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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Banking, Finance and Management (2017 entry)

Academic Year: 2018/19

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Business and Economics
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

The programme is accredited by: The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), The Institute of Financial Services (IFS) and the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).

In order to qualify for the professional institutes’ examination exemptions offered to graduates from this degree, candidates must achieve minimum module marks stipulated by these bodies which, in some cases, exceed the minimum marks required for progression and degree award. Up to date information may be obtained from the relevant professional bodies.

Final award BSc/ BSC DPS /BSc DInts
Programme title Banking, Finance and Management
Programme code BSUB20
Length of programme The duration of the programmes is six semesters, plus one academic year, and has four streams. Candidates following the Placement Stream are required to spend the third academic year undertaking professional training leading to the Diploma in Professional Studies, in accordance with Senate Regulation XI. Candidates following the Study Abroad Stream or the Language Related Placement Stream are required to spend the third academic year at an approved academic institution. Candidates following the Split Stream are required to spend six months of the third academic year undertaking professional training, and the other half of the third academic year studying at an approved academic institution. The Study Abroad, the Language Related Placement and the Split Stream lead to the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) in accordance with Senate Regulation XI. The third academic year (Part I) occurs between Part B and Part C.
UCAS code N301
Admissions criteria

BSc+DPS /BSc+DIntS - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/n301

Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 23 Aug 2018 16:22:41 BST

1. Programme Aims

The Banking, Finance and Management degree programme aims to produce high quality graduates with the knowledge, skills and understanding in the areas of management, banking and economics for an effective and valued career in the financial services or a related management function.


Within this general aim the programme specifically seeks to encourage students


  • To develop knowledge, concepts and skills in the major academic disciplines of business and management as a sound basis for practice, study and training in the graduate’s chosen profession. 
  • To develop the concepts, analytical approaches, evaluative thinking and numeracy skills necessary for management problem solving, including through individual experience on placement. 
  • To develop a deep understanding in areas of accounting, banking law and practice, economics and monetary and financial systems by pursuing them over an extended period and in depth. 
  • To develop a full range of professional skills and personal qualities beneficial for managing in finance and banking related areas. 
  • To develop a critical awareness of the dynamics of the relevant UK and international environments affecting banking and finance. 
  • To develop a positive attitude to change, a desire for excellence, a visionary and positive approach to future developments and an openness to new ideas.


Consequently the programme seeks


  • To provide a relevant, practical and constantly updated programme through close links with banks, leading financial institutions and professional bodies and through vocational experience in a professional placement. 
  • To provide students with the opportunity to see ways in which theory can be applied in practice, both through taught content and through individual experience on professional placement. 
  • To provide the opportunity for students to examine critically and in depth key issues faced by modern day bankers and financial managers. 
  • To provide a range of optional subjects that, in addition to core subjects, will enable graduates either to obtain substantial exemptions from professional examinations or to pursue more general management careers. 
  • To develop teaching and learning in response to advances in scholarship and the needs of the business community. 
  • To enhance the employability of our graduates.


The School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University is distinctive amongst 'traditional' university business schools in incorporating a third year spent on professional placement. This is an integral element of the programme and something which we believe is of particular benefit in achieving these aims.  It offers students on our Banking, Finance and Management degree additional and valuable opportunities to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • Accounting Subject Benchmark Statement (A)
  • General Business and Management Benchmark Statement (B&M)
  • The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
  • Requirements of the relevant professional bodies.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the areas shown below. These intended learning outcomes are set in the context of the QAA subject benchmark statements for Accounting and General Business and Management.  Those relating directly to the benchmarks are marked (A) and/or (B&M) below.

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the foundation disciplines of business and management including economics, mathematics and statistics sufficient to enable a clear understanding of the central aspects of the main business and management functions (B&M);
  • the economic, technological, financial, legal, cultural and political context within which banks and other businesses operate (B&M amended);
  • the nature of organisations and the behaviour of people within them, both individually and working in groups (B&M);
  • integration of concepts and from the various business disciplines to comprehend business situations and develop appropriate analysis and solutions (B&M);
  • banking and financial management in its major contexts, including the legal and social environments and the business entity and capital markets (A amended);
  • current technical language, developments, methods, practices and issues in banking and financial management;
  • selected techniques and practices in banking and financial management;
  • methods of recording and summarising economic events and preparation of financial statements (A);
  • analytical tools for the effective financial management of  business operations (A);
  • the sources, uses and management of finance, the use of accounting and other information systems for managerial applications (B&M);
  • the management and development of people within organisations (B&M);
  • the development, management and exploitation of information systems and their impact on organisations (B&M);
  • the development and operation of markets for resources, goods and services including customer expectations, market orientation and the marketing mix (B&M);
  • the key communication and information technologies used in business and management (B&M);
  • The development of appropriate policies and strategies for (banks) at the corporate level within a changing national and international environment (B&M).

