BSc (Hons) in Banking and Finance


Program Description

The BSc (Hons) in Banking & Finance draws upon the many years of experience held by The London Institute of Banking & Finance in educating professionals in banking as well as our unrivaled understanding of the financial services industry, supported by a strong group of academics with first-hand knowledge and industry experience.

The London Institute of Banking & Finance has made employability a cornerstone of all our programmes and is focused on producing graduates that have the critical combination of knowledge, practical skills and understanding that can be applied in the professional world. The BSc (Hons) in Banking & Finance crucially reflects what employers tell us they are looking for from potential recruits.

Our City of London location and close links to the industry provide you with the opportunity to be introduced to, and interact with, financial services employers through visits, industry speakers and practical workshop activities, throughout the programme.

The degree is offered as a three-year programme or alternatively as a four-year programme, including a one-year industry placement, if a sandwich year is taken.

Programme Aims

The BSc (Hons) in Banking & Finance aims to:

  1. Develop your knowledge and understanding of banking and finance, including concepts, theories, and analytical tools.
  2. Develop your ability to critically analyse, interpret, solve problems, draw independent conclusions, and communicate effectively, both individually and as part of a team.
  3. Develop your numerical and IT skills as well as your knowledge of databases related to banking and finance.
  4. Provide you with opportunities to acquire the necessary skills and competencies to develop professionalism in the context of a role in the financial services industry or to move on to further study within the discipline.
  5. Increase your awareness of the importance of strategic, moral/ethical, and economic issues within the financial services sector in general.

Programme Summary

The first year of the programme provides a strong foundation in a set of subjects crucial to a successful career in the financial services industry, thus encouraging you to relate your studies to the financial sector from an early stage. Differentiating modules include ethics and employability, providing you with the specialised knowledge and skills required in a very competitive sector.

The second year of the programme builds on themes learnt in Year one and equips you with specialised knowledge theoretical models and applications in banking and finance, thus emphasising the vocational element of our degrees. Differentiating modules include Commercial & Corporate Banking, Retail Banking, and the FinTech and Emerging Markets optional modules.

The third year of the programme enables you to develop your knowledge of the financial services industry to a higher level, with an emphasis on themes such as strategy, management, and risk. Differentiating modules include Bank Strategy & Management, Investment Banking, and a strong group of vocational optional modules, including Alternative Investments and Private Equity & Venture Capital. The Project is an optional module.

This programme supports the development of your employability attributes throughout its duration as outlined in The London Institute of Banking & Finance’s Careers and Employability Strategy. The employability attributes are embedded in the learning outcomes detailed in the next section, specifically under ‘Cognitive Abilities & Generic Skills’ and ‘Values & Attitudes’, and comprise: Commercial Awareness, Communication Skills (Listening Skills, Non-Verbal & Verbal), Leadership & Influencing, Numeracy, Planning & Organising, Problem Solving, Analysis & Decision Making, Relationship Building, Resilience, Self-Awareness/Personal Impact, and Team Working.


Graduates of this course are likely to go on to careers in a wide range of financial services roles and you can tailor your learning throughout the course to suit your career aspirations. You will be supported throughout your studies to gain summer internships to give your career a head start.

The programme is also designed to be an excellent foundation for further study including regulatory qualifications or specialising at a Masters Level.

Course Requirements

We normally make offers of ABB/BBC at 'A' level (this excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking, Extended Projects and Citizenship Studies). All applicants are usually required to hold a minimum of GCSE Maths Grade B or Grade 6 + GCSE English Language Grade C or Grade 4.

Ideal applicants will have studied one of the following 'A' levels: Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Economics, Statistics or Physics.

We accept the BTEC Extended Diploma at D*DD-DDM and the Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma along with other qualifications. The International Baccalaureate is also accepted (28 – 32 points). Offers may vary.

Certificate and Diploma in Financial Studies - remember that these qualifications can contribute to our entry requirements, helping you to stand out from other applicants.

Last updated Jan 2019

About the School

We are a university college that exists to advance banking and finance by providing outstanding education and thinking, tailored to the needs of individuals, business and society.

We are a university college that exists to advance banking and finance by providing outstanding education and thinking, tailored to the needs of individuals, business and society. Read less