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.
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
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)
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
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.
"The programme has a great balance between academic knowledge of the subject and practical learning methods. This gives you the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice in activities that resemble real problems you will face in your future career. One of the most valuable aspects of the programme is the close links with the industry, this gives you a wealth of opportunities to engage with potential future employers through networking events and guest lectures."Stuart Gillies,
Award winner and Graduate BA (Hons) Finance, Investment and Risk
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.
SQA Higher: ABBB including English plus Nat 5 Maths at C
A level: BCC plus GCSE Maths and English at C/4
ILC Higher: H1, H2, H3, H3, including English at H3 plus Maths at H5 or O2
IB Diploma: 25 points must include English and Maths
BTEC: Level 3 Extended Diploma in relevant subject at DMM plus GCSE Maths and English at C/4
Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.
Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.
Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
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.
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Tuition fees 2019/20
*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.
**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
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.
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 £2.5 million per year.
For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.
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.