BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance

Financial services is a sector full of opportunity for anyone equipped with the right tools. This course will help you take the first steps in the right direction.

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Banking and finance are not only central to the country’s (and the world’s) economy – they also offer a diverse range of opportunities for your future. Whether you’re considering a career in personal banking, wealth management or corporate finance (to name but a few), our BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance programme offers the skills and knowledge you’ll need to get started.

You’ll start off getting a good grounding in financial theory and practice, before exploring specialist areas in more depth – from retail banking and corporate finance, to risk management and the industry’s most influential institutions. You can also choose to spend a year working on a placement or studying abroad, developing valuable skills and boosting your career prospects.

Whether you take the three or four-year route – and whatever specialist areas you choose in your final year – you’ll find a practical focus throughout your studies. Not only is everything we teach rooted in real-world experience and expertise, but we’ve designed the course to give you the kind of transferrable skills employers across the industry demand.

Features and Benefits

  • Top class location – study in the engine room of the Northern Powerhouse. Manchester boasts one of the largest financial services economies in Europe.
  • ACCA exemptions – qualify for exemptions from ACCA professional accountancy exams.
  • Triple crown - study in a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • Finance experts – you’ll be taught by leading academics and professionals who advise organisations like AJ Bell, the United Nations, HMRC and the World Trade Organization.
  • Free access to Bloomberg Terminal – make the most of the leading global platform used by the world’s banks, corporations and government agencies for news, data, analytics and research.
  • Industry connections – take advantage of our extensive industry connections to find your perfect placement and experience what it’s like to work in the world of financial services.
  • Employability – kickstart your career at leading organisations. They recruit students from this course because of the quality and relevance of what we teach.
  • Placement or study abroad flexibility – the course offers real flexibility as you will enrol on the three year course and then decide if a placement or overseas study is right for you once you have started your studies, so you don’t have to decide now.
  • Get social - join the Accounting, Finance and Banking Society and access a range of social events, weekend trips and a series of guest speakers from the accountancy, banking and finance industries.
  • Networking opportunities - enjoy a range of opportunities to engage with graduate employers throughout your studies, including the annual accounting, finance and banking employer café where you can network with actively recruiting companies. 
"When I graduated I was offered a role at Chameleon Financial Planning. I later found out that my coursework, which I took with me to the interview, sealed the deal for me getting the job." Luke Wilde, BA (Hons) Banking and Finance graduate.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

Start building your CV by making the most of our relationship with employers like Accenture, BNY Mellon, PwC and IBM to secure a placement year. Or you might spend a year abroad with one of our partner institutions in Europe and beyond. 

Our graduates work in a wide range of financial services sectors including:

Many start their careers with top employers including KPMG, Deloitte, EY and Experian.

Because our course is accredited or approved by professional bodies, your degree can also pave the way to professional or chartered status.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


A levels ­– BCC-BBC

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma – DMM

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 C/4 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English


GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 106 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 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.

Further information

This is a new course for the 2020 intake - advanced entry to the course is not available. 


“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…”
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Course details

Accreditation with CBI and CII is being sought and will be confirmed as soon as possible.

You will enrol on the three year course which will give you the flexibility when you start your studies to choose a year on placement or to study abroad in year two, so you would complete your degree over four years if you chose this option.

Foundation year

This course has a foundation year available. For more information visit the foundation year page.

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Core Units


This unit will cover key components of the taxation system, including, Income, Capital Gains, National Insurance, Corporation Tax and VAT.


This unit provides an introduction to banking covering key banking products, managing finances, development of money, transmission, regulators and electronic banking.

Ethics & Sustainability in Financial Services

This unit will provide an introduction to the ethical and sustainability backdrop in which finance professionals operate. It will also demonstrate the importance of ethical behaviour, linking to ethical scandals and regulation.


This unit will introduce the key investment considerations. It will consider the identification of asset classes and the fundamentals of portfolio construction.


