Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

School of Business and Economics

Undergraduate study

Banking Finance and Management student profile

Banking Finance and Management student profile

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Banking, Finance and Management - 2016 entry


BSc (Hons) DPS/DintS* 4 years full time sandwich 
UCAS code - N301

*Diploma in Professional/International Studies


  • About the course
  • Course structure
  • Career opportunities
  • Entry criteria
  • Next steps

Graduates of this course have a long and established track record of excellent employment, with many employed in the City of London by prestigious UK and international banking and finance organisations.

This illustrates the high regard in which the degree is held by leading graduate employers.

Combining the three elements of economic and banking theory, finance and management, the multidisciplinary nature of the course means that it also provides a strong foundation for careers in accounting and general management.

Taught by lecturers with first-hand industry experience, you will develop an understanding and awareness of the practices and problems of modern day business. You will also develop quantitative, communication and computing skills, as well as your ability to work in groups.

About the course

The first year introduces you to the core elements of banking, finance and management, while the second and final years will cover these elements in greater depth and also enable you to choose a number of subjects from a comprehensive list of options, allowing you to tailor your studies to focus on areas that support your career aspirations.

This course has been approved by various professional bodies, and degree holders can receive exemptions from the examinations of such bodies as the Institute of Financial Services, the Association of Corporate Treasurers and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

4-year degree including professional placement or study abroad

Our Banking, Finance and Management course is a four year degree, including a placement year as an integral part of the degree. Our final year students regularly comment on how the placement year aids their understanding of the material we teach in the final year and their employability. 

Whilst most students choose to undertake a professional placement, students can also choose to spend the year studying abroad at one of our partner universities around the world; either for a full year instead of going on placement or for six months plus a six month placement.

Recent placements for BFM Students

Barclays (Group Market Risk Unit)
Credit Agricole (Treasury Department)
Deutsche Bank (Fund Administrator)
Fujitsu (Project Management Placement Student)
Goldman Sachs (Analyst)
Heineken (Human Resources)
IBM (European Operations Analyst)
J.P. Morgan (Exotics and Hybrids Proxy Trade Management)

Lloyds Bank (Major Corporates Business Analyst)
Menzies LLP (Case Administrator)
Morgan Stanley (Finance)
Nomura (Product Controller)
PwC (Assurance)
RSA (Corporate Recovery)
SISU Capital Ltd (Junior Analyst)
Warner Bros (Finance Intern)
Xerox Ltd (Distribution and Operations Executive)

The core subjects and options may vary from year to year. For the latest information please email us.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Banking
  • Banking Law and Practice
  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Financial Accounting and Analysis
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Micro and Macroeconomics
  • Quantitative Methods for Business
  • Business Modelling
  • Skills for Study, Placement and Employment
  • Organisations in the International Context

Year 2

  •  Business Lending
  •  Marketing
  •  Human Resource Management
  •  Financial Management
  •  Accounting for Management Decisions
  •  Decision Making Analysis
  •  Economics of the Financial System
  •  Business Information Management

Plus three modules from a list of options, including: Operations Management, International Economics, International Business, International Management, Consumer Behaviour, Brand Management, International Employment Relations, and Information Systems Development.

Year on placement or studying abroad (or 6 months of each)

For most students your third year will be spent on a professional placement. This may be with a bank, financial institution or with one of a broad range of UK companies.

Alternatively, many of our students choose to take the opportunity to expand their horizons and enhance their employability by studying abroad at one of our partner universities around the world; either for a full year instead of going on placement or for six months in addition to going on placement for six months.

Year 4

  •  Financial Management and Corporate Policy
  •  Corporate and Wholesale Banking
  •  Principles of Strategic Management
  •  Strategy in Banking

Plus eight modules from a wide range of options, including: Financial Risk Management, Corporate Reconstruction and Turnaround, Analysing Careers, Knowledge Management, Marketing Communications, Small Business Issues, Business Planning for New Ventures, Technology in Business and Society, Strategic Information Management, Project Management, Business Ethics, Business Forecasting, Marketing Strategy and Planning, and Enterprise Resource Planning.

Teaching and learning

Our extensive and regular interaction with major companies around the world ensures all our teaching is commercially relevant. Find out more about how you will be taught and assessed at Loughborough to give the very best learning experience.

Career opportunities for AFM Graduates

Our great all-round student experience develops well-rounded graduates. Indeed, our graduates are so highly regarded by a wide range of employers that in the 2015 Graduate Market Review (High Fliers) Loughborough was listed as the 15th most targeted university by recruiters.*

91% of our 2014 Business graduates were in work or further study 6 months after graduating, and earning on average £26,800 as a starting salary (DLHE 2014/15). 

Over recent years our close partnerships with industry, commerce and the City has led to exceptionally high graduate employment rates and starting salaries significantly above the national average. While most of our graduates follow careers in banking and financial services, many have also moved into accountancy and the financial departments of multinational companies.

Example graduate destinations: Citigroup (Accounts Investigation Analyst); Deloitte (Enterprise Risk Services Consultant); RBS (Risk Manager); PwC (Offshore Auditor).

*Source: High Fliers Research, ‘The Graduate Market in 2015’, January 2015

Entry criteria – 2016 entry

Information about the entry requirements for this course are below. 
A-level AAB/ABB (General Studies, Critical Thinking and Communication and Culture are not normally accepted). In some circumstances we may ask applicants to achieve specific grades in certain subjects.
SQA AH AB Advanced Highers plus AAB Highers
IB 34 points minimum
Other BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD profile in relevant subjects
Additional Strong GCSE profile including minimum grade B in Maths and English (or equivalent)

All applications must be made through UCAS. To find out what to do next, please read our how to apply section.

 = Scottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers 
IB = International Baccalaureate Diploma 
BTEC = Business and Technology Education Council (UK)

Next steps

If you are interested in studying our Accounting and Financial Management BSc please follow the links for further useful information:

Contact details

To enquire about any of undergraduate courses please contact:

Charlotte Connor
Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment Officer
Tel: +44 (0)1509 223393 
Email: sbe.ug@lboro.ac.uk 


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