BA (Hons) Finance, Investment and Risk

The financial services sector in Scotland manages over 800 billion pounds in funds and generates around 8 billion pounds for the Scottish economy (Scottish Financial Enterprise). This programme, almost unique in being targeted specifically at the sector, has a track record of producing in-demand graduates with the knowledge and expertise needed to succeed in the fast-moving world of financial services.

BA(Hons) Finance, Investment and Risk programme is accredited by the CII, the world's largest professional body for insurance, risk and financial services. As its name suggests, the degree focuses on specific areas key to financial services and, indeed, to finance generally. These are: personal finance, corporate finance and investment, risk, banking and international finance.

You can choose to study a language in Years 2-4 of this degree. GCU offers modules in French, German, Italian and Spanish from beginners to professional level.

Our students are offered free student membership of the CII, which gives them access to online resources and local industry and networking events. The department also organises its own events for students, where they can meet and chat with a range of industry professionals.

Year 1

Enterprising Behaviours for the Business Professional; Law in Business; Financial Markets Environment;International Economic Issues and Challenges; Fundamentals of Financial Management; Introduction to Quantitative Data Analysis

Year 2

Fundamentals of Corporate Finance; Ethics and Responsible Leadership; Personal Investment; Principles and Practice of Insurance & Risk Transfer; Bank Management in a Global Context plus Option (including a language)

Year 3

Corporate Finance and Financial Strategies; Regulating Financial Services; Entrepreneurship for Business, Society and the Professions; Business Research Methods: Theory and Practice; Pensions & Pension Planning Plus Option

Year 4

Honours Dissertation; Managing Risk in Financial Institutions; International Finance, Institutions & Trade; Investment Management Theory plus Option

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

The module and assessment information described here has been approved in line with the University’s Quality Assurance and Enhancement Process. This allows us to ensure that the courses we offer are high quality and relevant for today’s students. Occasionally we have to make changes to programme information after it has been published. For full details of potential changes to programmes and how they can affect your application please read the Information for students relating to Programme Changes/Cancellation and Withdrawal from Portfolio.

Study Options

  • 2020/21

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BA (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
29 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
N390
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BA (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 29 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2021/22

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Start date

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UCAS

 

BA (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
17 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
N390
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BA (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 17 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: ABBB (incl English) Nat 5: C(Maths)
Minimum entry requirement*: BBBC (incl English) Nat 5: C(Maths)
A level: BCC GCSE: C/4 (Maths and English)
ILC Higher: H1 H2 H3 H3 (incl H3: English) H5/O2:(Maths)
IB Diploma: 25 points (incl Maths and English)
BTEC: DMM Ext Dip GCSE: C/4 (Maths and English)
SWAP: Law, Business and Accounting - BBB

Year 3
College HND: Accounting/Financial Services/Business/finance-related HND - graded units AAB/AB

English language
IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 (or equivalent)

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Additional Information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International Pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

Join GCU in September 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming you to what will be a great new academic year at GCU and we hope you choose this as your study destination. Your experience as an applicant and new student remains our priority. We will be doing everything we can to make sure you enjoy learning through our blended approach of online and face-to-face teaching and to give you as many opportunities to create new friendships and experience everything the GCU community has to offer you!

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff will continue to be our highest priority as rules around social distancing are eased. For more information on the things what you can expect from your first term at GCU, visit our Frequently Asked Questions pages or make an enquiry today.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU: £1,820*
International: £12,250

*Scottish and EU student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from rest of UK will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

View our Undergraduate scholarships.

Opportunities to offer international student exchange are currently being explored.

Our assessments are designed to develop our students' independent learning while testing their ability to address problems, formulate arguments and analyse issues. As a result, the programme adopts a wide range of assessment styles, geared to the content of the modules, and enabling the students to show the development not just of their written and numerical skills and learning, but also in skills such as presentation, team working, problem-solving and leadership, and in the use of the IT and social network resources such as Twitter.

Our approach to the learning, teaching and assessment is tailored to the needs of the financial services industry. We adopt a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure our students gain the necessary knowledge and understanding,while developing their intellectual and personal skills to become lifelong learners.Wherever possible, our teaching considers real world situations in the financial services sector, both in the UK and internationally, and includes input from industry practitioners in the creation or development of modules and resources.

To facilitate this approach, we use 'GCULearn', the university’s virtual learning environment, across all programme modules. Through GCULearn, course materials, reading resources, assessments and feedback are all available online. It is also used to enable students to undertake online activities and tasks, listen to podcasts, be involved in online discussion groups, and take part in blogs and Twitter-based learning activities. This approach is blended with more traditional lecture, tutorial and seminar contact.