Banking and Finance (Foundation Year)

Banking and finance expertise is valuable in all industries. This course is a stepping stone to a degree and an exciting career in this area.

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Overview

Accounting, banking and finance experts make success possible in organisations of all sizes. Working in this sector, you’ll do more than just crunch numbers. You’ll offer strategic direction and play a key role in shaping decisions.

This foundation year will prepare you for solving fiscal challenges big and small.

We work with employers such as Accenture, BNY Mellon, KPMG, PwC and IBM to ensure our courses teach you the skills and knowledge you need in business.

Once you start your full degree, you’ll learn about the challenges these and other organisations face, while developing sought-after banking, financial and management skills.

You’ll also develop specialist knowledge in areas such as corporate finance, risk management and management accounting.

Laying strong foundations

This course is designed to prepare you for studying our Banking and Finance degree. 

It will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to study for an honours degree, even if you don’t currently meet the academic requirements.

Once you’ve passed, you’ll be ready to start your degree course. That means your degree will take four years, or five years if it includes a work placement or year studying abroad.

Features and Benefits

  • Adapt to university life – develop your study skills, familiarise yourself with our Manchester campus and get the support you need to prepare for a full degree course. 
  • Funding support – you can apply for student finance (e.g. tuition fee loan, student loan and student maintenance grant) in the same way as other students.
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) exemptions – qualify for exemptions from ACCA professional accountancy exams when you complete your full degree.
  • Location – study in the engine room of the Northern Powerhouse. Manchester boasts one of the largest financial services economies in Europe.
  • Learn from experts – the teaching team at Manchester Met are at the top of their game. We’re the largest provider of accountancy training in the North West of England.
  • Free access to Bloomberg Terminal – a leading global platform used by the world’s banks, corporations and government agencies for news, data, analytics and research.
  • Broaden your horizons – make the most of our industry connections and experience what it’s like to work in financial services or study overseas during your fourth year.
  • Regular industry events – attend guest talks and masterclasses, network with businesses, or take part events in the Accounting, Finance and Banking Society’s programme.
“The Business School offered the opportunity to go out and explore the world of work. I did this throughout my degree and my placement year in Hong Kong SAR. I now work as a Trainee Wealth Management Consultant." Jacob Treasure, BA (Hons) Banking and Finance graduate.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“The Foundation Year gives students the perfect environment to advance academic abilities prior to continuing onto their link degree. Key skills and knowledge gained during the year give an excellent grounding for students to go on and successfully complete their degree.”

Garry Blair, Link Tutor.

Career Prospects

Successfully completing your foundation year will set you on the path towards a full BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance.

This is just the beginning of your journey to becoming a banking or finance professional.

The full degree course prepares you for a high-level career in the financial planning, wealth management or banking sectors. 

Our courses are known for their relevance and quality. As a result, our graduates have been hired by many leading firms in the financial services sector such as Deloitte, Experian and KPMG.

You can boost your employment prospects by going on a placement or studying overseas in your fourth year.

Because our full degree course is approved or accredited by professional bodies, it can pave the way to professional or chartered status in a number of areas.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2019 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2020 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS tariff points/grades required

72-80

A levels ­– DDD-CDD

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma – MMP

Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

 

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade D/3 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English

and

GCSE grade D/3 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 74 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

24 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

5.5 overall with no individual element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

MEET THE EXPERTS

“The landscape of accounting, finance, and banking is constantly evolving. We equip students with the necessary skills in order to compete in the global job market…”
 
Listen to what Anna Hardy-Watmough, Principal Lecturer, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

This Foundation Year aims to equip you with the necessary knowledge in business and on successful completion of your studies, you can progress onto the first year of our Accounting, Finance and Banking degrees.

Students on the Banking and Finance (Foundation Year) will take the following units:

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Study Skills

Upon completion of this departmental unit, students will have the skills, understanding and attributes to bridge the gap from Foundation year to an undergraduate degree programme of their choice. The unit aim is to equip students with the knowledge and understanding in such areas of academic writing, personal and professional development. During the unit students will be able to make connections between theory and practice and gain awareness of the importance of increasing a proficient approach to their academic and personal skills, behaviours and attitudes relating to further academic studies.

Business Intelligence

The main aim of this unit is introduce students to the vital role that data analysis plays in modern organisations and equip them with related fundamental skills. Students will develop skills in the areas of data handling and processing, analysis and presentation. The unit will focus on the summary and description of data sets using both graphical and statistical approaches. Consideration will also be given as to how data analysis can enhance the ‘intelligence’ of an organisation and, in particular, support the decision making process.

Fundamentals of Marketing

This unit introduces students to the fundamentals of marketing. The core themes will include marketing orientation and practice, the marketing environment, marketing research and marketing applications of consumer psychology and behaviour, digital marketing and the changing approaches to communication, and operations/systems management for marketing.

Finance for Business

The main aim of this unit is to introduce students to the theories and concepts of finance in a business environment. This should cover the basic definitions of this subject and serve as an introduction to further studies in this area, as required.

Business Economics

This unit aims to provide an applied introduction to key theoretical aspects of microeconomics and macroeconomics through a range of case studies, policy debates and application to topical issues.

Introduction to Management

This unit will introduce students to the importance of creativity and responsible management in business decision-making, before outlining business strategy. The unit will show how these discrete disciplines are harnessed and used by managers throughout all levels of the organisation. The unit touches upon innovation, creativity and opportunity identification, explores aspects of business ethics and sustainability, and illustrates basic strategies developed by organisations in response to external and internal challenges.

Understanding and Managing People

The main aim of this foundational unit is to enable you to appreciate introductory topics related to understanding and managing people at work. Through studying organisational behaviour, students will cover selected topics at three main levels, comprising individual, group and management level. Academic theory is explored through organisational examples.

Customer Service Management

There is a critical need in all business sectors for the delivery of good customer service and for managers within the service industry this is particularly challenging. This unit will focus on the challenges and strategies for managing customer service particularly in the economic sectors of Events, Hospitality, Sport and Tourism. 

Placement options

If you choose the placement route of the linked honours degree you will include a minimum of 36 weeks work experience as part of your degree studies. Our dedicated placement team has over 25 years experience of matching students to employers and will help you find a placement.

Department of Accounting, Finance and Banking

Our Accounting, Finance and Banking Department is the largest provider of accountancy training in the North West of England.

The department offers extensive industry experience through active experts in their profession, with excellent relations across industry bodies and a collaborative approach to promoting critical thinking, employability, flexibility and professionalism.

More about the department

Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

Meet our expert staff

Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

There may be the opportunity to attend visit days with local business organisations, the cost of which will usually be covered by the University. These trips are optional.

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

2S13

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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