Banking and Finance (Top-Up) BA (Hons) - University of Sunderland

Course overview

This course builds on your existing skills gained through a diploma, or equivalent, in an area related to banking, finance and business. The content of the course covers subjects such as financial markets, international banking, financial management, and money and finance.

The quality of teaching at Sunderland Business School has gained wide recognition - for example in the area of Business, Management and Marketing we achieved the Best in the North East for Course Satisfaction, Satisfaction with Teaching and Satisfaction with Feedback according to The Guardian University Guide 2015.

In the latest (2014) Research Excellence Framework (REF) research at Sunderland in the area of Business was classed as 'world-leading' and 'internationally excellent'.

As a student on a top-up year, you’ll qualify for our MAPS (Making Achievement Possible at Sunderland) programmes. These recognise that you may have had a gap between finishing your diploma, or equivalent, and starting the top-up year. They integrate support for study skills and future employability and are provided by our team of full-time Student Academic Advisors.

Staff and students speak about studying Business and Management at the University of Sunderland:

Course content

Modules on this course include:

Final Year (national level 6)

  • Financial Management (20 Credits)
  • Money, Banking and Finance (20 Credits)
  • Financial Markets (20 Credits)
  • Managing Projects (20 Credits)
  • Contemporary Developments in Business and Management (20 Credits)
  • International Banking (20 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, group work and e-learning. We encourage you to develop independent study skills. You will also have opportunities to present ideas to other students and develop concepts within groups.

As well as assessments that count towards your degree, there are also on-going assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning. Assessment methods include written coursework, projects, presentations and exams.

To find out more about modules, credits and how you will be assessed, please see how courses are taught. Information about our policies relating to student experience and quality assurance processes can be found on the Academic Services website.

Facilities & location

This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism.

Added to this, you’ll benefit from a wide range of journals and periodicals in the St Peter’s Library, many of them in an online format. To help you make the most of the wealth of resources, there’s a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections.

Further resources are available at the main Murray Library, which has a total of over 430,000 books with many more available through the inter-library loan service. The University spends around £1 million every year on new books and resources.

Recently we’ve developed a Student Learning Space that is designed for business students. It includes a boardroom as well as bookable areas to hold meetings and to meet with staff and clients from outside the University. There are also areas to facilitate group work and collaboration.

When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from over a hundred PCs in the St Peter’s Library, three computer laboratories, and wireless access zones. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

If the facilities at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s are first class, the location is outstanding: it looks out over the River Wear and is less than a mile from the seaside. 

It’s a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into the world of business as a result of strong links with industry organisations.

Location


The Reg Vardy Centre

The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's, St Peter's Way, Sunderland, SR6 0DD

Entry requirements

Our typical requirement is an HND or its equivalent as follows:

  • BTEC HND in Finance
  • BTEC HND in Business and Management
  • BTEC Higher National Diploma in Business or a related area
  • ABE Advanced Diploma in Business Administration
  • IBAM Advanced Diploma in Business Administration
  • 240 credits or equivalent of a recognised UK undergraduate award in a relevant finance, banking, business and management related discipline.

We will consider applications from applicants who do not hold one of the qualifications in the list above but do hold an equivalent professional qualification at Level 5. Please contact the EMR team for further details on 0191 515 2311 / emrteam@sunderland.ac.uk.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

If you feel you already know some of the topics covered in this course, either due to previous learning or from experience of work, then you may not need to study all of the course.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is the name given to the process of gaining credit towards a qualification because of something you have learnt in the past. If you are eligible for APL you won't have to learn the same topic again, and so you can be exempt from a module, set of modules or year of a course. 

Read more about APL in the Quality Handbook (.pdf). If you think you may be eligible for APL, please contact the course leader.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Fees & finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £8,750 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £10,500 if you are an International student

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or International student, please see the International section of this website.

Scholarships and bursaries may be available to you – please see the Fees and Finance section of this website for more information.

Employment & careers

Salaries in banking and finance can be very attractive and our course is directly relevant to the needs of employers in these sectors.

By completing the course, you will be adding value to your employability and attractiveness as a professional. For example:

  • You will develop generic skill of project management through the ‘Managing Projects’ module, which involves analysing recent projects against key criteria such as risk, design and control
  • You will be able to tackle practical business by drawing on your knowledge of key valuation concepts, tools associated with financial decision-making and familiarity with foreign exchange rates
  • You will be able to apply modern management techniques to banking and financial operations, using insights that are appropriate to the business context

In addition to the content of our modules, you will also benefit from the University of Sunderland’s wider emphasis on improving the employability and skills of every student. 

