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Professional Diploma 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.


The Professional Diploma in Banking Practice and Management PDipBPM® (formerly the Diploma in Higher Education in Financial Markets and Management) is a professional qualification for people working or aspiring to work in the financial services industry. The PDipBPM is awarded by ifs University College.

The PDipBPM® comprises two study stages. At FHEQ Level 4 you will need to complete the Professional Certificate in Banking® or the Professional Certificate in Financial Services®. Students who hold a relevant degree can enter directly at FHEQ Level 5.

The PDipBPM covers an array of topics that includes:

  • The relationship between an organisation and its individual stakeholders.
  • The different roles within the financial services industry.
  • The needs of customers.
  • How to measure performance effectively.

In addition, the core and compulsory modules will examine the principles of organisational management and the commercial environment in the financial services industry. Option modules allow you to select a subject that is specific to your needs. You can choose to study the Work-based Learning module to use the skills you have developed or, if you are unable to do this, you can choose another option module.

Download the Part-time Professional Qualifications prospectus or view the PDipBPM Programme Specification to find out more.


The Professional Diploma is assessed at Level 5 the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Progression and professional status

The PDipBPM provides progression to the BSc (Hons) in Banking Practice and Management. Upon successful completion of the PDipBPM, you will receive Associate status from the Institute of Financial Services.


Each module requires approximately 300 hours of study time over a 6-month period. Studying a module at a time, you can expect to complete your Level 5 studies within two years.

Next start date - Existing students only

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


To achieve the PDipBPM you will need to complete one core and onDownload the Learning Pathways brochure to find out which modules are best for your chosen career pathe compulsory module and two option modules. It is recommended that you study the core and compulsory modules before starting to study your chosen option modules.

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

Select the module for further details about the syllabus and learning support options.

Core modules (30 credits)

Financial Services - The Commercial Environment

This core module is about the macroeconomic environment in which financial firms operate. It studies financial intermediation, markets and competition, monetary and fiscal policy and banking regulation.

Compulsory modules (30 credits)

Organisational Management in Financial Services

This 30-credit module is a core module which focuses on five core areas crucial to the successful leadership and management of an organisation: leadership and management, culture, organisational structure, planning and control and change management.

Option modules (30 credits)

Commercial and Corporate Financial Services

This module is about the relationship between a bank and its business customers. It studies the banker-customer relationship, business lending and the services relevant to the customers of medium to large businesses

Finance of International Trade

This module is about how international trade is financed. It studies the financial, legal, risk and regulatory aspects and includes methods of payment and import / export finance.


This module is about how insurance operates. It studies the principles of insurance, the insurance market, regulation, law and the business functions of an insurance provider.

Quantitative Methods for Finance and Investment*

This module is about quantitative methods at intermediate level. It studies a range of statistical and mathematical techniques.

Retail Financial Services

This module is about retail customer relationships and financial services. It studies customers, lending, protection and investment products.

Work-based Learning**

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

* Quantitative Methods for Finance and Investment must be taken if you wish to take Corporate Finance 1 at Level 6.
** Work-based Learning must be taken after at least one compulsory module has been attempted.


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

You will receive both printed materials and access to online resources, giving you greater flexibility to choose when and where you study. 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 available 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 your support needs. Details of the methods available are given on each module page.


The PDipBPM is awarded by ifs University College. Details of the assessment structure are provided within each module page.


2016-17 Level 5 Exam Timetable

Examination venues

Entry criteria

Entry requirements for the PDipBPM are:

  • 120 credits at FHEQ Level 4 through completion of an ifs University College Professional Certificate award or equivalent, OR
  • UK honours degree or equivalent. If awarded more than seven years before the application to join the programme, evidence that the learning and skills have been maintained to support study 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 IELTS score of 6.5 with no element below 6.0 (or equivalent English language qualifications).

You may also register for the PDipBPM if you can demonstrate through prior certificated and / or experiential learning that you have achieved the learning outcomes for the Professional Certificate in Banking / Professional Certificate in Financial Services. 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 to part-time students.

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

Distance learning - £805.00

Flexible learning (including 3 workshops) - £975.00

Work-based Learning - £585.00

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.