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • use critical thinking, analysis and synthesis to evaluate and apply concepts and insights from business disciplines, including comprehension of complex scenarios (B&M) (A);
  • formulate and solve problems, both structured and unstructured,
  • advise on decisions using appropriate qualitative and quantitative skills, including the ability to identify and evaluate a range of  alternative solutions (B&M);
  • gather relevant data and evidence from various sources, integrate them appropriately and reference sources  adequately and critically evaluate arguments and evidence (A);
  • relate theory to practice in Banking, Finance and Management (B&M)
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in a business context, using a range of styles and media appropriate for management (B&M);
  • make effective use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in a business context including word processing, storage and manipulation of data, generation of presentations, use of the internet and e-mail using appropriate software (B&M)
  • conduct research using a range of sources of business-related materials including books, journals, trade and financial press, official statistics and the internet (B&M)
  • use effective team-working skills, including leadership, team-building and project management (B&M)
  • use credit appraisal skills and knowledge of funding options to review a wide range of business proposals from the financier's perspective
  • apply numeracy and economic modelling techniques to finance problems and phenomena (B&M amended)
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Organise themselves personally and independently to be a valued contributor through  time management, self-direction, self-motivation, tenacity and proactiveness (B&M);
  • Analyse and assess their own personality, needs and abilities and be proactive in managing their personal development (B&M);
  • Deploy appropriate interpersonal skills to achieve the best from others, including effective communication, listening, influencing and conflict resolution (B&M);
  • Display a positive attitude to change, with a desire for excellence and a visionary and positive approach to future developments;
  • Accept and analyse new ideas and assess alternatives when presented with a range of possible interpretations and/or solutions;
  • Learn and work independently (B&M);
  • Interpret numerical information, reason numerically and apply appropriate mathematical and statistical techniques (B&M);
  • Communicate clearly and persuasively, both orally and in writing (B&M);
  • Use information and communication technologies effectively and efficiently (ICT);
  • Work well in a team, using appropriate skills, including leadership, team-building and project management (B&M).

4. Programme structure

4.1       Part A - Introductory Modules

MODULE TITLE Modular Weight
BSA007 Skills for Study, Placement and Employment 20
BSA005 Organisational Behaviour 10
BSA013 Principles of Financial Accounting 10
BSA020 Microeconomics for Financial Studies 10
BSA035 Introduction to Banking 10
BSA080 Quantitative Methods for Business A 10
or BSA085 Quantitative Methods for Business B 10
BSA014 Financial Accounting and Analysis 10
BSA022 Macroeconomics for Financial Studies 10
BSA036 Banking Law and Practice 10
BSA053 Organisations in the International Context 10
BSA110 Business Modelling A 10
or BSA115 Business Modelling B 10


4.2       Part B - Degree Modules

MODULE TITLE Modular Weight
ECB015 Economics of the Financial System 20
BSB010 Business Information Management 10
BSB025 Financial Management 10
BSB120 Management Science Methods 10
BSB027 Financial Markets and Derivatives Fundamentals 10
BSB067 Business Lending 10
BSB070 Accounting for Management Decisions 10
BSB030 Marketing 10
BSB040 Human Resource Management 10
BSB046 Organisation Studies 10
BSB050 International Business 10
BSB100 Operations Management 10
BSB007 Financial Reporting 10
BSB012 Information Systems Development 10
BSB024 International Economics 10
BSB052 International Management 10
BSB087 Vocational Psychology 10
BSB105 Brand Management 10
BSB110 Data Analysis for Management 10
BSB135 Consumer Behaviour 10
BSB150 Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility 10


4.3       Part I

Candidates pursue one of the following streams:

i)       Placement Stream

Candidates will undertake an appropriate business placement.

ii)      Study Abroad Stream

Candidates will study at one of the School of Business and Economics approved academic institutions.


iii)       Split Stream

         Candidates will undertake an appropriate business placement for half the year and will study at one of the School of Business and Economics approved academic institutions for the other half of the academic year.


(iv)    Language Related Placement

         Candidates will undertake a year abroad in employment, for example as an English language assistant in a school or other educational establishment,  approved by the School of Business and Economics.



4.4       Part C - Degree Modules

MODULE TITLE Modular Weight
BSC015 Financial Management and Corporate Policy 10
BSC044 Principles of Strategic Management 10
BSC042 Corporate and Wholesale Banking 10
BSC045 Strategy in Banking 10
BSC020 Corporate Reconstruction and Turnaround 10 
BSC030 Corporate Governance 10
BSC051 International Corporate Governance and Firms. 10
BSC062 Analytics for Management (suspended 2018) 10
BSC063 Decision and Efficiency Analysis 10 
BSC070 Technology in Business and Society 10
BSC097 Knowledge Management 10
BSC100 Advanced Interpersonal Skills 10
BSC105 International Human Resource Management 10
BSC110 Marketing Strategy and Planning 10
BSC115 International Marketing 10
BSC130 Business Programming 10
BSC132 Small Business Issues 10
BSC165 Business Forecasting 10
BSC016 Financial Risk Management 10
BSC018 Behavioural Finance 10
BSC025 Auditing (suspended 2018) 10
BSC053 International Negotiations 10
BSC059 Business and Entrepreneurialism in Postconflict Spaces 10
BSC064 Business Optimisation 10
BSC067 Simulation for Decision Support 10
BSC068 Consulting for Decision Making 10
BSC071 Managing Big Data 10
BSC072 Strategic Information Management 10
BSC080 Analysing Careers 10
BSC085 The Changing Work Organisation (suspended 2018) 10
BSC117 Services Marketing 10
BSC124 Marketing Communications 10
BSC134  Business Planning for New Ventures 10
BSC136 Enterprise Resource Planning 10
BSC144 Project Management 10
BSC175 Retail Location 10
Various semester 2 modules in the final year have a pre-requisite module in semester 1 of the final year.  Students must carefully check their preferred modules' pre-requisites before making selections as all pre-requisites will be rigorously enforced.  

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B and from Part B to C and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must not only satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX but also:

- to progress from Part B to the period of professional training or study at an approved institution abroad, candidates must accumulate at least 100 credits in Part B as well as achieving at least 30% in all modules taken in Part B.

Provision will be made in accordance with regulation XX for candidates who have the right of re-assessment in Part A or Part B of the programme to undergo re-assessment in the University’s special assessment period.


6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates’ final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C, in accordance with the scheme set out in regulation XX.  The average percentage marks for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 25: Part C 75, to determine the final overall percentage mark for the Programme (the Programme Mark).

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