Guest Speakers

The Guest Speaker programme sees influential business leaders come to the University to share their knowledge with students.

Our invitations to guest speakers allow you to listen to people who are already in the type of management position that you may one day hold. Recent speakers include Maurice Duffy, CEO of Global Blackswan, Mike Johnson, CEO of Castrol and Executive Vice President of BP, Uday K. Dholakia, Senior Partner of Global Consulting, Neil Stephenson, CEO of ONYX, James Ramsbotham, CEO of the North East Chamber of Commerce, as well as other representatives from a number of our region’s largest employers.

Extra-curricular activities

The University supports student-led initiatives that enhance the extra-curricular activities available to you. Some of these are related to particular subjects while others allow you to pursue interests and social activities. It’s all part of the vibrant and life-changing atmosphere at the University of Sunderland.

Student Business Society

The University supports student-led initiatives that help you gain practical experience of management. The Business Student Society organises events and guest speakers, as well as attending tours of various companies. With its professional approach, it’s a great way to put into practice the lessons about how to make organisations function effectively. There is something for every student who is studying a subject related to business.

University Language Scheme

It is usually possible to take a module from the free University Language Scheme. This can be studied on top of your 120 credits or in some cases, can earn credits towards your degree.

Language skills increase your international mobility and you can choose between French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese and Arabic at a range of levels. If your first language is not English, please check with your tutor about entry requirements.

Staff and students talk about the benefits of the University Language Scheme: 

Experience

The University of Sunderland is committed to ensuring that every student has an impressive range of opportunities to enhance their CV and gain valuable experience:

  • Work placements
  • Graduate internships
  • Studying abroad
  • Student Ambassador Scheme
  • Mentoring
  • Starting your own business
  • Student jobs and volunteering
  • Careers advice

For full details, please see our Employability page.

The Enterprise Place

If you have a good idea for a new business and have the dedication and motivation to make it happen, then we want to hear from you. The Enterprise Place, based on-campus at St Peter's Gate Business Centre, is the perfect environment for entrepreneurial students and graduates to turn their business ideas into reality. You will have access to free hot desk space, IT facilities, specialist advice and support and business mentors and networking opportunities.

To find out more about how we can help you start a business, please contact the University's Enterprise Team:

Tel: 0191 515 3751
Email: enterprise@sunderland.ac.uk

Support

Support for your learning

You can expect stimulating contact time that includes lectures, workshops, seminars and case studies. There is also a significant amount of time where you will be researching and studying on your own in preparation for assignments and seminars. If you have individual queries or difficulties within subject areas, you can book an appointment with your tutor to gain more in-depth support and guidance.

From the start of the course you will be allocated a Personal Tutor. You’ll meet him/her in agreed timetabled sessions throughout the year, both individually and within a group.

Personal Tutors are a useful point of contact for any queries about your course and extra-curricular activities. They can also point you towards more specialist support, such as student counselling, financial advice and chaplaincy support.

Support from day one

Even before you arrive at the University you can access our Getting Started programme. On arrival there is a Welcome Week where you can meet all the staff involved with your course and also receive full information about services available from the University.

Careers and Employability Service

During your course, and particularly towards the end of it, we encourage you to make full use of the resources at our Careers and Employability Service. The Service helps you explore your options, clarify your ideas, develop a career focus and make effective applications.

Extra support for top-up courses

As a student on a top-up year, and potentially having had a break from studying, you’ll qualify for our MAPS (Making Achievement Possible at Sunderland) programmes. These provide extra support for study skills and future employability. They are provided by our team of full-time Student Academic Advisors

For more information about all the support services you will have access to as a Sunderland student, please see Student support and guidance.

Apply for this course

Apply straight away through UCAS, or read our 7-step guide to applying to university.

Want to know more about this course or the University of Sunderland? Order a prospectus or come to our next Open Day to see the facilities and talk to academic staff:

    Next open day

  • Date: Saturday 15th October 2016
  • Time: 9:30am-4:00pm
  • Type: University Open Day
  • Location: The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's

Contact Sunderland

Course Leader:
Neal Lennox

Contact the Student Helpline for further information about studying at the Universty of Sunderland:

Tel: 0191 515 3000
Email: student.helpline@sunderland.ac.uk

 

The details

Course Name Banking and Finance (Top-Up)
UCAS Code
NN31
Classification BA (Hons)
Course Mode Full-time
Course Level Undergraduate
Duration 1 year
Study Location On-campus (Sunderland)
Starting 17 October 2016
UK/EU Fee £8,750
Intl Fee £10,500

Entry requirements

HND in Finance or Business

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