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BSc (Hons) in Banking Practice and Management Details Page

We are pleased to introduce the new Corporate & Professional Qualifications Framework. The new corporate offer will replace the current part-time, undergraduate programmes and therefore we will not be recruiting any new students onto these programmes.

Our new Corporate & Professional Qualifications Framework provides clear pathways for career development and professional recognition through to Chartered status. Chartered status is a mark of professional distinction that is recognised by employers, colleagues and customers in the UK and globally. Any current part-time, undergraduate student who wishes to transfer to the new Corporate & Professional Qualifications Framework should contact our Student and Customer Services team on +44 (0)1227 829499 or email for further information.


Whether you are in, or aspiring to, a middle or senior management position, the BSc (Hons) in Banking Practice and Management will provide you with the expert knowledge and skills required to enhance your career prospects. The degree is delivered, assessed and awarded by ifs University College.

The core module of the degree, Strategic Management in Financial Services, will take you through a variety of topics, including strategic management concepts and skills with reference to case studies and empirical evidence. The option modules within the degree encompass a wide range of subjects, allowing you to focus your study to support your own career path.

On completion of the programme, you will be awarded with the designation: BSc (Hons).

Download the Part-time Professional Qualifications prospectus or view the BSc in Banking Practice and Management Programme Specification to find out more.


The degree is assessed at Level 6 in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Professional Status

Students who successfully complete the BSc (Hons) in Banking Practice and Management and who commit to following the Institute's CPD scheme are eligible to become a Chartered Associate of the Institute of Financial Services.


There is a limit of three years from your first BSc registration to complete the qualification.

Next course start date - Existing students only

Next course start date 1 November 2016
Module registration deadline (existing students) 1 October 2016


To complete the BSc you need to achieve 120 credits by Download the Learning Pathways brochure to find out which modules are best for your chosen career pathcompleting the core and three option modules:

Core module (30 credits)

Strategic Management in Financial Services*

This core module is about the strategic management of financial services organisations. It uses case studies and empirical evidence to study the internal and external environment, corporate and business strategy and strategic options and implementation.

Option modules (30 credits)

Corporate Finance 1 **

This module covers corporate investment and its financing. It studies short-term and long-term sources and applications of finance and a range of corporate risk, pricing, decision and valuation theories.

Corporate Finance 2 ***

This module builds upon 6CF1 by considering behavioural finance in corporate decision making, focussing on capital structure, dividend policy and investment appraisal.

Corporate Lending

This module is about the mid-capitalisation segment of corporate analysis and lending to large businesses. It uses some mathematics to study a range of theories and techniques relating to the analysis of credit and lending.

Globalisation of Financial Markets

This module is about the international financial system and the key drivers of financial globalisation. It studies international markets, institutions and investment.

Retail Business Strategy *

This module is about the business environment for consumers and small businesses. It studies stakeholder needs and consumer behaviour, marketing and customer service, innovation and competition.

Risk Management in Banking

This module is about risk control and exposure on an organisation-wide basis. It studies various methods of and techniques in risk financing.

Wealth Management

This module is about the management of wealth. It studies the analysis of clients and their needs, regulation, relationship and risk management, products and taxation planning.

Advanced Work-based Learning *

This module is based on the work done by students at their bank. They apply their knowledge and skills to the workplace and make personal reflections in regular reports.

* Strategic Management in Financial Services must be attempted before Retail Business Strategy and Advanced Work-based Learning.

** You must also have taken and passed the Quantitative Methods for Finance and Investment module at Level 5, or an equivalent module in terms of content or level before embarking on Corporate Finance 1.

*** You must also have taken and passed the Corporate Finance 1 module at Level 6 before embarking on Corporate Finance 2.

Module registrations are subject to availability. If you would like to discuss your options, please telephone Student Support Services on +44 (0)1227 829499.


The course of study for each 30-credit module lasts 24 weeks and the overall study time for the module is 300 hours (approximately 12 hours per week), including assessment preparation time. You will be guided through your studies by the learning materials and supported by your Lecturer.

Learning resources

ifs University College learning materials are developed specifically around each module syllabus and learning outcomes.

You will receive printed materials and access to online resources. The course materials are written by industry experts and updated regularly to ensure that they reflect the fast-changing nature of the financial services industry.

You will also have access to:

  • student induction materials that provide guidance on study skills and tips on preparing for assessment.
  • our e-library, ifs KnowledgeBank, which contains a wide range of current research and management data to help you with your studies.

Further details on the learning resources are given on each module page.

Learning support

There are a number of study methods available, allowing you to select the approach that is best suited to support your needs. Details on the methods available are given on each module page.


All modules, apart from the Advanced Work-based Learning module, are assessed by a combination of a three-hour written examination (70% of overall mark) and one summative assignment (30% of overall mark). The Advanced Work-based Learning module is assessed on the basis of a reflective portfolio. Details on the assessment approach for each module can be found within the module specification.


2016/17 Exam Timetable

Examination venues

Entry criteria

Entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) in Banking Practice and Management are:

  • 120 credits at FHEQ Level 5 through completion of the Professional Diploma in Banking Practice and Management (PDipBPM®) or equivalent qualification OR;
  • A UK honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline that demonstrates coverage across the PDipBPM® learning outcomes. If awarded more than seven years before the application to join the programme, evidence that the learning and skills have been maintained must be provided. Students entering via this route are required to hold:
    • GCSE Mathematics at minimum grade C (or equivalent) and
    • GCSE English Language at minimum grade C (or equivalent) or an ILETS score of 6.5 with no element below 6.0 (or equivalent English language requirements).

You may also register for the BSc (Hons) in Banking Practice and Management if you can demonstrate through prior certificated and / or experiential learning that you have achieved the learning outcomes for the PDipBPM. Please complete the Accredited Prior Learning claim form. Students applying for entry through this route must hold English and Mathematics qualifications as above.

For further information please contact Student and Customer Services on +44 (0)1227 818609 or email us.


All students are required to become Student Members of the Institute of Financial Services, the professional body of ifs University College, and maintain their membership throughout their studies. For further information please view our membership pages.

Students in receipt of certain benefits may apply to pay reduced module fees. Please see the Bursaries, Scholarships and Prizes Policy for more information or visit our funding page to learn about scholarships that are available.

The cost of each module depends on the study method you select:

Distance learning - £805.00

Flexible learning (incl 3 workshops) - £975.00

Please note that this programme is not currently designated for Student Loan Company (SLC) funding. Students should contact Student and Customer Services on +44 (0) 1227 818609 or email us for the payment methods available.


Existing students only : download and complete the module registration form.

Module registrations are subject to availability. If you would like to discuss your options, please telephone Student Support Services on +44 (0)1227 829499 or email

By registering, you acknowledge that you have read and understood our regulations and policies.