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 the ifs School of Finance.
The compulsory 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).
The degree is assessed at Level 6 in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
There is a limit of 3 years from your first BSc registration to complete the qualification. You will not be allowed to re-register for the qualification if you do not complete within this time limit.
Next course start date
1 November 2013; (registration deadline 27 September 2013)
All students are required to become members of the ifs School of Finance and maintain their membership throughout their studies. For current fees please view the member fees. The cost of each module depends on the study method you select:
Distance learning - £785.00
Flexible learning (incl 3 workshops) - £950.00
Distance learning - £1570.00
Flexible learning (incl 6 workshops) - £1900.00
Advanced Work-Based learning - £570.00
Please note that this programme is not currently designated for Student Loan Company (SLC) funding. Students should contact the Admissions, Academic Management and Student Services Office on +44 (0) 1227 829499 or email us for the payment methods available.
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 ifs 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.
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 Services and Admissions Office on +44 (0)1227 829499 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To complete the BSc you need to achieve 120 credits by completing a combination of a compulsory module and optional electives :
Compulsory module (30 credits)
Option modules (30 credits)
Option modules (60 credits)
* 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 from the ifs Foundation Degree in Banking Practice and Management or Professional Diploma in Banking Practice and Management, or an equivalent module in terms of content or level before embarking on Corporate Finance.
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 Academic Tutor.
ifs 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 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 provisions are given on each module page.
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 are assessed by a combination of the following components:
- a 3-hour written examination (70% of overall mark)
- 1 coursework assignment (30% of overall mark)