationship.

Retail Financial Services (Compulsory - 30 credits)

This module provides an overview of the retail financial services environment and aims to provide the student with the necessary skills to handle responsibilities in a broad range of customer-facing activities. These include transaction-based banking facilities, then at a later point, borrowing, protection, investments and specialist services.

Third-year modules

Strategic Management in Financial Services (Core - 30 credits)

This module mainly focuses on the strategic management of financial service organisations, covering both strategic management concepts and skills with reference to case studies and empirical evidence. The module aims to give the student an understanding of the nature of strategic management by providing a comprehensive analysis of pertinent issues, both theoretical and practical.

Research-based Dissertation (Core - 30 credits)

This module will enable students to undertake and complete a piece of independent work which involves the collection, interpretation, analysis and presentation of information and data. It will provide the opportunity to present key findings within an evaluative and balanced argument. It will enable the development of a critical approach to undertaking and using research methodology and the interpretation of the outcomes.

You will be required to choose two out of five option modules.

Advanced Work-based Learning (Option - 30 credits)

This module aims to provide an integrated approach to study and help students to enhance their subject-specific and generic skills through an iterative process of use and reflection as well as embed direct employment-related skills in the curriculum. Students will have opportunities to reflect upon their academic learning and gain relevant practical experience by applying this learning in a workplace setting, looking particularly at strategic issues and their impact upon the business environment.

Globalisation of Financial Markets (Option - 30 credits)

This module provides an analysis of the global financial system in tandem with specific components from the theory of finance. It encourages the student to make use of finance theory and history to draw / develop conclusions about the future direction of the global financial system in general and individual markets in particular.

Risk Management in Banking (Option - 30 credits)

This module is aimed at students who wish to build upon their previous knowledge of risk by critically evaluating the risk management process within a contemporary banking context. The content of this module takes a very practical approach structured around a risk management framework; ensuring students develop a good underpinning and an inquisitive approach to risk management.

Corporate Lending (Option - 30 credits)

This module focuses on corporate analysis and lending, with an aim to build an understanding of bank lending techniques and credit analysis. Consideration is given to the analysis and evaluation of corporate business models, cash flow drivers, debt structure, security analysis and risk awareness.

Wealth Management (Option - 30 credits)

The module examines the core features of a typical wealth management division, including investment services, brokerage and financial planning as well as international and private banking. You will examine the various categories of client, identify and assess their needs, develop solutions and justify advice.


Our qualifications are assessed in a variety of different ways that are appropriate to the subject and learning outcomes within the programme to assess knowledge and understanding. A range of assessment tools will be used including written and multiple-choice examinations; coursework in the form of written assessments, reports and projects, case studies and business proposals; and, in the final year, a dissertation. In addition, formative assessment occurs throughout the course of study set by the individual lecturers and can take a variety of forms including written tasks, peer and small group discussion, and presentations.

Entry criteria

Applying for September 2016 >>

A levels BBB/BBC (excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking, Extended Projects and Citizenship Studies)
BTEC Extended Diploma DDM
BTEC Diploma D*D* plus another qualification (CeFS, DipFS, AS or A level at grade C or above)
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma D* plus two other qualifications (DipFS and 1 A level or 2 A levels at grade C or above)
International Baccalaureate 30 points

*Offers vary depending on the relevance of subjects studied at AS / A2 level, or equivalent. Relevant subjects for this programme include Business Studies, DipFS, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics.

Applicants must have GCSE Mathematics at minimum grade B (or equivalent) and GCSE English Language at minimum grade C (or equivalent) or an IELTS score of 6.0 or above with no element below 5.5

Applicants for a full-time BSc (Hons) programme may be interviewed and will be required to submit a piece of written work (personal statement) as part of their UCAS application to enable an assessment to be made of their suitability for the programme.

Applying for September 2017 >>

We normally make offers of BBB/BBC at 'A' level (this excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking, Extended Projects and Citizenship Studies). We accept the BTEC Extended Diploma at DDM and the Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma are accepted along with other qualifications. The International Baccalaureate is also accepted (28 – 30 points). Offers vary depending on the relevance of subjects studied at AS/A2 level, or equivalent.

All applicants are usually required to hold a minimum of GCSE Maths grade B and English Language grade C or equivalent.

Summer Maths Programme

Applicants are invited to register for our Summer Maths Programme which runs before teaching starts. The programme focuses on the fundamental math skills that you will come across during your studies at ifs University College. It's a great opportunity to boost your numerical skills, get a head start on your studies and begin your first year with confidence.

Certificate and Diploma in Financial Studies

If you are studying our CeFS and DipFS qualifications, remember that these qualifications can contribute to our entry requirements, helping you to stand out from other applicants.


If you hold the AAT Level 3 and / or Level 4 Diploma or the ACCA 'Fundamentals' papers F1-F6 (or part thereof), you may be eligible for entry / exemption to ifs University College undergraduate programmes.

Student membership

All students are required to join ifs University College as a student member when they enroll on an ifs University College Higher Education programme.

Mature applicants

We are happy to consider applications from mature students.

Mature students who do not meet the entry requirements will be required to submit a CV supported by a 500 to 600 word statement indicating why they have chosen to undertake the programme and how it will support their career plans. If invited to progress, an interview may be held and a numeracy and deductive reasoning assessment may need to be passed.

All students are required to hold:

  • GCSE Mathematics at minimum grade B (or equivalent) and
  • GCSE English Language at minimum grade C (or equivalent) or an IELTS score of 6.0 or above with no element below 5.5

If you do not meet the entry requirements or you require any further information please contact Full-time Programmes on +44 (0) 207 337 6293/4 or email us.

Applications & Fees

Applications must be made via UCAS:

BSc (Hons) in Banking Practice and Management UCAS Code N310

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU students - £6,000 per annum

International students - £10,500 per annum

Visit our Fees & Funding page for more information and learn about our scholarships.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course would normally go on to careers in retail financial services or corporate banking and would be particularly well-placed to enter executive and management trainee schemes. Typical future roles for graduates include leadership positions in the central functions of large institutions or areas such as branch or regional management, corporate lending and credit, relationship management and product development. The programme is also an excellent foundation for the study of finance at a higher level such as ifs University College MSc in Banking Practice & Management.