This unit covers both the microeconomic and macroeconomic context of business, looking at the function of the economy, supply and demand and interest rates. The unit will consider these elements in the context for those operating in the financial services sector.

Financial Accounting / Quantitative Methods

This unit provides an introduction to the concepts and fundamental principles of financial accounting. This unit will also provide students with the mathematical and analytical skills required for future financial services professionals.

Personal & Professional Development

This unit provides students with the ‘soft skills’ required to begin their career planning and consider future career choices. The unit will look at both personal development e.g. resilience, personal learning styles, and professional development e.g. CV’s, presentation skills.

Business Law

This unit will cover all aspects of business law that are relevant to banking and financial services, such as contract, security, customer relationships and business entities.

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Core Units

Financial Planning

This unit introduces students to the key considerations in financial planning from the following perspectives; tax planning; inheritance tax; budgeting; debt management; time value of money and education planning.

Retail Banking

This unit builds on the Year 1 banking unit, via the introduction of intermediation, customer segmentation and diversification and through the further study of banking products and branch networks.

Commercial Lending

This unit considers the key features of commercial lending from a product, sector and assessment perspective.

Professional Development & Project Management

Building on the Personal and Professional Development module in Year 1, this unit will continue to develop the ‘soft skills’ required by employers. Students will also be introduced to project management both in general terms and from a personal perspective.

Financial Innovation and Technology

This unit looks at the technology and innovation that aims to compete with traditional financial methods in the delivery of financial services. The unit will consider the use of technology to improve traditional activities in the financial services sector.

Regulation Compliance & Ethics

This unit looks at the importance of these elements in the financial services sector. Consideration will be given to the regulatory framework, ethical dilemmas, money laundering, know your customer and vulnerable customers.

Pensions & Insurance

This unit provides an introduction to pensions and insurance, looking at the different pension types and key insurance products of relevance to typical consumers.

Risk Management in Banking

This unit considers the key risks faced by banks and considers how best to manage these risks. The unit will also consider regulatory issues in banking.

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Core Units

Live Research Project

This unit will introduce students to the process of writing a live research project, via direct contact with a bank or financial planning firm. The unit gives students the opportunity to liaise directly with one of the institutions via the receipt of a project brief. The unit also builds upon the Professional Development and Project Management content unit in Year 2, as this unit will further embed the employability skills required to ensure students are ‘job ready’ on graduation. Students will have the opportunity to liaise directly with firms and to develop a range of skills, including client relationship management skills.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Placement options

Most of our degrees offer the chance to spend a year getting a taste of professional life. It’s an opportunity to develop core skills, explore your career goals and discover about how your industry really functions – and shows employers that you’re ready to get to work. Our Business School Placement Team is ready to help. They offer a wide range of services, including employer presentations, advice and placement fairs. They’re well connected, with an extensive network of relationships with placement employers locally, nationally and internationally. But it’s also up to you – the more proactive you are about applying for placement opportunities, the better. 

Find out more about what a placement can do for you. Visit our placements page. 

Study Abroad

Many of our courses offer the opportunity to spend up to a year overseas, studying with one of our partner institutions across Europe, or beyond. Go abroad in the third year of your degree, and you’ll not only learn about other cultures, improve your language skills and discover more about yourself – you’ll also boost your career prospects. Having first-hand knowledge of another country’s cultures and traditions can take you far in a range of careers. And, by going abroad you’ll also demonstrate the kind of independent spirit and adaptability that many employers want.

Working Abroad

Gaining work experience with an international flavour offers a double benefit. While you’ll learn valuable professional skills in a real-world workplace, you’ll also experience different cultures, ways of working and new perspectives. Whether it’s a summer exchange, holiday internship or year-long international placement, global experience can make a world of difference to your career prospects. 

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.

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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.

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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)

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per 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

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £15,000 per year. 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).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Other Costs

Students would be required to have a calculator and access to a PC. Calculators would cost a maximum of £10.


For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

Bursaries and scholarships

Money Matters

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)


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

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