Banking and finance

BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance with Foundation Year

TARIFF: 32 - 56
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2022

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A Banking and Finance degree is the perfect choice if you are interested in the financial sector and want the versatility of being able to work across banking, regulation, finance, insurance or accounting.
We are proud to have accreditation and exemption from prestigious professional bodies, CBI, ACCA and CIMA. Meaning you will be learning the latest information straight from industry and have the advantage of being able to start your career being exempt from a number of professional exams.
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We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.

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Application Guide

For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.   

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At BNU, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why we’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities through our SU – all to enrich your university experience. 

Why study this subject?

If you have an analytical mind and critical eye with a desire to be at the centre of business growth and financial innovation then BNU’s Banking and Finance degree is a great way for you to learn the core skills to become a banking professional or work in the world of finance.

Studying this course allows you to delve into the fast-paced and ever evolving financial sector at a national and international level, learning about the fundamental aspects of banking and finance principles, theories and concepts.  

Our industry experienced academics have worked hard to create a varied programme that gives you the opportunity to explore areas that interest you, from regulation to risk assessment and management, and economics to banking theory.

We are a student focused and employer led university which means that you are at the forefront of all that we do. The areas explored in the course have been specially designed to blend together to give you an understanding of the banking world and the topical issues affecting the finance world. Upon graduation you will be in a strong position to go into employment and careers in financial services and banking, but also for further study at post-graduate level.

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Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

When you study at BNU, it is all about you. We want to ensure you to get the most out of your time with us and being workplace ready is something we’re proud to offer you. Our Banking and Finance degree is accredited by professional bodies, the Chartered Banker Institute (CBI), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). This gives you the chance to gain workplace experience, learn about new developments in the industry and apply for membership with an accrediting body.

Did you know that we have strong links with industry that provide you with a lot of real-world experience? We make sure that what you are learning in the lecture theatre can be applied to real-world situations, providing you with the skills you need to find the right role after you graduate. We are also very proud to welcome a wealth of guest speakers to share their knowledge so you can see first-hand how your degree can help you kickstart your career and understand how it applies to working in business, banking and finance.

BNU is all about the student experience, you are our top priority and our high lecturer to student ratio ensures that you will receive continual and first-hand support throughout your degree. We see you as an individual and will support you in to help you to stretch and excel your abilities and graduate with a versatile and in-demand degree.

What will I study?

During your time studying you will cover all types of areas including, data analysis for decision making, corporate law, finance and accounting, strategic thinking and client-focused projects. Studying such varied topics will help you understand how finance interacts with business and banking. You will learn how to develop key skills, such as problem solving, attention to detail and analytical thinking which will ensure you are well placed to enter the employment market.

During your foundation year you will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals needed to progress to undergraduate study. You will study topic areas like, creativity, self-development, responsibility, business studies and inquiry-based learning to provide you with a solid basis for your study of banking and finance.

In your first year you will learn the foundation of accounting, from financial, computerised and management to global business and economics. We want to ensure that you can understand concepts, theories and models of banking and finance.

During your second year, you will learn to apply, analyse and evaluate the principles and theories you have learned and be able to reference and apply them to contemporary situations. Being able to develop your skills by applying your knowledge to real life circumstances is important as this allows you to gain the confidence and ease to do so post-graduation.

In your final year, the emphasis will be on transitioning you from student to graduate. You will undertake more independent learning and develop your depth of understanding through a combination of critical analysis and evaluation. This will be shown through either a dissertation on a topic of your choice or a consultancy project, which involves independent research focusing on strategic business issues.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

At Buckinghamshire New University we like to foster an interactive and student-focused teaching style where we blend lectures, seminars, one-to-one workshops, tutorial sessions, independent study and guest speakers to enhance the learning experience.

Our lecturers work hard to ensure that you learn the latest industry standard practices and knowledge. To support in the delivery of this we also welcome industry experts and professionals to deliver guest lectures who share their experience of the latest trends and what companies are looking for.

To work competitively in the graduate world, you will need to a diverse range of skills and abilities, from being able to work independently to being confident with working collaboratively in a group. The structure of the course allows for you to work with other students to deliver small group projects, giving you the chance to improve your leadership, communication and relationship building skills.

Throughout your three years on this course you will carry out the following assessment activities:

  • Essays and reports
  • Oral Presentations
  •  Examinations
  • Projects and enterprise activities
  • Dissertation or Consultancy Project

Placements Plus

BNU is a Placements Plus university.  So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value.  In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

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BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 32 - 56

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.



This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Introduction to Business Studies

Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity

Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility

Inquiry Based Learning

Year 2 Modules

Management Accounting

Financial Accounting

Computerised Accounting

Global Business Environment

Economics and Society

Quantitative Methods

Graduate Challenge

Career Viewpoint

Year 3 Modules

Project Management

Contemporary Business Economics

International Auditing

Financial Reporting (I)

Corporate Business Law

Financial Management

Financial Markets and Institutions

Banking Theory and Practice

Year 4 Modules

Research Methods

Strategic Agility

Corporate Governance and Ethics

International Finance

Risk Management in Banking

Developing Leadership and Management Skills

Dissertation (optional)

Consultancy Project (optional)

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£9,250 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£14,250 per year

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

We are committed to working with you to ensure that you graduate with a competitive degree and industry experience, ready to hit the ground running post-university. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good workplace leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

There has always been a big demand for qualified specialists in banking and finance, meaning that you can expect to graduate with a variety of rewarding career options ahead of you. With the diverse nature of accounting and finance you can seek out jobs in any sector, from business, banking, non-profit to international corporations.

Many graduates have gone on to successful careers in:

  • accountancy
  • banking
  • investment
  • insurance
  • risk management
  • marketing
  • human resource management.

Careers in banking and finance are highly sought after across the globe. Having the foundation of having studied a degree in the subject the world becomes your oyster. The topics you will study on this programme and the transferrable skills you will have developed will make international careers easily accessible.


Did you know?

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